Letters to the Editor

Letters presents readers' comments and reactions to specific articles in Pennsylvania Heritage, the initiatives of PHMC, and other developments in the historical, cultural and museum communities of Pennsylvania.

Thank You!

Thank you! The photographs in the spring issue, especially in the article on the Pennsylva­nia Academy of the Fine Arts (“An Ideal and a Symbol” by Jeanette M. Toohey) were fabulous. I remain impressed with your fine editing and thoughtful illustration of such fascinating stories.

Alexandra P. Katz
Camp Hill, Pa.


Of Personal Interest

The winter issue was great! I especially enjoyed the article on A. S. W. Rosenbach. My hometown for fifty-two years, Titusville, and my business, The Titusville Herald, had a Rosenbach connection. John T. Scheide, a wealthy book col­lector and Titusville resident, became interested in rare books through his father, Wil­liam, who created the family fortune as the pipeline man for the original Standard Oil Com­pany. John bought a Gutten­berg bible and other treasures from “The Doctor.” In under­taking the industrial heritage survey, as outlined in the “Ex­ecutive Director’s Message,” do not forget the distillery which made Old Overholt, one of Pennsylvania’s outstanding rye whiskeys. An Old Overholt bonded warehouse at Bradford and the Overholt residence at Overton, south of Scottdale, still stand. Some of my ances­tors were Overholts (originally Oberholtzer), and famed coke baron Henry Clay Frick was born near the Overholt house. H. C. Frick and my grand­mother, Anne Braddock, were brother and sister. Indeed, the winter edition was of great personal interest to me.

James B. Stevenson
Pinehurst, N. C.

Long an ardent supporter of the Commonwealth’s public history programs, Mr. Steven­son is a former chairman of the PHMC.


A Sportsman’s Para­dise

With great interest I read your outstanding story on Perry County (“A Sportsman’s Para­dise” by Duane E. Good) in the winter issue. Perry County has always been of much inter­est to me-in fact, my play­ground where I hunted and fished. For some thirty years I was a member of the National Park Advisory Board to the Secretary of the Interior, and in that capacity I recommended that the western half of Perry County be made a national recreation area. It was seri­ously considered, and I believe might have been approved had we not had a change of secre­taries about that time. I take credit for, and am proud of the fact that I was able to, through good friends in Harrisburg and Washington, have Perry County’s famous box huckle­berry cluster – which I redis­covered in 1968 – declared a State Park. I do hope the Com­monwealth and Perry County take such good care of that stand of box huckleberry that it shall be there through the thousands of years to come as it has been in the thousands of the past.

Frank E. Masland, Jr.
Carlisle, Pa.


Dusk to Dawn

I was surprised to read in the “Currents” section of the win­ter edition that the Scott Arbo­retum on the campus of Swarthmore College is open from dusk to dawn, with guided tours available! In my days at Swarthmore, more than fifty years ago, I’ll have to admit we did have our share of noctur­nal tours among the magnolias and rhododendron. I enjoy your magazine immensely, so don’t let nitpicking like this discourage your editors from keeping up their fine work.

Philip D. Croll
Doylestown, Pa.


Braddock’s Defeat

I take issue with Iola B. Park­er’s article, “Into the Valley of Death,” in your winter edition. Had the author understood the French “side” of the story, she might have better ex­plained how minor decisions may determine the outcome of a battle. Three of the five illus­trations relate directly to Gen. Edward Braddock, and there is no map to indicate where any of the events occurred. There is also much controversy con­cerning the authenticity of the journal allegedly written by the captain’s servant on which much of this article is based.

J. K. Folmar
California, Pa.

J. K. Folmar is a professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania.