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The Huntingdon County Historical Society, in celebration of the county’s bicentennial in September 1987, is preparing a picto­rial history of its second century. Information concerning the existence and whereabouts of photographs of county scenes, people and industries is requested by: Huntingdon County Historical Society, P.O. Box 305, Huntingdon, PA 16652; tele­phone (814) 643-5449.


Henry Baldwin (1780-1844) served a four-year term, 1817-22, as a member of Congress before becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1830. In preparation of his biography, letters, diaries, journals and early accounts are needed for research and study. Individ­uals or institutions are asked to share such information with: R.D. Illisevich, Librarian, Crawford County Historical Society, 848 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335; telephone (814) 724-6080.


The 98th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was raised in Phila­delphia in 1861 and fought in the Civil War until its conclusion in 1865. With the exception of Company A (called the Irish Wing), the regiment was of German birth or ancestry. The 98th served throughout the war with the Army of the Potomac and led the famous march of the 6th Corps to Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 . Research is currently being compiled for the writing of the regi­ment’s history. The loan or copies of diaries, letters, memorabilia and photographs concerning the regiment are requested by: Edwin Root, 321 Station Ave., Coopersburg, PA 18036.


The three hundred year history of Springfield in Delaware County is currently the subject of research for a book. Any infor­mation concerning the community from 1682 to the present, photographs, journals or other documents, and personal recol­lections are invited. Individuals able to share any details may write: Pat Gaines, 264 Hemlock Lane, Springfield, PA 19064; or telephone (215) 544-2713.


During the mid-nineteenth century, the Overholt weaving business was based in West Overton, Westmoreland County. The Westmoreland-Fayette Historical Society is searching for any existing Overholt coverlets, in addition to information concern­ing the history of the business, and requests individuals with photographs of, or knowledge of, the whereabouts of extant Overholt coverlets to write: Westmoreland-Fayette Historical Society, West Overton Rd., Scottdale, PA 15683; or telephone (412) 887-7910.


An ecologist is researching historical changes in the aquatic plant communities of Harrisburg’s Wildwood Lake (known as Wetzel’s Swamp until about 1905). Of particular interest is the American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) which flourishes there. Individ­uals able to share personal recollections, photographs or written material are requested to write: William S. Ettinger, 222 Lilac Lane, Douglasville, PA 19518; or telephone (215) 385-6755 or 326-9662.


The Heritage Center of Lancaster County seeks information concerning the Hubley Manufacturing Company for an forth­coming exhibition of the famous Hubley toys. The company manufactured toys and art goods in the City of Lancaster from 1894 through 1965. Especially sought are photographs of the building, workers making the toys and the items in use. Old documents, catalogues, unusual toys and accounts of personal experiences with the Hubley Manufacturing Company are also needed. Individuals or institutions with information are asked to write: Patricia J. Keller-Connor, Director, Heritage Center of Lan­caster County, P.O. Box 997, Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 299-6440.