History of Boggs, Pa.
From: Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens
By: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Published By Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago

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BOGGS TOWNSHIP

This township is situated in the eastern part of the County and is bounded on the north by Bradford and Lawrence Townships, east by Graham and Morris Townships and a part of Decatur Township, south by Decatur and Wooclward Townships and a part of Knox Township, and west by Knox and Lawrence Townships. The township is about nine and one-half miles from east to west by four and one-half miles from north to south. It was erected by a decree of court in 1838; the exact date cannot be given, because the original papers have been lost or mislaid in the prothonotary’s office.

The principal occupation of the inhabitants of this township is agriculture. The population, according to the census of 1910, was 1154.

The earlier history of Boggs township belongs to Bradford township. of which it was formerly a part. George Shinimel made a settienient on lands about half a mile from the present borough of Wallaceton in the year 1810. In the same year Peter Shimmel began clearing a farm on the old State road, near the point known as Maple Springs. Henry Shimmel, another member of the same family, began improvements in the same year.

Henry Folk began a clearing in the forest on the present site of Wallaceton in 1813, being the pioneer in this work. In the same year Abraham Hess came from York county, settling on the east side of Clearfield creek. Another pioneer of 1813 was Nimrod Derrick, who made a clearing on the old State road. Abraham Lits also began improvements in the same year on the banks of Clearfield creek, as also did George Wilson.

The following year, 1814, saw the advent of Andrew Kephart and Jacob Haney, who began clearing land on the old State road, George Wilson in the same year building a saw-mill near the mouth of Long Run.

The first tavern in the township was built by Alexander Stone in 1820, on the line of the old Erie turnpike, William Lamadue building another on the pike about the same time, which would seem to indicate that there was then a fair amount of travel over the pike.

The Millwood farm was made in 1820 on the road leading from Philipsburg to Clearfield, the road, however, not having yet been built; and in the following year Bresaler’s tavern, on the Erie turnpike, was built.

In 1815 the Elder saw-mills and cardingmachine were erected near the mouth of Little Clearfield Creek, and began operation. Abraham Elder’s saw mill, located a short distance from Blue Ball, was built in 1828. The sawmill of Jerry Smeal, at Blue Ball, was built in 1838. These were the most important settlements and improvements made before the erection of the township.

The first election was held in 1838, with the following result: Supervisors, William Lamadue and Abraham Hess; constable. Geo. McCord: overseers, Jacob Haney and John Beers; school directors, George Wilson, George Turner, George Goss, George Shimmel, John L. Gearhart and Abraham Hess.

In 1839 the township had a population of less than 225 persons.

In 1840 Warren’s saw-mill was built on Laurel Run. In 1860 Thompson’s grist-mill was built on Morgan Run.

The surface of Boggs township is hilly and rough, though it has less of the mountainous formation than may be found in some other localities in the county. The chief stream is Clearfield Creek, which forms the western boundary for a few miles, and which has a number of tributaries, the northern one of these being Long Run. Morgan Run is probably the largest tributary of Clearfield Creek lying within the township, and as the lands adjacent have produced fine timber, many sawmills have been erected on it. Other streams watering the township are Camp Hope Run, Sanborn Run and Raccoon Run, all of which discharge into Clearfield Creek.

Boggs township is amply supplied with good schools and teachers. Several church societies are represented, the United Brethren building their first church edifice in 1848, about two miles west of Wallacetown borough. from which parent society several others have since grown. The borough of Wallaceton will be found treated of in the succeeding chapter.

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