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

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CHEST TOWNSHIP

This township was erected by a decree of court dated October 16th, 1826. it is situated in the southwestern part of the County and is bounded on the north by parts of Greenwood and Bell Townships, on the east by Ferguson and Jordan Townships and part of Beccaria Township, on the south by part of the dividing line between Cambria and Clearfield Counties and on the west by Burnside Township. It is one of the oldest townships in the County.

The principal occupation of the inhabitants at the present time is farming. The population of the township, according to the census of 1910 was 872.

Among the early settlers of this township were Daniel Snider and Lewis Snider, Jr., and Sebastian and Jacob Snider, John Rorabaugh, Jr., William Ramsay, John Lees, Henry Ross, Jacob P. Lingafelter, John Smith, James McGhee, Cyrus Thurstin, Elias Hurd, George Smith, Gilbert and Thomas Tozier, B. Tozier, David Rorabaugh, William Carson and Salmon T. Tozier, Joseph Michael, Nathaniel N. Sabin and Christopher Rorabaugh.

Valuable timber was found by the early settlers, and upon a market being opened, the greater part of it was cut and floated down to market. The settlers in Chest township mainly devoted their attention to farming, the growth of the villages being "slow but sure."

The year 1887 saw the advent of the railroad, in the extension of Bell's Gap Railroad from Irvona, in Clearfield county, to Punxalawney, in Jefferson county, by the Clearfield & Jefferson Railroad Company. A branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad now traverses the western part of the township in an almost northerly and southerly direction.

From the southern boundary, through the whole length of the township, and to the northwestern corner, flows Chest Creek, which has its source in Cambria county. Situated on this creek were some of the oldest lumber camps in the township. The creek is usually tortuous, and the difficulties attendant upon the floating of rafts on its waters, resulted in the sudren death of many an old time raftsman.

Upon the banks of Chest creek, near the northern boundary of the county, a settlement was made in early days which was first called Hurd's Post office, deriving its name from the Hurd family which lived in the vicinity, and where the first dwelling was erected by Henry Hurd. This town was incorporated in 1885 as Newburg borough, and further notice of it may be found in the chapter on Boroughs, which follows the present chapter. In the same chapter may also be found a notice of the other flourishing borough of Weasover.

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