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From: "Gagliardi Margaret" <>
Subject: Re: Towanda PA (Bradford Co)
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 16:19:00 -0500
One more thought is the City Directories. The Bradford Genealogy Society should have some of those or if not try contacting the "main" county library which will be located at the county seat for Bradford County. You might even be able to e-mail them and ask them to look it up there. meg
> Hi, my name is Phyllis Funk. I joined this group just about a week ago. I'm wanting to locate a source of PA newspapers, particularly the Towanda Daily Review and/or the official county paper for Bradford County. I'm interested in 1907-1908.
> I am also looking for information about a boarding house in Towanda somewhere between 1907-1916. It was run by Mae Eleanor and Peter Frey.
> To make a very long story short, I'm looking for a "skeleton" in our family. It would certainly straighten out a lot of information that doesn't seem to fit and that I haven't been able to verify. . . .
> 1) my grandmother, born in Chicago 1890, somehow ended up at the age of 17 in Towanda PA (rest of her family stayed in Chicago)
> 2) she was found by Mr. Peter Frey in some abandoned building
> 3( she ended up being raised by the Freys (who ran a boarding house in Towanda) and she considered Mae Frey her mother
> 4) Supposedly, "GGrandmother Frey" had a "daughter" (Catherine) which was born around 1908.
> 5) GG Frey mentions "Catherine" in some letters, etc. However, in GGma Frey's obituary, it only mentions she "was the beloved mother of Stuart Wells Frey". It never metions Catherine!!!
> THE INTERESTING PART is my father and his two siblings (all in mid-upper 80's at this time) all say their mother (my grandmother) mentioned once (and only once) that she had given birth to another girl. No questions were every asked and until I started this research, it was presumed it was either a still birth or was not brought to term. No one has ever questioned it.
> I'm thinking that possibly "Catherine" (my GGmother's daughter) is REALLY my Grandmother's daughter born out of wedlock which in those days, was quite often hidden. That would make her my Aunt. My Grandmother kept in touch with her real immediate family in Chicago, however, we just located one of her nephews two years ago (a cousin my father never knew he had) and the nephews says he had been told he had another Aunt but was never told why she left or was taken away ????
> Any hel[p or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.