Historical Society holds annual dinner

The Elk County Historical Society held their 48th Annual Dinner Friday night at The Royal Inn along Boot Jack Road in Ridgway.This year's guest speaker was Robert Schreiber Jr., author of "Fox: Buffalo Swamp to Marcellus Shale: The History of Fox Township, Pennsylvania."Schreiber is a lifelong resident of Fox Township and an educator in the St. Marys Area School District. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Penn State University and is the president of Fox Township Manor. He is also a member of numerous community boards and organizations.Schreiber said he wrote the book as a gift to the communities of Fox Township.On hand to recognize Schreiber were Society Director Mary Kalinowski, Jack Kalinowski, President Dr. Vernon Ordiway, Rita Buhite, Paulette Schreiber and many other residents of Elk County.Following the dinner, Schreiber gave an 80-minute presentation on the history of Fox Township highlighting significant points throughout the past 200 years."Thank you for the invitation to come down and talk about my hometown," Schreiber said.Schreiber began his presentation with a quote from the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln:"I like to see a man proud of the place he lives. I would like to see a man live so that the town will be proud of him."As a teacher, Schreiber said he tries to promote those principles to all of his students. "Fox Township is celebrating its bicentennial next year in 2013 in late June and it will be a three-day celebration," Schreiber noted. "I have been born and raised in Fox Township and so that celebration is going to be Fox Township; a keg of beer, a lot of food and a good time."We celebrate it in the 13s [2013] as 200 years because Fox Township was incorporated in 1814, but in fact we were settled in 1798."According to Schreiber, the first settlement in Elk County was in Fox Township by a man named General Wade.Pick up a copy of the Monday, April 23, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.