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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ron Dingle To Introduce New Book In Coudersport On June 27 At The Potter County Historical Society

Ronald Dingle of Galeton PA will be at the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport PA on June 27th.

He has published a photographic book of over 200 old Galeton, Coudersport and other Potter County postcards.

Ron will be available during the event to sign books that are purchased.

The book is published by Arcadia Publishing and is available at this signing for $19.95 or can be ordered online from the Arcadia website.

Potter County’s abundance of forests in the late 1800s played a large part in making the town of Williamsport the lumber capital of the world.

To the north, Galeton had one of the largest sawmills in the country and was the railroad hub of the county.

Austin, Cross Fork, Germania, Shinglehouse, Harrison Valley, and other area towns also contributed a great deal during the logging era.
There were sawmills, kindling wood factories, hub factories, stave and heading mills, and tanneries in almost every town in the county.

"Around Galeton and Coudersport" showcases a large collection of vintage postcards of Potter County, opening a window back through time and providing a glimpse of life during the formation of the county.

Author Ronald W. Dingle is a resident of West Branch Township, Potter County, PA. After 42 years working for Chef Boy Ar Dee in Milton, PA, Ron retired to the Galeton area.

Ron has been an avid post card collector for the last 15 years and was looking for a way to share his historical postcards with people from the area.

Ron, who has been coming to the Potter County area since the 1960's, is a member of 4 historical societies in central and northern Pennsylvania, giving him access to the history to go with his postcards.

He's hoping to kindle fond memories in the older population and create an interest in history of the area in today's youth.

Ron says he's donating a portion of the profits from his book to the Potter County Historical Society.

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