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Susquehanna Life

Letters To The Editor [Spring 2019]

Dear Editor,

We truly enjoy the magazine. In addition to the features, we learn something new about this great part of Pennsylvania every time we read another issue. Keep up the great work.

Tom Brittain, Muncy, PA

Dear Editor,

I was very interested in the “Making a Difference” story in the Fall 2018 issue. I share my venison with people who are elderly, and can’t cook, but still enjoy venison. I do all the cooking and take them a hot, complete meal. I even had a few fellows tell me their wives, who hate venison, told them how much they enjoyed it.

Jennifer Pencek wrote an informative article that was a pleasure to read. The venison does a lot of good. I hate to see the roadkill waste. Thank-you!

Steve Bonczek, Tunkhannock, PA

Hi Erica,

I won a [Susquehanna Life magazine] subscription and my husband and I just love it! But when my son and his wife come home for visit, the first thing my daughter-in-law wants to see is my Susquehanna Life magazine! I thought it would be the perfect gift [for them]. My son was born and raised here in New Columbia, my daughter-in-law is from New Cumberland, and they reside in Philadelphia. They are hoping to soon move to the Hershey area. Thanks for great articles for us locals! Happy New Year!

Carol Yost, New Columbia, PA

Dear Erica,

I first saw Susquehanna Life magazine in a doctor’s office in Bethesda. I am from Cherry Tree, PA, which is near the headwaters of the West Branch of the Susquehanna in Indiana County. My whole family has been fascinated by the story of the Susquehanna ever since my great-great-grandfather migrated to Cherry Tree from Lancaster County in 1850.

He started homesteading the Bostic Farm, logging in the winter and farming in the summer. They would gather the logs in made-up dams in fall and winter and then breach the dams during the spring rains. The extra water would float the logs down the streams to the main channels and the logs would travel all the way to Havre-de-Grace, MD, where the shipbuilding took place. Some of the early logs were 4 feet in diameter, and a choice log was 90 feet to the first branch—they had to be so they could be made into ship masts without knots.

So, as upstream kids we were all fascinated by what went on downstream in Williamsport, Harrisburg and on down to the Chesapeake. My earliest traceable Biss ancestors built the stone courthouse in Williamsport, and my Bostic uncle settled and made a family in the Jersey Shore to Hughesville areas. So, we have a long interest in the Susquehanna, given it was the superhighway of colonial Pennsylvania. Regards,

David Biss,
Bethesda, MD

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