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#141 Bluejay

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 06:03 PM

A recent biography of Major McCreight and images of the Wigwam are online at http://www.duboishis...calsociety.com/
 

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 06:22 PM

A New "Sam King" Map of the Du Bois Region

A new "Sam King" map of our region is a great idea.  Here is a map of the Buffalo & Susquehanna (B&S) Railroad showing the coal fields in West Sandy and what is now Du Bois Mall.  This is the route of the proposed Du Bois-Sandy Greenway which passes through the Highland Street Tunnel, over Chestnut and Maple Avenue, and along the Sandy Lick Creek (across from the Beaver Meadow Walkway, to Leezers at Shaffer Road.  Preservation projects to restore Rumbarger Cemetery, The Wigwam and the Buffalo & Susquehanna corridor will enhance the community.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:12 PM

The Wigwam - Stationary Paper

Here's a copy of business stationary used by ole M.I. at The Wigwam.

Interesting vision?

Have any ideas for new stationary?

Thanks to The M.I. McCreight Collection, Chet Baranowski, Steward

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:30 PM

Mohawk Longhouse at The Wigwam

Notice M.I.'s stationary reference to "Old Day Council House."

A Mohawk Longhouse was once located at the rear of The Wigwam.

It was used for Native American ceremonies.

Attached is an example.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 10:28 AM

Major Israel McCreight at Rumbarger Cemetery


MI and grandchildren at the Dedication of G. A. R. Circle and Unveiling of Monument and Tablet, May 30, 1928.  MI was an honorary member of the G.A.R.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:48 PM

Wow how cool is that, good eye Rich. Wish we knew the names of the others there.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 08:49 AM

The McCreight Boys, The Wigwam, Du Bois, PA (1920)


Jack (left), Don behind M.I., Rem on M.I.'s lap, M.I. Jr (Tonk) right, Jim at the far right.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 01:09 PM

Chief Flying Hawk's Tales from The Wigwam


“Does the white man know who is right if the Indian says his great grandfather was a bear, and the white man says his great grandfather was a monkey?"

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 02:49 PM

Chief Lone Bear and the Fightin’ McCreights

“At the opening of the 20th Century a crowd of twelve of the Sioux Tribe came to spend the evening with the writer at his home, then at 42 East Long Avenue.  It was a popular house-a gathering place for the children of the neighborhood-because it was a big house with play rooms and play grounds-also because it was the home of the twins, their older sister and brother, and the big mastiff “Tuff” whose business was to oversee the behavior of all visitors. Besides Lone Bear, the big Chief Flying Hawk was in the party, as others whose names are now recalled, were: Kills-Close-to-Lodge, Eta Waste, American Horse, Amos Two Bulls and Luke Turnips.  They were attached to one of the Wild West Shows of the day, - likely Buffalo Bill’s or Pawnee Bill’s-but after more than forty years it is now forgotten-and perhaps immaterial.”

“Lone Bear noticed a pair of boxing gloves on the floor and signed to the writer to explain. They belonged to the [McCreight] twins, aged five, more signals, indicated he wanted to see them box. The two boys stood with open eyes gazing at the strange people- and it took a little coaxing to get the boys to put on the gloves, but they, too, were game, and came to dad to have them tied on. All smiles, the visitors spread their chairs, through the arch into the big parlor, so as to form a large area, for the bout.  Dad called “time” and the boys went to it rough and tumble; they immediately forgot their modesty and the audience.”

“No fight in the prize rings of New York or Boston, ever witnessed better sparring; it was a battle to the finish; bloody noses and howls of laughter from the Indians all the while it lasted. When they were exhausted, and their dad stopped the fight, the old chief ordered that they both be adopted into the tribe, as worthy of membership in the nation of the 'Fighting Sioux.’” When the battle ended their eight-year-old sister, Catherine (Chacha) was sobbing in her mother's arms calling for her to stop the boys before they got hurt.”

M.I. McCreight, “The Wigwam: Puffs from the Peace Pipe”, Nupp Printing Co., Sykesville, PA, p.39 (1943).

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 08:06 AM

Great story, Rich.

Re: floor plans - I have a vague memory of the attic as well - though that could easily be a child's dream memory.

Re:  the article on the Historical Society website - interesting that they obviously lifted images from my website (manycoups.net) for their slideshow and then
put this notice all over the article:

"IT IS FULLY PROTECTED BY THE WEBSITE'S COPYRIGHT AND MAY NOT BE COPIED, PRINTED, REFERENCED OR TRANSMITTED
WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION"

Perhaps that author could use a lesson from "Honest John" McCreight, eh?

Becky Stumpf (one of the great-grandchildren)
[size=9][face=Geneva]Becky Stumpf[/face][/size]
[face=Arial]One of MI McCreight's great-grandchildren[/face]
[face=Geneva]Keeper of family website, www.manycoups.net, making available many writings of McCreight, photos, and stories and articles about the McCreights[/face]


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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:36 AM

Tom Mix in Du Bois

Here's a newly acquired photo from the M.I. McCreight Collection showing Tom Mix's Mercedes in front of Hotel Du Bois.  
No doubt M.I. was there.  He wouldn't miss it.
Mix was visiting friends, and in Du Bois to make a speech to the Rotary Club.  

Any godubois folks know the date of Mix's visit?

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:18 PM

"THE WIGWAM"

For those of you who have visited The Wigwam, I'm sure you asked the question, "How is it still standing?"  
Here's a photo of the roof supports.  
Looks like McCreight used some serious hardwood.
Do you think The Wigwam can handle another winter?

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:39 PM

I imagine that he and his contemporaries who were in the lumber industry made sure that high quality materials went into that house.  Plus there were many more forests and tall trees to pick from than we have now.  And yes, I do think it will survive the winter. At least the beams shown above will make it.  

I had hoped to get to DuBois this fall but unfortunately couldn't make the trip. Will try again in spring.  
[size=9][face=Geneva]Becky Stumpf[/face][/size]
[face=Arial]One of MI McCreight's great-grandchildren[/face]
[face=Geneva]Keeper of family website, www.manycoups.net, making available many writings of McCreight, photos, and stories and articles about the McCreights[/face]


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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:20 PM

Merry Christmas!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:21 PM

The Wigwam was being torn down today.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:43 PM

Sad!

#157 MISS T

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

what are they going to do with the property?

sad to see it go! any before and after pictures?


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:52 AM

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

wish they could have saved some of those

windows. glad there is a lot pictures and

info to remember it by!


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