This weekend the Sturgeon House was bedecked with American flags. It was a celebration of community history! And we are waiting for an open time to share it.
Meanwhile., here is a snippit.
July 1 to 3 in 1863 was the date for the Battle of Gettysburg. Some of our men were serving there and some were serving in military companies located elsewhere. Samuel S. Weidler served in the PA Veterans Volunteer Regiment, was in Gettysburg, the battle of Peachtree Creek, GA where he was captured, was sent to Andersonville then later exchanged. He kept a diary about his war experience, which we have copied and put on sale.
After the war he came home, built a home and married. Samuel remained very engaged with the GAR after the war, attended annual gatherings and invested in various related memorabilia for sale, such as a fine print of the Battle of Gettysburg. He also bought a presentation sword and a printed and framed script of his own service record. These items passed down through his descendants until finally, Lloyd Weidler received them, displayed them for years and now has passed them onto the Historical Society so that they can be shared with everyone. His multi-colored record adorns the old quilt room wall and the print and sword hang in the parlor.
From time to time one of the manikins wears the widow’s weeds of a Civil War era woman. It represents Helen Daggett Pollay. She was born in 1840 in Girard into the Daggett family and at 18 she married Samuel Pollay. The two moved to New York State and shortly after the Civil War began he joined a New York Regiment. He was killed on September 17, 1862, at the very bloody Battle of Antietam. Helen soon returned home where she eventually married her sister-in-law’s brother, Welcome Joshua Week. Together she and Welcome went to Cleveland and attend the Homeopathic College. They later opened an office in Fairview. The Thomas Testi office was their drug store, and the brick insurance building just north was their residence.
Think of that. All that life going on long ago in our community. All those memories made. We are so proud of our collection and so thankful that Fairview folks and their descendants have shared their stories with us. Soon the building will be open for the Historical Society to share them as well.