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Manuscript Group 239
5 cu. ft.

Papers, relating primarily to banking, lumbering, railroading, politics, and the Bradford oil boom, of the Hamlin family of Bradford, McKean County, and especially of Byron D. Hamlin, prominent lawyer and Democratic Party leader.

Letters (7,330) and postcards (124) feature correspondence with:

Joseph Bushnell Jerry Crary William N. Crawford
Frank A. Deans John Forrest C. W. and F. H. Goodyear
Henry and W. O. Hamlin B. C. Harrington J. Bayard Henry
Thomas L. and Elisha Kent Kane B. G. Morrison C. D. Munroe
Orange Noble W. F. Pratt C.W. Scofield
Joseph Seep Henry Suhr and Lewis F. Watson

Among the numerous companies represented are the following:

Allegany Lumber Company, Ltd. Bradford Oil Company Buckeye Gas Company
Ceres Cycle Company Coudersport and Pine Creek Railroad Company Coudersport and Port Allegany Railroad Company
Eastern Oil Company Emlenton Oil Company Enterprise Transit Company
Forest Oil Company Goodyear Lumber Company Lackawanna Lumber Company
McKean and Buffalo Railroad Company New York and Pennsylvania Telephone and Telegraph Company Oil Well Supply Company
Penn Refining Company, Ltd. Penn Tanning Company Pennsylvania Railroad Company
Philadelphia and Erie Railroad Company Pittsburgh, Shamut and Northern Railroad Company Portville Tanning Company
Producers Consolidated Land and Petroleum Company Sinnemahoning Valley Railroad Company South Penn Oil Company
Standard Oil Company Texas and Pacific Railway Company Tidol Oil Company

Correspondence also relates to such matters as the supporting of teaching positions Allegheny College 1898; the “Unknown Baseball Club of Fall Brook;” the flight of passenger pigeons; and the hunting of game birds.

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