July 15th, 2007

Watsontown PA
Narrative History of Watsontown

  • An Early History 1728-1815
  • Blossoming from Village to Town 1815-1867
  • Constructing Boundaries 1867-1890
  • Developing Community in the Golden Age 1890-1928
  • Emerging from Depression and War 1928-1967
  • Floundering for Direction 1967-2009
  • Great Recession 2009-present

Watsontown Government

  • Chief Burgesses
  • Mayors
  • Borough Council
  • Post Office
  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • Street Commission
  • Memorial Park
  • Cemetery

Watsontown Government Documents

  • Charter of Incorporation
  • Constitution of Watsontown
  • By Laws; Watsontown Borough Council
  • Voters in 1868 Election

Watsontown Federal Census Records

  • 1850
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Watsontown Utilities

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Gas
  • Telephone
  • Cable

Watsontown Churches

  • Episcopal Congregation at Watsontown
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Lutheran Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Warrior Run Presbyterian Church
  • Watsontown Christian Missionary Alliance

Watsontown Fraternities & Societies

  • Watsontown Lodge # 401, Free & Accepted Masons
  • C.O. Bachman Lodge # 619, Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • Warrior Run Royal Arch Chapter # 246
  • Bryson Post # 225, Grand Army of the Republic
  • Washington Camp # 229, Patriotic Order Sons of America
  • Watsontown Women’s Christian Temperance Union
  • Freeland Castle # 217, Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Watsontown Assembly of Artisans, Order of Mutual Protection
  • S.B. Morgan Camp # 225, Sons of Veterans
  • Warrior Run Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Watsontown Women’s Guild
  • Watsontown Civic Club
  • Watsontown Camp # 204, Patriotic Order of America
  • Watsontown Chapter # 282, Order of the Eastern Star
  • Clyde F. Mowrer Post # 323, American Legion
  • Watsontown American Legion Auxiliary
  • Watsontown Junior Chamber of Commerce / Lower West Branch Jaycees
  • Watsontown Lion’s Club
  • Watsontown Senior Citizens Club
  • Watsontown Area Business Association (WABA)
  • Watsontown Chamber of Commerce
  • West End Democratic Club
  • Warrior Run Women’s Club
  • Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society Warrior Run
  • Adult Chapter of the American Field Service

Watsontown Academia

  • Watsontown School District
  • Warrior Run School District

Watsontown Arts & Entertainment

  • Watson Theater
  • The Opera House
  • The Gem Theater
  • The Lyceum
  • Centennial Band
  • Watsontown Pool

Watsontown Community Celebrations

  • Old Home Week
  • Watsontown Centennial
  • Bicentennial

Watsontown Literary

  • The Record and Star
  • The Montgomery House Library

Watsontown Financial Institutions

  • Watsontown National Bank
  • Farmers National Bank

Watsontown Mercantile

  • Retail Stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Furniture Stores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Specialty Shops

Watsontown Restaurants

  • Blue Diamond
  • Watson Inn
  • Pammy J’s
  • Ciro’s Italian Restaurant
  • Buzz’s Sub Shop
  • Folk’s Sub Shop
  • The Mansion House
  • Burrow’s Tavern
  • The Oasis

Watsontown Gas & Service Stations

  • Runkle’s Gas Station
  • Vognetz’ Gas Station
  • Waltman’s Garage
  • Heater’s Garage

Watsontown Industry

Watsontown Professional

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Lawyers
  • Ministers
  • Funeral Directors

Watsontown Insurance & Real Estate

  • Foust Agency
  • Fairman Agency

Watsontown Military

  • Civil War
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean Conflict
  • Vietnam Conflict
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Iraq War
  • Afghanistan War

Watsontown Disasters

  • Floods
  • Fires
  • Tornadoes
  • Train Wrecks

Watsontown Transportation

  • Ferry
  • Canal
  • Rail Road
  • Trolley
  • Bridge
  • Highways

Watsontown Prominent Citizens

Looking Back

Contributors Recognized


10 Responses

  1. Kevin Moll Says:


    I also own the website and I wanted to see if you coudl list it (as hostorical value) and my webhosting company as a local service. I’d be happy to add your link to the watsontown site as well if you like.



  2. Nelle Fairchild Rote Says:

    Hello, a fine website, thank you. You did not mention that Watsontown has the honor of of having one of the rare national monuments named for an Army Reserve nurse in WWI. It is the Nurse Helen Fairchild Memorial Bridge, over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Watsontown. Nurse Helen was born in Milton, raised on a farm in Allenwood. Her parents moved to Watsontown in 1918. She died Nov. 25, 1918 and is buried in Somme Military Cemetery, France. Her Army chaplain wrote “she died from her work at the Front.” She has been recognized as a hero.

    Comment by James Robison: Thank you, Nelle. Hope to touch on Helen’s contributions along with the other three community members that died during World War I – I just haven’t gotten to that part of our history yet. Still bogged down with the 1870s and 1880s, and then on to the 90s and turn of the century. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. katy wech Says:

    I am also interested in the GAR Bryson post. Joseph Albright, a distinguished figure in my family tree returned from the Civil War weighing less than 65 pounds, comatose for months, lived to tell the tales of some of the Civil War’s fiercest battles. I have a tintype of a soldier that is most likely him. A great story, email me if you are interested in further details.

  4. Michele Yoder Says:

    I am rearching for James Zettlemoyer b. AUG 1836 married to Catherine Lesher. He served in the Civil War and also was a memeber of the GAR Bryson post and POS of A. I believe he is buried in a cemetery in Watsontown.

    Comment by James Robison: If you look in the census records you will find James and Catherine Zettlemoyer in the 1870; 1900; and 1910. In the 1880 census, the last name was misspelled “Cetelmoyer.” There was a Jas. Zettlemoyer listed as a tenant of Watsontown in the voters registration of 1868 as well.

  5. Michele Yoder Says:

    Where can I find information on persons buried at the Watsontown Cemetery?

    Comment by James Robison: There is a book entitled, “Northumberland County Pennsylvania Burials, Volume VI” – this was compiled by Joseph A. Meiser, Jr. and Sarah Roadarmel Meiser and published in 1991. I believe there is a copy of it in the Milton Public Library.

  6. Patty VanHoute Says:

    Our house was built in 1865. Was just wondering the history of it. Our address is 14 West 8th Street in Watsontown.

  7. Crystal (Folk) Newman Says:

    Hello “cousin” Jimmy love reading all this was nice to see gram and pap’s sub shop (Folk’s Sub Shop) listed in the eateries!! Can’t wait to read more of this history of Watsontown.

  8. John Leach Says:

    Looking for information on James and Thomas Leech of Delaware Township. James died in 1872 Thomas in 1892. I think the farms were near or on East District Road area.

    Comment by James Robison: Not sure what kind of information you are looking for, but my great great grandmother Martha Jane Marshall McIntyre’s cousin Caroline Koons (August 25, 1853 – March 16, 1921) was married to Isaiah Leech (April 6, 1839 – May 22, 1918). Isaiah was one of the children of James and Eliza Leech of Delaware Township and a younger brother of James. According to information on James Leech was born 21 January 1800 in Norristown, Montgomery County, PA and died 3 May 1872 in Lewis Township, Northumberland County, PA. James was married to Eliza Reynolds who was born 21 December 1808 in Montgomery County, PA and died 16 Janauary 1868 in Northumberland County, PA. Hope this was helpful.

  9. James Robison Says:

    James, I was looking for any photos of James Leech’s family, the location of James and Thomas Leech’s farms and the father and mother of James Leech. Thanks for your help. Jack Leach

  10. Sadie Beck Shenck Says:

    I am wondering if you are able to tell me what year my great grandfather, chief Carl Reed started his Christmas program. He was Chief from 45-72.

    Comment by James Robison: Sadie, the earliest record I could find concerning the Christmas Toy Program your grandfather Reed started was found in the Borough Council Minute Book, 1947-1961 dated December 1, 1955 requesting the Borough Council Chambers as the Toy Center for the “annual” program which makes me believe their must have been at least one previous program ~ but there is no mention in any of your grandfather’s previous reports to Council that collaborate this idea.

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