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Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Marklesburg Normal School Keepsake

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:10 PM

For a year and a half, I worked at Isett Heritage Museum in Huntingdon, PA.  In many ways, it was an ideal job for this genealogy loving history buff!  I loved being surrounded by the local history items and daily reminders of days gone by.

One of my favorite pieces in the collection was an unusual pillow, hand-crafted and hand-stitched in 1905 by the students at the Marklesburg Normal School.  The pillow had been donated to the museum by Elaine Fisher in memory of her mother, Grace Irene (Morningstar) Fisher (1927-2011).  Irene was the daughter of Howard Dewey Morningstar (1898-1957) and Sarah Grace Stone (1903-1973).  

In 1905, during the summer session, 52 teachers in training created a very special keepsake of their time at the Marklesburg Normal School in Penn Township, Huntingdon County, PA.  During the school year, the Marklesburg School housed grades one through eight, and was opened to young adults who wanted to further their eduction over the summer months.  The Normal School was affiliated with Juniata College.

Each soon-to-be-educator signed the pillow in stitches, and some included their hometown too.  The signatures on the pillow include:


  1. Xopher Beck
  2. Mayne M. Hoover
  3. Ada Householder
  4. J. H. McCall
  5. Lorane A. Mierley
  6. G. Homer Pheasant
  7. Clyde Shultz
  8. Raymond D. Baker
  9. Harry Moore
  10. Nelson Keith, Aitch
  11. Maye Frank, James Creek
  12. Florence B. Lincoln, McConnellstown
  13. Blanche Boyer
  14. Jno. H. Hess
  15. Ella M. Lininger, Grafton
  16. Minnie S. Marshall, Greenwood Furnace
  17. Ethel Grace Isett, James Creek
  18. Charles Johnson
  19. Maude Vaughn, Salter
  20. Blanche Speck, Huntingdon
  21. Ira A. Taylor, Todd
  22. Homer Miller
  23. Maude Hetrick
  24. Mary M. Donelson
  25. D. Rolla Pheasant
  26. Winfield Garner
  27. John C. Horton
  28. Emma Crum, Salter
  29. Grace L. Shultz
  30. Otto O. Stone
  31. Frank Wright
  32. John C. Householder
  33. Gilbert Daughenbaugh
  34. Wilmer A. Brumbaugh
  35. Carrie A. Smith
  36. Flora M. Cramer
  37. Edna Boyer
  38. Mary Davis
  39. Oscar Johnson
  40. Grace Hunter, McAlevys Fort
  41. Samuel M. Schell, Aitch
  42. Gertrude Roland
  43. Oscar Stone, Salter
  44. Geo. E. Corcelius, Hesston
  45. Joseph Hess, Orbisonia
  46. Effie Dell
  47. Carrie Chilcote
  48. L. E. Boyer, Marklesburg
  49. John H. Keith
  50. C. Pearle Crum
  51. Doris R. Glasgow
  52. Wilbur D. Swope


You can learn more about other students and instructors of the Marklesburg School by clicking on the link. 

This special pillow is a lasting legacy of not only a special group of young men and women, but of an unique education program that operated within the Woodcock Valley.

Two years ago, my son and I were fortunate enough to attend a public auction in Marklesburg, where they sold a box of teacher's manuals and student books from the Marklesburg Normal School.  Being a former teacher, book lover, and history buff, I couldn't pass up the books.  Many of the books have local names inside.  I will write about them in a future blog post.

Are you wondering about now how many jobs I've had?  LOL  I have finally found my forever job - accounting is for me!!!!

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Reply Marian Schell
6:53 PM on July 18, 2016 
My Grand Father is #41 on this pillowcase list - Samuel M. Schell. He was a teacher in a one room school house for a short time. It is so touching to see this - thank you. I was a teacher for 35! Marian

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