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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Connor Swartz of Germansville visited with a calf displayed by the Lehigh County 4-H Dairy Club. Connor Swartz of Germansville visited with a calf displayed by the Lehigh County 4-H Dairy Club.
Brook Balliet, Olivia Costa and Delaney Chilcote, members of a visiting soccer team from Western Lehigh United enjoyed the antics of a goat. Brook Balliet, Olivia Costa and Delaney Chilcote, members of a visiting soccer team from Western Lehigh United enjoyed the antics of a goat.
P.J. Salerno of Foothill Farm, Lehighton, was selling chemical free produce. P.J. Salerno of Foothill Farm, Lehighton, was selling chemical free produce.
Willard Neff brought baskets which he made. Willard Neff brought baskets which he made.
Bob Campfield of The Mill at Germansville was giving out free samples of dog and bird food and said they have food for sale for every animal there is. Bob Campfield of The Mill at Germansville was giving out free samples of dog and bird food and said they have food for sale for every animal there is.
Woody Greene came from the Fellowship Community of Whitehall. He is filling jars with apple butter. Woody Greene came from the Fellowship Community of Whitehall. He is filling jars with apple butter.
Mary Sierzega cuts homemade bread into small pieces to use in tasting the apple butter. Mary Sierzega cuts homemade bread into small pieces to use in tasting the apple butter.
The Zeisloff family attended Pioneer Day at Ontelaunee Park. They included Susan Siceluff and Corinna Siceluff Merker, both ogf Missouri; Stephen, Susan and Andrea Siceluff, all of Texas; Angela Siceluff, John Merker and Jay Milne, all of Missouri; Andrew Milne, Caroline and Stacey Milne, all of Maryland. The Zeisloff family attended Pioneer Day at Ontelaunee Park. They included Susan Siceluff and Corinna Siceluff Merker, both ogf Missouri; Stephen, Susan and Andrea Siceluff, all of Texas; Angela Siceluff, John Merker and Jay Milne, all of Missouri; Andrew Milne, Caroline and Stacey Milne, all of Maryland.
Skylar Kiss of New Tripoli tools leather, watched by Owen and her parents Lauren and Steven Kiss. Skylar Kiss of New Tripoli tools leather, watched by Owen and her parents Lauren and Steven Kiss.
The French in blue uniforms and Indians in white try to capture Fort Everett during a battle mildly reminiscent of the French and Indian war. The French in blue uniforms and Indians in white try to capture Fort Everett during a battle mildly reminiscent of the French and Indian war.
Mike Maleoki of the French Regiment De La Reine talks about his gun after the battle. De La Reine means it is the queen’s regiment. Mike Maleoki of the French Regiment De La Reine talks about his gun after the battle. De La Reine means it is the queen’s regiment.
A militiaman talks abut the difference between his flintlock and the French guns. A militiaman talks abut the difference between his flintlock and the French guns.
The militiaman returns fire from a corner of Fort Everett. The militiaman returns fire from a corner of Fort Everett.
A pound of metal could make 30 to 40 eating utensils, said Jacqie Miles of Philadelphia. The doorlatch she holds was made by Stewart Gisler from one piece of metal. A blacksmith would make his own tools as well as those for sale. A pound of metal could make 30 to 40 eating utensils, said Jacqie Miles of Philadelphia. The doorlatch she holds was made by Stewart Gisler from one piece of metal. A blacksmith would make his own tools as well as those for sale.
Potter Kathy George of Germansville has been making pottery for 27 years. She said this will be a mug when it is finished. Potter Kathy George of Germansville has been making pottery for 27 years. She said this will be a mug when it is finished.
Damiem Drago of Reading writes his own songs about history. He calls his music Rockin’ thru History. Damiem Drago of Reading writes his own songs about history. He calls his music Rockin’ thru History.
Emma Milander learns to use a quill pen to make a Fraktur. Jennifer is a Fraktur artist and teaches the art. Emma Milander learns to use a quill pen to make a Fraktur. Jennifer is a Fraktur artist and teaches the art.
Billy “the Kid” Klein drives a team of Percheron-Morgan crossbred horses to give rides. They also have three Walking Horses on their Back Acres Farm, which he said was “a mile that way on Sechler Road.” Billy “the Kid” Klein drives a team of Percheron-Morgan crossbred horses to give rides. They also have three Walking Horses on their Back Acres Farm, which he said was “a mile that way on Sechler Road.”
Andrew Fink and Kala Michael start work on a basket. Deb Zvanut’s basket weaving was so popular there was no more room on the tables. Andrew Fink and Kala Michael start work on a basket. Deb Zvanut’s basket weaving was so popular there was no more room on the tables.
Carla and Allan Messinger spread the message about native life then and now with the artifacts and pictures they display. Carla and Allan Messinger spread the message about native life then and now with the artifacts and pictures they display.
Darius Puff, a Delaware Indian, fought on the side of the French in the battle for Fort Everett. He explained why the Delaware Indians sided with the French. Darius Puff, a Delaware Indian, fought on the side of the French in the battle for Fort Everett. He explained why the Delaware Indians sided with the French.
Christian Kelley had his scavenger paper stamped by Matt Sidlar, a guide in the barn. Christian Kelley had his scavenger paper stamped by Matt Sidlar, a guide in the barn.
Kevin German talked about the train, now being restored, that ran in Ontelaunee Park. Kevin German talked about the train, now being restored, that ran in Ontelaunee Park.
A metal duck found among the Tools of the Past was discussed by Elaine Navarre. A metal duck found among the Tools of the Past was discussed by Elaine Navarre.

History comes alive at Pioneer Day

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The weather was on everyone’s mind at the Oct. 7 Pioneer Day held by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society at Ontelaunee Park.

The lack of rain was even given credit for more animals being on exhibit for petting, as the weather was too bad last year to bring the animals.

At 10:30 a.m. parking spaces were rapidly filling. Descendants of the Zeisloff family came to have their picture taken at the original family home, the Zeisloff House, which was moved to the park.

They had called Ginny Woodward for information about this year’s Pioneer Day.

“We expect Zeisloffs in quantity,” Woodward said. They came from as far away as Texas.

Bob Campfield from The Mill at Germansville, which has a new owner, said there will be a new dedication in early November.

Historical society member Gary Dotterer is the chef at the Fellowship Community, Whitehall. He asked some of the residents to come to Pioneer Day to help with the apple butter project.

A metal duck found among the Tools of the Past was placed in a boiler when clothing was washed. As the water boiled it was forced up the pipe on which there was a duck head. The water came out the duck’s mouth and circulated the wash water.

Earl Muth of New Tripoli and Elaine and husband Barry Navarre Sr. talked about the old tools.

The French and Indian War was reenacted on a small scale as two French soldiers and a Delaware Indian try to take Fort Everett. The original fort was on Fort Everett Road behind the municipal building off Route 143.

Mike Maleoki said cartridges held powder in paper which was bitten off and the powder poured in the gun. The musket ball was seated with paper to tighten it because it was slightly smaller than the barrel. After the ball was added everything was pushed in with a ramrod. The bayonet was more useful against horses rather than men and the gun could be used as a club at close quarters.

The French used Fusil guns known as the Guns of Marseille because they were smuggled into Spain from there. In France they were the military weapon.

The Colonists’ militia used flintlocks from Lancaster County. Each county had its own militia. The state would provide food and ammunition only when the militia was on active duty, but they were responsible for their guns and clothing.

Mary Jo and Phillip Castrine cooked sausage stew in the Fort Everett fireplace. It was served with homemade bread.

Rockin’ thru History is a project of Damiem Drago who writes songs about history. He is a teacher who visits schools, libraries and other places kids congregate.

There were both a horse-drawn and a tractor-drawn hayride for people to get a ride around the park.

Carla and Allan Messinger spread the word about Native Americans. Both taught in the Allentown School District and Carla helped found the Native American History Museum on Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown. They now concentrate on visiting schools, clubs, senior centers, Masonic temples and libraries.

Darius Puff, a Delaware Indian, said the women make decisions and thought the French were the lesser of two evils.

The Jesuits had converted many Delaware and it was easier for them to decide to stay with the French. The Mohawks split between helping the French and siding with the English. Those who stayed in New York sided with the English.

The English wanted room for settlement but the French wanted stuff from the woods, said Puff, and were willing to have the natives bring it to them. The English offered better trade deals.

Youth were given a list of things to find for a scavenger hunt.

The original Tripoli train station blew up in 1890. In the park a replica of that station has been built as the home for the train that was originally in Ontelaunee Park.

Kevin German said a loop track has been started and the society expects to have the train up and running in another year with a Model A engine which is stronger than the original was.

There is a sign in the station from the Ontelaunee stop when the original train, not the park train, brought people to the park and then took them home again.