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October 19, 2017


Historical Society To Hold Annual Dinner

The Clearfield County Historical Society will hold its 62nd annual dinner on Thursday, October 19, at St. Timothy’s Church Social Hall in Curwensville.  Social hour will begin at 6:00 with dinner following at 6:45. Dinner will be catered by Luigi’s Ristorante of Dubois.

This year’s dinner sponsors are CBT Bank and Bee Kind Winery.

Following dinner, the society officers will present annual awards to honor the volunteers who help to staff the museum during visitation hours, participate in local historical research and work projects.

This year’s guest speaker will be Clearfield County Wildlife Conservation Officer, Mark Gritzer, who will present The Night The Lights Went Out In Karthaus. Officer Gritzer will tell of the 2014 poaching of the trophy elk; the largest in Pennsylvania.  (see article dated April below) He assisted with the apprehension and conviction of the responsible actors.  The elk head and antlers are permanently mounted in the Society’s museum for public display.  It has become a local tourist attraction.

The dinner cost is $25 per person. Invitations have been sent to society members.  Others wishing to make a reservation are welcome to so by calling the society’s Alexander Research Center voice mail at 768-7318. 

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 11.

September 12, 2017

Clearfield County Historical Society plans their 13th Annual Apple Cider Outing and Open House at the society’s Bloody Knox Civil War Log Cabin. Event will be held Sunday, October 8th from 1 to 4. Egg toss at 2:00. Come help make cider, rope, butter and corn meal. Watch demonstrations spinning yarn, making corn brooms, blacksmithing and see Civil War Medical Display. Kids games and free samples. This year’s event is sponsored by Northwest Bank. Presenting check is C. Eric Johnson of Northwest Bank to CCHS board members Scott Kolesar and Bob Eshelman.

August 17, 2017

River eel trap artwork donated to Historical Society....

Casen Zitzelberger, center, local artist and member of the Susquehanna River Art Center of Clearfield, along with SRACC board memberJacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, right, presented artwork of a river eel trap to Denny Shaffner, president of the Clearfield County Historical Society. The artwork will be included in a new historical marker being placed alomng the Riverwalk at the Society's Kerr museum which remembers the shad and eel migration  that once occurred on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, and was a vital part of the economy for early settlers along the West Branch.

August 2017 - Fair Parade - 1917

The 'Society' steps back 100 years, gaining a sense of the    World War One period !

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JULY 2017

Clearfield Co. Historical Society Board Holds Meeting

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Historical Society met recently for its regular board of directors meeting.

Vice President David Wulderk called the meeting to order at the Alexander Research Center in Clearfield.

Cathy Larson, membership chair, reported the society currently has 633 members.

Genealogy committee members announced the second printing of the genealogy book, Some Genealogies and Family Records by A. Y. Straw, is now available for sale for $30.

This book, originally published in 1931, had been out of print since last year. It is again available for purchase at the CCHS research center, as well as more than 40 other publications.

The committee is also working with the county Veterans Affairs office to obtain a Revolutionary War marker for the grave of Philip Antes, who is buried in Centre Cemetery in Lawrence Township.

He was a soldier of the Revolution and has a marked grave with a tombstone, but he does not have a military flag holder.

Special committee members reported the grass at Bloody Knox has been mowed by Mayersky Landscape, and fire extinguishers have been inspected by Sneath Fire Safety.

The Clearfield County Fair Parade entry was discussed, as well. The entry will be the 100th anniversary of World War I.

This will include a 1917 Model T truck, soldiers in complete World War I uniform, World War I nurses, 48-star flag and the press announcing the U.S. entry into the war.

The society’s Web site is It’s located at 104 E. Pine St., Clearfield, and open each Thursday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

April 2017

Trophy Elk for Display

Left, to right, WCOs Dan Murray, Dave Stewart and Mark Gritzer, and Northcentral Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Rick Macklem pose with the antlers seized in the poaching investigation that has led to charges against three Centre County men.
The 10- by 9-point rack at right initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. Only two bulls legally harvested in Pennsylvania have scored higher. The rack from the 5-by-7 bull is at left, and the sawed-off antlers from the 4-by-5 can be seen in front of it.
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Clearfield County Historical Society    Receives Trophy Elk for Display

CLEARFIELD – The board of directors of the Clearfield County Historical Society have announced that it will receive and permanently display the head and antler rack of the largest poached bull elk in Pennsylvania history.

The display has been made possible through the generous efforts of Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw Jr., the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which mounted the head and antlers.

On Sept. 15, 2014, Mark Gritzer, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, witnessed the poaching of the bull elk, near a reclaimed strip mine in Karthaus. Gritzer had been patrolling the area after previously discovering two, separate illegal killings of bull elk on Sept. 9, 2014. 

While monitoring the area, Gritzer observed multiple bull elks bugling in the field.  Around 9 p.m., Gritzer witnessed an approaching Ford F-150 crew cab. The pick-up stopped, turned on a spotlight and fired a single gunshot from the vehicle killing the trophy elk.

Gritzer immediately activated his emergency lights and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop. Three men were removed from the pick-up and taken into custody. At the time, no weapons were located in the vehicle.

Upon questioning, the outlaws admitted to killing the three bull elk using a 7mm Remington Magnum.  The firearm was tossed from the vehicle when emergency lights were activated by Gritzer. 

A necropsy conducted on each of the animals resulted in the recovery of evidence consistent with a 7mm bullet.  During a search of the area, Gritzer located the firearm used in the killings.   Evidence further established the three poachers were consuming alcohol while poaching the elk. 

When the three suspects came to court, Shaw pursued criminal charges, which had recently been amended in Pennsylvania, for the unlawful killing of big game.

Under the amended law, a violation may result in a misdemeanor conviction and the imposition of a jail sentence, significant fines and a reimbursement fee to the Commonwealth for the cost of replacing the illegally killed animal.

Shaw secured guilty pleas from the poachers, and each culprit was required to serve 30 days in the Clearfield County Jail and to pay more than $10,000 in costs and fees. 

The sentences received in this case are of historical significance. The pleas mark the first time in Pennsylvania history that a jail sentence was imposed for the unlawful killing of an elk.

Prior to changes in the law that enabled Shaw to obtain jail sentences, guilty offenders were subject to a summary violation of the game cade, required to pay a fine and suffer the loss of hunting privileges for a period of time.

After the criminal charges had been resolved, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteered to have the trophy elk mounted, and they took the mount on tour around the country.

Following a year-long venture, the beautiful animal was returned to Clearfield County and donated to Shaw in recognition of his efforts to vigorously pursue game code violations. 

Because of the historic significance of the animal, Shaw felt it appropriate to donate the animal to the county historical society for public display.

The Clearfield County Historical Society is currently renovating a second-floor room, previously used as a museum office, to house the trophy elk.

This remodeling will create the expansive area needed to display the mount, while maintaining the structural integrity of the historic Kerr House, which serves as the society’s museum. 

The dimensions of the mounted elk and antlers are immense. The entire trophy mount is 75 inches high, 61 inches wide and 39 inches in depth.  The shoulders, alone are 22 inches wide. The antler rack has 19 points and has a Boone and Crockett gross score of 460 1/8.

The society intends to have the renovation finished in time, with the elk head on display, for its museum’s opening for public visitation on Sunday, May 7.

The museum is open for both visitation and tours on Sundays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., beginning the first Sunday in May through the last Sunday in October.

The museum is located at 104 E. Pine St., at the intersection with N. Front Street, Clearfield. Admission is free of charge. Group tours can be arranged by calling 814-378-5748. 

The society warmly welcomes visitors to view all of its historical displays to foster a better understanding of Clearfield County’s rich history.


December 2016

August 2016

Clearfield County Fair Parade entry,                      "260 years of the American Soldier."

depicted in period uniforms and clothing.


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Clearfield County Historical Society

   511 Van Valzah Ave.
   Clearfield, PA 16830

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 104 E. Pine St,

  Clearfield, PA 16830

(corner, E. Front & E. Pine Sts.)




  511 Van Valzah Ave.

  Clearfield, PA  16830

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