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Catawissa Borough

Catawissa Borough Hall is located at 307 Main Street, Catawissa PA 17820; phone: 717-356-2561.

Beginnings [1]

The first movement to make Catawissa a borough was taken in 1885, when a petition was presented to the proper court. It was opposed by some who feared added taxation, and by others who did not wish to be left out of the town. The grand jury of that year disapproved the petition. Again in 1887 a similar petition met with a like fate. On Sept. 26, 1892, a third petition was presented by 250 freeholders, and in December of that year confirmed by the court.

The necessary officers for holding an election were appointed, and the following officials elected: C. C. Willits, chief burgess; O. D. L. Kostenbauder, C. O. Brown, E. B. Guie, I. H. Seesholtz, T. E. Harder, William Hartman, counciimen. The first school board consisted of J. B. Yetter, L. B. Kline, S. Raup, C. E. Clewell, J. J. Lewis, A. S. Truckenmiller.

The postmasters of Catawissa borough have been as follows, together with the dates of their appointments:

John Shoemaker, July i, 1802; John Clark, July r, 1803; Joseph Paxton, Nov. 3, 1821; Michael Fornwalt, June 23, 1829; C. A. Brobst, May 18, 1841; Paul R. Baldy, Dec. 6, 1844; John Schmick, Dec. 26, 1846; Charles Hartman, Feb. 15, 1849; John Schmick, Jan. 27, 1853; Casper Rhawn, May 6, 1853; Levi Keiler, Jan. 17, 1861; S. D. Rinard, Oct. 12, 1861; George H. Willis, Aug. 24, 1869; Luther B. Kline, Sept. 24, 1878; Calvin Clark, Oct. 24, 1878; Joseph B. Knittle, Sept. 15, 1885; William H. Berger, April 27, 1889; J. H. Geary, Dec. 20, 1889; Charles L. Pohe, May 6, 1896; Christian E. Geyer, June 5, 1900; Charles M. Harder, Aug. 2, 1913.

C. S. W. Fox was mercantile appraiser in 1899.

According to the United States census figures the population of Catawissa borough was 2,023 m 1900, and 1,930 in 1910. This gives evidence of the fact that most of the population of the township resided in the borough in the early days.

For additional history, see Catawissa Township.

  1. Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, J. H. Beers & Co., 1915.
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