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AN OLD apple tree, one of dozens remaining from the Ricketts era, stands near the remains of a structure that once stored fire fighting equipment. In recent years, the PGC and Red Rock Chapter of the NWTF have planted apple tree seedlings throughout the area to maintain the tradition and provide a valuable wildlife food source. and Downtown Ricketts. The uptown area contained the sawmill, planing mill, horse stables, blacksmith shop, Lutheran Church, Patriotic Sons of America Hall, and a number of company homes. The Downtown area was home to the stave mill, drying sheds, train station, general store, post office, hotel and several homes. Years after the boom was over, this area was purchased by the Game Commission and became a State Game Lands. I had the good fortune of spending an early spring day with local historian and author Peter Tomasak, who gracefully showed me several remnants of the “ghost town.” His book entitled In Command of Time Elapsed, The Life and Times of Robert Bruce Ricketts is an extensive and authoritative piece on the subject. We first examined what remains of the Patriotic {Order} Sons of America Hall and a few other foundations on Church Row. POSA is a nationwide fraternal organization formed in 1847 to uphold and keep alive patriotism and religious values. Chapters still exist, and the organization has its own website. Next we walked along what APRIL 2010 once was Whipple Street and the foundation of the Sullivan County Schoolhouse, still very much intact. Apple trees in this area indicate where homes once stood. These trees today represent a valuable food source for deer and other animals. Closer to the mill pond we entered the blacksmith shop. The cement walls of one section still remain, and rusted iron debris can still be found around the structure. Farther along, we examine the base of the water tower that provided water for the underground steam boilers that serviced the huge engines that powered the mill saws. The engine and saw foundations are located in a wet area behind the breast of the old mill dam. Peter shows me a few pieces of saw blade amongst the grass and muck. We slosh our way past the planing mill and follow a railbed heading “downtown.” I asked Peter about the location of the town hall. He explained that he’s searched for the foundation over the years but never found it. I admitted that I looked the previous fall and was also unable to locate any remnants. Before parting ways, I told him I would give it another try. The town hall was the social center of Ricketts. It was there that many church services, meetings and Saturday night dances were held. It was even the venue for boxing matches. The winners of the bouts at Ricketts would travel to Lopez to take on the winners of contests there. The Saturday night dances were lively affairs that usually included a fiddle player. Folks could unwind and shed the pressures of work at the lumber camps or at the mills. Also shown in the town hall were “magic-lantern shows,” an early version of movie theater productions. These shows have been de13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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