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Town residents appreciate simplicity
ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. —When
Jonas Swab founded the Swab
Wagon Co. Inc. in 1868, he used
“wagons that wear” as his motto.
The founder of Elizabethville could
have adopted a similar motto. Eliza
bethville, like the Swab wagons, has
Elizabethville offers its 1,540 resi
dents an escape from the pressure of
modern life. The people here make
the most of the simple goodness of
Elizabethville doesn’t have door-
to-door mail delivery, so residents
make their daily trips to the post of
fice a social event. Elizabethville
doesn’t have a movie theater, so resi
dents flock to the library for books.
The town’s history goes back to
1817, when John Bender founded it
on 50 acres he inherited from his
parents. Bender cleared the land
and divided it into building lots,
which he sold at a public auction.
Although the town originally was
known as Benderstettle in honor of
the founder, Bender renamed it
Elizabethville in honor of his wife.
The town grew, getting its first
post office in 1832, first school in
1835 and first telephone in 1885.
The Elizabethville Water Co. was in
corporated in 1889, and the town’s
first electric street lights were lighted
In the late 1800s and early 1900s,
the whistle on the Mattis flour mill
on Railroad Street blew at 11 a.m.
each weekday, letting housewives
know to put potatoes on the stove
for the noon meal. The whistle be
came known as “the potato whistle.”
It’a not unusual to see the
Anush driving horses and
buggies through this town
since Amish people live in
Over the years, Elizabethville’s
growth has been steady. The town —
nearly 1 Vs miles long and a half mile
wide — has a seven-member council,
Mayor Alvin Michael, one full-time
and one-part police officer, and a
fire company that also provides am
“Elizabethville started as a com
munity that had a lot of small indus
tries to service farmers and outlying
areas,” said Beth Facinelli, Elizabeth
ville Borough Council vice president
and resident for eight years. “To a
large extent, it has stayed that way.’*
It’s not unusual to see the Amish
driving horses and buggies through
this town, since Amish people live in
surrounding communities. In fact,
Facinelli said, “when you hear the
clip-clop of horses out your window,
it’s easy to imagine you’re living 100
Probably Elizabethville’s best
known industry is the Swab Wagon
Co. Inc., founded by Civil War vet
eran Jonas Swab in 1868. Swab sold
his first sleigh for $ 10.
Over the past 117 years. Swab em
ployees have custom-built thousands
of wheelbarrows, wagons, commer
cial truck bodies, automobiles and
Swab W'agon Co. went through
tough times seven years ago, when a
fire gutted the company’s main fab
rication shop and offices Dec. 12,
1978. Eight months after the fire,
the plant was restored.
Swab Wagon uses one of its ware
houses as a museum where it dis
plays old wagons, a Model A Ford
meat delivery wagon and one of the
nation’s first modular (box-shaped)
Some other industries here in
clude the Elizabethville Garment
Co., which makes children's cloth
ing; Faylor-M iddlecreek Inc., a
stone-crushing plant; Elizabethville
Monument Co., which makes
tombstones; Playtimers Industries,
which makes slippers; C.E. Sum
mers, frozen food distributor; and
H.E. Weaver, retail meat market.
Metal Industries Inc., just outside
the borough in Washington Town
ship, manufactures storm windows
anu employs a lot of borough resi
More than 100 years ago, Eliza-
bethville was known for its hotels
The Washington Hotel, built in
1862, still is in business as a hotel
restaurant and bar. The Keplet
Home, on the site of the Old Red
Tavern hotel, today
Elizabethtown's best known na
lives were civil engineer John Paul
Jr.; Jacob Frederick Eisenhower,
grandfather of the late President
Dwight D. Eisenhower; and David]
Eisenhower, the late piesident’s fa
The Eisenhower homestead was
built in 1854 by Ike's grandfather.A
marker near the home notes tk
"From this farm the family migrated [
to Kansas in the summer of 1878.”
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Nuclear plant ridden
with poor construction
WASHINGTON — An official
with a Nuclear Regulatory Commis
sion task force says his staff has vali
dated about 75 percent of 1,000 alle
gations of shoddy construction work
at the Comanche Peak nuclear
power plant in Texas.
But Vince Noonan, director of the
task force, said it still may be a year
before' a decision is made on
whether the plant, near Glen Rose,
should receive an operating license.
Some of the allegations made
about work performed at the plant
are expected to be the subject of ex
tensive hearings before the U.S.
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.
The board will have to issue a rec
ommendation to NRC commission
ers on whether the plant’s owners,
Texas Utilities Electric Co., should
receive an operating license.
“We don’t have a good feel for
how much longer it will take, and we
don’t feel the (licensing) board has a
feel for how much longer it will be,
either,” Noonan said Tuesday. “I
would suspect we would not get a de
cision from the licensing board until
this time next year.”
Dick Ramsey, spokesman for
Texas Utilities, said earlier reports
to the company from Noonan’s staff
indicated that fewer than 10 percent
of the allegations required corrective
Texas Utilities has been unable to
estimate either a completion date or
a final cost estimate for Comanche
Peak since Noonan’s staff issued a
string of critical reports last winter.
Wisconsin farmers sign
up for Chinese lessons
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ers in the north-central area of
Wisconsin are learning to speak
How better to deal with buyers
from Hong Kong who annually
purchase a crop that is reputed to
improve sexual performance?
The state is tne world’s richest
source of cultivated American
ginseng, a bitter, brown root
prized in China and other Asian
nations where it is chewed raw or
brewed into tea for its supposed
In Marathon County, seat of
the state’s ginseng industry since
the mid-1800s, approximately
1,000 growers expect to harvest
more than 800.000 pounds of
root this fall, said Jeff Schira,
president of the Wisconsin Gin
seng Growers Association.
Because the price is deter
mined by dickering between each
buyer and seller, about 20 grow
ers and brokers have signed up
for a course in conversational
Ginseng brought more than
$25 million into Marathon
County last year. Schira said, but
few growers are getting rich on it
since most are dairy or grain
fanners who set aside only an
acre or two for ginseng gardens.
The gardens must be weeded
by banc) and carefully tended to
prevent root rot from spreading,
and must have about 70 percent
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