Religion has been complex in Titusville since the mid-1800s. With large numbers of people comes many different religions, practices, and expressions of faith. One of those was the African Methodist Episcopal congregation of Titusville, established formally in 1869. However, the church itself has roots much further back in history.
Category: History & Obituaries
The Birth of Tyc-Toc
Tyc-Toc, a center for youthful fun and excitement, created through philanthropy and community organizing in 1951, was a hub for teenagers in the Titusville community and still stands today, serving a slightly different purpose.
Robert W. Clark Jr: Pleasantville Boy on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor
In April 1940, the USS Arizona moved from its home in California to what would become its final resting place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After serving in World War I, the Arizona was stationed in Hawaii to deter Japanese imperialism. On that fateful December day in 1941, two of the 1,512 crewmen on board were …
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A Case of Mistaken Identity: The Tale of the Two Simons
Have you ever run into someone that has a name similar to yours? Maybe people would get you confused with them or think you had an accidental twin? That's what happened to the Strauss and Strouse families of Titusville in the early 1900s. To make matters even more complicated, they were actually related!
Titusville Businesses of Yesteryear
When you walk into a space from your past, memories you may have not thought of in years come flooding back. Check out some of these old advertisements from our local newspaper to take a virtual trip down memory lane together...
The Dempseytown Nitro Explosion of January 1930
Hauling nitroglycerin to its destination caused a person to take their life into their own hands. It was a job that Worthy Sullivan did not survive on his forty-second birthday, January 27, 1930.
Priscilla Presley & Sally Field: Daughters of Titusville
Titusville has had many celebrities in its time. But the fame did not end in the nineteenth century. Two Titusville men went on to marry and have daughters that have names most everyone will recognize: Priscilla Presley and Sally Field.
The Johnsons: A Family Legacy of Military Service
Have you ever heard of the Tuskegee Airmen? In celebration of Veterans' Day 2019, NWPA Stories will highlight a local family whose ranks include one of the famous African American military fighters of World War II and whose family has honorably served our country for generations.
Fact or Fiction: The Witch’s Grave
Supposedly, a witch was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery almost 150 years ago. Upon her stone is a skull. When it rains, the water runs in red rivulets down its face in tears of blood. Many people have sought out her headstone and others have even camped out in the cemetery to see if her ghost may greet them in the night. But the question remains: is the story true? Read on to find out!