This year marks 150 years since the beginning of high school education in Titusville! To celebrate, this post is a photo walk through time, from 1915 to last year's homecoming. It includes memories from football, cheerleading, majorettes, marching band, homecoming parades, and homecoming courts. Maybe you will see yourself or a friend. Feel free to share, reminisce, and cheer on our Rockets at Homecoming 150 this Friday!
Category: History & Obituaries
The Secret History of the Titusville Trust Company: 100 Years
A staple of the community built by early titans of Titusville, the bank building at 127 West Spring Street, founded as the Titusville Trust Company, opened its doors 100 years ago this Monday, August 12. A magnificent example of architecture and design, the Titusville Trust Company building, now Farmers National Bank, hearkens back to an era of wealth and opulence in the Oil Region. It even harbors a few secrets in its basement, once bustling with activity and life.
The Bloss Brothers: From the Wild West to the Titusville Herald
Extra! Extra! Read all about the Bloss Brothers founding the Titusville Herald in the prime of their whirlwind lives of adventure, the Wild West, and war!
Women’s Suffrage in Titusville
One hundred years ago this month, the United States Congress voted in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. The movement that led up to this momentous occasion was called women's suffrage and countless women fought and died for the ballot before they ever got the chance to finally cast one. Many women in Titusville were dedicated to this cause and booked national speakers, campaigned, organized, and even hosted one of the most famous icons of the suffrage movement.
The Wizard of Oz in the Oil Region
One hundred years ago this month, the man who took us down the yellowbrick road in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz passed away. Did you know that none of it would have been possible without the influence and affluence of the Pennsylvania Oil Region?
Edwin Garnet Riley: The Famed Poet of Titusville
Edwin Garnet Riley was born in Titusville in 1880 and became Titusville's first and only poet laureate. He traveled throughout the United States campaigning on behalf of education for African Americans and remains one of Titusville's most prominent historical figures.
The German War Cannon that became a Titusville Church Bell
In 1873, the German Reformed Church of Titusville requested a cannon used in the Franco-Prussian War from German Emperor Wilhelm I. He said yes and today, it is a bell of peace that still finds its home in Titusville.
Titusville’s Alien Invasion
The term UFO was coined in 1953 by the United States Air Force. Before then, unidentified objects were called "flying saucers," "flying discs," and even "flying flapjacks." Titusville and the surrounding areas had their fair share of UFO sightings. Most sightings occurred between 1952 and 1979.
The Spanish Influenza Epidemic in Titusville, 1918-19
One epidemic in the early 1900s killed more people than the entirety of World War I. In fact, this epidemic killed more people in the United States than the Civil War (620,000) or all other U.S. wars combined (644,000). What was this deadly and destructive force that wiped out millions the world over? A simple three-letter affliction that still kills people today: the flu.