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Photo of the Month
June 2014
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Stricken with a form of arthritis that deformed his bone structure, including his spine, farmer Curtis Fremont Weyant -- husband of Joanna (Harbaugh) Weyant -- was forced to walk with canes on both hands. Here, he inspects his turkeys and hogs with their niece Iva (Conn) Henry in Somerset County, PA. 

The precise location of the image is not known, as the Weyants moved frequently within Somerset County during the early years of the 20th century. Circa 1900, they resided in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, where they were farmers. Later, they made their home at Humbert, a town built to house employees of lumbering and coal operations but which no longer exists. By 1910, their home was in Somerfield (later abandoned and submerged with the creation of the Youghiogheny Dam) in the vicinity of the National Road (today's U.S. Route 40).

His body wracked by his arthritis and spinal problems, and despite medical care from Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman of nearby Ursina, PA, Curtis died at the age of 50 on Oct. 5, 1915.

 

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