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Photo of the Month
October 2023
See Previous Photos     Unknown Faces and Places
Photo courtesy Carol Page

Having spent her first 18 years in Perryopolis, PA, and always considering it her hometown, Leah Katherine (Thorpe) Page provided support for a Children's Museum wing in the Perryopolis History Museum named in her honor and opened in June 2016. The event was featured in the Connellsville Daily Courier, entitled "Showcasing Lives of Children." Said the Courier, the "museum seeks to showcase local children’s lives from the eighteenth century until present day... It features an antique radio area, where guests can listen to such old-time radio shows as 'The Green Hornet' and 'The Shadow.' In the 'What is it?' area, guests can learn to identify old toys and artifacts from the past [and other] items on display include a vintage bicycle and schoolhouse items.”

The daughter of the late John "Swayze" and Ethel Mary (Davis) Thorpe, II, of the family of Edwin Thomas and Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe, Leah taught elementary school for years while raising a family of two daughters and two sons. In 1954, she obtained her bachelor of science from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. She then went on to teach elementary education in Peekskill, NY (1954-1957) and Conewago Elementary School of the Northeastern School District in York County, PA (1961-1996). Her husband, the late Fred H. Page, was a machine maintenance teacher at York County Vocational Technical School for 19 years, and affectionately dubbed by students as "Uncle Fred."

Leah's brother, the late John Swayze "Jack" Thorpe III, was highlighted in the Photo of the Month in July 2009. Their great-grandmother, Esther Resler (Barnhouse) Freed of East Liberty/Vanderbilt, PA, was the treasurer of the inaugural Minerd Reunion of 1913 held at Ohiopyle, PA, and was honored at our 2023 national reunion held at Mill Run, PA. 

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