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Photo of the Month
September 2015
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Circa 1931, the Tantum Lumber Company harvested timber from the heavy forested mountains of southern Somerset County, PA. This work crew in the now-gone town of Humbert consisted of local men who also were distant cousins of each other in multiple ways.

This image was published in the 1990s book, Down the Road of Our Past, produced by the Rockwood Area (PA) Historical and Genealogical Society; and also in the Somerset Daily American newspaper. The full list of names of the crew include: kneeling, left to right, Charley Cameron, Dennis Romesburg, Levi Rose, Denny Kreger. Back, left to right: Charles H. Rose, Mutt Rose, Harvey James Rose and Alec Ohler. Charles H. Rose owned the black horse, and Matt Younkin was the owner of the white one.

Levi Rose (circled in red) -- son of Charles and Catherine (Minerd) Rose -- was one of the laborers, working with a son and grandsons, as was his cousin Dennis Romesburg (circled in green) -- son of Benjamin and Harriet (Younkin) Romesburg. They were doubly related on both the Minerd and Younkin sides of the family. Levi also achieved local fame as a bootlegger who was summoned to court 47 times and convicted twice. He liked to boast that he had consumed enough whiskey to float a battleship. He kept a still in the woods behind his home, and boasted that he was rarely caught because he gave eight-gallon jugs of his brew as "gifts" to local law enforcement officials, and that they never lacked for free hooch.


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