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Title: Community of Dodgertown
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As told to June Hildenbrand

Dodgertown is a very small community, located about 3 1/2 miles north and 1 mile west of Independence.

In consists of a group of six to eight homes. Have not been able to find anyone that known how the community was started or why it carries this name. We do know that it has been in existence before the year 1903.

Some of the families that lived there at that time were:
William and Sarah Crane and five children - four sons, Arthur, Chauncey (Tom), Cecil and Fred and May (Babe) Crane Berlin.
Charles Crane and family of five children
Bill Beaver and Lornie - seven children
William & Dora Farmer - adopted son
Kenneth "Happy" Rhode
George and Sally Shonkwiler
Walter and Clara (McFerran) Brutus and family lived at the east end of the community, but not right in it.

A schoolhouse was moved from below the Henry Brutus Farm across the fields to over on the main road from Independence to Green Hill below the John Benson property. Called Bunker Hill School, later called Benson School.

As small as this community was the township line divided it causing part of the children to go to Bunker Hill and part to Gravel Road School, (located 1/8 mile south of Merle Fellure's residence).

May (Babe) Crane and brother, Fred, rode a horse bareback to Bunker Hill School. She remembers that her brother would sometimes have to hold her feet up to keep them from dragging in the snow. Sometime they would pick up Nellie (Brutus) Weigle and take her. They took her to her first day of school. Merton Knowles was the teacher. Some others that attended were: Lois and Elizabeth (Bader) Whitsel, Paul and Glen Mann, Vern and Ruth (Benson) Faye, Nell (Brutus) Weigle, Lee Morgan.

Sarah Crane, daughter May (Babe), Tom and Fred moved to Attica when Babe was 14 years old because of their dire circumstances. The older boys were married. The father stayed in Dodgertown to look after the place and work for area farmers.

Near this little community lived a man named Ulylesses Leslee, that had a one-horse covered spring wagon. He carried all kinds of things such as - needles, pins, lace, elastic, thread, pots and pans, extracts, etc. he would trade for eggs or chickens. No one had much money at this time, nor did they go to town often. The children were always glad to see what he had crammed into the small space. Also it broke the monotony of the daily living.

Families still living in this group are: Mrs. Oscar (Mary Davis) Watkins and son, Oral, Bryant family, Jim Swindle, Tracy Markley, and at the west end, Bob and Shirley Markley.

Date: 4/1/1990
Origin: Backward Glances
Author: Mrs. John "Babe" Berlin and Nellie Brutus Weigle
Record ID: 00000096
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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