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In the summer of 1865, the first data for these pages was gathered.  Since that time the work has been pursued with whatever of vigor time and circumstances would permit.  Here a fact, and there an incident were jotted, until all the available sources of information were sought out, the old men and women wherever possible were visited, and their narratives heard and noted, all the old and most of the recent files of county newspapers were ransacked.  Letters were written to many persons, not all of which were answered, and the facts of much of the descriptive part of the history first obtained or former versions of them verified from their replies.
Valuable aid is hereby acknowledged from the works of Sherman Day, I.D. Rupp, Rev. D.H. Focth, J. R. Sypher, Hon. Thomas H. Burrowes, Hon. Samuel P. Bates and several series of articles which appeared in the county papers, one under the nom de plume of Philanthus.
Since September, 1871, holidays and leisure time from the routine of daily duty in the school-room have been given to the preparation of this volume until at the end of eleven months of persistent work, the MS is read to be placed in the hands of the publishers, and from them the book to be sent forth to be criticised and compared with others of a similar kind.  Whether it will receive the dictum of good, bad or indifferent is a question of moment after having finished the most ordinary undertaking; but it becomes of much greater consequence when years have been given to its accomplishment, hence it is with no little degree of solicitude that the author sends forth this first born of this intellect.  Go then, history of my native Perry, and may others have all the pleasure and none of the trials in reading and studying your pages that I have had in composing and writing them."
No one who has never attempted to collect materials for even a short article of by-gone events, can reckon the degree of difficulty that attends a labor of this kind.  Often the most careful research, from title page to finis, of a large volume of old records, you are not able to add a half-dozen lines to your manuscript.  Writing local history is an elegant work for leisure, and cannot be hurried beyond that spended pace.
The following special features will doubtless aid the reader in making up his estimate of the merits of the work:

1st The general divisions into sections, each which again subdivided into chapters, is thought to be the best and most logical arrangement that could have been adopted, because it admits of the treatment of the greatest variety of subjects within the compass of the book.

2nd.  Especial attention is called to the Educational Statistical Statement, from the fact that some of it has been compiled from data which could not be obtained at Harrisburg.

3d.  The Official Vote was compiled at great labor owing to the difficulty of obtaining the different years.  It is believed to be a very valuable addition to the work.  In preparation of both the political and war records, Mr. Henry Hopple's scrap-book was found to be a valuable auxiliary.

4th.  The Natural History, Flora and Geology should attract attention and induce somebody to push further investigations into their inviting domains.

5th.  "The War Record" will preserve the names of those who so signally "made and preserved us a nation," as well as give an account of their doings.

6th.  The Alphabetical Appendix embodies many short biographical sketches and incidents which could not have been given in any other part of the work.

Without the hope of large pecuniary reward, but rather trusting that it may be the means of doing good, this little volume is humbly entrusted to the public by the author.

Millerstown, July 31, 1872.

Listed below are links to various chapters of the above book which was written by Silas Wright; Lancaster PA; Wylie & Griest, Printers, Book-binders and Stereotypers; 1873.


Chapter I:  Indians & First Settlers

Chapter II:  Villages, Towns, and Formation of Perry County

(The chapters of this particular section of the book are contained in various places on the website; click on the appropriate links below.)

Chapter I:  Revolutionary War, 1775-83

Chapter II:  War of 1812-15 (Description)

Chapter II:  War of 1812-15 (Muster Rolls)

Mexican War; 1846-48 (Muster Rolls)

Chapter III:  1861 to 1865 (Civil War)


Chapter I.  School History up to 1854

Chapter II.  The Superintendency, 1854-1872
Statistical Table


Chapter I.  The Geology

Chapter II.  The Flora

Chapter III.  The Natural History


Chapter I.  Official Vote from 1820 to 1871

Chapter II.  Census of Districts from 1820 to 1870




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