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Named after early settler Charles G. Fagundus, this ghost town straddled the Warren-Forest county line.
Read about the three brothers who purchased the Fagundus farm in 1870 during the oil excitement.
The Fagundus City Press newspaper was established.
Source: History of the counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania, with biographical selections, M.A. Leeson, J.H. Beers & Co., publishers,1800; page 881.
May 7, 1872 - From the Wednesday edition of The Forest Republican, page 2, dated May 7.
--The pipe of the Cleveland Pipe Company was yesterday broken at Fagundas, by the falling of a tree. Owing to the absence of the telegraph operator, it was impossible to ascertain whether the oil was running all right, and when he got around he could not "call" Trunkeyville. The consequence was that about one hundred and seven barrels was run out on the ground. The next time the company want to run oil they will undoubtedly look up the operator first.--Tidioute Commercial.
Fagundus City became a very prominent business center, and continued so until destroyed by the fire of May, 1874. Forty five business houses were devoured in two hours, the loss being estimated at from $60,000 to $90,000.
Source: History of the counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania, with biographical selections, M.A. Leeson, J.H. Beers & Co., publishers,1800; page 905.
July 21, 1874 - From the Wednesday edition of The Forest Republican, page 3, column one, dated July 22.
--Our Commissioners went to Fagundus yesterday for the purpose of running the line between Warren and Forest Counties, about which we believe there is some difference of opinion.
August 7, 1956 - From the Tuesday edition of The Derrick (Oil City-Franklin-Clarion, PA) newpaper:
Old Home Day At Fagundus Held Saturday
PLEASANTVILLE – In spite of the cool, wet weather, some 80 people were present for the observance of Fagundus Old Home Day on Saturday. The ladies of the community had home made pies, cakes, ice cream, coffee, and soft drinks to sell for the benefit of the Fagundus Church. A business meeting and program was held in the church at 3 p.m. The meeting opened with the group singing “Blessed Assurance.” Remarks were given by both Mr. and Mrs. William Ives of Wooster, O. Mrs. Ives is the granddaughter of John Fagundus, for whom the settlement was named. A letter was read by Mrs. Pauline Norton from Miss Ruth Fagundus of Baltimore, Md., daughter of John Fagundus, and the only known person still bearing the name of Fagundus. She expressed her regrets at not being able to attend the observance. Two readings, “My Bifocals,” and “The Ninety and Nine” were given by Mrs. Clyde Waddell. A duet, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go,” was given by Mrs. Clarence Stearns and Martha Cubbon. Miss Cubbon accompanied on the piano. A talk was given by Rev. Ernest Kaebneck, Warren, who had much to do with maintaining a Union Sunday School at Fagundus in past years. Election of officers followed with Joseph Cubbon being elected as president, George Fullerton as vice president, Josephine Cubbon as secretary and Mrs. Pauline Norton as treasurer.
Prizes were awarded to those attending for the following: Youngest present, Marian McClain, 16 months; traveling the farthest, Mrs. John Wilson of Aurora, N.J.; the oldest lady, Mrs. Margaret Anderson of Pleasantville; and the oldest gentleman, Edward Nason of Kellettville, 81 years.
Others who attended from a distance were Mrs. Frank Baker of North East, Mrs. Denise Manross and son Glenn, of Forestville, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Childs of Titusville, George, Janice and Karen Manross of Titusville, Mr. and Mrs.George Manross of Union City, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Manross of Kirtland, O., Mrs. O.W. Turk and Leland Berry of Plumer, Mrs. Edith Maris of Rouseville, Rev. Ernest Kaebnick of Warren, Mrs. Campbell of Franklin, L.G. McCorry of Herman, Pa., Miss Ellen Bowman of East Hickory, Mrs. George Wilson of West Hickory, Mrs. Clarence Stearns and daughter Roberta, of Corry RD, Dick Manross of Sugar Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downey of Grand Valley and George Fullerton of Clarendon. Mrs. Julia McGraw, Emmett McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Clinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. Elmer Peterson, Gordon Downey, William and Linda Downey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Thomas, Mrs. Clyde Waddell, Mrs. Jane Rosequist and Greta Rosequist, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Schall, and Mrs. Belle Byrnes, all of Tidioute.Myoma R. Carson of Neilltown, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weldon of Grand Valley and Mary Jane Andrews of Endeavor.Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cubbon, Mrs. Ann Schriver and daughter, Nancy Jo, Mr. and Mrs. Judson Cubbon, Wayne and Martha, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Poor, Mrs. Clara Proudfit, Mrs. Margaret Anderson, and Clair Peterson, all of Pleasantville.Mr. and Mrs. Harry Manross, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn McClain and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Taft, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Norton, Mrs. George Norton and son William, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson, David Manross and Harry Head, all of Fagundus.
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