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Corry, Pennsylvania, USA - High School

Corry, Erie, PA

On May 27, 1861, tracks owned by the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad intersected with those of the Sunbury and Erie Railroad and was called the "Atlantic and Erie Junction". Land at the junction was owned by Hiram Cory, who sold a portion to the Atlantic and Great Western in October 1861. The railroad built a ticket office at the junction and named it for Cory, but through a misspelling it became Corry.


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Corry, Pennsylvania, USA

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N. Center Street, looking north from Park, Corry, Pa.
Corry, Pennsylvania, USA

N. Center Street, looking north from Park, Corry, Pa.
Corry Evening Journal Building
Corry, Pennsylvania, USA

Corry Evening Journal Building

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1865 - Fire At Corry.
On Thursday evening about 7 - o'clock, a car containing 62 bbls. of crude oil belonging to Van Syckles & Co., of Miller Farm, and consigned to Dean & Co., of Corry, became detached from the train and ran down the grade of the P & E Road at Corry, towards the depot, accumulating velocity as it went. Several efforts were made to stop it, but to no purpose, as the brake was not in working order. On coming to a point a little west of the depot, and when opposite Coburn's platform, it came in contact with locomotive 1028, attached to the way freight train going west. The concussion was so great that the car and locomotive stuck immovably together, at the same instant smashing the head light and bursting some of the oil barrels, which immediately took fire. The intense light produced by the 62 bbls. of oil on fire produced a perfect panic among the good citizens of Corry, who rushed en masse to the scene of conflagration. Great fears were at one time entertained the Colman's platform,... Read MORE...

1871 - Dear Meat
Mayor Wilson, of Corry, Pa, went deer hunting and at the first shot brought down a $200 colt. He paid the owner and owns the carcass. It is dear meat to him, but it is not venison.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 14, 1871
1895 - Corry
Cor'ry, a city of Erie co, Pa., situated at the point where the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad crosses the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad, and on the Western New York & !: Railroad, 37 miles S.E. of Erie. It owes its rapid growth chiefly to the manufacturing and shipping business. It contains 9 churches, 2 national banks, a convent, a Catholic academy, a high school, 3 machine-shops, several steam saw-mills, cigar-factories, oil-supply works, chair- and furniture-factories, a broom factory, 3 tanneries, a boiler-shop, a patent-medicine factory, a bed-spring factory, 3 manufactories of sash and doors, and 2 daily and 2 weekly newspaper offices. The first house was built here about 1860. Pop. in 1890, 5677.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1909 - CIRCUS SEATS FALL. Multitude of People Carried Down at Corry. Tent Catches Fire. A Panic Ensues an Several are Seriously Injured.
Spectators at Cole Brothers' Show Plunged Down When Benches Collapse

Babies and Women Lost in Confusion and List of Casualties May be Very Long

N. Y. Sun-Syracuse Herald - Special

Corry, Pa May 15 - During the evening performance of the Cole Brothers Railroad Circus in this city to-night a portion of the seats gave way and carried down with it a multitude of shrieking people, many of whom, it is feared have been seriously and perhaps fatally injured. A panic ensued among the performers as well as the spectators and to add to the horror ad confusion of the scene the canvas caught fire from the falling gas lights.

The canvas men worked like Trojans in their efforts to extinguish the flames and finally succeeded in tearing away the burning portion of the tent. Owing to the utter darkness into which the interior of the tent was plunged it is impossible at this time to tell how many or how serious are the casualties.

Three persons taken from the debris are Mrs. Byron Davis... Read MORE...

Corry, a banking city of Erie oo., Pa., on the Pennsylvania, the Erie and the Western New York and Pennsylvania Rs., 37 miles SE. of Erie. It contains foundries and machine-shops, flour- and saw-mills, tanneries, and manufactures of locomotives, steam-engines, shovels, radiators, etc. It is in an oil and gas region and contains a state fish-hatchery. Pop. in 1900, 5369.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1925 - Corry
Corry is the second city, that is, one of the two cities, in Erie County. It is in the extreme southeastern part of the county, and was taken from the territory originally within the limits of Brokenstraw Township, one of the original townships of the county, and which was later separated into the two townships of Wayne and Concord.

In 1861 the two railroads then known as the Sunbury and Erie, and the Atlantic and Great Western, crossed each other's rights of way in a swamp in this corner of the county, and had established a little frame ticket office at the junction point, of a triangular form, and was known as the "Atlantic and Erie Junction." Little by little other shanties were constructed in the vicinity, until a small huddle of them was formed at the crossing. In October, 1861, the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad Company purchased a small piece of land from Hiram Corry, the owner of the tract about the junction, and General Manager Hill was pleased to name the station for ... Read MORE...

2023 - Corry, Pennsylvania may be a small town, but there are definitely some cool places to check out and things to do. Here's a list to get you started:
Corry Historical Society:

Start your exploration by delving into the town's history at the Corry Historical Society. It's a great place to learn about the roots of the community.

Corry Area Recreation and Parks:

If you're into outdoor activities, the Corry Area Recreation and Parks offer green spaces, walking trails, and perhaps a nice spot for a picnic.

Downtown Corry:

Take a stroll through the downtown area. You might find charming local shops, cafes, and restaurants. Sometimes the best way to experience a town is just by wandering around.

Corry Junction Greenway Trail:

Lace up your sneakers and explore the Corry Junction Greenway Trail. It's a scenic route perfect for walking, jogging, or biking.

Heisey's Diner:

Grab a bite at Heisey's Diner. Sometimes, the local diners are the best places to get a taste of the community, both in terms of food and conversation.

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female ancestorJosephine Stewart THORNTON (25 December 1890, Corry, Pennsylvania, USA - December 1966, Orange, Florida, USA)

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