Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Annals of Jackson Township
Mrs. Betty Burkhart
Communities And Their First Settlers
Vinco And Singer hillIn an old atlas (1890), we read: "Fairview (Vinco), has an available outlet for underlying coal which will in the near future no doubt make this section of the county teem with business activity." The coal bank opened on the old John Singer farm but the future "business activity" did not continue.
In 1890 names prominent in the community in addition to those already named were Emanuel Custer, S. Grove, J. Kilcher, W. Ford, J. Thompson, S. Allbaugh, David Simmons, J. Sides, G.C. Varner, W. Thomas, S. Cobaugh and P. McConaghy. At that time a parsonage stood where the Rodkey home is now and there was also a planing mill, wagon shop and lumber house, (within the last year another planing mill and lumber building have been erected here.) The name, S. Margudent is also listed among those who resided here before the turn of the century. Rev. J.W. Smouse was the pastor of the local church at that time.
Four brothers came to this country from
Germany in 1820 and one, Peter, settled on what is known as the Smith
farm, near Vinco. They were the Allbaugh boys and have many living
descendants here. Peter was married three times and was the father of
17 children. A son, Samuel, built and lived in one of the first houses
in Vinco, a frame structure which stood below where the parsonage now
is, and which was occupied in later years by the Daniel P. Murphy
family, and has in recent years been torn down. Samuel was the father
of four children, one of who died in infancy. The others were lifelong
residents of this community. They were Mrs. Samanma Bowers, Mrs.
Matilda Good, and John Allbaugh, the latter the owner of Allbaugh's
Park, near Vinco. Three brothers of Samuel Allbaugh fought in
the Civil War and he also wished to serve hiking to Gallitzin to enlist
in spite of the fact that he had a wooden leg. He was turned down,
however. One brother escaped from a war prison and hid in a field where
he ate raw corn to keep alive. He succeeded in making his way on the
long trip home as far as Rosedale where he collapsed at the home of a
relative and died.
Jacob Good settled on what is now known as the Singer farm, near Singer
Hill. His son, Christian Good, moved to Good's Corner in 1814. A
great-grandson, Daniel Good, taught school several years at the Leidy
school and served two terms as recorder of deeds of Cambria county,
elected the first time in 1911.
The Hinkston Run, a stream of water that flows through the valley just below Vinco (it was erroneously stated in last week's installment that this is the Salt Lick creek), feeds into the Hinkston Run dam located just beyond the township line. An interesting story is told (Story's history of Cambria County), about the man after whom the steam was named which concerns the killing of the Indian, Joseph Wipey. According to the story it was prior to 1777 when a Delaware Indian by the name of Joseph Wipey lived just over the township line in what is now Indiana county, but fished on the Conemaugh river and hunted in wilderness around here. He was a peaceful Indian who got along well with the white settlers, as did most of the Delaware tribe. There were several other tribes, however, who did not show the same friendliness to the white man and rangers were sent out to quiet them when they had made one of their uprisings, and to protect the settlers. Many of the white settlers had left here for safety in more thickly populated communities but a Mr. Findley and his "bound boy" had returned to this locality to find a valuable horse they had left behind. The boy was killed by the Indians but Mr. Findley escaped back to Ft. Palmer. One of the rangers sent out to quiet the Indians was John A. Hinkston, and a companion by the name of Cooper. The rangers came upon the body of the boy and buried it, then continued the search for his killer. They found the Indian, Wipey, who was camping on the banks of a small stream and shot him, regardless of the fact that he was of a peace loving tribe and was innocent of murder. The community at large was incensed over the cowardly act and a reward of 50 pounds was offered for the capture of Cooper and Hinkston, who were never apprehended, however. The stream was named for this early ranger.
To Be Continued Next Week