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Alvin Maze Elder was born in 1880 in New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania to Arther and Elizabhet Elder. In 1901 he married Elizabeth McCurdy and in 1905 they had their daughter, Gladys.
Alvin worked in several capacities as a farmer and surveyor. He served as an agent/foreman for the Manufacture Light and Heat Company, and treasurer for the Philipsburg and Glade Turnpike Company, which may have originally been the “Bellefonte, Walkerville, and Warriors’ Mark Turnpike Road Company” The Pennsylvania General Assembly commissioned Elder among twenty-five others to establish the company and begin constructing the turnpike.
This collection consists of one folder and three volumes which record the stock amounts paid by the subscribers of the Glade and Philipsburg Turnpike Road Company. The folder contains three letters (1862, 1863, and n.d.) addressed to Elder regarding surveying and accounts. There are also treasury receipts all dated 1853. The first ledger (1830 – 1854) records individual transactions and accounts of each investor. The second ledger (1853 – 1869) contains similar information but for a different set of account holders. The third volume is the treasure and stock book that records accounts dating from 1852 to 1868. Later entries in the volume are for Elder family members – Robert and George – who might be among Alvin’s four siblings. Another interesting notation at the rear of the volume describes Alvin as the “guardian of minor children of [illegible (name)],” which explains why there is another child listed in his household in the 1840 census.
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Weckea D. Lilly
- Finding Aid Date
- August 2012
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.