Samuel T. Moore papers

This collection of Samuel T. Moore’s papers include three boxes with a typed narrative of his life, family photographs, a family tree and history, letters, and a history of Greenwood Furnace. His family history and narrative goes back a few generations into the early 1800s. He also includes letters,...

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Main Author: Moore, Samuel T. 1855- (Creator)
Collection:Samuel T. Moore Papers
Collection Number:PHi.3564
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet ; 4 boxes, 1 volume
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Summary: This collection of Samuel T. Moore’s papers include three boxes with a typed narrative of his life, family photographs, a family tree and history, letters, and a history of Greenwood Furnace. His family history and narrative goes back a few generations into the early 1800s. He also includes letters, printed matter, and other ephemera. There is one volume in the collection, a 1905-1906 letterpress book detailing Moore's survey work. The pages are numbered and the volume is only a fourth full. There is also one framed cabinet card photograph of Samuel T. Moore from 1881. The first box contains personal reminiscences from Samuel Moore. It consists mostly of a typed narrative by Moore of his life, part of a family tree, and some family history. He also broke down his life year-by-year including births, deaths, professional achievements, personal details, and world events. Interspersed throughout are family photographs, portraits, an 1890 sepia photograph of Milroy Opera house, and tintypes. The photographs are usually annotated by Moore with information about who is in the photograph and when the photograph was taken. He also included many photographs of different homes where family members lived over the years in Altoona, Pennsylvania; Milroy, Pennsylvania; and New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Many of the later photographs were taken by his son in law George W. Davis (1877-1965). He also includes his 1878 stenographer business card, newspaper clippings, and his Department of Forestry chief draftsman card. There are a handful of letters are from his family members including two 1869 letters from father and one of his sisters, Cassandra [Kate] Moore before she passed away in 1918. The second box is comprised of Samuel T. Moore’s photographs and a typed history of Greenwood Furnace. Moore illustrated a header for each topic related to the furnace including employees, the last blast, and various locations within the park. There are also many photographs included, among them are images of the furnace, employees, Greenwood Lake, cottages, the tree nursery, and a few of 1880s and 1890s photographs. The furnace’s 1936 dedication ceremony is also heavily documented with photographs, a transcription of the plaque, a timeline of the event, and newspaper clippings. There are also a handful of letters written in the 1930s related to the furnace and Moore’s work. The third box contains a typed Moore family history which includes transcriptions from the family bible of births, deaths, and marriages. There are more images of familial homes and family photographs including a 1860s ambrotype of his sisters. Moore also wrote biographies for certain family members and included newspaper clippings relevant to that person. There is also an 1877 membership certificate for the Knights Templar and three 1948 certificates awarding Irma Davis (Moore’s daughter) a Degree of Flora in New Jersey, Maine, and New Hampshire.
Samuel Thomas Moore was born September 29, 1855, to Mariah Jane Wilson (1811-1886) and Johnston Moore (1807-1870) near Williamsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Early in his life, Moore worked as a store clerk, carpenter, and he would join his father and two of his brothers who were surveyors. He then worked as a railroad car builder, train agent, a rubber stamp salesman, and a stenographer, before becoming a draftsman and surveyor from the 1890s to 1932. On November 18, 1885 he married Anna [Annie] Margaret Swartzell (1858-1935), of Milroy, Pennsylvania. Their two surviving children were Irma Howard Moore (1888-1965) and Mary Theodosia Moore (1890-1979). Moore was a major advocate for the preservation of Greenwood Furnace in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. His name was included in the historical marker on the furnace’s stack number two. Samuel Thomas Moore died on March 31, 1940, in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84. His papers include three boxes with a typed narrative of his life, family photographs, a family tree and history, letters, and a history of Greenwood Furnace. There is also one letterpress volume and a framed cabinet card of Moore from the 1880s.