Louis E. Hunsinger Jr.2023-04-06T18:11:41-04:00

Louis E. Hunsinger, Jr.

Louis Hunsinger Jr. is a freelance writer and historic researcher. He contributes to newspapers, as well as research journals. His areas of expertise include writing, researching, baseball, politics, popular culture, military history, and Lycoming County topics. A former writer with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, he has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. He has written several books on Minor League Baseball and regional history. His hobbies are reading and watching the Williamsport CrossCutters.

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West Branch Canal

The transportation of goods, services and people was a rough and inefficient undertaking in the Susquehanna Valley in the early 1800s. This would change with the advent of the West Branch Canal in the 1830s. Colonial and later state officials envisioned the idea of canals as far back as the mid-18th century.

Daniel Repasz

America's oldest band in continuous existence bears his name, but Daniel Repasz didn't join the group until nine years after it was formed. Historian Mary Russell researches Repasz in a Lycoming County Historical Society Journal article, "Williamsport's Musical Heritage," and so does Jeffrey Dugan in his master's thesis, "The Bands of Williamsport." Dugan was director of the Imperial Teteques Band, and cites from the Repasz Band's 100th Anniversary Program

Sum of Its Parts

In addition to Williamsport, Lycoming County consists of a number of important municipalities. A brief history of each, accompanied by historical photos, follows in the first of two parts. The second installment will be published May 22.

William Hepburn

If Michael Ross is noted as the founder of Williamsport, William Hepburn can be regarded as the "Father of Lycoming County." He is as firmly a part of the genesis of the county as Ross is of the city. In fact, Ross and Hepburn's lives would become intertwined. Hepburn was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1753 and came to this country in 1773 or 1774. He lived for a

Williamsport Begins

American history is filled with rags-to-riches stories of great achievers and great personages, and local history is no exception. Michael Ross, the reputed founder of the City of Williamsport, is one of those stories.

Samuel Wallis and the ‘Great Runaway’

Samuel Wallis was among the giants of early Lycoming County history -- probably the largest landholder in the area in the last 30 years of the 18th century. According to John F. Meginness' monumental "History of Lycoming County" written in 1892, Wallis was "the most energetic, ambitious, persistent, and untiring land speculator who ever lived in Lycoming County. His energy was marvelous, and his desire to acquire land became

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