Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Mary Linn (Poorman) Tiffany, of State College.
The 108th annual Poorman and Willis family reunion is scheduled for Saturday at Governor’s Park in Bellefonte, Tiffany said.
Tiffany wrote: “In 1912 the Willis M. and Mary Jane Poorman family, which eventually grew to 10 boys and one girl, moved from the Runville area to John Hamilton’s Sunset Farm. The farm was recently called the Jodon Farm and was east of Atherton Street in the Wal-Mart area.
“They worked the farm and were paid with a share of the crop sales and free housing. Neighboring families during this time were the Dreibelbis Farm and the Krumrine Farm.
“The Poorman family originally settled in Centre County prior to 1850.
“In 1932, Willis Poorman contracted with John Henzey, who was John Hamilton’s son-in-law, to cut 175,000 board feet of lumber from some of the area’s remaining virgin white pine trees. The Henzey farm bordered Penn State land.
“The men pictured in the photo include my father, John C. Poorman; my grandfather, Willis M. Poorman; and some of my uncles and cousins.”
Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Design Editor Laurie Jones at email@example.com. Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at CentreDaily.com. If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.