Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Scrap Metal Theft in Munderf & Richardsville

During the course of the past couple of weeks there have been at least two cases of stolen scrap metal in the Munderf and Richardsville area. We would appreciate any info anyone has on these incidents, or any other incidents of similar theft. The first theft occurred at the old Munderf school. Among the items stolen were support posts that were going to be used in the basement. These were heavy gauge round steel pipes about 8 feet long. The theft in Richardsville was of a foot board of a very heavy antique Mission style brass bed frame. Why did the thieves only take the smaller foot board and leave the headboard? Who knows. Very thick solid brass frame, square tubing, value of bed far exceeded scrap value. We'll gladly pay a reward for anyone with info that leads to the prosecution of the thieves in either case.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Veterans Day Carry-In Supper 11/11 - 6:00 PM in Richardsville

There will be a carry-in supper at the Richardsville Social Center on November 11th at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring some sort of dish to share if possible.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hayride & Wiener Roast 9/16, 5:00 PM in Richardsville

The Richardsville Social Center will be holding a hay ride and wiener roast on Friday, September 16th at 5:00 PM at the Social Center in Richardsville. Everyone is invited. Feel free to bring a covered dish to share.

Friday, August 12, 2011

1908 Syphrit Public School Souvenir Book

For the past couple of weeks I've been sorting through old stuff, trying to sort things out and make some order of piles of antiques. Today I found an end-of-the-school-year souvenir booklet from the Syphrit Public School in Munderf from 1908!
     Where it came from or where I got it I have no idea. It was laying on the concrete floor under a pile of stuff and several layers of boxes, near deeds and wills from the 1800's in Ontario, Canada. I don't know where I got it, and I never remember seeing it before, but I thought that it might be something that residents of Munderf might be interested in.
        The cover is pictured at the left. I'm guessing that the photo on the front is a picture of the teacher Lula Rea. There were only about 25 students attending that school in the school year 1908, so the fact that this still exists is quite extraordinary.
        The Syphrit Public School was located on the hill just below the Bell residence on Egypt Road. It was one of six public schools in the early 1900's in Munderf. According to this little booklet, Lula Rea was the teacher and the members of the school board included N.W. Clark, R. Armstrong, D. Wingert, R. McFadden, A.T. Hoffman and F. Work. That's right, there were a combined total of six school board members overseeing the education of 25 students in a school with six grades! That would be like Brookville or Brockway schools having 400-600 school board members if that ratio was applied to today's schools.
     On the first page of the booklet it reads "In memory of days spent together in the schoolroom this token is presented with the compliments of your teacher." The next page has a list of students in each grade as well as the teacher and school board members' names. The next three pages have a poem with illustrations. The last page has the poem:
The School is out and now we part,
  And go our sev'ral ways,
To mingle in lifes busy mart,
  And spend vacation days.

The students who attended the Syphrit Public School in 1908 are as follows - First grade: Clarence Smith, Clyde Heitzenrater, Freda Chamberlain, Orvil Davis, Martha Davis; Second Grade: Vincent Davis, Gerald Clark, Ima Smith; Third Grade: Fred Williamson, Beryl Davis, Derald Smith, Leota Smith, Floyd Heitzenrater; Fourth Grade: George Smith, Chesleigh Davis, Ella Heitzenrater; Fifth Grade: Merle Clark, Ernest Chamberlain, Orley Chamberlain, Lottie Lyle, Jerry Lyle; Sixth Grade: Floy Webster, Noah Webster, Clara Webster, Ava Davis.

The photo below is from the Polk Township website and shows the Syphrit Public School as it appeared over a hundred years ago.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Community Benefit Yard Sales This Weekend

In addition to the Hazen Flea Market and several other local yard sales in Richardsville and Hazen, there will be two community benefit yard sales.

The Richardsville Social Center will be holding their annual benefit sale on Friday and Saturday (June 3 & 4) starting at 8:00 each morning. Proceeds benefit the Social Center.

There will also be a benefit sale at the Hazen United Methodist Church on Saturday (June 4). The sale is being held to help raise money to send some members of the congregation on a mission trip to Haiti to help with the ongoing earthquake relief efforts down there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Three Photos from the Munderf Church & Cemetery

I've been meaning to get some pictures from around the Munderf area posted, however, I busy during all three hours of sunshine we've had this spring. So today I decided to take some despite the clouds. It didn't work out so well. I got three pictures that were half-way decent and about 15 that were quite horrible. The photo above is a panorama type photo from the cemetery behind the Methodist church. If you click on it, it will get bigger. I have a large copy of it that is ten feet wide, literally, and may post it on this site sometime.

Will try to get some more photographs from the area someday when the sun shines.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Polk Township Meeting 7:00 PM - Second Tuesday of Month

The Polk Township supervisors will hold their monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Polk Township building in the center of Munderf.

The township monthly meetings are open to the public and community participation is encouraged.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Slyhoff Grave Legend

The rock was originally on the tombstone.
Below is a slightly abridged version of the legend of Slyhoff's grave in Munderf, PA written by J. Haight. You can find the full article here. We've added our own insights below the story.

 This is a story of a Richard Slyhoff, a mean drunk no one liked. His neighbor's often referred to him as a "Cain raiser." But much worse was his lack of belief. He was proud to be called an atheist. And yet on his death bed, he made a very strange request to his family. He made them swear to his wishes to be buried beneath a huge boulder about 20-30 feet high, on their property. His reasoning was simple- He did not want the devil to find him on Judgment Day. In this same breath he made a very dangerous statement. "If there is a God let the rock go in the opposite direction."

Slyhoff's family set about to do his bidding when he had passed on in January 2, 1867.
They dug out just enough space for his body, and a place wide enough for a grave marker.

It was very strenuous and back breaking work. The men did most of the digging on their knees. Even a motorized crane had to be brought in to finish the work. Finally they had dug enough room to push the coffin beneath the rock. The space was so confined they had to use a portion of the boulder as the marker. With their work finished the crew left, never intending to return. But one of the crew did return to the lone grave, perhaps out of curiosity or perhaps out of a sense of obligation to pay due respects.

What he found was a total shock!

The grave he and his friends had spent hours digging out, was now totally uncovered. Instead of concealing the grave as was the original intent, the huge boulder had moved UPHILL! Slyhoff's grave was now totally exposed to the sky, a good 15-20 feet from the rock. There was now plenty of room to walk completely around the infidel's grave. Over the years, the monstrous rock has moved further and further from Slyhoff's grave.

What is the message God is trying to relay? Could it be that no matter how frightened Slyhoff was of Satan and his legions on Judgment Day, that Slyhoff should be all the more afraid of his Maker whom he had rejected and had spat in His face and had thrown out a challenge. Now, not only does Satan have access to this atheistic shell of a man, but more so his Maker and how much more frightening for him, is that?

If you're interested in visiting this historic site, located at Hideway Cottages, visit their website For a small fee they will give guided tours of the "Infidel's Rock", located on their property.

The story above is basically the same story that everyone from Munderf has heard and that has been passed down for 150 years. There are always slight variations of the story and there are many variations on the story that is found on numerous online websites. The way I've always heard the story told is that Slyhoff wanted to be buried under the rock to hide from God because he was a bad person and wanted to escape judgment. 

Is the story true? Who knows? Probably to some extent, but the version above has some serious inconsistencies (who buries a man that no one likes? And who takes the time and effort to bury him under a rock). What is known is that Richard Slyhoff was a real person born circa 1825 and died January 2nd, 1967. So, the burial would have taken place in the middle of winter, which would have been a lot of fun. According to the 1860 census, Slyhoff was married to Isabel and they had several children.

Munderf on Facebook

The Munderf community page on Facebook is now easier to find and remember. You can visit the page with the simple web address or just click that link. Stop by the community page and give it a thumbs up and say hello or share news, upcoming events or some photos.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Welcome to

Welcome to our new website We'll be adding updates, photos, events and other info in the future. Anyone interested in adding info of any kind can contact me and I can add the info. If you would like to be able to post to the site yourself with stories, news, etc., I can also set it up so that you can do so by yourself. If you haven't done so yet, please visit our Munderf Community Facebook page and say hello.