GRIT Paper Delivery Boy in Logging Town

Clair (Pete) Pye, from Emporium, Pennsylvania, was a diligent GRIT paper delivery boy back in the day.


| May/June 2012


My uncle, Clair (Pete) Pye, from Emporium, Pennsylvania, was a diligent GRIT paper delivery boy back in the day. I recently ran across a striking image of some young GRIT paperboys in Norwich, Pennsylvania, from 1913. Norwich was a vibrant logging town at the time, hence the stumps in an otherwise fairly barren background. The boy holding the GRIT bag is my Uncle Pete. He lived and died in the area. He graduated from Emporium High School and got a job at Sylvania Electronics, where he worked his way up to supervisor. He had a passion for hunting and fishing, and he served as a guide for hunters and fishermen when they came to the Emporium area on business.

My family lived in Norwich, Pennsylvania, at the time. Like many of the logging towns from that era, Norwich no longer exists. Pete’s father worked on the Potato Creek Railroad and logged the area.

Patricia (Pye) Kudrik Manchester
South Wales, New York

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