Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
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Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Patriotic Order, Sons of America - Troy and Mainesburg
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The POS of A, Patriotic Order,  Sons of America, was a prominent organization in many or most small towns at end of the of 19th and start of 20th century. Among their issues was the "Jobs for Americans" campaign. This sounds like a good thing on the surface, but they defined Americans as white, male, Protestant, native born persons. The organization was part of the group of organizations prevalent in that period that were anti Catholic, anti Immigrant, anti Irish, etc. For more information see the POS of A page in  the flagholder section of my site.
POS of A parade on Elmira Street, Troy PA
From Glass Negative in Ed Ballard Collection
Mainesburg PA (Sulllivan Township, Tioga County)
Photo from Margaret WELCH Bentley
Pre 1917 (Church in background burned 1917)
POS of A Parade, Mainesburg PA
Photo from Edna PURVIS Chamberlain
Pre 1917 (Grange and barber shop in background burned 1917)
Wellsboro Gazette - December 10, 1924
P.O.S. of A. Rally
The P.O.S. of A. Camps of Tioga county held a meeting in the hall of Camp 637, at Mainesburg Nov 26.  Much enthusiasm was manifested.  Wellsboro, Covington, Lawrenceville, and Mainesburg were represented.  Devere Mosher, of Camp 658, Wellsboro, District President of the county gave a stirring address.  Other members also gave interesting talks.  After the regular session supper was served by the ladies in the dining room.  During and following the supper everyone got acquainted and had a real jolly time; 54 members were present and all think these "get together" meetings are for the good of the order all over the country.  It is reported the next meeting will be in Millerton.  At the close of the meeting Bert Ogden of Camp 658, presided at the piano and all stood and sang "America."  After which all went home feeling they had spent an enjoyable evening.
 
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