Author: bnelson

Twin Oaks – Home on the Tarbell Farm

Author Ida Tarbell wasn’t born in Easton, but in 1906 she chose it as her primary home, living here until her death from pneumonia in January 1944. Her Easton farm, Twin Oaks, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Born in Pennsylvania in 1857, Ida Minerva Tarbell grew up in an oil rich…

From Foot Baths to Spittoons

In 1880 the largest single revenue producer in Easton was undoubtedly the Jennings Brothers’ mill just south of the intersection of Staples Road and Valley Road. The gross sales that year exceeded $10,000. The product – papier mâché vessels that were seamless as well as watertight. Mallett Seeley and his son Bennett lived on a…