Henry Rouse

(Adapted from Jim Keller’s Some Special People of Warren County)

               Henry Rouse was born in Westfield, New York, October 9, 1824, and he died as a relatively young man at the age of 37 on April 17, 1861.

               Mr. Rouse came to Warren in 1840, and taught school that winter in Tidioute. He accepted his pay in wooden shingles, put them on a raft and sold them in Pittsburgh. After two years, Mr. Rouse was able to buy his own raft, and began to accumulate his fortune. He bought into a sawmill, produced his own lumber, and owned a fleet of rafts. He became a partner in a store in Enterprise, and after fifteen years of diligent work, was the owner of one thousand acres of prime pine timber.

               In 1859, he was elected to two terms in the Pennsylvania legislature. At this time, he also started to invest in oil wells and oil lands. He spent much time, money, and labor in opening and improving roads, constructing bridges, and helping on projects in order to develop the wealth of the county.

               Mr. Rouse suffered fatal burns in an oil well fire in 1861. Before he died, however, he left much of his estate to the improvement of roads and bridges in Warren County and to aiding the county’s poor. His money is still active in the Rouse Home in Youngsville.


Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society