Eldred Township

History of Warren County Pennsylvania                    Schenck 1887

               This township was formed in 1843, and was named for Judge Eldred. The soil is generally a sandy loam, and is well adapted for agriculture, particularly for grazing. No township in Warren County has such abundant springs of water.

               The first settler in the township of Eldred was probably Lovell Greeley, an uncle of Horace Greeley, who came soon after the year 1830.

               The first mill in the township was built by David White on his farm.  Mr. White operated this mill for many years, until, in spite of frequent repairs, it was worn out and went down. The first store was kept by Stephen Mead on the David White farm, and was opened during the oil excitement, in about 1862. The first regular tavern was opened by Leicester Kelley a few years before the Civil War, and continued until about 1865.

               The village site of Grand Valley was owned by Enos Thompson, who engaged successfully in farming. There were stores, a hotel, and saw and shinglemills also in the Grand Valley area.


Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society