Gator Caught in Penn's Creek

The October 3, 1895, edition of the Middleburgh Post (Middleburg, PA) featured a short but peculiar blurb about a man who caught a two-foot-long lizard while fishing near Centreville.  For the record, Centreville was the name formerly given to the village of Penn's Creek.  The name was changed after a dispute with another village with the same name in Crawford County.

According to the article:

F.B. Bolig accompanied by C.E. Sampsell, candidate for sheriff, while fishing for bass in Kerr's dam, caught a lizard or alligator or resembling such and is over two feet long.  Fred says the animal is alive and doing well.

(the original article can be viewed here)


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