Brookville Resident’s Hard Work Pays Off in New Historical Marker

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Three years of hard work has paid off for a Brookville resident who volunteers with the Jefferson County History Center.

Austin Fields was at Tuesday night’s Brookville Borough Council meeting to talk about a new historical marker that will be placed on Main Street to commemorate what Dr. William James McKnight (1836-1918) did for the town more than 150 years ago.

The historical marker, with the traditional royal blue background and gold lettering, will be placed in the area of the Courthouse Grill and Pub on Main Street, directly across from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Fields got the council’s approval for the marker to be placed on Main Street, and now it’s up to the state to make the marker.

“Dr. McKnight had a great impact on Brookville and northwestern Pa.,” Fields said. “He wrote the ‘Pioneer Outline History of Northwestern Pennsylvania,’ he opened a drug store on Main Street where the Courthouse Grill now sits, and he also served as a state Senator from 1981-85.”

Fields’ work was well-received by Council.

“I know how hard Austin has worked on this, so it’s greatly appreciated,” Council member Randy Bartley said, also a member of the JCHC.

“Getting these markers approved by the state is no easy thing, and the process is pretty arduous.”

In other business, the council approved the following events:

– The YMCA’s ‘Share the Love’ run/walk on April 7;
– Friends of the Flag motorcycle parade June 3; and
– YMCA bicycle race June 23.

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