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History of Apollo
Apollo has a detailed and intensely interesting history, beginning with an
Indian village and extending after one hundred and twenty-five years to a friendly
average town, unknown beyond a radius of fifty miles, but loved by all who do
Perhaps one of the oldest landmarks of Apollo is her river, the Kiskiminetas.
This river is said to be second only to the Amazon in swiftness. The Kiskiminetas
can tell a singular and fascinating story. Hundreds and hundreds of years ago
even before the discovery of America, the Kiskiminetas witnessed the pagan rites
of the Mound Builders who lived on its banks. Evidences of these primitive people,
their homes, and their customs have been found down through the years. After
the Mound Builders came the Indians-Delawares, Shawnees, Mohawks, Iroquois,
and Tuscarawas. These savages roamed, hunted, fished, killed, and warred along
the ageless banks of the Kiskiminetas. Then came the Hood of white people seek-
ing adventure, wealth, and homes, driving the Indians westward ever westwardg
marring and blighting their primeval haunts, destroying forever the beauty that
belonged to the Kiskiminetas valley.
These white people cut down trees, laid off lots, built homes, tilled the soil,
and harvested their crops. Soon the Kiskiminetas beheld where once there had been
an Indian "sleeping ground," a peaceful little town filled with busy happy folk.
A great variety of trades were practiced ranging from tanning to the making of
steel. The Kiskiminetas was once a navigable river and Warren fApollo's old
namel was a prominent shipping point. But following the decline of the salt in-
dustry at Saltsburg, our river became practically unused. Then came the extinc-
tion of fish brought about by contamination from the surrounding coal mines.
Much thought has been given lately to the possibility of purifying the Kiskiminetas,
restocking it with fish, and by a series of dams again making it navigable. Such
a project, if carried out, would doubtless add much to Apollo and its beauty.
With the growth of a town comes the desire and the need to educate its in-
habitants through churches and schools. Many churches sprang up, took root,
and lived, until today Apollo boasts nine congregations and one in the making.
The first school was built at the southern end of the old graveyard. It was of
hewn logs and one story high. The seats were of slabs and had no backs. Due to
the growth of Apollo during the following hundred years, many school houses
were built and enlarged. Today Apollo has one of the prettiest high schools in
The welfare of these United States rests upon her common people-a strong
middleclass. Such people live in little towns just like Apollo. In the history of
Apollo can be found the fascinating story of a nation. We are now one hundred
and twenty-five years old.
Let's strive always to remain a vital and interested faction in our great land,
the United States of America.
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It is difficult for the Senior Class of 1941 to
express their appreciation to Miss 1-Ienry for her
work in publishing this, the 1941 Kislcitas. Al-
though we had no money in our treasury and
although it was january-indeed late to start pub-
lishing a yearbook, Miss Henry willingly offered
to give her time and energy in helping us.
To her with our most heart-felt thanks do
we dedicate this book.
Mrs. Weaver, whose timely suggestions and
ideas steered us over many rough places, was par-
ticularly instrumental in helping us raise funds to
publish the 1941 Kiskitas. Under her direction
we made and sold valentines and sponsored a
Washi'ngton,s Birthday Ball.
To her also with deep appreciation do we
dedicate this book.
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