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"Canusarago" was an aboriginal name for what is now called Muncy Creek
and is the earliest name preserved and handed down to us on good authority. In
1731, Conrad Weiser, the celebrated Indian interpreter and guide, reported this
name as it was pronounced by the Indians of his generation. In proper interpretation
of the syllables of the Iroquoian dialect, he had the assistance of the Iroquois chief,
Shikellimy, who was with him at the time. Weiser's journal was written in German
and later translated by Dr. Muhlenburg, a man of great learning and knowledge
of Indian languages. It then found its way into Schoolcraft's great work and
throughout its many editions, the spelling of Canusarago still conforms to that
In 1755, Weiser again passed this way and upon reaching the mouth of what
is now Muncy Creek, he again called it Canusarago and writes in his journal:
"And as we passed Canusarago, where a town now is," and again, speaking of the
inhabitants, "They were chiefly Showones CShowneesD and Chickasaws. There
are about 20 men in the town when they are all at home." Evidently upon his
first visit the village-site on the rock to the north of the Creek's mouth had been
unoccupied. It was now tenanted by a mixed population from various roving
tribes. While the name of this town in Weiseris day was Iroquoian Cindicating
a previous outpost settlementl it, undoubtedly, was originally a Susquehannock
town with a name now lost to us.
The term Canusarago is from the Iroquois and signifies town on a rock or high
place from the word "Canada," town-"Ar," rock-and "Ago,,' a place-also "Kear-
sarge", the high place. Those acquainted with the character and lay of the land
at "the point" will readily see the application of this description. The deduction
is that the Iroquoian town on this rocky height gave its own name to the creek.
The first surveys were made in the Valley in 1768, at which time the beautiful
name of Muncy was definitely attached, first to Muncy Manor, then to the Creek,
to Samuel Wallis' plantation, to the Fort Muncy, to the Valley, and lastly in 1826,
to the present town of Muncyg and the almost equally beautiful name, Canusarago,
was forgotten. It was not that there was anything in the name Muncy to characterize
any of these except that a tribe of Indians called Muncies, Monseys, or more cor-
rectly Minsies, was found there, temporarily residing, at the time that the pioneers
came. This was not their permanent home. They were here under the direction
and orders of the powerful Iroquoian Confederacy.
T. KENNETH Woon, M.D.
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LARUE C. WILLIAMSON
ZIGMUND M. MUSIAL
High School Principal
ESTHER H. Pous'r Doms I. SHOOK
Administrative School Secretary
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