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Excerpt: Preface 2007 Edition


Except for brief sketches of the early history of Lake Township, no previous history of Harvey’s Lake has been available. With few exceptions, this history has been drawn from original source material and interviews with Lake residents. The Benjamin Harvey story is adapted from Oscar Jewell Harvey’s The Harvey Book and A History of Wilkes-Barre and Wyoming Valley. The chapter entitled Between the Wars is generally based on the minutes of the Harvey’s Lake Protective Association.

This work is basically a 200 year history of the Lake from its discovery in the early 1780s to the early 1980s when the Lake still had a public character. It is now a largely private residential area. This work was originally published in a red cover edition in 1983. In 1991 a revised aquamarine-cover revised edition, with an expanded “photo album,” sold out after two printings. This edition, larger in format, reprints the 1991 work. The 1991 edition Preface recites the numerous contributions to this work and in part is not repeated here.

The author is grateful to numerous extended family members and friends for memories and photographs. Many were from the World War I-era generation. The author’s major Lake research actually has concentrated on the early years of the twentieth century. In the spring of 2007 the last of the author’s wonderful contributors from the early years of the last century, Carleton Kocher and Willard Crispell, passed away. It seems appropriate to again have this work in print.

The Afterword of this work is a little dated for 2007 but was left intact for this reprint. Perhaps at a later date it will be updated.

In the meantime, the author’s website www.harveyslake.org managed by the author’s son, Matthew C. Petrillo, substantially supplements this written work with new material on a wide variety of Lake area history not covered here.