Thursday, January 5, 1911: Missing entry: Diary resumes on January 12
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since there is no diary entry again today, I’ll tell you a little more about what I’ve learned about McEwensville.
There is a sign at the edge of town which says that McEwensville used to be called Pine Grove. I can’t remember the town ever having another name, but I thought maybe it had a different name when Grandma was young. But according to George Wesner’s History of McEwensville the name change occurred much earlier.
The town was originally called Pine Grove, but there was a problem because another town in Pennsylvania had the same name. So the residents decided that the town needed a name change.
A War of 1812 veteran named Alex McEwen owned a tavern in the hamlet. One evening a number of guests were at the tavern. Alex was a fantastic host and the probably well-lubricated guests were having a wonderful time. The town name issue popped up. It was suggested that the town should be named after Alex—and it has been McEwensville ever since.