Paint Township was part of Shade Township until 1836. Ogle Township separated from Paint in 1886.
Paint Township and Paint Borough took their names from Paint Creek, which reflected color from shale and iron deposits. The word Windber is formed from the Berwind-White Coal Company name that was inverted in syllables. Names of other towns came from their settlers such as Benson Borough, Foustwell, and Seanor (which related to the Zehner/Sanner name.) The name of Scalp Level is said to have come from Jacob Eash who directed his friends to "scalp it level, boys", when the frontiersmen cleared his land. (more...)
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For a listing of churches, please see Somerset County.
Historical & Family ArticlesThe following articles mention many early settlers, and their families.
Paint Township pages © 2005 Brian L. Cartwright Last Revised: Jan 8, 2008
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