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Samuel McElhose was a partner in the publishing of the "Jefferson Star" newspaper, beginning on October 16, 1849, in the Arcade building in Punxsutawney, and continuing until his death in 1863. His first partner was A. J. Duck, who sold his interest to James C. Brown, who on his retirement sold to John Scott in 1856.

 The "Jefferson Star" was largely the voice of the Whig party in Jefferson County, and was published until 1865, when it merged with another newspaper.

Samuel McElhose was the second superintendent of schools in Jefferson County, having been appointed in 1856 to fill the vacancy of Rev. Wagaman, whose term was to expire in 1857. In 1857 and 1860, Mr. McElhose was then elected to continue in the post and voted a salary of $550 per year. During this time he opened what he called schools for teachers in the Academy building in Punxsutawney, and held the first teachers institute in the county. He enlisted in the army about June of 1863, and died August 16, 1863. He is buried in the old graveyard in Brookville. (from "Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Her Pioneers and People, 1800 - 1915")


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