Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: McConnellsburg, Fulton County
Elsie Greathead published her History of Fulton County, Pennsylvania in 1936.
Elsie Selene Greathead was born in McConnellsberg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, and was the author of the 1936 History of Fulton County, Pennsylvania.
Elsie Selene Greathead was born on October 8, 1868 in McConnellsberg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania to Clara and George W. Greathead as the youngest of three daughters. She was a schoolteacher in Fulton County for most of her life. In 1936, she privately published The History of Fulton County Pennsylvania, a work that was inspired by her mother, as Greathead states in her dedication of the volume, “whose interest in McConnellsburg caused her to collect and preserve much of the material herein.”
In her later years, Greathead retired from school teaching to work as an instructor at state-run teachers’ colleges. Failing health caused her to retire from teaching permanently in 1943 and to move out of her downtown house into the Fulton House, under the care of Mrs. Vera James. She was the last in her family line of school teachers when she died in a fire at the Fulton House on January 17, 1944, in McConnellsburg.
The History of Fulton County Pennsylvania. McConnellsburg, PA: The Fulton County News, 1936.