The ferry was originally started by
John W.Berryman, Francis McKee.
It was later owned by Thorton S.
Chalfant then Alexander S. Latta, and
then William C. Huggins.

The ownership then went to James A.
Jacobs then his 2 sons,
Harry Penny Jacobs  
and Charles Blaine Jacobs.
Harry Penny Jacobs was the executor
of the estate.
He hired Donald Buchanan to operate
the ferry from c.1904 to 1923.

James A. Jacobs also owned an ice
house in Fayette City. It is said that
before he bought the ferry, he counted
the passengers coming off to see just
how profitable it was.In those days,
the ferryboat was named "Eleanor",
after Eleanor Jacobs Beck the oldest
daughter of Harry Penny Jacobs.  It
was made of wood.
The main operator after Donald
Buchanan was Andy Levitski. In the
early '50s, that ferry was sold and a
new steel ferry was purchased from
Coal Center, Pa. It's name was "Consol",
then later changed to "Eleanor" also
(pictured on first page).These years
included as operators:
Frank C."Jake" Jacobs, Sr.
(my Grandfather),
Frank C."Tinky" Jacobs, Jr. (my Dad),
Delbert Gottke (my Uncle),
Thurman Smith,
and a man named "E. H."

Harry Penny Jacobs was the executor
of the J.A. Jacobs estate until 1948.
After that,
Della May Jacobs became executor.
The estate included the ferry itself,
the land along the shoreline, shanties
and out buildings, and a grand house
that also included a general store.
This is the oldest picture of the ferry we have.
If you have any information about this, please let us know.
This a copy from an old library book. This announcement is dated 1868.
John W. Berryman, whose name introduces this biographical sketch,
received a liberal education, and passed his youth in East Pike Run
township, this county. He began business life by running a ferry at
Allenport, a vocation he followed for some years. In 1876 he came to Coal
Centre, where he successfully carried on a meat market until 1887, in
which year he entered into partnership with a Mr. Gleason in the grocery
The ferry a short distance north of the town was started after the property came
into possession of Mr. McKee.  On the 13th of September, 1861, he conveyed to
Thornton S. Chalfant the land know as the “Ferry Property,” and Chalfant was “to
have the entire ferry privilege from the lands of Joseph Krepps down the river
shore to the lands of Isaiah Frost’s heirs;” possession was obtained April 1, 1862.  
the ferry passed through several hands, and in December, 1872, it was sold by
Alexander S. Latta to William C. Huggins, who still owns it.