Notable People of Pike and Beyond

"Love Reign Over Me" Pope Francis
“Love Reign Over Me”
Pope Francis

“When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.”
Pope Francis

Chief Thundercloud on the Delaware River – Indian Ladders Waterfall
Chief Thundercloud on the Delaware River – Indian Ladders Waterfall

Chief Thundercloud, a  famous Indian who was the model for the Indian Head Coins ($2.50 and $5) the last minted in the United States lived in Dingman’s Ferry, Pike County. He was a scout with the United States Army, worked in show business with P.T. Barnum as well as the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and posed for leading American artists such as Fredrick Remington and John Singer Sargent.

Pinchot Gone Fishing
Gifford Pinchot “Gone Fishing”

“Then there were more talks, including one to the Rhode Island Legislature, two more interviews with the President, conferences in New York and Cleveland, and one more talk in New Orleans.” After that I went fishing.”

A statement made by Gifford Pinchot (Chief Forester), referring to his exhaustive efforts to keep the conservation movement in the forefront of public and political awareness amid the lack of support from President Taft as concerned the Roosevelt conservation policies.

Rosamond Spirit of the Sawkill
Rosamond – Spirit of the Sawkill

“I love the country; and at our home in Milford, Pennsylvania where I could walk and ride and swim, I was intensely happy. There is a beautiful waterfall on our place. I always keep a photo of it beside my dressing table at the theatre; and when I am blue or discouraged, I look at that picture. Somehow the thought of that waterfall, going on and on without interruption, helps me. In the first place, it will always be there; a bit of loveliness to which I can go back. But even aside from that, it gives me a sense of the steady flow of life itself; the big unbroken current, in contrast with which turbulent streams of our individual lives seem so trivial.”

A passage from the diary of Rosamond Pinchot (daughter of Amos), who after achieving international acclaim as an actress, took her own life at the age of 34. Her story is shared by her granddaughter BiBi Gaston in “The Loveliest Woman in America”.

Joseph Brant
Joseph Brant “Noble Savage”


A controversial figure, Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, known by some as ‘Monster Brant’ and to others as ‘as man of noble action and a dauntless leader’.  From the Mohawk tribe in Canajoharie NY, he rose to become a charismatic leader with a strong will and outstanding abilities.
Deeply loyal to the King, when the Revolutionary War broke out he was dauntless in his efforts to convince the Iroquois Confederacy to remain allied with the British.
As a warrior chief he led the Indians on numerous raids and battles throughout north and west NY and north Pennsylvania.  Notorious in this area were the raids on the Peenpack settlement (Port Jervis) and the Battle of Minisink.
As a diplomat he met King George and George Washington to advocate for Indians rights, a lifelong endeavor.  After the war the Mohawks lost their ancestral land.  He and many Mohawks moved to Ontario, where a town now bears his name and his bronze image stands atop a monument in the center of town.