If you are from Anywhere, USA, and happened to stumble upon this site, Franklin and Oil City are about eight miles apart along Route 8 in Venango County, Pa. -- which is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie in the western part of the state.
Penny Weichel, site editor
Covering high school football in Venango County, Pa.
Oilers' 27-game winning streak in hoops
It began with a win against Pleasantville in 1914-15.
The first and last of former FHS coach Dave Smith's all-decade teams
School enrollments from back in the day
Found these figures in The News-Herald from 1936-37 when I was doing my original Franklin site.
Walter Camp gives thumbs up to Franklin
Father of American football rules in favor of Franklin in a dispute with Greenville.
FOR THOSE WHO GIVE A HOot: "owl" game firsts
The first game under the lights in Venango County was hosted by St. Joe, which was playing Stoneboro at Oil City's West End Grounds in 1931.
FIRST team All-State GUARDS
Two FHS guards from the 1960s, Paul Beals and Fred Blackhurst were first-team all-state guards.
Charlie Winger won three state championships for Oil City in the early 1950s, He's pictured here with coach John Kaufman.
He later starred at Grove City College -- he's one of the guys in the photo above -- and held the OCHS record for 53 years.
AL FOSTER Scored 51 points in 1918 game
He played QB in the NFL after being drafted by the Steelers and was Coach of the Year for the Colts in 1975.
Nate Byham's pro career was cut short by knee problems. He starred at Pitt after graduating from Franklin. He is an assistant coach at Albany.
Second fiddle to AL Foster NO More
Dale Lash scored 28 points in the 1918 game that Al Foster bucketed a then OCHS school record 51. He also played on the Oilers' unbeaten team in 1916. Then he went on to make a name for himself in New England.
GROVE state champions
Rocky Grove had two state track champions in 1959 -- Bob Flickner (left) and DeWitt Green.
Oil City's Dave Detar wrestled for and coached at Penn State in the early 1920s.
Jim Shaughnessy was a first-team all-state running back for Oil City in 1964.
After starring at Oil City St. Joe and in college, Forrey Hall played on the 1948 San Francisco 49ers, accumulating 966 all-purpose yards