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Pardoe was a thriving mining communing about four miles east of Mercer in Findley Township.  

The village was named for the Pardoe Brothers - William and Hunter, the owners of the land where the Pardoe was built.  

Mercer Mining and Manufacturing, and the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad were the life-blood of early Pardoe.  Pardoe had several major mines.

When mining was at its peak, between 1880 and 1910, the population of Pardoe rose to 2500 - 3500 inhabitants, many of them immigrants from Germany, Austria, Scotland and England.  The large mines closed in the 1920s, followed by the smaller mines in the 1930s.  Today Pardoe is comprised of a few homes.

Businesses in Pardoe, according to the 1873 Combination Atlas for Mercer County:  B. Heidrick, Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots, Shoe, Hardware & Etc.; two churches, a Miners Hall and a post offices.

Landowners in Pardoe in 1873: 

Thomas Hosack, J. Scholk, D. Davies, Hugh Hayton, Rich Humphrey, Ed. Buckham, R. Jones, H. Goodhead, R. H. Humphrey, William Peters, C. Meek, A. Uhl, William Pardoe, Joseph Myers, John Michaels, J. E. Hammond, John Daum, G. H. Moore, H. Krah, and Joseph Hepting.

Pardoe,  a station on the P. S. & L. E. Railroad, is a sprightly village of several hundred inhabitants. Its growth has been dependent upon the activity of the adjoining coal mines, which have given occupation to the people of the community. It was laid out in 1869 by the Mercer Mining and Manufacturing Company. Lots for school and church purposes were donated at the inception. Three churches, a Presbyterian, a Methodist and a Catholic,have been since established, the organizations dating back some ten years. Bernard Heidrich started the first store. The property finally fell into the hands of C. M. Derickson, of Mercer.

History of Mercer County, 1888, pg. 528



located in Findley Township

Postmasters - Pardoe Post Office

If you're looking for your ancestors in Pardoe...

try the 1850 & 1870 Census for
Findley Township

Residence of William N. Pardoe in Pardoe


Residence of 

Rev. S. C. Reid

in Pardoe 

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