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The Frew General Store in the village of Princeton, opened sometime in the 1880’s, was operated by James and Kate Frew – who were assisted by their eight children. When James passed away in c1890 his wife continued to run the business until her own death at the age of sixty-one in late February 1908. Kate died three weeks after the untimely death of her daughter Sarah (Frew) Davis of Wampum. Kate’s daughters Nancy and Adda subsequently ran the store for at least the next decade. I believe that Nancy and her husband Frank Braden managed the store for most of the 1920’s until Frank’s death in 1929. Depicted in this photo from left are: Bernice Brothers (age 8), Adda Frew (age 19), Kathryn Brothers (age 7), May Frew (age 30), and Nancy Frew (age 39) and her husband Frank Braden (age 42). Adda, May, and Nancy are all sisters and Bernice and Kathryn are the daughters of another Frew sister named Edith. There appears to be some construction rubble strewn about so I’m wondering if this building had been recently built or perhaps renovated. (1910) (Photo courtesy of Dee Dee Laird) Full Size
James and Kate Frew had eight children to include daughters Nancy, Sarah, Nellie, Edith, May, and Adda and sons Charles and David. This amazing photo depicts the five eldest Frew girls. I believe they were all graduates of the Slippery Rock State Normal School, a teacher’s college founded in 1889. The school was renamed several times over the years and is the modern day Slippery Rock University. Sitting in front row from left ares Edith Frew (age 22), May Frew (age 20), and Nancy Frew (age 29). Standing in back from left are Sarah Frew (age 25) and Nellie Frew (age 24). Ages are approximate. Edith and May are clutching diplomas so they must have been the only recent graduates. The youngest sister Adda would have only been age nine at this time. (1900) (Photo courtesy of Dee Dee Laird) Full Size
The old Frew General Store has long since closed but the building – now a private residence – is still standing along Mill Bridge