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Comments (2013)

Jan 2, 2013 From: William M.
Mr. Bales, I am originally from the New Castle PA area, but now live in Colorado Springs CO. My brother brought your web site to my attention. Thanks for your hard work. It is interesting seeing some of the history of my roots. I was wondering if you have any information or plan on doing a section about the Kirk-Hutton Store that was located on East Washington Street just east of Kennedy Square in town? A good friend of mine worked there in the early-mid 80’s and I would sometimes stop by to visit him. Mr. Howard Kirk was still the owner, but was up in years even then. I loved going in there and just looking around, although I don’t think Mr. Kirk appreciated me visiting my friend because he would always cut our visits short by telling him to get back to work. William M.
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Jan 2, 2013 From: Carl F.
Do you look at the online version of the New Castle News? Before Christmas there was an article about the new owners of the Pennsylvania Engineering complex on Moravia Street. They will be demolishing it sometime in 2013. The Penn Engineering complex was built in the late 1800s. Chipper Barletto use to own the complex and he has an archive of old photos. You may want to have web pages about now defunct merchants who use to be in business. For example, Pearlman’s Jewelry store, the Fisher Brothers that became Fisher’s Big Wheel, Strauss’s and The New Castle Dry Goods store (which became Troutman’s) and Kirk-Hutton Hardware Store. Also, there were many movies theaters in NC. If you have any questions about who was in NC from the 30s to the 90s, you need to talk to Augie Fiello. He was a barber located in downtown NC and is a walking encyclopedia about downtown NC. He is pushing 90 years old. There is another gentleman you should to talk to. His man is Adam Pivabar (sp?). He is pushing 100 and still very sharp. Wayne Cole is a local historian about railroad and transportation in NC. He lives in Darlington PA. Anita Scott is a local historian on Cascade Park. Pat Patterson was another long time merchant in NC. He has published articles in the Weekly Bergin Bulletin about local history. Pat in also pushing 100. Tom Wadington and Tom Willard are also good sources of information. All the above people are friend and associates of mine. If you would like to contact any of them, I will get you their contact information. Carl F.
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Jan 5, 2013 From: C.B.N.
Great work! I grew up in Lawrence County, PA, and Mahoning County, OH. I am now located in southwest FL. So much history is being lost there as our economy dwindles.
I’m currently in the planning stages for my third novel, while the second is being edited. I may set a large part of the story in a fictional Western PA drown town, known as Sycamore Mills.
Keep up the good work! C.B.N.
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Jan 5, 2013 From: John M.
My father worked for 16 years at Mesta Machine. Every year they had the company picnic at Cascade. Believe me to a kid this was a VERY big deal! Always remember the little Crosley “firetruck” and if you where quick, you got on first and got to ring the bell! And I got my first taste of hot french fries with vinegar and salt in that big paper cone. Can’t find that anywhere else after moving away. Smiled at the Paul Vesco memorial. Remember him well, took music lessons from at his music store when I was in elementary school. And my first roller coaster ride was on the comet too!
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Jan 5, 2013 From: C.B.N.
Great work! I grew up in Lawrence County PA and Mahoning County OH. I am now located in southwest FL. So much history is being lost there as our economy dwindles.
I’m currently in the planning stages for my third novel, while the second is being edited. I may set a large part of the story in a fictional Western PA drown town, known as Sycamore Mills.
Keep up the good work! C.B.N.
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Jan 5, 2013 From: John M.
My father worked for 16 years at Mesta Machine. Every year they had the company picnic at Cascade. Believe me to a kid this was a VERY big deal! Always remember the little Crosley “firetruck” and if you where quick, you got on first and got to ring the bell! And I got my first taste of hot french fries with vinegar and salt in that big paper cone. Can’t find that anywhere else after moving away. Smiled at the Paul Vesco memorial. Remember him well, took music lessons from at his music store when I was in elementary school. And my first roller coaster ride was on the comet too!
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Jan 6, 2013 From: Marci L.
Dear Jeff, Your website is an amazing treasure! I discovered the site a few years ago. I am belatedly writing a long-overdue thank you note… Thank you for your great work in assembling such a wonderful collection of articles, memories, postcards and photos — a veritable wikipedia of Lawrence County. Your website is enormously helpful as I craft a memoir (not for publication) about my family and our life in New Castle. For example: When my grandfather immigrated from Austria in 1888, his first stop (after landing in NY) was Wampum where the uncle who sponsored his passage was living. His uncle put a pack on his back, and sent him peddling, selling dry goods door-to-door. Once he had enough money to open a store, my grandfather was faced with a decision: Youngstown or New Castle? His decision to choose New Castle never made sense to me until I read on your website about plans to open a steel mill in New Castle in the early 1890s! My grandfather opened his dry goods store on Mill Street in the southside, later moving across the street to the corner of Mill Street and Long Avenue. Blau’s Department Store stayed in the family almost 100 years. (Unfortunately, my grandfather died in 1923, just as he was about to relocate to downtown New Castle. If he had lived, the store surely would have become the Neiman Marcus of western Pennsylvania!) Did you ever hear about the Ku Klux Klan’s appearance in New Castle? My uncles (both fought in WW I) told stories about how the Klan was defeated in the 1920s by WW I vets. I noticed that you are based in the Washington/Maryland area. I live in Chevy Chase – we may be neighbors? Again, thanks so much. Marci.
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Jan 8, 2013 From: Wally R.
I remember growing up across from the main entrance to the plant (Metro Brick in Bessemer). Never forget those days when we would stand in the front yard to wait for our grandpa Ozzie to get done with work so we could help him carry his lunch bucket home.
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Jan 9, 2013 From: James H.
I grew up just down the hill from this cemetery (Mt. Hope Cemetery). I remember the church that sat near Dutch Ridge Road. The Mt. Hope one room school sat on the left side of the entrance to this cemetery. I can only remember the old foundation of that school. I knew a lot of the people buried here.
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Jan 10, 2013 From: James H.
Ray earned the name Green Man because of the green glow of the skin on his face. I heard that it was from the early form of plastic surgery he had. One night in 1966 I was driving east on 351 down Phillips Hill. At the bottom of the hill there is a dip in the road then the road leveled out. When the headlights on my 1964 Chevy leveled out they fell directly on Ray, standing along the left side of the road. As a kid I heard all the stories with my ears. Now I was seeing him with my eyes. I must say I wasn’t ready for what I saw at 2am. He actually glowed like phosphorus. Later I found out how nice a person he was, but I’ll never forget that first look.
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Jan 11, 2013 From: Col. (Ret) Mike L.
Remember this building well (St. Michael’s Catholic Church). Attended grade school on first floor of the church for eight years. Taught by Franciscan Nuns from Pittsburgh and it was a great experience. Have always considered that foundation received at this little school to be responsible for my character and values that have driven my professional and personal life’s work. Remember Father Albert Gladdis as a wonderful church leader and a quality individual. Still think of the strong will of the Slovak community that started and sustained this parish, they were a proud and dedicated group.
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Jan 11, 2013 From: Lauren K.
I’ve been looking for photos from Beaver Falls online, and have really enjoyed perusing your site! I’m not from the area, but I’m a huge fan of historical societies and individuals who do this kind of research. My grandfather has collected old photos of school buildings (schools that his children and grandchildren attended, schools where my grandmother taught, etc.) for a few years. My grandmother wants to find a photo of the high school that he actually attended to give him for his 89th birthday. I believe he would’ve attended the Beaver Falls High School building that opened in the late 30s (it might be the middle school now?) but hadn’t been able to locate a picture from that time era until I found your site. Is there any chance that you could send me a photo of that school building? If not, no worries – I know most of your photos are your property or otherwise copyrighted. I have a few photos I can send in return, although they’re probably not anything of great interest – mostly family photos from the 30s and 40s. Thanks, and again, I’m really impressed with your site! Lauren.
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Jan 14, 2013 From: Dr. Jimmy B.
Hi Jeff, About the history of the St. Joseph’s Church, New Castle (Lawrence County), PA and his first pastor the Rev. Francis J. Eger. My grandfather George Barbuti (Barbuc) was born in 1904 in New Castle and baptised in the St. Joseph’s Church by Rev. Francisc Joseph Eger (see the signature of the pastor in the attached document). Please let me know where I can ask for the birth certificate of my grandfather? Thank you in advance! Kindest regards, Dr. Jimmy B.
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Jan 16, 2013 From: James K.
One question you ask about is the date Hickory Heights School was converted to housing. My grandparents lived next to it. My grandmother died around 1970, about the time Drespling started building homes. I think he ended up with it in the 70’s or 80’s. He eventually acquired my grandparents home and converted that to apartments, too. Hope it helps you. Enjoy your site. James K.
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Jan 18, 2013 From: Mike B.
Thanks for the picture tour Jeff! It was such an amazing park in its day. I worked there the summer of 1969 running the Tumble Bug (same as your father lol). The lake dam was still intact and one of the paddle boats was still afloat. Fabulous memories, even if we were only paid 70 cents an hour… Butz Flowers spent some of its history in the Pearson Building (sometimes called the Singer Building because Singer Sewing Machines had a store on the main floor). This building was located on East Washington Street as well. It was on the west side of the bridge. Butz was on the side of that building hanging over the river. There is a monument at this location stating a brief history of Butz Flowers. Before Butz Flowers moved into that building, Metzler Camera/Books/Stationary was in there. When my family moved here in 1960, I believe Butz Flowers was in that building. They moved into their present location sometime in the 70’s (I think!)
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Jan 21, 2013 From: Edie C.
I went to grade school here (Hickory Heights School) of the teachers in picture, I had pleasure of being taught by 5. After marriage I had two children that attended grade school there and they had two of the same teachers. Their father also attended grade school here.
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Jan 23, 2013 From: Joann C.
Thanks for your research and reports! I am impressed with the Ellwood City Cavert Wire writeup because I started working for Zonolite in 1958 and moved to New Castle as your article explains and you got it ALL correct about the problems there. There are so many more of your links that sound interesting, and lots of North Sewickley Township places waiting for stories. The house I live in, built by my Dad in the late ’30s, has timbers in it from the old Koppel Bridge! Ha ha. He would have been 99 years old Monday. I really, really enjoyed reading about all this history. Again, thank you. Joann.
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Jan 28, 2013 From: Michael D.
Very nice tribute (of boxer Emmett Rocco), the write up and pictures I have never seen some of this before. I am a resident of Ohio, and went to the ceremony with other family members when Emmett Rocco was inducted into the hall of fame. Emmett Rocco was my Uncle,my Mothers Brother. I only met him once when I was about 9, they were visiting the family in Ellwood and us in Ohio. He passed away not long after the visit in I believe 1960. I don’t remember my three cousins as we have lost contact over the years. Again very nice tribute he deserves it. Thanks, Mike.
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Jan 29, 2013 From: Paul M.
Jeff, First, let me tell you how much I admire your Lawrence County Memoirs web page. It is very, very well done, and I’ve read everything you’ve posted about Chewton. I was lucky enough to find your website while doing some genealogy research involving the Chewton area. I am trying to find my great, great grandfather’s, Joseph Fosnaught’s grave. He passed away December 26th, 1920. I found two obituaries from two different New Castle news papers. Both stated that his memorial service was held at the Chewton Christian church. Based on the information I found on your website, it sounds like that would have been the church building on Elizabeth St. in Chewton that the Baptists bought from the Chewton Christian Church in 1925. The difficulties with finding his grave start here. The two obituaries from New Castle identify different interment locations. One states that he was buried at the Chewton Cemetery, and the other states that he was buried at the Booher Family Cemetery. To date, I have not been able to locate either of these cemeteries. Have you come across any information that identifies where these two cemeteries are? Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Paul Myers.
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Jan 30, 2013 From: William P.
My mother was director of the Mahoning School band and her picture is shown here (on page of Mahoning School). A very nice surprise.
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Feb 3, 2013 From: Edith G.
Nannie Van Gorder who is the child of Rebecca and Alvi Van Gorder is my great grandmother on my father’s side. Your website is awesome. I am researching my ancestry and want to make a trip to the area. I have been once but plan on returning this summer. I found additional information on your website about my great aunt Edith Moore who was married to Frank E. Moore. My father spent most of his working career at Mathews Conveyor in Port Hope Ontario. Any additional information you could email me would be fantastic! Thanks again, Edith Gray (Brown)
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Feb 4, 2013 From: Eric J.
Jeff, The answer to your question in comment #3 (on the page of North Beaver Township School) is that both buildings were used right up until the new Mohawk Elementary School opened in 1983. I went through grades 1-6 in the old schools and was in 7th or 8th grade when the new grade school opened. The pictures of the inside of the school are sad. Was the gymnasium in equally bad condition? I have a lot of fond memories of that school.
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Feb 6, 2013 From: Beverly D.
I hope you can help me. I am looking for Shirley Goubeaud’s burial site. She passed away on November 11, 2011. She was my mom’s life-long friend. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend her funeral. Please let me know where she is buried in your cemetery. Thank you very much for your help.
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Feb 8, 2013 From: Pat J.
Hi Jeff, I came across your website and was wondering if you have any information or an index of graves in the UP graveyard. I’m descended from George/Nathaniel Rodgers and it appears that they lived in and around Plain Grove but before it may have settled as a county or township, (circa 1790). Any information or resources that you have or know of would be helpful and appreciated. Best regards, Pat Jenkins.
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Feb 15, 2013 From: Patty F.
I remember attending school and church (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) along with my 3 brothers. I loved that school and I loved my friends. Funny, when I graduated from 8th grade and moved on to Laurel High School, I never saw anyone again.
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Feb 21, 2013 From: Gayle and Dave S. Hi Jeff, Just saw your website while recalling the story my mother-in-law told me a long time ago about the headless body found in the swamp. My wife was born in New Castle, and my mother-in-law and my wife’s aunt still live there. My Mother in Law, Eleanor is 88 years old and has lived in New Castle since WWII upon marrying her husband a born and raised New Castle. The reason for this E-mail is another story I had been told was about the trolley system which is also mentioned in your web page. There is part of the old trestle near my Mother in Law’s house off of Gardner Stop Road. For you records I have attached a copy of the old route this Trolley system involved, and several other pictures regarding Lawrence County and New Castle PA. Regards, Gayle and Dave.
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Feb 22, 2013 From: John G.
I lived next to the Aiken School and was too young to attend but remember being taken to school as the guest of an older student on what I believe was the last day of classes in 1939. Also attended some sort of pre-school in the basement level and played tag on the fire-escapes, south side only, the north side was too rusted. Remember the 1858 stone over the front entrance. Once observed four men moving an auto chassis from one floor to the next. Apparently part of some vocational training. Remember the young men/older teenagers hanging out on the front steps with bottles of soda pop purchased from the Calierns(?) or Macdonalds(?) stores across the street. With the onset of WWII those young men soon disappeared. Some came and some did not. Moved away in 1946.
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Mar 1, 2013 From: Fred M.
You may be interested to know that my grandparents, Isaac & Ariel Gordon, are buried in the far northeast corner of this cemetery. Their children are June Gordon (deceased) and Kenneth Gordon. June married Fred G. Moore and they had three children – Fred (me), James (Jimmy) and Darlene. I am the oldest at 57, we are all married and have children and grandchildren. We all reside in Ohio now, Niles, Girard, and Brookfield Township, respectively.
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Mar 6, 2013 From: Gino V.
I heard the school bell (in front of the Thaddeus Stevens School) isn’t the Thaddeus Stevens bell, but actually came from the Pollock Avenue/Home Street School. Not absolutely sure but have heard stories that it came from that school.
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Mar 6, 2013 From: Gino V.
This school building (Home Street/Pollock Avenue School) was located on the corner of Pollock Avenue and Home Street on the south side of New Castle (5th ward), my aunt lives across the street and has for over 50 years, my father, my uncle, and my cousins and their friends used to play in the building after it had been closed down. I have books that were “borrowed” from there after the school board abandoned it. My cousins went to St. Vitus for school otherwise they would’ve went to this school, which I’ve always known as Pollock Avenue school, even though it seems the front door was on Home Street. The remnants of a solid concrete foundation are still there as well as a few bricks scattered about the lot.
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Mar 6, 2013 From: Debbie R.
Hi Jeff, In my never ending search for my ancestors, I came upon your website and it was fantastic! Oh my goodness the memories! My Dad worked for B and W, we went to Christmas parties at the Elks Club, we went to Cascade Park every summer, and I was on the last passenger train leaving BF station! I do have some corrections about Darlington Lake Park though. I lived, from 1953 until around 1960, in the village of Darlington Lake – the cottages first owned by the rich Pittsburgh people who came to the river on summer breaks. My Dad and uncles worked for John Matteo to dig out the lake that exist now. If you look at the picture you have at your site, you will see the bridge that crosses the river a couple of blocks away from Eddie Knotts place. The old lake filled in when WWII was over and vets bought the cottages to live in. John Matteo pumped river water into his newly dug manmade lake – I watched my Dad help him put in the water and we would even go to the new lake to watch the fish flow into the lake! I live in Frederick, MD, and don’t often get home (Dad is still living in Big Beaver) to do ancestry research. I have a subscription to ancestry.com… tell me it worth the trip to New Castle to do research? I just cannot find my great grandfather’s parents. He comes from Lawrence County! Great work on your info… can’t wait to get home to show it to my Dad! P.S. Interesting tidbit…did you know the first roller coasters were made in Beaver Falls? Debbie.
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Mar 9, 2013 From: Rich C.
Great site! It may be of interest to add that members of the former Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church of New Castle were also buried in this cemetery, although I believe in the early decades of that church’s existence, they were buried elsewhere (anybody know for sure?). I’m seeking published histories of that Holy Trinity Ukrainian, and also the old Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox churches in New Castle. (What a coincidence they both had the same name and are both now closed.)… I wonder if you might know anything about another “hidden” cemetery that may be very near this one. For years I’ve been searching without luck for the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery in or around Koppel. I believe it was loosely affiliated with the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Ellport. I know it exists, from early Russian Orthodox church records in New Castle & Ellport… Can anyone shed some light on this mystery? I asked the priest who had the burial there and he was unable to give me directions, and the local funeral home in Koppel did not respond to my inquiry. Thank you!
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Mar 10, 2013 From: Pat S.
Great Lawrence County website! Pat S.
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Mar 12, 2013 From: Margaret Stevenson Rutherford
I remember this very well (Big Snow of November 1950). We lived on the road between Mt Jackson and Edenberg. We had gone to my grandmother’s on E. Washington Street for Thanksgiving. My cousin Connie and I talked our parents into letting me stay for the weekend. I didn’t get home for a week. We had a blast sled riding down Washington Street right past the court house.
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Mar 13, 2013 From: Daniel O.
It is interesting to see pictures of Wampum. My grandfather and grandmother lived in Wampum in 1900. They had a fire in their home and three children, grandma’s brother, and one boarder died. They are buried Hoytdale/St. Teresa’s Cemetery.
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Mar 13, 2013 From: Carole VD I am trying to locate the date of death for Shirley Ann Stroup daughter of Howard Stroup and Annabelle (Thomas) Stroup. Howard Stroup is reported to have died Sept. 7, 1953 and buried at your cemetery on Sept. 9, 1953. Their daughter Shirley Ann Stroup had married Lewis Miller. I do not know if that is the name she died under. Howard and Annabelle Stroup had five children. Janice, Virginia, Zoe, Shirley and Betty. Any information on the family especially Shirley would be helpful. Carole.
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Mar 19, 2013 From: Lois M.
Hi Mr. Bales, I have been doing some research on my ancestors. I came across a Thomas W. Phillips. He was a Pastor. This is the information that I have. Would you possibly know anything about him? Thomas W. Phillips was a pastor. He is listed as a “Rev” in 1970 when his father James Luther Phillips died. Thomas paid the funeral bill. Margarette, James, or Mary Lou. I greatly appreciate anything you can tell me. Sincerely, Lois M.
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Mar 24, 2013 From: Robert F.
Harry Brooks Hunter is my great uncle and brother to my grandfather Rev. Herbert Warren Hunter. I was told Harry Hunter was at onetime postmaster of Irish Ripple Post Office between Wampum and Newport, but I didn’t know he was owner of a gas station. I still have an old Fairbanks balance scale used at the post office and still use it to check my outgoing heavy letters to see if they are over one ounce requiring extra postage. Robert.
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Mar 24, 2013 From: Bill C.
Is “Lake #5” the Bessemer Rod and Gun Club? When I was young My Dad and Uncle used to be members and I fished there many times. Also I remember the pump house lake. We were talking about that during the holidays. Nobody seems to remember how old these two particular quarries are. Input would be great.
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Mar 27, 2013 From: Cynthia A.
I just learned from the Jewish Gen project via Ancestry.com that my in-laws are buried in Tifereth Israel Cemetery in New Castle, PA. I know there are two cemeteries with the name of TIfereth Israel in Lawrence County in New Castle, PA. Are you the one who has taken the photos of the memorial markers on this website. I went on Find a Grave and could not find my relatives listings in either of the two cemeteries so the lists must not be complete on the Find A Grave websites. If you indeed do take photos of these markers I would love to know so I can add them onto the Find a Grave website. Hope to hear from you soon.
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Mar 27, 2013 From: Savannah B.
Hello, I am doing a project for my history class and I came across a picture of the Black YWCA having a meeting at 202 Shenango St. I originally believed the group functioned out of one of the members’ homes but when I looked through the newspaper it had many YMCA meetings taking place at that house. I am extremely confused seeing how the YMCA had a functioning facility at this time. Could you please be able to give me some information on this?
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Mar 30, 2013 From: Kathy M.
I have good memories as a young child and teenager of Cascade Park. My father worked for Penn Power in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and they had company picnics there every summer. What memories I have! As a teenager swimming with a group of friends a couple times a week was a sweet treat. The frozen Milky Way bars I will never forget. I could go on and on. Loved the tumblebugs and swings etc., but not the Gorge. I was not a fan of roller coasters. Loved everything about the park though and I am glad it was there when I was growing up. Thanks for the memories.
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Mar 30, 2013 From: John O. Jeff, I just came across your website and what a pleasant surprise to find a photograph of the Bessemer elementary school where I attended grades 1 through 5 in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We moved to Bessemer in 1957 when my dad became superintendent of the Metropolitan Brick plant. Sadly, we moved from Bessemer in 1964 after the plant closed. Last year Tim Wilcox inquired about the history of the brick plant; I have some historical informaton and photographs. Much information can be found in Bessemer’s 50th year Golden Jubilee publication titled “Highlights 1963”. If you have Tim’s email address, I can send him information and try to answer questions he may have. Again, thanks for a superb website of Lawrence County.
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Apr 2, 2013 From: George G.
I “found” a wooden coat hanger taken by my father in the 1950s, I believe, from the Castleton Hotel. I was looking for history. I welcome a reply. George.
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Apr 2, 2013 From: Julian P.
Hi Jeff: I recently came upon your website regarding Lawrence County Pennsylvania. Excellent website!! I am presently working on a new book that will be published by Fonthill Media with the title: “The Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania: Architecture, History & Community”. I have some rather old photographs of the two synagogues in New Castle dating to the 1990’s and am writing to ask your permission to use some of the photos that you have on your website of the former Temple Israel and the current Temple Hadar Israel. I have photos of the temple before they remodeled and changed the windows on the side of the building. Your photos are excellent and if I can use them, it would save me one photography trip. Of course, if you allow me to use them I will credit you and also your website. There were so many synagogues in Western Pennsylvania that have been demolished I am pleased to know that Temple Israel is still standing and that the former Tifereth Israel congregation has found new life as Temple Hadar Israel. You can learn more about me at my website: www.JPreisler.com/Books.htm… Congrats on your website and I wish you contiued success with it. It is so important to make local history available to all. If you want to use my “old” photos of Tifereth Israel, feel free to do so. Best regards, Julian.
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Apr 4, 2013 From: Mikki G.
Are benches able to be placed at St. Lucy’s cemetery? I wanted to buy one for a friend that has her son buried there. Please let me know. Thanks!
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Apr 5, 2013 From: Dave & Nancy
Someone found the Koppel Theater listed on your site and was asking about it on the Koppel Facebook page. I have these pictures (taken about a year ago). I am guessing that you probably know the building is now the Koppel post office. You are welcome to use them if you want them. Thanks for putting the time and effort into your webpage. It’s a great reference.
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Apr 10, 2013 From: Kim
I am researching another company owned by the businessman, David I. McCahill, that was operated in Allegheny Couunty, the North Pittsburgh Realty Company. I could never find a dissolution or sale of the company, and I was curious if you knew anything more on David McCahill? I have a copy of his estate from the courthouse, but there is no mention of the company, I am presuming it was extinguished prior to his decease.
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Apr 10, 2013 From: Alex W.
Hey, my name is Alex and I am a student at Slippery Rock University. I used photos from your Lawrence county website to do a historypin project for my public history class. I of course cited where I got the photos from, but since I am pinning these photos onto the history pin website for the Lawrence County Historical Society; I was wondering if you could email me original copies of the two photos I attached, without the lawrencecountymemoirs.com “rain marks” because my professor said it wouldn’t be best to pin them with that being on there. We have to do street alignment and what not for it. I’d greatly appreciate it!!!
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Apr 13, 2013 From: Cory H.
Hi. I was wondering if you had any old photos of the carriage company under the name of
The Firm of Pitts Brothers or later changed to The Firm of Pitts Brothers & Miller,
Mount Jackson, PA. Cory.
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Apr 16, 2013 From: Lisa
We just got my husband’s grandfather’s death certificate which states he is buried at Locust Grove Cemetery. It also said he committed suicide. Can you tell me if it is a marked grave that we could get a picture of somehow? Also, do you know if there would have been an article in a newspaper about it? His name was Richard N. Humphrys and he died August 26, 1930. Thank you! Lisa.
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Apr 22, 2013 From: Janet MM
I am trying to find information about a train accident in 1900 which took the lives of Johan Nestori Korby and his daughters in or near Mahoning PA according to some information I have found on ancestry.com. There is reference to 3 newspaper articles regarding this incident but the person who posted that has not made the articles public. I have contacted the individual but received no response. I believe Johan may be the half brother of my grandfather, both of whom were from Finland and lost contact with each other. Any suggestions you can make would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance for help. Janet in Minnesota.
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Apr 26, 2013 From: Kimberly S.
Hello, Me and my family have been on a long quest to find our maternal father and family. All we knew was that my grandfather was a one legged boxer, he lost his leg in World War 2 and his name was Tony Ross. Then after finding various articles about him and his matches, we discovered his father was also a boxer. Which led us to a photo of Tony Ross Sr, otherwise known as Antonio Rossilano. The picture we found was attributed to the Lawrence County Memoirs. Do you have any information about his family? Wife, children? Tony Ross Jr had a brief affair with my grandmother, and she became pregnant. They decided to part ways. We would love any tidbit of info we can get. We know he (Jr) was in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, that’s how we found him. We also found some info thru veterans’ services, back in the 1980’s, including his social security number and address. I don’t think he’s still alive. My mom (his daughter) actually spoke with him in the late 80’s, and found out that she was the only child he ever had. His then wife was quite upset over this revelation, and so correspondence stopped.
But if we could find out what part of Italy Sr is from, and certainly his wife’s name it would help with our treasure hunt. Certainly any other children they had, and if they are still living in your area. We live in Canada. Thanks for any help you can give us, Kim Stevens. (EDITOR’s REPLY: Hello there…and thanks for your email about the Tony Ross Sr. I have some limited info on Tony Ross Sr. Tony Ross was born as Anthony Rossilano in 1885. He may have also used the surname of Molinari. In 1910 he was residing at #605 Pennsylvania Ave, New Castle, PA, with his newlywed wife “Bessie.” She was born in West Virginia in c1886. I found another account that Tony Ross Sr. was married to “Eunice.” Could “Bessie” and ‘Eunice” be the same woman? Not sure. I believe Tony Ross Sr. had two children named Wilma Jean Ross (born 1922) and Tony Ross Jr. (born c1924). Wilma Jean married Wilbert Norring and she passed away in California in October 2008. I know Tony Ross Sr., who was residing in Pittsburgh, died in September 1941. I’ll see what else I can find. Hope this helps for now.)
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Apr 27, 2013 From: Bill M.
My dad and his siblings started at Oread and then transferred to McAnlis when Glenkirk consolidated some of the one room schools.My dad had climbed up into the belfry to retrieve a ball. Just as he bent down to pickup the ball the teacher rang the bell which caught Dad’s head between the bell and the railing and gave him a knot on both sides of his head. His younger sister and two brothers rode a horse most of the way to school and then turned the horse loose to wander back home on her own. They referred to her as the one horsepower schoolbus.
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Apr 28, 2013 From: VellaRuth A.
My parents, brother, and I lived in the house beside the playground on Pittsburgh Circle in the 1970s. There was no fountain (except for a small drinking one) in the playground. Fountain Avenue got its name from a proposed fountain that was never built.
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May 6, 2013 From: Ron M.
Nice pictures. I was one of the first students in this school (St. Teresa’s Catholic School in Koppel) in 1952. The picture of the first communion has my brother Steve Murphy in the front row. He is the one with the cape on. He led the communicants into the church. On either side of him are the Pavlovic twins. My brother Jim Murphy was in the 3rd grade when the school opened.
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May 8, 2013 From: Paul M.
Jeff, I wanted to let you know that I was able to find the graveyard in Chewton, and my gg-grandfather’s headstone. Your help was greatly appreciated. Paul.
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May 12, 2013 From: Dan C.
I was an altar boy for Father John Fic (of Madonna Catholic Church) up until his untimely death. He was a great shepherd for his flock. The man never smoked a cigarette in his life but died from lung cancer. I’ll remember him forever.
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May 15, 2013 From: Heather W.
I was delighted to see this photo (of New Galilee)! At the top right hand of the picture you will see my house. It hasn’t changed much since then. Do you have any idea when the picture was taken? The church on the right hand side has since been remodeled into a home, and it belongs to my in-laws.
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May 17, 2013 From: Roxane K.
I live in CA, but I am a native of New Castle. I am looking for the grave of Kathryn Sitler Biddle. Her parents are buried there. Her first name may be spelled: Kathryn, Katherine or Catherine. She used an alias of Minnie. Her husband is buried in Castle View Memorial Gardens. However, I do not think she is buried there. They divorced in 1939. He was born in 1892. Please respond. Thank you, Roxane K.
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May 22, 2013 From: Betty D.
Hi Jeff: Hope all is well with you. The Lawrence County Historical Society is adding a page to our website regarding the American Cyanamid explosion. The best photo I have been able to locate is the one you have of the Mix house (I believe). Could we use that photo on our website and in a presentation we will be doing in November to commemorate the 50th anniversary? It would be very much appreciated. Regards, Betty
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May 24, 2013 From: VellaRuth A.
This is an amazing amount of information you have uncovered (about the Murder Swamp killings). I am gratified to learn that the story my dad told me was based on fact. Great job!
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May 28, 2013 From: Mary M.
Hello. Can you tell me where Savannah Cemetery is? I live twenty minutes from New Castle. Thanks so much! Have a nice day! I am putting our family tree together, & I came across family members that are in Savannah Cemetery, I’d like to visit them, & place flowers there.
Regards, Mary M.
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May 28, 2013 From: Rob J.
Fascinating story (of the Murder Swamp killings). Never heard any of this before and my father had worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad until the early 1950s. Never heard of the Murder Swamp but I vividly remember driving over the nearby Ghost Bridge.
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May 29, 2013 From: Bobby I.
I was recently reading on the cemetery (Chewton Cemetery) we actually own the property all around the cemetery. I learned alot from reading you’re article very interesting. It led me to ask my father about the cemetery being I was blown away 35-40 people were reportedly buried. I was informed that the numbers may actually be far greater and the cemetery actually continues across the road down over the hill. When they put the road through I guess they dug up a lot of the bodies and they had to be moved. Just wanted to say great read and I really enjoy a lot of what you are doing. Keep up the good work.
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May 29, 2013 From: Jim S.
Jeff, Awesome website. I have deep connections with Lawrence County. My great-grandparents, Edward Snare and Laura Whitehouse, were married in New Castle in 1900 and my grandparents, Plummer Anderson and Mary Snare, were married at the Methodist church in Wampum in 1926. My Anderson grandparents lived in Wampum; my mom was raised there. I have many fond memories of riding out there after church on most Sundays to visit. Anyway, attached are a couple of pictures you may enjoy. One is of my Snare family’s store with the horse-drawn wagon in front, and the other is of an old postcard of Wampum in 1890. I have many other old photos, mostly of my family, and have done a lot of family history. Will be happy to share anything I have with you. Later, Jim.
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Jun 3, 2013 From: Megan B.
The grave marker “FEE, James J.” is my grandfather (at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Union Township).
My grandmother, Elizabeth, is celebrating her 96th birthday this week – June 5th 2013. He just recently had the baseball field in Union Twp rededicated to him early this year. I believe 37 or so years after it was originally named for him. (I wasn’t born yet to share details). He is currently an inductee of the Lawrence County Hall of Fame. He was the Union Twp supervisor for many years… (very capable man for only having one leg). Another marker, Jodi Mangino…was a dedicated parishioner of St. Mary’s and as a young girl I assisted her in her CCD classes. Her story is a great one. I’m not sure I have ever known a more beautiful person.
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June 3, 2013 From: Wendy O.
Great Story (of the Murder Swamp killings)!!! It is also amazing that all these years later, murders are still taking place around here. It is understandable why New Castle has been named “The unsolved murder capital of the world”!!!!
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Jun 4, 2013 From: Amy R.
Great site! Lots of very interesting information. I believe it is possible one of the ancestors I am researching is buried there. Are there burial records available to learn more about individuals? Amy R.
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June 6, 2013 From: Tom L.
Dear Jeff – I will be traveling to your area at the end of June along with a priest friend of mine and the Chancellor of our Diocese of Harrisburg. We want to visit the grave of Bishop Nicholas Dattilo who is buried in St. Lucy’s cemetery. Can you give me the address for my GPS and also the location of his grave in the cemetery? Thank you! Deacon Tom L.
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Jun 12, 2013 From: Karen P.
Mr. Bales: Our company, Olsen & Associates, LLC, has been retained to create a Comprehensive Development Plan for the Township of Shenango, Lawrence County, PA. I was interested in including some of the history and photographs of the Hill View Manor in Chapter 2, Early History, for this Comprehensive Plan, and would like your permission. Any text or photographs would be credited to your website “Lawrence County Memoirs”, or other language, if you wish. Please advise if use of your material is permitted. Thank you. Karen.
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Jun 15, 2013 From: Frank R.
I am glad to know that the reason or possible reason for losing this apparently great structure (Highland Avenue School) is the result of a fire….and not because it was deemed inadequate…as its successor is not even a fraction of this building.
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Jun 17, 2013 From: Steve C.
What a grand old building (The Lawrence Savings & Trust)! My grandfather and father both worked for LS&T, so we got to watch parades on Washington Street from the roof! Such a shame that the city didn’t have the desire to save it.
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Jun 17, 2013 From: Steve C.
Lockley carries many good memories for me as well. I lived on Cumberland Avenue, probably less than a half mile away, but the uphill trek seemed much longer. Sometimes strange things stick in our minds, but I remember looking out the window of Miss Helen Georgeadis’s sixth grade classroom on May 1, 1963 at several inches of fresh snow! It was also at Lockley where we all gathered around a small television on Feb. 20, 1963, my 12th birthday, to watch the coverage of John Glenn’s orbital voyage into space.

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Jun 18, 2013 From: William C.
I have an old pink paper weight that has Grand Hotel, CW Calvin, prop. CW (Chester William) was my great grandfather and I can remember being told that he was the manager (proprietor) of the hotel. As I recall, the original hotel was torn down at the end of the depression, but there was an “annex” that was built down the street. But my memory is hazy as CW died when I was about 5 or 6.
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Jun 20, 2013 From: Jennifer M.
I know this is not much about the hospital from when it was first open, but I lived in Beaver Falls in the 90’s and I had to have testing done down at Providence. It was great having a hospital close and not having to go clear over to the Med Center in Beaver.
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Jun 21, 2013 From: Bob P.
We are doing research on the sites of former Grasselli Chemicals plants and came across the Lawrence County Memoirs website. As there is no text for this site (only a nice picture), I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the site. Thank you for any info you can provide. Bob P., Environmental Chemist, Matson & Associates, State College, PA. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Check them out at www.matson-associates.com.)
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Jun 22, 2013 From: Karen M.
The Baldwin stone (at the Tindall Family Cemetery) was in fact either pushed or rolled by vandals down into the water. The stone used to sit on top the hill with the other stones (I saw it myself). My grandmother was a Tindall and I have been to the cemetery many times in the past forty years. It’s a shame what it looks like, the disrespect people have of the dead is unbelievable.
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Jun 25, 2013 From: Stephanie AP
As a transplant to Bessemer from South Carolina, I have been extremely curious about the remnants I see while exploring the town. What a great treasure of information you have here! If you have any further stories to share, I’d love to hear them!
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Jun 26, 2013 From: Betty H.
I am looking for the grave site of Rose Sweeney, my aunt. I am certain that she has no memorial marker. Is there a particular procedure for seeking this information?
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Jun 29, 2013 From: D.J.E.
I am Irene Crawford Schroeder’s granddaughter and would like digital copies of all these photos except Corp. Brady Paul and my Dad, little Donnie. I already have these two but can share many, many, more dealing with this story for your website.
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Jun 30, 2013 From: Bob F.
I’m also browsing Hell’s Wasteland. Never knew this took place (Murder Swamp killings). There’s a section devoted to a farm on Wampum Road where a similar murder took place. Looks like the house is still there. As kids, we told many ghost stories of paranormal activity on Jockey Moore Road. Hmm….
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Jul 1, 2013 From: Karleen C.
That five year old boy who lost his life in the 1913 flood was my great uncle Peter Chirozzi.
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Jul 4, 2013 From: Steve M.
I went to 1st grade here (Scotland School), my teacher was Mrs. McConnell, our principal was Mr. Turic. He would sometimes bring us a bushel of apples, along with the bottles of milk that he brought to us daily. Outdoor toilets, what great memories. Steve.
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Jul 7, 2013 From: Matt M.
I loved my years at Geneva (College). So many people striving to be Christ-like made it a little slice of heaven, the way you’d hope people acted in the wider world. I remember pick-up games of football on the lawn in front of Memorial Hall. It’s also a beautiful campus – tree lined walks and broad grassy lawns. I’d relive those years again in a minute.
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Jul 10, 2013 From: Chrissy H.
Jeff, I was looking at your website (nicely done, by the way) and wondered if you ever needed flatbeds or 53’ dry vans to haul your cement. Red River Transportation has been moving cement and concrete all over the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years for companies like Old Castle and Bonsal American. We are reliable and understand the gravity of timely deliveries to job sites. Attached is our insurance, W9, and references for your review. Thanks for your time; I look forward to working with you! (EDITOR’S NOTE: People seem to think I own everything in Lawrence County! I wish I did. Ha ha!)
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Jul 10, 2013 From: T.N.
Hi Jeff, I grew up in New Castle and am planning to move back. I was wondering what you know about Third United Presbyterian Church? Also, any info on architect A.L. Thayer (relative of C.C.) buried in Oak Park Cemetery? I attached a photo of his headstone. Thanks a lot! T.N.
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Jul 10, 2013 From: Al S.
During my residence in Bessemer, the 1930’s through the 1950’s, Lake #5 was the one north of the high school divided by a highway. Lake # 3, on the south side of town, or where the wealthier people lived, was the Bessemer Rod and Gun Club, a private lake requiring a membership fee and dues. This may have changed in subsequent years. Best regards, Al.
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Jul 12, 2013 From: Laurie O.
Thank you for such a wonderful website! I have family buried in the mausoleum here on the hill at Locust Grove. The last time we visited, we could not get in. Could you tell us exactly who is inside? We are missing some members and very much hoping they are here. Thank you again!
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Jul 15, 2013 From: John C.
Jeff, Thank you for all your work in this endeavor. When I saw the picture of the American Cynamide annual picnic of 1940 I recognized the face of my father Walter Cover who worked there. It is only one of three pictures I have of him. He died in 1952 from a home accident when I was only eight. I remember my mother having a copy of the same photo but was never able to find it in her belongings. He is almost the true center of the photo in a sweater and has the collar out. I also remember a couple of the blasts and my mother’s concern. I have a copy of his I.D. badge if you’d like to add it to this. Again, thank you for the wonderful memory…JC
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Jul 18, 2013 From: Beth W.
Thanks so much for the history of the church. You are a great resource for out of state family. A wonderful service!
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Jul 23, 2013 From: Bill C.
Jeff, Next time you are in Beaver Falls check out Lutton Funeral Home on 5th Avenue. This was the former Benson Mansion. Prior to that it was one of the Moltrup Brothers mansions. Keep up the good work! Bill.
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Jul 24, 2013 From: Wally V.
I saw him once after graduation in 1962. Stories prior to the visit had me expecting some type of ogre. It was dark, but I could see that he had no nose. Didn’t see any green hue, but found him to be a pleasant man with whom it was easy to talk.
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Jul 22, 2013 From: Robert A.
At the time (of the Big Snow of November 1950) I was seven years old and living in Pittsburgh. We had gone to visit my maternal grandparents, Tony and Olive Grist, for Thanksgiving. They lived in Hillsville. Of course, we got snowed in and ended up staying for a week.
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Jul 26, 2013 From: Bill L.
Jeff, I have 4 old photos of Mahoningtown if you would like them. One of the main street, One Darlington Park looking North up Liberty St. from where the bell is now, One on Railroad Bridge looking towards Cherry Street where Bell is now, And one looking up Madison Avenue from Liberty Street at Bakery. I really appreciate your website. I love old pictures of Mahoningtown and New Castle. Bill L.
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Jul 28, 2013 From: Stacy W.
Good evening Jeff. I recently found your Lawrence County website and have enjoyed the recent photos posted to your facebook page. I am an amateur photographer and family historian. My recent research has led me to Harlansburg, Lawrence County, PA. I am a direct descendant of Jonathan Harlan, of which the village was named. You appear to have an abundance of resources, and I was curious if you schedule group outings or photo walks for others to accompany you when you are in the area conducting your research? I am looking to glean more information on my 4th great grandfather and his homestead via pictures, maps, etc.
Thanks, Stacy W.
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Jul 29, 2013 From: Susan S.
I remember it (the Big Snow of November 1950) because we had cows which had to be milked. We shoveled for what seemed forever to make a path to the barn. The snow seemed as high as the skyscrapers of New York.
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Jul 30, 2013 From: Janet M.
I started school here in 1937. First grade was a beautifully appointed room. The teacher’s name was Helen Maxwell. There was a polio scare in 1937 when a boy was a victim of polio.
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Jul 31, 2013 From: Dave B.
Jeff, I am working a story about a 9-hole golf course called The Field Club that occupied the Croton neighborhood. I have a map of the course as it appeared in 1923. Talked to a resident of Scott Street who has lived there all of his seventy-eight years. He remembers seeing the greens as a boy in the 1940s. The course must have disappeared before that. The course was part of where the new Lockley Learning Center is being built. Dave B, New Castle News.
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Aug 5, 2013 From: Holly S.
Hello, I have read your very interesting article on Pleasant Valley Cemetery. I am doing an ancestry search and I also have been looking on Findagrave.com. I am looking for information of burial on Ernest and Jennie Cowley in 2008. Would it be possible they were buried in the cemetery? Thank you, Holly.
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Aug 6, 2013 From: Andy F.
Went to Sunday school (St. Teresa’s Catholic School in Koppel) there in the early 80s. Served mass there as an alter boy. Used to play baseball in the field across Arthur Street. Remember racing BMX bikes around the church with friends. Amazing pics and memories jogged by this. Thanks!
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Aug 7, 2013 From: Janet C.
During the late 60’s and early 70’s there used to be “Park Dances.” Everyone would go to the dance and then sooner or later go down for a boat ride on the lake. On the 4th of July there were always fireworks at the lake.
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Aug 7, 2013 From: Keith M.
Jeff, Thank you for the effort you have put into your website. The above link is to some photos that I have taken. Feel free to download and use any or all on your web site… I attended Croton School from 1952 to 1958. I believe that your information is a little incorrect. As I remember, the front of the old school did not face Croton Ave. It faced west with Croton Avenue on the left when facing the front of the school. Cascade St. was then behind the school. A fenced playground in front of the school extended to Fern Street. Thanks, Keith. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks Keith! The info regarding the exact position of the old Croton School was most useful.)
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Aug 8, 2013 From: Michelle B.
I went to CCD classes in the 1970’s at this school (Terrace Avenue School), as we attended SS Philip & James Church. I am researching my ancestors, paternal great grandmother Mary Swiatkiewicz Siergiej Bilcz and her brothers, Adam and Stephen, and daughters Hedwig (Siergiej) Grabiec and Aleksandra (Siergiej) Gajda. If so, my paternal grandfather, Jakob Gajda, husband of Aleksandra. Should any of these names be those you have information on, I would love to know what you have! Thank you so much for this fine, informative website, I really have enjoyed spending a lot of time on here!
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Aug 8, 2013 From: Tom N.
Congrats for your efforts on this website. Glad to see someone take the time to do things like this. I am distantly connected to these Nesbit’s that first settled in Mt. Jackson. They came from Cumberland County PA, where they settled during the 1730’s. Tom N. (Nesbitt Society)
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Aug 9, 2013 From: Michelle B.
I visited this cemetery in February of 2009 to find the grave of my father’s maternal grandmother, Mary (Swiatkiewicz) Siergiej, which I was able to do with the help of a person who was working in the office of the cemetery. It was fascinating looking through the burial records. Is the office still operating? I have some photos I took that day, which I will share with you.
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Aug 9, 2013 From: Tony B.
Hello Jeff, I enjoy the website! I just read the story about the murder of Helen Nasal. Very interesting indeed. Back in the 1990’s I was doing research on the BARGE line in New Castle Library… tracing obits and weddings and births and learning things i had not known up til that point… When I looked up obit of my G-G-Grandfather (Harvey Barge) — according to the file card catalog it was on PAGE 1 this seemed odd because these obits were usually on specific pages deeper into the newspaper… Lo and behold — it was a front page murder story! my G-G Grandfather (Harvey Barge) was murdered on the main street of New Castle around 1900-1903 if I recall correctly… he was fifty-four years old… a woman witness told police she heard a man shouting at Barge and then heard Mr Barge’s head hit the cobblestone… the articles told of how they took Harvey to the first aid station at police station and he laid there and died over several hours from a closed head wound… they transported him in a horse and buggy police ambulance… Harvey’s dad (Perry Barge) (my G Grandfather) was the groundskeeper and superintendent at Cascade Park… Perry led a posse of men on horseback searching for the perpetrator (George Dunkle)… they found him holed-up in a woman’s house in Clarion County… the articles told of how Perry Barge led the posse and they captured Dunkle and brought him back to new castle — on a train thru Pittsburgh… articles talk of how they jeered and spat on Dunkle… i was never able to locate the verdict or the sentence… I find it to be a very interesting story and think that readers of your memoirs website may quite enjoy the story if you are able to run down the information and get it online… thanks for your consideration. Tony B.
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Aug 10, 2013 From: Darek S.
I went to school here ’75-‘78. A time capsule was buried in front of the school near the entrance I believe. I remember teachers collecting items from students to place in it and all of us signing a scroll. I wonder if it was forgotten about.
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Aug 13, 2013 From: Barbara H.
I recall the rock and plague you have pictured (of the Volant Public School). As a grade schooler it was embedded in the front of the school in the black top. We played on it daily during recess. It was moved to the back of the school sometime in the late 70’s.
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Aug 14, 2013 From: Joan H.
Hello, I’m really enjoying looking at the old photographs on your website. I am sending you the above photos of Sunny Avenue School class pictures. My great uncle was the principal there. His name was J. Arthur Turek. Also, I am watching your site hoping someone will submit a photo of the old Crawford- Oakridge children’s home that was located near the border of Union Township and the city of New Castle on Route 18 – Liberty Street. I’ve been looking for a photograph of that home for years. My family lived nearby. My mom remembers playing with the “orphans” there. Sincerely, Joan H.
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Aug 15, 2013 From: Bill C.
I was driving past Geneva College (as I do daily) and I looked over onto the Eastvale side and saw the Big G.I thought I should send you a photo along with some history that you might want to place on your site. Enclosed is a photo and a brief history in pdf. I hiked that hill probably 25 odd years ago and it was no cakewalk then. Bill. (EDITOR’S NOTE. Bill Cwynar is a frequent and valuable contributor of mine! His efforts are always appreciated!)
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Aug 15, 2013 From: Jamie S.
Jeff, First let me say that your website, Lawrence County Memoirs, is
excellent!! You must have put a lot of time and effort into its creation
and it certainly is appreciated!!! I work part time as a Deputy PA Game Commission officer and have been looking into the Sealey Houk murder. I guess my question is, do you know where Rocco Racco or Racca, I’ve seen it spelled both ways, is buried? Thanks again for putting together such a great website!!! Jamie S.
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Aug 16, 2013 From: Gene R.
I worked at the East Works all my years at the Babock & Wilcox plant in Beaver Falls. My brother Ed worked at Wallace Run. Thank you for the memories.
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Aug 18, 2013 From: Judy F.
Hi, Jeff! Just wanted to clarify that this particular train station (in Enon Valley) wasn’t built until 1877. Before that, the St. Lawrence Hotel, across Main Street (Route 551) to the east, had a platform in front for passengers to board. During the Civil War it was owned by W.P. Alcorn, who also ran a stage coach company. Alcorn’s two sons boarded with their regiment (Battery B, 1st PA Lt. Artillery) to go off to Camp Wright near Pittsburgh to train for the Civil War. One of Alcorn’s sons, Alex, was killed at Gettysburg. At the time Enon had the only train station in the area, even before New Castle, so all troops boarded from here. The building is long gone, as are a lot of old Enon buildings.
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Aug 26, 2013 From: Mary Lou
I was a “Kennedy Girl” for JFK’s visit to Beaver Falls. I wore a plastic derby style hat that had a picture of just his face on the top. Also marched in the parade up 7th Avenue. What a great site, it was sent to me by a friend of mine in West Virginia who was also from Beaver Falls. I’m really enjoying it. Keep up the good work Jeff!
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Aug 29, 2013 From: Marcy E.
Hey, Jeff. Wow, this brings a rush. I am in the picture from 1963 (must have been somewhere else in ’62 since I believe I played that year also). I was in Chewton last week and took some pictures of the house where I lived when this pic was taken. Love the site; thanks for the memories.
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Sep 4, 2013 From: Gene R.
Hi Jeff. I found your web site because someone posted the picture of downtown
New Castle in what looks like the early 60’s on Facebook. Thanks for the memories. Would you be related to Ray Bales? (EDITOR’S NOTE: Ray Bales II of Slippery Rock Township is my uncle.)
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Sep 5, 2013 From: Gene R.
I graduated from Shenango High School in 1966. I was on the cross country team and we finished fifth at the state meet in the fall of 1965. I was the president of the band and I am somewhere in that picture of the band that was taken my junior year (1964). Must have been a pep rally. The band director standing in front of us is Stan Pruchnic. The two girls getting ready for graduation are Betsy Hudak and Patty Allison. The guy getting his diploma form Joe Trimble (school board President) is one of the Tharpe twins (I am pretty sure it is Terry). The individual getting his head patted by a Harlem diplomat is Harvey Zinkham who was one of our math teachers.
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Sep 7, 2013 From: Jodi N.
Hi Jeff, I was surfing the Lawrence County Memoirs sit and came across the Mary Evans unit at the Ellwood City Hospital. My husband and I are the current owners of the Evans house. We would absolutely love to know more history on our house if you have any? The only thing we found is a picture of the house with Mary and John in front with a brief article about previous residents.
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Sep 8, 2013 From: Michael R.
Hi Jeff, My name is Michael, I live in Kennebunk, Maine and I am a native of New Castle. I have an interest in my family genealogy, the region and history. I plan on making a trip this fall. The last time I was at Greenwood Cemetery I didn’t have a clue as to where to begin looking for family graves (Reed, Phillips, Trax and Johnson. I tried looking in a phone book and on line for phone numbers to call, but no luck. If you have any information regarding how to set up a time to search any records, if they are available, I would appreciate that. I saw your info on line and thought I’d take a chance and respond. Thanks, Michael.
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Sep 11, 2013 From: Thomas C.
I was born in that hospital (Providence Hospital in Beaver Falls) in 1955. Fought pneumonia three times in 1958 nearly died as it’s been often told to me growing up. I just wish these people were still on this earth to thank them for saving me. Doctor Dunn and all the Sisters who must have prayed over me many a times. Thanks Again To You People Who Must Be Now Up There In Heaven.
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Sep 13, 2013 From: Gary C.
Love this tower (UN Tower in Mahonigntown). Are there drawings available? I want to scratch build this tower in S scale for the Pittsburgh S Gaugers. Gary.
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Sep 16, 2013 From: Patty W.
Upon the death of an aunt recently, was surprised to hear of another family member who died in infancy. Last name is Ringer and the baby was a boy. Would like to locate the burial site – any suggestions as to where the headstone is?
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Sep 18, 2013 From: Lou M.
There were two places where we went to swim (in Chewton). It seems funny now, but I can remember them both being referred to as Buttermilk Falls. The first was on the Scoczylas Farm. If you use Bing maps, you can see the falls. They are on Snake Run, in the woods directly west of the triangle formed by Oswald Street and Murphy Cut Road. The satellite view in Bing map was taken during winter – no leaves on the trees. The falls were 10 to 15 feet high and formed a deep hole at the base. Kids often dammed the run there to make the swimming better. There were a couple of other spots on Snake Run where we swam – one behind what was then Lon’s house. The other falls were off of Wampum Road where a creek flows under the road. This would be beyond the Rod and Gun Club and just past what was and may still be Strabryla’s Garage. I can’t remember if the falls were where the creek went under the higher set of train tracks, a little lower, or at the bottom set of tracks. Lou.
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Sep 19, 2013 From: Anna A.
Hi, just googled for some information on American Cyanamid and found this. My father was Donald Schenker who was killed in the 1964 explosion. My brother worked there for a short time in the late 60’s. He and I have been collecting/gathering information. Thank you all for posting information. The Historical Society is planning a fifty year remembrance of this tragic event for April 2014. Any information you would like to share would be welcomed tremendously.
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Sep 26, 2013 From: Rosina F.
What an informative page and a wonderful tribute to Uncle Emmett (my Dad’s brother). Great old photos… Dad was part of his management team and is pictured seated to the left (Ben Rocco). He was one of his trainers back then. Dad shared many stories with pride about Uncle Emmett “the champ.” I met him once, or so I’ve been told. I was probably only 2 or 3 years old. He will always be a Rocco family celebrity!
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Sep 28, 2013 From: Jenna H.
Jeff, I have an old photo (not good condition) of Shadyside School in Hopewell Township, PA. The date says 1902. It also states that at least six out of the 28 or so people are relatives. I am trying to find a better copy of the photo. Have you seen such a photo? If not, do you have any advice of where I should look? Thank you so much, Jenna H.
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Sep 28, 2013 From: Colleen
Hello, was just wondering if you know the date Popo’s (Restaurant) burned in New Castle, PA. We were talking at work and I can’t remember. Thanks, Colleen. (EDITOR’S NOTE: My reply was – “Thanks for your inquiry. Popo’s Lounge, located in Union Township and owned by the Popovich family, suffered an explosion and burned down on the evening of Tuesday, July 27, 1982. FYI – Rocky III was showing in the nearby theater. Popo’s was also damaged by a smaller fire in late July 1968 but was repaired. Hope this helps!” Colleen’s reply: “It sure does help, you solved our mystery, lol. I looked everywhere on the internet, even went to the library site and found nothing. Thank you so much!)
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Oct 1, 2013 From: Sarah S.
Father Majda baptized me in this church (S.S. Philip & James Catholic Church) in December 1987. As a small child I remember giving him kisses on the cheek after Mass. He was one of my favorite priests. My father’s family grew up two blocks down Hanna Street. So we walked to Mass. I was very sad to see the diocese close this church I very much wanted to get married there.
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Oct 2, 2013 From: Dave
Hi there – I am looking for a gravestone photo of an ancestor – Alexander Clendenning that I’ve read is buried in the Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery – also any Leyde’s nearby would be of interest too…
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Oct 8, 2013 From: Lisa A.
Comment: Thank you so much for this site and the list of Shaffer names and beautiful photos (of the Battery B Cemetery). We have a Facebook page for the Sippy Family whose daughter was the Elizabeth Shaffer you mention, wife of Christopher Shaffer. The Shaffer’s are all related. Thank you so much as this is wonderful help to our families genealogists! Is there any way to obtain photos of their specific tombstones?
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Oct 11, 2013 From: Judy S.
Hi Jeff, I was very excited to discover your Lawrence County website today! My mother was from New Castle, as were her parents. In the last year or so, I’ve been re-connecting with family members from that part of the family. My last living maternal uncle recently sent me a box of old postcards. Some of them were of places in New Castle: schools, hospitals, parks. The postcards don’t have any dates so I was looking the places up online and your website popped up. You already have most of what I have, or something very close, on your website, so I don’t have anything new to offer there. But I’ve attached some photos of confectionary stores that my great-grandfather (Alpheus Rote) and grandfather (Jack Rote) had in New Castle. Let me know if you would be interested in having me send you the little information I have about the stores. I need to explore your website some more to figure out if I have anything else that might be of interest to you. Judy in New Carolina.
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Oct 17, 2013 From: Sherry A.
I don’t I know if I have the right person. I am looking for my aunt. Her name is Darlene Sipe. If she of there could you tell me how she is doing. Concerned, from North Carolina, Sherry A. (EDITOR’S NOTE: After further correspondence I determined Sherry was looking to reach the staff of the Overlook facility in New Wilmington. I provided her with the contact info. I hope it worked out!)
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Oct 23, 2013 From Bill N.
Great site, must be a lot of work doing this, but well worth it. Lots of great memories
from growing up there. Bill N.
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Oct 25, 2013 From: Nancy IW
I am looking for the address to the St. Lucy Cemetery, I am researching my genealogy and am looking to photograph the headstones for Joseph (Guisseppe) & Christine Iorio. Also if you have any information that may be of help to me I would appreciate it very much. I am coming from Ohio. Thank you in advance, Nancy.
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Oct 25, 2013 From: Steven B.
I remember going to this cemetery (St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Hoytdale) when I was younger with my Aunt. We would always pay our respects at one spot that I can remember. It wasn’t until I started researching my family on my mothers side that I found out that I have two other Aunts that are buried here. They are actually buried one on top of the other. My Grand Father made a homemade cross out of metal and cement. The cross is mostly gone, but you can still make it out.
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Oct 26, 2013 From: Steven B.
My uncle Joseph Scrivo fell through the bridge (Eastvale Bridge) while rebuilding it on Sep 4 1963. I researched this at the Beaver Falls Library and found pictures and articles on microfiche from the News Tribune.
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Oct 29, 2013 From: Jay M.
It’s great a person shot these pictures of the old Lodge #69. It’s too bad they didn’t find another interesting building to deck out! I wish more guys would join the Elks. So we as members of the Elks can maybe have another run at having huge lodges and beautiful lodge rooms. The BPOE cannot return to that great mentality until we have another huge rise in membership. The lodges will die off or have to move into less impressive buildings to house our lodges. The word “change” is often used in the Elks. What does that word mean in the fraternity world? I think it either means change all your traditions and start a whole different group. Does it mean go back to what worked in the beginning? As a young Elk I still haven’t figured that out or have been told by any other Elk what change in the Elks is! I hope we as Elks can go back to how the BPOE got started as a Fraternity recognized among the populist!
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Oct 30, 2013 From: Tyler J.
Hello there! My name is Tyler and I hail from Denver, Colorado. I found a picture and the makers mark (Biles Art Shop) led me to you and the area of the world you seem to know very well. I was just hoping you could take a quick look at the photos I send, and see if any of these folks are familiar to you as having a part in the history of the region. If so, please let me know, as I would rather it go to folks who it may be important to, rather than sell it to a friend who likes old photos. Thank you very much if you can help and have a great day!
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Oct 30, 2013 From: Dustin
I came across your website, Lawrence County Memoirs, and figured I’d submit some information to you for your Quakertown page. Northeast of the falls, back in the woods, there lays an abandoned cemetery with about a dozen graves dating from the early 19th century. Most of the grave stones are completely eroded, but a couple of the grave stones are still legible. One of them is of noteworthiness: After doing some research, I found that Quakertown was founded between 1800 and 1804 by Septimus Cadwalladder. It just so happens that one of the grave stones is marked “Septemus Cadwalad: Died (illegible month and day) 1814.” I have thoroughly explored these woods over the years and also have many photos of the area (including Semptimus’ grave site) if you would like me to share them.
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Oct 30, 2013 From: Tiffani C.
When my grandmother was put into Hill View Manor I always went to visit her! She had passed away back in 2001. When Hill View Manor closed down I had found this website about Hill View and at that time there was a picture of my grandmother on the main page! I hurried and called the number that was on that website and contacted Candy Braniff. I explained to Candy about my grandma living there for years. She then asked me if I remembered what room my grandmother was in and I responded I sure do. I’ve visited my grandmas room and done EVP and got responses! Nobody knew about my mother and grandmother having a nickname that they use to call each other which was Magil! Between my brother and I our mouths had dropped when we heard on the EVP…”Magil.” We experienced a lot of stuff every time we stayed the whole night. I believe there are spirits that never left Hill View Manor. That was their home and it still is!
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Oct 30, 2013 From: Eric H.
Remember sneaking in to the football games (Bessemer High School) when they were behind the old grade school. That hole in the fence was the worst kept secret in America.
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I’ve grown up on the Coney Island hotdog shop ever since I was a little girl. Thank you John (owner John Mitsos) for your wonderful chili. You’re my favorite chili.
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Nov 4, 2013 From: Sylvia D.
I grew up on Hanna Street and attended SS Philip & James Church through high school and college. Also attended the church’s grade school. I was eventually married there in November 1968. I hold many fond memories of services, processions, May crownings, dances, girl scouts and many good friends. Many members of my family also lived on Hanna Street, and some do still.
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Nov 5, 2013 From: Jimi M.
I knew Ray (Ray Robinson – the “Green Man”) pretty good. I’ve had him in my car several times. He loved Budweiser. He came to our pool room on the south side of New Castle and we
even took him to a party once. He would come to Russell Trucking on Route 18 on mid-nite shift and work and help my cousin George Klush separating tools. We always took special care of Ray.
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Nov 7, 2013 From: Deborah B.
In 1940, my grandmother’s sister, Ruth Webster Wischermann, was a maid at the Grand Hotel (in Beaver Falls). Her husband, Herman Wischermann, was a manager there then, and her brother, Ralph Webster, was a clerk there. I was always told that Herman and Ruth owned the hotel. But, I see now that the story was remembered incorrectly. They just worked there, and Herman was a manager. I appreciate the posting of the postcards here on the website. What a “grand” place the Grand Hotel was, indeed. Beautiful.
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Nov 12, 2013 From: Vern M.
I started at Croton School in 1951 and remember my first grade teacher Miss Aiken. She would sneak up behind you if you were distracted and snap your ears with her fingers. Hurt like heck but got the point across! My fondest memories include playing marbles in the dirt alley adjacent to the school and cleaning the chalk erasers after school. Wow, that was long time ago…
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Nov 15, 2013 From: Robert O.
The last time I visited in early 2013 I was amazed at all the “relatives” in Madonna Cemetery. The veterans’ flags were tattered, which caused a trip to Walmart. Now, Dad (Frank) and uncles (John and Joseph (Yuki), I think) have new flags. It is indeed a very well maintained cemetery. God bless all the wonderful folks buried there.
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Nov 21, 2013 From: Denise G.
I went to Lockley School too, starting in 1958. We moved away for my 4th grade year, but back for 5th and 6th. I’m remembering now 50 years ago – November 22, 1963, learning about President Kennedy’s death. I don’t think that we got out early, but I remember running home as fast as I could, taking the short cut through the woods. I also remember walking up & down Brooklyn Ave! Remember Mrs. Gibola (sp?) the crossing guard on Ray Street? There’s a picture of her on the “New Castle Pennsylvania is my Hometown” Facebook page.
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Nov 21, 2013 From: Denise G.
I went to VBS there (Castlewood CMA Church) a few times, too. I seem to remember some kind of festival or fair there in the summers as well. My great-grandfather’s (Eugene Houk) farm was down the road. I think his father, Esli Houk settled there after the Civil War and I think there was around 100 acres. They sold it when I was really young so I don’t remember much. Before he died he was living in one of the small houses on the same side as the church, down by the pond on Harmony Baptist and Route 65. Used to ice skate there! My grandmother was Adda Houk Yoho. I have a lot of relatives around there and in Ellwood. I wish I knew more about them! Good memories about spending time in that area.
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Nov 22, 2013 From: John
Great but very sad article (about the Tindall Family Cemetery). I would like to visit this cemetery and pay my respects. but I’m not sure of its exact location or if it is considered trespassing. Do you know if there is anyway I could get involved to somehow try and restore or at least preserve this cemetery?
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Nov 25, 2013 From: Chelsea B.
Hello, My name is Chelsea. I am currently working on my family tree and am trying to find the location of some family members graves. I am wondering if you have a list of names of who is buried in this cemetery? The names I am looking for Frank Gumienny and Martha Cheswick Gumienny. I don’t have a year of death for them all I know is the last census 1930 they we living in the Shenango area. I am assuming they died between 1930 and 1940 since they are not in the 1940 census. I know this is a long shot but any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Nov 25, 2013 From: Darek
We used to climb up and walk along the ledge (at the Thaddeus Stevens School) running along the bottom of the 1st floor windows starting at the low end and would see how far we could make it to the high end that seemed 100’ off the ground back then.
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Nov 29, 2013 From: John C. Sr.
Jeff, thank you for all your work in this endeavor. When I saw the picture of the American Cynamide annual picnic of 1940 I recognized the face of my Father Walter Cover who worked there. It is only one of three pictures I have of him. He died in 1952 from a home accident when I was only 8. I remember my Mother having a copy of the same photo but was never able to find it in here belongings. He is almost the true center of the photo in a sweater and has the collar out. I also remember a couple of the blasts and my Mothers concern. I have a copy of his I.D. badge if you’d like to add it to this. Again, thank you for the wonderful memory.
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Nov 30, 2013 From: Bill A.
I spent many hours growing up in this church (Christ Lutheran in New Castle) in the 1950’s to mid-1960’s when I went off to college. Very nice pictures!
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Dec 2, 2013 From: Daniel A.
I am William Tindall’s great great great great great grandson. Many of my family members are buried here. Is there any way I could get involved with the restoration process? I am in the Philadelphia area. Thank you!
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Dec 6, 2013 From: Keith F.
You have a fantastic web site. I’m a member of Cooper’s Battery B’s reenacting unit. There are however, some errors in you write up of the battery. The battery was officially mustered into state service on June 28, 18161. They were mustered into Federal Service around July 23, 1861 when they went to Camp Curtin in Harrisburg. Three artillery companies, A, B, and G were mustered in at the same time. The other 5 artillery companies were mustered into Federal Service in early Aug. of 1861. Above info is from the History of the PA. Vol. Reserve Corps written by a J. Sypher. The ‘memorial shaft” or capstone placed on East Cemetery Hill was place on the hill in Aug of 1879 according to newspaper reports.
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Dec 11, 2013 From: Gary F.
I remember my dad stopping and giving Ray (Charlie) Robinson a ride in 1958 on 351 heading toward New Galilee, we lived on top of Allies/Freed Hill – Friendship Rd.
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Dec 13, 2013 From: Bev Q.
There’s an old Quaker cemetery off Rt 224 near state line. No road to it but not too far to walk. Haven’t been back there in over 10 years. Never looked up info about Quaker settlement. Bob Miller Miller's Furniture Barn knows a lot of local history as does Carl Clark Four Brothers Bistro.
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Dec 15, 2013 From: David B.
Great summary on this story (on O’Toole-Barber murder). Where did you get your information? You have tidbits not found in the papers of the time. Nettie had Harold in a former marriage? James Barber was a widower? Nettie was my great grandmother and I have most of this from newspaper articles too. The family did not know of this till I found it about 11 or 12 years ago.
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Dec 23, 2013 From: Jack E.
Reminiscing and looked up Arthur McGill Elementary School, many memories. I came to New Castle in 1964 and started in 2nd grade with Mrs Stone. I remember all my teachers: 3rd Miss Kyle, 4th Mrs Crutchman, 5th homeroom Mr DeFelice (switched classes so also Mrs Stuart and Mrs Mohar), 6th homeroom Mr Smith (Mrs Rugh and Miss Gilchrist). Many faces and names come to mind, but too many to list. Today is a nice stroll down memory lane.
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Dec 24, 2013 From: Megan M.
Thank you for the pictures (of Wilson Cemetery). I am related to Benoi Wilkinson and his wife Mary Ann Lutz, and their son George Wilkinson and his wife Margaret Richey buried here. Any information or photos you have of these headstones would be so interesting to me!
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Dec 25, 2013 From: David P. Jr
I attended Arthur McGill from 58-63. My dad attended Arthur McGill from 1928-33. He worked at Johnson Bronze from 1943-73. Thanks for developing this site… I attended that John F Kennedy rally and got a handshake from JFK. It was a very exciting day for New Castle and me… My grandfather William Parsons worked at the Tin Mill probably from 1910-1950. He came from Wales in 1888. All of his brothers either worked in the tin mills, Aliquippa steel mills, or coal mines.
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Dec 26, 2013 From: Jamie S.
I grew up about 2 miles from this bridge in Union Twp. during the 70’s and 80’s, I remember lying awake in bed at night counting the cars that went across. The wooden planks made a loud rumbling sound when a vehicle crossed over it. If it got louder the vehicle was coming into Union Twp. and if the noise faded it was going towards Mahoning Twp. I wished they could have saved that bridge!
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Dec 28, 2013 From: Eugene H.
I started Croton School 1960. Helped move to new school in 1963. Played basketball for school 65/66. Great time had with good friends Danny Cook and Larry Patterson.
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Dec 30, 2013 From: Steve N.
Absolutely thrilled to learn of this website. When my son was searching for colleges in 1999 to attend, we headed for Geneva College in Beaver Falls. As we got off the expressway and turned onto Wallace Run Rd., we spied the closed B&W tube plant. As it was, both my oldest and youngest attended Geneva and we went past the old plant MANY times. I always wondered if it was a mill, or some other facility supporting the rich steel-making heritage of Western PA. Because of this, and other websites, now I have the answer. Thanks for the information and pictures. They bring me back to those many trips to pick up and drop off my children as they attended school. A Happy New Year to you all!

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  1. @Paul Myers
    I found a Joseph Fosnaught at Find a Grave Website in Chewton Cemetery.

    Birth: Jan. 6, 1849
    Death: Dec. 26, 1920

    Inscription: *Private Co. K 39th Regiment Pa. Volunteer Infantry G.A.R.

    Burial:
    Chewton Cemetery
    Chewton
    Lawrence County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Created by: D Copper
    Record added: Apr 13, 2007
    Find A Grave Memorial# 18908860

    Website www.findagrave.com

    Georgia George · 04/19/2013 08:32 PM · #

  2. Just wondering if you’ve looked at http://www.ellwoodcitymemories.com/
    and if you are aware that the Lawrence County Historical Society runs a Lawrence County Trivia competition each year for our local schools. I’m thinking we can get some questions for that from your website!

    Thanks so much for your contributions.

    Jonica Walters · 05/30/2013 01:37 PM · #

  3. I was born and raised in New Castle,Pa. We lived in New Castle Boro for some time. My Grandparents Martin owned a home there. I went to Union High,which now there is a New School there now. My Favorite teacher was a Mrs. Shields, also Mrs Fox was our Home econimic teacher. If any body remembers me Please contact me. Really enjoy reading all about my Home town,Keep up the good work,Oh! I also got to see the “Green Man” and enjoyed all the info you had on him. Audra Jean (Martin) Coulter 07/08/2013

    Audra Jean (Martin) Coulter · 07/08/2013 06:00 PM · #

  4. You have a fantastic web site. I’m a member of Cooper’s Battery B’s reenacting unit. There are however, some errors in you write up of the battery. The battery was officially mustered into state service on June 28, 18161. They were mustered into Federal Service around July 23, 1861 when they went to Camp Curtin in Harrisburg. Three artillery compamies, A,B,and G were mustered in at the same time. The other 5 artillery companies were mustered into Federal Service in early Aug. of 1861. Above info is from the History of the PA. Vol. Reserve Corps written by a J.Sypher. The ‘memorial shaft” or capstone placed on EastCemetery Hill was place on the hill in aug. of 1879 according to newspaper reports.

    Keith Foote · 12/06/2013 02:08 PM · #

  5. I forgot to add that the unreadable original stone was replaced on Saturday, November 23,2013. A dedication service was held with Superintendent Bob Kirby in attendance.I will send some photos of the event.

    Keith Foote · 12/06/2013 02:13 PM · #

  6. Jeff: I cant begin to tell you what an amazing web site you have. Any time you visit New Castle you will be more than welcome to stay overnight at my home. My son who is a retired school teacher and I live alone and have a beautiful five bed room house. I retired from the B&O Railroad in 1971.I had a dairy store, a car lot, a boat sales a tire shop & was a real estate salesman. I also played trumpet and drums all over the country with a big band in 1945 Your right I am about worn out at 87. I know you would like to see my office with all the movie stars I met with their pictures that they signed. Keep up the good work. Sincerely Harry L. Banks

    Harry Banks · 01/14/2014 08:54 PM · #

  7. Great site! How about Augustines Pizza or Luigis Pizza…………Highlander theater. I have a picture of the green man with my parents friends. Will try and get it scanned in. Gaston Park, Sheep Hill……way too many places and things to list here.

    Vince Sanfilippo · 05/13/2014 11:17 AM · #

  8. I ran across the interesting site looking for the Neshannock Cemetery. My ancestors are Robert and Margaret McIlvaine Clark. They moved to Mercer County in 1843 and left for McLean County, Illinois the winter of 1864-65. My g-grandfather was born in New Wilmington as were several of his brothers and sisters. Those that died in Pa are in the above cemetery, (I learned today) thanks to your site. I didn’t know about a boundary change. I have other relatives around Mercer; Kerr, Paxton, Hill & Greenlee. These folks emigrated in from Washington County. I enjoyed the page and have bookmarked it. If you learn why a family would make such a trip in winter please let me know. Did the Civil War touch the area?

    Diane Smith · 09/26/2014 03:06 PM · #

  9. I am doing family research and have learned my great grandfather, David Morgan, lived in Wampum in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Any information anyone has on him or his wife and/or children would be greatly appreciated. His wife’s name, I believe, was Mae Weller Morgan.

    William Hutton · 09/23/2015 10:06 AM · #

  10. I’m found your site while searching for info on elder chalmers. I’m putting a documentary together about the home I grew up in and have a lead that Mr Chalmers owned and farmed the property in Darlington.
    Any help or info will be greatly appreciated.
    Gloria C

    Gloria C · 04/26/2016 12:21 AM · #

  11. Oak Street school is where I started 1st grade. Teacher’s name was Mrs, Dodds. My father had her in 1st grade as well. The ironic part is Dodds was my grandfathers name. Never new if there was a connection. We moved to Pulaski when I was in 2nd grade, then to Walmo. We lived out on the Old Wilmington Rd. Where I remember the “Big Snowstorm “ no school for a week (I think)? It was a wonderful place to grow up! I live in a small town in Oregon now, it reminds me a little of the country life I grew up in. Very fond memories of Cascade park, frozen custard, slippery rock creek. I went to George Washington Jr. high. Also did summer babysitting for the Butz’s. My family moved in 1954 after the closing of United Engineering. “Click-click” there’s no place like home!

    Leah F. · 05/11/2016 12:08 PM · #

  12. I was interested in the posting from Michelle B. My grandmother was Antonia Swiatkiewicz who arrived in Lowell, MA around 1906-1910. She was born around 1891. She married my grandfather Wladyslaw Janocha in 1911 and my father Josef Janocha was born in 1912. Antonia died in 1914 and we know nothing about her or any family members. My own father died in 1962 when I was 18years old so I have no one to ask questions of. I do know that he had an uncle somewhere in the USA with whom he communicated but where the uncle lived is a mystery.
    Antonia came from southeastern Poland near the city of Jedlicze. I learned this from their marriage certificate. Could your Mary be a relative? I would love to find out about this branch of my family.

    Mary Goguen · 10/20/2016 01:38 PM · #