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Davis B. Kurtz (1826-1906), born in Chester County PA, came to New Castle soon after the formation of Lawrence County in March 1849. He opened his own law firm and became a well-known attorney, banker, and businessman. He married the former Julia Wilder in 1853 and together they raised five children – all of whom became very successful in various fields of study. They purchased this Victorian-style home, located at the corner of Croton Avenue and Pittsburg Street (later East Washington Street) in about 1879. It was built in the 1840’s for Robert Cochran, who operated a wharf and warehouse along the nearby canal. Davis Kurtz, two days after a fall on the ice outside his office, passed away at the age of seventy-nine in March 1906. His widow Julia continued to reside in the home until her own death (at age ninety-six) in 1930. (c1915) Full Size
New Castle News Wednesday Mar 28, 1906.
A view of Kurtz Mansion, built in the 1840’s, from East Washington Street. (c1930)