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THE ACE – Brig Gen Victor N. Cabas

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Victor Nicholas “Vic” Cabas was born January 15,1920 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Elizabeth (Tetu) Cabas, Romanian immigrants. He attended West Side, Lincoln-Garfield School, Ben Franklin and New Castle High Schools, graduating in 1938. He was the manager of the New …

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Red Angelo – Rear Admiral

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Rear Admiral Lewis “Red” Eugene Angelo was born in Forestville, (Butler County) Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1928. He was the youngest of 19 children born to Italian immigrants Tony and Mary Angelo. His father worked in the limestone quarries. Lewis grew up in a …

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Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Robert Harper Shumaker was born May 11, 1933 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where his parents, Alvah M. and Eleanor, were a lawyer and a writer, respectively. He was graduated from New Wilmington High School in 1951 as the class valedictorian. He attended Northwestern University …

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Master of Supply – Rear Admiral Eckelberger

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) James E. Eckelberger, son of John E. and Marian (Francis) Eckelberger of New Castle’s East Side, was graduated from New Castle High in 1956. In 1959, Midshipman First Class Eckelberger participated in an 8 week summer training cruise aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS …

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Rear Admiral George R. Muse

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Navy Rear Admiral George Read Muse was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on September 21, 1915 to Mr. & Mrs. George W. Muse. His father served in the Spanish American War and was district attorney for the county. Muse attended Arthur McGill and George …

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Wampum’s Pride: General McBride

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The highest military rank to have been achieved by a Lawrence County resident is that of a four star general, held by General William Vincent McBride who served as the second in command of the United Sates Air Force. Born in Wampum, Pennsylvania on …

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On Sherman’s Staff

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) We hear Civil War stories about the men from Battery B, and those from the Roundheads of Lawrence County. But here is another story of a Lawrence County native who served in an Iowa infantry. Major Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers was born in Pulaski …

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Joseph B. Chambers: Medal of Honor Recipient (Civil War)

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Joseph B. Chambers was born May 4, 1833 in Beaver County, present day Lawrence County. COMPANY F of the 100th PA INFANTRY Enlisting at East Brook in February 1864, he served in Company F of the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia …

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Cyrus B. Lower: Medal of Honor Recipient (Civil War)

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Cyrus B. Lower was born February 18, 1843 in Mahoning Township, the son of Samuel and Mary Bryan Lower. His father had moved to Western Pennsylvania about 1825 and settled near Edinburg. After the start of the Civil War, Cyrus enlisted at Poland, OH …

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Home to a Prince (Johnson-Turner House)

By Susan Linville, Administrator LCHS Article corrected and revised April 18, 2016. The structure, referred to as the Johnson-Turner House was not built for nor owned by George W. Johnson as earlier reported. The Johnson-Turner House is a Victorian built in approximately 1888. Its appearance, although hidden by additions, exhibits typical …

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