Historic Tree with a “Shady” Past

  • Post category:Indians

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Kushkushkie Towns In the mid to late 1700's our area was inhabited by the Lenape Indians (the Delaware) in a group of villages known…

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The Flying Wilsons: Maxine and Findley
1947 ESSO Oil ad in an aviation magazine

The Flying Wilsons: Maxine and Findley

Maxine Anderson Wilson learned to fly after marrying her husband, pilot Findley Wilson in 1937. In 1939 she was the first District woman to hold a private license, and the…

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Pickup or Delivery

  • Post category:1849-1899

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Prior to 1887, mail was held at our local post office for patrons to claim. If letters or parcels were left unclaimed, a notice…

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Nannie L. Mitcheltree: an Educator
Nannie L. Mitcheltree 1886-1972

Nannie L. Mitcheltree: an Educator

A name synonymous with education in New Castle for many years was that of Miss Nannie L. Mitcheltree. Ms. Mitcheltree was born December 11, 1886 in Edinburg. Commuting from Edinburg…

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A Palatial Residence

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer In October 1898, Edwin Ohl's (1850-1922) palatial residence at 208 East Lincoln Avenue, New Castle, was being constructed, a model of elegance and beauty. Completed…

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Martyred – WWII the Phillipines
Thomas J. Rocks
New Castle High School
1924

Martyred – WWII the Phillipines

  • Post category:War

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Fifteen Years to Priesthood Thomas J. Rocks, seen here in his 1924 high school graduation photo, was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Hugh…

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The “Custer” Cannon & Joe Trax
Joe Trax with his Custer Cannon circa 1894

The “Custer” Cannon & Joe Trax

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By Betty DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer If we went back in time 100 years or more, no 4th of July Parade would have been complete without local Patriot Joe Trax and…

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Birchlawn
James Andrew and Eliza Emery Crawford. Their house was named Birchlawn.

Birchlawn

  • Post category:Mansions

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Located on Harbor Street in New Castle, this home was known as "Birchlawn" (see photo). It was built for industrialist James Andrew Crawford and…

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