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The Road to Coal Town

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS Board Member & Volunteer) Sometime after John Stockman discovered coal in Lawrence County in 1810, it was found there was a heavy coal deposit in Neshannock township in the area now known as Highland Heights or Coal Town. For many years the area was known …

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William A. Stewart – An Overly Qualified Barber

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) William A. Stewart was born in 1834 in Mercer County to Lemuel B. and Margaret Stewart. He married Isabelle Berry and they had two children, Emma and Eugene. William educated himself when a young man and studied law, and was admitted to the bar …

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New Wilmington’s Village Barber

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Henry Williamson Brooks was born in Ross Township, Allegheny County on July 3, 1846 to John and Eliza (Turbin) Brooks. Henry learned the “tonsorial” (barber) trade in Pittsburgh and worked at the business there for about nine years. He married his wife Emma about …

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Hauntings of the Area

By Joyce Ross, Administrative Secretary, LCHS staff My love of spooky and eerie things probably stems from one of my favorite childhood movies: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, that starred Don Knotts as Luther, a small town newspaper reporter, who was looking for his big break. It comes in the …

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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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Civil War Stories by Local Historians

By Kathleen Mooney, LCHS Webmaster The Historical Society has produced a Civil War Presentation available for viewing on YouTube. Take a trip back in time and spend 12 minutes with us as you listen to local historians discuss the Civil War. They bring us snippets of life in the 1860’s through …

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