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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 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 explanations of the war, it’s onset, impact and meaning. Hear stories of Pickett’s Charge, …

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First Grist Mill in Hickory Township

By: Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer The first grist mill in Hickory Township was built by Henry Reynolds on Hettenbaugh Run, a mile east of the village of Eastbrook. According to the 1877 History of Lawrence County “[Reynolds] … operated it till 1837, when he sold out to William Adams …

Butz Florists – Almost As Old As the County

The following is an excerpt from: Bridges to the Past, A Pictorial History of Lawrence County by Donald W. Fox (1994) The firm’s history began in 1850 when Paul Butz, a Swiss immigrant with experience in Europe’s horticultural and botanical gardens, purchased six acres of uncultivated land in New Castle and …

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Pickup or Delivery

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 would be advertised in the newspapers with the addressee’s name. Once published, “Advertised mail” incurred a claim fee. Free Mail …