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1900-1929

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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 …

Johnson Turner House 1890s

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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Imported Macaroni & Olive Oil circa 1911

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer In 1911 Thomas Monico and A. E. Alles incorporated an import and wholesale business known as “Monico & Alles Co.” Located at 802-804 South Mill Street (corner of Division Street), they were the only company in New Castle at the time which did a …

View of Grist Mill 2004 Renovation

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 …

photo of Mrs Rae Muirhead

New Castle’s First Policewoman: Mrs. Rae Muirhead

By: Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Before women were given the right to vote in Pennsylvania, New Castle had appointed it’s first woman police officer. In March 1920, a new ordinance created the position of a police matron who would have charge of all female prisoners and the authority to …

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Billy Glenn – The Amusement Man

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Billy Glenn was born in Portersville in 1874. Prior to coming to New Castle he operated a concession at Rock Springs Park in Chester, W VA. Billy started out selling peanuts and crack corn here in a tiny wagon that stood at E. Washington …

shoe shine advert from newspaper

An Aristocrat Bootblack

By Betty Hoover DiRIsio, LCHS Volunteer “Judge” was a former black slave, born in Virginia. He came North sometime after his emancipation. He was at one time married, but later widowed, with no indication as to any children. He was a well known “aristocrat bootblack” in New Castle for many …

Carnegie library in Atlanta Georgia

New Castle’s Carnegie Library?

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Between 1883 and 1929, 1679 libraries were built in the United States with Andrew Carnegie Library construction grants. In 1900, New Castle requested $75,000 to build a library. The trade unions here protested the proposed gift claiming their low-paid wages effectively were underwriting his …