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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

1907 New Castle PA. Warner Brothers open first cinema

The Show Must Go On! (Warner Brothers)

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Harry, Sam and Abe Warner started out in the film business in a makeshift tent in the backyard of their Youngstown, Ohio home in the fall of 1906, purchasing a used projector and worn copy of “The Great Train Robbery”. After showing the film …

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