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Americanization of the Melting Pot

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS Volunteer) The first few years of the 1900s showed the then highest rate of immigration into the United States with some 900,000 immigrants yearly. Many came to Lawrence County. We needed these immigrants as laborers in our industries, but while welcomed as workers in our …

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Italian Athletic Association WWI Soldiers

By Betty Hoover DiRisio LCHS Volunteer In 1899, the New Castle Italian Athletic Association/Club was originally formed as a baseball organization. But in 1917, when President Wilson made the plea for volunteers to enter World War I, the organization stepped up to quickly answer the call. Twelve days later 27 …