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OOHRAH – Brig Gen William C. Chip

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) William C. Chip was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1919. His father was the famed George Chip, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, also from New Castle. William played football in 1936 and 1937 for New Castle High and went …

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Brigadier General James Van Gorder Wilson

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Another top brass of the military that hailed from Lawrence County is James V. G. Wilson who was born in Ellwood City, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1913, to Charles E. and Emma Vangorder Wilson. As a child he attended Hopewell, a one …

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Brig Gen Ralph Pope

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Ralph Michael Angelo Papa (Pope) was born in West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 22,1920 to Italian immigrants Raffaele “Ralph” and Rose (Santina) Papa. Ralph was one of nine children (eight boys and one girl). His mother died in 1928 when he was only 8 …

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THE ACE – Brig Gen Victor N. Cabas

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Victor Nicholas “Vic” Cabas was born January 15,1920 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Elizabeth (Tetu) Cabas, Romanian immigrants. He attended West Side, Lincoln-Garfield School, Ben Franklin and New Castle High Schools, graduating in 1938. He was the manager of the New …

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Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Robert Harper Shumaker was born May 11, 1933 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where his parents, Alvah M. and Eleanor, were a lawyer and a writer, respectively. He was graduated from New Wilmington High School in 1951 as the class valedictorian. He attended Northwestern University …

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Rear Admiral George R. Muse

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Navy Rear Admiral George Read Muse was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on September 21, 1915 to Mr. & Mrs. George W. Muse. His father served in the Spanish American War and was district attorney for the county. Muse attended Arthur McGill and George …

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Wampum’s Pride: General McBride

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The highest military rank to have been achieved by a Lawrence County resident is that of a four star general, held by General William Vincent McBride who served as the second in command of the United Sates Air Force. Born in Wampum, Pennsylvania on …

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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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Martyred – WWII the Phillipines

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Fifteen Years to Priesthood Thomas J. Rocks, seen here in his 1924 high school graduation photo, was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Hugh M. and Elizabeth Newman Rocks. The family lived on Wildwood Avenue. “Tommy” attended St. Mary’s School (1911-1920) and New Castle …

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The “Custer” Cannon & Joe Trax

By Betty DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer If we went back in time 100 years or more, no 4th of July Parade would have been complete without local Patriot Joe Trax and his Custer Cannon. A West Side resident of New Castle, Joe Trax had been a member of Company B, Second …