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Women Also Served in the Great War

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Nurse Harriet J. Eckels was born on April 2, 1888 in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. She and 100 fellow Red Cross nurses and 30 physicians organized a hospital unit out of Youngstown, Ohio, and mustered into the Army to serve in World War I.  The …

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Brigadier General Marilyn Chiafullo Making History

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The most recent Lawrence County native to attain the rank of Brigadier General is also the County’s first woman to do so. Marilyn Chiafullo was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Joseph H. and Florence (Zarella) Chiafullo, both deceased. Her siblings include her twin …

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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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The Flying Wilsons: Maxine and Findley

Maxine Anderson Wilson learned to fly after marrying her husband, pilot Findley Wilson in 1937. In 1939 she was the first District woman to hold a private license, and the only woman pilot in Lawrence County and many surrounding counties, to hold a commercial permit, allowing her to haul passengers. …

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Nannie L. Mitcheltree: an Educator

A name synonymous with education in New Castle for many years was that of Miss Nannie L. Mitcheltree. Ms. Mitcheltree was born December 11, 1886 in Edinburg. Commuting from Edinburg to New Castle, she attended and graduated from New Castle Senior High School. Later receiving her teaching degree from Geneva …

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A Palatial Residence

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer In October 1898, Edwin Ohl’s (1850-1922) palatial residence at 208 East Lincoln Avenue, New Castle, was being constructed, a model of elegance and beauty. Completed in 1899 it was one of the finest residences in New Castle. Constructed of red pressed brick this Queen Anne …

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