Enjoys New Home Out In Arizona
A letter was received this week from Miss Laura Jones, now Mrs. James Henry Morgan, of Arizona. She writes that she enjoys her new home in the west and is perfectly satisfied in every way. She is a former New Castle girl having lived at the home of her uncle, Mr. William A. Johns (Brython) of South Mercer street.
New Castle News
Mystery cannon of Mahoning has prank history
At least one of the mysteries surrounding the cannon found in the Mahoning River by David A. Fullerton of RD 7 has been brought to light by the testimony of two area men.
The men, who wish to remain anonymous, revealed how by adolescent pranks the cannon found its way into the muddy river where the son of the Carl Fullertons discovered it earlier this month.
According to the two Mt. Jackson natives, the cannon was first uncovered in 1955, at the site of the North Beaver Township Fire Hall in Mt. Jackson. Boy Scouts, clearing the land for the fire hall's construction, dug up the cannon and set it aside. The two said they'd planned to go back later with their father to retrieve their discovery, but when they returned, it was gone.
The cannon was not lost, however, for over a period of about five years, it was passed from clique to clique and person to person through a series of legal and illegal transactions. When the former Boy Scouts finally regained their possession, it was being used as a lawn ornament. The boys "couldn't see it sitting in someone's front yard" when they could be shooting it, so one night a gang of them "swiped it, cleaned it and shot it off."
Like most adventure stories, real and fiction, the mock battles were called to a halt by a concerned citizen who "didn't think kids should be playing with a cannon," although he told them to stop, the youngsters merely moved their battle elsewhere.
Elsewhere turned out to be Covert's Crossing in North Beaver Township. Since the fellows were dealing with a "hot" cannon, the need for a hiding place between shootings was vital. Constructing a boat from two car hoods, they lowered the cannon from Covert's Bridge onto the "boat" and into the water.
One day, after an especially high water mark, the rope attached to their treasure broke loose and the cannon was lost. The boys "walked the river three times," but their loss was never regained until David Fullerton noticed the base peeking out of the mud.
David received a letter June 28 from the Ohio Historical Society of Columbus, Ohio describing the cannon as "a line throwing cannon, used to fire heaving line for rescue work from stranded ships to shore." Cannon of this nature date from 1870-1890. The letter stated that the cannon was possibly made in New York, but that identification of markings would verify its origin.
New Castle News
Receives Letter From Aged D.A.R.
Charles Greer Takes Active Interest in Living Sons and Daughters of Revolutionary Heroes.
Charles Greer who has for sonic time past taken an active interest in the sons and daughters still living of the heroes of the American Revolution has received a letter front Wilwaukee's oldest in and one of the oldest living daughters of men who saw actual service In the American Revolution. In reply to a letter from Mr. Greer the following was received:
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 11, 1915.
Your request received. My father, Dr. Seth Capron, was born September 23, 1762 and died September 4, 1835-aged 73 year. He enlisted in the war of the Revolution and served three years. First at the seige of Newport, R. T., where a bullet aimed - at General LaFayette graised the top of his (my father's) head. This incident was followed by a life long friendship.
In 1824 my father met General LaFayette when he passed up the Hudson river, from New York to Troy.
My father was at thebattle of White Plains. After that he was transferred to headquarters at Newburgh, N. Y., and given command of the barge which conveyed General Washington to Elizabethtown. Was the last man to take the general's hand when he bade bood-bye to the army.
Yours truly. LOUIS K. THIERS.
Mrs. Thiers is 101 years old and in excellent health. She attributes her long life to her method of living. She says one needs just three things: Plenty of sleep, pure food, and clean living. She has never known a day's sickness in her life. For a woman of her age her continued activity is a marvel. Mrs. Thiers takes a vital interest in all the current topics, reads the newspapers, and is a great lover of books. Some time ago when pictures of the war were shown in her home city she was taken to all or them and although she states they were enjoyable she is not a movie enthusiast.
Knitting is a favorite occupation of Mrs. Thier's when she is not reading. She can work the needle with women much younger than herself and make them hustle to get as much accomplished as she does. Mrs. Thiers was born in Whitesbero, N. Y., in 1814, and moved to Milwaukee in 1888. Since the death of her hushand in 1875 she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Quarles of 539 Farewell Ave. She also has three sons living.
Another aged daughter of a Revolution hero, who Mr. Greer had the pleasure of visiting in person is Mrs. Samantha Stanton Nellis of Naples, N. Y. She will be 106 years of age on Jan. 5, next. She is living in good health and is still very active. Her father was a member of Washington's personal bodyguard.
A destructive fire broke out at New Castle yesterday. By the steam boat, we have received information that it was gotten under after twenty-two houses were consumed. It originated in a stable belonging to Mr. Riddle in Water street. - Colum. Observ.
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), May 5 1824
Deaths Reported In Places Nearby
The following deaths were reported in towns nearby this week:
Mrs. Mary Bolton, aged 75, Elwood City
Simpson's Leader-Times (Kittanning, Pennsylvania), January 2, 1929, Page 1