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Stolen Milk Bottles
Newcastle, Pa., develops a new idea. Gentlemen that steal milk bottles left on doorsteps go early before the milk is delivered and scribble a note asking for two extra quarts.
Winthrop News, Nov. 24, 1932, page 8
Winthrop, MN
Contributed by Robin Line

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
January 5, 1923, Page 6

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
July 1, 1971, Page 15


BEAVER FALLS, Pa., Oct. 5- Four persons were injured, one seriously, in a triple car collision early yesterday along the darlington road, near the Black Hawk road intersection. Leona Kaufman, 18, of East Washington street, New Castle, suffered contusions about the head and legs. She was brought to the Providence Hospital here. Otheres treated at the hospital for minor hurts were: Dorothy Johnson, 23, of 3507 Sixth avenue, Beaver Falls; Joseph Gardener, 24, 1115 Marsh street, Ellwood city and Leo Hoeffler, 25, of Fombell.

New Castle News
Oct. 5, 1931, Page 7

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.
Dear Mr. Greer:

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.

Massillon, Ohio, Nov. 16.

Curtis Miller, 29 years old, lost three fingers and part of his right hand Wednesday when his gun was accidentally discharged, while he was hunting rabbits on the farm of John Pitts, seven miles north of here. As Miller was climbing a tree in the middle of a swamp to get a shot at rabbits, the hammer caught on a limb. Companions removed him to his home, where medical attention was obtained.

New Castle News, (New Castle, Pa) Friday November 16, 1911
Submitted by Nancy Piper


New Philadelphia, Ohio, Nov. 16
Mrs. Willia Swinderman and her 13 year old son escaped death by a fraction of an inch Wednesday when shots by a hunter in the rear of their home grazed the boy's hand and passed through Mrs. Swinderman's hair, badly burning it. Mrs. Swinderman is suffering from nervous collapse.

New Castle News, (New Castle, Pa) Friday November 16, 1911
Submitted by Nancy Piper

Fall Is Fatal To James Cowan

Dies In Hospital After Accident

James Cowan, Aged 77, of 518 Croton Ave, died in the New Castle Hospital at 8:10 p.m., Friday as a result of injuries suffered in a fall down his home stairs a short while previous. Mr. Cowan was descending the stairs when in some manner he slipped and plunged down eight of the steps. He was moved to the New Caslte Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Coroner John A. Meehan, Jr. is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Cowan's fall. An autopsy is is being performed today, to determine the exact cause of death which is believed to be the result of a cerebral concussion.

Mr. Cowan was born in Butler County, March 18, 1878, and resided some years in Detroit. He served for six years as a maintenance man at the local United Engineering and Foundry Co. and prior to that, worked for Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co. for 25 years.

Mr. Cowan was married to Nancy Gallagher Cowan for 37 years

Surviving, are his widow, Mrs. Nancy Cowan; the children, Wesley Cowan, Pittsburgh; Otto Cowan, Pittsburgh; A. R. Gallagher, this city; Mrs. Jean Cameron, this city; Jack Cowan, this city; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Davis, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the W. F. DeCarbo Funeral Home, Cunningham at Lutton with Samuel C. Baker and Rev. Jack Allison in charge. Interment will be in Graceland cemetery.

New Castle News, February 25, 1956

Fire at New Castle
Philadelphia, April 27

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
Contributed by Nancy Piper

Can't Explain How Rifle Was Discharged- Believe Trigger Caught in Bush

William Bowers, Jr., aged 14 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers of Brent was accidently killed while out hunting for rabbits with a thirteen year old companion, Clarence Campbell, also of Brent. The accident occurred on the Squire Rodgers farm in Plaingrove township, 16 1/2 miles from New Castle, late Saturday afternoon.

The accident has been investigated and what just caused the discharge of the weapon is not determined. The two boys were walking through the field on their way homeward, the gun being carried by Campbell, and Bowers was but a few feet from his side when the trigger caught on a bush or, for some reason was discharged accidently.

The bullet struck the Bowers lad squarely in the neck, just under the chin. He fell to the ground and died within five minutes, breathing his last before aid could be summoned.

The body was removed to the home as quickly as possible after the accident.

The Campbell lad has been deeply affected by the accident, being franticwhen he discovered the result of the accidental dischargeof the gunand Bowers dropped to the ground with a terrible wound in his neck.

In addition to the parents, seven brothers and sisters survive to mourn the death of the victim of the accident. The Campbell boy's father is dead.

The Campbell boy could give little light on the cause of the accident not being able to explain how the rifle had been discharged. He believes that the trigger became fastened on a bush and was snapped in this manner.

New Castle News (New Castle, Pa) November 11, 1915

Buried Alive

Frightful Accident in Allegheny- Two men killed and two injuried-Buried
Beneath a Mass of Rock-Coroner's In quest.

An accident of a shocking character occured about half-past ten o,clock Saturaday morning, in the seventh ward, Allegheny, resulting in the death of two men and the serious and probably fatal injury of two others. Me??? Howard & Company have a contract for grading Vista Stree,in the Seventh ward, Allegheny, where for some weeks they have had a large force of men at work, the job being a heavy one. The street passes through a hill, necessitating a cut of twenty feet, a great portion of which is solid rock, which had to be blasted. At the time mentioned four men, James Gallaher, Barney Henry, James Dennison and Michael Moore were at work undermining a large rock, which, from the force of the powder usedin the blasting has become detached from the surrounding rocks and without a moments warning it came down with a crash bringing with it several tons of loose dirt and debris, completely covering the four men above mentioned. The other workmen as soon as it was safe begin working from the amount of detached peices of rock that continued to fall for some minutes after the first crash, went to the rescue. Denniston and Moore were first taken out, and although they had sustained serious injuries about the head and body were still living. Some minutes elapsed before Gallaher could be extricated from beneath the massive rock and when taken out the former was quite dead, and the latter, although living had received injuries necessarily fatal, and he expired about twenty minutes afterwards.

Surgical attendence was summoned and the injuried men was properly attended to.

The bodies of the deceased removed to the place of residence in the ninth ward, this city, when Coroner Clawson held an inquest upon them yesterday morning and the injury returned a verdict of accidental death in accordance with the above facts.

The New Castle Courant,(New Castle, Pa, Friday, June 10, 1870)


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
Contributed by Nancy Piper



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