Re: W. A. Amon from Joseph Amon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am writing to inquire about membership and subscription to the
Jefferson College Times. I came across your newsletter through a link
to www.chartiers.com and was floored to see photographs of and by my
great-grandfather Will Amon. I was also interested in your article on
John Julius LeMoyne who married the sister (Nancy McCulley) of Will
Amon's great-grandmother (Mary McCulley).
Thanks for the kind words. Chartiers.com has brought a
good many people to JCTimes and some end up visiting Canonsburg.
Re: James Monroe’s visit from Marlena C. DeLong, asst. editor,
The Papers of James Monroe, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg,
The Papers of James Monroe is a documentary editing project based
at the James Monroe Presidential Center at Mary Washington College in
Fredericksburg, Virginia. We are now in the process of compiling a
documentary history of Monroe’s national presidential tours of 1817,
1818, and 1819.
We are trying to locate material relating to President Monroe’s
visit to Canonsburg on 5 September 1817. Does your society have any
information relating to this visit? We are searching primarily for
letters, diary entries, speeches, accounts of welcoming ceremonies,
but we wou;ld like to know about any other information that you have
as well. Also, do you know if there are any municipal records for
Canonsburg during this period?
Photocopies of the account in Creigh’s History of Washington
County and in the Washington Reporter were sent to Dr. DeLong. Does
anybody have anything else?
Re: "Hello out There" from Lloyd Hampson
"Time is fun when you’re having flies," said a frog on a log to
Your current JCTimes is another great one. Your Amon 1939
photograph-essay brought back memories to me. Edna Amon, a classmate
of mine at CHS is probably Bill Amon's daughter.
I recall a Memorial Day parade when Rev. Hume, a WW II Vet,
marched in his riding britches, however I can’t remember the year. I
had attended his Greenside U. P. Church while in grade school.
The Richie Diamond Sanborn map is of interest to me. The Swihart
barbershop where my grandfather worked was located there. Do you have
any idea what the address of that shop was? The photo that you
published in the September issue was taken in 1912. [That article
was by Lloyd Hampson. Ed.]
Here is something you might be interested in researching your
Notes back issues for a future JCTimes article: The
Pillar to Post column. Bill Pillar, a 1950 Pitt grad, was a Daily
Notes entry-level reporter/columnist for several years. [Bill]
Kotyk and I got to know him and would sit with him in the press box
during CHS football games. After night games he would go to the
Notes office to write the sports report for next day’s paper.
He also would write his column from time to time. His pay was very
low, and I think that it has not changed a bit in current day small
newspapers. I think Pillar got a job at the Pittsburgh
Sun-Telegraph in the early 50s. More later.
It’s good to hear from Lloyd, who also sends a scan of one of
his photographs from time to time. The 1961 ConSurvey
Directory lists DiBiase Asperino’s barber shop as 19 East Pike
and Ducky Swan’s photographic office at 10 Ritchie Diamond. There was
no barber shop listed on Ritchie Diamond, so it probably had a Pike
The photograph on the left, above, shows the building
on the Fourth of July 1964. The riders in Arab dress are
Phil Ahwesh and Jack George. The picture on the right was
taken in 1971 after a fire destroyed 19-23 East Pike Street
and 10 Ritchie Diamond.
Re: Donaldson’s Crossroads from Kaye Donaldson-Asbill
I know you probably get tons of emails like this but I am
searching for anything that you may have on the Donaldson family of
Donaldson Crossroads. That is my family. I so appreciate anything and
everything you may have for me to go on.
There must be someone with Peters Township expertise who can
help. And no, there are usually only one or two a month. Most are
requests for information about Jefferson College graduates that is
easily accessible in the W&J biographical catalogs.