Re: W. A. Amon from Joseph Amon <>

I am writing to inquire about membership and subscription to the Jefferson College Times. I came across your newsletter through a link to 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. 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, VA

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 his buddy.

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 Street address.


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.