September 2000

Jefferson College Historical Society

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

The Jefferson College Times is published by the Jefferson College Historical Society; 220 North Central Avenue; Canonsburg, PA 15317. The Jefferson College Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to advancing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of local history. Members receive the Times by mail at least four times yearly. Articles of local historical interest are earnestly solicited. Correspondence should be addressed to

Editor, Jefferson College Times

117 S. Central Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317

What follows is the most recent issue of the Jefferson College Times, modified for the electronic medium.

Revised September 2000

News and Comments

Next Meeting:

The Jefferson College Historical Society will next meet on Wednesday September 27, 2000, at 8 p.m. in the rooms of the society, North Central Avenue, Canonsburg, located on the lower floor of the auditorium building. Guests are welcome. The board of directors will meet at 7:30.



Our September program will be presented by Charles Kovach, engineer and artist. He has followed a family tradition of working in the coal and coke industry, though in his case, it is work in pen and ink and graphite.
Mr. Kovach has collected mining artifacts for many years for historical and artistic purposes.



The term, letters, is not precisely true in this electronic era. Any more, missives are more likely to arrive by e-mail. Digital or analog, they are appreciated.

Cover photograph:

This murky photograph, a side view of John McMillan's manse, shows some of his descendants, the Fulton family, who lived in the house. John McMillan's log school can be seen just beyond the house, on the right side of the photograph. The Fulton Brothers carefully disassembled the log structure in the fall of 1894, and it was moved to Canonsburg the following year.

Mayor Dan Caruso:

Thinking about Dan from the perspective of the historical society and a moving eulogy by his son, Gary.


John McMillan at Princeton

John McMillan graduated from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, in 1772. His schoolmates included a number of interesting and important men, including a president of the United States.

 Photograph Album:

The Jefferson College Historical Society was honored by being named marshals of the Canonsburg Fourth of July Parade.

2000 Officers: Paul Katrencik., president; Kathleen Kirr, vice- president; Lois Ahwesh, secretary; Joseph A. Solobay, treasurer; directors Wilburt Scott ('01), David Westwater ('02), Mary Lou Underkoffler ('03), and James T. Herron, Jr. (past president).


The Jefferson College Historical Society is grateful to

Jean Suplick Matuson for archiving the Times at

This Internet web site, Genealogy in Washington County Pennsylvania, is a gold mine of historical material for the local historian and genealogist.


Membership in the Jefferson College Historical Society is open to all. An individual active membership is $8; student membership, $5; contributing membership, $15; business or institutional membership, $25; sustaining membership, $50; and life membership, $150. Correspondence concerning membership should be directed to

Joseph A. Solobay, 514 Craighead Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317