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Article from The Morning Observer newspaper,
Washington Co., Pa., Tues., Nov. 22, 1932, p. 2:
[Article about a 97 yr. old Monongahela woman is partly cut off. Here is
what can be read; most of the 1st column is partly cut off on the
Xerox.] "Monongahela Woman, 97, __de in a Covered Wagon -
Monongahela, Nov. 21 - A Monongahela woman, who, as a [words cut off],
was brought by her [words cut off] across the Allegheny [words cut off]
into Western Pennsylvania [words cut off] a covered wagon drawn [words
cut off] moving oxen, Saturday [words cut off] [celebrated ?] the 97th
anniversary [words cut off but probably are, 'of her birthday'].
Telegrams from [words cut off] [president ?]-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt
[words cut off] U. S. Senator James J. [words cut off] are among
numerous messages [words cut off] congratulations and greetings [word or
words cut off] received. [Beginning cut off] Mrs. Ellen Cavanaugh and
[words cut off] age she [retains ?] possession [of all ?] faculties [___
?] a remarkable [words cut off]. [Beginning cut off] generations were
represented [words cut off] held Saturday in her [words cut off] the
home of her daughter, [first name cut off] C. Hayward, of Park avenue
[words cut off; possibly says 'where' ? ] she has made her home [words
cut off] years. [Beginning cut off] of her five living children, [words
cut off] Burgess and Mrs. John [words cut off] of Homestead, and [words
cut off] and Mrs. Phillip Cavanaugh, of West Homestead, were present. A
son, James, of Detroit, and a daughter, Mrs. John Brown, of Tampa,
Florida, were unable to attend. Other guests at the dinner which was
attended by 50 persons, included Congressman Guy Campbell and State
Senator Frank Harris, of Allegheny County. A cake three feet in diameter
bearing the legend, 'Mother' and Mrs. Cavanaugh's age, was the
centerpiece at the dinner table. She also received numerous floral
tributes. Mrs. Cavanaugh has lived in the Monongahela valley for 70
years, 40 of which were spent in Homestead. She still vividly recalls
the hardships experienced in the crossing of the mountains in the
covered wagon and her recollections of early valley history are a
constant source of delight to her family and friends of the [30th ?]
century. She considers the radio the greatest marvel of the present
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