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January 16, 1892

McDonald PA Outlook

Mr. John WHITE, brother of David WHITE of Cecil, was visiting friends in this section last week. Mr. WHITE was formerly a resident of Cecil and is well known her by many of the older citizens. 34 years ago last October he was married to Miss CAMPBELL, an Ohio lady, and after spending a few weeks among friends in Cecil and adjoining townships took up his residence in Ohio, where he has resided ever since. He relates that while on his wedding tour in the section in the month of November, 1857, there was some extremely cold weather; that the ground was covered with snow and the sleighing good, and that while driving in the Miller's Run Valley one very cold day they saw chickens that were frozen to the limbs of trees in ... three different places. (Line missing)

He has for several years lived near Wooster, and has given his children the benefit of the superior educational advantages of that college town. He has six children, five of whom are graduates of the University of Wooster. His oldest son, Rev. W. W. WHITE, now a professor in the Xenia U. P. Theological seminary, is the author of a work on "memory training," which has helped to bring him to the prominent and enviable position he now occupies in the church and country. His second son is now laboring in the interest of the Y. M. C. A., at a salary of $150 a month and expenses, but it is and has been his intention to enter the ministry. Two of his daughters are wives of ministers, the third is yet unmarried, while the third son is shipping clerk for a Montana mining company. Mr. WHITE's family has so far a very honorable record, and has good reason to be proud of it.

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December 30, 1893

McDonald Outlook

[NOTE: This sketch is about Thomas Wilson]

The subject of this sketch, who died at his residence in the Parkinson property, Barr Street, McDonald, December 20th, was in many respects a remarkable man. Being a person of good mind and fine taste, he had as far as possible during the sixty-six years of his life stood aloof as a thoughtful and rather melancholy observer from the rude, boisterous, and ill directed activities of the crude life around him. He was a worker in wood and a master hand at whatever he gave his mind to, and so unwillingly was he to spoil good timber and half-do work that he said only wasted material and marred landscape, that he could be induced with no money to engage in the rude of rank and file carpenters around him, who forever in a hurried panic, without forethought, design, or satisfactory result, were constructing dwellings and business blocks that he considered inimical to all the first principles of art. And so as an ax-man he found most pleasure alone with himself in the woods. He was a great reader and thinker. The habit of his mind was logical, and it was a pleasure to listen to his deliberate utterances of the well defined thoughts he had forged in his solitude. Mr. WILSON spent his boyhood on a small homestead near SMITH's Mills, on the B. & O. Railroad, in North Strabane Township, to which place his father, who was originally from Derry, Ireland, had come when Thomas was five years old. His mother's name was MCCORKLE and was connected with the MCDONOUGHs, BERRYs, HARTs, WEIRs, HULTZes, THOMASes, and other old families still in that country. He was a second cousin of Cashier G. S. CAMPBELL and also of Mr. HULTZ, the young business partner of 'Squire MAY, who died of typhoid fever in McDonald a few years ago. When a youth he went to Pittsburg and learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner. In 1847 he was married to Miss Eliza Ann MCCLAINE, who family had come to Pittsburg from the East--a people noted for ability in intellectual pursuits. Her father was the inventor of the first power threshing machine in this country, long known as the "bunty machine," and she herself was a person of unusual education and culture.

There were six children by this first marriage. Four died in infancy. Alice L., the eldest, is the wife of Mr. Samuel AYERS, of East Noblestown Street; Robert Burns is a resident of Frankfort, Ky., unmarried, and a man with a national reputation as an artist and writer. Many of his productions have been published in the Century Magazine. The WILSON family lived in Pittsburg, at SMITH's Mills, (where the poet and artist Robert BURNS was born) at Washington, and at West Alexander, where the wife died and was buried. In after years Mr. WILSON was married to Miss AYERS, a daughter of Mr. John AYERS, of Jumbo. They lived in Mansfield; in '72 they removed to Venice; in '85 removed to McDonald. By this marriage were born two daughters--Ella J., wife of Edward JUDD and Harriet wife of Mr. ROBERTSON, well known citizens of this place. Mr. WILSON was always a consistent member of the U. P. Church; while in Mansfield served as an elder.



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