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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.
|December 30, 1893
[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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