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History

Local paper downplays what we now know as the Gettysburg Address

158 years ago yesterday, the most famous speech in the history of our nation was given. The words have transcended time. Not only was the 2.5 minute speech indicative of a change in philosophy when it was given. It has also come to describe some of our nation’s highest ideals ...

Little can be known about Eldred Township soldier killed at Gettysburg

Every once in a while I write a story in this space where there’s something I have to leave out because I can’t source it well or just can’t find as much information as I want. I let go of most of those without issue but one has stuck with me for a couple years - Robert Young. It ...

1882 Barnum circus received a glowing local review

It’s a challenge to write what is meant to be experienced. There are things that we do that are difficult to put into words because they’re not designed to be experienced in that way. P.T. Barnum’s circus in Warren in 1882 is one of those examples. But, boy, did the Warren Mail - in ...

Disease, Japanese earthquake wreak havoc on young Warren family

Gravestones often hold deceptive secrets. They tell us a bit about a person’s life or how they died but necessarily leave so many details to the imagination or, in fortunate instances, the historical record. Two graves in Oakland Cemetery carry a detail that spurs a whole host of ...

‘Not For Themselves’

]Warren County might have been rural since its founding but that doesn’t mean connections to this place can’t be found all over the place. This is one of those. A few weeks ago we were vacationing with family in Gettysburg when we took the drive down to Antietam, the site of the Sept. ...