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History

‘On Earth, peace’: The holiday season in Warren County in 1944

1944 was a tough year to get in the holiday spirit. Nearly 12 million men and women - including hundreds and hundreds from Warren County - were fighting across the globe. The Germans had launched the infamous Battle of the Bulge earlier in December. Casualty lists were getting ever ...

Fatal steamboat accident in Warren in 1878

“The town was thrown into a great excitement.” Yes, I assume a ship sinking in a fatal accident in Warren would do that. Such was the feeling in Warren on Sept. 17, 1878 when the boiler on what The Pittsburgh Post described as a “pleasure boat,” the Shirley Bell, exploded in ...

Communal struggle: Newspapers tell the story of the Brown Sisters

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com Why do the young and the fair and the gifted die? Why are those for whom life opens so full of promise and pleasure and usefulness, suddenly taken “over there,” while the poor and the old and the infirm, to whom life is already a burden, linger ...

World War I boosts need for Carnes Artificial Arm

International events proceeded to enhance the reputation - and sales - of the Carnes Artificial Arm. The international event? World War I. The Warren Times-Mirror spoke with Carnes when he was in Warren for a couple weeks in June 1917. At that point, Carnes had been able to sell the ...

Russell native Hall cut down on final day of fighting at Gettysburg

Over 3,000 Union soldiers were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. Almost nothing is known about some. Little is known about others. Looking at the muster rolls, the notation for what happened to Robert Hall is succinct, almost clinical - “killed at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.” Hall was ...