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Photo Archives News: New Walking Tour - 1888

Gentleman on Market Street beside Chester County Courthouse, 1888. Photo by Horace Engle.

On the Edge of Discovery: Local Man Witnesses Lincoln's Assassination

Originally posted April 27, 2012 

Kennett Square native, Isaac G.  Jaquette, Jr, witnessed Lincoln’s shooting in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, five days after the surrender at Appomattox was a defining moment in America’s history that plunged the nation into a deep state of mourning.

 

History's People: Rebecca Lukens, Tough as Nails

Imagine the year is 1825. You are a 31-year-old mother, pregnant with your sixth child. You've already lost two children in infancy. Your husband has struggled for a dozen years to build an iron-making business in the rolling backcountry of Chester County on the banks of  Brandywine Creek.  Suddenly he dies, leaving you alone. The ironworks employees are ready to leave and your overbearing mother implores you to abandon the business.

History's People: Graceanna Lewis - Abolitionist to Natural Scientist

Graceanna Lewis was born in 1821 into a remarkable Quaker family in West Vincent Township. Her father was a well known abolitionist. Her mother was a talented teacher. And her uncle Bartholomew Fussell, also an abolitionist, had a school in York, Pennsylvania and helped found the Women's Medical College of Philadelphia.  One might say that this future abolitionist and natural scientist was destined to have an impact on society.

History's People: Ira Gruber and the Spring City Knitting Co.

If you needed underwear in 1957, you may have hopped on a trolley, train, or jumped in your car to go to J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, or Sears Roebuck. Chances are, if you were a man, you would have purchased underwear made right here in Chester County - Spring City to be more exact - at the Spring City Knitting Company on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The man behind it all was Ira Gruber, who built the company out of nothing in the early 20th century.

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