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The J.A. Stevenson Murder

A story told in the papers. Greenville Evening Record August 14, 1916 pg column 1&2 Osgood Man Murdered in his home last night J.A. Stevenson Met His Death in an Encounter With Burglars Who Got Away With $400 J.A. Stevenson of Osgood, proprietor of a country store and eating house, was found murdered in his home in that village shortly after midnight this morning by unknown burglars, who secured nearly $400. Mr. Stevenson was shot three times. One bullet broke his left arm, a second entered his left side, punctured a lung and came out on the right side near the back. The third missile was embedded in the body. Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson were alone in the house, in their bedroom on the second floor. Shortly after midnight they were awakened and found two men in the room. Mr. Stevenson seized a revolver lying on a table at the head of the bed and fired at the intruders, who ran, carrying Mr. Stevenson’s trousers containing his money. He followed them through an empty room to the head of the stairs, and down to the door of the kitchen, where he fell and expired before even the nearest neighbor could reach him. Mrs. Stevenson ran to the home of Jeff Williams, who telephoned for help to Greenville. Burgess Guy Thorne, Officers Landers, Grover, and Bessemer Detective Dennis Riley responded, and were at the Stevenson home at 2 o’clock. Coroner McBride of Sharon and Coroner’s Physician Steele of Greenville were also summoned and concluded a post mortem and investigation. Search of the premises showed there had been a struggle in the room next to the bedroom; there was a small spot of blood on the hall carpet, and only one of the three shots fired by Mr. Stevenson could be found. That went through a door and into a bed in an adjoining room where it was found. It is believed the other two took effect in the bodies of the robbers. Mr. Stevenson’s shirt was torn about the neck and there were marks and bruises on his neck where the murderer grappled with him. As he reached the kitchen door he fell to the floor, exclaiming to his wife, “They got my money and I guess they got me too.” These were his last words, and he died before Mr. Williams reached the house. The officers found the burglars...
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The Irish Brigade

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring the IRISH BRIGADE On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) presents a program on the Irish Brigade. Jim Carnes will be presenting this program. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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VIETNAM TET, PART 3

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP VIETNAM TET, PART 3 On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.” We will be continuing a study of Vietnam, continuing with the Tet Offensive—Part 3. The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA); the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. Part of this program will be on video combined with a general discussion of the topic. The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history. This roundtable will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at...
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BATTLE OF SAILOR’S CREEK

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring the BATTLE OF SAILOR’S CREEK (Sayler’s Creek) On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. This was the last major battle of the Civil War in the east. Louis Francis Brest, of Mercer, won the Congressional Medal of Honor at this battle. Jim Carnes will be presenting this program. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490. For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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VIETNAM TET, PART 2

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP VIETNAM TET, PART 2 On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.” We will be continuing a study of Vietnam, continuing with the Tet Offensive—Part 2. The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. Part of this program will be on video combined with a general discussion of the topic. The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history. This roundtable will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at...
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THE SEVEN DAYS BATTLE

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring: THE SEVEN DAYS BATTLE On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on the Seven Days Battle. The Seven Days Battles were a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War. Jim Carnes will be presenting this program. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490. For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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