Best Farm - Newcastle, PA



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  • Title Best Farm - Newcastle, PA 
    Short Title Best Farm - Newcastle, PA 
    Author Louisa Fisher Black 
    REPO New Castle, Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Original held by Dennis Best, R.D. #5, Box 77, New Castle, PA 16105 
    Source ID S19 
    Text Denny and Carol's Farm In Newcastle, Lawrence Co., Pa.

    Following notes written by Louisa Fisher Black daughter of R. R. R. Fisher and wife

    She and her husband adopted young boy - Charley Black (not true name)

    This pertains to Eastbrook written by Louisa Black

    Apparently town first named Rifle Range Station, then was Skidmoore, later it was changed to Eastbrook Station. S. A. Black brought mail from train to Eastbrook Station in two wheel cart.

    At Lakewood, there was a distiller.

    Where the defense building stands was a Joe Car Buggy and Wagon Shop.

    John Ruby had a blacksmith Shop on the farm of Dave De Salvo. Hinkson, Harry and Jim had a machine shop and cider mill located on the Dave Desalvo Dam No. 2.

    Sam Patterson had grist mill and weighing scales and before thate Abe Fisher had a 5 story Flour Mill which burned. Then they built a Two story Mill on the same ground. This mill was operated by water power. Water came from the Hettenbough and North Branch. Water ran through a wooden turbin where East Brook school stands. Tannery was located east of the school. At one time New Castle Water Co. got drinking water the year of 1912 Dinsmore Store and the Cleggs (?) Woolen Mill where McKees Store was a Post Office. Back of Methodist was a Woolen Mill Hutchison back of Fire Department was a dam which operated Crowls Foundry. John Ruby operated a Blacksmith Shop where Downy is. Al Young had a blacksmith shope above the Fire Hall on the left.

    On Wayne Patterson farm was a dam and (an) up and down saw mill was operated there by Noah Byler. Across from the Downy Shop was a Cabinet Shop. We have chairs and a table that were made there.

    (pg 2) Best Farm

    Water in the Kitchen from well in cellar. Piston Pump in cellar pumps water from Pumps near Summer House.

    Charley Black's dad dug out this spring by hand which holds about three tubs of water. Charley Black then put in tile and pumps.

    The creek by the house is fed by a spring boiling out by the big Oak Tree.

    Noah Byler Built the home The Grandad had oxen and cut logs from farm and took them where the U. P. Church is to a saw mill.

    A door went out to the back of the house where cement is.

    Charley Black tells that the family had Butlers and maids and a dumb waiter was in the floor of the Living Room. The downstairs bedroom was a kitchen. The living room was where the kitchen now is. This may not be correct as Mr. Black seemed a little confused. A library was where the wagon wheel light is. The middle room was the dining room.

    Joe Chambers, Jim Chambers father, was a mason. For half a beef he built the wall to the house. Mr. Black told of 125 apple and peach trees. A Peach orchard by the corn crib and a melon garden there also. Charley Black says he built the corn crib and shed.

    There are no nails in the door to the Living Room and Dining Room.

    Little building in back was a summer house and wash house carrying water from hand pump in back.

    Charley says he built Clover Leaf Garage in 1919.

    His dad gave him a 1924 Hudson and then he bought a 1928 Hudson.

    Charley built the Spring House 1930. They had a milk business.

    (pg 3) The heavy timber was all from the farm. All the doors are handmade. Charley made all the fence and cement caps on posts.

    Charley said a canal was built at farm line for water for mill.

    Told us to look for logs below the cemetery also a Big Rock by cemetery is from the foundation of the dam.

    About Cemetery -

    Tombstones and fence put up in World War I. He said Abe Fisher weighed 400 pounds and he is buried there. He had two girls - Galveston, Texas and La. These girls come back and asked his uncle to build fence.

    The Old Fisher Home was below School. Now Johns. At one time there was a 100 ft steam heated chicken house there.

    Charley Black says he kept is coin collection in Coal House and that the back of the Coal House is made of Chestnut.

    Fishers married into Waddingtons.

    He told of having DAR and police to dig for caskets for some reason. The found three with doors. These were opened and beards and nails were long, but wind and air disintegrated them.

    Robert Richard Roberts Fisher and wife had two girls and one boy - Emma, Scott, Louise (?) The last was his adoptive mother.