| August/September 1999

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

CHARLES LEWIS McMURRAY, Grove City, Pennsylvania, formerly of Slippery Rock, died Thursday, May 6, 1999 in Grove Manor Nursing Home, Grove City, following an extended illness. He was 96.

Mr. McMurray was born March 23, 1903, in Scott Township, Lawrence County, to John Calvin and Mary Amelia McCurdy McMurray.

A retired farmer, he also worked for 20 years as a boiler operator for Slippery Rock University, retiring in 1973.

Mr. McMurray was renowned for 57 years as a sawyer, thresherman and farmer. As a youth, he helped his father to thresh for local farmers, using an antique steam engine and later a heavy tractor. A lifelong lover of steam engines, he owned several and demonstrated them for many years at the Lawrence County Fair. He had been president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association for more than 20 years.

He lived in Scott Township on a farm until 1962 when he built a home off Harmony Road between Slippery Rock and Grove City. He lived there until he moved to Grove Manor in 1992.

He was a member of Plain Grove Presbyterian Church, Lawrence County.