Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt, Ph.D., a professor emerita from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, lives in Harmar Township.

Christmas Eve Disaster

A dozen years ago, my mother told me that my Grandpa Kuffner’s cousin had died in a Pittsburgh streetcar accident. She thought it happened in the early 1900s, but didn’t know the cousin’s name, gender or age. Reading library microfilm, it was clear that pedestrians used to be hurt or killed daily by streetcars, horses …

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