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xoxoxoBruce 11-17-2019 10:31 PM

Another Feisty Broad
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Rebecca Lukens and her husband bought the closed down Brandywine Iron Works from her father-in-law to revive it.
Her husband died, then the father-in-law died a short time later.
She built the business while simultaneously fighting off her mother-in-laws attempts to take the mill away for the next 20 years.
After the old lady died Rebecca’s brother-in-laws continued to try to take it away.
She produced excellent products at a fair price and survived while many in the area did not.
The name was changed to Lukens Steel in her honor after her death.

Griff 11-19-2019 07:26 AM

They just drop this tidbit at the end of the article.

In early 2015, during the restoration of a home that once belonged to Rebecca Lukens, a trove of business correspondence from 1834 was found inside the walls. Historians have begun studying the letters and fragments to learn more about the company and the state of the commerce that was happening at the time.

xoxoxoBruce 11-22-2019 12:13 AM

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Here's another feisty one we all know. I'm amused how many different propulsion systems that were different enough to operate they tested people. In my time, if it was marked it would say automatic only, or eyeglasses, except licences for a motorcycle or truck over 25,000 lbs.

Diaphone Jim 11-22-2019 01:01 PM

450 thousand drivers in Massachusetts by 1926?
It was said that if you used your left foot to brake during your driver's test, you would get that "auto trans" restriction.

xoxoxoBruce 11-23-2019 01:08 AM


Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1041996)
450 thousand drivers in Massachusetts by 1926?

Not necessarily, the license was only for a year, so it's probably the total of licenses issued ever.

Griff 11-24-2019 09:11 AM

So the Japanese picked her up for expired license?

xoxoxoBruce 11-24-2019 09:35 AM

Or she died in a high speed chase.

Griff 11-24-2019 10:22 AM

Apparently you can't out run a Mitsubishi A5. Or whatever they flew then...

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