Five generations of the Matty family have called Newell home, and for John Matty III there was no question he would raise his kids in the same house originally owned by his great-great grandfather, William Smith at the turn of the last century. The town was an important railroad stop along lines that led from area steel mills to Pittsburgh.
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John Matty III proudly points to historic photos that hang from the pine-paneled walls of the borough building in Newell. The black-and-white images show a vibrant town filled with life that a few hundred folks call home within a bend of the Monongahela River.