Articles written by: Russell Risden

Charles S. Walton: A Biography
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Charles S. Walton: A Biography

When Charles S. Walton, Sr. passed away on December 26, 1916, the headline of the local newspaper read, “Radnor Township Sustains an Incalculable Loss.” Over 500 mourners gathered at the Walton estate, Walmarthon, to remember a man who had been an intricate part of their community. During his lifetime he […]

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Remembering Eastern’s History Through Martha Walton’s Painting

George Claghorn, a former Eastern philosophy professor and dean (1951-1965), once wrote, “Your personal visit to the new campus of Eastern Baptist College [now Eastern University] is bound to be memorable. For neither words nor pictures can convey the full grandeur and beauty of its spacious lawns and stately buildings. This estate […]

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Restaurant Review- Minella’s Diner

There is nothing like the classic American diner. Minella’s Diner in Wayne, PA is proof of this. Minella’s reminiscent of the diners of the 1960s, and yet, provides a modern setting. It is open 24 hours a day, making it a spot that many college and night shift workers stop […]

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St. Valentine: A history of the holiday

      A few months ago I was looking through old family photos and letters that I had found in my cousin’s barn. These torn and yellowed pieces of history were last looked at 60 years ago when they had been put into storage. The letters were something that […]

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Hit Family Movies: Saving Mr. Banks

“Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, intertwines two stories that are filled with life-lessons. The first story is that of the childhood of author Pamela Travers (Thompson). The second is the colorful story of how the classic Disney movie “Mary Poppins” was made. The movie is set […]

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Walton Prayer Chapel: A place of new and old

Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” (NKJ). Indeed, Walton Hall has had its seasons; it has gone from grand mansion to the center of a college. One particular room in Walton Hall especially has had its seasons: The Walton Hall […]

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Charles S. Walton Sr.- The Man, the Myth, and the Legend

I came across various accounts about his personality. He seemed to be dynamic, determined, and forceful, but at the same time was kind, caring, and generous. He certainly was one in a million. This article is not about Mr. Walton’s life story, though, but rather, it is about the legend […]