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Friday, August 22, 2014

Trolley Time

Main Street - City Hall


Johnstown Refrigerating Company - Vine Street

August 22, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Friday - August 22, 1947
Billy & Harriet and Mrs. Fleegle was all out black berries. We ate our lunch at the old camp place.
Then Billy picked all of the sweet apples. That was out there on our tree. My but they are nice.
I only got a few black berries.
I made 2 qts. & 1 pint. Marg is on the rampage. She says she is going home to take care of her folks. She is mad at me. I pity Harry but don't give a hoot for her.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Model Cafe

The Model Cafe - Market Street - A Full Line of Things Good to Eat


The Johnstown Tribune - August 21, 1943
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August 21, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Thursday - August 21, 1947
We ironed a while and Ida got dinner and then she ironed some and I finished. 
Then I went up to visit Mrs. John Berkebile. I enjoyed the time,
Then I stopped at Leones and ate supper with them. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps

Reader Bob Murphy sent in this picture of the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps from around 1938. They were sponsored by the American Legion in Johnstown, His father Bob Murphy was a member and told many great stories about his time with the band. Bob is trying to do some research on the band and drum corps of pre and post WWII Johnstown and he is looking for new source material for a project he is working on. This is where you the reader come in - if you know anyone that used to be part of these groups or if you any other information for Bob - please feel free to pass it along to me at and I'll pass it along to Bob.


You are looking at the old YMCA Building on Main Street in downtown Johnstown. This one was built right after the 1889 Flood. 


The offices of Dr. Webster B. Lowman - Main and Court Streets - Downtown Johnstown - pre-1889

August 20, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Wednesday - August 20, 1947
Ida and I canned peaches. We got 23 qts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

West End Improvement Group

The post today is courtesy of the West End Improvement Group. I shared all these to the Vintage Johnstown Facebook page over the weekend. So I thought I'd also share them to the website itself. Rose Howarth from WEIG took all the great shots showing just how far some of these projects have come. She says "Laurel Avenue Community Garden
We have 9 large, raised beds with lots of vegetables for the community and for the Co op Store in Prospect. Growing in the boxes: tomatoes, green peppers, hot peppers, parsley, cabbage, eggplant, zucchini and broccoli. We also planted 17 fruit trees this year: pear, plum and cherry. They are surround 3 sides of the garden. The post and steel rope fence that you might see in some of these photos has now been removed. We will be installing a new post and rail fence along the Laurel Avenue side of the garden. We will also be planting some landscaping greenery on the hillside on the D Street side of the garden, hopefully late summer or fall. We've come a long way, huh?
This wonderful sight is the first thing you see coming into Johnstown from Route 56 (Haws Pike). I'll let Rose continue "Haw Pike Welcome Garden - just outside of the city line by the log cabin. This use to be a garbage dump for the city decades ago, then it was a junk yard. After that, it was one big lot of knot weed. The West End Improvement Group has planted Pennsylvania native trees, shrubs and plants. There are several mounds, each one getting taller and taller, represents the rolling hills of Pennsylvania."
This is the old doctors office on Fairfield that WEIG planted all the wonderful flowers along with the D Street Garden as work continues there. I have to personally say - what a great community asset the West End Improvement Group has become as they continue their work in making the place we call home - just a little bit better day by day.


New $2 Million Penelec Facility

Substation - West Taylor Township