Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Acouple of Want Ads - 1907. When it comes to Chestnut - I might be able to help him - up in the woods where I go exploring - there are a few very large and very dead Chestnut trees - that have beeen there for quite some time. But on the plus side - sprinkled thru the mountain a few saplings here and there.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Today's post is for all you readers in much warmer climates. We folks in Johnstown woke up to this sight. As you can see - some trees still have leaves - as this example in my yard shows.
A stray shopping cart - one of my hobbies - just taking pictures of them - wondering who the twit was that left it there to become an eyesore
Old Chandler School now an apartment building
Morrellville Church of the Brethren
Third Brethren Church on Spring Street
And Tanner the Rescue Dog - looking for trouble
Another of my favorite past posts - this is my grandfather - John Cacicia (1892-1968) standing in front of his shoe shop in Cambria City. I wish I could have known him better - he died when I was only 7 - and I missed out on knowing him as a person.
He actually came over to Johnstown from Trabia, Sicily four times before settling down for good in 1917 - coming over with him was his brother Frank and sister Anna (Cacicia) Sunseri. Supposedly their father Onofrio sold the family Olive Grove to raise the funds for the trip.
You are looking looking up Broad Street from the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd and Power Street in Cambria City - and I chose this image (Courtesy of JAHA) for the kick off of this website - one year ago today.
And there were a couple of reason for it - but the most important at the time was that I was working on a history book of my Hanzel family and this gives a very rare glance at how McConaughy side of Broad Street used to look. The building with the bread sign on the left is the boarding house my great-grandfather Joseph Hanzel stayed at along with his brother John when they first came to Johnstown at the turn of the century. A few doors down on the same side was Holtzman's Department Store. Making your way up towards Morrellville were shops of all shapes and sizes.
The present location is the intersection of Broad Street and Power Street. The present day U-haul and the old Bestform Plant are now located in the area on the left hand side. Click on the picture to enlarge.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Even though this clipping from 'The Weekly Tribune' - August 1907 - isn't local - Pike County - I found it interesting. A couple in their 70's get into a fight and the wife ends up whacking her husband on the head with a hammer - killing him - guess that taught him a lesson about going after the old lady with a butcher knife.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Nice old ad for Dr. J. Walker's - Vinegar Bitters - Only Temperance Bitters Known. Found this ad sheet in a box of old pictures I was scanning. This crap could not possibly have tasted good - but this stuff was being pushed by the Temperance Movement as an alternative to actual alcohol beverages. I'm sure one mouthful put hair on your chest - whether you were a man or woman!