On this anniversary of the 1889 Flood - thought you would enjoy seeing some early film of the Flood Memorial up at Grandview.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Two weeks ago I ordered a new Vupoint scanner. I'd just about wore my old one out. I also ordered the scanner docking station - all you have to do is feed the pictures thru. Well as luck would have it - the Vupoint dock ended up in Somerset instead of Johnstown - I don't have a clue how because our addresses aren't even close.
Leslie from Geochemical Testing in Somerset - kindly repackaged the docking station and sent in on to me. Now I have to say - that was very nice of them and I'd like to just send them out a big Thank You for being so nice and going above and beyond the call of duty!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Now that I have the ability of riding up to Browns (Laurel Hill Cemetery) whenever I want. I have been working on my project to save the cemetery and bring it back to life. Here is John Smith.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Goodyear Mute Train at the Johnstown Train Station - Goodyear would go from town to town - looking for deaf workers for their tire plants in Ohio. My grandfathers deaf brother Albert is standing just below the X. Goodyear employed thousands of deaf people to work in the noisiest sections of their plant. They must have gotten decent wages - since alot of them worked for Goodyear for years and were able to retire with a great pension plan. Besides Albert, my grandfathers sister Lena (Lenz) Pittman and her husband also worked for Goodyear in Ohio.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Every old house has a story to tell. If only you can figure it out. I ran across this clipping from The Johnstown Leader by accident. I was just scanning anything interesting I could find and this is one of them. This happened August 9, 1907 - at 1139 Virginia Avenue - Morrellville at the home of Rollo Herdman. The house next door - owned by James McCloskey also suffered damage.
This 1139 Virginia Avenue now - and as you can tell - this home was rebuilt soon after the blaze.
Now that I finally have the means to haul a lawn mower up to Browns - I can finally begin to bring Laurel Hill Cemetery back to life. A project I have been dreaming about for years.
Cut the grass as best I could considering there are a lot of smaller stones hidden under decades of growth.
What you see behind the stones are birch saplings trying to take over the cemetery.
More saplings and not grass...wish it was grass - would be alot easier to deal with.
And even more saplings behind John Brown. Eventually this saplings will become trees and erase most of the features of this sacred spot. But not if I can help it!
Cut a path up from the cemetery.
Had my nephew with me - he helped for a while - then went over to the pond to catch salamanders.
And catch them he did - we brought ten home and he made a spot for them by the crick to see if they take.
Beauty like this just melts my heart - looking up at the remains of the old Harshberger Grove from the cemetery and the 150+ old apple trees - I call "the three sisters". I will keep you posted on the progress I am making on bringing this cemetery back to life.