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Monday, March 31, 2014

Dedicate New Video Room at Canteen

Teen Canteen - Park Theater Building. Seated left to right - Anita Slomanson, Dan Boyd and Mary Lee Weir. Standing beside Mr. Lorditch is Don Moehler.

March 31, 1943: PRESIDENT PUTS TEETH IN 'WORK OR FIGHT' ORDER


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The Johnstown Tribune - March 31, 1943
March to Victory:
Cpl. Olin Custer
Sgt. Richard York
Pvt. Charles Billings
Doris Bischof
J.W. Warner Jr.
Ken Strayer
Pvt. Tom Spangler
Fred Billman
George Good
Lt. Roy Joseph
Pvt. Robert Meyers
Cpl. Sam Ungaro
Anthony Crisafulli
Virgil Faust
Aux. Irene Dula
Pvt. Robert Crookston
Pvt. John Wray
William McClain
Roy Beam
Cadet Ross Stewart
Cadet Alfred Pasquale
Ed Malinak
Pvt. Andy Vinosky
Carl Lantzy
Cadet George McDowell
Maurice Truscal
Pvt. Robert Shaffer
Pete Momcilovich
Mike Momcilovich
H.C. McWilliams
John Imrich
Wallace Pritts
Lt. John Warner Jr.
Lt. Mike Ranish
Pfc. Mike Liptak
Pvt. Gilbert George
Pvt. Willard Smith
Pvt. William Cowie
Earl Schmid
Lt. John Snyder
Cpl. Francis Campbell
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Mercy Hospital



Crews working on Mercy Hospital.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Inside the State

Inside the old State Theater - Downtown Johnstown

March 30, 1943: BRITISH TAKE GABES IN ROMMEL PURSUIT


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The Johnstown Tribune - March 30, 1943
Pfc. Clarence Hack
Pfc. William Brown
Pfc. James Brown
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March 30, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Sunday - March 30, 1947 (Note: no diary entry for tomorrow)
We was home all day. Then we had company this evening. 
Clifford, Betty, Billy and Harriet and Harry and Marharet and Eddie come.
Roy Oilen died to day at 1:30.
On the left - a very young Elizabeth and on the right - her sister Ida from sometime in the 1890's. Courtesy of great-granddaughter Diane Pellow. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

At the Point

Point Stadium with the old bleachers. What's really pretty neat about this picture is that you can see some of the buildings belonging to Rolling Mill Mines.

March 29, 1943: ROMMEL ABANDONS MARETH LINE


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The Johnstown Tribune - March 29, 1943
Local Names: 
Mrs. Lizzie Marlow
Miss Nellie Bell
Mike McCabe
Leroy Romanow
Leo McClarren
Sgt. Norman Forte
Francis Martin
Mrs. Caroline Spata
Mrs. Millie Verbano
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March 29, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Saturday - March 29, 1947
We are still resting from the flu.
Here is a picture of the camp that Mrs. Oldham is always taking about - courtesy of great-granddaughter Diane Pellow.
On the left is Frank and Mary Boltz (Leona's in-laws) and William and Elizabeth Oldham on the right.

Friday, March 28, 2014

More Richland Mall

Working on the Richland Mall - gone but not forgotten.

March 28, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Friday - March 28, 1947
Still not feeling good.
A very special treat for you today - courtesy of great-granddaughter Win Macintosh.
This is the Oldham Family from around 1907.
That is Harry (1901) in front of his dad. Elizabeth is holding Blair (1906 - 1916) , Leona (1899) next to her and Clifford (1905) in front. Blair drown in 1916.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Theater Time

More of the once mighty State Theater - Downtown Johnstown

March 27, 1943: BRITISH 'GETTING RESULTS'....


The Johnstown Tribune - March 27, 1943
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Across the River

Looking across the river as work continues on the War Memorial - 1950

March 27, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Thursday - March 27, 1947
We are not feeling very good Ida and I.
Another special treat for all you Mrs. Oldham fans (she is on the left) - thanks to her great-granddaughter Win Macintosh. We finally get to see the Oldham home on Central Avenue - that we have all come to knpw and love!

I want to take the time right now to say - how I feel so very honored that members of  Mrs. Oldhams family are taking the time to share their pictures and their thoughts - to help us understand just how special their loved one really was. On the VJ Facebook page the other day - Elaine Adams called Elizabeth 'The Caregiver' and that she was indeed!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Richland Mall

Crews working on the Richland Mall - 1970s. That's the old auto center off in the distance.

March 26, 1943: BRITISH BATTERING DOWN DESPERATE AFRICA CORPS



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The Johnstown Tribune - March 26, 1943
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A Slice of 1936

Another repeat I haven't posted for a while - looking down at Main Street - 1936

Happy Birthday Cambria County!

Happy 210th Birthday - Cambria County! You don't look a day over 200. For you local folks - there will be cake at the courthouse this afternoon along with a celebration of the county I call home. 

March 26, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Wednesday - March 26, 1947
I ironed and scrubbed the house and Harry and I was in town.
It snowed and blowed all day the snow is deep where it is not blown away. John & Alice was here a while and Joan was here. 
Courtesy of Mrs. Oldham's great-granddaughter - Diane Pellow - we finally get to meet Joan - circa 1947!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

State Theater

State Theater - Downtown Johnstown

March 25, 1947: HARDEST FIGHTING RAGES IN BLOODY BREACH BRITISH DROVE INTO MARETH LINE



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The Johnstown Tribune - March 25, 1943
Recruits Accepted:
Cambria County
Frank Willey Jr.
Robert Kovac
Anthony Ribaric
Kerry Berkey
George Hobar Jr.
Jack Carney
Henry Dudek
John Schmid Jr.
Steve Nosko
Eugene O'Donnell
Ed Georg
William Hamaty
Andy Prezuhy
Alex Grzybicki
Andy Kuba
Leo Rzasa
John Kirk
Robert Margroum
Joe Anornetto
Robert Wolfe
John Solich
John Zolkos
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Somerset County:
Theo Lech
William Jablon
Ernest Cassler
Charles Weglarz
Harold Shaffer
Paul Fleegle
John Domogala
Ernest Blough
James Ripple
Frank Bertino
Maron Franceschini
Paul Miller
George Miller
Robert Patcher
James Lambert
Ernest Zilch
Louis Schuster
Robert Benson Jr.
Joe Yasko
Robert J. Walker
Robert M. Walker
Calvin Landis
Joe Bartkovich
John Dooley
Frank Schmucker
Stuart Seese
John Yalch Jr.
Tom Zimmerman
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City of Lights

I've posted this before - but I never get tired of looking at this.


March 25, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Tuesday - March 25, 1947
Alice come down this mornng and washed. Eddie & Alice ate dinner with us. 
Ida got up this morning and was up all day.
It snowed all day. Harry come up from Indiana this afternoon. He worked to nite. 
Thanks to Mrs. Oldham's great-granddaughter Diane Pellow - we finally get to meet Alice, Eddie and the little baby Patti that Elizabeth just loves! Plus this was taken in 1947!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Ready...

Site of the present day War Memorial - that used to be Union Park. Work crews getting the piece of ground ready - they had to dig up quite a few bodies in order to build the arena.

March 24, 1943: YANKS REPEL ATTACK; EIGHTH ARMY HALTED



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The Johnstown Tribune - March 24, 1943
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