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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Trolley Time

Somewhere along Horner Street.

December 31, 1943: Reds Drive Reeling Nazis Back Toward the Bug River


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 31, 1943
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December 31, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Wednesday - December 31, 1947
Leone and I was in town this forenoon. We got our hair cut.
Then we was at the Penn Traffic store and I got a bible for Joan.
This is the last of this book.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rowe College


Before there was Cambria- Rowe there was just Rowe College - Main Street - Downtown Johnstown

Trolley Time

Main Street

December 30, 1943: Bomb Berlin Into Oblivion


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 30, 1943
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Local Names:
Mrs. Johanna Erlinger
Ann Chorick
Angie Verrone
Pete Kozak

December 30, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Tuesday - December 30, 1947
I washed this morning.
And was up at the store. 
Ida was doing some of her mending.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Trolley Time

Going past the Point Stadium.

Cambria City

Cambria City in the 1890's.

December 29, 1943: Allie Rehearse Invasion; 3 Nazi Destroyers Sunk


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 29, 1943
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Wedding Notes:
Rose - Enfield
McDonald - VanWey
Wright - Skunkwiler
Shank - Shortt
Eppley - Michael
Winegardner - Dull

December 29, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Monday - December 29, 1947
I was not feeling good to day so I did not wash.
I fixed a dress. It is not so cold out to day.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Inside Swank's


VJ Repeat - inside of Swank's Store.

Grieshop Furniture


Grieshop Furniture Company - 611 Broad Street - Cambria City

December 28, 1943: Army Takes Control of Railroads


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 28, 1943
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December 28, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Sunday - December 28, 1947
A sort of a bad snowy day and cold.
Randoll Miller come and got Ida and I and took us over to his place for dinner.
They had a good dinner. Then in the evening, Clifford come over for us and took us over to his place. They had a turkey supper. It was good but I was sick and could not eat very much. Then he brought us over home.
I was sick all night.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Got Ice Cream


Vintage Galliker's Truck

7th Ward Fire Company - 1885

This photo of the 7th Ward Fire Company was taken along Horner Street in Hornerstown in 1885. Some of the old firefighters in this picture include: Dan Ott. Pete Coyle, Dave Miller, John Grafe, George Rose and Jake Grafe. 
The horses were later sold to a nearby farmer who said that everytime the big dinner bell would ring the horses would pull the plow all over the place as though they were racing to a fire.
John Grafe - one of the younger ones in this photo was later a captain in the City Fire Department and was killed when the roof collapsed during a fire in a brick plant in Coopersdale.

December 27, 1943: U.S. Marines Swarm Ashore In Cape Glouchester Landing


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 27, 1943
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Local Names:
Family Line of Mrs. Mary E. Pyle of Somerset
Fries-Thompson Wedding
Sgt. Glenn Constable
Birth Notes:
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Custer - son
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Warner - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Naugle - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Coyle - son
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Polacek - son
Mr. & Mrs. Clair McMillen - son
Mr. & Mrs. John Barada - son
Mr. & Mrs. Art Simmons - daughter
Second Lt. & Mrs. Robert Schroyer - son
Mr. & Mrs. Tony Bagnato - son
Tech. Sgt. & Mrs. Edward Davis - son
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Layo - son
Mr. & Mrs. Sewell Claycomb - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Custer - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Forbes - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. William Mahaffey - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. William Faint - daughter

December 27, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Saturday - December 27, 1947
I did not do any work to day. I just don't feel like working.
I got a crate of oranges and grape fruit & Tangarines from Florida. I think Betty J. sent them.
I wrote a letter to Della Hiteshew and Blanche Manges to day.
I talked to Alda over the phone to day. And Bessie is some better to day.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Rialto


Two ads for the price of one. The Lyric in Kernville and the Rialto on Fairfield Avenue last seen CLICK HERE.

Bridge to Billows


This is the old bridge that used to be at the end of L Street to go up to Billow's Park (Faith's Grove) in Morrellville. This was taken around 1945 or so. That's my father, Aunt Lucy and to other unknown people standing there.

Taney Drug Store


This is the drug store of John M. Taney & Co. located at the end of the Franklin Street Bridge. The business was started in 1885.

December 26, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Friday - December 26, 1947
I did not do any work just read and fixed up my cards.
Sara & Hite come this afternoon. Then Paul come for me to go over and stay with Bessie awhile. She is sick.
Then I stayed till almost 11 oclock and Paul brought me home.
Bessie sure looks bad. Dr. Murry is her Dr. now. It is terrible slipery out to nite.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas from my house to yours. This is such a great shot! I want to say that this is Adams Street School. But I am not 100% sure about that. But it was taken in Johnstown. It's funny what memories stick around in the back of your head. I'd forgot that Bheam School also had these giant windows and how cold it was in the winter with the draft hitting you - if you got stuck sitting next to a window. Also the smell of hardwood, dust and dim lights...
I blew this up a bit to see out the windows better. When I see a picture full of kids like this - I wish I'd of had all their names because I wonder how their lives ended up - because I would have done a search on each and every name to see how their story ended (I do that all the time - especially with my WWII papers).

December 25, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife - Christmas


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Thursday - December 25, 1947 - Christmas
Ida and I was at Alices for dinner and Leone & Joe & Nancy and Mr. & Mrs. Hunt and (??) was there. They had turkey and other good eats. Then we come home after we washed the dishes. Frank Hiteshew was here a while. 
Levi is in the Hospital. He had a stroke.
Then Harry come and took us over to his place. And we was there a while. Then Clifford, Betty, Billy & Harriet come and they took us along over to Cliffords. We was there a while. Then he brought us over home.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Showroom Style

Local car dealer unknown year. But still sweet to look at. 

December 24, 1943: RAF Fleet Batters Berlin


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The Johnstown Tribune - December 24, 1943
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December 24, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife


From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Wednesday - December 24, 1947
I done some cleaning. Then Clifford come and cleaned the furnace. He ate dinner with us. We got some more cards.