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Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 1928 - The Johnstown Democrat

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 Schwartz Rose & Montgomery Ward
Penn Traffic and Sanitary Ice Cream. Obits: J.B. Hecker, Cecelia Wagner, Wilbur Varner, Henry Zinnel, John Spendal, Stephen Chissel, Miss Bess Horne, Vallerie Lachene, Luther Nelson
Weddings: Kane - Stein, Hostetler - Kring
 Glosser Bros
Johnnie Chiodo, Cambria Theatre "The Racket", The Park Theatre - "The Cheer Leader", State Theatre - "The Big City", The Strand - "Saddle Mates" and Harris-Majestic - "White Cargo.
Bumford, Jennings and M'Nulty reunions.
Jacob M'Cartney Sr., Edward Coleman, Gately & Fitzgerald Furniture, Tunnel Smokeless Coal Company, Marriage: Hultgren - Milchak, Maher - Buck, Chalich - Resich, Wagner - Hileman, 13 year old Joseph Hanzel disappears from home, Bernard Lowman.
Miss Florence Bremer, Harvey Barnhart, Modernola Plant, Mendenhall Hospital, Star Fruit Market - Nick Ruby and Miller's Clothing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mrs. America - Moxham Woman

Asbury Park, N.J., September 10 (UP)--Honey-haired Mrs. Betty Eileen McAllister of Johnstown, Pa., whose husband said, "She's hardly been out of the house since we got married" today won the 1950 Mrs. America contest and a grabbag of prizes that will include a nationwide tour.
The 25-year-old housewife said she had never before entered a beauty contest and added that her husband had "pushed me into this one....and makes me feel like the day I got married".

The curvesome mother of a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy defeated runnersup Mrs. Irma Hamilton on Florida and Mrs. June Byers of Ohio, along with 28 other finalists for the title of America's most delectable ball and chain.

Measurements which won for Mrs. McAllister were: 34  24 35. She is five feet, three inches tall and weighs 113 pounds. Her other major qualification as mentioned by her husband is "the inability to pick a quarrel."

Beyond her bathing suit charms, Mrs. McAllister impressed the judges by finishing first in a preliminary cooking contest and taking second place in a crocheting event.
To demonstrate her housewife skills, Mrs. America broiled some meat along with other finalists at Convention Hall, as some 8,000 looked on. The judges smacked their lips and gave her the cooking trophy.

Along with the title for Mrs. America 1950-51, the winner will get a number of prizes for herself and her home. She also will go on a tour of eastern cities and appear at several state fairs. She will succeed Mrs. Frances Cloyd of California.

Mrs. America - Mrs. Betty McAllister talks with Mayor Walter Rose at a reception at the Ft. Stanwix Hotel as her husband William, son Bill and daughter Marvel Lee look on.

CLICK HERE to view a British Pathe Newsreel of the event.

Trolley Time

Main and Franklin Streets with Central Park on the right hand side of the photo.

Harris-Boyer: A Brief History

Harris-Boyer Company began in 1894 as a partnership between Clement Harris and his brother O.C. Harris. The partnership was barely off the ground before it was dissolved the same year. 
The next year, E.H. Boyer began working as an apprentice for Harris at their plant on Boyer Street in Coopersdale. The building was sold in 1898 and the bakery business moved to 519 Franklin Street.
Two years later in 1900, Harris moved back to the West End and started a bakery at 220 Broad Street. He formed a partnership with W.E. Rager in 1891. This partnership was later expanded to include Boyer and the business was incorporated in 1903.

Rager retired from the business in 1904 and sold his interests to the remaining partners - Harris and Boyer. In the meantime - the bakery made its fourth move in 1902 by setting up shop at Fairfield Avenue in Morrellville.
Fire destroyed this first plant on Fairfield Avenue on September 1, 1906. Rebuilding on the same site - additions were made to the bakery in 1913, 1923 and 1927 along with the 1950's.

Back in 1894, Harris-Boyer had only two employees. By 1925 there 102 and by the 1950's, there were close to 300. They had a fleet of 88 trucks and delivered throughout Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Bedford and Blair Counties along with parts of Westmoreland County.

There were two branch offices - one in Bedford and the other in Roaring Springs.

An average of six freight car loads of flour were used each month. At the peak of their production - one bread baking oven had the capacity of making 2,750 loaves of bread per hour. The pie-making machine was able to put out 5,000 pies an hour.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Unknown Team

One of the many baseball teams that used to play at the old Point Stadium. Unknown year.

Inside Swanks

Swanks - Downtown Johnstown. 

Got Milk - 1953

Galliker's Milk Ad from 1953. I have no idea who the kid is. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Johnstown Spring Works

Johnstown Spring Works - Cherry Street

1908 Maxwell

John Emmerling of 299 Leila Street is at the wheel of this 1908 Maxwell which he raced round-trip between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with a $20,000 prize at stake ($50,000 today). Emmerling (who owned Emmerling Brewery) came out on top.


Galliker's - At your Service - Quality Chekd Dairies - Milk is Cool.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Main Street

Main Street - Looking West - Downtown Johnstown

High Above

High Above Johnstown - taken from the Incline Plane

Trolley Time - Corrine Street

Taken the last day of Trolley Service - June 1960. This is at the bottom of Corrine Street in Oakhurst. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Clinton Street

Looking up Clinton Street from the intersection of Main Street. This is from around 1905. St. Johns Church is sort of in the middle on the right hand side. 

1877 Ordinance

 Johnstown Borough - Codified Ordinance - 1877: No one shall be permitted to feed or milk any cow or cows on any of the sidewalks of the borough, under penalty of paying a fine of one dollar for each offense.

Trolley Time

Moxham Yard - Enroll for Civil Defense Services

Thursday, August 2, 2018


Rare look at Downtown Johnstown pre-1889. You have the Opera House and John Benton's Hardware Store.