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Monday, February 29, 2016

Turnverein - First Turner's Hall

Turner's was started by some German immigrants who wanted a club of their own - that basically combined drinking and gymnastics and also in the early days....bowling.

Trolley Time

Trolley Time - this time it's the Morrellville Streetcar on the lower end of Chandler Avenue.

Police Pension Fund

The Johnstown police pension fund was started in 1913 when members of the force organized a baseball team and played games for the benefit of the new fund. The Johnstown-Altoona police series aroused high public interest and in two years the baseball team has raised a total of $17,000 ($388,000 now) for the pension fund. Appearing in the above picture of the 1913 police team are: (Left to right) First Row - James Adams, outfielder; Clyde Adams, second base; John Thomas, outfielder.
Second Row - Otto Fink, second base; Herman Hoffman, pitcher; Percy Benson, outfielder; Harry Owens, outfielder and Carol Steuer, shortstop.
Back Row - John Buechley, manager; James (Buckeye) Reynolds, first base; George Patterson, third base' John Volk, first base and George Bush, catcher.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Somerset Street

 Vintage Postcard - Somerset Street.


Overlooking Conemaugh


Rambler - $800 to $3,000 (in today's money $20,000 to $75,000) - Johnstown Automobile Company - Bedford Street - Also agents for Pope-Waverly Electric Cars.
Note: I have brought this up before - they could have electric cars in 1908 and still in 2013 it's a big deal - why - you would think that in a little over 100 years they'd have done a bit of a better job than they are doing... 

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Breakfast Club - 1953

Join Glosser's Breakfast Club - 1953

Trolley Time

The street car making it's way along Broad Street near the present day Giant Eagle in Morrellville.

Codified Ordinance - Burials - 1855

 Johnstown Borough - Codified Ordinance - 1855: To prohibit within the borough the burial or interment of deceased persons, or within such partial limits within the same as they may from time to time prescribe, and to regulate the depth of graves.

February 26, 1945: B-29's, Navy Planes Blast Heart of Toyko

The Johnstown Democrat - February 26, 1945
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Flag Raising on Iwo Jima picture - at this point in time - no one yet knew that Sgt. Michael Strank was one of the Marines on this famous picture.  This picture was not published in 'The Johnstown Tribune' at the time which is why I am using 'The Johnstown Democrat' version. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

River Wall Construction

Nice rare look at the progress being made on the river wall project around the Vine Street area.

Gerheim's Subway Shop - 1953

Gerheim's Subway Shop - 233 Franklin Street - Entrance Through Walk-Over Boot Shop

5 & 10 Store

Downtown Johnstown - 5 & 10 all in a row. Woolworth's, McCrory's and Kresge's. Add to the mix is Berg's - which was not 5 & 10. Nice look at 1940's Main Street.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Trolley Time

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

Johnstown Savings Bank

Nice vintage shot of downtown Johnstown in the 1960's.

James Jewelers - '77

James Jewelers - 1977 Flood 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Codifed Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: Any person who shall keep or suffer to remain on his premises or upon any private property, any dead carcass, garbage, offal, putrid meat, nauseous liquor, or other offense or unwholesome matter, or shall cast the same on any vacant lot, or upon any square, lot, or piece of ground belonging to the borough, or on any street or alley, or on the shores or margins of either rivers within the borough, or so near the limits thereof as to annoy and be offensive, the same is hereby declared to be a common nuisance, and shall be removed accordingly, and the person offending shall forfeit and pay for each offense, besides the expenses of removing the same, the sum of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars.

City Solon Old Fighter

 Eddie McCloskey was not thinking much about politics back in 1910 when he was one of Johnstown's prominent ring artists. Eddie was fairly successful with his mitts but gave up the ring game long ago to enter the dry-cleaning business. Eddie was recently (1953) elected to a second term in City Council.

5 & 6 Blast Furnace

Number 5 and 6 Blast Furnace - Cambria Steel

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pavlick's Bar

George Pavlick's Bar and Grill - 315 Main Street and South Side Restaurant - 407 Franklin Street

Rolling Mill Mine

Rolling Mill Mine - Westmont Hillside 

Safety Patrol Winner - 1950

First Prize for the best float in Johnstown's Safety Parade - May 1950 - goes to these kids from St. Stephen's Church. Sorry, wish there were some names to go with the picture.

February 22, 1945: Intense Enemy Fire Slows Marines on Iwo

The Johnstown Democrat - February 22, 1945
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Train Robbery

Reader BDemchak sent in this old clipping of Buck's Hobby Shop.

Washington Street Bridge

Washington Street Bridge 

Goenner Beer

"It's the good Johnstown water that makes Goenner's beers taste so good!"

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Inco Beverage

The old Inco Beverage

Vine Street - 1912

More from the "Souvenir's of Johnstown' - this is Vine Street - 1912

Hahn's Meat Packing

Braunschweiger, fresh from the processing machine is what you see here. It is among a variety of processed meats produced at the Edward Hahn Packing Company. Making "mit der" braunschwieger are these Hahn employes (clockwise): Ivy Lockett, Robert Cook, Karl Niklas and Mary Ann Rotella. The local packing firm has 62 persons on its payroll.
Note: I can say that I personally have never had the pork liver sausage. I know my mother never bought it - but my grandmother used to buy it at Thorofare though and she enjoyed it - it just never appealed that much to me.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fleckenstein - 1953

Fleckenstein's - 86 Fairfield Avenue - Complete Line of Supplies - 1953

The Winner Is...

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.

Iron Street

Check out the car taking a spin on Iron Street - heading over to the Stone Bridge. What a cool shot - as the photographer is standing on what is now Route 56 - looking over to what is now Festival Park.
 Here's a better look at the area.

February 16, 1945: U.S. NAVY PLANES RAID TOKYO

The Johnstown Democrat - February 16, 1945
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Conemaugh Lumber

Conemaugh Lumber, 163 F Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

High Above the Friendly City

High Above Johnstown - taken from the Incline Plane

Johnstown Subway

Entrance to the proposed subway between Johnstown and East Conemaugh. This was just one of the many ideas put forth in Comprehensive Plans for Johnstown - Click here to read. This was never built - but quite a few other projects put forth in the plans were. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Gigantic War Bonds Premieres - June 1945

Admission at both the Embassy and State by War Bond purchase only. Sponsored by the retail division - Johnstown Chamber of Commerce.


Rothert's 239-241 Main Street - Furniture That Keeps Faith

Hendler Hotel Travel Department

Hendler Travel Service - Bus Schedule Blotter

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hurricane Agnes - 1972

February 13, 1945: Big Three Sound Nazis' Doom And Pledge World Secure Peace

The Johnstown Tribune - February 13, 1945
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Pfc. Thomas Cooney
Pfc. Thomas Lilly
Pvt. Charles Hoffman
Pvt. Wildred Becker
Sgt. Bruce Powell
Lt. Burdette Launtz
John Deist
First Lt. Lucian Bifano
Sgt. Vernon Fowler
Cpl. Clyde Shaffer
Sgt. Michael Vasas
Sgt. Roy Kerr
Cpl. Francis Miller
Pfc. Anthony Kasterko
Pfc. Paul Ryan
Cpl. George Semelsberger
Pfc. William Chappel
Marine Sgt. John Ewtuchovich
Tech. Sgt. Mike Stopa
Staff Sgt. Herbert Staff
Second Lt. Joseph Konder
Second Lt. Don Westover
Staff Sgt. John Rzaza
Pvt. Paul Garland
Lt. Wayne Wolfe
Pfc. William Weaver
Pfc. Charles Bader
Pfc. And Berkoski
Second Lt. Clayton Dovey
Pfc. John Salonchok
Cpl. S.H. Teitelbaum
Sgt. Joseph Tomaszewski
Lt. Mike Krekosky
Keystone Class of the Hooversville Church
Stephen Havrillak
Grace Lutheran Church
Birth Notes:
Pfc. & Mrs. Robert Stallings - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barbarich - twins - son and daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Harry McCreery - daughter - Caroline Frances
Pfc. & Mrs. D.B. Levergood - son - William Leland
Mr. & Mrs. John Belz - son
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Partsch - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Deffenbaugh - daughter