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Thursday, March 31, 2016




Gautier around 1930 or so - you see the old Adams Street School in front of the third and fourth mill buildings on the right hand side of the picture.

March 31, 1945: The Johnstown Tribune

The Johnstown Tribune - March 31, 1945
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** Iwo Jima Flag Raiser - Michael Strank Marine - Killed
Rose Metsek
S.J. Conway
Sgt. Peter Ambrose
Cpl. Leslie Spring
Pfc. Thomas Hammond Jr.
First Lt. David O'Shell
Pfc. William Haupt
Staff Sgt. John Kolesar
First Lt. John Mugridge
Master Sgt. Samuel Christner
Lt, Wayne Spangler
Sgt. John Beck
Pfc. Leonard Greenaway
Pfc. Richard Knauss
Lysle Fleming
Pfc. Harold Hoover
Second Lt. William Mitchell
Pfc. Douglas Devaux
Cpl. Dale Custer
Sgt. Frank Landis
Tech. Sgt. Donald Weber
Pvt. Edward Walz
Cpl. William Benschoff
Pvt. Robert Basore
Sgt. Freeman Carelti
Maj. Marshall Mumaw
Sgt. Joseph Roman
Pfc. Harry Webb
Gladys Wright - Charles Kimmel
Difenderfer - Yeckley
Pfc. H.E. Cain
Pfc. Charles Bendzak
Cpl. Oscar Lewis
Pvt. Robert Lower
Pvt. James Smith
Pfc. Andrew Sekerak
Sgt. Frank Pytel
John Elder
Camden Imhoff Jr.
Peter Zapp
Paul DeDea
Miss Genevieve Cook
Robert Grimm
Cornelius - Cipriani
Pfc. Thomas Paff
St. Nicholas Church - Cambria City
Lloyd Engle
Pvt. Michael Maceyak
Pvt. Floyd Calhoun
Pvt. Roy Heitzenrater
Sgt. John Smickle
Pvt. Clyde Fry
Pfc. Alfred Todeschi
Pfc. Roy Pile

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cooper Avenue

Bethlehem Steel

Bethlehem Steel - Unknown section of the mill

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown - Motor Vehicles - 1911

Back in 1911 Johnstown city council took the first steps to regulate the use of motor vehicles on city streets. 

In an ordinance approved in January 1911 it decreed that the speed of such vehicles should not exceed one mile in 2 and a half minutes or 24 miles an hour.
Going a step further, the city fathers ruled that in dangerous, congested or built-up districts the top speed should be one mile in five minutes, which figures out to 12 miles an hour. 

Those were not the only restrictions imposed on the early automobile drivers in Johnstown. If signaled to do so by the driver of any horse or other animal, the operator of a motor vehicle was required to stop his machine and if circumstances required - to shut off the motor as well.
This apparently was intended to prevent the chugging engines of the early cars from frightening horses and causing runaways. 

Council also decreed in the 1911 ordinance that all motor vehicles have "good and sufficient brakes" along with a horn, bell or other warning device.

Four years later - in 1915 - council adopted a new ordinance to control traffic on city streets. This time it fixed a general speed limit of 15 miles an hour. Motor vehicle operators no longer were required to stop on signal from the drivers of horses. The responsibility for keeping horses under control was shifted more directly to their drivers. "No horse shall be left unattended unless securely fastened," as per the new ordinance.

As a further precaution against runaways, council decreed that "no one shall cease to hold the reins in his hand while driving, riding or leading a horse."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

St. Stephen's - abt 1920

A reader sent this in and she thinks it's a picture of her grandmother and the rest of her classmates from St. Stephen's in Cambria City from around 1920.

Not the First, But the Youngest

He was only 10 years old and his feet didn't quite reach the necessary operating equipment - but that didn't stop him from driving. 
The "he" in this story is Murray Shiffer , who was a prominent insurance agent in Johnstown back in the 1950's. The time goes back to 1911 when he was the youngest driver in the Johnstown area.

The car was a Flanders 20, EMF (Every Morning Fix). a forerunner of the Studebaker. Young Murray Shiffer won the car in a subscription contest held by the old Johnstown Leader (newspaper). 

Living with his parents in Twin Rocks, the young man had been sneaking his father's car out for trial runs, so when his big day came along he was well acquainted with the workings of the motor car.

In those days - all a driver needed in the way of a license was his owner's card. 

Armed with the card and his father's written consent he traveled to Johnstown to claim his prize and drive back to Twin Rocks.
The clever young man boosted himself up - with the assistance of two pillows at his back and six-inch blocks at his feet.

When he was driving through Prospect the chief of police stopped him - the young man explained how he was just won the car and the chief gave him permission to drive on - but to try to get home as quick as he could.
Murray sold his Flanders about a year later to a man in Wilkes-Barre - driving it himself for one last time to the drop off point.

Franklin Tipple

Coal Tipple in Franklin

Sunday, March 27, 2016

St. John Easter - 1950's

I tend to repeat some of the things I like best for any new readers coming on board. This is St. John Church letting out on what looks like a chilly Easter Morning in the early 1950's. A very Happy Easter to all of you!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: Huckster

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: No person shall on the regular market days be permitted in or at the said market house to huckster or sell at second hand, or to purchase for the purpose of retailing, any articles before nine o'clock, A.M., under the penalty of five dollars.

Signs of the Time

What draws my eyes into this shot are the billboards on the hillside for Duquesne Beer and Amoco Gas - wish they still did stuff like that. My eyes are also drawn to all the movie and store signs - I just love looking at them. What a great slice of history - showing Main Street from Lee Hospital on down. 

1936 - Broad Street

Nice look that shows Broad street looking towards St. Columba's church.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

First Girl - Picture Operator - 1943

Meet Miss Angeline Dino from Nanty Glo, Cambria County - the first licensed woman picture operator in Pennsylvania. She works at the Capitol Theatre in Nanty Glo. 

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Raab & Sons - Wholesale Liquor

John Raab & Sons - Wholesale Liquor Store - Downtown Johnstown.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Laser Show - 1989

Reader Barry Orner sent in these great shots of the laser show in Johnstown.  It's still talked about to this day.

Geis Furniture

Geis Furniture - Downtown Johnstown

Codifed Ordinance - Blasphemous Plays - 1861

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: No person shall act, exhibit, show, or perform in or cause to be acted, exhibited, shown, or performed, or be in any manner concerned in the acting, exhibition, showing, or performance of any indecent or blasphemous play, farce, opera, public exhibition, show, or entertainment or performance of any kind whatever.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pavlick's Bar

Pavlick's Bar

First Johnstown High - 1868

This is a picture of the very first Johnstown High School in 1868 that later became the B & O Train Station.

Campbell Statue

Campbell Statue - Central Park - 1970's

Monday, March 14, 2016

First Track Team

Johnstown Athletic Club track team, the first in Johnstown, included this sixsome. The team was formed in 1898. Its members were (front row, left to right) Lawrence O'Laughlin, Wesley Heslop and Bob Meskimmin.
Second row - John McConnell, George Walker Williams and John B. Goff.

Codified Ordinance - Bridges - 1861

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: Any person or persons who shall be guilty of defacing or doing any injury whatever to any portion of wood, stone, or iron work of said bridges, shall on conviction thereof, forfeit and pay a sum of not less that five nor more than fifty dollars, for each offense in addition to the damage.

Thomas Kinzey Lumber

Thomas Kinzey Workers - unknown location in the Johnstown area.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Brothers National Titlists

John (left) and George Rok hold three of the four national duckpin championships won by Johnstowners in the American Rubberband Duckpin Association competition. George, now living in Buffalo, is the only two-time winner of the crown. John emerged the nation's top duckpin bowler in 1939.

Coal Cleaning Plant

Coal Cleaning Plant - Cambria County 

Downtown Johnstown

Downtown Johnstown - Main and Franklin Street

Great Beers - Goenner

Great Beers for 83 Years - Goenner & Co. - Cambria City

Friday, March 11, 2016

Codified Ordinance - 1861

Codified Ordinance - Johnstown Borough - 1861: To levy and collect annually a tax on the owners of dogs not exceeding one dollar on the owner of but one dog, or two dollars on the owner of but one female dog, and to levy and collect such additional tax on the owners of more than one dog and in such ratio of increase, as they may deem proper.

Western Pennsylvania Kings - 1897

Western Pennsylvania championship baseball honors in 1897 were won by this Johnstown Athletic squad. Team members were (front row, left to right): Logan Keller, Red Wesner and Bill Shibley.
Second Row - Harry Mainhart, Ed Bailey, J. Leonard Replogle, Tug McCreight and Ike Haws.
Third Row - Winston Davis, George Walker Williams, Frank Keller, mascot; Ernie Kinkead, Hunchy Tommins and John Goff.