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Friday, September 30, 2016

Four Way Stop


Another great repeat - on Napoleon Street looking straight ahead to Joe Johns. Off to the right would be Sani-Dairy and off to the left is the War Memorial and off camera Johnstown High.

Birthday Celebration - 1908

Birthday celebration for Mrs. William Horner - Pine Street

High Above

Vintage postcard with good old Johnstown High on the right hand side. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Portraits in Sounds

Portraits in Sound - Johnstown Recording Studio

Prospect Folk Dancing - about 1912

Vintage Repeat - dug this gem out - young kids folk dancing in Prospect around 1912. 

Rosie Gladys 13 - Listed as Missing - May 5, 1934

Rosie left her home at 1308 Tennessee Avenue on her way to St. Columba School - her mother Mrs. Catherine Gladys said that Rosie never made it to school. She might in fact have found a job in Hornerstown.
Note: I am assuming she made it back home safely - being that members of my family knew some o the Gladys' - I would have heard a story or two about a missing girl and in all these years I never have.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Correll Company

The Ryan Correll Company - Jackson Street

September 27, 1945: Emperor Hirohito Calls on MacArthur

The Johnstown Tribune - September 27, 1945
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Marine Sgt. Robert Doverspike
Sgt. George Doverspike
Thomas Hite
Lt. Mary Saylor

Trolley Time

Trolley Time - with Franklin Street in the background. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 1945

The Johnstown Tribune - September 26, 1945
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Ann Sawyer
Margaret Kline
Birth Notes:
Mr. & Mrs. John Boyko - son
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Ream - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Casimer Loncella - son
Staff Sgt. & Mrs. Anthony Faicho - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Thompson - son
Mr. & Mrs. William Whipkey - son
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Emert - son
Mr. & Mrs. John Pletcher - son
Mr. & Mrs. George Ingrolia - son
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Geisler - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Yoder - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. James Combecker - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Attillo Biancho - daughter

City View - 1942

City View - Buy, Build, Invest - October 14, 1942. While working on my World War II stuff - ran across this interesting ad - who knew - certainly not me - never heard of this before.

Storytime in Cambria City - 1912

Vintage Repeat - Teacher reading a story to all the Cambria City kids around 1912. They are sitting in the back of a park that is still there - next to the old firehall on Broad Street. Blew the picture up so that you can see some of the faces a little bit better. What's touching about this picture is - that if you look close - is a couple of things - that beat up little pail on the left hand side, on the right - is one of the bases for playing ball - but the saddest part of the whole thing - is the complete lack of shoes.

 I know it was common - given the economic status of the families - but still when you really stop to think about it in our cleaned up world - going barefoot now would be hard - imagine it back then - between all the horse shit on the streets, dirt from the mill and the general filth of families living on top of and right smack next to each other. Now after having that in your head - kind of make you think - what wonderful afternoon this must of been for the kids - an afternoon of storytelling - for just a couple of brief moments - they could forget about what their own lives were like.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Buried in Bills....Relax!

A Vintage Repeat - Main Street - 1950's 

Trolley Time

Trolley Time

Got Gas

A Vintage Repeat - Richfield Gas Station - located at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Broad Street. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016


September 24, 1945: Predict Big 5 Will Solve Differences

The Johnstown Tribune - September 24, 1945
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Omodio - Antinora
Lt. Col. James Taylor
'Cad' Reese Jr.
Cleaver - Rager
Lt. Bernadine Rosenbaum
Mrs. Ida Armstrong
First Lt. Helen Yost
Price - Miller
Birth Notes:
Pfc. & Mrs. Robert Getz - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Glavach - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Harteis - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Galen Rose - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Boyle - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Sedlmeyer - daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Dudash - son
Petty Officer First Class & Mrs. Frederick Lydic - daughter
Electrian's Mate Third Class & Mrs. Michael Wolf - son

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 1945

The Johnstown Tribune - September 22, 1945
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Pfc. William McClimate Jr.
Pvt. George Kos
Theodore Zett
E.O. Burkett
C.M. Emerson

Miss Sue Molchany - Prospective Bride Victim of Attack of Heart Disease - 1934

May 5, 1934: Miss Sue Molchany (25) daughter of Andrew and Sue (Caher) Molchany - taken ill suddenly at her home at 1240 Virginia Avenue - was to be married to Frank Haynek at St. Francis Church in Morrellville - former member of St. Stephen's in Cambria City - survived by brothers and sisters: Mary Ondrejcak, Miss Helen Molchany, Jacob Molchany and George and Frank - both at home. 

Cooper Avenue

Early look at Cooper Avenue - just wish the postcard was a wee bit clearer. But then again - you hardly ever see anything from Coopersdale - so I guess something is better than nothing. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pavlick One Fight Away From Match for Title

George Pavlick - Johnstown Boxer

Schwab Summer House

Schwab Summer House - Loretto - Cambria County.

Prospect Victory Garden

I thought today - I'd post some of my favorites from a couple of years ago - since I have a lot of new readers sign on recently. The trend of Victory Gardens started during World War I - any land not being used - was planted by families and school children for crops - it was an easy way for ordinary folks to feel like they too - could contribute to the war effort on the home front.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Transcontinental Tour - 1908

Meet the Jacob Murdock family of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Back in 1908 - they were the first family to ever cross the United States in a motorcar. They left from their winter home in Pasadena, California and ended their trip after 32 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes - a whirlwind, record setting pace for the time, They used a total of 524 gallons of gas for the trip of 3,700 miles.
Making the trek: Jacob along with his wife and their three kids - Lillian, Alice and Jacob. A mechanic - Phillip DeMay was hired to give a helping hand.
The 1908 Packard "30" was shipped from Johnstown to California for the trip back east. Their equipment included a small winch, two eight-foot hickory poles used as levers for mud and sand, 300 feet of rope, a sledgehammer, pole ax, air compressor, a Prest-o-lite tank for the headlights, extra tires and inner tubes.
The family had camping supplies along with taking a supply of water and gas in cans. Additional supplies and letters explaining what they were doing were sent ahead to all the towns along the way. More than once the travelers had to be pulled out mud and ruts along the way by horse drawn wagons.
They finally arrived in New York City - 32 days later - proudly driving up Broadway to 61st street where they finished up at the Packard dealership there.

Bedford Street

Bedford Street - before and after.

Gately & Fitzgerald

Gately & Fitzgerald - We furnish your home complete - Cash or Credit - 110 Clinton St - Johnstown, Penna

Monday, September 19, 2016

Miner Crushed - May 5, 1934

Emil Kramer - killed under a fall of rock.

Cypress Avenue - Victory Garden

What is so interesting about this look at the Cypress Avenue - Victory Garden - is that even up to 1917 - 1918 - most parts of Johnstown were still very rural.

Baumer Street Playground

Another great repeat shot - Baumer Street Playground - it's been a while since I posted this. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Acme Market - Morrellville

Another repeat - This is the old Acme Market at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Broad Street in Morrellville.