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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

1889 Flood Survivors in their own words

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Interior of St. Anthony Church

The inside of St. Anthony's Church in Woodvale. My grandfather John Cacicia helped build the church.

Union Street School

The Union Street School was constructed in 1881. It was located at Union and Lincoln Streets and served as a high school until 1891 when it was changed over to an elementary school. It continued being used as a school until 1961 before it was finally torn down a few years later.

Cupps Blue Room

Cupps Blue Room - Downtown Johnstown

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fitchner Pool

Nice look from up top of the old Fichtner Swimming Pool that used to be right behind Garfield Junior High.

The Hub

VJ Repeat - Nice vintage slice of downtown Johnstown from about 1912 showing Bedford, Main and Clinton Streets. On the right - the Swank Building and on the left is the old Hub Store  - I see having a big sale - this is where the Senior Center is now. The building the Trolley is passing is were the old Wertz Drug Store was - one of the few buildings that survived the 1889 Flood only to be torn down in the 1970's. 

First High School

Johnstown's First High School - 1868

Thursday, May 25, 2017


My grandmother Helen (Hanzel) Lenz working at Bestform in Cambria City.

Ferguson Truck

One of the trucks belonging to the Ferguson Meat Packing Company located in Cambria City - they took over the old Germania Brewery building - it later became Morris Paper Company and is now where JAHA is.
This is taken in what is now a small parking lot next to Point Stadium. The buildings you see behind the truck are part of the old Rolling Mill Mines.

Edward Peden

Edward Peden - One of the oldest Upper Yoder Residents - August 1907

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ashbridge Rag Carpets

J.S. Ashbridge - Rag Carpets - Locust Street - Johnstown, Pa.

Kelly's Bar and Cafe

Kelly's Bar and Cafe - J.T. Kelly, Proprietor - Lunches of All Kinds Served - 504 Main Street


VJ Repeat - Sears and Roebuck and Co. - on the lower end of Main Street.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old Meadowvale School

Old Meadowvale School

Bethlehem G.O.

The old Bethlehem General Office Building - Downtown Johnstown

Penn Traffic Fire

VJ Repeat - A rare shot of the big Penn Traffic Store Fire in Downtown Johnstown - August 28 and August 29, 1905. The fire completely destroyed a whole chunk of the business district last seen HERE. As with most treasures - I found this picture in a box of assorted photos - most of them just regular family shots - that a friend of mine gave me to go through. This just goes to show - you never know what you might run across.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Business as Usual

Typing Class - JHS - 1931

Sandyvale Stones

A rare look at Sandyvale Cemetery in the lower part of the picture with some of its tombstones intact. Off in the distant you can see Cochran, Central Avenue Bridge and M. Glossers.

Haws House

Residence of Henry Y. Haws.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bruno's - Morrellville

VJ repeat  - A reader sent this great shot of my own neighborhood - at the corner of Fairfield Avenue - looking up Strayer Street in Morrellville. What makes this even better is on the right hand side - I finally have a proper picture of Bruno's Market. Charlie Bruno and my grandfather John Cacicia were best of friends. In fact - Charlie was my fathers Confirmation Sponsor. You would think I would have lots of pictures of the old market. But no - there are none in my family albums.
When I think of Bruno's - the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate popsicles. Remember how the wrappers were open on the bottom - you couldn't tell the difference in color between the chocolate ones and the root beer ones.

Trolley Time

Franklin Loop


Mrs. George Baldwin - Saved from Death - Lightning Strike - Somerset - August 1907

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

American Oil Co.

Old picture postcard of American Oil Co. Service Stations in Johnstown.


Amslo Club - Friendiest Place in Town - 85 Lenhart Street - Dial 8-8131

Sons of Italy Lodge

Here are the officers and administrators of Johnstown Lodge 1614, Order of the Sons of Italy in 1937, just six years after the group was founded.
Left to right - front row: Joseph Mancusa, Angelo Falva, Samuel Marracco, Joseph Grande and Nunzio Caeti.
Second Row: John DiMiglia, Sam Cannarella, Nina Alfredo, Peter Grassi, James Patanella and Philip Ciraula.
Back Row: Joseph Barbera, Tony Cascalda, Joseph Di Bartolo, Joseph Nicandro and Thomas Angelucci.
It was just a few years after this picture was taken that the fast-growing lodge purchased its present home on Baumer Street. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Acme Market - Broad Street

VJ Repeat - Acme Market - Broad Street and Delaware Avenue - the underpass is just off to the left of the picture. The building is now used by the Johnstown School District.

Freedom Gas

Freedom Gas Station - Downtown Johnstown - First National Bank has an office there now. The opposite corner is where the library is now.


Kirkendall - Retail Druggist and Retail Store - Main and Clinton Streets

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Lorain Borough pupils, winners of the 14th weekly Quizdown, show their victory smiles. Grouped around the mic are, left to right: Sandra Griffith, Charlotte Szelazeck, Donna Holmak, Edward Janosko, Marion Walyko, Barbara Murphy, Thomas Smith, Richard Nau and Richard Mostoller.

Defeated, but still able to "laugh it off" the Riverside pupils, left to right: Carol Zimmerman, Jimmy Albright, Carol Ann Svaboda, Janet Hartman and Carol Grove. In the back row are Richard Hite, Barbara Hindman, Gail Hopfer, Richard Albright and Larry Haynes.

Lorain School will receive an encyclopedia and Riverside a globe. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Keep on Truckin

Fleet of Penn Traffic Trucks next to the playground at the Point. This has to be the early 1920's because the stadium isn't there yet. There is still the small wooden grandstand and playground there - that they used before they built a proper stadium. Also, note that behind the trucks on the left hand side is one of the buildings for Rolling Mill Mines on the hillside above the Point which was still in operation at the time. 

One Stop Service

Sherer's - One Stop Service - Corner of Franklin and Washington.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Police Patrol

Old Johnstown Police Department Patrol Wagon 

Conemaugh Lumber

Conemaugh Lumber Corp - 280 D Street - Morrellville also an office in Conemaugh on Railroad Street.

'The Friendly City'

Johnstown - 'The Friendly City'

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Huldah (Conrad) Kavanaugh from Nanty Glo, Cambria County - WAC Sergeant. She joined the Women's Army Crops in May 1943. This clipping is from March 9, 1944.

Happy Mealtime Choice

White House Ice Cream - It's a Happy Mealtime Choice and a Perfect Party Dessert - Sanitary Dairy

Moses Drug Store

Meet you all downtown at Moses Drug Store - my treat - they have the best sodas and sundaes in town. Located at Franklin and Vine Streets.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dr. Fry - Dentist

Main Street - Downtown Johnstown
Tried to get closer in to see what is the windows...but this is the best I could get it without losing quality.


Walk Over to Wehn's - Clinton Street - Downtown Johnstown

Sanitary Dairy

VJ Repeat - Sanitary Dairy along Franklin Street in Johnstown - 1920's.