Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Butler Swimming Pool ~ June 1, 1952

Photo by "Hopie's" 
Click to enlarge.  
Notice the high diving board and 2 low diving boards.  Sunbathing on roof top.  There used to be a pond in the park close to here where we would ice skate.  The creek was called Sullivan Run.
Thanks: James Cooper

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

View from Main Street ~ 1920

Looking out from Main Street to the Wayne Street Viaduct.
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Friday, July 03, 2015

Lyndora School ~ 8th Grade ~ 1952

Click in picture to enlarge
First row: R-L
Patty Suchy, Carole Roe, Virginia Schnitzki,
Mr Shricker, Miss Shanor, Mr Kerr, Diane Turner, Mary Lou Klowak
Second row R-L
Unknown, Mary Ann Derkics, Alice Diehl, Jeanne Davis, Mabel Cress, Andrea Gyongosi, Joyce Flack, Yvonne Betres,
Third Row R-L
Margaret White, Nancy Herman, Donna Rausch, Dorthy Ballon, Nancy Cubbison, Nancy Longdon, Unknown, Donna Sobkowz
Fourth row R-L
Lee Hoovler, Leonard Pruckner, Jackie Povlick, Alan Cubbison, John Kosar, Tony Grenek, Fred Polanec
Top row R-L
David Hindman, Frank Komitsky Jr., Tim O'Hara, Russel Crouse, Ronnie Hemphill, Mike Pawk, Phillip Mudrick
Photo: Frank Komitsky Jr.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Vacant Lot ~

At the the corner of Main and Cunningham Streets
with a sign reminding us of an excellent Mens' store.
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

View of Butler ~

Postmark on the back is dated August 26, 1910 
Click on image to enlarge.
Thanks: Dennis Moffitt

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Boy Scouts ~ Early 1960s.

Boy Scouts 
Armco Troop 16 
Lyndora PA 
Thanks: John Pichler

Click on picture to enlarge.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Is the Penn Theater coming back?

Photo: Mike Rehm
June 6, 2015
Good news! Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is now taking bids, and expects to accept one this week, to repair the abandoned Penn Theater's marquee and façade.
The foundation has allocated $30,000 for the project, likely to start this month, said Dave Farkas, director of the foundation's Main Street projects.
Read more: About the revival.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bygone Butler ~


This stately home, known as the Showalter Residence, was located at Fulton and Main Streets, where Nationwide Insurance Company was, and adjacent to Howard Johnson's.
Thanks: Robert Emigh 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Phyllis Lundy BHS '68 ~ Our Most Recent Butler Author

The essential life questions ~ Who am I? ~ What do I want from my life? ~ How do I break through the barriers and start taking steps in the direction of my dreams?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Old St. Michael Church and Rectory ~

Thanks: Celia Snodgrass

Natili's Closing ~

 Photo: Steve Hindmann
Butler is saddened.
September 27, 2014
We are losing our favorite restaurant.

Hear Vince tell the story click.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Monday, March 09, 2015

Keystone Hotel ~

Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Barbara writes that she recently went her Grandfather (C.C.) Boyer's old photograph album which is entirely about the construction of the old Wayne St. Viaduct (1914-1915). What she found interesting about this picture is that the building in the background has Keystone Hotel written on the side. This building must have been close by.

Friday, February 27, 2015

BHS Swimmers ~ A Perfect Season ~ 1970

A full page ad that ran in the Butler Eagle on February 27, 1970, commemorating the undefeated season of the BHS varsity swim team.
Some names: 
Bill Sheavly; Joe O'brien, Eric Cottington; Dave Kovac; James Zambroski; Bob Curry; Chris Garber; David Haas; Ed Graham; John L. Wise, III; Scott Foringer; Barry Kirkman.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Natili's North ~

Natili's South has closed. The remaining restaurant
will now be located at 
Natili's North
on North Main Street. 

Photo: Barbara Bloom

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stepp Inn ~

Was located on Route 8 south at the turnoff to the airport. 
They served good meals.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Serventi's Restaurant ~

A favorite Butler restaurant since 1955. 
Thank you, Joe.
Sad closing: April 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Oesterling & Son ~

A  tremendous storehouse with railroad siding. 
Thanks: Gayle Barnett Radwanski

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gasoline Station ~

Gasoline Station was at the corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets. In the background - Young's Funeral home. 
Photo: Arnie Macko

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In a Cave in the Netherlands ~

Photo and Comment: Dan Roxbury
While in the Netherlands recently I visited the Velvet Cave. During WWII the cave, where I found this soldier's name, had been used as a shelter for the public and also by American Troops. Many soldiers have inscribed their names in this sandstone cave. I knew about this prior to visiting the cave and had been looking to spot where the soldiers wrote their names. The first thing I spotted was "S F Henry Butler PA". At first glance, I thought this was possibly my grandfather Henry Dottle from Butler PA. I was blown away because Butler PA is where I grew up, and I saw it written 2 more times. This was by far the highlight of my trip! I know my Grandfather was actively serving in Europe in 1945 when most of the names were written inside the cave. I will always wonder if he had been there or if he knew the other men from Butler who were. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Kelly Automotive Park ~ Baseball ~ Pullman Park Renamed

I was really impressed by the beauty of the ballpark.
Photo and comment: Barbara Bloom
[In January 2014 the naming rights of Pullman Park were sold to Kelly Automotive of Butler.]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014