Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lake Arthur in Fall ~

Our year-round playground.
Photo: Glenn Fulghum 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

BHS ~ Friday Night Football ~ 2014

                          08/29   BHS 10 [L] – Altoona 28
                          09/05   BHS 31 [W] – Baldwin 21   
                          09/12   BHS 07 [L] -  North Hills 35
                          09/20   BHS 42 [W] -  Shaler 7
                          09/26   BHS 00 [] -  Seneca Valley
                          10/03   BHS 00 [] -  North Allegheny
                          10/10   BHS 00 [] -  Pine Richland
                          10/17   BHS 00 [] -  Fox Chapel   
                          10/24   BHS 00 [] -  Central Catholic 

Friday, September 05, 2014

Vietnam War Memorial ~

Butler's Ultimate Sacrifice
Photo: Barbara Bloom

Nixon Hotel Lobby ~

Thanks: Robert Emigh

Friday, August 29, 2014

Natili's Closing ~

 Photo: Steve Hindmann
Butler is saddened.
We are losing our favorite restaurant.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Worsley's ~ 87 years of service

Another regrettable closing. 
Everyone knew this storefront on Main Street. 
Photo: Barbara Bloom

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Milann Ruff Daugherty ~ BHS '64

Your Affectionate Son
by Milann Ruff Daugherty
When the Milann came across a box of yellowed letters in the bottom drawer of an old dresser, she discovered not only that the letters were all written by her great-great-uncle nearly one hundred and fifty years earlier but that they were a fascinating first-hand account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a young soldier.

Friday, August 15, 2014

West End School 1986 ~

Thanks: Aryl Bashline

Thursday, August 07, 2014

George Troutman Residence ~

Bygone Butler architecture. 
Home of George A. Troutman

Friday, August 01, 2014

Butler Little Theater ~

King o' the Moon (Over the Tavern, Part II) by Tom Dudzick 
October 3-5, 7-11, 2014

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield 
November 28-30, December 2-6, 2014

Welcome to the Monkey House by Christopher Sergel 
January 16-18, 20-24, 2015

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling 
March 13-15, 17-21, 2015

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon 
(dramatic comedy)
May 8-10, 12-16, 2015

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Old Firehouse

Fire Department and Police Station
Thanks: Beau Olson

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Covenant United Presbyterian Church ~

The oldest church building in Butler is also the city’s oldest congregation. The congregation began formally meeting at the Butler County Courthouse on 
April 7, 1813, with its current home being built in 1862.
Photo: Georgia Sawhook

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Eastland Diner ~ Butler - Erie

Butler Photo: Randy Flowerday
Erie Photo: Barbara Bloom
We went to Erie yesterday and located the former Eastland Diner from Butler.  It is now at the entrance to Presque Isle in Erie.  It is on display, and we walked inside to take pictures.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Center Avenue ~

Thanks: Dave Craig

Saturday, July 05, 2014

William Manners~Butler Author~BHS '26

William Manners
Editor, Biographer, Non-fiction Writer, Teacher, onetime boxer.
  • Father and the Angels. New York: Dutton, 1947.
  • Isn’t it a Crime? New York: Arc Books, 1947.
  • One Is a Lonesome Number. New York: Dutton, 1950.
  • Wake Up and Write. New York: Arc Books, 1962.
  • The Barking Cat Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Crying Schoolhouse Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Fifty-pound Giant Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Talking Pigeon Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • One, Two, three, Go. New York: Four Winds Press, 1967.
  • TR and Will: A Friendship that Split the Republican Party. New York: Harcourt, 1969
  • Patience and Fortitude: Fiorello LaGuardia: A Biography. New York: Harcourt, 1976.
  • The Quick and Easy Vegetarian Cookbook. (with Ruth Ann Mathers) New York: M. Evans, 1978.
† September 6, 1994

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Construction ~

Where Woolworth's used to be. 
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Donald B. Carlson Sr. BHS '38

† 8 September 2010
Donald Carlson sent me some of the first pictures posted on the Butler Blog. As a tribute to him I have posted the pictures he sent me. Click the label Photographer Don Carlson below. -- Charles

After graduating from BHS Don Carlson worked as a newspaper photographer, while earning his private pilot's license. Anxious to join the service, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 7 July 1942. He served as a flight engineer for the 10th Weather Headquarters in the China-Burma-India Theater, flying over the Himalayan Mountains (The Hump) and throughout China, Japan and Korea. He was a member of the CBI/Hump Pilots Association and was a 50-year member of the Butler Masonic Lodge. Don served faithfully with Community Companion Volunteers, a program of Lutheran Home Services. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bickel's Shoes ~

Thanks: Gayle Barnett Radwanski

Thursday, June 12, 2014

World War II Mothers ~

Photo: Melanie Wetzel

Friday, May 30, 2014

Charles Troutman Home ~

Home of Charles H. Troutman 
Main Street, 1898. 

Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oesterling & Son ~ Flour Feed Grain

Thanks: Gayle Barnett Radwanski

Monday, May 12, 2014

Don Kelly ~

Born in Butler. 
Third baseman for the Detroit Tigers.
Photo: Wikimedia

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Boy Scouts ~

Remember the meetings and the good days we had.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A Butler Physician ~

Dr. Robert T. Eckert
He was the Good Doctor for so many of us.
† 28 April 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pickle Gate Crossing ~

Hansen Avenue crossed the tracks at this location and then rose steeply up to Route 8. Note the bridge over the Connoquenessing in the foreground and St. Andrew Orthodox Church at the left. 
Photo: Barbara Bloom
Photo: Robert Emigh

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calvary Cemetery ~

As viewed from the entrance gate at the very top North Main Street.
Photo: Robert Emigh

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pearl Nitsche BHS '66 ~ Butler Author

Pearl Nitsche, a native of Butler, is an enthusiastic language teacher. She has lived in Vienna for the last 30 years. During that time she has trained thousands of teachers in Austria and other European countries and is in demand as an international conference speaker. She specializes in "nonverbal classroom management" and "brain-friendly learning". 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Guardian Angel ~

Please let me know who sent me this photo. Charles

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dolce Mia Bakery ~

Welcome to a new bakery and take-out restaurant downtown.
 332 South Main Street 
Photo: Mia's Bakery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

West Butler Grocery ~

William and Mary Klovak, owners. Store torn down, 2010. Was located at the bottom of Fairground Hill. 
Thanks: John Pichler