Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
Hi Charles,Forty-three years after your fifth grade class at St. Paul's School, I figure it's time to catch up: for a thumbnail of my life since then, in a nutshell:Click:Thumbnail: James ZambroskiBest to you and all your readers, and perhaps a long lost friend or two from Butler.JPZBHS '71
Is that you, Cholly ?? Frank (Corky) Slater here. Glad to hear you're still in circulation. After almost 40 years involvement with computers I will not let the Internet into my house, thought I do my spreadsheets and letter writing on an old COMPAQ operating under DOS. Should you be interested in saying "Hello" you might try my wife's E-mail at her office at Univ of N. Dakota. - if I can find it - OK,it's ----firstname.lastname@example.org If I don't hear from you it's still good to know you're still in the race. Corky Frank
Graduated from BHS 1951 (unbeaten football season). Attended Milwaukee School of Engineering (EE). Dropped out during Korean thing when I heard the bugles blowing. Joined navy - spent 30 years total - retired as "Chief". Have been a Reformed pastor since 1982. Enjoying the slow living here in the Kentucky "hills and hollers". Still active as pastor - no retirement here. No complaints though.
I left Butler in 1966 for a stint in the US Air Force that lasted 20+ years.Now living in Ft Wort Texas amid rabid Dallas Cowboy fans.They don't even know what a football looks like!I sure miss the green,the seasons and yes the snow and love returning for visits.Nothing is better than a day at Mcconnell's mill state park.I miss Butler and hope one day to return to live out my days.
This blog is regarding Charles Cingolani. I first met Charles by accident several years ago after finding his wonderful poetry online. His last name rang a bell in my memory. Our family attorney was his father and his sister Nancy was a few years ahead of me at St. Paul's and also in Nursing School in Pgh. I hope to meet him someday in Germany. He sounds so delightful and our common bond is Butler!
Hello ~I was born in Butler & went to elementary schools; Institute Hill 1966 - 1970 & Bon Aire 1971. I moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1972 & reside here, still! My grandmother, Mary Isabella, wanted me to comment on her behalf that Butler is rich with history. She & her late husband, Joe Isabella, once owned & operated the Roosevelt Apartments on South Main St. They also owned & operated the "Mon-D-Aid" bleach business. She remembers a chauffer from the Nixon Hotel in the 1930's named "Duke" Wynn. The Hot Dog shop is GREATLY missed! When visiting Butler, it was always a must on my list of things to go & do! My father is Eugene Heath, Sr. He was a police officer in Butler, in the 1960's & my mother is Donna Heath. My grandmother remembers the Cingolani name well! On behalf of my family, we would love to receive email or a reply blog from anyone who remembers us!
Thanks for your comments, Mary. If you wish, post your e-mail address so that readers can reach you.Greetings, Charles
Charles, I love this site!! Even though I still have 3 sisters in Butler,there was more news from you than them! Keep this up please. I live in Florida now and after 3 hurricanes in 2 years I have considered going back to Pennsylvania to live. You make me a little homesick.Susan Stover Lehman
Charles,Thanks so much for starting this web site. I lived in Butler from 1946 until I left for college in 1959. My parents lived there until they passed away in 1976. I love all the pictures and they bring back so many memories of a slower, simpler time. I enjoy your poetry, too. Keep it up.
TO DAVID GALER IN HOUSTON TX. IS YOUR MOTHER ESTHER STILL LIVING YET? MY MOTHER AND YOURS WERE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS. THANKS.
Thanks Charles for the e-mail letting me know about your Blog. I was born in Santa Monica, California in 1949--my family moved to Butler sometime in 1956. My Father worked at ARMCO. I went to Institute Hill (we lived on Carbon Street)and graduated from BHS in 1968. I left shortly after that and I'm sad to say I never returned. My folks moved away in the early 1970s. So my memories of Butler are forever of the place it was in the 50s and 60s--never changing with the times.Now I live in Los Angeles where I work for The Walt Disney Company.All the best to everyone in Butler!
Dear Charles,You and I have exchanged a few messages over the years. I have always been grateful for the poems which you sent me. I was born in Butler in 1927 and lived there until I went to the Navy in 1945.After service, I attended Pitt and after graduating, taught Spanish and French as a graduate asst. I then went to work in Venezuela for Gulf Oil. Worked there for 8 years. Later, went to NYC to work on doctorate. Taught Spanish at Columbia University.Lived 34 yrs. in NYC teaching Spanish and Court Interpreting at John Jay College. Retired to Puerto Rico where I live at present. I spend about 8 months a year in Franklin, Pa.where I have a home. I, too, feel the call of Butler but all my family are gone now except for the ones in Franklin whose closeness cheers my old age. Charles, keep up the wonderful work which you have done on Butler.
I certainly enjoy reading your blogand find a lot of interesting info that I had nearly forgotten. I went all through school in Butler& played bass with the SymphonyOrchestra. We moved to OH in 1963and our sons live many miles away,one on Omaha, NE and the other onein Charlotte, NC. My father, MelStephenson, was a Twp Commissionerfor many yrs. And I have a twinbrother, Ken, who lives in SlipperyRock, PA. I would love to hearfrom any "old" friends.....55threunion this year.
I grew up in Butler and graduated from Knoch High School in 1977. Moved ages ago but still have fond memories of a great little town. I enjoyed many summers at The Big Butler Fair and late summers at the Farm Show. I am truly saddened by the closing of the Hot Dog Shop. I was very excited to see that the Penn Theater is being refurbished. My parents are Karen and Chester Weichey and my brother is Chester Weichey, Jr. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. My email address is email@example.com
Hello Butler !!! Born & raised in Butler, Norman Saleet married his high school sweetheart (Judy)and followed his dream to California. Norman is an accomplished guitar player and a renowned songwriter~ Norman has penned songs for Air Supply, Selena, Art Garfunkel, Debbie Boone, Barry White, Andy Gibb, Yvonne Elliman, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton & Crystal Gale . Norman has also written several national Commercial jingles. Although Norman & Judy moved away from Butler in 1974 , they still consider BUTLER their hometown~ Picture of Norman
Hi Diana Weichey!It's Mary Heath...email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for creating this site. It's great to see all the old stomping grounds! My husband Gary and I both grew up in Butler. Lots of fond memories. Still have family there so we visit about once a year. Looking forward to a short visit in August for the annual Oesterling reunion. Keep up the good work!
Message for Charley from Georgina (McNaughton) Leighty, formerly of Brady Street: your wonderful blog was recommended to us (my daughter and I)from another former Butlerite. What a great site! Do you remember the Inn Confectionary where I was a soda jerk? Do you remember 2 altar boys (Charley and Pat Baldauf) that brought Urban in for a treat? My daughter also enjoyed the bus (trolley) station picture that she remembers from her youth. We really enjoyed your poems. If you would want to get in touch with us, her email address is Catstail15@aol.com (I am computer-less!
Hi! Does anyone know if the pool at Memorial Park will open this summer? I can't get a straight answer anywhere. It's a shame for these city kids (and adults) to have to go all the way to Alameda. And I'm surprised that the township would out up with all the overcrowding for another summer.Thanks, Faithie
I moved to Butler when I was 8. It was 1962. I lived in a farm house about a half mile off Rt. 38 between Boydstown and Grease City. I haven't been back downtown since my 30th class reunion a few years back. All my family has moved away from there now. Ahhh...the memories this website brings back! Thanks!
What a great blog! I was born and raised in Butler, graduated from BHS in '77 and even though I now live in Louisville, Kentucky, Butler will always be home! I still visit my family when I can and still can't believe The Hot Dog Shop is gone! Wonder what happened to all the gum that was stuck under the tables!!!! I live in Kentucky with my husband of almost 29 years and have worked in radio in Louisville on and off for the past 10 years. I know have slowed down since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but I still get my "news fix" by working at WHAS part time. I would love to hear from some of my old friends...My e-mail address is email@example.comKeep up the good work,Pam (Doutt) Kober
Thank you for stimulating my memory of a great childhood in Butler, Pa. The Butler Pool was our home in the summer. Swimming lessons for everyone-free. Moonlight swims were extra special. Synchronized swimming at the Water Shows (someone had to organize that so boys and girls could have such opportunities---Butler was ahead of its time). The Butler pool was a busy place where everyone could walk to or ride their bike. I am sorry to hear it is sitting empty. Does anyone remember the "Neighborhood Nights"---each playground would take a turn to host a night in the summer? There would be special foods and entertainment. Fun memories.
Charles:I graduated from Butler High in 1946-a year after Bill Perry. I worked at the Nixon Hotel first setting up tables for banquets then as a waiter in the grill. I served the "professional" table that the regular waitresses shunned because they came in every day and only tipped by taking up a collection once every 3 months. This was the lawyers and doctors etc. who had offices close by. C. Stewart Shoemaker was one of the regulars. I left Butler when I went to Univ. of Cinn. in 1946 on the Armco Scholarship and only was back for a very short time in 1951. 2 years in the Chemical Warfare Service and then I was gone from Butler for good except for the visits to family. The Nixon Hotel was quite a landmark in town.John M. McCall
Hi..My name is Eirlys Matson (Kovacik), my husband Gary and I have opened a winery. The name is Rustic Acres Winery. We are located at 234 Crisswell Road, Butler, PA. Web site is: www.rusticacreswinery.com. We will be celbrating our 1st year anniversary of the winery October 28th 2006. We are both Graduates of Butler High School, 1973. Gary and I go back to the hospital where our mothers where in the same room when we were born, and we were in grade school, at Center Ave also. As years went by went disconnected and had our own families, and found each other again 3 years ago. We got married, and now own Butler's First Winery. While out our way stop at Schrams Fruit Market down the road. Or at Christmas, Cyphers Tree Farm, for the perfect Christmas Tree. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgButler is a great community, and has a wonderful rich past and present, hopefully at great future. So all you Butlerites who have left, we hope you return and visit all that is here for you to do.
One of my best memories of Butler,was meeting friends at Dan's Diner every evening after work.I managed the Honda shop that was located at Gaylord's shopping center in the late 60's and Early 70's.Any "Old Regulars " out there ?Send a note to:email@example.com
Jim OJust spent a week in Butler over the Holidays with family and friends. Lots of great memories. Thanks for the Great website. Jim and Alicia, Jacksonville Fl.
Charles: Kind of a chilly day so I couldn't play golf and I got into your blog. I found Corky Slater and Dick Palmer who I haven't thought of in many years. I found a note I sent a couple years ago and thought I'd add to it. We live in a "Butler" in North Carolina-with a few amenities Butler did not have. New Bern has about 25,000 souls and is on the Nuese River 20 miles from the Pamlico Sound. We retired here 7-8 years ago and love it. My cousin Frank and I are both 78 having graduated in 1946. Frank lives in Denver-he is a retired minister- and he called me a couple weeks ago and said Bob Bartley had just died. Bob was a "big deal" swimmer when John Mixer was the swim coach. I was back for our 60th reunion last year and kidded everyone that I had a hard time not tripping over all their canes. A lot of our class is gone now-what else would we expect? I am blessed with good health-having outlived both my brothers-Bob and Gary(Skip). When I am not playing golf I like to sail. My boat is a mile from my front door and #1 Tee is 5 minutes on my golf cart from here. I have already died and gone to Heaven. I'd appreciate hearing from any of those who can still remember me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep up the great communication.John M. McCall
Graduated BHS in 1973 - moved to WV in 1982 then to VA in 1985 and live in Front Royal. Nice little town - home to the entrance to Skyline Drive (great for motorcycle riding) but Butler will ALWAYS be home. If finances etc ever permit, I will return! Loved the pics & reading the comments from fellow Butlerites!
Graduated in 1993 and went into Army about a year after that. After service lived in Youngstown, OH, finished school and was transferred to the Tampa Bay, FL area. Love Florida but miss Butler. I still have some family there and it's been way too long since I've visited. Now reside in Naples, FL where the weather is the same as Hawaii! Love it down here. I'm the proud parent of two twin girls, Dayna & Sydney. I just wanted to say "Hi!" to all my old classmates (sorry I missed the reunion) and friends. I'll see you at the next one, definately!
First of all I want to thank you for posting this blog. I check it out about twice a month and enjoy reading about Butler. I graduated from BHS in 1977 and went into the Military and I'm retired and living in Honolulu Hawaii. I still have a sister and mother living in Butler and was home in 2004 for a family reunion. Butler had changed quite a bit since 1977.After my Fathers death in 2005 I started making videos about growing up in Butler on YouTube (http://www.YouTube.com/diverkev) or (http://diverkev.com)I have received quite a few negative comments about life in Butler today. All I can say is that compared that I'm glad I grew up in Butler and that I will always be proud of my home town.
What a nice site for going down memory lane .looking for those of us that remember Tumble Inn at the old YMCA in the middle 60s I still play my 45s every chance I get Thanks again for this site
To Anonymus. My mother, Esther Galer, Passed away this year, May 22, 2007 at the age of 98 and 1 month. She lived with us for the last 10 years until I wrecked my motorcycle and sshe had to be put into a nursing home. Thanks for asking.
I did not grow up in Butler but spent every summer there for over 20 years and still go back about every other month. My moms family has lived in Butler for over 100 years and I love the history and the great memories. I still remember Neighborhood nights at the local parks and drinking lemon Blennd at Cummings Candy shop. Butler is still a great place for me and I plan keep visiting until I retire there.
I grew up in Butler (Meridian actually) during the 50's and 60's. Graduated from Butler High School in '69. I left the area right after high school. I'm now living in Williamsport, PA. My greatest memories are Tumble Inn, the Hot Dog Shop, of course, and the Farm Show. I remember the Neighborhood Nights and the Christmas parties for the children of Armco employees. There wasn't a better town to grow up in! I get "home" about once a year as my two older brothers still live in the area. Love to hear from old friends - email@example.comJean (Thomas) Files
Born and raised in Butler, graduating from BHS in 1973. Brothers and sister still live there. Enlisted in the United States Navy in 1973 and retired in 1999. Living in Jacksonville, Florida. Miss alot of the places listed here in this great website. Hopefully in a few years I will be spending summers in Butler each year. Email - Hmcs55@aol.com Michael Horwat
Hello Phillip Hopbell from Mary across Carbon Street! Remember the lady at Woolworth's with the hairnet who made the fresh donuts? Charlie the Parrot? And yes, the infamous Pickle Brothers! I wouldn't stop going "over the hill" to play so Mom said that if I went down there the pickle brothers would get me...ha ha! Anyone remember the swimming hole by the tracks?? aka "Bare Ass Beach?
Class of '74 I grew up in Meridian. Have not returned to Butler since 1983. What fond memories I have of those days. Perhaps time for a visit? Bob Prince on the radio, Art Bernardi on the sidelines. Pat Madden at the pool. Miller's Hoagies, The Hot Dog Shop. The Farm Show. Pullman Park. McGills Market. Kempers Store. Armco Park. Those were the days...Jim Rivers
I was born and raised in Butler and graduated in 1969. I ended up with a career in broadcasting ( thanks to Margo Pitts who helped me develop an interest in it) and have lived all over the country, along with my husband from Farrell. We are now in Tampa, Florida. I work at WUSF Radio, the NPR station owned by the University of South Florida. The other day I discovered that a co-worker of mine at the station was also born and raised in Butler. It's a small world. Coleen Cook Klecic /Class of 1969
I was excited about finding this page while I was looking up Butler Pa. Info. I enjoyed all the pictures and the stories I read and it made me so homesick. I have 2 sisters still living in Butler. I went to Institute Hill elementary in 1956. Miss Goldblum was my teacher. I then moved and went to Center Avenue school. Mrs Ertest was my teacher at that school. I attended Bon aire school and attended middle school at the old high school. I went to the new Senior High and dropped out in 1968. I married, moved to Jeannette Pa. Later I got my G.E.D. I have tried for some time now to get information on Ms Goldblum and Mrs Ertest but have not found any thing on them at all. Mrs Ertest became principal at Center Avenue school, I was told. I was told they are both gone now and I would like to know when they passed away. Also I was wondering if maybe Ms Goldblum was Jeff Goldblums Grandmother or some family of his since he was born in Pittsburgh Pa. If you can find out or have any information for me I would love to hear from you.My name is Clarissa Sue Stakley, Stark firstname.lastname@example.org
John McCall mentioned John Mixer, the swim coach at BHS. For some reason (you know how it is when one starts ruminating about the past -grin-) I was thinking about John the other day. He was, to those of us 10th graders in the days of mainly female teachers, one tough bird!Those were the days before the community pool, so in the summer time, John would teach free classes for non-swimmers. Quite a crowd would show up, even those who could swim, but John was far craftier than all of us callow youth."Ok, we're gonna have a race!" he'd bellow and everyone who could swim or thought they could at least thrash their way to the other side would line up at the edge of the pool awaiting the "go" command. Those that didn't drown somewhere in the middle of the pool in the basement of BHS (the 'real' BHS, not that thing up at the Fairgounds)didn't get wet anymore that summer during the "learn-to-swim" classes with Mixer. The winners or those who showed a modicum of swim talent got on the swim team! I believe "Skinny Campbell of The Inn fame was one of the "learners". To this day, I can recall the how-did-he-bamboozle-us look on the faces of those who were told to get dressed....including me! But never mind...we were off to attempt to sneak into the YMCA just up the street. I mean it was still early in the AM and the paper route was done.Mixer was himself quite a swimmer....anyone have any information on him?
Hi all, it's great to reconnect with Charles and to run into some familiar names from Butler after all these years. I grew up in Butler as Pat Gambill, went to Center Township Elementary, and graduated from BHS in 1971. My Butler memories cluster around the Hot Dog Shop (of course!), the Penn Theater, Miller's Hoagie Shop, the library, First Methodist Church on McKean Street, Faith Presbyterian Church on Route 8 north of town, the Fair and Farm Show, Diamond Park, and Natili's Restaurant (where I had the pleasure of stopping for dinner during my last visit to Butler in 1995 -- just like I remember it from my 12th birthday). Now living near Minneapolis, being a stay-at-home husband and dad to two wonderful kids ages 8 and 5. I'm so glad to have run into Charles again on Facebook -- stop on by, y'all!Best to all, Patrick Gambill-Read
Ms. Michel Shoemaker has left a new comment: If Rob (Bob) Radaker gets back onto this blog site, I'm Wayne's daughter. I've heard about you for many years, and it would be great to hear from you to see how you are doing now. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com contact us at the same house dad grew up in on Muntz Ave.
Jim Rivers!!!!! I was wondering where you were. Rick D, Gary M and I were always wondering what happened to you
I've been reading this blog for a while and decided to jump in with a comment. I grew up in Butler and graduated from BHS in '71. I haven't been back since my dad died in 1999 (mom died in 1992), he worked for Nationwide, wrote an outdoor column for the Butler Eagle and acted in plays at the Little Theatre. Reading this blog has really brought back some memories. I left Butler after graduation and except for visits haven't been back. I think I'm due for a visit, too bad I don't have any family in the area anymore.
Hi everyone. I grew up in Butler, Northvue, a great place to be a kid. Graduated in 1974, attended college in the state of Indiana, lived around the Midwest and settled in Wisconsin about 25 years ago. Have been a writer and magazine editor for the past 30 years. Used to visit Butler a few times a year until my mother passed away in 2007. Haven't been back since. Would like to return this summer to play golf with some old friends. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The BHS Class of 1952 will be holding a class reunion this coming August. The 52 class was the largest graduating class up to that time with 482 (+/- 2) members as I recall. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Butler Theater to accomodate all the participants. The graduation dance was at the Armory on a warm June night. Those were the days my friend....we thought they'd never end...
Deborah Korb - Graduated in 1973 from Butler High School, now living in Ohio. I miss McConnell's Mill and the lovely PA hills. email address is email@example.com. Love to hear from my classmates.
Hello all, I currently live in Butler with my wife and 2 kids. We recently bought the white house across from the library on North McKean. We haven't found the time to do lots of research yet, but we would love to learn more about the history of our house. I found this blog accidentally today while looking online for old photos of Butler. It looks like Joan Cheeseman grew up in my house, and we've heard that before (along with Barbara Feldon and Joan Caufield??). If anyone has any knowledge or information or photos they'd like to share with me, that would be great. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - Thanks!
Was wondering why there was no class of 79reunion this year (2009). Seems nobody wanted to take charge. If thats the case, if someone cares to help me out, I would be glad to do so. Lets have a belated reunion in 2010. Please let me know
I grew up in Butler and went to Institute Hill School (had Miss Goldblum as my teacher for both first and second grade - anyone remember Miss Holland?), graduated BHS in 1968. I remember Neighborhood Nights and sled-riding at Phillips Mansion. Easter egg hunts at Ritt's Park, and the moving Santa in Troutman's store window. I remember JFK's speech in front of the Nixon Hotel, and I have the recipe for the Hot Dog Shop's hot dog sauce! :)
Kathy___________?I also graduated in 1968, and have all those memories also that you spoke of. I would LOVE to have the recipe for the HOT DOG SAUCE. Care to share? email@example.com
Seeing the comment on 04/02/06 posted by Norman Saleet, I just had to post.In 1982 I was a junior in high school and remember the day that Norman came to visit. There was a news station there filming his arrival and the place was nuts, lol. It's nice to see that he has accomplished so much in his career!
Lived all my life in Butler until 5 years ago. I moved away and i love it ! I wished i moved away sooner. The only thing i missed in Butler was my family.
WHEN I WAS A KID IN BUTLER,I LOVED TO GO TO THE THEATER BUTLER ON JEFFERSON ST.ONE DAY IFELL ASLEEP IN THE SEAT.AT 3OCLOCK IN THE MORNING, I WOKE UP TO THE VOICE OF MY FATHER AND MANAGER.THEY HAD TO OPEN UP TO FIND ME.THEY CLOSE IT WITH ME IN THERE.IF I WOULD OF WOKE UP SOONER I WOULD OF DIED OF FEAR OF BEING ALONE. LOL THANK GOD.
First, I would like to dedicate a token of my appreciation to this dilapidated shithole of a town. If the prison is the nicest building in Butler, that really doesn't say a whole lot now for the rest of the town now does it? Especially since there's already a jail there not even a foot from the courthouse...why build another one? Oh I know, to rape all the other innocent taxpayers out there that work. Or that have been harassed, victimized, and incarcerated by the crooked system out there. Thats right, I said it. CROOKED. Let me tell you a little about myself, and a little bit about my involvement with this disgusting excuse for even a county. I have been in the PA Nat'l Guard for 6 years. I am a veteran of Iraq, I served there from 08' to 09'. I've graduated for my BS in Criminal Justice. My service to my country is something the court system can't even honor, even though I had a DUI the year before while I was attending school somewhere closeby. In 2007 out there I picked up my 2nd DUI...I ordinarily reside nowhere near Butler, I was pretty new to the area at that time. Even after serving my country, I still got a cruel sentence from Butler over a crime that happened over 3 years ago, long before I served over in Iraq. Lately I get innuendos all the time about how much of a drunk I am, even though I honorably trained and served in a dry, non-alcoholic theatre, under federal title-10 orders which demanded us to restrain from the use of any kind of alcohol. I've done my time, and Butler wants me to do more. u know what I say? When shit hits the fan it'll be the National Guard that gets called up to help you corrupt, power-hungry assholes. You go head and incarcerate people that have done well to turn their fucking lives around, paid all their fines, and have done their duty to serve their community to repent for their crimes. Thats why Butler looks like a ghost town, because they incarcerate everyone in it!I believe karma will turn around on Butler someday, and I pray that god would have mercy on the souls of those running Butler. Thats all I have to say.
P Hopbell...Have you been in contact with Bill?
I would like to tell you about a great event which I attended last summer in Butler. I am now 83 years old and had never attended a reunion of my High School Class. Last year was the 65th and my brother convinced me to go. I went and never enjoyed myself more. I saw friends now in their 80's which were 17 when I had last seen them. All barriers were down. No more pretense, just warmth and friendship. I will try to go next year for the 66th. When I was 13, I caddied there and could not go in even through the back door. Now, I went in through the front. We've come a long way baby.
I consider myself to be a Butlerite although my stay there was only 6 months. I was born at 320 E. Locust St. At the same time that I reached that age my dad got a job with U.S. Steel in the state of Indiana. All of his relatives and my mother's were from Butler.(There were many.) As I grew up we went back every year and I even ate hot dogs from the Sandwich Shop so I got to know the city pretty well. I do have a question that is not important but I just wonder. There was a diner in town in the 30's that was directly across the street from a 2 story house that was occupied on both floors by unrelated relatives of mine. My grandmother, Florence and her daughter, Naomi both worked at the diner. I believe the building next to their home was the telephone company bldg. I'm just curious as to what street the diner was on. I check out Butler now and then on Google. Thanks for any info if someone remembers.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and contributing to this Blog. It certainly has been a walk down memory lane. I enjoyed using Google maps to look at our old homes both in the city and out in Center Township. It is sad that so many contributors feel unhappy about growing up or living in the Butler area. Believe me, there are places that make Butler look like heaven on Earth. Then, I grew up in the 50's when both economic conditions and social norms were better. The weather was lousy all winter but nice the rest of the year. I spent many days walking to school or waiting for the school bus in subzero temperatures. Living in Florida for many years I now go into hibernation when the temp drops below 50 F. Remember those kids I grew up with at various times: Barbara DeMatt, Jimmy and Nancy Verlato, Richard Schaeffer and Doug DeWard in the city. Andy Thompson, Jimmy Green, Buzzy Hull, Bob McGarvey, Craig Miller, Bob Palmer and Dave McCann in the township. And probably most of all, the Daum clan; Johnny, Margaret, Butch and Billy. Haven't been back in years but thanks to your blog I rember my childhood which unfortunately is over a half century ago.
I also grew up in the 50'sand 60's in Butler and it was a great place to live. now I live in so Fl and cant wait till the snow is gone to visit Butler again and do more history searching
The diner you are talking about has to be Dight's Diner. The original telephne building was across the street. Both were located at the corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets.
I was born in and adopted away from Butler on October 24, 1959. Since the state seals all such records, all I could find was that my surname would have beeen Nixon.Can anyone help me to find out what my medical history might be? Now, in my 50's it is becoming VERY important!
My bad, full name would have been Stephen Jeffrey Nixon.
Thank You anonymous for your entry on May 24,2011. The diner that you identified as Dights is certainly the one I asked about. Two of my relatives were employed there at one time and I believe they may have been the owners. It was many years ago and I was probably about 10 years old. Thanks again.
Yes, Bill Morgan bought out Dight's Diner and opened his first diner there. He was 21.
I am a native of Delaware. However, I lived on Hanson Avenue between Rudy's & Smolen's from 1961-1963. My mother was a Riviter at Pullman, Betty Ross. My stepfather, John Narabetski, a Heater at Armco. I graduated from BAHS in 1963.R. Cooper Moor
I love this site. It is wonderful reading about everyone and where they are now. My name is Nancy I grew up on N Monroe St.... My mother was a crossing guard at First and Brady Sts for many years. I have many memories of many places... Inn Confectionary,Center Dairy at Monroe and Pearl Sts, Fergusons, Ruth Ann Bakery Vero's on Elm St. Monroe Hotel, Oh my what a wonderful neighborhood I lived in. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
DUI...that explains it pretty well!!! you have many issues ...get help quick!!! PLEASE!
Are you referring to a commment of July, 9, 2010 concerning DUI?
Just found this Blog, and I will definitely be a regular. For now, though, just a few quick comments.....Although the original Hot Dog Shoppe is no longer there, a new place in the Greater Butler Mart has opened called The Dog Shoppe. They have the same Hot Dogs and original sauce, and even serve the orange gravy on the fries! Trivia, but true Butlerites are happy to have that back. :)Also, Butler may have its'problems as most all cities do, this is still an excellent place to live and work. The health care here is second to none, we have the Butler County Community College, a variety of cultural opportunities....just to mention a few. Business may have moved outside of town to malls and retail giants, but we still thrive.
Graduated in '69. I am a retired teacher, and still a goalball coach. We, wife of 37 years and I live in WV. Kids are grown and doing well and we have one grandson.Still have a buddy or two in Butler, but I don't miss it.Signed, D.
Some of the "old timers" might remember Alice Johnston who was Butler City Clerk for many years until her retirement (early 1980's).We recently visted her in Florida.She is still sharp but uses a walker.Her husband, Bill is not very well. Her son, Doug is with her now to help out.She remebers Butler fondly and all the old friends.
I remember buying baseball cards at the Viaduct Market for ten cents.
Our class of 1960 was the last one to graduate from the "Red Brick Building" on North Street. I lived in the West End and walked to school up Pearl Street to Washington St to Loblaw's and cut up through though the parking lot on Main Street, through Thompson'sFuneral Home lot to the school. The kids who drove circled the block in front of the H. S.In the days of open lunch hour we descended on the Hot Dog Shop or Portman Dairy or just got donuts at a bakery. After school we stopped at Trader's Music Store on North Street and listened to records in the little booths, walked through Standard Motors showroom at the corner of Brady St. and stopped at Isley's for a skyscraper cone.
Alice Shoemaker Johnston and her family lived next door to my grandmother. Her brother was my dad's best man. I think one of her sons graduated with me. Have photos of her daugthers that were taken when they were younger. Glad to hear she is still as sharp as ever. My friend interviewed her once for a project and told me that she knew more as the City Clerk than the mayor did.
Hey Anonymous from July 2010, post your garbage somewhere else. Ease up on the DUI's and you might not have such a bad taste in your mouth. Even the military has idiots.
Hello. I m not sure but i may have known you in knoch. I m kelly murin
I wish ever one would get rid of negative attitudes. This country is in such a sad state and we have no one to blame those with such hatred. Just learn to get along and appreciate how hard your parents worked to get you what they could. It may have not been the top of the line but they tried. I had nothing but I had my friends, my beliefs and my humor and I got along with everone. I thank my parents trough prayers every night for what they did for me. They gave me life.
Anyone who graduated in the January or June Class of 1945 from Butler High School, please email Guy Travaglio email@example.comThe class would like to organize a lunch reunion sometime in August 2013. Let us know if you are interested.
There is an interesting map of 1896 Butler here http://www.loc.gov/resource/g3824b.pm007430/
I was born in Harmony, raised in Meridian and Butler. Graduated from BHS in 1958. Moved to Texas in the Air Force and stayed. Got married to a Texas gal in 1965, had 2 boys and now have 6 grandchildren, 5 boys and a girl. They keep you young. Got back to Butler in 09 to bury my mother and aunt who were living with us at the time of their deaths.Enjoyed seeing Butler again.
I GREW UP IN BUTLER COUNTY . IM 51. MY FAMILY WAS IN BUTLER COUNTY SINCE THE MID 1800S, STARTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY 1780. I REMEMBER GOING TO BUTLER AS A CHILD WITH MY GRANDPARENTS A LOT. I REMEMBER THE DINER, THE HOT DOG SHOPPE, THE LIBRARY AND MANY THINGS ABOUT BUTLER. I HAVE HEARD HOW MUCH IT CHANGED SINCE I GRADUATED BUTLER HIGH IN 1982, I WAS LIVING MY LAST 2 YEARS IN PA. ON CECELIA ST. A SMALL STREET DOWN THE HILL FROM THE HOSPITAL, BUT UP THE HILL NOT TOO FAR OF A WALK FROM THE LIBRARY. I SNUCK INTO MARTINS AND VEROS BAR A COUPLE TIMES WITH SOMEONE AND HAD A DRINK OR TWO.. I DID LEAVE IN DEC 1982. I HAD NO ECONOMIC FUTURE AT THE TIME IN PA. I WOULD HAVE STAYED OTHERWISE. I WENT WEST THEN IN 1989 JOINED THE ARMY AND RETIRED AFTER 22 YEARS. I HAVENT BEEN BACK SINCE 2008 WHEN I WENT BACK TO VISIT MY GRANDPARENTS GRAVE, ON AN R&R TRIP FROM IRAQ I DO HAVE A LOT OF BUTLER MEMORIES.
Love this blog! So many great memories of Butler and the surrounding area. Both my father and mother's families are natives of Butler. I was born there in 1954 and lived in Butler and Meridian until 66. We moved to Virginia where I have lived most of the rest of my life other than some time in the Marine Corps. I now live in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley and as proof that it's a small world, a woman who was in my 5th and 6th grade classes in Butler lives down here about 30 minutes away. Unfortunately time doesn't stand still and I know Butler has changed quite a bit since the 60s, but I can recall in the 60s my parents talking about how much it had changed since the 40s and 50s. It was a terrific place to grow up and I will always consider myself a Butler kid.
Hello, my name is Darlene Nevel. I lived the first 5 years of my life in Butler. I found out a few years ago that I was adopted, my whole early life was kind of a mystery. I live in Burbank, California and I'm trying to find any information about my birth or adopted family. My mother hated Butler and would not talk about it. If anyone recognizes any of these names or has information, please contact me. Names....Stover, Nevel, Krampert.Thank you.
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