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Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Diehl Baking Co ~

The Diehl Baking Co in Butler, Pa. started on May 20, 1910 and built the present building at the corner of Monroe and Center Ave in 1914. The business was sold to Mr. Chantler in 1940. The bakery continued in business till 1949. [Isaly's next door]
Photo: Dave Craig

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I swear I remember Chandler's in the early 70's There was an entrance on the side off of Monroe Street in the alley. Maybe I am wrong. Anybody Help?

Anonymous said...

If you watch the Butler 1940 DVD you can see the Diehl Bakery in action and I do know it later became Chandler's.

Pat G said...

I know for sure they were in business thru the late 60's. I believe into the 70's also. I've taken a series of photos during the recent demolition.

Anonymous said...

Are there Butler DVD's still for sale and if so how can i get them??

Anonymous said...

If you live in Butler you can get them in the building next to Cicco's Taylor's. This is directily across from the City Building.

If you live out of town you can order them online at Butler1940.com

Moonshiner said...

ChanTler, not ChanDler.

Anonymous said...

Would the Diehl's of Diehl automotive be related to the Diehl's that had this bakery?

Joe Mancino said...

I remember Diehl's Bakery very well. Those of us who lived on the southside in the 40's and later can recall that once, (and sometimes twice, a week you could go to the bakery and get a very large box of bread and pastries for .50 cents for a very large box. These were the products that were left over after the truck runs and then sold in boxes. You had to stand in line and almost fight for them..but they were worth it. It was a great treat and a great memory. Does anyone else remember this?

Anonymous said...

I thought there was several Butler DVD's that could be purchased ? I remember about 6 years ago someone advertising about this. Does anyone know about these? I live out of state and want to buy these. Thanks

Bill Goethe - Phoenix, AZ said...

It's nice to hear all of the wonderful comments about the Diehl Bakery.

Philip Diehl was my great grandfather and our generation all grew up hearing fascinating stories about the bakery and the Butler area.

It was my grandfather, Carl Diehl, who taught me to cook when I was very little - and the reason I pursue culinary arts as my main hobby today.

ghs said...

I spent a summer working for the school district food service while in college in the early 60s. At that time the bakery was out of business. The school district used the basement of the bakery building for bulk storage. I recall a 30s era Dodge delivery truck stored in the basement.

Anonymous said...

My uncle worked there in the '50s and every Saturday afternoon he would bring us bread from there. Ummm...it was so good, I can still taste it; I especially loved the crusts. I also remember driving past there and smelling that wonderful smell (or was that my imagination??).

Anonymous said...

The DVD from Butler1940.com includes all the footage from the 1940 filming of Butler by a movie company. You may be thinking of the VHS version of this same footage that was available a number of years ago.

Susan said...

I loved the aromas. I was born in 1943 and lived on the Southside. I remember Chantlers well so I would think it had to be there longer than 1949. Peggy Lee bakery was just up the street on Monroe Street also. Maybe I am mixing the two up?

gpoole said...

Chantler bakery was in business in the early 60's and Pegggy Lou bakery was just up the street right across from my house.We use to sit on the steps of Center Ave School about every night.We would go over to the bakery and buy day old bread and then head to Isaly's and buy chipped ham, about .25 cents worth could feed 3 of us

Anonymous said...

THEY JUST TORE THAT OLD BUILDING DOWN...IT'S GONE NOW.

Anonymous said...

My Dad, Edgar Engle, was the Baker at Chantlers in the late ´50s until they closed in the late ´60s. As I recall, NABISCO was buying up all the small bakeries in the Pittsburgh and Butler County areas causing Chantlers to close. Pullman Bread (Cellophane wrapped) was a staple at every school lunch. And yes, you could buy day-old bread and pastry at the small shop at the end of the garage - always smelled of bread and gasoline fumes.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that the building was used for anon-denominational religious services during the early 1980's. It was known as THE LAMB'S RESTING PLACE.

gpoole said...

I knew Edgar Engle.I was friends with Fred,Denny and Roger

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember "Delatoes" Bakery{spelling may be wrong}.It
was located on the corner of Cliff
and Center under the Bridge.When my
father got off of "midnight"at
"the mill"he would stop there and
buy a loaf of "italian bread".I remember when he brought it home it would still be warm.

Anonymous said...

My spent a lot of time there when it was the LAMB'S RESTING PLACE coffee house. From bread to blessings of another sort!

Anonymous said...

The Isaly's Store is now Capco Paper Company

Anonymous said...

No connection to Diehl Automotive.

R. Radaker said...

Remember watching the sesqui centennial parade from the second floor of Chantler's in 1950. Been away since 1964. Was there much of a celebration for the bi centennial? I sure miss Butler.

Anonymous said...

Yes there was a huge parade but Mayor Shontz made them move it to the township. It didn't have the same feel as a downtown parade. There were not the events like the 1950 sesqucentenial. New age with TV, internet, 24 hour shopping.

Anonymous said...

My mother's sister Mary Johns married into the Diehl family who owned the bakery and I did the research for the book on the bakery

Dave Craig said...

Bill Goethe, I am related to Mary Johns who married John Diehl. I also did the research of the bakery.Jack Diehl is my cousin

Anonymous said...

Didn't Mr. Diehl work for Civil War veteran Casper Sherman who had Sherman's Bakery. Did Mr. Diehl buy the bakery from Casper Sherman and then build the new building?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Diehl did work for Sherman Baking and left there and built his own bakery

Anonymous said...

Where was the Sherman Bakery Located

Anonymous said...

Casper Sherman was my great grandfather and the bakery (now torn down) was on Center Street I believe in the 200 block. There is a copy of a Sherman Bakery ad in the Butler history book.

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for the glimpse into the history of the Diehl Baking Company. I'm researching the history of a porcelain on steel store sign for Diehl's Bread, which I'm listing on eBay the first week of June, 2011. Thanks again.

Janet Martin said...

Ralph Chantler Sr was my grandfather. So sorry to here the building was demolished. My father Ralph Jr passed away this past February. Loved to read more memories of the bakery. Janet Chantler Martin

Anonymous said...

My father, George Steffler worked for Diehl's and Chantlers's as a bread delivery man until his death in 1963. Went I was young I would get up at 4 in the morning and he would drive over a 100 miles delivering bread. Their potato bread was the best bread in the world. Sure do miss it. Good memories.

Anonymous said...

Does anytone remember the name of the small bakery just before Diehl's on Monroe Street.

gpoole said...

The bakery on Monroe St above Chantler bakery was Peggy Lou Bakery.I lved across the street

BLiSs said...

My mother was Mary M. Diehl, married to Phillip John Diehl. The Diehl Bakery was co-owned by my Grandfather. My mother just died last December 17th, 2013 at the age of 97.

BLiSs said...

My Grandfather, his brother and sister were the owners. My father grew up working at the bakery.

BLiSs said...

Philip Diehl was my grandfather. Carl was my Great Uncle and their sister was my Great Aunt Carrie. My father was Rev. Phillip John Diehl. I loved my Grandmother very much as she was so kind hearted and cheerful. I have a DVD of the Diehl Bakery as well as a birthday for Grandmother Diehl. I was not yet born. It is fascinating to see everyone. But also, because my father died at age 40, this old film is the only reference I have for seeing my father moving instead of being in a photo.

BLiSs said...

Jack Diehl is my brother and Dave Craig my cousin. There are 5 of us Diehl siblings, offspring of Mary M. Johns and Rev. Phillip John Diehl. Thanks to our cousin David Craig we know so much of our Diehl family for his research. Thank you, David!

radcliffe said...

I have a diehl bakers co display case

Anonymous said...

I remember Ralph Chantler Sr. I used to visit him in his office. Must have been 1960/1961 time frame. My dad worked there. We visited him and his wife in his home. I think the house must have been out on rte 356 or possibly near to Mcquistion school area. It was long ago and I was 6 or 7! Pullman white sliced bread was made there and sent to all the school cafeterias. I think Nabisco conglomerate caused their collapse.