We could be a happy class back in 1963 and today we are all grown up and have children of our own. We want you to know we are mourning for yours. Our hearts share your sadness. St. Paul School, Fifth Grade. [See comment 8 for list of pupils.]
The caption reads: Stopping Time — Time on the landmark clock in front of the Pittsburgh National Bank building on Main Street stopped at 10:36 a.m. on August 8, 1968 when it was hit by a truck. Bank oficials said they planned to see if the 47-year-old toppled timepiece was repairable. Looking over the clock is Kandy Neudorfer of Pittsburgh National.~ Butler Eagle
Dottie Randolph had about 300 youngsters crossing at her intersection at First and Brady Streets. She also worked intersections on Jefferson Street and Chestnut Street. Butler children, now grown-ups, thank her still. [Photo: Butler Eagle]
Icon to be razed Hot Dog Shop coming down By Sandy Pontius
Eagle Staff Writer The Hot Dog Shop building, that icon of downtown Butler from 1912 to 2004, is to be knocked down on Wednesday. The demolition is set to start on Aug. 29, 2012 at 8 a.m., and will include the Reiber Building next door. The buildings, which have a 101-107 S. Main St. address, face Jefferson Street. Ken Reilly Demolition, Mars, will do the work. The demolition will make space for the craft beer brewers known as Butler Brew Works, which will be housed in the former Eckerd Drugs red brick building that faces Main Street. Eventually, the entrepreneurs plan to build a patio on the Hot Dog Shop site. “That is our intention, and maybe putting in a bocci ball or cornhole court,” said Greg Deal, a Brew Works partner. “We’re getting there slowly but surely.” Cedar Street, an alley that runs parallel to Main Street behind the Reiber Building, will be closed intermittently during the demolition, said John Evans, Butler zoning officer. Cedar Street will be used as a staging area, he said. After the demolition is completed, work on the Main Street building will begin, including roof, plumbing, heating and air conditioning improvements, Deal said. Although an end-of-year opening was planned, Deal said that is “optimistic.” It’s more likely the tap room will be open by spring 2013, he said. “The earlier we can get open the better,” Deal said. The group recently bought a 10-barrel brewing system that can produce more than 1,200 barrels of beer annually, based on a two-week production cycle. The Brew Works then must be 90 days away from opening to apply for a liquor license, Deal said. “Basically, you have to have everything set in stone,” he said. The Brew Works partners are Deal and Nick Fazzoni, both of Butler, Travis Tuttle of Bridgeville and Paul Hytla of Pittsburgh. They bought the quarter-acre parcel in January and auctioned off memorabilia from the Hot Dog Shop in the last two weeks of May to help pay for the demolition. They sold Hot Dog Shop coffee tokens, menus and signs. from the Butler Eagle
Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, who grew up in Butler, oversees the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons. He is the deputy administrator for defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He sees to the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile and the readiness to test and develop new warheads, if required.
Prolific author of novels, stories, and memoirs, Chester Aaron was born in 1923 in a Butler. He saw combat in World War II, and was with the troops that liberated Dachau. Following publication of his first novel in 1967, he was an x-ray technician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA. Later he joined the faculty at Saint Mary’s College. Over the last twenty-five years, he has become known worldwide for the ninety varieties of exotic garlic he grows on his farm in Sonoma County.
Nestled on E. Locust Street between Elm and Monroe Streets near Butler Catholic (St. Paul's) School, Vero's Bar was a staple on the east side of Butler for over 50 years. Fred Vero, not the one that was Mayor in the late 1970's, but his grandfather, received one of the first liquor licenses in Butler County after prohibition was repealed in 1933. A section of the front of their home was enclosed, and a local bar was born. This establishment spanned three generations of Veros. Fred's two sons, Sam (and wife Sis) and Leonard (Hank) operated it for many years, the Sam's son Fred (also not the mayor from the late 1970's) ran it until it closed in the late 1980's.
This church located on East Jefferson Street was established in 1818 and building of the church was begun in 1895. Andrew Carnegie presented an organ, said to be the last one given by him as an outright donation.