Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
A memory of the TW Philips gas company for me was when the rates went through the roof in the late 70's (before deregulation). My mother went to the bank and got 300 brand new $1 bills, pulled the wrappers off and paid the bill with them. In hindsight I feel bad for the lady that had to count them
It was 1960 and a college student was able to earn enough money in the summer to pay for the next two semesters. I was fortunate to be hired that summer by Mr. Ben Phillips. There were three other college students working that summer. Our main jobs were to clear brush from the pipelines and to locate and patch leaks in the pipeline. I learned a lot about the character of my fellow man that summer. The lessons were mostly good . I recall that I had to pick up my weekly paycheck in the building pictured. It was a grand structure. I will always be grateful for the opportunity the Phillips Company of 1960 offered me. I feel guilty that I never thanked Mr. Phillips.
In the late 1950s I can remember traveling with my grandmother from the top of Center Avenue on a city bus downtown to Butler to pay her bills. We would walk to the telephone company and pay her phone bill and then walk down to the Phillips building to pay the gas bill. I remember going in side and the lady sat behind the cage like in the bank. Too a Young boy the building seemed magnificent. It must be well constructed cause it's been there it seems like forever .
The building was designed by the renowned architect Benno Jansen. He is best known for monumental buildings such as the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (1911), the Masonic Temple (1915 - now Alumni Hall of the University of Pittsburgh), William Penn Hotel (1916 and again in 1928), Mellon Institute (1937), the Longue Vue Club (1923), Rolling Rock Club and Stables (1928 - near Ligonier, Pennsylvania), the T.W. Phillips Gas & Oil Company (Butler, Pennsylvania), the Keystone Athletic Club (1929 - now Lawrence Hall of Point Park University), and the Washington Crossing Bridge (Pittsburgh), also called the 40th Street Bridge (1924).
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