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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Diamond Square ~ 1910

A postcard written to C.C. Boyer on September 8, 1909. Mr. Boyer was the general contractor in the building of the original Wayne St. Viaduct.

Photos: Barbara Bloom
[Granddaughter of C.C. Boyer]
Mr. Boyer on the right.
[below] Mr. Boyer in the back seat.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Tribute from Butler, Pa. ~

23 November 1963

Grief came flooding in
over every hill,
down all our streets
right into the heart of town,
the day the President was shot,
insisting that he lie in state
here with us
for three days and nights,
until they came
with a caisson,
behind which
a veiled mourner
with children walked,
taking him as we watched
out across the viaduct
and on up over
our steepest hill
until we lost them
from sight.

Then silence hung long over our town
until the morning the rains ceased
when we woke to sun
breaking through dark clouds,
and looking up we saw gently rippling Vs
against the emblazoned sky
and heard flocks of wild geese
calling down to us
to rise up, to carry on.

With spirits gladdened
we set to removing flowers
and the portraits they honored
from off the streets,
candles and lamps were gathered
from curbs and fences
and then we stripped the trees
of those long black ribbons
that during those days of grief
had been fluttering in the breeze. -

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

BHS Football Results ~ 2010

                                                           Photo: goldentornedosports.net
BHS 00 [L] - New Castle 25
BHS 00 [L] - North Allegheny 48
BHS 14 [L] - Canon-McMillan 19
BHS 07 [L] - Pine Richland 35
BHS 06 [L] - Shaler 30
BHS 00 [L] - North Hills 34
BHS 00 [L] - Mars 40
BHS 13 [L] - Erie McDowell 42
BHS 17 [L] - Seneca Valley 41

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Alva Hill ~ Butler Architect

Ralph Burt, Dick Rittelmann, John Kosar and Alva Hill 

Alva Hill [right] was the founder founder of the Butler architecture firm, Burt,Hill. He started with the firm in 1952, along with Ralph Burt. Although Burt-Hill is now a multinational firm (and is being acquired later this year by a Canadian firm), the largest office still is in Butler, employing roughly 150 people here.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hill was an accomplished pilot fighting in World War II flying a P51 Mustang fighter plane. Consequentially, Mr. Hill met Mr. Burt during the war and returned to their hometown of Butler to make architectural history.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

The Butler Theater ~

The Butler Warner Theater on Jefferson Street was torn down [1960] to make room for PNC's drive-through bank.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Old Butler ~ Excavation ~ Preserving ~

They tore down the old Army-Navy Store to make a parking lot for Young's Funeral Home across the street and this is what we see now on the side of the building.
Photo: Dick Vernon
Preserving and beautifying. September 2010
Photo: Bob Orsborn

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Lowrie/Shaw House ~ Behind the Court House

This house was built by Walter Lowrie, Butler's United States senator, in 1828. The house and its furnishings were bequeathed to the Butler Historical Society in 1986, by Isabelle Shaw, a descendent of the Sullivan family, owners of the house since 1839.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Skyway Drive-in Theater ~

In the 1950s this was a hit, especially for teen-agers.
Read reminiscences of Bob Osborn BHS '58.
Photo: American Classic Images

Back in the 1950's Butler Co. had six Drive-in Theaters, Chicora Drive-in (Rt 268), Geibel's Drive-in (Rt 68 East), Hill Top Drive-in (Rt 68 East), Skyway Drive-in (Rt 68 West), Sunset View Drive-in (Freeport Hill) and the Pioneer Drive-in (Rt 8 North).

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pullman Park ~

Pullman Park, built in 1934, was used for minor league baseball for twenty years until the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team left in 1951. The ballpark saw many famous faces during its professional baseball days, including Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, and Joe DiMaggio who played for a farm team of the New York Yankees.
As of 2009 Pullman Park is the home of the Butler Blue Sox.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

The Piper Cub crash near Butler is only to show you what can happen when something goes wrong - the pilot did not survive.
- Don Carlson

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

RAY ANDRE GENERAL TIRE - A picture I took for advertising purposes with Ray (standing) showing the new snow tires to a potential customer (actually my close friend Vin Cooper who I persuaded to pose for the pix).
- Don Carlson

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

REFRESHMENT STAND - located at the Butler County Fair in 1940. (Don worte: "I can provide more info. if you are interested in it.")
- Don Carlson

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

TROUTMAN'S DEPARTMENT STORE -  a picture of the newly remodeled young women's department c.1940 taken for an advertisement in the local newspaper. The manager was Floyd Allen and my dad, Carl W. Carlson, was the credit manager. The 3 story and basement building is still standing on the corner of N. Main St. and W. Cunningham St.
- Don Carlson

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Photographer Don Carlson ~ BHS '38

BUTLER AIRPORT - small planes lined up at the old Butler Airport which was located along New Castle Road just across from Deshon Hospital and is now the location for a shopping center. Bob Headland was one of the early promoters of aviation in the Butler area. (I flew in and out of this airport and Pgh/Butler airport in the early 40s before enlisting in the Air Corps.)
- Don Carlson

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Old Terrace Drive-In ~

This is all that is left of the Old Terrace Drive-in, 5 miles north of Butler on Route 8.
Photo: Dewayne Johnson

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

William J. Perry ~ BHS '45

William Perry, former Secretary of Defense, in Butler's Bicentenial parade.
March 12, 2000
[Photo: Paul Johnson]

Monday, May 03, 2010

Brian Minto ~ Onward, Upward

Titles Held
WBO NABO Heavyweight Title (2009)
Pennsylvania Heavyweight Title (2008)
WBA Fedecentro Heavyweight Title (2007-2009)West Virginia Heavyweight Title (2004)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rube Waddell ~ Famous Butler Pitcher

Rube Waddell: Butler’s Outrageous Southpaw
By Eric D. Duchess

A biographical sketch of the eccentric left-handed pitcher from Prospect who is the only Butler County baseball player in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

This book received the Freedom Foundation Award in 1997.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Athletic Butler ~

In 1979 nearly 1,000 runners competed in the annual 10,000 meter Road Race.
Click picture to enlarge.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Richard Strange ~ Butler County Symphony Conductor

†December 2009

Richard Strange was conductor for the Butler symphony from 1965 to 1974. He was our third permanent conductor.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cooper Cabin ~

Built by the Cooper family around 1810, the cabin was an original county homestead. It was enlarged after the Civil War and family descendants remained in the cabin until 1963.
It is located 9 miles south of Butler on Cooper Road near Cabot off Route 356.