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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Knights of Columbus ~

Knights of Columbus
On North Street across from the Junior High School 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunday, December 01, 2013


Photo: Paul Johnston Jr. 
The old Troutman Department Store is now a motorcycle shop.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Glenn Crytzer ~ BHS '99

Glenn Crytzer is guitarist and composer. His first full orchestral piece “Nocturne Fantasy” was performed in 2005. His Blue Rhythm Band is a 13 piece dance band which focuses on the music of the late 1920′s through the early 1940′s. and his Syncopators are a jazz band dedicated to the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Thompson Funeral Home ~

Founded by the Thompson brothers, 
R. Glenn Thompson and Dean D. Thompson 
in 1927.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Armco Bar ~

Two bars and lunch rooms across the street from the plant's main gate on Standard Avenue. They were very busy after shift change. They were removed during the war years. The one on the left was owned by the Paganelli family. 
Thanks: Barbara Bloom

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Junior High School Auditorium ~

So many memories of great things happening here. 
Photo:  Barbara Bloom

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monday, October 07, 2013

BHS Friday Night Football ~ 2013

                                      BHS Football Scores
     Won 1 -- Lost 8

08/30 BHS 03 [L] – Seneca Valley 28
09/06 BHS 38 [W] – Shaler 27
09/13 BHS 19 [L] - Pine Richland 49
09/20 BHS 00 [L] - North Hills 49
09/27 BHS 03 [L] - North Allegheny 58
10/04 BHS 00 [L] -  Upper St. Clair    37
10/11 BHS 07 [L] -  Hempfield Area   42
10/18 BHS 17 [L] -  Fox Chapel      49
10/18 BHS 00 [L] -  Central Catholic  55

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Penn Theater ~

Photo: Paul Johnson Jr. 
Renovation had begun, then the project was dropped. 

Monday, August 05, 2013

Norman Saleet ~ Musician

Songwriter, guitarist and actor

Norman Saleet

was born in Butler. He began playing guitar at age 15. With his brother Michael Jr. he formed the band Good Family in 1973.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mayor Margaret Stock ~ BHS '69

Mayor Maggie Stock
 brought to public office the values and wisdom she learned in our small town, and recently she shared some of that inspiration by releasing a volume of poetry inspired by Butler. 

Life in a Small Town” contains 21 poems.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

First United Methodist Church ~

The First Methodist Episcopal Church was established as the head of the Butler Circuit in 1825. The congregation’s first church was built in 1827 on West Wayne. The congregation moved to its current location in 1874, with this church being built in 1904. It is now the First United Methodist Church. 

The Rev. Johnnie David Panther died on Sunday, May 26, 2013. 
He was 56.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Judge John H. Brydon ~ Slippery Rock HS '48

† May 2011
Judge Brydon practiced law in Slippery Rock and Butler from 1959-82 and served as district attorney from Butler County from 1964-82. He then served as Common Pleas Judge for Butler County from 1982 until 2005.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Synagogue ~ Congregation B’nai Abraham

April 20, 2012

A memorable observance of 
Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day.
They hosted Holocaust survivor and former “hidden child”, Ms. Shulamit Bastacky who related her tale of survival in World War II in Poland, where she was sheltered by a righteous gentile. Her message was drawn from her own experiences.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

North Main Street Residence ~

Home of John Berg on North Main Street around 1967, was just above the Butler Towers Apartments.

Photo: Dave Miller

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Capitol Theater ~

Spent our Saturday afternoons here. 10 cents. We loved it.
[Now the Brick House restaurant]

At the turn of the last century, the two properties that The Brick House now occupies, housed vaudeville theaters. The Lyric Theater occupied the space where the main bar and dining areas are today. The Capitol Theater is above the game room / banquet room. In the 1940's the Capitol was converted into one of Butler's five movie houses. Legend has it that Houdini performed and Herbert Hoover campaigned there sometime along it's storied history. Movie house records, found in the rafters, indicate that hundreds came to see movies on a nightly basis.

The Capitol Theater is still intact today on the second floor. In the early 1970's the Capitol side of the building was purchased and renovated into a restaurant by The Eat 'n Park Corp. where it remained until it's late 70's move to New Castle Road. Their renovation carefully protected the key elements of the Capitol Theater thus preserving this Historic site.
from: brickhousebutler.com 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Colonel Ike Scanlon ~

Photo and Question
Thanks: Bill May
Greetings Charles:
I wonder if you could place the attached picture of Colonel Ike Scanlon (real name was Michael Scanlon) on your blog. He was a train announcer for the B & O Railroad, but most people would remember him as selling newspapers at the corner of Main and Jefferson by the Hot Dog Shop. He left Butler in 1936 to move with his wife to Baldwin, Kansas. He was quite the well-known celebrity in Butler and even had his own orchestra "The Star Orchestra". He ran the miniature railroad at Alameda Park and was the first to sell souvenirs at the amusement park.
-- Bill May

Saturday, January 26, 2013

James Bashline ~ BHS '36

† 2008
Jimmy Bashline was Butler's sign painter for many years. He also created a superb model circus.