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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oesterling & Son ~

A  tremendous storehouse with railroad siding. 
Thanks: Gayle Barnett Radwanski

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gasoline Station ~

Gasoline Station was at the corner of Jefferson and Washington Streets. In the background - Young's Funeral home. 
Photo: Arnie Macko

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In a Cave in the Netherlands ~

Photo and Comment: Dan Roxbury
While in the Netherlands recently I visited the Velvet Cave. During WWII the cave, where I found this soldier's name, had been used as a shelter for the public and also by American Troops. Many soldiers have inscribed their names in this sandstone cave. I knew about this prior to visiting the cave and had been looking to spot where the soldiers wrote their names. The first thing I spotted was "S F Henry Butler PA". At first glance, I thought this was possibly my grandfather Henry Dottle from Butler PA. I was blown away because Butler PA is where I grew up, and I saw it written 2 more times. This was by far the highlight of my trip! I know my Grandfather was actively serving in Europe in 1945 when most of the names were written inside the cave. I will always wonder if he had been there or if he knew the other men from Butler who were. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Kellar's Grocery Store ~

Also famous for the Mail Pouch sign.
From: The Outskirts of Suburbia 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Kelly Automotive Park ~ Baseball ~ Pullman Park Renamed

I was really impressed by the beauty of the ballpark.
Photo and comment: Barbara Bloom
[In January 2014 the naming rights of Pullman Park were sold to Kelly Automotive of Butler.]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BHS ~ Friday Night Football ~ 2014


08/29 BHS 10 [L] – Altoona - 28
09/05 BHS 31 [W] – Baldwin - 21
09/12 BHS 07 [L] - North Hills - 35
09/20 BHS 42 [W] - Shaler - 7
09/26 BHS 22 [L] - Seneca Valley - 29
10/03 BHS 00 [L] - North Allegheny - 21
10/10 BHS 10 [L] - Pine Richland - 48
10/17 BHS 00 [L] - Fox Chapel - 21
10/24 BHS 14 [L] - Central Catholic - 55

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Elm Court ~ The House We Never Saw

Benjamin D. Phillips, founder of the Phillips Gas and Oil Company, resided in this Tudor-Gothic mansion named Elm Court, one of America's most spectacular private homes. It was completed in 1931 by Benno Jannsen, a Pittsburgh architect. The mansion houses the famous Skinner Organ, Opus 783.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beautifying Butler ~ Mural

To the left at the corner of Washington and Jefferson Street you can see St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stoughton's Beach ~

This was a real treat for us as kids. There were cabins, too, that were for rent in the summer. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Troutman House ~ Moving Day

Photo: Carol Foster
Greetings Charles,
I would imagine that you are aware of the "happening" in Butler this morning. Just in case you haven't seen a picture, I thought I would provide one for you. This was taken first hand, this morning as the Troutman house crawled from Main Street to the new destination on N. McKean Street.
Carol Foster

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Worsley's ~ 87 years of service

Another regrettable closing. 
Everyone knew this storefront on Main Street. 

Photo: Barbara Bloom

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Milann Ruff Daugherty ~ BHS '64

Your Affectionate Son
by Milann Ruff Daugherty
When the Milann came across a box of yellowed letters in the bottom drawer of an old dresser, she discovered not only that the letters were all written by her great-great-uncle nearly one hundred and fifty years earlier but that they were a fascinating first-hand account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a young soldier.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Hot Dog Shop ~ A Longtime Butler Favorite

Out of business 
as of July 8, 2004

This is what we miss!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Covenant United Presbyterian Church ~

The oldest church building in Butler is also the city’s oldest congregation. The congregation began formally meeting at the Butler County Courthouse on 
April 7, 1813, with its current home being built in 1862.
Photo: Georgia Sawhook

Monday, July 07, 2014

Eastland Diner ~ Butler - Erie

Butler Photo: Randy Flowerday
Erie Photo: Barbara Bloom

We went to Erie yesterday and located the former Eastland Diner from Butler. It is now at the entrance to Presque Isle in Erie. It is on display, and walked inside to take pictures 
[click here].

Center Avenue ~

Thanks: Dave Craig

Saturday, July 05, 2014

William Manners~Butler Author~BHS '26

William Manners

† September 6, 1994
Editor, Biographer, Non-fiction Writer, Teacher, onetime boxer.
  • Father and the Angels. New York: Dutton, 1947.
  • Isn’t it a Crime? New York: Arc Books, 1947.
  • One Is a Lonesome Number. New York: Dutton, 1950.
  • Wake Up and Write. New York: Arc Books, 1962.
  • The Barking Cat Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Crying Schoolhouse Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Fifty-pound Giant Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • The Talking Pigeon Case. New York: P. Collier, 1963.
  • One, Two, three, Go. New York: Four Winds Press, 1967.
  • TR and Will: A Friendship that Split the Republican Party. New York: Harcourt, 1969
  • Patience and Fortitude: Fiorello LaGuardia: A Biography. New York: Harcourt, 1976.
  • The Quick and Easy Vegetarian Cookbook. (with Ruth Ann Mathers) New York: M. Evans, 1978. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Donald B. Carlson Sr. BHS '38

† 8 September 2010
Donald Carlson sent me some of the first pictures posted on the Butler Blog. As a tribute to him I have posted the pictures he sent me. Click the label Photographer Don Carlson below. -- Charles

After graduating from BHS Don Carlson worked as a newspaper photographer, while earning his private pilot's license. Anxious to join the service, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 7 July 1942. He served as a flight engineer for the 10th Weather Headquarters in the China-Burma-India Theater, flying over the Himalayan Mountains (The Hump) and throughout China, Japan and Korea. He was a member of the CBI/Hump Pilots Association and was a 50-year member of the Butler Masonic Lodge. Don served faithfully with Community Companion Volunteers, a program of Lutheran Home Services.