Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

Baltzer Meyer Historical Society We are local people preserving local history in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Our two major areas of focus are the history of Hempfield Township and the early settlers of Westmoreland County.
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Operating as usual

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12/18/2020
Demolition of old restaurant, hardware store in New Stanton makes way for construction

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The owners of a New Stanton hardware store are demolishing an iconic old restaurant building, intending to expand space for their tenants` businesses along Route 119. The building, best known for housing the former Garden Center Restaurant and Hepler`s Hardware, should be fully demolished by Tuesday...

With great sadness to post this information. Scott had shared many of his photos, historical documents and knowledge to ...
12/13/2020
Scott Ambrose Obituary (1958 - 2020) - Tribune Review

With great sadness to post this information. Scott had shared many of his photos, historical documents and knowledge to our society. We have preserved these items and are holding them for future generations. Thank you Scott for all the many donations you made to the local area. R.I.P.

View Scott Ambrose's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Greensburg's Main Street Memories
12/12/2020

Greensburg's Main Street Memories

A couple of the items in our collection being held for the future Plischke Memorial Museum, at the Baltzer Meyer Center.

12/11/2020

The Paul Miller Ruff Genealogy Library will be open Saturday Dec 12 from 10-3 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! This is the last Saturday we will be open to the public until April. This is our normal shutting down for the winter time. Weather permitting we may be open occasionally by reservation only. Please contact our librarian, Lori Myers ( [email protected] ) for further information.

More items in our collection of historical artifacts awaiting placement of these items in the future Plischke Memorial M...
12/10/2020

More items in our collection of historical artifacts awaiting placement of these items in the future Plischke Memorial Museum at the Baltzer Meyer Center.

From the Barnhart Family Files, no names , date or location. Here is one of the gems in our Family Files, it contains ne...
12/08/2020

From the Barnhart Family Files, no names , date or location.
Here is one of the gems in our Family Files, it contains near 2000 family names of Westmoreland county, each file has family information donated from other researchers from the past 25 years. Until we have enough volunteers to digitize this and thousands of others items, the only way to access these file are in person or to contact our researchers through our web page baltzermeyer.com. We are in need of volunteers or donations to digitize our huge collects.

Lincoln Highway Experience
12/07/2020

Lincoln Highway Experience

For #MuseumMonday we wanted to share a photo from our archives. Serro's Diner was the place to be, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Rumor had it, their pie was the best🥧☕

Photo from1892, notice there was no Baltzer Meyer Pike  at that time , th road from rt 136 was near th bottom of the val...
12/07/2020

Photo from1892, notice there was no Baltzer Meyer Pike at that time , th road from rt 136 was near th bottom of the valley to the right of this photo.

Map of W Pennsylvania Railroad line with train stations 1876.
12/05/2020

Map of W Pennsylvania Railroad line with train stations 1876.

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11/28/2020

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On 11/15/2020 at 2 PM, we will attempt to do a live Stream of a presentation of "Greensburg: Then and Now". Hope you tun...
11/15/2020

On 11/15/2020 at 2 PM, we will attempt to do a live Stream of a presentation of "Greensburg: Then and Now". Hope you tune in to take a trip thru Greensburg traveling on Pittsburgh St starting at the bottom of Toll Gate Hill to Shop-N Save on East Pittsburgh St on https://www.facebook.com/BaltzerMeyer .

Talk to them, ask them questions, record their stories, preserve their history, the future will love your efforts.
11/11/2020

Talk to them, ask them questions, record their stories, preserve their history, the future will love your efforts.

11/08/2020
A few more items from our collection being held for our future Plischke Memorial Museum at the Baltzer Meyer Center.
11/08/2020

A few more items from our collection being held for our future Plischke Memorial Museum at the Baltzer Meyer Center.

Photo of more Items from our collection being held for our future Plischke Memorial Museum at the Baltzer Meyer Center.
11/05/2020

Photo of more Items from our collection being held for our future Plischke Memorial Museum at the Baltzer Meyer Center.

Items in our collection can you identify some of them ?
10/24/2020

Items in our collection can you identify some of them ?

Some recent donations and some existing items, the hand made Quilt from the Harrold Hill Church. we are preserving them ...
10/21/2020

Some recent donations and some existing items, the hand made Quilt from the Harrold Hill Church. we are preserving them for future generations to be displayed in our planned museum.

This is free to anyone who would like to their children learn some of their families history. Enjoy.
10/20/2020

This is free to anyone who would like to their children learn some of their families history. Enjoy.

One of our new projects , a State of the art Digitizing Area has been upgraded to new storage and work area for all of o...
10/20/2020

One of our new projects , a State of the art Digitizing Area has been upgraded to new storage and work area for all of our existing equipment. We look forward to being able to offer digitizing to our members and the public of their photos, sides, negatives, old movie film, VCR, audio and many other items to preserve for the future. We are looking for volunteers to operate and learn this equipment, you can contact us here to volunteer.

10/18/2020
10/18/2020

Remember at 2 pm EST today, we will be livestreaming our Ghost Hunters and their findings of a summer's worth of investigating!

Today was the the rummage sale at Apple Hill. The Greensburg Civic Theater was there and they are donating this to Baltz...
10/17/2020

Today was the the rummage sale at Apple Hill. The Greensburg Civic Theater was there and they are donating this to Baltzer Meyer as a part of the local history for many years. Apple Hill you may be gone but not forgotten. We will preserve this for future generations to see. Thank you Greensburg Civic Theater.

10/15/2020

The 2-4 seating for the October meeting is now full. 18 seats left for the second sitting from 5-7. Contact [email protected] to make your reservation!

This photo shows our now restored Harrold One Room Schoolhouse and the Harrold Zion Lutheran church which is now our cen...
10/15/2020

This photo shows our now restored Harrold One Room Schoolhouse and the Harrold Zion Lutheran church which is now our center, Located on Baltzer Meyer Pike.

My Harrold Family from 1916, the young man in the cap was my Grandfather Alex Harrold, b 1900. Please share a photo of y...
10/12/2020

My Harrold Family from 1916, the young man in the cap was my Grandfather Alex Harrold, b 1900. Please share a photo of your Grand parents here with some detail info on the folks in the photo.

Photos from our last donation, all stored away now to inspect each item and to catalog them, a detail photo of some of t...
10/11/2020

Photos from our last donation, all stored away now to inspect each item and to catalog them, a detail photo of some of the collection, a box full of scrapbooks and as promised a detail list of the items that have been donated with the family names.

10/11/2020
A small portion of our collection of historical items that one day will be displayed in our museum at our center for Bal...
10/08/2020

A small portion of our collection of historical items that one day will be displayed in our museum at our center for Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. We accept donations of these kinds of items to display in the future .

He is some of the items from the donation of collection of family history. Note: this is only 1/8 of this collection don...
10/08/2020

He is some of the items from the donation of collection of family history. Note: this is only 1/8 of this collection donated to Baltzer Meyer Historical Society.

Photos from Baltzer Meyer Historical Society's post
10/06/2020

Photos from Baltzer Meyer Historical Society's post

A donation of a collection of local family history, for us this is like Christmas to open each box and catalog the conte...
10/06/2020

A donation of a collection of local family history, for us this is like Christmas to open each box and catalog the contents, knowing this will only add more knowledge to local history. We have a growing collection of local family history. If this is important to you you need to become a member to help us save this history for future generation. To join go to https://baltzermeyer.com/membership/

10/02/2020

Greensburg High School First Tract meet May 1, 1940 at Offutt Field.
https://www.facebook.com/delver.smith/videos/10217323430294709/

Delver Smith
I am loading this video here to see how it works. We have permission to use this from Glenn Smeltzer. I had converted this from 8mm film, using our new digitizing equipment. At Baltzer Meyer Center.
Track Coach was Regis McKnight, Al Turriziani did the broad jump. Bill Shope ran the high hurdles, Edward Elliott threw the javelin, Kenny Johnston ran the low hurdles, Weyandt competed in the high jump, Hutchison ran the 220 yard dash, and Jurella, Kienzle, and Strba threw the discus.
https://www.facebook.com/1141579583/videos/10217206056520438/

A photo of a display of recent artifacts donated to Baltzer Meyer for our future museum.
10/02/2020

A photo of a display of recent artifacts donated to Baltzer Meyer for our future museum.

10/01/2020
Westmoreland Cultural Trust

Westmoreland Cultural Trust

We conclude our tour of The Palace Theatre with a look behind the scenes at areas typically restricted to staff and performers. Thank you for watching our video series and supporting the theatre and Westmoreland Cultural Trust during this crisis.

As the lights remain dim, your assistance is crucial to help carry out our mission to promote performing arts in the region. Please consider making a donation to Westmoreland Cultural Trust so that we are able to fill the theatre with music and share the beauty of art across the community once this pandemic has passed.

DONATIONS: https://www.thepalacetheatre.org/donate/

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Greensburg, PA
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Here's a commencement booklet from the South Greensburg class of 1902
My dad, Bill Witherow. Thank you all veterans.
I recently received a picture of Bears School, an 8X10 and all children in the picture with the school in the background. My great grand mother, Anna Mary Brinker is in it, and her two sisters and brother Simon. Would guess in mid 1880's. I come back from Kansas every year and do research, but of course not this year. Can anyone help me with a little history of the school and where located? Thanking you in advance.
While unemployed and sheltering in place, I decided that I had plenty of time to create an educational website. The following is a link to my website; Union Uniforms at the Battle of Gettysburg. Hopefully I will be doing a representation later this year as a fundraiser for the historical society. Please take a look and let me know if you have any comments or question. Thanks!
Some light reading to share with my kinfolk while we are all sheltering inside. A little church, a little history, a little family... Here's a link to the limited publication, (available in Baltzer Myer's impressive library), of the 1922 "History of Old Zion" by Rev. Wm. A. Zundel, my great-grandfather. Happy Easter to us all 🐣
On Liberty Road south of the Turnpike and Arona a culvert built by the Pennsylvania Turnpike is spotted along the south bound shoulder of Liberty Road. The stream turns to the left just before entering the culvert. If you look at that aerial you will see the same curve where the center line of the planned alignment of the South Pennsylvania Railroad was to be built. I was down that spot today and across the road from the culvert is a blue vacant house with the signs telling people to remain away shows at the base of the sign as the property belongs to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This caught my attention and I immediately knew why as the curved stream is the center of the abandoned South Pennsylvania Railroad and therefor the house is also on that right of way which the turnpike purchased that right of way over 80 years ago and that they own that section including the house. Even with the newly built turnpike realignment the turnpike is not using the true railroad alignment. If this is the case then all of the railroad alignment that I have documented is still owned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It also tells me they do know the true alignment and I didn't know this as well.
Most of you are aware that social singing played a large part in the community in the early days of this area. On Friday or Saturday evenings folks would meet at the one-room schools or other meeting halls or churches and welcome a music director to lead them in song. This booklet belonged to Betty Ritenour, one of our extended family members now long past. Betty's mother survived the great influenza epidemic of 1918, losing all her hair, and having to learn how to walk again, but living well in to the 1990's.
The planned right of way of the abandoned South Pennsylvania Railroad through the cloverleaf at the New Stanton turnpike interchange leading to south west corner of Old Stanton.
Gerhardt Tomas (Garret Thomas) is not a name often mentioned in the annals of Westmoreland history, but he was a mover-and-shaker in the German community of Hempfield. I’ve accumulated more knowledge than most people because he was the brother-in-law of my direct, maternal, immigrant ancestor, Jacob Milliron (Muhleisen). Garret, brother Peter, and sister Anna Elizabetha arrived in America on the ship Phoenix in 1754 - four years after the Muhleisens. Peter married Eva Maria Six. They lived about ten miles west of the Millirons in Bethel Township of Berks County, and attended the Altalaha Church in Rehrersburg. Garrett married Maria Magdalena (Unknown), and they were with Hain’s Church in Wernersville - about 10 miles southeast of the Millirons. Also living in Bethel at that the time was Stoephel Harrold. Those neighboring families, along with the Longs, all seem to have made plans together to move west. In the “First Purchase” of 1769, Thomas and Milliron purchased four adjacent tracts along Long Run, southwest of Irwin. However, they appear to have “flipped” those properties in favor of settling in Hempfield, where they might have established pre-1769 claims through Virginia. They were among a syndicate of men that laid early claim to land in Hempfield, which they divided up and expanded. An early Virginia record states: “Garret Thomas, 700 acres from near Harrold's, south to New Stanton - owned jointly with Stophel Harrold, Captain (William) Perry, Jacob Milliron, and Tobias Long, called "Great Bottom" as this was "indeed a great bottom land." Garret was active in local government and church affairs. He was also a military man that served both in the local militia and in the Pennsylvania Line of the Continental Army under Colonel Christopher Truby. That association with Truby points to him as the person most likely to have scouted out the frontier tracts he and his friends later acquired. He was associated with the first church at Harrold’s Town as a member of the Reformed congregation. There he was responsible for recruiting William Weber to serve as a Reformed pastor, and eventually pastor of the Milliron-Weber Church. Weber wrote in a journal that Garret Thomas provided his family with a crude dwelling where they nearly froze to death in their first winter in Hempfield. Garret’s name appears on the plaque near Fort Allen memorializing the settlers that signed the famous petitions demanding more protection against marauding Indians. However, there is a better memorial in the form of his stone house that still stands about 2 miles south of Baltzer-Meyer. I can’t say exactly where it is because it’s situated in the backyard of a contemporary farmhouse, and I doubt the owners want a bunch of people stopping by to see it. Rather, I’ll just share what I know about it, having been granted a peek in the company of a researcher I met at Baltzer-Meyer. Early settlers in WPA often replaced their original log homes with stone homes. From what I’ve seen, the newer ones in the area were built about 20 to 30 years later. However, the Thomas home looks to have been built earlier because the stone work is not as uniform as it was in later such homes. Also, it appears they had fortification in mind. The living quarters was on a second story over a ground-level floor space that served as a barn and work area - much like German and Swiss homes of that era. The only access to the living space was by a ladder or wood steps on the left side. The owners that I talked to thought it was by ladder, which was taken in at night. Also, it’s built into a hill, as were many early homes. There was probably a spring nearby. The owners still use the lower area for storage, but there was a fire upstairs that compromised the floor and masonry. So, they never go there anymore. This is a structure that cries out for preservation, but it’s on private property and the owners don’t want to or can’t afford to pay the costs. At least they have a good roof on it for now. - Contributed by Tom Chapman. More on Jacob Milliron at Facebook “Milliron Family Reunion.”
A whole community of Hahntown would not exist today had the planned South Pennsylvania Railroad been built in 1881-1885. The survey maps it’s precisely atop the aerial of the mining community south of Irwin, Pa.
What did you do at your playground and when?
The community of Centerville along the east side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike showing where the planned alignment for the South Pennsylvania Railroad was to be built in 1883-1886