The Windber Area Museum

The Windber Area Museum Membership is $8.00 pr yr. join and help us in PRESERVING AND PRESENTING THE HISTORY OF THE WINDBER AREA AND THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED TO CREATE IT.
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Preserving the earliest home, the David J. Shaffer home built in 1869, on land that is now the Borough of Windber. We plan to have a Heritage Room in the Windber Museum where we can preserve the history of the town and the surrounding areas and research the genealogy of the early families keeping them on file so researchers can find their ancestors. We have a collection of the Windber High School year books and old pictures of the area and people along with many pictures of the sporting activities and players of Windber.

Mission: To preserve, promote and present the history of the Windber Area and the people who helped to create it.

Operating as usual

08/11/2018

An Oldies Record Hop-benefiting the Windber Museum- will be held at Rec Park this Sunday (Aug 12) starting at 6PM....$5.00 at the door

08/11/2018

We have been having difficulty accessing and answering posts. We will continue to monitor this site and will answer if accessable. We have also opened another face page in hopes of increasing availablity....you can find it under
Windber Area Museum Established in 1869

08/17/2017

I am happy to finally give this information that the Windber Area Museum face book page has a new editor. As they always say "ask a busy person to do something and they will do it" and that surely fits Roxann Newcomer. She is the editor for the newsletter and is now going to be in charge of the museum FB posts. She will be informing you of the events and happenings at the museum so watch for her messages. You can contact her at her email - [email protected] or call her at 814-467-9193. Thank you Roxanne, from past editor -admin. Patricia Durst Shaffer.

I am posting my last message, reluctantly,  for the Windber Area Museum.  I do not know if they have found someone to co...
08/23/2016

I am posting my last message, reluctantly, for the Windber Area Museum. I do not know if they have found someone to continue the work. I wish them good luck. I honestly will miss the museum research. I pray I have served well in helping others learn about the history of our area, the people, and events. I will continue as a certified genealogist-historian, it is a labor of love, please feel free to contact me on my fb page or email me - [email protected]. Please support the work of the Windber Area Museum. Send all questions concerning the museum activities to Norettta Haydu, ( 467-8662) Pres.of the all volunteer organization.

The Windber Area Museum is open this weekend Sat.& Sun. and  27th.& 28th. August 2016. They will close for the summer mo...
08/20/2016

The Windber Area Museum is open this weekend Sat.& Sun. and 27th.& 28th. August 2016. They will close for the summer months. I just want to remind you I will no longer be posting pictures and stories as the museum historian, I will be posting on my own fb page so look for me there. I would like to wish good luck to the museum volunteers and encourage everyone to support their efforts to preserve local history.

08/11/2016

YOUR INVITED;
WINDBER AREA MUSEUM, 6 P.M. THURSDAY AUGUST 11TH.
A GENERAL MEETING, LASTING.AN HOURetc.
The goal of the museum, an all volunteer group, is to preserve the history of the people and places of the area. This is a very informal meeting, discussions of what to do in the community and what is needed to be done for the upkeep of the museum.Everyone is welcome.

08/11/2016

YOUR INVITED;
WINDBER AREA MUSEUM, 6 P.M. THURSDAY AUGUST 11TH.
A GENERAL MEETING, LASTING.AN HOURetc.
The goal of the museum, an all volunteer group, is to preserve the history of the people and places of the area. This is a very informal meeting, discussions of what to do in the community and what is needed to be done for the upkeep of the museum.Everyone is welcome.

The Paint Twp.-Windber area is full of historical places, if you know where to look.  The stories of the families who ca...
08/10/2016

The Paint Twp.-Windber area is full of historical places, if you know where to look. The stories of the families who came here and made this an area known as Windber Pa. can still be recalled by many Windberites of today. But what will happen if it is not preserved , future generations will ask why is it not written down as our history. Do we depend on others to do it and they think someone else is doing it -- thus no one does it. The Windber Area Museum invites everyone to be a part of the important task of keeping the history of this area alive. The monthly meeting will be held Thursday, August 11th. at 6 p.m. at the museum. Your support if needed.

Windber Borough was incorporated on July 2,1900, the town named as a transposition of the Berwind family name, is situat...
08/09/2016

Windber Borough was incorporated on July 2,1900, the town named as a transposition of the Berwind family name, is situated in the far northern part of Somerset Co.,Pa. Windber was established as a model 20th.Century mining town when the Shaffer homestead was transformed into streets and lots with such rapid speed that it was referred to as the Metropolis of the county. The area became the largest bituminous coal field in the world where it opened up 13 mines. The population exploded as more families came here from everywhere so that by 1920 the population totaled 9,462 people.Situated in the rolling hills of Somerset County it was written to be one of the most desirable locations to live in. Seven miles east of Windber the elevation is 2700 at the crest of the Allegheny Mts. where one can see beautiful views,it was written that it could not be matched in the state.Through out the next 50-60 years the community prospered affording a great life where families enjoyed the ability to attend different churches of their faith, schools for their children, a variety of stores to shop in and a town hospital with some of the best doctors in the country. Why have times changed our town, it was written in the local newspapers that visitors who came here in 1987 to review the town's history and those who come today cannot be faulted for seeing only the remains. Why have the businesses gone , why have the young moved away. The Shaffer Homestead built in 1869 is the only original building in the town. It is the historical site where in 1893 they turned the corn fields into coal fields and pastures became bony piles where company houses were built for those who are now the ancestors of the local residents. The goal of the Windber Area Museum is to preserve this valuable history. It is said by the out of town visitors of the museum that they are looking for tourist spots, places to see and things to do when they come here to see the town that their ancestors helped to develop. The community, in my opinion, needs to work together. It does not matter which group or organization is doing the most or the best, being divided can only make us all feel the damage in the community that we are experiencing.

As I am finishing my time as admrs.I would like to take the next  several weeks to encourage you all to support the muse...
08/08/2016

As I am finishing my time as admrs.I would like to take the next several weeks to encourage you all to support the museum.. Not many small towns have a museum so when we get visitors here they tell us they had expected to walk in and right out in a few minutes but they become interested in the stories of the people and of the town. Sadly, but true, most visitors are from surrounding areas and other states and most of the readers of the face book page are those who tell me it is their tie to the home town and their families. Please give your support, financially and time,so this is not another structure that one day could be an empty lot where once the oldest historical building of the borough was located.The Windber Area Museum is seldom included by other organizations as a tourist site in their town, everyone must work together to be a community to visit and enjoy.

If you need to contact the Windber Area Museum to purchase books, tee shirts or any items for sale,  to send memberships...
08/07/2016

If you need to contact the Windber Area Museum to purchase books, tee shirts or any items for sale, to send memberships, give a donation or if you wish to donate Windber memorabilia such as pictures or add your family's history to the Family Heritage Room please use this Post Office address. PLEASE MAIL ALL REQUEST TO THE WINDBER POST OFFICE.1600 Graham Ave., WINDBER AREA MUSEUM ,Box #104 ,WINDBER,PA. 15963. make all checks payable to the Windber Area Museum. The museum officers will pick it up at the post office, there is no one at the museum during the closed winter months so you will receive a reply quicker than going thru me. Thank you for your understanding during his transitional time .

The Windber Area Museum will be open weekends on Sat.& Sun. 1-4 p.m. until August, 27th. & 28th. 2016.  There will be a ...
08/06/2016

The Windber Area Museum will be open weekends on Sat.& Sun. 1-4 p.m. until August, 27th. & 28th. 2016. There will be a regular monthly meeting at the museum on Aug.11th. Thursday at 6 pm.., everyone is invited who would like to help in the museum's goals to preserve local history. They are looking for an admrs. for the museum's face book page who will add informative historical pictures and let the public know of their activities. Please attend the meeting if you are interested or call Noretta Haydu at 467-8662.

The Windber Area Museum's cover photo
08/05/2016

The Windber Area Museum's cover photo

Just a reminder.  I stayed on fb until the museum's summer closing,  so they could find someone to replace me. I am no l...
08/05/2016

Just a reminder. I stayed on fb until the museum's summer closing, so they could find someone to replace me. I am no longer doing special museum tours or request for family research and will not be posting as the museum fb page admrs. If you call my number I will direct your request to Noretta Haydu, 467-8662. The Windber Area Museum is an all volunteer organization striving to preserve the local history. Your support is appreciated. Thank you everyone for being the museum's face book friend while I was serving.

The Borough of Windber being established from a part of Paint Twp. Somerset Co.,Pa. in 1897.
08/04/2016

The Borough of Windber being established from a part of Paint Twp. Somerset Co.,Pa. in 1897.

Thank you everyone for your understanding, I try to avoid any mistakes that will create a problem for anyone in their re...
08/04/2016

Thank you everyone for your understanding, I try to avoid any mistakes that will create a problem for anyone in their research.I copy down what has already been written or the info.others have given and it may be wrong. If you see an error or you wish to make an addition please feel free to do so. Better to error in action than wholly refuse to do anything. Thank you everyone!

An important part of history to each of us who attended Windber High School. The first one is the new high school in 192...
08/04/2016

An important part of history to each of us who attended Windber High School. The first one is the new high school in 1923 the second one is today, August 2016.

Jeremiah Shull was born in 1852 in the little section of Bedford Co.Pa. known as Pavia. He was the son of a farmer, Solo...
08/04/2016

Jeremiah Shull was born in 1852 in the little section of Bedford Co.Pa. known as Pavia. He was the son of a farmer, Solomon Shull and Hannah Crist Shull. About 1878 Jeremiah married Harriet Wolf and by 1880 they were living in Paint Township where he is age 26 years old and recorded as being a wagoneer. This picture , with horses and a hearse, is believed to be shortly after this time period. Jeremiah Shull took up the work of being an undertaker and eventually moved into Portage, Cambria Co., Pa.where he died in 1919

The  Holsinger name here in the Rummel-Windber area is well known. In this newspaper article about Louis C. Holsinger it...
08/04/2016

The Holsinger name here in the Rummel-Windber area is well known. In this newspaper article about Louis C. Holsinger it tells the story, he had not previously told his family, about the event when he was in WWII. Like many veterans of WWII they came home and said little of what had happened to them. Louis had been away from home for 4 years at this time and they were held up in Dec.of 1944 in a little school house without lights, it was Christmas Eve and some one had a guitar and they sang Christmas carols. The next morning they were sent out to remove a bridge. Thankfully Louis came home safely and the story was not known until shortly before his death when it appeared in the newspaper. Louis C.Holsinger was the son of Joseph & Addie Faust Holsinger, he died on Dec.3,1976. We have to wonder how many more stories there are about the brave men that we will never know.

One thing that is on my "bucket list"  is to follow the  Pa.Civil War Trail for Daniel Shaffer , my husbands grt grt gra...
08/04/2016

One thing that is on my "bucket list" is to follow the Pa.Civil War Trail for Daniel Shaffer , my husbands grt grt grandfather, who mustered into Co.A..29th Infantry Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. We have no pictures of him so I have researched, for many years, his life story on a documented paper trail until his death on June 24,1865. I have studied the movements of his company since the day his troop joined Sherman's march thru the south where the troops forced Capt. Hood to abandon the ammunition center of the Confederacy. Sherman's army then marched thru North & South Carolina destroying almost everything in their path. They advanced to Raleigh,took it and then marched to Richmond,Va. In April Richmond fell and Gen.Lee surrendered. The Confederate Army was defeated and Sherman's men then marched into Washington,D.C. where Daniel Shaffer died in the U.S.General Hospital. He was among the 187 men who died from diseases they had contacted while fighting the battles with lack of clean drinking water and a little supply of food. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 13, Grave No. 10960.

It appears that Windber Borough had a number of talented musicians back in the earlier days. The pictures here show only...
08/04/2016

It appears that Windber Borough had a number of talented musicians back in the earlier days. The pictures here show only a few: Laddie Timko on the drums, the Palumbos, Patrick Farbo, , Joe Farbo,accordion and Adeline Farbo at age 14 years.

Foster Shaffer, on the right with brother Joseph Paul Shaffer, foster was died when he was hit be a car. Picture courtes...
08/04/2016

Foster Shaffer, on the right with brother Joseph Paul Shaffer, foster was died when he was hit be a car. Picture courtesy of Michelle Conti. Add.info. Foster Herman Shaffer Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 died Sept.1,1940, he was the son of Foster Herman Sr. and Juliana Hubert.

Interesting newspaper articles. A variety posted by different people ,some not dated.
08/04/2016

Interesting newspaper articles. A variety posted by different people ,some not dated.

This is a picture shared by Glenn Spickler whose grd.father was Wm.J. Baer of the Baer Funeral Home on 7th.St. & Graham ...
08/03/2016

This is a picture shared by Glenn Spickler whose grd.father was Wm.J. Baer of the Baer Funeral Home on 7th.St. & Graham Ave. from 1914 to 1947. At the time of the posting several years ago it was not known who the child was in the photo. There was a suggestion that it may have been a Bauer child. Since that time I have done some research and if it is indeed the Bauer child, and all dates appear that it could be, then he was Frank T Bauer, the son of Ludiwg & Victoria Swartz Bauer, he was born on Nov. 17,1914 in Windber. His parents came from Austria in 1906 and they lived in Windber in 1910 on 10th.St. where Ludwig was a baker in the town. They had been married for 4 years with 3 daughters Elizabeth, Margaret and Louise.Little Frankie was their 4th.child and the only son they had at this time, he died on Dec.6,1918 age 4 yrs. 19dys. of diphtheria and was buried by the Wm.J.Baer Funeral Home in the St.John's Catholic Church Cemetery. Ludwig and Victoria had 3 more children, Lillian,Caroline, and Frederick. Ludwig Bauer, a baker from Austria, remained in the home he owned on 10th.St. where he died at the age of 82 yrs. on Nov.15,1954, Victoria Swartz Bauer died in 1973.

Disastrous fires have happened in Windber from the time it was created, thankfully we are a community with men thru out ...
08/03/2016

Disastrous fires have happened in Windber from the time it was created, thankfully we are a community with men thru out the years have volunteered their services to run when help was called for. There were, to name a few, the 1919 fire that wiped out the entire end of Graham Ave. , the Buchann Lumber Co.,and Rummel Church Of The Brethren fire that completely destroyed the buildings in the early 1970's and the Firestone Store on 1320 Graham Ave, in 1977. Just this year we have seen the ravages of a fire on one of the old homes on Graham Ave. Let us always remember to support our local fire department.

Everyone who lived in the Windber area knows the name of the Timko's Drug Store  located at 1226 Graham Ave. The first p...
08/03/2016

Everyone who lived in the Windber area knows the name of the Timko's Drug Store located at 1226 Graham Ave. The first picture shows Mary Timko who was the pharmacist in the 1920's and who operated the business.The man in the second picture is not known, the 3rd picture shows a familiar scene during Windber High School football season when Timko's posted the final score of the away from home games for those who could not get there. You could purchase pretty much of anything at the drug store back in those days and it was a favorite place to stop in for a soda.

The Baumgardner Family Reunion, ca. 1954 and  a  Faint family gathering.
08/03/2016

The Baumgardner Family Reunion, ca. 1954 and a Faint family gathering.

Langley family reunion, Windber Recreational Park, circa 1922 or 1923. Submitting this for my father, Tom Langley.Courte...
08/03/2016

Langley family reunion, Windber Recreational Park, circa 1922 or 1923. Submitting this for my father, Tom Langley.Courtesy of Debbie Langley Romaine

Copy of photo, labeled Old Ashtola 1908. Original owned by George PenrodTop Row(LtoR): Barney Holsopple, Chauncey Wirick...
08/03/2016

Copy of photo, labeled Old Ashtola 1908. Original owned by George Penrod
Top Row(LtoR): Barney Holsopple, Chauncey Wirick(my great-great uncle), Dan Rummel(my great-great uncle), Ralph Shaffer(my great-great uncle), Matt Bartholomew, Jack Ripple, George Wirick
Bottom Row(LtoR): Oscar Lehman, John Geisel(my great grandfather,1889-1969), Bob Shaffer(my great-great uncle), John Wirick, Joe Helman

Windber Football team of 1967 courtesy of Tom Berkey.
08/03/2016

Windber Football team of 1967 courtesy of Tom Berkey.

Windber 5th grade undefeated basketball team 1915-16. My uncle Andrew is top left. Can't read all the names on the back ...
08/03/2016

Windber 5th grade undefeated basketball team 1915-16. My uncle Andrew is top left. Can't read all the names on the back but include; Kerr, White, Mills, Lewes, Estep, Kyle.courtesy of Jon Timko.

Windber High School 1920,names from Charles Bartholomew.
08/03/2016

Windber High School 1920,names from Charles Bartholomew.

Windber High School, 1916-17 and the names. From Jon Timko.
08/03/2016

Windber High School, 1916-17 and the names. From Jon Timko.

How many of the Windber High School Custodians did you know?Custodians Windber High School 1965Row !: F.Rich, P. Wozny, ...
08/03/2016

How many of the Windber High School Custodians did you know?
Custodians Windber High School 1965
Row !: F.Rich, P. Wozny, M. Geiser, A. Stefano Row 2: E. Slagle, J. Polansky, J. Ziats, F. Koshniskie, J. Surkosky Row 3: J Kern, F. Pevahouse, P. Kotzan, N. Panetti — with Millard Geiser

Things to remember!  There was once a bottling company in Windber, this is a picture, courtesy of Dave Mills, of his fam...
08/03/2016

Things to remember! There was once a bottling company in Windber, this is a picture, courtesy of Dave Mills, of his family's business that closed in 1926.

Address

601 15th St
Windber, PA
15963

General information

We have rooms that represent the days of long ago. We have the Old Windber Eras on micro-film for those who wish to research their family history and we have records from the National Archives of those who served in the military from this area. Our membership is only $8.00 per yr. and includes a quarterly newsletter filled with stories of the people and places of the Windber Area.

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Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(814) 467-9193

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Is any information about my Grandfather Morris Neuman, (children Edna Neuman mother, Goldie Neuman, Sallie Neuman, George Neuman) or Neumans Store circa 1907-1942 available. I want a photo of the store more than anything else. Lived on 17th and lastly at 1007 Somerset.
This was not in the local newspaper. I did feel however some people should know this. On August 20, 2019 my brother Richard Lee (Dick) Tressler passed away. He was 77 years old and was living with his wife Kay (Younkins) Tressler near Raystown Lake. Until 1959 Dick lived in Rummel and then to Red Lion, Pa. He drove truck for many years over the road. He had 4 Children, Marsha (Red Lion Pa), Mark (Orbesonia. Pa), Marcee (Jacksonville, Florida), and Monte (Dallastown, Pa). He attended Windber High School until 1959.
Do you guys know if any photos exist of Christian Penrod and Hannah Berkebile? :)
Windber Stadium Speedway
I found this puzzle on the internet... does not say it is Windber, but it sure looks like it ....
I have some yearbooks from Windber High School from 1948 and 151. I also have a yearbook from the School of Nursing from 1959. Is anyone interested in them?
I will be posting or re-posting some of the pictures that I shared as the museum administrator. They have a new posting now so look for their new page with their info. on what is happening.