Tyrone of Today
The Gateway of the Alleghenies
BY REV. W. H. WILSON
Tyrone, PA., Press of THE HERALD, 1897.
A Project of Blair County PA USGenWeb Archives
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know him as an indefatigable worker who is bound to bring things to pass and it is confidently expected that he will make his mark. He has already made it, for his place is always astir with customers. It is impossible for anything to be dull where Emanuel Mock is the moving spirit. His aim is to meet the wants of
J. J. WILMORE, CARRIAGE WORKS.
J. J. Wilmore has carried on the Wagon Making and Blacksmithing business for 32 years at the same stand, foot of Logan Avenue, in a large two story frame building. He is prepared to meet all the demands of the people of the town and country, giving honest work at living prices.
HICKS & TROUTWINE, MEAT MARKETS.
Hicks & Troutwine furnish flesh to eat to a large part of the seven thousand people in the "Central City" and would supply them all, if necessary. Already they have their two markets, on Logan avenue near Fourteenth street and on Washington avenue, corner of Tenth. With the instinct of the old soldier that he is, (though a very young solider indeed he was in 1865), Mr. Hicks about three years ago executed a flank movement upon his rivals in the trade by establishing a down town shop, and there as well as at the old stand, they dispense meat to the satisfaction of their customers. No need to tell what they have in store; in quantity and kind it is limited only by production in the country and the demands of the season.
OTHER MEAT DEALERS.
Sprankle Brothers near Logan avenue on Tenth street, have a well supplied market which they have kept running for fifteen years and bid fair to continue for many years to come, having a steady and prosperous trade.
R. S. Minich & Son, on Pennsylvania avenue near the post office, are always ready to serve the public acceptably with every kind of fresh and cured meats. Their shop is well patronized, being located where they catch the passing crowd.
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J. Langenbacher & Son may be found on Pennsylvania avenue a few doors above the Empire House. The senior member of the firm is an old resident of Tyrone and has served its inhabitants with meat for many years.
Friedly & Kaup, above Twelfth street on Pennsylvania avenue, are always on hand, doing a brisk business and the fair thing by all who buy off them.
Wm. M. Snyder is the youngest of all in this line, and the youngsters of Tyrone all know him well, having had a wholesome dread of him before their eyes while he served as Chief of Police. Having turned his guns upon other than human carcases, he pursues his new vocation as politely and successfully as he served his summons in former days. His market at the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and Eleventh street is never without plenty of meat and people who eat it.
JOHN D. COX, GUNSMITH.
Guns and explosives; fishing tackle, wherewith the bungling angler, instead of landing fish may “land” himself in the water; razors and sharp knives, suggestive of sanguinary deeds; clubs that might do damage to skulls; and all the accouterments of baseball and football and boxing. Hints of various shortcuts out of life!
But first impressions may be false. This is not a depot of destructive implements, but the Sporting Headquarters of Tyrone. Everything here sold has legitimate uses. There are commodities current among us more dangerous than Cox’s powder and shot cutlery. Let Nimrod gird himself for war and, with outfit secured at Cox’s, hie himself afield, while the beasts and the fowl hide themselves from his fateful presence. Let Piscator purchase here his poles and tackle to decoy the peaceful fish out of the water into the fire. Let the youth train his muscles in all manly games. But let every man while human in his sports be humane as well, not needlessly cruel either to beasts or boys. Let him not pursue pleasure as his end in life, but use it as the means whereby he may be stronger to do his part in swelling the sum of human happiness.
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But have we told it all! No. Cox has instruments of music, keeps the best bicycles to sell and, when sold, keeps them in repair. More than that, he not only mends wheels but locks, and with bit and brace and various devices he can subdue the refractory metal and make it do its owner service.
MAHLON CRYDER, CLOTHIER.
You will easily find him in the fine new Blair County Bank Building. His store is clean and bright, his stock not less so: and here appearances do not deceive. Nor will the merchant deceive you as to the quality of the fabrics which he offers. He sells you honest cloth, not shoddy; pattern of 1897, both in goods and making. There is nothing on his shelves or tables that will not bear the closest inspection. What more can we say?
Well, this we say besides; the man who wears one of Cryder’s suits, as recommended by the proprietor, will bear inspection by the side of the man whose clothes have just come out of the tailor’s hands.
MOCK & BUCK, GROCERS.
Jacob I. Mock began in the grocery line here about three years ago. With his partner, Mr. David Bick, a respected citizen of Tyrone for many years, he is doing a lively business in the Smith Block on West Tenth street. The firm are very attentive to their customers and to their trade, and deserve to succeed.
WILSON & CO., GROCERS.
The other side of the Smith Block is the stand of this firm. J. F. Wilson is the veteran in this line, having passed the quarter century mark since he began to serve the people of Tyrone with groceries. No man is better known in town and few have been more active in public life. Ripe experience has given him taste of this store is largely among the class of people who will no other than the choicest goods. Those who buy of Wilson & Co. need never go elsewhere.
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THE BEE HIVE STORE.
F. R. Cox began about three years ago as the “Store Box” merchant, but “no pent up Utica contracts his powers,” and we have seen him evolve himself from a box to a bee hive. He is still at it and today finds him adding another room to his store that he may accommodate growing trade. If this thing keeps on, what will the twentieth century see? He sells for cash and delivers to all parts of town.
W. B. MURDOCK, GROCER.
This gentleman is well known in his line, having formerly had a store on Pennsylvania avenue. For about a year he was out of business and most of the time out of town, but “couldn’t stay away” and now is here to stay. Mr. Murdock is experienced and reliable, a safe man to deal with. His present location is in the Study Block on East Tenth street.
J. C. McCONAHY’S SHOE STORE.
“Yon’s a sensible man; he kens all about leather.” This was the remark of a rough Glasgow cobbler about Edward Irving, whose consecrated common sense had captured his heart. Sitting beside him on the bench the preacher discoursed about leather and thereby won a listener to his pulpit discourses.
The subject of Leather is one of importance to man as a biped, and J. C. McConahy at the uptown Shoe Store, corner of Logan avenue and Fourteenth street, is the man who “kens all about” it. He not only understands fitting feet but fitting heads as well. He is prepared to suit the judgment or the fancy of the buyer. From stogey to ladies’ fine footwear, shoes in every style and form may be found at McConahy’s. His fifteen years of experience as a shoe merchant in Tyrone have made him master of the situation and his is, as he confidently claims, the Money Saving Shoe Store.
JONES FURNITURE COMPANY.
To write up a store in the dull season is to take an unfair advantage of the merchant. But Jones is never dull. Just now he seems to be resting on his oars a little, but soon he will
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be pulling away as lustily as ever. Who would expect a man (even though he be a born hustler) to rush things in these hot September days? But look out for what is coming. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see it. Shut them and you may be knocked down and run over; the Fall stock will soon be here. Then the busy establishment by the Juniata will resume its wonted aspect. Loads of ranges and cooking conveniences ! Stacks of chairs and tables ! These things go into the basement. Cargoes of beds and bureaus and couches and sideboards ! But why try to mention all? Name what you want and it is yours–for a consideration. Anything that goes into a house, to sit on, to eat on, to lie on, to walk on, to write on, to play on, look on. Pictures well framed. Music for the million! Organs and Pianos to interpret to the ear the sweet strains that are locked up in volumes and in sheets piled up on shelves and tables.
THE W. F. WISE CO., SCENIC ARTISTS, DECORATORS AND THEATRICAL ARCHITECTS.
The special business of this firm is to plan and execute decorations for the interior of buildings. In this department Mr. Wise is all that his name denotes, with the experience of a quarter of a century in this line to perfect his skill. He can tell you all about the construction of a theater from the laying of the corner stone to the opening night and see that the work is rightly done in all particulars, or supply what may be needed from time to time in repairs and improvements. His work in churches speaks for itself to the eyes of Tyrone church-goers in the frescoed walls of our two largest church edifices, also in the elegant building of the Second Presbyterian church of Altoona and in other towns of Pennsylvania. The work of this firm in private residences is no less commendable and they can serve their patrons more cheaply from not having the large expenses incident to business in a great city.
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AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS AND HARNESS – J. A. C. RIDER.
It is especially but not exclusively the farming population to which the establishment of Mr. Rider at 105-109 East Tenth street looks for support. Our country cousins need not hesitate to deal with him. From the beginning to the end of the season there is no employment of the husbandman that does not call for something in his line, and hence he has no day without calls from his customers. He sells the most modern and approved line of Implements and haying and harvesting machinery; wagons, buggies, sleighs; robes and blankets; Harness, both machine made and his own manufacture; and in particular, Pumps of all sorts. Those who have need of anything in his line will find at this store courteous treatment and all reasonable accommodation. Note the stand just by the Bridge.
BALD EAGLE CARRIAGE WORKS.
At his eligible location on Tenth street, opposite the Academy of Music, J. A. Hoffman builds and repairs wheeled vehicles, doing thorough work and using good material. He came to Tyrone from Huntington county in 1890 and is now well established among us.
E. P. IRVIN & CO., HARDWARE
This firm, which succeeds that of H. C. Love, have not been in business long in Tyrone, but long enough to establish themselves and make many friends. Mr. Irvin, who has also, a half interest in the firm of Daniel Irvin’s Sons, Bellefonte, knows how to deal with him, a progressive business man who aims to help others as well as himself. The company in the above caption is Hon. J. G. Love, President Judge of the Centre Judicial District.
Have you considered how much the Hardware Merchant has to do with our civilization? The surveyor who lays our the town, the laborer who excavates the ground, the mason who lays the wall, the carpenter who puts on the timbers, the
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teamster who conveys the materials, the tinner and the plumber and the plasterer, all get their tools and supplies from him. Locks and latches and lanterns, ropes and chains and buckets., glass and oils, all cutting instruments and things innumerable of iron and steel and tin and zinc and brass, such are the hard wares which any one may get at Irvin & Co.’s store in Pruner building, just above the bridge.
FRANCISCUS HARDWARE COMPANY.
Splendidly located in the Conrad building adjoining the post office, is one of the largest hardware stores in Central Pennsylvania. The firm of Franciscus Hardware Company do a thriving business, both wholesale and retail. Their ample quarters are taxed to the utmost to contain the wares they handle. With all the fullness and variety of its contents, there is no dead stock in this store. The proprietors and clerks are live men and have the rare art of making heavy goods look bright and attractive. Their windows rival those of the dry goods and millinery stores for display of goods.
A dazzling array of lamps, both hanging and standing, their brass mountings relieving the somber hues of the black metal which predominates in hardware goods; stoves for oil or gas, that may be picked up by the housekeeper and put down where she wants then; granite ware and pressed tin utensils for cooking; and monstrous copper kettles that shine like a picture; revolving churns that a child may work; tools for all sorts of labor; earthen pots, plain and bright colored; rolls of belting, both leather and rubber, reminding you that here they keep supplies for all kinds of machinery; a huge stock of wall paper; these are a few of the things that strike the eye in Franciscus’ store, but what you want and don’t see is there too, if it is anything that ought to be there, and only awaits your call. They are large shippers of Bituminous Coal in connection with their retail yard. They also job large quantities of refined and lubric oils, and have one of the most successful businesses in Central Pennsylvania.
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Tyrone has two newspapers. The precedence belongs to the Herald which, under its present management, has been issued regularly for thirty years, and for ten years has made daily visits to its subscribers, keeping them in touch with the great world without. The value of the local paper to the community is not recognized sufficiently. There is no institution which might more truly subscribe itself. “Your Humble Servant” to all in the community. It is the great promoter of every public enterprise and many a private one, but is seldom counted in when dividends are declared on the stock. A good newspaper is morally entitled to the benefit of a public tax, and certainly our own papers at their subscription price are worthy of a much larger circulation. It is said that the true journalist can always be distinguished by the matter he omits, rather than by what he prints. We are glad to say that we have two such papers in Tyrone, whose contents may safely be perused by the children in our homes.
THE TYRONE HERALD, DAILY AND WEEKLY.
To his fellow townsmen it is needless to say anything commendatory of the owner of the Herald, C. S. W. Jones. The Captain has no enemies that we know of; it is hard to conceive of his having any. Though a veteran of the war and holding a commission in the P.N.G. he has no warlike propensities; and the spirit of the proprietor seems to pervade the entire establishment. Here is one printing office we believe, that is not possessed of a devil. The force of printers of both sexes are models of decorum and diligence. We may venture to add that the junior member of the editorial staff, Claude Jones, whose eye overlooks these pages on their way to the press, is a worthy second to the owner, sharing the labors and responsibility of the entire business. The Herald building on Pennsylvania avenue, separated from the Conrad Block by Herald street, is two stories high, 27 feet wide and 100 feet from front to rear. The printing office occupies all of the first floor and part of the second, comprising the several rooms needed for offices, composing, stereotyping, binding, presses and engine.
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Its Cottrell newspaper press, four job presses, stereotyping outfit, cutter, perforator and stapler, with a full assorted stock of type and other materials of the printer’s art, enable it to turn out a large amount of job work. A twenty horse power boiler and an eight horse power horizontal engine run the presses. No amount of horse power can express the capacity of the Herald itself as a beneficent force in Tyrone and vicinity.
THE TYRONE TIMES.
The Times was established in 1880 by J. N. Holmes and A. M. Wooden as a weekly newspaper and has, with several changes of owners, been continued ever since. Like the Herald it is Republican in politics and bright and clean in its make up. The proprietor and editor is H. A. Thompson, formerly of Mt, Union, who in about two years residence has made himself a good reputation in Tyrone and largely increased both the outfit and business of the establishment. Besides issuing the paper, a four page sheet, which stands right on all moral questions of the day, the Times has a job department which is constantly busy, its three job presses as wells as the large cylinder newspaper press being operated by steam power. With all the needful equipment for work it is prepared to execute orders for all kinds of printing, books, bills, circulars, &c. The times building is on Pennsylvania avenue, nearly opposite the Ward House.
MATT. L. ALLISON, JOB PRINTING.
This gentleman has for about three years carried on a job printing business in Tyrone, giving his undivided attention to this work and the wants of his customers. During this time he has established himself in the estimation of the people as a good citizen and an adept in his art. He has had experience in the government employ in Washington, D.C., and with his brother, Andrew C. Allison, is making every effort to do satisfactory work and build up a permanent business. His presses are run by steam and his supply of type of modern designs is ample, additions being constantly made to accommodate increased patronage. All kinds of commercial, catalogue and book printing is done and bookbinding and en-
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graving contracted for. The Bell Telephone puts him in communication with all business and others who desire orders quickly filled.
THE BANKS OF TYRONE.
The Blair County bank began business in 1874 and has from the beginning commanded the confidence of the community. Its affairs have been ably managed, its capital and surplus amounting to $152,500, with individual liability. As an institution, while endeavoring to promote its own interests, it has been a liberal helper towards enterprises designed for the public good. Its large building, a cut of which appears in this volume, is an ornament to the town, and the gentlemen who do business within are genial and accommodating. The president, A. G. Morris, has been already alluded to in these pages as one of the leading manufacturers and one who has done a great deal for the benefit of the town where he resides. The other officers are: vice president, Lewis H. Eppley; cashier, T. J. Gates.
The First National Bank, whose three story brick building on Pennsylvania avenue and 10th street faces the one just mentioned, was established in 1890 and has a capital of $100,000 with a surplus of $30,000. In the short period of its history it has gained a leading place among the financial institutions of this part of Pennsylvania. The president, J. K. Cass, is well known and honored in the business world, the directors are all active business men in Tyrone and the conduct of its affairs has been such that it has gained steadily in public favor, being at the time a useful factor in advancing public interests. The directors are: I. P. Walton, vice president; D. S. Kloss, cashier; A. A. Stevens, Jacob H. Mattern, John A. Crawford, Adie D. Mingle.
BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS.
These are in fact co-operative banks through which persons of small means may share in the advantages of the use of large capital. Practically they consist of two classes, the investor and borrower. Out of the accumulations of the former loans are made to the latter on the security of his real estate. This is the regular course of business in harmony
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with the specific object of these associations which is to aid working people in securing homes. It not frequently happens that they furnish loans to help business men, especially in towns where ordinary banking facilities are inadequate. A. B. & L. Association, doing business as such, can never fail. In round numbers the three associations named below have assets of $300,000 and have loaned during last year $100,000 to about 250 persons, the stockholders being probably over twice that number. The names and officers of each are as follows: Improvement B.& L. Asso. - President, A. M. Wooden; sec'y, H. B. Calderwood; treas., D. S. Kloss; solicitors, Stevens, Owens & Pascoe. Citizens B. & L. Asso.- President , F. D. Beyer; sec'y, W. T. Canan; treas., T. J. Gates; solicitor, W. L. Hicks. Central B. & L. Asso. - President, A. L. Koons; sec'y, H. L. Hesser; treas. T. J. Gates; solicitors, Hicks & Templeton.
Since these chapters were placed in the hands of the printers, the energetic people of the town have been overturning in their haste the carefully gathered statements which the types were publishing to the world. The limits we had set to ourselves, both of time and space, forbid the mention we should be glad to make of improvements going on, such as the addition to the Paper Mill Plant of a mammoth iron building; and those which are coming in sight, such as the probably establishment of a manufactory of Paving Brick. We should also like to record, as an exemplification of the manner in which the vexed question of Capital vs. Labor ought to be handled, the immense excursion of the employees of the Paper Mill with their families, crowding fourteen cars, to Mariposa Park, the Company bearing the entire expense and the day's wages not deducted.
They have been making history so fast that this Directory is already behind the times. The population which carries on the business of this growing town, including its immediate suburbs, may be safely put at 7,500. The names obtained number more than 7,100, not including the families of the operatives in the Ballast Quarry of A. G. Morris and the entire population which is clustered around the Limestone Quarry on the other side of the river.
The paper used in this book is from the Morrison & Cass Co.'s mill. See pages 81,82, 112.
The printing was done at the office of the Tyrone Heald.
The half tone cuts used were made by the Philadelphia Photo-Engraving Co., 147-49-51 N. 13th St., Phila.
The binding is the cork of C. T. Maguire, Stehle block, Altoona, Pa.
The photographs were executed by Tyrone artists.
Tyrone, as set forth in this volume, offers good inducements and facilities for the investment of capital, in legitimate business enterprises of trade or manufacture. For particular information address Farran Zerbe, Secretary Board of Trade, Tyrone, Pa.
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Some important matters pertaining to the business and social life of Tyrone remain to be stated. It will be seen that the people of Tyrone are making history faster than the scribe can record it.
We begin with a complete
First in order, as furnishing the prime necessaries of life are, the
It is needless to repeat those already mentioned in Chap. VII.
Going up Pennsylvania avenue on the East side, we pass the Cash Grocery of T. N. MCFEATERS, a young man who came to Tyrone a stranger a little over three years ago, but who is now well known and well established here and bids fair to be a permanent and prosperous citizen. By diligence and honorable dealings he has gained the confidence of the people.
Just above Tenth street is the establishment of the STUDY GROCERY CO. Here as in the Dry Goods store adjoining, everything indicates good taste and a studied effort to please the public. The stock is large and well selected and the service could not be more agreeable to customers.
Above Twelfth street is the store of F. M. BELL. One of the pioneer citizens and a man whose character has stood above criticism through all the years, Major Bell has a large circle of friends, and he and his clerks, out of the abundance of a full and choice stock, minister acceptably to the wants of his patrons.
On the opposite side of the avenue, below Eleventh street, is the General Store of MINGLE BROTHERS.
On East Tenth street near the bridge, D. B. ETNIER keeps a good stock and is perfectly reliable in his dealings.
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On West Tenth street is the accommodating firm of A. A. SMITH & SON, farther on the HARRIS GROCERY CO. and past the overhead bridge, J. K. BOTTORF & CO., for all of which see advertising pages.
Just adjoining the last mentioned is the office of JOHN H. MILLER who as a Broker dispenses large deals in flour and cereals.
On East Tenth street, across the creek, is the Feed Store of LOWER BROS., who also carry staple groceries.
The above mentioned are in the Second and Fourth Wards.
In the First Ward, GODFREY FISHER, out on Washington avenue, supplies that important part of the town with provisions, saving valuable time to the housekeeper.
The Third Ward grocers are: GEORGE A. WALKER, who has for nearly nine years carried on the business and won to himself a good trade, by attention to business and courtesy of manner. His stand is on Pennsylvania avenue, west side, above Twelfth street.
ISAAC I. WHITE may be found on Fourteenth street at the corner of Washington avenue; and W. E. HOFFMAN on Logan avenue, near Fourteenth street, has everything in the grocery line.
C. M. WOLFE, "Golden Rule," Logan avenue and 11th street.
L. M. EYER, Milk Station, Logan avenue and 11th street.
In the Fifth Ward at Pennsylvania avenue and Fourteenth street, H. C. SPRANKLE has a Corner Grocery. He has also the qualities to make business go and will doubtless grow with the years as a business man.
The Sixth Ward supports three groceries. That of J. T. PLUMMER on Columbia avenue, corner, of Sixteenth street, is a worthy competitor of the down town stores and the proprietor is worthy of the support which the people of that section accord to his enterprise.
FRANK GARDNER on Fifteenth street and Adams avenue, has a stock of both Groceries and Dry Goods, convenient of access to our uptown folks.
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MRS. A. WARD has a grocery, recently started, on Columbia avenue and Seventeenth street.
Last, but not LOWEST, is the large store of J. C. GOHEEN & BROTHER, mentioned in Chap. IV.
W. E. HOFFMAN furnishes Bread, Cakes, &c., to a large portion of Tyrone's population and keeps Ice Cream in season.
J. M. KIENZLE with his brother George began to serve the people of Tyrone in the capacity of baker twenty years ago. For the last eight years he has conducted the business by himself at his stand, a few doors above the post office in his large building. The bread sent out from his store has a well deserved reputation in other towns as well as at home. He gives good, honest value to those who deal with him. A full stock of groceries may be found here also.
Of GEORGE KIENZLE, one square above, we might repeat what we said of his brother. He sells good bread and his store draws a good trade.
FRED. H. BOECKING in the Boecking building, West Tenth street, serves meals at all hours.
JERRY HAY has two stands, the principal one on West Tenth street, above Templeton's, the other just by the river bridge.
G. W. WHITSON'S American Restaurant is at 14 West Tenth street.
M. L. FREELAND'S Palace Restaurant is at 1105 Pennsylvania avenue.
See page 102.
Besides J. S. SMITH'S two stores and GEO. H. GARNERS store, for which see advertising pages, there are:
MUSSER'S Drug Store, Pruner's Building; Ed. S. Eby, manager.
G. C. BOECKING, West Tenth street.
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J. A. COPENHAVER, Pennsylvania avenue, near Eleventh street.
H. B. EYER, 1604 Columbia avenue.
CONFECTIONERIES AND FRUIT.
A. L. KOONS, Wholesale and Manufacturing Confectioner, Tenth street, East of First National Bank.
J. W. GARDNER, in the Ward House building.
CHARLES DEFERIE, next door to First National Bank.
GREGORY DIJORIO, two doors west of City Hotel.
J. W. GARDNER, Ward House.
MARTIN HERZOG, in Odd Fellows' building.
G. W. CURTIN, opposite Herald building.
SNEERINGER & CO., opposite Post Office.
EDWIN WOODRING, next to Walton & Acklin's.
W. D. METCALF, Penn'a avenue, near Eleventh street.
WHARTON & RICHARDS, Tenth street, W. of Templeton's.
HARRY E. SEEDS, in Boecking's building.
G. G. GIBSON, corner of Logan avenue and Fourteenth street, who keeps also Confectioneries, &c.
Wm. H. SCULLIN, Conrad building.
C. G. GRAY, above Pennsylvania House.
MILLER BROTHERS, Tenth street, W. of Blair Co. Bank.
Wm. BOFFEY, Penn'a avenue, above Hotel Myron.
P. FITZPATRICK, second floor Odd Fellows' building.
WM. VOGT, corner of Penn'a avenue and Eleventh street.
SAM. COSEL, Penn'a avenue, above City Hotel.
MAHLON CRYDER, Blair County Bank building.
CHARLES CONRAD at river bridge on Pennsylvania avenue has carried on business ten years in Tyrone, having come from Philadelphia. He "knows the points" in clothing and has a complete stock.
C. A. PIPER & Co., just below Blair County Bank, deal in Men's Furnishings, Hats, &c.
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J. A. ATLEE, just above City Hotel, has everything in the shoe line and gives courteous attention to buyers.
J. W. HEDDING, West of Blair County Bank, has been but a few years in business in Tyrone, but has met with much favor from the people. J. C. MCCONAHY, Logan avenue and Fourteenth street.
G. W. STRONG, near the bridge, Pennsylvania avenue.
STUDY'S, Pennsylvania avenue and Tenth street.
TEMPLETON & CO., West Tenth street.
F. G. ALBRIGHT, Pennsylvania avenue and Twelfth street.
MINGLE BROS., Penn' a avenue, above Walton & Acklin's.
GARDNER, BROS., West Fifteenth street.
GOHEEN & BRO., Columbia avenue and 21st street.
MISS LIZZIE MCCLOSKEY, Fine and Fancy Dry Goods, Berlin's building, West Tenth street.
MRS. ELLA BLACK, Penn'a avenue, above Tenth street.
HOLMES & SMITH, Study building, Tenth street.
MRS. M. WILLEY. Berlin building, Tenth street.
WATCHES, JEWELRY, &C.
WALTON & ACKLIN, Pennsylvania avenue.
J. A. C. STEWART, Stewart building, Tenth street.
GEO. H. GARNER, Penn'a avenue, opposite Herald office.
J. W. STEWART, Penn' a avenue, above Conrad's building.
SAMUEL WIDNEY, 11 East Twelfth street.
ZERBE'S, Pennsylvania avenue and Eleventh street.
A. M. WOODEN, West Tenth street.
CHARLES A. SPYKER, West Tenth street.
F: A. WINTER. Hiller Block, near First National Bank.
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Besides the firms of Franciscus Hardware Co. and E. P. Irvin & Co., there is
Grazier Brothers & Stine, who have been in business in Tyrone nearly ten years, have a large stock and many friends.
G. H. Barley & Co., 15 West Eleventh street.
H. W. Cutler, Tenth street, West of Boecking's.
A. V. Davis, Logan avenue, above Arlington.
PAINTERS AND DECORATORS.
T. M. T. Symington, on East Tenth street by the bridge, is one of the pioneers, having carried on his present business in Tyrone for 44 years. Though now infirm, his store is still supplied with all that belongs to this branch of trade.
Z. B. Gray, East Tenth street, has a full stock of paints, wall paper, &c., and is prepared to furnish both material and work in his line at satisfactory prices.
Kolb & Jones have in seven years come to the front as House Decorators. The St. Matthew's Catholic church, public school building in Philipsburg, and some of our finest residences are evidence of their skill and taste. They are also up to date Sign writers in all branches.
J. A. C. Rider, East Tenth street, across the bridge.
H. M. Gray, Seeds' building, East Tenth street.
W. H. Schofield, Pennsylvania avenue, above Conrad's building, is the exclusive saddler and harness maker. The implement dealers above mentioned do a business in this line.
A. M. Wasson, Tenth street and Bald Eagle avenue.
C. W. Sausser, Tenth street near Woodland avenue.
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FIVE CENT STORE.
W. G. Scott is sui generis and forms a class by himself. His Five Cent Store on Pennsylvania avenue in the Flynn Block, above Tenth street, where bargains may be had in a great variety of goods, has put forth a branch, and the original store is now designated the Toy Store, while the other, just above Owens's, is known as Scott's China Store.
D. T. Kennedy, opposite Academy of Music on Tenth St.
Sang Lee, Chinese Laundry, Pennsylvania avenue, just below Albright's store.
This useful occupation is represented by C. E. Picher, who has been in Tyrone many years, an industrious and honorable business man.
G. W. Bryant, Ward House.
A. P. Lancaster, Logan avenue near Fourteenth street,
Cornelius Thompson, under Blair Co. Bank.
J. E. Willis, East of First National Bank.
Harry M. Havens, just above Walton & Acklin's.
John H. Ukkerd, just below Pennsylvania House.
Ulysses Crampton, just above Pennsylvania House.
M. B. Dunlap, just above Empire House..
John H. White, Smith building, West Tenth street,
W. H. Agnew, Pennsylvania avenue, just above Ward House. Most of the views and many of the portraits in this book were taken by "Agnew." He can give satisfaction.
Coulter's is on Tenth street, at the bridge. The view of Elkhurst and several portraits are their work.
J. H. Holtzinger, 1247 Pennsylvania avenue, makes a specialty of out-door work: The views of Hotel Myron and residence of J. K. Cass are by him.
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It should be mentioned that the vivid pictures of Main's wreck and of Logan avenue. school house were taken by Jesse Stewart, 1335 Lincoln avenue, who, though but an amateur has done some excellent work.
H. B. Calderwood is well known as the agent of some of the most popular companies. Office next door to Stevens, Owens & Pascoe.
J. M. Hamer, in Primer's building, represents a number of companies, both fire and life, including the famous "Travelers" of Hartford.
W. F. Hiller, in Hiller block, takes risks on both property and life in sound companies.
W. H. Flenner has a commodious office over the Blair County Bank. He is an old soldier and the people's friend, whom all can trust. He will insure at very moderate rates against fire, accident or death itself.
Other trades and professions may be mentioned.
THE MEDICAL FRATERNITY
of Tyrone are as follows, those first in the list being the older
G. W. Burket, Tenth street and Logan avenue.
C. M. Ewing, 1047 Logan avenue.
D. J. Appleby, 1251 Penn'a avenue.
J. T. Wilson, Logan avenue and Eleventh street.
F. K. Fickes, 1305 Pennsylvania avenue.
W. L. Lowrie, 861 Washington avenue.
L. F. Crawford, 110 West Tenth street.
R. L. Piper, 935 Logan avenue.
B. J. Fulkerson, 1117 Penn'a avenue.
W. L. Musser, office at 1050 Logan avenue.
G. F. Wise, office at 105 West Twelfth street.
J. M. Gemmill, P.R.R: Surgeon, 1215 Logan avenue.
J. B. Lincoln, P.R.R. Relief Physician, Pruner building.
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Elmer Crawford, office in Odd Fellows' building.
J. A. Witter, office in Study building.
Thadeus Stine, office in Blair Co. Bank building.
A. R. Markle, office in Flynn building.
J. T. Swartz, office in Sneeringer building.
ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR.
J. L. Henry, Herald building, Pennsylvania avenue.
J. S. Cunningham, 820 Washington avenue.
Since the previous chapters were put in type, there have been growth and enlargement in Tyrone which necessitate the addition of a few paragraphs here.
The public spirit of our citizens has been manifested in a spontaneous movement to improve the much traveled and picturesque road along the river to Birmingham. Cut into the steep hillside as it had to be with great labor and at much expense, the road has been in some places too narrow for teams to pass with safety. It seemed, indeed, as if it must be so. But a live and growing community is not satisfied that it should continue to be so. With some co-operation and assistance from the county, but mainly by private contributions, the highway has been widened and a permanent guard fence placed on the river side for the protection of travelers, and other improvements made at a cost of about $2500. In this work the largest credit is due to H. A. Gripp whose energy and liberality made practicable what many had wished but had not dared to hope for. The Pennsylvania R.R. Co., not willing to be outdone by local enterprise, have contributed their share towards the good work by removing obstructions at the Lewisburg and Tyrone R.R. bridge. Finally, the state authorities have waked up to the construction of a new bridge over the river just above Birmingham, where the old one was carried away by a summer flood.
The march of improvement is visible in our public schools. Since October 1st, two new courses have been inaugurated in the High School. A full Commercial course is conducted by Mr. George S. McClure, and a course in Shorthand by Mr. H.
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M. Sausser. The number of students in these courses is 45. The enrolment in all of the schools for November was 1285.
The Tyrone Post Office is booming and, if it continues to do so at the present rate, the energetic postmaster will ere long be obliged to add more space for increased business. If the exigencies of politics or the good of the country shall call for a new broom to sweep the office, it will need to be of picked material and best workmanship to hold up to the standard of the present administration. On November 26, a shipment of 200,000 stamped envelopes was received, making two large loads for a team of horses to haul from the station. The last annual report shows a stamp business amounting to $22,423.81. But in the twelve months ending November 30, it reached a total of nearly $28,000. This office stands at the head of second-class post offices in the United States in the amount of Money Order business. Two additional carriers have been set to work, making five engaged in delivery now, and a sixth will be added before long when the East Tyrone office will be merged into that of Tyrone. Ten new street boxes have been added since our account in Chap. V was printed.
Four new societies have to be added to the list given in Chap. VI. F.M.C., or Fraternal Mystic Circle meet in Mystic Hall on second and fourth Tuesday evenings. For further unfolding of this mystery we refer to the Professor, James L. Beyer.
The Knights of Malta, an order fraternal, religious and beneficial. have just organized with a membership of about 100.
The P. M. A. A., or Paper Mill Athletic Association, is but a fledgeling of a month old, a lively one, however, numbering about 120 members. Its object is the physical, mental and moral improvement of the men who work in this great industry. Rooms have been engaged in the Walsh building just adjoining Blair County Bank. There is a Reading Room on the second floor, and on the third floor a Game Room and the Gymnasium, which is to be fitted up with the best appliances for physical culture. The officers are: President, Richard Beaston; Vice President, M. J. Wike; Secretary and Treasurer, S. P. Eby.
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Tyrone Ministerial Association was organized on Dec. 6, 1897, for mutual improvement and co operation in doing good. The number constituting the association was the apostolic number of eleven, all good disciples and no Judas to carry the bag. It was deemed proper, however, to elect a President, F. L. Bergstresser, and a Secretary, W. H. Wilson. The number will soon be increased, it is expected, to sixteen. The autumnal Conferences have brought about changes in the pastorate of two of our churches, the U. B. and A. M. E., the former being now ministered to by Rev. W. W. Rymer and the latter by Rev. A. Smothers.
That our readers may be informed correctly and up to date, we here apprise them of another change. The Tyrone Elks would appear to be a migratory order of animals, or a company of about 80 strong going into winter quarters. They are headed for the Smith building on West Tenth street, opposite Templeton's store. We are informed that this is not because of the change of the season, nor is it a change for a season, but rather a seasonable change; and the elaborate preparations they are making warrant us in assuring our readers that, at all seasons for years to come, they will be found comfortably domiciled in their new habitation.
The staid old comrades of the G.A.R. have also decided on a change of front and, having heard that "Westward the course of empire takes its way," they are on their way onward and upward to the third floor of the Blair Co. Bank building,
The Royal Arcanum has been making rapid growth and has "passed the century mark."
We are happy to add that the church interests of the town are not lagging behind in the general advancement.
The Baptist Church Edifice on North Logan avenue, has been renovated both inside and out, making it practically a new building. Separated from the Audience Room by a sliding glass partition is a room 24x20 feet, used for the Primary School and for Prayer meetings. New roof, new vestibule, new paint and paper, new and handsome windows, new carpets, new opera chairs for large room and folding chairs for
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small room, new brass chandelier and side lights, new steam-heating equipment - seem to denote that "all things have become new." If now there be added "a new heart and a right spirit," (and the signs indicate that these are coming) then, like the Baptist of Bible days, they will do their part "to prepare the way of the Lord." Generous help has been given towards this work by many citizens, not of this faith.
The First Lutheran Church has taken a step in advance by adding to the pastor's salary the sum which he was paying annually as interest on the Parsonage Loan, a preliminary skirmish to the more arduous achievement which another summer will doubtless witness; the building of a larger edifice of worship.
The Presbyterian Church is preparing to plant a colony in one of the upper wards, and already talk of building a chapel for the new enterprise. For a church as strong as this is, the way to multiply is to divide. In union is strength, no doubt, but in amicable separation with co-operation there is the putting forth of strength, which is better.
Meanwhile, in the Seventh Ward, the Columbia avenue M. E. Church and the German Baptist Brethren are enlarging the border of their tent to embrace new converts. Similar reports come from the outstation of the U. B. Church, East of the borough.
The First M. E. Church is gathering up its energies for the campaign and may be depended upon to make a good record not inferior, to any.
The W.C.T.U. are increasing their number. The present active membership exceeds 40. The new officers are: President, Mrs. B. Jones Bell; Vice President, Mrs. Robert Stewart; Secretary, Mrs. D. R. Harris; Treasurer, Mrs. T. A. Goodno. They are sustaining a sprightly column weekly in "The Herald."
The hill overlooking the Railway Station has become a scene of activity. The new Shoe Factory has been running at full capacity and the light from its windows by night has become a familiar sight to the dwellers in West Tyrone.
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Many of the citizens visited the factory on November 17, and were interested in witnessing the successive operations of making a shoe, dexterously and rapidly performed by the aid of improved machinery.
Koon's Confectionery has likewise spread itself over into the adjoining building and now occupies the upper floor over Z. B. Gray's in addition to the four floors of its own building.
The Star Ointment Company will be found at 1209 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Some men want the earth, it is said; and some men say they want heaven. But what shall be said of the man who is not satisfied with land, even, but covets the waters that are under the earth? Who would have thought that under the smiling face of R. S. Seeds there throbs so covetous a heart? Nevertheless he has almost completed a large three-story building which "straddles" the Little Bald Eagle Creek. "If the waters could speak as they flow along"-
We expected to present views of several handsome residences of our town; particularly those of A. G. Morris, J. L. Mitchell and the exceptionally elegant building of F. W. Acklin, only just completed. Partly on account of cloudy days, but chiefly because of the rugh of business with our photographers, we have failed to obtain them in the time for the issue of this volume. We can only say to strangers who may read these pages, come and see for yourself. You will find very few towns showing a higher average of neatness in the dwellings of their people, of cleanliness in their streets and of businesses in their stores. Commercial travelers often say, as we overheard one tell on the cars the other day, "Tyrone is the best town between Harrisburg and Pittsburg." Our little map following the title page shows how convenient a place it is to get to and from. Twenty-six trains arrive and 26 depart every twenty-four hours from the station.
In tracing the evolution of the P.P.R., we purposed to mention that Tyrone Division has in its service a veteran of the late Portage R.R. (making respectful mention of a defunct enterprise) in the person of Joseph Parks, the Road
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Foreman of Engines, who, with mature experience, supervises the iron steeds and their drivers that run on the branches. Also we should have called attention in our walk about the station to the Adams Express office in the N. W. room of the first floor; a very important factor in the handling of the large trade of Tyrone, and very acceptably managed by the agent, F. L. Hahne.
A significant fact in support of the claims of "The Central City" is this, that the railroad company is now at great expense excavating a tunnel underneath their main line tracks so as to better accommodate the passenger business at the station. This tunnel begins just opposite the Ward House front and runs some distance into the bank on the other side, affording a safe passage to and from the waiting room on the South side.
On the ascending slope across the tracks the Blair County Bank is preparing to open up streets and lay out lots for building purposes, adjoining the Shoe Factory.
So the Central City bids the world Welcome. Her seven and a half thousand say to all good people, Come. She has room for other thousands. She has yet room to grow. More room for the great railroad to spread herself; room for more railroads to ascend the mountains; room for other profitable industries. Boom in the great valley of the Juniata; room in the smaller valleys worn by prehistoric floods through the mountain ramparts; room at the top for illimitable expansion, where the air exhilarates and the prospect pleases.
The people of Tyrone know that they are citizens of no mean city, and wish to let others know about it. The author has made close observation of men and things in the last few months, which impels him to give expression to his own opinions as to some conditions of a health growth. There are certain virtues which need to be cultivated.
One of these is Sobriety. We have an excellent average of moral qualities among our business men, but more of this virtue would help our town, as it helps every town wherever this is practised. It would not be difficult to predict the future of some now fairly prosperous men, in whom habits of dissi-
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pation are making themselves visible to everybody, but themselves. We have a Women's Temperance Society. There should be a Temperance organization which would take hold of men; and he would be a benefactor to the community who would be the leader in establishing one and making it successful.
Another important virtue is Courtesy. In this we are not below the average, but it is to every man's interest to be above the average. There are some who lose a letter from the word and spell it curtesy. Such men cannot attract and, in their dealings with others, are doomed to failure.
A farther requisite to success is Co-operation. There are those whose political creed is high protection, but they make a miserable failure in the application of it to their own town. Foster the home industries, encourage by your patronage home enterprises, give your support to your own merchants. But candor compels this writer to say that business men themselves are, in this respect, the most flagrant offenders, assuming the right and the privilege to purchase supplies outside of their own line in foreign markets; while they claim that, in their line, their townsmen should support them. So the Irish parson of hilarious habits used to say to his parishioners, "Don't do as I do, but do as I tell you to do." Let merchants pledge themselves to buy of each other at home; then with good grace they may lecture the common people on supporting home trade.
Our work is now completed but, ere we bid farewell to the reader, let us relate to him
THE DREAM OF LOGAN.
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