Remember When: In 1910, ‘Leetsdale is now putting on metropolitan airs’

July 29, 2018

Making news in the Sewickley Herald 108 years ago this week:

• Miss Pearl Ague of Sewickley returned home for a year’s sabbatical from her job of eight years as a kindergarten teacher at the Christian Alliance mission in Hiroshima, Japan. A photograph of Ague with a large group of Japanese mothers ran on the front page of the Herald and an account of her experiences was published in the issue.

• The Leetsdale Board of Trade was formed in recent weeks “to secure additional commercial enterprises for the community and to build up the town.” James L. McConnel was named president.

• The Herald declared that “Leetsdale is now putting on metropolitan airs” with its completed street paving and nearly completed sidewalk construction. The paper cautioned officials to consider some means of controlling the dust kicked up by cars and carriages passing over the brick streets.

• Wadding’s Cash Grocery on Broad Street advertised Ivory soap at six bars for 25 cents; potatoes at 75 cents per bushel; and “fine, well-bleached” celery at 5 cents per large stalk. Celery was a delicacy at the period and often displayed in decorative celery vases during meals.

• The Business Men’s (sic) Association of Sewickley Valley invited all residents of the valley to their annual Big Sewickley Play Day at Rock Point Park, an amusement park near Ellwood City. Due to rising competition from neighboring parks such as Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, West View Park and Cascade Park in New Castle, Rock Point closed in 1912. Much of the property that once housed the amusement park now is open to the public as Rock Point Nature Area.

• Jones Bros. Buffalo Ranch Wild West announced that its “educational exhibition coming like an army through the country” would stop in Sewickley on Aug. 10. The Buffalo Bill-esque spectacle was to include a “great historic street parade” at 11 a.m. and a “countless array of novelties” and “stupendous program of sterling and splendid acts.”

Find the entire Herald archive -- dating from the first edition of Sept. 19, 1903 -- on the Sewickley Public Library’s digital research archives at sewickleylibrary.org.

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