The Local Swimming Hole

Butler Pool 2

In Butler, Pennsylvania, circa the 1960s and 70s while I was growing up, the place to be at this time of year was the Butler Memorial Pool. OK, so maybe it was not a swimming hole, per se, but it was our urban equivalent. This is the place every one in town went to on…
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Sunday Dinner

The spaghetti brimmed in the big yellow bowl in the middle of the Avocado Green dinner table with the six matching chairs. The table was that same shade of green that matched our stove and refrigerator and many others that lived in fifty percent of American homes circa 1974. (The other fifty percent were Harvest…
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The Day My Sister Is Born

I awoke to my grandmother shaking me. She was standing by my bed with her coat on. It was not yet light out, but there she was. Wake up! We have to get dressed. You’re coming with me. What was happening? Such an odd morning already and the sun wasn’t even up yet. Your mother…
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Mary Jane Ralston: 1847 – 1922

May 8, 1847 – November 21, 1922 Mary Jane Ralston was born in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania to William Ralston and Mary Sharp. She was of Scots-Irish, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. She married Isaac McClung and had six children, William, Jenny Alice, Ira Plummer, Charles Quil, Annie B, and Margaret Catharine. In the 1880s,…
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My Modern Migration

We now live in a transient society. People can drive here and there, move on a dare, and what took months of travel by horse and buggy in the 1800s, can now be done by flying across the country on a whim for dinner. Times have changed since the founding of the country. As they…
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The Naming of Cabot

The following article was found in the February 28, 1908 Butler Times: As of Sunday the name of Saxon Station will be changed to Cabot, in honor of Godfrey Cabot the Boston millionaire who has several industries in that section of the county. The change in the name of the station is arousing considerable hard…
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Christmas Eve At The Kecks

Christmas Eve was the very best time of the year for Grandma and Grandpa Keck.  Grandma began weeks ahead to prepare.  She made tons of cookies, nut breads, cooked cheese and candy.  Grandpa did his part by purchasing a five pound box of chocolates from the Sugar Bowl.  The final offering for the evening buffet…
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