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aminorbender

Ellwood City, PA

#1 Sep 29, 2008
I grew up in W. Brownsville..graduated in 1971. My fondest memories were the G.C. Murphy store. Brownsville was a very busy little town when I was in the 7th grade...fond memories.
harry

Warren, OH

#2 Oct 1, 2008
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BUSY IT WAS AT ONE TIME. BVILLE ACTUALLY REACHED ITS PEAK ABT 1930. THE GREAT DEPRESSION KNOCKED IT TO THE CANVAS AND IT NEVER FULLY RECOVERED.
BVILLE WAS THRIVING FOR ABT 5 YRS DURING AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER WW2. WHEN I ROAMED ITS STREETS FROM 1943 UNTIL 1951 THE SIDEWALKS WERE OFTEN SO FULL OF PEOPLE IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET PAST EACH OTHER.
I RETURNED AT INTERVALS AND WATCHED IT STRUGGLE THRU ITS DEATH THROES. BY 1971 IT WAS ONLY A SHADOW OF THE TOWN I KNEW.
Mickey Carr

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#3 Dec 18, 2008
I grew up in W.brownsville & graduating in 1963, some of my fondest memories were growing up when you could spend the whole day enjoying your friends & surroundings,its amazing how you could make due with what you had. I've walked across the bridge many cold days going to school.After a career at Kodak in Rochester NY, my wife of 30 yrs & I now reside in Sarasota Fl.
Ron

AOL

#4 Jan 14, 2009
Who remembers Fiddles in Brownsville and Snowden square and the A&P?
It was a thriving city.
patch princess

Bowling Green, KY

#5 Jan 19, 2009
Ron wrote:
Who remembers Fiddles in Brownsville and Snowden square and the A&P?
It was a thriving city.
Oh my!! Yes, I do! I cannot believe how d-town B-ville changed! I remember my dad buying liquor there and playing his numbers.
Bill Burke Warren Ohio

Louisville, OH

#6 Feb 16, 2009
Brownsville was a great place to be a kid. Back in the 50's and 60's you could roam the town and stop at the drug stores with the soda fountains and every day was an adventure.
Jan

Elkton, MD

#7 Mar 30, 2009
I grew up there too, graduated in 1965, loved the Union Station Building and downtown, the "5 & 10" and all of it! Lived North Side and South Side up, I think they closed Brashear the year after I graduated!
Thank you for the pictures, really do miss the way it used to be and "home"
Grace Alexander

San Francisco, CA

#8 Mar 31, 2009
Who remembers Hagan's where they served the tallest and best ice cream cones?
I remember West Brownsville and Brownsville having lived there from mid-1935 until Jan. 1944.Still get very homesick for this area.Am thankful for Thom Stapleton and for "Harry" who posted these wonderful pictures.
Visited there in 1978 and looked for Lock #5. Wanted to show it to my sons,but learned it had been "moved" years earlier.
Really appreciate all the boat pictures. Having lived along the bank of the Monongahela River I enjoyed watching them pass by for nearly 9 years.
Beth Tracy

Painesville, OH

#9 Jan 1, 2010
Oh my, who doesn't remember Fiddles? I now live in Grand River, Ohio and everytime we go back we are sure to go to Fiddles.
Sure do remember Snowden Square and the A&P. My husband and I were both from Brownsville. I lived on the Southside and he lived on Prospect St and then the Square until he went into the Army. I graduated in 67 and he in 62. He has since passed away (Nov 2007) and it is hard to come back for me. My dad is deceased and my mom now lives here. There will never be another HOME as Brownsville was.
Beth Tracy

Painesville, OH

#10 Jan 1, 2010
The school closed and the new one was opened in 1966-1967. I graduated in 1967 and we were the first class to graduate from the new school.
cutsup

Monessen, PA

#11 Jan 1, 2010
Ron wrote:
Who remembers Fiddles in Brownsville and Snowden square and the A&P?
It was a thriving city.
fiddles is still there and in operation. snowden square used to have quarzos barber shop and thomase's news stand, who i believe was once the mayor but i don't know if there is anything in snowden sq now
laura

Memphis, TN

#12 Jan 2, 2010
harry wrote:
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BUSY IT WAS AT ONE TIME. BVILLE ACTUALLY REACHED ITS PEAK ABT 1930. THE GREAT DEPRESSION KNOCKED IT TO THE CANVAS AND IT NEVER FULLY RECOVERED.
BVILLE WAS THRIVING FOR ABT 5 YRS DURING AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER WW2. WHEN I ROAMED ITS STREETS FROM 1943 UNTIL 1951 THE SIDEWALKS WERE OFTEN SO FULL OF PEOPLE IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET PAST EACH OTHER.
I RETURNED AT INTERVALS AND WATCHED IT STRUGGLE THRU ITS DEATH THROES. BY 1971 IT WAS ONLY A SHADOW OF THE TOWN I KNEW.
Hey Harry
This is Laura...you helped me a while back....nice to see the picture.....Merry Christmas and HAVE A GREAT YEAR.
Grace Broadwell Alexander

Foster City, CA

#13 Jan 2, 2010
What wonderful memories there are of West Brownsville and Brownsville.
I recall my parents taking me to Pittsburgh to see the Santa Claus Parade, then going to Gimbel's, Kaufmann's, and Horn's store windows to view the animated characters when the parade ended. Then there was the visit to the toy departments. What fun and pleasure.
I also recall walking in the snow to Junior High
School along with Gloria Jean Welsh (now
Walker). We went from the 1000 block on Middle St., W. B"ville, to the old cast iron bridge, crossed the bridge, walked through downtown Brownsville and up what seemed like a 55 degree hill leading to the Junior High School in B'ville. Not a word of complaint do I remember us making about our trek
to school in the early morning snow as we carried an armload of books and our sack lunch.
West Brownsville will always be my "home town" with fondest memories.
Beautiful memories.
Happy New Year and Peace.
Grace (Broadwell) Alexander
San Mateo, CA
harry

United States

#14 Jan 4, 2010
I swam across that river alone before I was 12 years old. I always wondered how wide it was. I knew that if you had a good arm, you could throw a stone about half way across.

Finally on one of my trips I had an idea. I could pace out the distance on the bridge between the expansion joints above the stone support pillars

I paced down and back counting and I averaged 193 paces. I know my paces are fairly accurate at 3 feet. That's a 579 feet span on that bridge.

The water on the W.Bville side was beyond the pillar. One might say the river was approx. 600 feet wide.

Recent article in the Herald Standard stated that the bridge will be restored this year at a cost of close to $2 million. I forget the exact amt.
old school

Grundy, VA

#15 Jan 15, 2010
Moved away several years ago just wondering has anyone seen Jennifer Davis. Would like 2 get in contact with her. If anyone out there knows her address or phone # any kind of information would be wonderful. Thanks!
harry

United States

#16 Jan 15, 2010
enter "FIND PEOPLE" in your search box. Choose www.zabasearch.com/ There are 1000s of Jennifer Davis listed there. Where did she live at any time? What is her year of birth? That site will follow her from place to place.
phyllis

Inverness, FL

#17 Mar 31, 2010
I was one of the kids who roamed downtown quite often. I graduated in "57" moved away. Last time I went through Brownsville I got so depressed because of the condition it is in and I have not been back in about 10 years.
Bill Burke Warren Ohio wrote:
Brownsville was a great place to be a kid. Back in the 50's and 60's you could roam the town and stop at the drug stores with the soda fountains and every day was an adventure.
phyllis

Inverness, FL

#18 Apr 21, 2010
Ron wrote:
Who remembers Fiddles in Brownsville and Snowden square and the A&P?
It was a thriving city.
I use to go there after many events after school with all of my friends. They had the best hotdogs ever......I remember the many carvings on the booths.....graduated in 1957
Fayette Fanatic

Uniontown, PA

#19 Jul 24, 2011
Anyone have any old photos of Brownsville to post?
Especially of Snowden Square and the old theaters.
Brownsville had three at one time. There was a
confectionary called the Nut Shop, I'd like to see
some of it as well.
PEGGY BISCHL WENDELL

Lewis Center, OH

#20 Jan 22, 2012
I also have found memories of Brownsville. I Attended W Brownsville Elementary in the 6th grade my aunt taught school there in the lower grades.My grandparents ran a little store at the end of the street,where the train left the road way to the round house. I made many trips across the bridge to shop for her the nut shop the 5&10 and the movies theatre on sat also roller skated at the rink on snowden square.Fddlers for ice cream,it was a great time. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

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