United States

#21 Jun 3, 2009
The music man/teacher was Mr. Vonadas, not sure of the spelling. I grew up in Jeannette also. Was back recently too, sad to see, it was unrecognizable from 1965, year I graduated and moved away. Missing Greengate Mall too. And the old beautiful big grade school across from the police station. My grandmother owned the little diner that used to be in front of McKee glass. Lots of fond memmories.

Worcester, MA

#22 Jun 15, 2010
I am actually a Gillespie and the great grandson of the founder of Gillespies. I to used to spend many weeks in Jeannette and much time with my uncles Phil and Urban and their kids. Sorry to hear how bad it has become.

Chicago, IL

#23 Jun 15, 2010
No one cares about the town not the council not the police not the political leaders ofthe areA all they care about is remaining friends with the "oltimers" I my self tryed to open. Buisness in that septic tank of a town and due to the sad state that Jeanette currently is my buisness got robbed I mean cris Valerio and his quality crAftsmanship On repairs of his rental propertys had a big portion to do with it but any of u that know him know he knows nothing about bldg codes or propperly repairing things just ask all the elderly ppl and handycapt ppl he rents to but that's y this lil town is such a dump at this point no one wants to buy property in this slum so it all gets bought up by ppl like the valerios at super discount prices then they Popsicle stick and Elmers glu. Em together and then they want to rent em out sometimes at unrealisticly low prices just so ppl have no other choice but to live like that
knox gillespie

Union City, CA

#24 Jun 27, 2010
I don't know what to say. It was my family that owned MA
Gillespie's and from that I have seen all that has been written is true.I love going back and sadly I am one of the one's that moved to Calf. and had no idea how to rebuild our town. And I did think about it but by 1977 life there was getting dysfunctional, Our store never made it's 100th birthday. Just for fun I am at [email protected] if anyone remember or wishes to communicate.
knox gillespie

Union City, CA

#25 Jun 27, 2010
John wrote:
I am actually a Gillespie and the great grandson of the founder of Gillespies. I to used to spend many weeks in Jeannette and much time with my uncles Phil and Urban and their kids. Sorry to hear how bad it has become.

hi cousin John, I remember , we had fun...knox gillespie
big russ

Johnstown, PA

#26 Jul 4, 2010
i was born and raised in j town. i woke up one night i was in kindergarten then but when i looked out my door on clark ave i seen huge flames comming from the 6th st factory. i went to school the next day it was still burnin the school wouldnt let us drink the water it came out brown ewww. as for the drugs sorry to tell you but you can get drugs in any city in the u.s. its not just jeannette. other than the drugs and the shitty school jeannette is a good place to raise children. theres no murders and if something goes down there are people to help you cause we take care of our own. and yes i smoke weed it should be leagalized
Michelle Orefice

Irwin, PA

#27 Sep 29, 2010
I was born and raised in Jeannette. I moved away for a bit but I am back...I am appalled at the condition of this once fine city! It is time for change NOW! If anyone is interested in getting together for the betterment of this city please email me at [email protected] I am looking to become very active in trying to make a difference! There is power in numbers!
Michelle Orefice

Irwin, PA

#28 Oct 7, 2010
Jeannette Gazette on facebook.......come join us in discussion.......

Loveland, CO

#29 Nov 11, 2010
ginnysdaddy wrote:
so they tore the whole block on 6th between Bullit and Chambers, but left 1 building standing? I was told by many that the city ran out of money, which is probably true. Old man Zion will not sell, but the day he dies, his son will be more than happy to hand over the scrap pile to the city. They should have built these houses on Division Street across from DeMartino Ice, at least this would have given visitors a good view of what the city is trying to accompolish. These eye-sore new houses will be bought by the drug-dealers, with drug money, from the addicts of this town, and there are alot of them.<quoted text>
Houses used to be on that street, I know because we use to live there. The whole hill covered in houses and steps a little way down to get up to chestnut

Madison, TN

#30 Dec 24, 2010
Our family was raised in Jeannette. My eldest brother and sister recall the Diner that was once located at the bottom of Clay Ave. Is there anyone out there who just might have any photos of this? My brother, Robin, is interested in replicating it in airbrush artwork and recreating it in 1/24th scale. I noted that some of you who have posted grew up there during that time period, therefore, you would recall this Diner. I was very young at the time, but recall going there at least once with My mother. It was a Caboose, with The Diner at the top. It was directly across the street from an old service station, "Sunoco". My brother, is a Model Builder, and is interested in bldg a Diorama of The Diner and possibly the gas station. He is looking for ANYONE who just might have PHOTOS. My brother's email address is: . Thank you for your help!!

Greensburg, PA

#31 Apr 12, 2011
I think the music store you are referring to was called Vanadas although I;m not sure of the spelling. It was on 3rd street right across the st.from the old Bell telephone Bldg. I used to buy my clarinet reeds there back in the mid 60's.

Washington, PA

#32 Apr 14, 2011
You are correct. I remember now, the phone company and spelling of the name. I believe that my brother took private guitar lessons from Mr. Vanadas. I think I remember the store front had a hugh glass front and there were angeled steps coming down from the door. Funny what we remember, from so long ago. Also that he was a very nice man.

Braddock, PA

#33 Aug 19, 2011
I find it sad that the city is deteriorating like it is. I frankly don't have much confidence in our current elected officials to make a positive difference. Especially when a sitting council member is suing the city. How can he claim to have the City's best interest at heart and still bring suit against them? If it weren't so tragic, it would be laughable.
Vince Wednesday

Irwin, PA

#34 Dec 4, 2012
It is awful what has become of this town. I try to explain what a wonderful place it was to grow up and I get these incredible reactions. Folks that never knew the town only know it now because of the blighted conditions and the negative media coverage. I once heard a joke that if a car chase began in North Huntington to Irwin, past Adamsburg through Jeannette, ending in Latrobe, the papers would say the driver was formerly of Jeannette. Not funny, but it sums up the public perception of the city.

Unfortunately, it is so far gone that I am afraid the only way to save it is if somebody discovers oil.
Patricia Ciocchi maiden

United States

#35 Feb 16, 2013
I was born in Jeannette. I am 72 now. My grandparents lived on Division Street and they had a little family grocery store near the corner (don't know the cross street). I have been trying to find a picture from the 1920-1930s of that store but the City archives are not any help. Does anyone have photos of the OLD days that I might buy copies?????
thank you, [email protected]
Matt-s Frigidaire


#36 Mar 8, 2013
I saw on the news last week that the great town of Jeannette is disappearing. Being a vintage appliance collector, I happened to see painted on the side of a building Matt's Frigidaire. Can anyone get me in touch with the owner? I'd like to know if he has any old Frigidaire items, parts, books, appliances, junkers, etc. available for sale. Thank you!
Lee R

Westport, CT

#37 Apr 17, 2013
Does anyone know what happened to the Nestler twins Sandy and Sue. They graduated for Jeannette High in 1964?
Jeannette Townhall

Greensburg, PA

#38 Jun 28, 2014
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Jeannette Townhall

Greensburg, PA

#39 Jun 28, 2014
Jane Ceol

Pittsburgh, PA

#40 Nov 19, 2014
I wonder if anyone has pics of Jeannette at Christmas of the decorations on Clay Ave? It was such a magical town in the 50th and 6th as I remember it! Remember how they broadcast Christmas carols during the Christmas shopping sesson? Haha I bought all my gifts in the 5 and 10!

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