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John Galti

Baltimore, MD

#43 Feb 16, 2013
If you got caught jaywalking Mahady would sentence you to time in the "robery" where one of his goons would come in a black hoodie and beat you with a baseball bat in the dark...

Anybody else remember that?

The Hobby Shop

Carlisle, PA

#44 Feb 16, 2013
John Galti wrote:
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I am not sure of the names of these places but there used to be a hobby shop on Ligonier street that had the slot racing cars and stuff...and next to that was a soda fountain place that made good "zombiees" too.
Anybody remember the names....?
Then there used to be penny candy stores too...
But you better not jaywalk or Mahady the chief of the frig.gin patrol boys would throw you in the slammer...
Remember those days.....
THe Hobby Shop was on Ligonier Street, going north towarrd downtown, and was on the left (west side of Ligonier), about at Fairont?

That man, too, had inventory stacked to the ceiling, and apparently he knew what everything was.

My older brother used both stores, the Arny & Navy for deer hunting and trapping; and The Hobby Shop for trains and building models and art.

These are memories from when I was 3-6 years old, but those businesses were so unusual to be in -- with all the inventory...
Carl Kowalkski

Latrobe, PA

#45 Feb 16, 2013
We liked Mellon Bank. They always had pieces of fresh fruit for customers, and free glasses of Pepsi-Cola. Boy, those were the days. And downstairs they had ice cream with numerous toppings at their little snack bar on certain days.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#46 Feb 16, 2013
The Hobby shop...now that was a classic. The guy who owned it was (first name?) Stump. He did have everything imaginable in that place, from military surplus to plastic models. My dad had to help him move a refrigerator away from the wall to get something from behind it he wanted to buy.

I once heard the fire department had orders not to enter the place if it caught fire...just stay outside and throw water on it.

He also had a house on Leather Street stuffed full of merchandise that didn't fit in the store.
The Hobby Shop

Carlisle, PA

#47 Feb 16, 2013
Redneck wrote:
The Hobby shop...now that was a classic. The guy who owned it was (first name?) Stump. He did have everything imaginable in that place, from military surplus to plastic models. My dad had to help him move a refrigerator away from the wall to get something from behind it he wanted to buy.
I once heard the fire department had orders not to enter the place if it caught fire...just stay outside and throw water on it.
He also had a house on Leather Street stuffed full of merchandise that didn't fit in the store.
First of all, typing while asleep yields me many typos.

My brother and his friends -- all -- loved The Hobby Shop. Some kids in the last decade told me that they liked the Pet Store in Lawson Heights, but that's just not the same.

The Hobby Shop was a place where kids went, with hard-earned money, and a desire to make more money to buy the stuff that caught their eyes.

I just found a new train shop a few days ago, and I told the guy I had an atomic waste car and he got all excited, and got out a reproduction catleogue, 1955-1959, and either parents mortgaged their home to spend $400 on train stuff in that era when men only made $100/month, or my brother was working, and probably buying every train item that The Hobby Shop had...

It was so cool to see the original catelogue. Our transformer, new in that era, was $16. There were other larger transformers that cost more.

At the new train shop I found, I think the guys were drunk!
Laughing at You II

Baltimore, MD

#48 Feb 17, 2013
The Hobby Shop wrote:
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THe Hobby Shop was on Ligonier Street, going north towarrd downtown, and was on the left (west side of Ligonier), about at Fairont?
That man, too, had inventory stacked to the ceiling, and apparently he knew what everything was.
My older brother used both stores, the Arny & Navy for deer hunting and trapping; and The Hobby Shop for trains and building models and art.
These are memories from when I was 3-6 years old, but those businesses were so unusual to be in -- with all the inventory...
That was it for sure. It is coming back to me. I remember when he would display model cars the kids built in the window. There were some highly modified model cars in that window too.

Also, I think the restaurant may have been Marge's on the corner...where they made the Zombies...coke, Dr. Pepper and cherry mix?

John Galti

Baltimore, MD

#49 Feb 17, 2013
Sorry for the screen name change on above post...it was me John Galti.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#50 Feb 17, 2013
Laughing at You II wrote:
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That was it for sure. It is coming back to me. I remember when he would display model cars the kids built in the window. There were some highly modified model cars in that window too.
Also, I think the restaurant may have been Marge's on the corner...where they made the Zombies...coke, Dr. Pepper and cherry mix?
Are you sure that was the Hobby Shop with the displayed model cars and not Peterman's...which was a different store in a diferent location on Ligonier St.?
John Galti

Baltimore, MD

#51 Feb 17, 2013
Redneck wrote:
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Are you sure that was the Hobby Shop with the displayed model cars and not Peterman's...which was a different store in a diferent location on Ligonier St.?
It was probably Peterman's then with model cars in the window...
Cliff Warner

Pittsburgh, PA

#52 Mar 21, 2013
I love your town. I was first made aware of it about 50 years ago when my father bought a cabin on 4 Mile Run near Pearl Harbor ( Now The Harbor Inn) My good friend Geno Kensky (R.I.P) marred a young woman from from Latrobe in the late 60's. Geno introduced me to the delicious chopped steak sandwiches at Murf's Grille and the pizza at Hotel Loyal. He also introduced me to the now defunct 19th hole .( For after hours drinks) There was a little fruit stand downtown that I often visited on Saturday mornings. Although not downtown, the Highway Drive In is a gem that certainly will be missed. A favorite of my family and I on summer nights when visiting our cabin. I realize Latrobe like every other town isn't the same as it was "back in the day" but it still retains much of the small town charm I will always love it for.
Charlie

Latrobe, PA

#53 Mar 21, 2013
I love attending council meetings.
Ronald McDonald

United States

#54 Mar 24, 2013
It's not downtown, but I love McDonald's !
Michele

Brooklyn, NY

#55 Mar 27, 2013
My favorite part of downtown Latrobe is Gene and Boots candy store. It's like going back in time when you walk in there.
MEMORIES

Greensburg, PA

#56 Mar 27, 2013
I remember mendler's shoe store. Mr. Mendler would have a shoe hanging from the small side of the boxes. We went in (rode a bus from Bradenville or got a ride from a neighgor) periodically. You rarely got shoes for any other reason than you needed them! I also remember going to the movies and staying all day for one price. I can remember all the Doris Day movies and I especially remember Ben Hur. People were sitting on the steps in the balcony because it was so crowded. And the steps and darkness of the downstairs when you had to use the restroom. That always scared me. I remember crossing the street and going into the Valley Dairy and having french fries with gravy after a movie and before the bus came to take us home. I remember my mom shopping at Skatell's and how 'modern' it was compared to what we were used to. I remember Reed's and then Troutman's. When I was young, it was Reed's with the billing canister that 'flew' overhead and when you climed the stairs, the hat department was right there. I remember the round mirrors and furniture you could sit at to try your hats on. My mom would shop at Glick's for clothing for the guys in the family. Mr Glick would let her bring things home for them to try and then bring back what she didn't want. Bo Beep was on that same street. That was there when I had kids which is approx. 30 years ago. I'm almost positive of that. Dr. Tact (??spelling) was a couple doors down from there. Let's not get into the incident between him and me. Let's just say, dirty old man! We would ride the bus to Latrobe also to swim all day and then have to walk back 'up town' to catch the bus home. We were always so sunburned and tired but we did it as often as we could.
what was once good

Greensburg, PA

#57 Mar 27, 2013
What was once good remains the same, I always liked Legion-Keener, the pool, and the stadium area of downtown Latrobe.
Mary Jane

Latrobe, PA

#58 Mar 27, 2013
I always remember smoking dope downtown. Ooh...I still do !

Everybody smokes dope in Latrobe. Im Lovin it. Latrobe...just like McDonalds !
Snake man

Saxonburg, PA

#59 Mar 27, 2013
I like to go down to the first ward playground to smoke pot and wreck some shit. You can see me and my buddies smashing out windows and doing a line of cocaine off of each park bench
abby

Latrobe, PA

#60 Mar 28, 2013
I remember going down town on our lunch hour from high school. WE would go to candy land for a coke and a bag of chips. Some day;s we would go to sun drug. Two nice places to stop. Friday nie was Harry's Danceland. Couldn't wait for friday. would give anything for one nite at danceland.
Anteater

Palm Springs, CA

#61 Mar 28, 2013
Did any of you go to The Hub? I remember the lollipops Mr. Lattanzio gave us. They were safety lollipops with a loop instead of a stick. Reed's Department Store? I loved the entrance. I, too, am so grateful to have grown up in a town like Latrobe. It was really quite vibrant. When I was in college I worked at Troutman's during my Christmas and summer breaks. What fun! How many times can one re-arrange white gloves during the summer??? That really dates me. Have you seen ANYONE wearing white gloves in the summer lately? That is, in this century? Thanks to everyone who wrote on this topic. It brought back some very warm memories.
Ralphie

Latrobe, PA

#62 Mar 29, 2013
Lattanzio gave out the best stuff.

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