The “Five Horsemen” in the Maroon Tornado: the story of the 1925 Uniontown men’s basketball team

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Fayette County has always had a rich sports history. If one were to visit the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame located here in the Uniontown Library they would learn about the varied accomplishments by many talented men and women. Basketball, in particular, has been a powerhouse sport in the area.

Being alumni of Uniontown High School, my first thoughts are to the glory years of UHS basketball, teams like the 1962, 1964,and 1981 Uniontown men’s teams. The alumni of Laurel Highlands probably remember the 1968 men’s team, while those from Geibel reminisce about the 1978 men’s team or the 1993-1996 women’s dynasty teams. However, long before all of these great teams there was the one that started it all. The 1925 Uniontown men’s basketball team was the first to inspire and unite the area with its dominance on the court.

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Stories in Stone: Pasquale Cimaglia

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PC - Portrait

A few weeks ago we received this photograph of a World War I soldier. The donor didn’t have any details on the man, but among the spare copies of the picture, they found a name: Pasquale Cimaglia.

. . . Yes, that was the sound of me breathing a sigh of relief! Unidentified photographs make me sad. I always feel like the person in the picture has been cut adrift; it makes me wonder who they were and what their story was.

But give me a name and I’m off to the races.

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Quick Tip: PA Birth Records 1906-1908

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As of yesterday, Pennsylvania’s birth records (1906 – 1908) are available on Ancestry. This is in addition to the death records (1906 – 1963) that were previously digitized on the site.

So, how do you access this great resource?

If you’re a PA resident, you can view these records for free even if you don’t have an Ancestry subscription. Just visit the following page at the State Archives website, put in your zip code, and follow the instructions: http://phmc.info/ancestrypa

I also recommend following the Facebook page of the People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access. They actively discuss any glitches they’re encountering on Ancestry Pennsylvania, share tips, and talk about other records coming available online.

To learn about the birth and death records available in Fayette County, visit the Vital Records page right here on the blog.

Happy researching!

“No One Hurt and Very Few Drunk”: Uniontown’s 1896 Centennial

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There was some discussion last week on the Fayette County Historical Society’s excellent Facebook page about Uniontown’s centennial celebration. I knew we had relevant artifacts here in the PA Room, so I thought I’d look into the history of the event.

First, to clear something up: While lots were drawn for Beeson’s Town in 1776, our borough was not formally established until 1796. Hence, the 1896 Centennial.

We weren’t 20 years late for our own party. Phew.

Beeson's Town Lots

Map of the original Beeson’s Town lots, printed in the July 4, 1896 edition of the Daily News Standard.

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The Mining Strike of July 1933

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Like many of our patrons, we received mail from some distant locales this holiday season. One package arrived from the Museum of South Texas History, whose curator sent us two pictures to add to our collection.

The images date back to 1933 and depict National Guard troops stationed in Brownsville during the coal strikes. Both were stamped for distribution through the Central Press Association and arrived with suggestion captions taped to the back.

Brownsville National Guard

“BROWNSVILLE, PA . . . Pennsylvania National Guard troops sent to prevent violence in the coal regions establish their camp three miles west of Brownsville.” July 31, 1933.

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