|Dec. 26, 1891
Robinson Valley Outlook
Monsieur A. CADOUL, being unable to get any insurance on his Barr street
grocery, will on the first remove the greater part of his goods to a new
building he has erected near the Champion Coal Works and opposite the
Mankedick tipple on the Noblestown road. A new town is growing up at
this place, which will extend across the bottom the railroad, and there
is talk of the railroad moving the Willow Grove station down there. A
name for the new town is wanted and the Outlook suggests "Champion".
Mr. CADOUL will still have a branch store at the old stand on Barr
May 23, 1896
McDonald PA Outlook
Brick in McDonald
The era of frame buildings in McDonald is passing away. Brick buildings
are taking their place, and the better class of structures are going up,
both business houses and residences, are of brick. Two years ago there
was not a brick building in McDonald; it is probable that there is now
$200,000 invested in such buildings here now. No brick here has ever
suffered from fire, and the insurance rates on the brick blocks are less
than on frame buildings adjoining them. Brick house cost less than
frame; the cost of the brick walls is about $150 more on each $1,000
than wooden walls, and this is more than in the painting, the insurance
and the greater solidity of the brick.
It is not generally known that we have in McDonald a firm that keeps up
to the demand for brick here, besides shipping vast quantities of brick
to other places. NICHOLSON & ARTHURS, the proprietors of the West
End, have been in the brick-making business for a quarter of a century.
Mr. N. was one of the firm that made the brick with which all the
Panhandle Railroad tunnels are lined. This West End yard furnished the
brick for the McDonald school house, the HOLMES-GLADDEN, PLANCE-WILLIAMS
and GIFFIN-MOORHEAD blocks, and other buildings. They furnish the brick
for the J. P. SCOTT residence, a picture of which we give this week.
At this brickyard, fifteen men make 12,000 brick every day. The shale
rock, soapstone and clay, from which the brick are made, are taken out
of the hill behind the yard and ground up and molded into brick which
are as hard as iron after being burnt. Three grades of brick are
made--red building brick, chimney brick and foundation brick.
Messrs. NICHOLSON and ARTHURS hold themselves in readiness to undertake
any contract, large or small, for laying or furnishing brick for any
kind of building, chimneys or foundations, and to guarantee its
completion promptly and in a satisfactory manner. In addition to the
force at the brickyard, this firm keeps on hand a large force of
bricklayers in order to take care of building contracts. If you think of
putting up any kind of a building-business house or residence-- before
you begin see NICHOLSON & ARTHURS and let them show you for how
little money and in what quick time they can put you up a brick.
June 12, 1897
McDonald PA Outlook
The History of a Boom - How It Began, Grew Great, and Withered, in a Day
Thirty Thousand Dollars for a Glass Plant Raised on McDonald's
Streets on a Day's Notice.--But Not This Plant This Time Will Get It,
But Some Other Plant Some Other Time.
A glass works is forced to move by high fuel rates and taxes. They said
they would bring their works to McDonald if our people would buy from a
tract the company would get here one hundred lots at $400 each. The
works would employ not less than 250 and maybe as many as 500 men. Half
of these would be skilled workmen getting $5 or so a day. The
company's monthly pay-roll has been for years about $10,000 a month.
The managers liked McDonald for two things--the good and cheap fuel and
water. The company paid for fuel last month $1560. This money would be
paid to McDonald coal miners, for coal would bee the fuel here.
The company would get sixteen acres from Edward MCDONALD lying in a
block just north of the Catholic church and running from Station across
Third and Fourth Sts.; and in this were the hundred lots. The money from
the lot sale would be put in one of the McDonald banks, and when the
glass company would have done what they said they would do, the money
would be paid to them. If the company would not have their plant set up
and running by September next, the money would be returned to the lot
buyers. There was no risk to the lot-buyer; if the plant came, he bought
the lot; if it didn't, he got his money back. The lots were worth the
price any day, plant or no plant. The lots would be sold for cash, or
for $100 down, $100 in six, $100 in nine, and $100 in twelve months. It
was suggested that the buyers draw lots for the lots they get.
The plant would cover 8 acres, and would likely be in the East End
bottom. They thought to build one "twelve-pot" and two "ten-pot"
The facts given above wee put before a citizen's meeting Tuesday night
by Chairman C. R. BUCHHEIT. Mr. Edward MCDONALD, Mr. HOEY, Mr. T. T.
GILLESPIE and others spoke at the meeting saying what a boon such a
plant would be. Several present said they would take lots, and the
chairman appointed P. HOEY, F. F. FRENCH, Henry ROGERS, Richard GLADDEN
and E. S. MCWREATH a committee to go around and see if they could sell
the hundred lots.
The committee named walked about on Wednesday and Thursday, and the
following citizens and firms signed a paper, wishing to take lots:
P. HOEY, John M. ABRAHAM, Henry ROGERS, D. L. WILLIAMS, C. R. BUCHHEIT,
W. H. YOUNG, Pierre MATHIEU, A. C. FORINGER, J. R. GLADDEN, F. F.
FRENCH, J. C. MAY, A. VALENTOUR, E. S. MCWREATH, Richard GLADDEN, S. H.
COOK, J. P. SCOTT, Samuel SHANE, S. S. JOHNS, MCCARTY & ROBB, W. T.
REED, J. A. BASTIAN, C. R. POTTER, G. S. CAMPBELL, G. J. BUCHHEIT, F. L.
ROBBINS (5 lots), Neil MCGINLEY, James J. DONAHUE, Thos. GILLESPIE, S.
D. JONES, T. WALKER, Geo. W. SCHLEUDERBERG, J. D. SAUTERS, T. E. SAUTERS,
LEWIS Bros., C. G. HADDEN, G. W. SMITH, W. B. MOORHEAD, Bennie FRANKLE,
A. B. MCBETH, GARDNER Bros. J. C. ROGERS, Wm. MADGWICK, J. A. HUNTER
& Son, SHORT & WADE, W. S. DUNCAN, Kate MOLONEY, Dr. G. H. COOK,
H. S. INGRAM, J. J. GEORGE, Dr. W. A. LAROSS, A. C. HOOBLER, B. D.
TILLINGHAST, WILLIAMS & LOCKHART, McDonald Supply Co. (two), David
CAMPBELL, Frank COLLINS, C. M. WILLIAMS, Miss I. V. STEEN, Dr. W. A.
JAMISON, Dr. G. H. MILLER, Dr. W. R. DICKSON, Dr. W. L. SCOTT, Samuel
STURGEON, JOHNSTON & ROBBINS, Aug. WEITZEL, Sr., R. M. CONLEY, James
ROBB, Wm. O'BRIEN, J. S. JOHNSTON & Co., J. G. COOK
Well--here was $30,000 subscribed to bring here the glass plant. And on
Friday Edward MCDONALD and C. R. BUCHHEIT went to tell the glass men to
come on; and the glass men backed square down--said they couldn't
come at all. And that is the end of this story.
But it shows how easy it is to get $30,000 in McDonald for such a thing.
And this will be useful again.
The McDonald Board of Trade desires to thank the public for their
cordial support in this matter. The Board will now try to have a branch
of the Lake Erie Railroad run here from Montour via the Champion valley.
July 3, 1897
McDonald PA Outlook
The Bastian Hotel
It is on the corner East Lincoln-Arabella, McDonald, and was opened to
the public last Saturday. It is four story, with Pompeiian brick front.
Its barroom is little surpassed anywhere in the magnificence of its
appointments. $2500 (maybe $3500) was spent in the fixtures in this
room. The reception room, parlor and dining room, on the second floor,
join each other with folding doors, and are each elegantly appointed.
The dining room floor is of polished oak. An office and a sample room
are on the second floor. On the third and fourth floors are eighteen
sleeping apartments and suites of rooms. All are heated by the hot air
and water system of the house, and besides most have small gas stoves.
No bedroom has less than two windows. The bedsteads are brass. Bath
rooms and other such conveniences are at hand on every floor. Stairways
are numerous and broad. Halls, rooms and stairways are richly carpeted
in different shades of carpet.
The elevator shaft and fire escapes on the rear end of the building are
not yet in place. The view from the upper stories is most enjoyable. In
the center of town, the hotel gives a good view of the whole town.
A 20-horsepower gas engine and 180 light electric dynamo in the cellar
furnish light for the house. An automatic water heater is so arranged
that turning the water on in any part of the building puts the heater in
operation at any time without further formality. Besides city water,
water is supplied by a __ foot well in the cellar, for the baths and the
23-barrel tank on the fourth floor.
The beer vault in the basement has walls of four-inch hollow tile with a
half-inch of pitch and a brick wall outside of that. The basement has
also a complete wine cellar and other apartments. A siphon helps drain
Mr. BASTIAN has now spent more that $200,000 on his hotel, and he is not
through with it yet. Mr. BASTIAN is a most pleasing and efficient host,
and his hotel is a remarkable one, and McDonald is proud of it.
July 7, 1905
McDonald PA Record
A Thriving Industry
One of the most important industries in McDonald is the machine shop of
B. D. TILLINGHAST. This shop is so crowded with work that the proprietor
has found it necessary to make several important improvements. A new
engine house has been built and in it installed an Olin gas engine of
20-horse-power, replacing one less powerful. Two new drill presses and a
lathe have been added, thus making necessary the increased power. Within
the last two months the proprietor has found it necessary to double the
number of his employees. Besides doing a large and growing business in
general repair work he is extensively engaged in the manufacture of oil
well supplies and gas engines. Mr. TILLINGHAST believes in keeping
abreast of the times and it is safe to say that in no manufacturing
plant in this region is there more or better system than is in vogue in
his shop. By and ingenious system of records he is enabled to tell
exactly the cost of production on any piece of work as soon as it is
completed and these cards are filed and indexed so that reference can be
made to any one at any time.
The continued enlargement of the volume of business transacted in this
plant warrants us in prophesying that ere long the TILLINGHAST shop will
be one of if not the largest manufacturing plant in this valley.
Feb. 29, 1908
McDonald PA Outlook
A Nice New Hotel Midway on the McDonald-Oakdale Car Line
At Champion City where the street cars meet every half hour, a new hotel
goes up that will be surpassed by scarcely any in the valley with its
appointments. The Hotel Voye is a three story-brick at the corner, with
a front that is one of the handsomest in style among all the business
blocks up and down the road. Sixteen rooms has the new hotel, each with
annunciator (sic) bells, hot and cold water, and every modern
improvement. The water system is based on a tank that will be built on
the hill back of the hotel and which will give fire protection to all
Champion City beside hotel purposes.
Mr. Joseph VOYE, Jr., proprietor of the hotel, has been at Champion in
the hotel business seven years, and in all that time no complaint of any
kind has ever been registered against him. He is a man who appreciates
the intent of the Brooks Law to the full and succeeds in living up to
Feb. 12, 1909
McDonald PA Record
Jacob WILL, formerly proprietor of the McDonald Hotel, and late owner of
Hotel Beatty at Monongahela, was in town this week to complete plans for
the erection of a brick building in place of the frame structure
heretofore known as Hotel Dunlap. Contractor ZEIKFROW who has already
built three hotels for Mr. WILL and who erected the VALENTOUR &
THOMASSY block and Lafayette hall, will begin work at once by tearing
down the Dunlop. The new hotel will be three stories high and an
additional story will be added to the brick building adjoining which Mr.
WILL purchased from W. C. ROBISON.
Dec. 24, 1909
McDonald PA Record
Opening of New Opera House
The three-act farce comedy, "Captain Racket", given under the
auspices of the McDonald Relief Club on Friday evening, was the success
of the season. From the time the curtain went up until the close of the
last act the audience was convulsed with laughter.
The cast, composed entirely of local talent, is all to be commended.
They took their parts like old timers. A special feature of the evening
was the music furnished by the new MOTTE Orchestra. This was the first
time many had heard them and all expressed surprise and appreciation at
the fine program rendered. Particular attention was paid to Miss DE
BRUXELLES, one of the leading violinists. A lady member of an orchestra
is something rarely seen in the larger towns. The members of this
orchestra are all students of the leader, Mr. Eli MOTTE, who deserves
the credit and the encouragement of our citizens. Everyone was
enthusiastic in praise of the new Opera House. It is well lighted and
comfortably heated. The acoustics were perfect, every word spoken on the
stage being plainly heard in all parts of the house. The management is
to be commended on the perfect order maintained, and if this precedent
is established, we bespeak for him success in his new venture.
The ladies of the Relief Club acted as ushers and seated the large
audience in a creditable manner, notwithstanding the more or less
confusion caused by the loose chairs, the regular opera chairs not
having been placed yet. Taking it all together, it was a very enjoyable
evening and we could stand more such entertainments.
Feb. 8, 1924
McDonald PA Record
Plant to Resume Operation
The General Foundry & Machine Co. of Pittsburgh on Monday of last
week purchased from the Allegheny Forging Co. the plant located in the
Eastend, McDonald. Engineers of the General Foundry & Machine Co.
are now at work rearranging and setting machinery into shape, and it is
said that within 60 days the plant will be ready for operation.
Among the articles manufactured by the General Foundry & Machine Co
are flexible pipe joints, railroad axle boxes and an invisible auto
jack, attachable to the chassie of an automobile. By turning a lever
this jack goes into place and raises the car from the ground.
A. F. NORDENSKJOLD of Pittsburgh will superintend the work at the plant.
Mr. NORDENSKJOLD states that a considerable number of men will be
employed here when the plant goes into full operation. The office of the
company are in the Peoples building, Pittsburgh.
Aug. 16, 1946
McDonald PA Record-Outlook
Commercial Hotel Sold to Local Firm
The Commercial hotel property in East Lincoln avenue was sold Monday to
Masquelier Brothers for $11,600. The property was formerly owned by
Benjamin FRANKLE and was sold by virtue of an order of the Court of
Common Pleas by the Washington County Commissioners, giving title clear
of all taxes, mortgages and liens.
Outstanding taxes against the property total $5, 368.62. Of this, the
borough will receive $2,242.30, the school district, $2,069.47, and the
The property fronts 50 feet on Lincoln avenue, extends to Barr street
and includes the building now occupied by Louis GAMONDE as a barber
shop. In January the MASQUELIERs purchased the adjoining property on the
east from the Fred NOURIGAT estate of Midway. They plan to tear the
buildings down and erect a modern drive-in gasoline service station and
automobile showroom. Their present garage in Barr street will be used
for automobile repairing.
The Commercial hotel building was erected in the spring of 1898 by J. A.
BASTAIN, who operated under the name of Bastain hotel. It was one of the
most up-to-date hotels in this part of Western Pennsylvania. Mr. FRANKLE
purchased the property in 1909.
See also the Obituary of Julian MASQUELIER