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Re: “I grew up in Oakdale and Sturgeon, Pa. Could you tell me more about the history of windy Noblestown Road and the tiny village that also bears the name?

Noblestown Road meanders all the way to the West End of Pittsburgh, where it becomes South Main St. I grew up directly up from where Noblestown Road forms a "Y" with South main and Walbridge St., the street I grew up on. it's not much, but like the origin or mouth of a stream, I can say I grew up where the great Noblestown Road ends.

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Posted by Lawrence Donovan on 07/03/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

My Grandfather was born there on August 9,1902 his name on birth card was Russell Gibb... i would like to know how to obtain the birth card as i know it listed a fathers name..i have no idea what name his mother went by...as the girls chose a name to be called back then.
I know she left 6 months after my grandfather was born and took him with her. Only to be adopted out by some other place. I would like to finish our family tree and i can't do it without this information. Please contact me if you can tell me how to get his birth card or any other info that could help. Thank you!
Mary Ann Wardach 724 393 0065

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Posted by Annie on 06/28/2019 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Is there any significance to the street names in the Oakland/hospital area (McKee, Meyran, etc.)?

Thanks for the article, Chris. Do you have any information regarding the history of Euler Way/Alley running between and parallel to Forbes and Fifth Avenue from Halket to Atwood Street. Our Euler family lore believes it was named for my g-g-great grandparents Nicholas William Euler, 1826-1868 and Barbara Euler (nee Greenawald), 1830-1910. Ive noticed that it was not on an 1872 map, but appears on an 1889 map. William was a blacksmith and wheelmaker in Pittsburgh, who immigrated from Germany to Pittsburgh in 1849. His wife Barbara was born in Pittsburgh. I have not yet confirmed whether it was named for them and the reason, if it was. Thank you. Mark E. Keller

Posted by MEK on 06/03/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “At the top of the Carson Towers on East Carson Street, there is an old inlaid sign that says "Saint Joseph's Hospital." I've never heard of St. Joseph's. When did it operate?

i had 2 hospitalizations in St Josephs -1 for a week in November 1961 when I was 7 years old and a longer time in January 1962. Childrens hospital wouldn't take be because we had no insurance. I got great care there- i decided then to be a nurse and in 1976 i graduated from nursing school. I have worked FT as an RN since then and will retire in December

Posted by Kathy Sawyer on 05/08/2019 at 10:57 PM

Re: “My understanding is that Philadelphia is the only first-class city in the state, and Pittsburgh is the only second-class city. What would we have to do to become a third-class city?

Philadelphia might be a first class city because of it's population but it's a 3rd world country because of it's liberal policies...

Posted by Anthony Charles on 04/04/2019 at 9:00 AM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

my mother was born in Roselia 6/28/33 under the name of baby girl cain and no father was listed. Her stepmom went and let her took the baby home at around 3 months old without adopting her. they changed her name on the birth certificate to Joan Cain but I don't know when. I don't have any info on whether she was officially adopted or if they just changed her name. I cannot locate any records on baby girl cain on that date in Pennsylvania. I am looking for any information on my grandfather's side of the family.

Posted by Kathy555 on 03/17/2019 at 3:42 PM

Re: “When and why did Pittsburgh stop using street cars?

Put street cars back online

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Posted by Jayden Reeves on 01/15/2019 at 2:30 PM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

Hello. I was born 9/28/1962 and adopted 6 weeks later thru catholic charities. Would like to find birth mother.

Posted by Louis Chieffallo on 10/30/2018 at 7:23 PM
Posted by Barbara Bayer on 10/21/2018 at 11:46 PM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

Sorry birth date for Lawrence Joseph McMullen is October 20th 1955. His birth certificate says born in Allegheny county. He was adopted thru Catholic charities. His name now is Lawrence R. Treat contact joan.m.weaver@ Gmail.com

Posted by Joan M Weaver on 09/24/2018 at 4:40 PM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

My husband was born in Pittsburgh October 10,1955 birth name was Lawrence Joseph McMullen adopted thru Catholic Charities his adopted name is Lawrence Treat he is looking for birth family. Contact
Joan.m.weaver@gmail.com Thank you.

Posted by Joan M Weaver on 09/24/2018 at 3:56 PM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

To all who are looking for their Mothers, siblings ect. Try registration with The American Adoption Congress or Search Quest America you can list your information on their sites for free. I found my two brothers with their help. Good luck to all.

Posted by Joan M Weaver on 09/24/2018 at 3:50 PM

Re: “When and how did the Highland Park Zoo get its start?

This article completely skips the original pittsburgh zoological society that took the zoo over, raised massive amounts of money, refurbished it all, built the aquazoo and raised the funds for the planning and construction of all the modern parts of the zoo.

I and several relatives were staff during those years, including both of my god parents.

It was headed by Dr. Bisonette in those days and its terrible how it is skipped over by so many articles about the zoo that seem to want to credit PPG for the later growth.

Dr. James W. Anderson III, Former Staff.

Posted by James Anderson on 09/21/2018 at 5:53 AM

Re: “I grew up in Oakdale and Sturgeon, Pa. Could you tell me more about the history of windy Noblestown Road and the tiny village that also bears the name?

My great grandparents were married in april 18 1908 at the m.e parsonage by rev m.r Hackman looking for more info

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Posted by Pagirl on 08/25/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “On the 1900 block of Sarah Street on the South Side, there is a building that has "Congregation Talmud Torah" carved above the door. Can you find out anything about the Jewish community here that would have supported a temple?

Eric, Id like to find out more information on the founding of the Sarah Street Talmud Torah as I believe my relatives were among the founders. May I ask where your research comes from? Thanks,

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Posted by Roberta Weissburg on 08/16/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “When and why did Pittsburgh stop using street cars?

I am looking for a map of trolley line that went from McKeesport through Buena Vista, PA way back when. We had a 10 acre farm where trolley lines went through our property I think from east to west, which is on the edge of the now Mt. Vernon ball park,

Posted by George DeVirgilio on 08/01/2018 at 12:41 PM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

I was born on July 15, 1952 at Rosalia, mothers house name was Rose. My given name was Frank Patrick OLeary.

Posted by Regis Hampton on 07/13/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “I’m still wondering about the Pittsburgh Left. No one can tell me where it comes from.

There are plenty of large intersections where I can make a complete left turn before any vehicle other than a top fuel dragster could possibly traverse the distance fast enough to hit me. In these instances, I do not consider the car to be "so close as to constitute a hazard". The current speed and capabilities of the oncoming traffic must absolutely be taken into account here. What if the oncoming traffic was a horse and buggy or something else with an equal lack of 'get up and go'? A similar situation would be yielding to someone in a crosswalk. If I'm nearing a crosswalk on the north side of a 5 lane road and a 104 year-old man with a walker steps into the crosswalk on the south side, should I really stop and wait for him??

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Posted by Jeff Murray on 06/19/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “On the 1900 block of Sarah Street on the South Side, there is a building that has "Congregation Talmud Torah" carved above the door. Can you find out anything about the Jewish community here that would have supported a temple?

Despite it's name, Talmud Torah Congregation most definitely was a synagogue and not simply a religious school. It was part of the initial outmigration of Jews from the Hill District to neighborhoods to the North, East and South before World War I.

It was chartered on Dec. 29, 1913 for "the support of public worship of Almighty God according to the faith, doctrine, dictates, discipline, usages and customs of the Orthodox Hebrew Church." The congregation initially met in the Odd Fellows hall at 18th and Sarah before building its synagogue at 1908 Sarah Street. It had a religious school, a Torah scroll and even employed the services of a rabbi for a time. The congregation existed at least through World War II, because it held a mortgage burning ceremony for its synagogue in 1947.

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Posted by Eric Lidji on 06/12/2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “My birth certificate says I was born at the Roselia Hospital, but I can't find where it was. Can you tell me more about it?

Me and my twin sister were born there in April 1953. We were only there 3 weeks. 2 different families took us. Any way to find out the name of our birth mother.

Posted by Marilyn Penny on 05/14/2018 at 4:15 PM

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