Remembering Youngstown: Tales from the Mahoning Valley

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They Spoke of Backbreaking Toil & Fierce Pride, of Thick Black Smoke Softened at Dusk by the Golden Glow that Blotted out the Stars.

The Blows of Hammers and the humming of mills once echoed throughout the Mahoning Valley. Steel reigned supreme, and immigrants from every corner of Europe came to forge new lives and an enduring community. When the sounds of industry were silenced, Youngstown remained a strong and vibrant city. Editor Mark C. Peyko and the writers of the Metro...

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Overview

They Spoke of Backbreaking Toil & Fierce Pride, of Thick Black Smoke Softened at Dusk by the Golden Glow that Blotted out the Stars.

The Blows of Hammers and the humming of mills once echoed throughout the Mahoning Valley. Steel reigned supreme, and immigrants from every corner of Europe came to forge new lives and an enduring community. When the sounds of industry were silenced, Youngstown remained a strong and vibrant city. Editor Mark C. Peyko and the writers of the Metro Monthly create a portrait of their city through a beautifully rendered collection of vignettes. With stories of inventors, movie moguls, local cuisine and sports heroes, Peyko and company not only chronicle the history of Youngstown but also capture the essence of their home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596297081
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 531,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Part I Settlement and Growth in the Mahoning Valley

Church Congregations Provide Glimpses into Ethnic Legacies of Youngstown Neighborhoods Rebecca Rogers 13

Eastern Speculators Saw Potential in Hinterlands of Western Reserve Rebecca Dale 23

The Enduring Legacy of the Rayen School John Patrick Gatta 26

Youngstowner's 1950 Manuscript Brings Brier Hill's Italian Community to Life John B. Severino 29

Part II Industrialization and the Steel Valley

Youngstown's Fortunes Rose and Fell with the Steel Industry James M. Allgren 35

Remembering Renner: Youngstown's Most Famous Brewery Tom Welsh 40

Oak Park: Youngstown's Progressive Housing Experiment Mark C. Peyko 45

Despite Apparent Benefits, WPA Program Was Fraught with Controversy Mark C. Peyko 48

"Little Steel Strike" Became Defining Moment in Youngstown Labor History Marie Shellock 53

Part III Sports, Recreation and Pop Culture

Youngstowner's Ice Cream Invention Sticks with Us Mark C. Peyko 57

Youngstown, the City that Produced the Warner Brothers Tom Welsh 60

Sinatra Plays the Palace: Witchcraft-Even in 1942 Mark C. Peyko 66

George "Shotgun" Shuba and Jackie Robinson: "A Silent, Seminal Moment in Baseball History," Christine Davidson 68

Part IV Prominent Citizens, Legends and Local Disasters

Colonel George D. Wick, Prominent Figure in Local Steel Industry, Lost on Titanic Miriam R. Klein 73

Don Hanni: Remembering Mahoning County's Bombastic Democratic Party Boss Tom Welsh 78

The Final Days of Youngstown's Palace Theatre Mark C. Peyko 85

Time Runs Out for Jeannette Blast Furnace Mark C. Peyko John Rose 88

Part V Arts, Community andCulture

Stambaugh Auditorium, a Philanthropist's Gift to the People of Youngstown Mark C. Peyko 95

Butler Institute Was First Museum Devoted to American Art Tom Welsh 98

Brier Hill: Portal to a Better Life in America Marie Shellock 104

Downtown from the Seventh Floor of the Realty Building: Recalling Life in 1940s Youngstown Lee Meadows 107

"Miss Network Difficulty" Calmed the Troubled Airwaves in the 1950s Christine Davidson 109

Part VI Mahoning Valley Icons

Volney Rogers Created Mill Creek Park for Enjoyment of Future Generations Rebecca Dale 113

Crying Fowl and Looking for Clues: The Canfield Fair Rooster Turns up Missing Mark C. Peyko 117

Last Ride at Idora Park, by Ron Flaviano 118

Schwebel's Giant: Matriarch Proved to Be Key Ingredient in Youngstown Bakery's Success Rebecca Dale 125

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