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Belmont Cottage. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Cambria County Courthouse, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Cambria County Jail, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Cambria County Jail, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Center Street, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Snow Storm, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard dated 14 Feb 1910.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Public School, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Exchange Hotel, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Lake at Lloyd Springs, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Lake Rowena, Ebensburg, Pa. My Grandmother has written on the card that the 2 men in the boat are Oscar Hofmann (her father) on the right, and Oscar Maloy (I believe it says Maloy, its a bit faded) on the left. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Metropolitan Barber Shop, Ebensburg, Pa. This was an advertisement card, rather than a postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe. The back side of the card had an Ebensburg train schedule printed on it.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Mountain House, Ebensburg, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

"The Bridge" with Ebensburg Inn to the left. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

The Metropolitan Hotel, J. R. K. Shook, Proprietor, Ebensburg, Pa. This is a business card from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

View of Wm. Penn Highway between Ebensburg and Johnstown, Pa. Postcard from 1909 - 1912 timeframe.

Photo submitted by Don Johnson

Birds eye view of Beaverdale in Summerhill Township, ca. 1911.

Photo submitted by Ellis Michaels

Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, 1910.

Photo submitted by Ellis Michaels

This picture is about forty years before J. R. Irvin became Supt. of Sonman Mines, Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, Koppers Division in 1942. We lived in the last double company house at the top of the hill and the home was heated from the steam made in the mine boilers to run the hoist for the slope and shaft. This then was 'Suckers Flat' as the miners called it and you can see on the left the 'Lumber King' mansion built in the 1800's when lumber was 'king' before the coal. I understand that Kings Row was the original name but to the coal miners it referred to the boss's that lived in these homes. Across from these homes the coal miners and the company built a park. It had a swimming pool, dance hall, child's rides and etc. It was called Park Hill and if anyone has the card to fill in the group please post it or reach me on this site.

Photo submitted by Al Irvin from J.R. Irvin collection.

This picture shows both slope and shaft and trees were cut down to obtain a view of the mine and valley. The town seen top right would be Jamestown and the dirt road beyond the mine goes to Benscreek. We called the company homes beyond the mine 'Below the Tracks'. They say there were 800 residents living in Sonman and the mine employed a total of 1200 men.

Photo submitted by Al Irvin from J.R. Irvin collection.

This card shows the old Portage R. R. spur that serviced the Sonman Mine and all the mines up to Benscreek. The small white building is the Doctor's office. The Store Mgr. and Doctor's home was between the Koppers Company store with mine office upstairs. The dirt road in front of the homes to the rear of the picture goes to 'Jimtown' (Jamestown). Beyond that to the left where you see large pine trees that hide two family company homes in an area called appropriately 'The Pines'.

Photo submitted by Al Irvin from J.R. Irvin collection.

The back of the previous [3] cards show that these were published by Henderson Advertising Co., Johnstown, Pa. The cards were then filled out announcing Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Sonman, Pa. coal products and sent around the country. First time I have seen this type of sales showmanship with postcards.

Photo submitted by Al Irvin from J.R. Irvin collection.

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