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South Connellsville, PA History

- The Founding
- Land Settlements & Divisions
- Begins to Flourish
- Beginning of Industry
- Factories
- Utilities
- First Glass House
- Stone Quarries
- Casparis Community
- Railroad Stockyards
- Schools
- Churches
- Soisson Park & Transportation
- Borough of South Connellsville
- Fire Department
- Growth

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Growth of South Connellsville

Street Car at Pittsburgh and Wine Streets
Street Car at Pittsburgh and Wine Streets

As South Connellsville grew in population, the need for a post office became evident. The first post office was located on the old Johnson property on Hyndman Street at Murphy. John Trimble went to Gibson Station, located a mile south of Connellsville and west of Gibson Terrace, got the mail bag from the station platform as the train went through the station, and wheeled it in a wheel barrow to the post office.

As the country stepped out of adolescence and into maturity, so, too, did the Borough of South Connellsville. Today no one rides a street car to Soisson Park, sees mail delivered in a wheel barrow, or watches a Laurel and Hardy move at the "Big Top". But facts show that the present population of South Connellsville taken from the 1970 census is 2,385 and that the manufacturing plant employing the most people in Fayette County is in South Connellsville; that the present enrollment of South Connellsville Elementary School is 371 and that the Mayor, the Council, the police force and the clubs and organizations are working actively for the betterment of South Connellsville.

Many of the factories closed in the 1900's, some people moved on to jobs elsewhere. But many were to stay and cope with the problems that were plaguing the entire country at that time: The need for a job, money to raise a family and enough food to eat. For those who strived and stayed, generation after generation, this booklet is for you. And for those of you who came later, so that you may know the foundation of the borough and its people, this booklet is for you. It is the history, as nearly as it can be told of South Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Although many facts are verified, some cannot be. The Heritage Committee has depended on, in many cases, people's memories and the facts they have received from other members of the community when they were young.

Read it. Enjoy it. Remember it. It is your heritage. Each community is, in itself, a cornerstone of our nation. And everyone of us is but one small, though important block in the foundation of the country in which we live.

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