by Bill Stout, Jean Domico


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Located three miles up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, Millvale was built along the valley formed by the creek called Girty's Run. Named after the iron mill of Graff, Bennett & Co., the "mill in the valley," Millvale attracted hardworking German, Irish, and Slavic immigrants. Many of Millvale's immigrants created their own small businesses and social organizations, such as the Baeuerlein Brewing Company, as shown on the cover, and St. Anthony's Music and Benevolence Society. They built schools and churches, including St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, internationally famous for its Maxo Vanka murals. Prussian brothers Anton and Andrew Kloman established a small forge making uniquely superior railroad axles. Needing capital to expand, the brothers turned to Miller, Phipps, and Carnegie as partners. Kloman and Company became the birthplace of Pittsburgh's steel industry. Never annexed by Pittsburgh, Millvale governs independently, even owning and operating its own water and electric plants.

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ISBN-13: 9781467121347
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/03/2014
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,198,246
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bill Stout and Jean Hilderbrand Domico were born and raised in Millvale. Their grandfathers were brothers who emigrated from Austria-Hungary in the early 1900s, settled in Millvale, and worked in the area's mills. Bill is president pro tempore of the Millvale Borough Council, and Jean is the vice chair of its planning commission.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 In the Beginning 11

2 Birth of a Borough 23

3 From Steeple to Steeple 53

4 The Teacher Says 69

5 Floods and Fires 85

6 Going Shopping 93

7 Play Ball! 115

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