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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Grove City, Pennsylvania

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Mercer is the county seat for Mercer County
Grove City is in Mercer County
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1Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — "Here's Howe"
In the 1920's, George J. Howe owned a grocery store. He roasted and ground coffee in the window and gave 1 free pound with a $10 grocery purchase. Later focusing on coffee roasting and delivery, the name "Here's Howe" came from the grocers . . . Map (db m171110) HM
2Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — "The Voice of Grove City"
Michael L. Troiano, best known as "The Voice of Grove City" for 26 years, was an announcer and station manager of WEDA-FM. Mike also owned and operated the Dairy Queen on West Main Street for 18 years, serving as a mentor to many local young . . . Map (db m171112) HM
3Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Bashline-Rossman Hospital
Dr. O.O. Bashline started the first osteopathic practice in several private homes in 1907. In 1915 his nephew, Dr. Walter F. Rossman, joined the practice. The Bashline-Rossman Hospital opened in 1923 (with 23 beds) on the corner of South Center . . . Map (db m171226) HM
4Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Beginnings of Radio in Grove City
Physics Professor H.W. Harmon installed radio equipment in 1913 at Grove City College. On April 26, 1920, the first radio telephone broadcast was beamed over its station WSAJ by President W.C. Ketler to the New Castle Rotary Club. It preceded . . . Map (db m171117) HM
5Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Brevet Brigadier General Norman J. Maxwell
In 1861 Norman J. Maxwell joined as a Private in Company E of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, known as the "Roundheads." Promoted through the ranks to Colonel, Maxwell was awarded Brevet Brigadier General of the U.S. Volunteers in 1865 . . . Map (db m171021) HM WM
6Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Charlie Ray1886 - 1935 — In Loving Memory of —
First Police Chief in Grove City 1918 to 1935Map (db m170952) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Company M, 112th Infantry Regiment, in World War I
Company M of the [112th Infantry Regiment, PA] National Guard assembled at the State Armory, Erie Street, on July 15, 1917, for World War I duty. With 150 men, Company M served in France in 1918. The Argonne Forest battle resulted in the . . . Map (db m171158) HM WM
8Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Cunningham Memorial Park
In 1798, on a nearby site, the first gristmill in this area was built by Valentine and Margaret Cunningham. Later another gristmill was established here. Soon a community was established. The town, first known as Pine Grove, was incorporated as the . . . Map (db m56836) HM
9Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — DeFrance Drug Store History
George DeFrance opened DeFrance Drug Store near this site in 1898. This drug store was the first pharmacy to be awarded an Eastman Kodak and Whitman's Candy franchise west of the Alleghenies. Rodger B. Lindh purchased DeFrance in 1964 and . . . Map (db m171155) HM
10Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Dotty McGill School of Dance
Dotty opens Broad St. School of Dance 66 yrs ago in 1937; Credits: Who's Who in American Women; Mem./Past Pres. Dance Masters of America, Pa. Pres. Emeritus; Cecchetti Council of America; Judge-Miss America Pageants, Pre-Teen Pageant; Past Prin. . . . Map (db m171027) HM
11Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Dr. John M. Martin
In 1874 Dr. J.M. Martin came to Pine Grove to practice medicine. In 1885, appointed Lieutenant and later Captain, he served [with] the medical staff of Co. F 15th Regiment [PA Volunteers] during the Spanish-American War. His practice spanned three . . . Map (db m171366) HM
12Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Founding of Grove City
In 1798 Valentine Cunningham, Grove City's founder, cleared a field by a winding creek and built a log cabin on what is now Liberty Street. His wife, Margaret, and their sons, Charles and James G., joined him. Valentine named the stream Wolf Creek . . . Map (db m170840) HM
13Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — French "75"
In service during the World War Presented by the Gen. Hugh Mercer Chapter D.A.R. May 30, 1930.Map (db m170817) WM
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14Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — George Junior Republic
Since 1909, the community of Grove City has supported George Junior Republic in our mission of helping youth. The Board of Directors, staff, and youth of George Junior Republic proudly present this gazebo to the community of Grove City as an . . . Map (db m171354) HM
15Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Grove City College Original Campus
[Inset map showing the original college campus layout]Map (db m170836) HM
16Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Grove City Hospital
In 1907, with the organizational efforts of Dr. J.M. Martin, Grove City Hospital opened (with 7 beds) on the corner of Stewart Avenue and West Main Street. By 1916 the need for an expanded facility was evident and in 1921 a new hospital opened on . . . Map (db m171224) HM
17Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Grove City National Boys and Girls Purebred Calf Club
C.G. Harshaw arranged for the Commercial Club to buy 250 acres of land near town, now Memorial Park, for the use of the Grove City National Boys and Girls Purebred Calf Club. The entire community picnicked at the first Cattle Show in 1920. The . . . Map (db m171116) HM
18Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Grove City Newspaper History
Grove City's centennial of the borough's incorporation was in 1983. The Allied News July 5 insert highlighted the paper's lineage of newsprint media. Its roots began in 1882 as the Pine Grove Telephone, later Grove City Telephone. The newspaper . . . Map (db m171039) HM
19Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Grove City's Volunteer Fire Service
The volunteer fire department held an organizational meeting on September 21, 1904. The borough supplied the initial equipment: hose cart, hook and ladder cart, a hose, axes, crowbars. During the first year, a baseball game and a pie social were . . . Map (db m171230) HM
20Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — History of Burdicks Men’s Clothing Store
Burdicks first opened a newspaper business in the early 1920's, owned by Edward L. Burdick, Sr., and Edward L. Burdick, Jr. Later goods and services included a soda fountain, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, and bus service. In the . . . Map (db m171118) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — History of Grove City
The sons of Valentine and Margaret, Charles and James G. "Squire" Cunningham, returned to Wolf Creek in 1834 to lay out the town of Pine Grove (some sources say 1844). On his way to Harrisburg to secure title to the town, "Squire" saw his first . . . Map (db m170953) HM
22Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — History of Grove City
James Hunter came to Pine Grove in 1858 and homesteaded 65 acres, the origin of Hunter Farm (at the end of Greenwood Drive). His son, James Wilkin Hunter, later increased the size to about 300 acres. Hunter Farm retailed milk for about 20 years . . . Map (db m170988) HM
23Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — History of Grove City
The Montgomery Broom Factory opened in a house on Jackson Street in 1870 and later moved to Blair Street. In the 1920s the broom warehouse was destroyed by fire. When rebuilt, the inside wall was constructed with yellow bricks, which were removed . . . Map (db m171026) HM
24Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — History of Grove City
To create a site for a new post office in 1933, the McConkey House (pictures still on the wall) was moved across the bridge to its current location at 142 East Pine Street. The Post Office was dedicated during the Golden Jubilee, a 50-year . . . Map (db m171031) HM
25Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Incorporation of Grove City Borough
In 1882 a petition of 91 Pine Grove citizens was presented to Mercer County Court. Thus, the community became incorporated as the Borough of Grove City on January 4, 1883. A seal with a pine tree in the center was approved. Pine Grove Normal . . . Map (db m171298) HM
26Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — J. Howard Pew1882 - 1971
Class of 1900 Trustee 1912 - 1971 President, Board of Trustees, 1931 - 1971 This statue of J. Howard Pew commemorates his wisdom, his integrity, and his commitment to the ideals of this nation. His values are deeply imbued in the fabric and . . . Map (db m170949) HM
27Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — James G. Bell
James G. Bell managed the Guthrie and Lee Theaters (1950-1976). He was a member of the Grove City Chamber, the Safety Council, and an Elder of Tower Presbyterian Church. He served the American Field Service, area mental health organizations . . . Map (db m170955) HM
28Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — James V. Perry and WEDA-FM
WEDA-FM radio station, founded by James V. Perry, first aired on September 12, 1962. Its Easy Listening format provided a valuable service within a 50-mile radius of Grove City. James was very active in numerous community projects, and served two . . . Map (db m171228) HM
29Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Jerry C. Taylor
Jerry C. Taylor purchased the Ford dealership at 100 E. Poplar Street in 1968 from Jordan Bros. He moved the dealership in 1973 to Rt. 58 West. Jerry won many customer service awards from Ford Motor Co. He supported community projects and was a . . . Map (db m171367) HM
30Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Joden Jewelers
The Hoover Miller Building has been the home of retail stores since it was built in 1905. Joden Jewelers, a world-renowned source of fine antique, estate, and modern jewelry opened its door here in 1970 with the motto: "You can go to a . . . Map (db m171301) HM
31Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Joseph D. Monteleone
In grateful appreciation of Joseph D. Monteleone for his generous donation making the construction of this picnic shelter possible ————————————— Dedicated . . . Map (db m170809) HM
32Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Joseph Foster
Joseph Foster was projectionist at the Guthrie Theatre for 50 years (1933-1983). Joe worked for owners Martha Guthrie, J.G (Glenn) and H.M. (Bud) Carruthers, and William Demarsh. An avid outdoorsman, Joe was often seen driving his 1931 Chevrolet . . . Map (db m170990) HM
33Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Margaret Simpson Guinnip
Margaret "Margit" Simpson and her husband John Guinnip owned a sheep ranch in California[.] After his death, she returned to this area in 1883 and learned that Grove City Borough needed operating funds. She loaned the borough council a total of . . . Map (db m171300) HM
34Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — McBride & McBride, Attorneys
Milford L. McBride, Sr., and Milford L. McBride, Jr., attorneys at McBride & McBride, were active in community projects including the Board of Trustees of Grove City College. M.L. McBride, Sr.'s office was on the 2nd Floor of the old 1st . . . Map (db m171029) HM
35Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — McMullen Travel
McMullen Travel was founded by Bob & Donna McMullen in 1951. They started the business as a bus station, soda fountain and operated the local taxi service for many years. They were founders of the National Tour Association and Bob was president of . . . Map (db m171023) HM
36Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Montgomery Broom Factory
Brothers Milton and Nelson Montgomery began the Montgomery Broom Factory, located on Blair Street, in 1870. In 1934 Evert Swarts and his uncle Samuel Montgomery assumed ownership. It became known as the Montgomery-Swarts Broom Company. In 1946 the . . . Map (db m171162) HM
37Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Pine Grove Golf Course
John Deitrick designed and built Pine Grove Golf Course on his farm property in 1957. This provided folks in the Grove City area with a place to enjoy a game of golf. Len Chutz purchased the course in 1978 and continued development. It is . . . Map (db m171043) HM
38Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Pine Grove Normal Academy
In April 1876, at the age of 23, Isaac C. Ketler opened his "Select School"-- the forerunner of Grove City College. The first classes were held with 13 students. The fall session opened with 74 students with the school renamed as Pine Grove Normal . . . Map (db m171357) HM
39Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Pioneer Aviator Earl Saundt's Demise
At 1913's June Festival, pioneer aviator Earl Saundt (Earle Sandt) gave an exhibition flight. After his aeroplane clipped tall pine trees along Wolf Creek, he crashed into a freshly manured garden behind a home at 146 East Pine Street. He died . . . Map (db m171156) HM
40Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Police Chief Charles "Charlie" Ray
Police protection began in 1910 with one officer. Charles "Charlie" Ray, the first police chief, served from 1918 to 1935. Except for special occasions, he worked the streets himself. When needed, the Chief whistled down a car and jumped on the . . . Map (db m171164) HM
41Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Pythagorean 𝜋Sculptor Peter Calaboyias
The sculpture is a statement of the relationship of the sides of the right triangle by Pythagoras of Samos and the pursuit of squaring the circle by Archimedes of Syracuse. The arc moves upward, drawing attention to the vertical dimension and to . . . Map (db m171432) HM
42Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Rolland E. English
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43Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Ruth Daugherty Eccles
A true Proverbs woman, Ruth Daugherty Eccles, a beautiful lady both inside and out, had a great belief in people. In 1960 she purchased the Campus Dress Shop and created the Four Seasons, 119 S. Broad St., a ladies apparel store, establishing a . . . Map (db m171236) HM
44Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Site of First Building
To the right of this marker stood Recitation Hall, first building of Grove City College. It was built by the citizens of this community in 1879 under the leadership of Dr. Isaac C. Ketler, founder of the college. [Imprint of the . . . Map (db m170885) HM
45Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Slippery Rock & Grove City Railway
In June 1910, an ordinance was passed permitting a streetcar company to connect Grove City to Slippery Rock's line. A streetcar was displayed to encourage investment. After sections of the track were placed, the venture failed. During World . . . Map (db m171167) HM
46Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Susan Eccles O'Kane
Susan Eccles O'Kane was a visionary leader committed to high ideals. She established the Village Shop at 152 South Broad Street and operated four businesses from 1960 to 1998. Susan was known for her strong character, inspiring many women and . . . Map (db m171361) HM
47Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Ted Hines and Pine Instrument Company
Ted Hines founded Pine Instrument Company in 1962. The company designs and manufactures electronic controls and asphalt testing equipment. Its location in 2002 is 101 Industrial Drive. . . . Map (db m171033) HM
48Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — The Grove City Honor Roll
Rededicated in 2007 to all veterans who entered the service from Grove City and served during the following conflicts: World War I • World War II • Korean War Vietnam War • Lebanon • Grenada • Panama Gulf War • Afghanistan • Iraq [Armed . . . Map (db m170821) WM
49Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — The Railroad and Pine Grove
The railroad came to Pine Grove in 1872, encouraged primarily by the many deposits of coal in the area. A great train wreck took place on September 16, 1910. Passenger service was popular for many years but was discontinued in the 1950's. . . . Map (db m171362) HM
50Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Timeline of Grove City Catholicism
[Timeline Excerpts follow] Reverend Father Fred Borman Founded Mission 1896 - 1900 Reverend Father Daniel Lehane Celebrated Masses in Grove City 1896 - 1898 Reverend Father Francis Buonaura First Resident Pastor 1904 - . . . Map (db m171433) HM
51Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Veterans Honorary
These living gardens are dedicated to the honor of God and Country in tribute to the men and women of Grove City College who have Lived on this campus Looked many times from this view Learned in these halls and Left this very special . . . Map (db m170948) WM
52Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Veterans Memorial
In honor of all who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America from The Grove City AreaMap (db m170884) WM
53Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — War Memorial
Honor and glory to those who served in the wars of the United States The World War 1917 · 1919 1941 · 1945 The War of Independence 1775 · 1783 The War of 1812 1812 · 1815 The Mexican War 1846 · 1848 The Civil War 1861 · . . . Map (db m170815) WM
54Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Grove City — Wendell August
Wendell August, a coal mine owner in Brockway, hired blacksmiths to keep his work horses shod[.] Needing iron door latches for his new house, he had his blacksmiths create them for $4 rather than $60. Seeing the potential in hand-forged metalware, . . . Map (db m171028) HM
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Feb. 9, 2023