A chance to revisit days gone by

Families wait for a train in Ford City, probably to be transported to the annual Kennywood Community Day event.  - Pete Harmon Collection

Families gather along the tracks in Ford City, probably waiting to be transported to the annual Kennywood Community Day event. – Pete Harmon Collection


Area collector to share photos & artifacts

When Kittanning Police Officer Pete Harmon retires next year, he’s looking forward to applying his detective skills to his favorite subjects: local history and genealogy.

Pete already spends much of his spare time collecting records and photos and is the go-to guy for historical Wick City, the neighborhood on the north end of Kittanning.

While many of us have pictures and records packed away in a closet or attic, Pete has files of family trees and scanned photographs in cloud storage and on multiple home computers. He’s pretty organized, but is eager to develop his database so he can retrieve files more efficiently. That's a big undertaking he hopes to jump into once he leaves the force.

Although Pete specializes in the history of Kittanning and Wick City, his collection includes many items from the Ford City area, such as pictures of various area families; little league team photos taken in Ford City Park in the 1960s; information on Ford China Company, which became Eljer; a Ford China Company Pottery brochure, circa 1904; and various newspaper clippings of area events since the 1890s. 

“Some of the most recent things I’ve come across are photographs, medals and awards of Flick Wolfe,” Pete said.

Ernest "Flicker" Wolfe was captain of the Ford City High School basketball team in the 1920s. Pete has some original photos of Wolfe and some of his teammates. They’ll be among the things he’ll share next week at a library event.

On Feb. 8, Pete will present a display and talk to visitors about pictures and memorabilia from Ford City and surrounding communities, like Garretts Run, Rosston and Manorville. He’s hoping local folks will stop in to share their own items and memories, and to help him identify people, places and events in some of his pictures.

Our community has a rich history and celebrated heritage. We’re certain people won’t want to miss this great opportunity to share and preserve the past. Help us welcome Pete Harmon at this local history event.

Ford City Area History:

  • 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8
  • At Ford City Public Library, 1136 Fourth Ave., Ford City

For information, contact the library at 724-763-3591 or fordcity@armstronglibraries.org.

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