This is a souvenier from the Monongahela Old Home Week Celebration of 1908. Originally it would have included a ribbon attaching the top and bottom of the medal. I purchased this off eBay a few months ago and was excited to receive it in the mail. Kind of gives you a sense of connection with the people of that time. I wonder who originally purchased this?
Monongahela was booming back in 1908 with the population reaching 7,598 in 1910, eventually peaking at 12,948 in 1970. In 1970 I suspect that there was little in-migration where as in 1908 much of the growth was due to immigrants arriving from all over the world to work in the coal mines and at the supporting industries in town.
The Monongahela Old Home Week Celebration must have been quite an impressive affair. The organizers assembled a wonderful publication called the Historical Magazine Of Monongahela’s Old Home Coming Week: Sept. 6-13, 1908. (At 312 pages I would call it more of a book than a magazine!) Here is the welcome message from Mayor William J. Blankenbuehler.
You can really sense a feeling of pride and optimism among the citizens of Monongahela back then. I wonder if that ever will return?