Photo Mystery Solved – It’s St. Anthony Church’s Cupola!

In an earlier post I was baffled as to what this thing was:

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Here is a closeup:

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Thing

Thanks to Beverly Lytle for identifying it as the cupola of the original St. Anthony church building. The photograph was taken along Park Avenue. What helped us reach that conclusion is the road going up river hill and the factory smoke stacks in the background.

Here is another view of the church and the smokestacks taken from Monongahela cemetery looking northwest toward downtown:

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St. Anthony Church on the far left. Click image to enlarge.

Note also the spires of both St. Paul’s church (foreground) and the Methodist church further in the background, both of which were removed years ago.

Still no progress on identifying the players though. **Correction** several players have been identified. See my previous post.

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8 thoughts on “Photo Mystery Solved – It’s St. Anthony Church’s Cupola!

  1. Beverly Lytle March 2, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I did identify 4 of the players based on a 1910 photo of the team that included the names.
    Look on Facebook, The Growing up in New Eagle page.

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  2. Dan March 2, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Wow, thanks Beverly for the info. I didn’t know about the New Eagle page. I’ll mention it on Lost Monongahela Page to help get the word out.

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  3. Jay Matuga March 2, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    If that is St Anthony’s steeple, then the football team photo was NOT taken on the MHS High School football field.

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  4. Dan March 2, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    You are right Jay. The yellow brick building we refer to as Monongahela High School (M.H.S.) on 12th street was not built until the 1920’s. In 1912 Monongahela’s high school was located on the corner of 4th and Main Streets. Obviously there would not be a football field in the middle of town. That is why they used this field on Park Avenue. Before the high school on 12th street was built that area was referred to as the “coal fields”.

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  5. Dan March 4, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    @michaelpellas Sure is. Just hard to believe that 4 died shortly after this pic was taken.

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  6. kimbershomecare May 22, 2015 / 2:39 am

    any chance you have ever come across old photos from the Photographer Moses Lowers or one of his sons, that had the photograph boat sunbeam?

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  7. Michelle C Hernandez August 13, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    First of all I love getting any new updates and news from you. I was born and raised in Monongahela (1953-1971). After leaving I returned a few times but now it’s been 30 years. My family had a history there, Keene’s Auto Garage-Main Street (1940’s). Our family home was at 1371 4th Street which I noticed was recently sold. Other family also lived along 4th Street, I remember so many nice things about my home town and I appreciate any news and feedback sent from you and I think it’s time to pay a visit to see all the changes.

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