Remember When: In 1905, Sewickley Herald reported on nude river bathers
This week, we take a look back at what was making news in the Sewickley Herald 113 years ago this week:
• On the impending Independence Day holiday: “On Tuesday next, Uncle Sam will be one hundred and twenty-nine years old. Rather old for an uncle, but quite young for a Republic.”
• Edgeworth defeated Edgewood in the last round of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s spring matches at the Edgeworth Golf Links (now the Edgeworth Club). The score was 9 to 2.
• Mrs. Henry Buhl Jr. held a luncheon for the wife of Philander C. Knox at her home, “Cloverton Hills,” in Sewickley Heights. Knox, formerly U.S. Attorney General, was currently serving as a U.S. senator for Pennsylvania. His wife was staying in the Heights as a guest of Mrs. George Harton Singer. It was unclear whether Mrs. Knox’s husband had accompanied her.
• A second volunteer fire company was founded in Leetsdale by Thomas Shields and Mike Ryan. The two founders gave a demonstration of a new fire extinguisher by staging a blaze at the ruins of the town’s old hotel.
• Leetsdale reminded the public of its new ordinance “prohibiting the sale and use of torpedo canes, dynamite crackers and toy pistols within the borough limits” in the lead-up to the Fourth of July.
• The Herald also reminded “the boys who persist in bathing in the Ohio River without swimming tights” that they will be reported to Chief Morningstar if they do not stop.
Find the entire Herald archive — dating from the first edition of Sept. 19, 1903 — on the Sewickley Public Library’s digital research archives at sewickleylibrary.org.
Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.