About Us Public
Library School District Events
by J. H. Irwin, assisted by T. B. Hunter.
1887 Incorporation of the Borough
1888 First Borough officials elected
1889 At the time of the Johnstown flood the water was so high that the people were taken out the second story windows with boats in Hensheytown.
February 4, 1889 The Borough lock-up was completed and stood back of Charles Wallaces home between First and Second Street in the alley.
1890 Samuel Mundorf was seriously injured when he was dragged under a freight car while working on the P. & N. W. railroad. He retired with 42 years of service.
March 25, 1990 J. O. Henry had his arm cut off in the Altoona Yards.
July 6, 1891 O. H. Kane was given the bid to grade Main Street for the consideration of $340
October 5, 1891 Bellwood Electric Light Co. was given exclusive right for term of three years, providing they are prepared to furnish light within two months from Oct. 15th, 1891.
October 5, 1891 Application was received by the Council from A. L. Goss for the position of Borough Police and Lamp Lighting, which was read and accepted, and he was ordered to give Bond for the sum of $200. Salary $20 per month.
June 11, 1891 Wreck P. & N. W.Engineer Simons, brakeman Grazier and Van Scoyoc killed. Brakeman Hetrick seriously injured.
July 16, 1892 The Electric Lights were turned on in the streets for the first time, and in Irwin & Wrays store July 29th, 1892.
August 1, 1892 Councilmen Mr. D. L. Wray, Mr. Jeffries and Mr. J. A. Williamson were appointed as a special committee to enter into negotiations with the Bellwood Electric Co., for the best interests of the people of the Borough of Bellwood.
August 1, 1892 An ordinance authorizing the erection of Water Works in the Borough of Bellwood and a loan of $17,800 enacted and passed the 6th day of June 1893.
August 22, 1892 Engine jumped track at Bear Loop and killed two men and hurt three men badly.
October 31, 1892 Mr. Corey killed on P. & N. W. railroad.
January 2, 1893 24 degrees below zero.
February 4, 1893 Roof blew off the opera house.
May 1, 1893 Irwin and Wray made arrangements with Bellwood Bank for the use of their telephone.
July 17, 1893 W. H. Jeffries, Judge of Election, delivered the special election returns, which was held July 15th for the purpose of deciding whether the Borough was to have water. The result was 190 votes for the water and 6 votes against.
October 9, 1893 Borough water turned on for the first time.
January 24, 1894 Mr. Kettle was struck by a P. R. R. engine and killed.
March 31, 1894 Three hotels were licensed in Bellwood Borough.
May 1, 1894 Wreck of P.R.R. at Tiptontwo men killed.
May 9, 1894 Mrs. A. L. Goss was thrown out of the wagon and hurt.
May 21, 1894 Flood almost as great as the year 1889.
July 2, 1894 First electric car in Bellwood.
May 7, 1895 W. Isenberg killed on P. & N. W.
July 6, 1895 Curb was being erected on the Boroughs Main Street.
September 13, 1895 Colored mens fight and medicine man rotten-egged on Main Street.
October 14, 1895 Water in Altoona so scarce that the P. R. R. hauled some from Bellwood for Altoona Shops.
December 1, 1895 Young Wyandt of Juniata killed at station.
December 26, 1895 Harry Irwin, son of George Irwin, killed on P. & N. W.
February 15, 1896 Y. M. C. A. dedication which was located above the Irwin & Wray Store.
February 21, 1896 Passenger train for Punxsutawney collided with the Bellwood local.
June 12, 1896 All business places closed on account of the Blair County Semi-Centennial, which was going full speed.
June 20, 1896 B. W. Cooks little boy killed on P. R. R. crossing.
January 22, 1897 Dr. Laird struck by engine and hurt.
January 29, 1897 I. M. Myers hurt on railroad.
February 1, 1897 Pipe organ arrived for Presbyterian Church.
June 5, 1897 Bellwood band received new instruments.
November 9, 1897 Central hotel gutted by fire.
December 27, 1897 Mrs. Wm. Bush killed on P. R. R.
May 19, 1898 W. B. Dysarts little son smothered in grain elevator.
June 22, 1898 Fire destroyed stock and building of Irwin & Wrays.
August 8, 1898 Hobo killed by train at Tipple.
August 15, 1898 Mrs. Albert McFarland thrown out of wagon and hurt.
September 2, 1898 William Miller had his arm dislocated.
October 20, 1898 John Wannamaker addressed the people of Bellwood on the issues of the day.
November 9, 1898 Wreck on P. & N. W.W. Bevan hurt.
April 6, 1899 62nd Anniversary of Baptist Church.
August 11, 1899 Geo. Laird hurt.
August 23, 1899 Wreck on P. & N. W.P. G. Goshorn hurt.
November 18, 1899 R. S. McCurdy had leg cut off.
December 15, 1899 Geo. Martz had leg broken.
December 26, 1899 Acetylene generator exploded at Irwin & Wrays.
February 22, 1900 Dedication of City Hall.
Mar. 7, 1900 J. W. Rumbarger killed.
May 7, 1990 Captain Lowther killed.
August 29, 1900 James Kustaborder killed.
September 12, 1900 Wreck at Ales cut, 22 cars smashed.
September 13, 1900 I. M. Myers foot crushed.
October 12, 1900 James Miller, Sr., killed at P. R. R. crossing.
December 26, 1900 Charles Taylor (colored) drowned in Juniata near Glasgow dam.
January 4, 1991 No. 6 engine exploded at McGees, three men killed.
March 9, 1901 Robbers cracked the safe in the Bellwood bank.
March 23, 1901 Geo. C. Weight killed.
March 27, 1901 W. B. Humes broke his leg.
June 26, 1901 Geo. Simons arm badly broken in Bellwood machine shop.
August 22, 1901 L. A. Millers boy killed on railroad.
September 21, 1901 Antis cemetery unveiled.
September 25, 1901 Mr. Farnsworth killed at Bellwood Mfg. Co.
December 23, 1901 Will Mulholen killed at Lilly Station.
March 3, 1902 First transfer of P. & N. W. to P. R. R. Co. Final P. & N. W. pay to men was March 13, 1902.
March 20, 1902 J. T. Glasgow killed in sawmill.
March 24, 1902 Geo. McCracken killed, Isaac Groner and others badly hurt on P. & N. W. Isaac Groner died March 29, 1902 from his injuries.
May 26, 1902 Ben Cherry killed on P. R. R.
May 28, 1902 Very cold and snow at Lloydsville, PA.
May 28, 1902 Young Parks and Kask killed at Kerbaugh Works.
July 4, 1902 Electric Line opened to Tyrone.
September 12, 1902 Geo. Schwenk badly hurt.
August 30, 1902 Judge Deams barn burned by lightning.
October 14, 1902 Reported P. R. R. pay car held up. However pay car arrived at 9:30 p.m. with the money.
January 9, 1903 Joe McCloskey in Altoona to help purchase firemens team of horses.
July 3, 1903 Boy drowned in sawmill dam.
July 17, 1903 Joe McCoy died from a blank shell accidentally discharged from a pistol, which struck his hand.
July 23, 1903 Milton Williams leg cut off on P. & N. W.
September 23, 1903 Charles Steel killed at car repair works.
November 12, 1903 Stewart Gensimer killed on P. & N. W.
March 3,1904 Man killed on tipple.
February 11, 1905 Mr. Darah badly hurt in fall from telephone pole.
April 10, 1905 Charles Grazier killed in yard.
April 29, 1905 Acetylene Gas generator exploded at L. W. Irwin & Co. and killed Joe McCloskey.
August 10, 1905 Engine exploded one mile west of Bellwood killing two men.
October 13, 1905 Directors meeting of Logan Valley cemetery association to conclude purchase of land from James Lowther Estate.
February 19, 1906 G. M. Weaver was elected Burgess of Bellwood.
May 7, 1906 Dan Peters hurt at Kerbaugh works.
July 15, 1906 W. S. Bells barn struck by lightning and burned.
November 12, 1906 N. Rose killed.
May 18, 1907 Adie Bell killed as he stepped from behind a train.
June 14, 1907 J. M. Mothersbaugh killed at wreck on P. R. R.
June 30, 1907 Dr. Mathers closed his pastorate as pastor of the Logan Presbyterian Church, Bellwood covering almost forty years. He died Aug. 31, 1912 at 11:30 p.m.
January 7, 1908 Fifteen inches of snow.
July 23, 1908 Robert Henderson killed on main track of railroad near the freight station.
August 8, 1908 J. Edgar Williamson and Robert E. Irwin left Bellwood for an 800-mile bicycle trip.
September 15, 1908 Samuel Hershey killed at Glenwood Springs.
January 1, 1909 Business Mens Association of Bellwood had their banquet at the Bell Hotel on Railroad Street.
September 7, 1909 Ladies of Bellwood Business Mens Association held an outing at Lakemont Park.
January 2, 1910 Judge Bell of Hollidaysburg was found dead in bed Sunday.
June 27, 1910 L. W. Irwin was named President of the Bellwood Business Mens Association.
March 16, 1911 H. E. Keys badly injured.
September 6, 1911 John Irwin lost to Melvin Bamford in the finals of the first Bellwood Tennis Club tournament.
November 7, 1911 Dr. W. H. Morrow, E. N. Root, E. F. Green, G. P. Orris and L. W. Irwin elected school directors.
January 13, 1912 26 degrees below zero.
December 10, 1912 Kypers stable was burned to the ground.
May 1, 1913 Edward Wolfe hurt.
May 27, 1913 Borough special election for a new school building. It was carried by 181 to 14 against.
June 2, 1913 Accident at bridge, boy killed.
August 3, 1913 Hunters barn reported struck by lightning and burned.
August 21, 1913 Young Schmittle accidentally electrocuted.
October 24, 1913 Mr. George Edmiston killed.
January 5, 1914 Twenty-two inches of snowfall.
May 26, 1914 Y. M. C. A. building consumed by fire. The building was located on the corner of Main and Antis Streets.
1915 The Bellwood Chamber of Commerce organized.
January 26, 1916 An ordinance was introduced providing for the adoption location and construction of a sewer disposal plant by J. J. Irwin.
June 27, 1916 Bellwood experienced the most severe hail and rainstorm in its history. Hail and water ran over the curb on Main Street and many windows were broken by the hail.
1916 The following local men left for the Mexican border with the Sheridan troop of Tyrone: Edgar McKinney, A. R. Barr, C. B. Meadville, O. B. Moore, R. B. Branstetter, C. P Gilmore, J. G. Homing, G. D. Martz, R. L. Shultzaberger.
1917 Bellwood Y. M. C. A. dedicated. High School athletic field.
June 1934 G. E. Fuoss completed new funeral chapel and show room on Main Street.
May 7, 1935 The large barn of Mr. John A. Fox was destroyed by fire, also 24 head of cow, 200 bushel of grain, 20 ton of hay and most of his farm implements.
1935 Jack Williamson appointed Scoutmaster of Troop No. 51, Boy Scouts of America.
December 17, 1935 Start of the Bellwood Sewerage project. Two hundred men given employment.
1936 Members of the Lutheran church completed a parish house which meets the needs of their ever increasing congregation.
1936 Oscar Bender met a tragic death in a cave-in on the Bellwood Sewer project, near the Rothenberger home.
April 8, 1937 A Group of representative citizens of the borough met in the Y. M. C. A. to discuss plans for the Bellwood Semi-Centennial celebration, in charge of General Chairman C. F. Wertz.
April 24, 1937 Christopher Dengate, last Bellwood Civil War Veteran, died.
June 27, 1937 Seventeen freight cars ran away from the yard at Hunters Crossing, north of Bellwood, and were derailed near the passenger station at the junction of the main line and the branch. Ten cars were wrecked in the creek.
July 11th to 17th, 1937 Semi-Centennial celebration.