From the Historical Society of
St. Clair Archives
By Carolyn Jones, HSUSC Archivist
In light of the recent Heinz company news, the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair looks back to share a local tie to the ketchup giant. On October 20, 1911, the
Social Circle at made the trek to
visit the Heinz facilities as one of their ladies outings. Here the group poses in front of the H.J.
Heinz General Offices. Ladies from
several prominent local families are pictured, including Gilfillan, Clifton Fife, and Orr family members. The ladies are dressed in their finest garb
for a trip that certainly would have been quite the excursion. The ladies’ visit occurred before the
existence of the Liberty Tubes or the Fort Pitt Tunnels. In an excerpt from a local history by the
former Clifton and Johnston
School principal, Albert F. Baker, he
describes the efforts Upper St. Clair residents once had to make to travel into
downtown . In the early 1900s, “the time required to go
to down town Pittsburgh
is something we scarcely realize today. It was necessary to drive either to
Bridgeville or Castle Shannon to get the train, or to drive to Pittsburgh
and take the incline. Bad roads in the
winter and spring, with the horses going much of the way on a walk made it a
laborious trip. The Mt. Washington Washington Road was macadamized to Clifton in 1897 and 1898 and with the building of the
street-car line to about 1904 the
trip became much easier.” Now the trip from Mt.
Lebanon Upper St.
Clair to the H.J. Heinz Company World Headquarters takes just twenty-two
minutes according to Google Maps. That
is, if the traffic is good!
Image creditsSource identifier: PC1682
Title: Heinz 57 visit
Front row: Carrie Fife Edwards, Cora Murray, Mrs. William Woods, Mary Ann Espy, Flora Gilfillan, Mrs. Ellsworth Philips, Mrs. Anna Fife, Ruth Drake, Mrs. Albert Fife, Mrs. W.E. McCormick, Nancy McCormick.
Second row: Myra Drake (Crawford), Ella Orr, Miss Margaret Gilfillan, Miss Blanch McEwen, Unknown, Unknown, Mrs. Nathaniel Fife, Mrs. Crawford Hays, Unknown.
Third row: Miss Ida Orr, Mrs. Frank Fife, Miss Mary Wycoff, Mrs. John Martin, Mrs. Cornelius Wycoff, Mrs. Harry Wycoff, Unknown, Mrs. William T. Fife.
Top row: Miss Eva Murray, Mrs. E.C. Irwin, Miss Eleanor Gilfillan, Mrs. Hamilton Drake, Mrs. Joseph Bardsley.
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Quoted text:From a history of Upper St. Clair by Mr. Albert F. Baker, principal at the Clifton School and later at the Johnston School.