Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill

…for swindling the audience and putting on an “atrociously poor” show. Don’t come back to Oil City, blared a local newspaper headline. However, subsequent shows over the years in the…

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

…the pilot who demonstrated the company’s planes. When a Japanese newspaper offered $25,000 in prize money to the first pilots to fly non-stop across the Pacific, they signed up. Pangborn…

Storefronts

Storefronts

sites in the city’s business districts. A quick look at city directories from 1880 through 1930 shows an extensive listing of small businesses. As examples, there were 15 hotels or…

ORLA Newsletter

…2022 – ORLA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2021 ARE HERE. The votes are in! 9 of the most-loved books at Oil Region Libraries get their moment this month (and rightfully so…

A Historic Anniversary

…in 2021 as an incorporated city, owed its early start as a river community that served as a microcosm of the industrial flow and ebb of the region. There were…

Oil City Aces

Oil City Aces

company, Jarecki Industries, on 13th Street in Franklin. It expanded to Erie County a few years later. The family moved from Reno to Erie where he bought the Commodore Downs…

Ducks and Roses

Ducks and Roses

…Fargo Express on the morning of May 29th one (1) dozen of your best grade dark roses to the following address”. A money order receipt, dated Feb. 27, 1908, for…

Grove Hill Cemetery

Grove Hill Cemetery

…began when a group of Oil City women publicly lobbied to establish a large and public cemetery in the fall of 1870. Money was raised to buy a 9.5 acre…

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Oil City All-Stars

Oil City All-Stars

…for the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Maritime Commission. Tony Como Tony Como Oil City claimed a famous pugilist, too, among its cadre of outstanding athletes. Anthony “Tony” Como,…