Ray Donadio delivering
milk for Warren Sanitary Milk Company in 1954.
At the turn of the twentieth century, horses
were still the main source of pulling power whether it be wagons,
carriages or people. Hotels had a livery stable for boarding guests'
horses and wagons and also to rent for local transportation. Trains
provided transportation between towns and cities. Some cities
had urban and inter-urban trolley service.
Most businesses used horses to distribute their
goods throughout Niles; grocery stores, bottling companies and
moving companies to name a few.
Several milk companies used horses in delivering
their products to local homes, Warren Sanitary Milk Company used
horses for delivery as late as 1954 to the north side of Niles.
Other milk companies are listed below:
A badly damaged photo of a horse and wagon run
by Thomas Madden at some time before the turn of the
century as Excelsior Dairy before it became the Madden-Hubbard
H.C. Mines and the Brown-Fordyce Dairy
Wilson's Dairy delivering milk on Linden Avenue
A badly damaged photo of a horse
and wagon run by Thomas Madden at some time before the turn of
the century as Excelsior Dairy.
H.C. Mines and the Brown-Fordyce Dairy wagon.
Wilson's Dairy delivering milk on Linden Avenue
Left: Glass bottle used by Madden-Hubbard
Center: The front of the Niles Lawnmower
building, 532 Vienna Avenue, is being torn down and will be replaced
with a new showroom. Niles Daily Times photograph.
Tony Bernard, owner and
manager, made the announcement that work had begun on the building
Many old-timers will remember this
building as having housed the Madden-Hubbard Milk Company many
South Main Street downtown (
Stoneyard is located here today, 2022).
Horse and wagon, White Line Bottle
Works on Wagon parked in front of the store of Ward Jones "Slate,
Job work, Roofing , Tin, Iron" on store front.
Rider grocery store was located near the corner of East Federal
and the west side if Vienna Avene. The horse and buckboard were
used to pick up and deliver goods to customers and restock the
Pictured: Henry F. Rider, Howard H. Rider,
Jr., Myrtle, Elizabeth and Clyde Rider.
Henry F. Rider was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
on May 15, 1860, the son of George and Margaret Rider.
In 1905, he started the grocery business which
he conducted until the time of his death and in the same location
in which it has always been located (142 Vienna Avenue).
Henry and his wife lived in the second floor
above the store. His son, Howard, has been associated with his
father in the store.
When Riders closed in 1957, the Macali’s
bought most of the hardscape from inside the grocery store.
The building at 142 Vienna Avenue, where the
Rider's Grocery Store opened in 1905, is still standing and is
occupied today (2021).
1898 photo of Holloway's Livery & Undertaking
which was located on East Park Avenue in
James C. Holloway (hands on hips) and
Ray Holloway - by door. PO1.238
1916 - A. DeJute & Sons. L to R: Steve
Ratchie, Bill Bridgens, Frank DeJute and Angeline DeJute.
The company was founded in the 1890's and operated
until 1962. They paved many of the streets of the city with 2
types of bricks: Bessemer, red in color, and manufactured in Bessemer,
PA, and Demster, yellow in color made in Kittanning, PA.
Underneath the blacktop on many of our streets
are still the bricks put down 50 years ago by the DeJute Co. As
of 1976, North Crandon. Beaver, Brown and Summit Streets. are
a few of the remaining brick streets in Niles. PO1.239
Sandman's Draying service was a fore-runner of
trucking companies in Niles.
Sandman's was located at 112 Maple Avenue in
Celebrating a picnic, the road
was dirt and transportation was by horse and wagon. PO1.1221
President McKinley's first grade
teacher in a carriage in front of the Allison Hotel at the intersection
of North Main Street and Park Avenue. This was taken at a parade
in Niles unknown date.
Taken by May Unger John,
mother of George John. PO11.351
Holloway's 1894 "Black Maria"
that provided the final journey for many of Niles' dearly departed.
View of a horsedrawn fire engine
standing on State Street. The building on the right is Guarnieri's
Confectionary Store. The building on the left is the old Warner
Theatre. This photo was taken about 1900. PO1.1591
The American Railway Express.
Charles Robinson is featured with his horse and wagon
in the 1920's. PO1.2022
George Swegan started
an ice house and used to cut blocks of ice from the Mosquito
Creek and deliver it in horse-drawn carts like the one pictured.
L to R: Pete Granada, Mariona Granada
and Nick Perna. PO1.246
Peddlar's wagon from
Cicero's Store - 1915. The automobile
is a 1915 one door Ford sedan. The door was in the middle of the
passenger side of the car.
Pete Cicero came from Italy to Pittsburgh
before 1900. In 1903 he returned to Italy. In 1914 he left Italy
and came to Niles, Ohio. He and his huckster wagon soon became
a familiar sight in Niles.
‘Mr. Pete’, as he was known, was
very well liked and his fruits and vegetables were the freshest
that could be found.
In 1925 he built a grocery store on East Park
Avenue near the old Niles Firebrick office. He passed his knowledge
of merchandizing to his grandsons.
In 1951, his grandson, Joseph Cicero
took over the store when ‘Mr. Pete’ retired. In 1962
Joseph Cicero built a new and larger store on Robbins Avenue.
Racing on the Mahoning River.
Above the banks of the Mahoning River run the Pennsylvania Railroad
tracks. The water tower is iced due to the cold wintry weather.
A photo of a float from the 1909
Homecoming parade. Eaton Builders Supply, located on Church
A photo of the Columbus Day parade
in 1918 which combined the founding of America and the victory
of WWI. PO1.1224