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The Niles Public Library
was started as a civic project. On April 8, 1908 the Niles Library
Association was incorporated and a board of nine trustees was elected.
Tax levies of .3 of a mill each were made by the City Council and
the Board of Education were first paid into the Library treasury
in March, 1909. A large room in the W. A. Thomas building
on Furnace St. was offered rent free by Mr. Thomas. In this room
the library was housed until 1916.
interior of the Niles Library when it was in a rent free room owned
by W. A. Thomas on the bend of Furnace Street (East State Street).
It contained a total of 2,882 books and operated during the hours
of 9-5, 6:30-8:30 daily.
Hour at the old library on Furnace Street in Niles. Furnace Street
is now part of State Street.
view of the curve on Furnace Street that shows the Public Library(bottom
view of Mill Street looking east from Main Street. Mill and Furnace
Streets were combined into State Street. The yellow arrow indicates
the approximate location of the old library.
postcard shows the McKinley Memorial whose left wing houses the
new library. The erection of the library wing of the Memorial was
made possible largely through the gift of $50,000.00 by Henry
C. Frick, his gift being specifically for the library.
A view of the new library wing featuring the
circulation desk and a bronze bust of Henry C. Frick.
A photograph of the original check wriiten by
Henry C. Frick to the Memorial Library in the amount of $50,000.00.
Henry Clay Frick (December 19, 1849 – December
2, 1919) was an American industrialist, financier, union-buster,
and art patron. He founded the H. C. Frick & Company
coke manufacturing company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel
Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant
U.S. Steel steel manufacturing concern.
He also financed the construction of the Pennsylvania
Railroad and the Reading Company and owned extensive real estate
holdings in Pittsburgh and throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
He later built the historic neo-classical Frick Mansion
(now a landmark building in Manhattan) and at his death donated
his extensive collection of old master paintings and fine furniture
to create the celebrated Frick Collection and Art Museum.
this link to learn more about Henry Clay Frick.