Saturday, March 29, 2014

Irvin M & David H Beatty - 1942

Several times during the war brothers were able to reunite. Irvin & David pose for a photo to mark the occasion (and I'm sure send one home to mom and dad!)

December 1942
(L) Irvin Milton Beatty & (R) David Hudson Beatty

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Irvin M. Beatty - WWII

Irvin enlisted in the Navy on September 10, 1941... less than 2 months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He served on both the cruiser U.S.S. Savannah and on the battleship Wisconsin. During his time he saw a good bit of action and one occasion in particular was a really close call. September 11, 1943 he was on board the Savannah when Nazi planes seriously bombed the cruiser during the battle for Salerno, Italy. He did survive to fight another day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Signs By Irv" - Irvin Milton Beatty

Irvin & Bertha's son Irvin Milton Beatty was a store front sign painter in the 1940's-50's. He painted many of the business signs in the Upper Darby, PA area, South Philly... 69th Street, Island Ave, and other popular shopping districts during that time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Irvin Hudson Beatty

Irvin was the 3rd child born to Milton & Kate (Hughes) Beatty on May 16, 1897. He served in the Navy during WWI on board the USS Granite State. During the 1920's and 30's he had several professions including installing antennas on houses for the latest craze.... radio. He also worked as a mechanic, insurance salesman, carpenter, any other job he could do to make ends meet during the depression. In the mid 30's he was hired with the Dept. of Agriculture and moved first from Indiana, PA to Williamsport.... and then to Upper Darby, PA.

It's been told that among his talents was cooking, which he did at the local veterans center in Indiana, and also painting.

He married Bertha Mae Kretzer Jan 25, 1919 in Wellsburg, WV... a popular spot at the time to get hitched. They had 4 children: Bertha Mae, David Hudson, Irvin Milton, & Frederick Theodore Beatty.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Milton Beatty Buys a Music Store in Blairsville, PA - 1906

Indiana Weekly Messenger
February 21, 1906
Indiana County Gazette
February 21, 1906

Among the many business endeavors that Milton pursued, in 1906 he bought into a music store business. He relocated the family from Indiana down to Blairsville. This only lasted a year or so before he went back to concentrating on construction and real estate. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014