Timeline: Hotel Pick-Ohio in the 1940s

Hotel Pick-Ohio in downtown Youngstown (undated postcard), presumably in the 1950s. (Postcard image from the Metro Montthly Photo Archives)

TIMELINE: Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey played Youngstown during big-band era

By WILLIAM S. PEYKO | Metro Monthly Arts and Culture Writer This article is about a bygone era, an earlier time of places to go and things to see and do in Youngstown. Three of these places were the Palace Theater, the Elms Ballroom and Idora Park, with its one-of-a-kind dance floor. Idora hosted many nationally known […]

TIMELINE: Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown get married in Youngstown in 1947

By MARK C. PEYKO | Metro Monthly Editor Ella Fitzgerald, widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, was married in Youngstown during a two-week engagement at the Merry-Go-Round nightclub in 1947. Fitzgerald was performing in early December at the West Side club with her jazz trio, which included musicians Hank Jones, […]

PHOTO: Stone’s Restaurant in downtown Youngstown

MAHONING MEMORIES & NOSTALGIA – This local postcard depicts Stone’s Restaurant, which was located on the southeast corner of West Federal and S.Hazel streets. The canceled postcard from Aug. 11, 1957 reads: “Stone’s Restaurant, in the center of Youngstown, Ohio, has been serving fine cuisine for more than 20 years. Private Dining Rooms and Bar […]

PHOTO ALBUM: Evolution of Youngstown’s central business district

These images depict downtown Youngstown at various stages in its history from 1890 through the late 1970s.

PHOTO: Harry Burt Building on West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown

PHOTO: Frankle Bros. in downtown Youngstown

PHOTO: Town House Motel and Restaurant, Market Street, North Lima

MAHONING VALLEY MEMORIES & NOSTALGIA – These images depict the 50-unit Town House Motel and Restaurant on Route 7 in North Lima. More from a period postcard description: “Restaurant and heated swimming pool, 1 mile north of Ohio Turnpike. Youngstown Interchange Exit 16 on Ohio Route 7. All tile tub-shower baths; large and beautifully furnished […]

PHOTO: Sophia Brooks with the First Presbyterian Church Choir in 1963

VIDEO: East Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio, in the early 1960s

East Federal Street, Youngstown, 1960-64. From the Metro Monthly media archives. Originally uploaded on YouTube: Dec. 6, 2006. The images were also featured on Season Two of “Homeplate” on WYTV/MyYTV in 2011. Song: “The Criminal Gang” by Franco Micalizzi. I chose the song for the era it seems to evoke, not for the song title. Permissible for […]