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 • Billy Soose – former world boxing champion

 • Mark Marks – former US Congressman

 • Willie Somerset – Former NBA & ABA Basketball Star

 • Jack Marin – former NBA Basketball Star & Duke All-American

 • Judson Flint – Former NFL player

 • Hugh McKinnis – former NFL player

 • Adrian Capital – former football and track

 • Julius McCoy –Basketball All-American

 • Jimmy McCoy – Basketball All-American

 • Lorenzo Styles – former NFL player

 • Eddie McCluskey – legendary basketball coach and defensive strategist, who guided Farrell High School to seven state championships: 1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1969,and 1972. He stands as a Western Pennsylvania basketball legend. In 29 years at Farrell, he finished with 574 wins and 153 losses.

 • Randy Crowder – former NFL football player & PSU All-American (father of current NFL player Channing Crowder

 • Dave Johnson – Basketball All-American Cincinnati

 • Eugene “Jim” Pratt - football and wrestling University of Florida

 • Nick Canone – Purdue football

 • Brian Sanders – Arizona State football

 • Dr. Koller - Marquette Basketball

 • Dave Stewart - All State Basketball

 • Larry Prince - All State Basketball

 • Dave Sudzina - 2-sport star at Westminster College

 • Lou Falconi - one of the greatest high school football coaches in Mercer County history.

 • Anthony Aiello - At Farrell he had the distinction of having played on and coached for a WPIAL championship team.

 • Dr. Brian Generalovich- Pitt Basketball All American After graduation, says Generalovich, the New York Knicks, Boston (now New England) Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers recruited him to play professionally, but he again decided to stick with Pitt, enrolling in the University’s School of Dental Medicine.

 • Nick Scarmak – drummer, performer, writer, and producer. Throughout his illustrious career, he has performed with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Keely Smith, Rod Stewart, and Tammy Wynette, and has toured with the incomparable Tiny Tim.

 • Johnny Krizancic - Music performer, radio/TV personality and recording artist. Began his international Tamburitza and polka radio programs on Station WFAR and promoted Cleveland style polkas and other international ethnic music.

Do You Remember?.....

 •Playing softball at Farrell city park,

 • The haunted house behind John Hetra school,

 • The white face diary,

 • Jerry's boulevard dairy candy store,

 • The 5 and 10 downtown,

 • Walking to school uphill both ways in the snow,

 • Luigi's Pizza on Idaho Street,

 • Schusters Drive thru,

 • The bell in the old Junior High Cafeteria,

 • The band Earth Child,

 • The band Ocean,

 • The Little League Field,

 • Isalys Dairy,

 • Buning Leaves in the fall,

 • Playing Escape,

 • Going to Cedar Point on Class Day,

 • Bowling at Sunset Lanes,

 • Radio Station WFAR

 • Going over the Hill,

 • BBQ pig and lamb at Church Picnics,

 • Carnivali at Lady of Fatima,

 • Sausage sandwiches at the Light House,

 • Meatball sandwiches at Basilone's,

 • Happy Polka Hour on WFAR

 • Polish/Italian/Croatian/
Serbian/German cooking,

More to come....

A Short History of my Hometown Farrell, Pennsylvania

Hello and Welcome to my home town page. This is where I was born and lived until I moved to Southern California. My home town is Farrell which is in the Shenango Valley of Western Pennsylvania right off of route 80. It is about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh and about 70 miles south east of Cleveland. Farrell(known as South Sharon back then) started as a tract of land that was, at that time, Hickory Township -nestled between Sharon and Wheatland-that had a large bottom land (river and swamp). Frank Buhl started the Sharon Steel Company and was sold to Carnegie Steel two or three years later(1902). With the influx of millworkers of various ethnic backgrounds, many churches and corner bars were built. No wonder years later, Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" listed Farrell at having more churches and beer gardens than any city its size in the country! In 1912 the people of South Sharon decided to incorporate and change its name to Farrell, after the president of United States Steel Corporation J.A.Farrell. For a number of generations the steel works was, and still is, known as "the mill". The mill, which eventually became known as the Roemer Works of Sharon Steel Corporation supported nearly 20,000 during World War II before shrinking to barely 6,000 today. This hill town on the steep, eastern slope of the Shenango Valley was sulphurous, smoky gray and gritty (its banner of industrial prosperity). The town's pulse was literally the constant rumble (and startling blasts of trapped gases!) from giant white hot billets of steel being flattened in the rolling mill . At night the skies had an amber glow from the dumping of red hot slag. Today the skies are blue, the air is clear, and the complex of sad smoke stacks and blast furnaces in the valley are but ghostly silhouettes. It would serve as the community's lifeblood until 1992, when it was liquidated after filing bankruptcy. Many of the assets were sold at auction to Britain-based Caparo Corp. and later to Swiss steelmaker Duferco, which operates the plant today. Farrell was designated a financially distressed municipality in 1987 by the state of Pennsylvania. Despite years of population and industrial decline, Farrell has made progress in rebuilding itself due to new industrial investments on tax abated land and several new housing starts. Farrell has always been known as a great sports town with many state titles in basketball and volleyball.
Farrell is located in the Shenango Valley which is known for the Worlds Largest Shoe Store (Ryers), The Worlds Best Chicken Wings(Quaker Steak & Lube), The America's Only Free Golf Course, The Inventer of the Club. (anti thief device)

Click here for more Farrell History

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A Guide to Translating The Western Pennsylvania Language

Arn - the appliance that you use to press clothes, or the first name of a certain Pittsburgh ale, as a Arn City.
Babushka - scarf.
Beer Garden - Bar.
Bumbershoot - umbrella.
City chicken - pieces of pork.
Chipped-chopped ham - finely sliced boiled ham, unheard of in other parts of the U.S.
Chit-chat - conversation.
Clothes cupboard - closet.
Dinge - a small dent.
Gum bands - rubber bands
Grinny - a ground squirrel or chipmunk.
Iggle - our national bird.
Jaggerbush - a thorn bush of any kind.
Jumbo -bologna.
Mill - either where you used to work before it closed, or what you eat at lunch or dinner.
Nebby - nosy.
Onion snow - a light snow in early spring.
Peep - a baby chicken.
Pop - a soda , as in 7up or pepsi.
Red up - to clean quickly.
Sammich - something that is made up of two slices of bread with meat or cheese.
Stillers - Pittsburgh's football team.
Some thing the cat drug in - a non-complimentary description of someone who is dirty or disheveled, used with the introduction, "you look like....."
Yunz - you, you guys, you all. "what da yunz want to do?...."

note: It is also necessary to learn to slur words together, thus mashing consonants and vowels into one strong sound. Practice by learning to say,"Jeet jet? No , Jew?" That means, "Did you eat yet? no, Did you?

Here are a few excerpters from " My Short Sayings Dictionary" By Tony Liscio
Note Meaning follows=
' I wouldn't trust him any farther than I could throw him' = He is not to be trusted.
'Your Doggone right' = Your absolutely correct.
"He's a bad apple' = He has a bad attitude.
'This thing is like a slow boat to china' =the car is very slow.
'She is the cats meow'= She is a beautiful person.
'She was as good as gold'= She was well behaved.
'He has a Jalopy' = His car doesn't run well or look good.
'He's a Happy Go Lucky Guy'= He doesn't worry about anything.

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You know you're from Pennsylvania if...

"Hey Yunz Guyz" is your traditional greeting.
You know the time and location of every Wing Night in a 10 mile radius.
You only own three spices: salt, pepper, ketchup.
You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
You eat out at least once a week at an Italian owned pizza parlor.
You have 10 favorite recipes for venison.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.
You owe more money on your snowmobile than your car.
Your father has worked for the same company for over 20 years.
The local paper covers National and International headlines on 1/4 page but requires six pages for sports.
You think the start of deer hunting is a National Holiday.
You head south to go to your cottage.
You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
You find 20 deg. F "a little" chilly.
The trunk of your car doubles as a deep freezer.
You know the four seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.
You have 101 favorite recipes for kolbassi and saurkraut.
You still have pork and sauerkraut on New Years day.
You don't understand how anyone could watch a football game without either halupki, halushki, or kielbosa.
You remember fondly days of youth known as "Snow Days".
You don't understand why all sports commentators don't sound more like Cope.
You think only God has the proper resume to take over after Joe Paterno leaves Penn State.
Words like: gumband; buggy; hoagie; chipped ham; and pop actually mean something to you.
You can use the phrase "Firehall Wedding" and not even bat an eye.
Your grandmother, of any nationality, wears a babushka.
Plaid gives you Catholic school flash backs.
You can easily spell and pronounce last names like Wojciechowsky and Ricigliano.
You don't think a stripping hole is an adult club.
You don't understand what all the hype is about for Rolling Rock beer, You've been drinking it for years.
People wonder why you'd bet dollars to donuts on anything.
You're the only person on your street that "straightens the house" before guests come over.
You're the only person on your street that "reds up the house" before guests come over.
You can dodge potholes at 55 m. p. h.
You get misty-eyed when you see Mrs. T's pierogies in the frozen food aisle.

Jeff Foxworthy on Pennsylvania:

If you consider it a sport to sit in a treestand all day long with a bow or a gun just to put food in your freezer... you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Bradford is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Pennsylvania. cause you're all so damn friendly.

If you have worn shorts, sunglasses and a parka at the same time, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, or if you are in church and your priest or minister asks you to pray for the STEELERS , and wants to get you all home for 1 p. m. kickoff you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Pennsylvania.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE Pennsylvanian when:

1. "Vacation" means going up north past I-80 for the weekend.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave all the doors unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons: almost fall, winter, still winter and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a concrete statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means MORGANTOWN W V.

16. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his NEW FORD F150.

18. You go out to fish fry every Friday and bingo every Wednesday.

19. Your 4TH of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Pennsylvania friends.!

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These links are from the Mercer County.

Farrell Area School District
Farrell Area School District Alumni Archives
Farrell History
To celebrate our city's centennial year (1901 - 2001) the Pedas family has assembled an excellent history of Farrell,Farrell Schools,FASD Teachers,Administrators and FASD Alumni from 1904 to the present.
Farrell Census Data Mercer County
Shenango Valley Chanber of Commerce
Shenango Valley Message Board
American Dialects/Pennsylvania language
An organization dedicated to the study of regional American speech with information and links dealing with regional English. More pennsylvania dialect pages are listed.
Interactive Shenango Valley Maps
Mercer County History
Make sure and read the, "Remarks and General Observations on Mercer County, Pennsylvania" by B. Stokely, reportedly "the first actual resident settler in the county."
Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Information on and links to the Mercer County and Shenango Valley.
Mercer County Home Page
More information on and links to the Mercer County and Shenango Valley.
PennOhio Community Net
Information, Yellow Pages, White pages, and Listings from the PennOhio area.

Other Links
Quick and Easy Recipes from Isaly’s Fans
Kraynaks home and garden showplace
Best Wings USA/Quaker Steak & Lube
The local hot spot with "hot wings and cold beer". Every wed. night is bike nite.
The local Classic Rock radio station.
The Herald, Sharon, Pa.
The local newspaper.
Mrs. T's Pierogies - Fun Filled Pasta Pockets ®
Information on and Recipes for perogy.
Pierogie Plus
Pierogies are prepared in the eastern European tradition by real eastern Europeans in McKees Rocks and is widely known throughout Pittsburgh.
Pierogi Palace
The Pierogi Palace is located inside the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio.
PA State Association of County Fairs
Information on and Links to the county fairs in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Festivals

Other Pennsylvania-related Sites:
Pa. Hall of Fame
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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