Legendary Locals of Latrobe by Joseph A. Comm


Legendary Locals of Latrobe by Joseph A. Comm




Located at the base of the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands, Latrobe is best known as the birthplace of children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers and golf legend Arnold Palmer. It is the home of Rolling Rock Beer, Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, and St. Vincent College. Latrobe has also been recognized for many famous firsts, like the first banana split, first all-professional football team, first Benedictine monastery in the United States, first nonstop airmail pickup, and first female nuclear scientist at Westinghouse Electric Company. It is a community of individuals who collectively exemplify the strong, hardworking culture of Western Pennsylvania–people like Oliver Barnes, a railroad engineer and Latrobe’s founder; Philip Mowry McKenna, innovator in the machining of steel and father of “Kennametal” tools; Joseph E. Greubel, who transformed his family’s ice cream-centered dairy stores into the thriving Valley Dairy Restaurants; Dr. Sara Carr McComb, a “legendary” librarian; and Robert Mendler, a Holocaust survivor who spent his life educating young people to respect one other. Legendary Locals of Latrobe celebrates these and nearly 200 other noteworthy figures and groups who have shaped and continue to shape the community.