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OUR history

The list below is composed of persons interred in Union Dale, brought to our attention over many years. Some, whose names are easily recognized, are notable on a grand scale, while some were significant locally or played an important role in Allegheny City. We continue to enjoy many wonderful stories brought to us from many sources, adding to this work in progress. Links below have more information about them which you may see by clicking.

Union Dale has always been the pride of the community

Division 1

Division One

Philotus Dean

Principal of Pittsburgh Central High School

Robert Fairman 

Cabinet/casket maker, funeral director, and a founder of Mt. Union Cemetery (now Union Dale)

Colomb Gengembre

French architect, artist, and engineer - designed Allegheny City Hall

Albert Buell Hay

Civil War Major, co-founder of the Union Veteran Legion

Charles Kirschler

Last mayor of Allegheny, deputy Mayor of Pittsburgh

John McClurg

Pres. of James McClurg & Company, cracker bakers & confectioners (the factory is now the D.L. Clark Co. Bldg.)

Thomas Megraw

Mayor of Allegheny 1878-1881

Robert Bruce Mowry, MD

A leader in the founding of Allegheny General Hospital

Robert Munroe

Col. Robert Munroe, President of the R. Munroe & Sons Manufacturing Corporation of Pittsburgh. Served in the Civil war for the Thirteenth Pennsylvania Regiment Volunteers Sixth Corps. Injured thirteen times during his service.

David Navarro

P.T. Barnum's "Illinois Giant Boy"

Hezekiah Nixon

Mayor of Allegheny 1844-1845. builder of first rolling-mill in Allegheny

John E. Parke

Author of "Historical Gleanings of Allegheny" published in 1886

John T. Pressly

Prominent cleric in Allegheny City

Jacob Stuckrath

Mayor of Allegheny 1858

Francis Torrance

Early Officer of American-Standard Corporation

Dr. C. Jane Vincent

First female physician in Allegheny City

Reverend George Carothers Vincent

Leader of the founders and first presiding officer of Westminster College

George H. Woods

Police Officer for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and a U.S. Army veteran of the Civil War

Worth Remembering

Division Two

Division two

Colonel James Andrews

noted mason, bridge builder and businessman

William Bullock

Inventor of the web rotary press

John W. Barr

Noted Pittsburgh architect

Andrew Bayne

Member of The Constitutional Convention of 1837-38 and Sheriff of Allegheny County

Thomas McKee Bayne

Civil War Colonel, US Congressman, Pittsburg Press Publisher

Edward George Couch

Patrolman for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 18 years

Mary Junkin Buchanan Cowley

Educator and early kindergarten and playground advocate

Cruikshank Family 

Manufacturers of jellies and preserves

Charles W. Dahlinger

Noted Pittsburgh historian, author, lawyer, and politician

James J. Davis

Secretary of Labor under Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, US Senator

Hance M. Dunlap

Riverboat Captain, school board member, businessman, a founder of Mt. Union Cemetery (now Union Dale)

Helen D. English

Librarian - Pennsylvania Division of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

John Adams Gilleland

Civil War Veteran, Businessman, Allegheny City Postmaster

Nettie Gordon

"Queen of the North Side underworld"

Charles Geyer

Mayor of Allegheny

Lt. Friend W. Jenkins

Died aboard the USS Maine

Isaac Jones

Patrolman for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Civil War

Lt. Wallace Kappel Jr.

Golf champion

William J. Kappel

Founder and chairman of Busch Jewelry Co of NY and chairman of Kappel Jewelry of Pittsburgh

Robert Liddell

Mayor of Pittsburgh 1878-1881

Ralph C. Minehart

The Father of Pennsylvania DeMolay

Edward Morris

Known as "Cannonball" - major league baseball player

John R. Murphy

Mayor of Allegheny 1901

William C. McCarthy

Known as "Roaring Bill", mayor of Pittsburgh 1866-1868, 1875-1878

George Ellsworth Smith

Horseplayer known as "Pittsburg Phil"

Charles M. Snyder

Patrolman for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Norman Alexander Stewart

Detective for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Military Veteran of the Korean War

John M. Titzel

Engineer and businessman

Louis A. Thiel

Founder of Thiel College

David T. Watson

Noted attorney and philanthropist, founder of the Watson Institute

G.W. Wolf

WWI submarine commander, steel executive

James G.Wyman

Four-time mayor of Allegheny

Division Three

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to preserving legacies

Division three

Armstrong Family

Metal fabricators

Benjamin F. Bain

Patent holder and manufacturer of Wolverine mechanical toys

Brack Marcus Barr

Tuskegee Airman

Ernest R. Braun

Baker - Founder of the "Town Talk" bread label

Gene Bricker

Singer - The Marcels (the original group)

Henry Buhl, Jr.

Department store owner, philanthropist (Buhl Foundation)

Maurice E. Carlisle

Two-time mayor of Ben Avon, Union Dale officer

Robert J. Corbett

US Congressman 1939-1941, 1945-1971

David F. Creighton

Architect and mechanical engineer - known for "terrace" housing in Gary, IN

Lieutenant - Colonel Levi Bird Duff

Civil War officer and District Attorney of Allegheny County

Levi Bird Duff

Civil Engineer - supervised the construction of ten major bridges

Thomas D. Evans

Noted Pittsburgh architect

Harry H. Exley

Deputy Sherrif for Allegheny County Sheriff's Office and Pittsburgh Police Department and Pennsylvania Railroad Police for a total of 14 years of service

Hugh S. Fleming

Two time mayor of Allegheny City and a co-founder of Allegheny General Hospital

Edward W. Gwinner

Contractor, baseball team owner

Frederick Gwinner, Sr.

Stagecoach operator, contractor, banker

Allen Johnson - Singer

The Marcels (successor group)

C. Carl Kleinschmidt, Sr.

President of Pearson Manufacturing

C. Carl Kleinschmidt, Jr.

CEO of Williams and Company, Union Dale officer

Gottlieb Luty

Medal of Honor recipient 1876

Walter L. Main

Traveling circus operator

James Robert Milcarek, Sr. 

Sergeant with the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office for 13 years

Edward "Eppie" Miller

All-Star major league shortstop

Henry Russell Miller

Attorney, author, publisher

Louis McCord

Magician known as "Silent Mora"

Jerome "Jerry" Nachman

Award winning journalist, , broadcaster, editor-in-chief, executive

Thomas W. Pomeroy, Jr.

Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Josephine Hunter Potter


William M. Rimmel

Newspaper writer and author

Robert C. Russell

Inventor of Russell Soundex System for indexing of records

Elmer Ellsworth Smith

Major league baseball player - Pittsburgh Pirates

Edward Swartwood

Major league player - Pittsburgh Alleghenys

W. F. Trimble Family

Contractors - Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh & Buhl Planetarium

Jacob C. and Rudolph G. Volkwein

Music store proprietors

Henry J. Volz

Musician, Composer, Conductor - co-founder of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

William Henry Walker

Actor and Theatre Manager known as Harry Williams

E. Sydney Youden

1893 World's Fair horticulturist, Supt. of parks for Allegheny City, Union Dale Supt.

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