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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Karl Probst ~ Designer of the Jeep

Karl Probst [center] was rightly called the "Father of the Jeep" and thanks to him Butler was duly given the celebrated nickname "Home of the Jeep". Probst designed the vehicle in just 18 hours in 1940, and it took our Bantam company 49 days to make the original, which was cloned for use by the U.S. Army.

                       The Jeep in a museum in Texas [Click]
                               Thanks: Barbara Bloom
                                                                        

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Joan Chandler ~ Actress ~ BHS '40

† 1979
The actress Joan [Cheeseman] Chandler was born 24 August 1923 in Butler, Pennsylvania. Lived on McKean Street across from the library. She starred in such movies as Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) and Humoresque (1946).