AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Monongahela Railway shop employees pose for a group photograph at the company's terminal at South Brownsville, Fayette County, PA.
Three members of the extended Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family are among 85 co-workers pictured in this image. Their faces are circled -- Thomas Springer McKnight Sr. (1898-1976) in red; his son David McKnight (1926-1995) in green; and William E. Gribble Sr. (1906-1987), son of Thomas Ira Gribble, in yellow. The image is dated on Oct. 5, 1944.
The Monongahela Railway provided short coal-hauling transport between sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, contributing to the war effort of industrial production. Its combined ownership included a joint venture between the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The South Brownsville site was the point of connection between the co-owner company lines. Later, the Penn Central Transportation took possession of the New York Central and Pennsy and operated independently for many years.