Mystery Photo No. 48

Four men sing on a stage at this gathering the Observer-Reporter estimates took place a little less than 100 years ago.Where and when was this mystery event?

The Observer-Reporter’s photo archive contains five slightly damaged glass negatives depicting this event. From the clothing worn by the participants, we might guess that this photo – and the others, which can be viewed at – was taken a little less than 100 years ago.

It is obvious that the crowd had gathered in warm weather on a sunny day; the umbrellas likely were used for protection from the sun, not rain. But everything else about the photos is unknown.

There is a large building with a huge clock tower in the background, and we hope some of our readers may be able to identify it and provide us with the location. We wonder if the quartet on the stage was singing barbershop songs, or perhaps hymns appropriate for a revival. Could this have been a Memorial Day or July 4 celebration? The many American flags would be appropriate for either. Or maybe this was a political rally or a celebration marking the conclusion of World War I. In some of the other photos, many men are wearing the same type of hats worn by soldiers in that war.

If you can identify the location, the event or the people involved, email Park Burroughs at, or call and leave a message for him along with your telephone number at 724-222-2200, extension 2400. With a little luck, we will be able to tell the story of this event in next Monday’s newspaper.