McKees Rocks Genealogy and History

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Biography, p740 History of Allegheny County, born in Ireland in 1840, immigrated in 1860. Occupation is in the restaurant and saloon business. Married in 1871 to Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth CROZIER of Allegheny. Six children Annie E., John, Andrew, Sarah, William J. and Robert.

Biography, p624 History of Allegheny County, born in Ireland in 1847, immigrated 1868. owner of the Exchange Hotel in McKees Rocks. Later changed the name to the Lamb Hotel, located on Chartiers ave. Married Mary, daughter of Martin and Julia MCGOVERN. Three children, John, Katie G. and William J. Lamb.

Extracted from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct 23, 1990. Born in McKees Rocks, Pa., Sinkwich was the son of Croatian parents who came to the United States from Soviet Georgia. He grew up during the Depression and came to Georgia in 1939 in Butts's first recruiting class. "A lot of people don't know this, but Frank Sinkwich invented the draw play in that Orange Bowl game," said Hartman. "TCU wanted to get to him so bad that he just starting dropping back like he was going to pass and then found a hole and went up the middle, one time for 43 yards. It was so effective that we switched to the T-formation after the war and put the play in. Frank Sinkwich's career highlights - 1942 Heisman Trophy. -All-American, 1941, 1942 -Set record of 382 yards total offense in the 1942 Orange Bowl that still stands. -Set an SEC rushing record with 1,103 yards in 1941. -Set SEC and Georgia total offense record of 2,187 in 1942. -All-Pro, Detroit Lions, 1943-44. -Inducted into National College Football Hall of Fame, 1954. See full story for additional details.

Past Famous Sons and Daughters


Merle Fainsod           More.
Frank E. Liguori
N(icholas) Henry Pronko           More.
Michael A. Musmanno 
Herbert Silvette (Barnaby Dogbolt)  See obit.     


Albert Kenneth Kozar (Baseball)
Frank Sinkwich (Football)
Antonio Joseph Vitelli (Baseball)

Public Figures

Miles Bryan      More.
Michael A. Musmanno         
Catherine Baker Knoll


John J. Pinder, Jr.   More.
Louis George Henyey
Olive Thomas
David Silvette (Portrait Artist)
Phyllis Viola (1st Laurel Queen of Pa.)
Dale E. Karger
Billy Mays (Pitchman)

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Lewis and Clark
John F. Kennedy
The Three Stooges
Al Capone