Jimmy Ripple

Jimmy Ripple

James Albert Ripple (October 14, 1909July 16, 1959) was an American right and center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1936-1943.

Born in Export, Pennsylvania, he was on three World Series teams, with the New York Giants in 1936 and 1937 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1940. He died at age 49 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Veterans Banners

Veterans Banners have proven to be a remarkable success! Currently, purchasing new banners is closed. Thanks to Kathy Wilson for her countless hours spent making this project happen. The effort really shows! The banners are beautiful. Here is a link you can click that shows the location of all the banners.
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Export Stories Needed

We are going to need your input!  We are looking for stories from Export’s past.  If you have old news articles or just family recollections, let us know about them so we can include them in a blog type format.  As the stories build we can list the archives and make them searchable.  However, it won’t work if we don’t get participation.  So contact your relatives and gather your materials.  Send them to Export.Borough@gmail.com

    Eric Schwerer

    Eric Schwerer

    Eric has written two books. His most recent is The Saint of Withdrawal. His first book, Whittling Lessons (a limited edition chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2005), was nominated for an Ohioan Book Award.

    He earned a PhD from Ohio University. He has taught poetry to people recovering from mental illness and now teaches in the Creative Writing department at Johnstown’s University of Pittsburgh.

    His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fence, The Laurel Review, Quarter After Eight, Elixir, Artful Dodge, Poems & Plays, Northwest Review, Diagram, Paper Street, and Third Coast.

    Captain John Meier

    Capt. John F. Meier of the USS Gerald Ford

    A recent article in the Penn Franklin pointed out that we have another notabable Export resident and hometown hero Capt. John F. Meier.  Meier commands the USS Gerald Ford the most powerful and advanced aircraft carrier in the world!  What a big honor for the borough of Export.  You can read a little more about Meier here

    Bob Moose Pittsburgh Pirates

    Bob Moose

    Bob Moose Pittsburgh PiratesRobert (Bob) Ralph Moose Jr. (October 9, 1947October 9, 1976) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1967 to 1976. Moose spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season came in 1969 when he posted a 14-3 won-loss record and a 2.91 Earned Run Average working equally as a starter and reliever. On September 20 of that year, he no-hit the eventual World Champion New York Mets. However, he is also known for his bottom-of-the-ninth-inning wild pitch that allowed George Foster to score the winning run in the deciding game of the 1972 NLCS, sending the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series after Pittsburgh had a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth. This happened to be the last game of Roberto Clemente.

    Moose was killed in an auto accident heading to Bill Mazeroski’s golf course near Martins Ferry, Ohio, on his 29th birthday.

    Andrew W. Mellon

    Andrew W. Mellon

    Andrew W. Mellon

    There is a house on Hills Church Road which claims to be the home where Andrew W Mellon was raised.  So it seems that he grew up in the Export Area. Judge Thomas Mellon, the father of Andrew Mellon was raised here as well, Thomas was the founder of the Mellon bank.

    Andrew William Mellon was born in Pittsburgh where his father, Thomas, was a lawyer, banker and associate of Henry C. Frick in the coke industry. Young Andrew Mellon graduated from Western University of Pennsylvania, later the University of Pittsburgh, in 1873 and joined his brother Richard in the timber business.

    In 1874, the Mellon brothers merged their interests with their father’s, creating Thomas Mellon and Sons. Andrew Mellon emerged as the sole owner in 1882 and his father retired from the business four years later. A long line of diversified interests began in 1889 with the founding of the Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh and a later subsidiary, the Union Savings Bank.

    In succeeding years, Mellon used his talent for grasping new technologies to exploit interests not only in banking, but also in coal, shipbuilding, oil, locomotives, bridge construction, utilities, steel, insurance and aluminum. By 1902, he was president of what had become the Mellon National Bank.

    During World War I, Mellon was active in his support of the American Red Cross and other patriotic causes.

    The return of the Republicans to power in the postwar period brought Mellon an appointment as secretary of the treasury under Harding, a position he continued to hold under Coolidge and Hoover. He was a staunch advocate of such traditional conservative principles as tax reduction and the reduction of the national debt. Wartime expenses had swollen the debt to more than $25 billion at the start of the Harding administration in 1921, but Mellon managed to pare it down to about $16 billion by the end of the decade. As secretary, Mellon was also an advocate of tariff reform and the creation of a federal budget system.

    Andrew Mellon StampMellon supported such popular causes as payment of war debts owed to the United States by its former wartime allies. However, public attitudes toward the secretary changed rapidly after the stock market crash in the fall of 1929. Mellon became increasingly unhappy in office and in 1932 resigned to accept the ambassadorship to the Court of St. James in London.

    In 1935, Mellon was subjected to a lengthy Internal Revenue Service investigation, but was eventually exonerated.

    Mellon devoted much time and considerable sums of money to philanthropic causes. In 1913, he and his brother honored their father through the creation of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, an organization designed to forge a partnership between American scientific research and industry. In 1937, Mellon left a combined gift of $25 million to the people of the United States, part through the donation of his extensive art collection and the remainder in cash for the construction of what became the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

    Export PA War Memorial

    Export War Memorial Project

    The Veteran’s Memorial & Community Honor Roll was re-dedicated in its new location at Heritage Square, downtown Export, on Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021.  This amazing project was initiated by former resident and Veteran Gary Wuslich and completed by a joint effort of the Export Historical Society, Export Borough, and local Veteran’s associations such as the White Valley Amvets and Export and Murrysville American Legion Posts.  The memorial was funded by generous sponsors and grants obtained by the Export Historical Society.  No public tax dollars were used to fund the project.