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Clifford Earl Weeter was born in 1916 at Butler, Pennsylvania. Eleanor Jean Allen was born just a few months earlier in 1915 at Tarentum, Pennsylvania. They would meet years later and miles away at State College, Pennsylvania, in the late 1930's.

THE MILL AND PENN HILLS

Cliff graduated from Butler High School and was our first Weeter family member to go on to college. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Cliff went to work for the United States Steel Corporation. He married Jean Allen in 1940 at Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church. Their home was an apartment in the hills above Wilkinsburg during the forties World War II years. Bruce Allen Weeter was born in 1943 and Douglas Owen Weeter was born in 1944. The Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock was one of several huge steel mills along the Monongahela River. The fabled Carnegie steel empire of massive plants with open hearth furnaces and towering smokestacks became the US Steel Corporation. These labyrinth mills could employ thousands of steelworkers and stretch for two or three miles. The steel mills and coal mines of Pennsylvania produced some of the toughest neighborhoods and towns in twentieth century America. The game of football evolved in this region and for decades another Pennsylvania export was collegiate athletes.

In the early fifties Cliff and Jean had a brick family home built in Penn Hills. Here they raised their two boys and sent them off to college. Cliff had worked at Edgar Thompson for thirty five years and was a plant superintendent when he and Jean retired to Montana in 1974. Their Montana home was a spectacular location in the shadow of Emigrant Peak and close to the Yellowstone National Park. Cliff experienced Montana elk camps and trailing cattle. He passed away in his beloved workshop in 1981. Jean remained active for years in Montana with travel vacations, reading and playing bridge. She moved to be closer to her family on our Wyoming cattle ranch in 2000. Jean Allen Weeter passed away in 2001. Our parents and grandparents shaped our values and made our diverse ways of life possible. We have fond memories and miss all of these special people.