Rogers - McFeely Memorial Pool
Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool
Backstory and Context
Built in 1959 by James and Nancy McFeely Rogers, the parents of the children's television star Fred Rogers.
Concerned about children drowning when they were swimming in the creek, James and Nancy McFeely Rogers underwrote the construction and continued to fund of a municipal swimming pool. They also went on to build other landmarks around the Latrobe area.
When being interviewed about the Rogers family, Latrobe resident Kathryn Elder said, “It’s impossible to overestimate what his family did for the community. And they never wanted thanks or credit or wanted to change anyone. They just wanted to make things better. If you go to any estate sale around here and listen carefully, you will hear older people telling stories about things the family did quietly, things they never wanted any credit for.”
Erdley, Deb. Fred Rogers’ lasting legacy, continuing ties to his Latrobe home, TribLive. February 17th 2018. Accessed July 1st 2020. https://archive.triblive.com/local/westmoreland/fred-rogers-lasting-legacy-continuing-ties-to-his-latrobe-home/.
Ruediger, Louis B.. Dogs take over Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool in Latrobe for season-ending swim, TribLive. September 7th 2019. Accessed July 1st 2020. https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/dogs-take-over-rogers-mcfeely-memorial-pool-in-latrobe-for-season-ending-swim/.