The name Uptegraff, with several spelling variations, has a long history in Pittsburgh. James M. Riddle's directory of 1815 lists "Updegraff[,] Abner, cutler and edge-tool maker, s w corner of 5th and Smithfield." One notable bearer of the name was Walter D. Uptegraff (1865–1929), personal secretary and trusted agent of George Westinghouse, later an executive of many Westinghouse businesses.
The street first appears as Uptegraff Street, with two F's, in the 1903 Polk city directory. The spelling in that directory changed to Uptegraft, with a final T, in 1905. Whether intentionally or by misprint, the name was officially established as Uptegraf, with a single F, by a city ordinance in 1910 that gave names for all streets in the city. The Polk directory amended its spelling to Uptegraf in 1913. Current street signs, however, say Uptegraff, with two F's.
- James M. Riddle. The Pittsburgh Directory for 1815: Containing the names, professions and residence of the heads of families and persons in business, in the borough of Pittsburgh, with an appendix containing a variety of useful information. James M. Riddle, Pittsburgh, 1815. Internet Archive pittsburghdirect00ridd. Republished by the Colonial Trust Co., Pittsburgh, 1905 (Google Books 9ihRAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00ach3238m); and by Duquesne Smelting Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1940 (Internet Archive pittsburghdirect00repu). [view source] riddle
- John W. Jordan. Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, vol. III. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1914. Google Books CuYsAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008588881; Internet Archive encyclopediaofpe03jord; . [view source] ency-pa-biog-3
- "W. D. Uptegraff dies at Niagara: Former aide of Westinghouse to be buried here." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 18, 1929, p. 6. Newspapers.com 146328587. [view source] uptegraff-obit
- R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh and Allegheny Directory, 1903, forty-eighth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1903. DonsList.net Pgh1903M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055723385. [view source] polk-1903
- R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh and Allegheny Directory, 1905, fiftieth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1905. DonsList.net Pgh1905M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055723393. [view source] polk-1905
- "An ordinance establishing the names of the avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 716. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 359. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 328–381, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 29, 1910, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616256, 86616285, 86616314, 86616333, 86616343), and Apr. 30, pp. 12–16 (Newspapers.com 86616643, 86616672, 86616694, 86616726, 86616748). [view source] ordinance-1910-716
- R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh Directory 1913, fifty-eighth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1913. Historic Pittsburgh 31735058193867. [view source] polk-1913