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Historic house demolished in Nanty Glo

              November 9, 2002

Photo by Judy Rose

The former home of A.A. Dietrich, a well known merchant in Nanty Glo's coalmining boom days, was demolished on Wednesday, November 6. The house at the intersection of Chestnut and Second Streets, on Pennsylaniva highway 271, was reportedly torn down to widen the intersection to better accomodate the many large trucks that use the route. Nanty Glo's First Baptist Church is seen in the background in the photo. A.A. Dietrich's Hardware was located in downtown Nanty Glo on Roberts Street, across from the bank, in the same building later occupied by Milford (Slim) Emery's Nanty Glo News, and now vacant. The hardware was in business from at least the 1930's to the '50's and ownership was tranferred to Clyde Hawksworth and later to his sons. An advertisement for the hardware after it was under Hawksworths' management, appearing in the Nanty Glo Journal in 1947 was featured in the weekly Home Page feature, "Old News from the Nanty Glo Journal and the NTAMHS." It follows:

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SEPTEMBER 25, 1947

DIETRICH HARDWARE
OWNED AND OPERATED BY H. C. HAWKSWORTH & SONS
PHONE 116, NANTY-GLO, PA

Sensational radio-phonograph plays up to 12 records automatically!
Yes the PHILCO 1256 is Only $124.95
Also The PHILCO PORTABLE 360 AC, DC, or battery radio only $49.95

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