We moved to Nanty Glo
in 1939 from the Loretto area. Our first house was on Wagner Street, across from
what is now the Legion, then it was Heisley Company Store. If they didn't have
you didn't need it. The company gas station was across Lloyd Street, a few doors
down from Ben Fresh's market. The pumps were manned by "Jookie" Hawksworth. We
used to hunt for Cherrio and Popsickle sticks, hoping for a "FREE" one. We also
looked for "pop" bottles for the two cents deposit, our source of penny
We later moved to Walter
Street. I recall sled riding from atop Sheago's hill down to the Moose parking
lot. We could do only two or three of those runs; we were exhausted from the hike
back up to the hill top. We never had to worry about cars. What with World War
II gas and tire rationing, those who had cars kept them in the garage.
the summer, we played "scrub" baseball; never had enough people to field
two regular teams. We also used "tappie" balls. No one could afford
a new $2.50 baseball. We also had fun playing in the woods, picking huckleberries,
After dad died,
we moved to Lilly to be near my mom's mother. After about 10 months, we moved
back to Nanty Glo. Mother (Ella) went to work as a waitress at Hagen's Restaurant
and we lived across the street, above Shaddens Department Store. I remember Gib
& Amber Wissinger, Wissinger's Market, the building next to the market which later
became the Post Office; the Journal office, Herman Sedloff, Mike Bzydel,
etc. The Divido family lived above the Journal office. Andy & Blanche Hagen
lived above the restaurant. Dietrichs Hardware Store, A.A. Dietrich; Common's
Variety Store-Market-Hardware Store, Russ Commons.
other side of Roberts Street was Emery's News Stand, in the Miners Building, Miff
Emery; the Ell & Gee store with Mrs. Moody. Then was the Acme Store, but I can't
recall the manager; then Shaddens, the Nanty Glo Bank and Jess Edwards; above
the bank was Leo Sidola Beauty Shop, the telephone switchboard, which I believe
had two operators and was open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Next was Sam Suchmann's Jewelrey
Store; another store of some kind, above which was Elizabeth's beauty shop; a
dry cleaners, and John Casales barber shop.
the street was Levinson's Department Store, and on Shoemaker Street was "whiskey
row," anchored by Mary Swigle's tavern on one end and the Wagon Wheel on the other.
Just before the Wagon Wheel was the venerable Liberty Theater, aka the Ranch,or
the Barn. Across from the theater was Grant Dino's pool room. The Wagon Wheel
later became The Italian Club.
other side of the bridge (Chestnut Street) was the Fire Station, Kovach's Taxi
Stand, the Capitol Theatre, Kavanaugh's Ford Garage, Charlie Skalarsky's Shoe
Repair Store, and George Brown's Esso gas station. Across from the fire hall was
Jim Mehanic's candy store; next to that was a wooden building that burned down.
I don't recall what was in that building, but when it was rebuilt (brick) Joe
Tasky's pool hall was in the basement. I think a restaurant was on the street
level, along with Barowsky's barber shop. The Little Wheel was around the corner.
then there was Mike & Hanks bar.
First street was Rineharts Pharmacy, Praves Insurance Agency, and The VFW. On
the Chestnut Street side was a furniture store , which I believe Tom Woodring
managed, and The Victory Theater. Then there was Sparky Millward's gas station.
Remember when he sold Kaiser-Frazer automobiles from this site? Then was A.A.
Dietrichs home. At the bottom of High School Hill was Soyka's Market on one side
and Fred Edward's store on the other. How many times I stood in front of this
store hitchhiking to Twin Rocks; WOW!
More memories later, I've got to recharge my memory bank. I realize this is rather
lengthy, but there are about 64 years of memories in here. Thanks for allowing
me to relive some of them.