Who remembers Deitrich's Hardware?

Letter No. 157 | February 6, 2000        

I found your site recently...my grandfather was A.A. Dietrich, and he owned a hardware store in Nanty Glo for many years...prior to 1945, I guess. My father, Cyril E. Dietrich, grew up in Nanty Glo and then went to college in Washington, D.C. where he met and married my mother and settled there.

I spent every summer when I was growing up in Nanty Glo...visiting my grandparents. I remember the town very well...though I guess a lot has changed. My grandparents died in the '50s. I remember Metzie and Hemp Metzler who lived in a house that faced the railroad tracts in the center of town...I used to visit them quite often...and their niece Judy...can't remember her surname now.

Is there anyone there that remembers them?

My email address is: MLDIETR@IBM.NET

Margaret L. Dietrich (Marge)

I am now living in Vienna, Austria, but I will receive any message you send.

Webmaster's note: I remember it well. Well...actually I have no "picture" of Dietrich's in my mind (unlike Levinsons' from when I was four or five years old) or even its location, but I remember that it was one of my father's favorite stores in those days and I do remember "going to Dietrich's" or his sending Mom to get some item, with me in tow. —jon


New store in Nanty Glo;
traffic death on Shoemaker Street

Letter No. 156 | January 29, 2000        

Hello Jon,

I just had to let you know that we're starting to move up in the world! Today was the opening day for our first actual "store" that we've had in town in a-l-o-n-g time. The discount store, "Dollar General," opened at 1:30 today with much awaited anticipation!

I think that was the hot topic in town for the last couple of months! Not only did the Dollar General open but last week another business, an outlet store, opened at the top of Pergrim Hill across from Sheetz. It is so nice to have businesses opening instead of closing, which is what we've come to expect around here!

On a sad note, a longtime resident, Mary Rudolph, was struck and killed by a car on Sunday evening in front of Rite Aid. I think everyone in town knew Mary, especially since she didn't drive and she walked "everywhere" in town. She will definitely be missed.

Just wanted to let you know the happenings around town!

Bonnie Farabaugh

PS Al's Pizza shop is still going strong, no chance of that business closing, lol!

Webmaster's note: Curious minds want to know...is the Dollar store in an older existing building or a new one, and where? And since the dollar stores killed off the five and tens (with a little help with Wal-Mart) is it as good as the Ell and Gee? (Kidding of course; the Ell and Gee was killed off over four decades ago. Who remembers Commons' Five and Ten?) And I can't wait to try some of Al's Pizza next time I'm back "home." Thanks for the news, Bonnie.

Condolences to those who will remember Mary Rudolph.—jon


Looking for members of
Blacklick High class of '56

Letter No. 155 | January 22, 2000        

Would be interested in learning of classmates, class of 56. I started first grade at Cardiff School, Big Bend, BTHS. Moved to Ebensburg in my junior year.

Connie (Smith) Cox

Webmaster's note: How about it members of the Class of '56? It's one of the big omission on our school pages. —Jon Kennedy


Seeking information on Nanty Glo's Lloyds of Lloyd Street

Letter No. 154 | January 3, 2000        

Do you know who Lloyd Street was named after? Is there an 1890 or a 1900 Census for Nanty Glo?

My g-grandfather was from there, Henry L. Lloyd. He left there between 1900 to 1909. He bought a sawmill in Nelson County, Va., in 1909. Henry's oldest son, Samuel A. Lloyd, was born there in 1883; he was my grandfather.

Any help on any Lloyds from Nanty Glo would greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Leroy Ayers, Jr.

Webmaster's note: In answer to your questions about the censuses, see the Brief of History of Nanty Glo in this Forum. Nanty Glo did not exist, as such, in either 1890 or 1900 (coming into existance in 1901). The censuses for those decades would take in those residences that later were in Nanty Glo were those of Blacklick and Jackson Townships. I'm hoping some the answers to your question about the namesake of Nanty Glo's Lloyd Street will be forthcoming from other readers. I do know there was a Samuel Lloyd resident in Blacklick Township (near intersection of now Route 271 on Red Mill Road), when I lived near there in the 1950's and 1960's. —Jon Kennedy


Visits to Nanty Glo via Home Page
...first time since 1950!

Letter No. 153 | December 25, 1999        

I went to my computer the other day and typed Nanty Glo Pa. and much to my delight up came your website. The last time I was in Nanty Glo was about 1950. My mother, along with her two sisters and five brothers, were raised on a farm near Nanty Glo. The family moved to Detroit in the late 1920's.

My mother died a few years ago at the age of 83. She was the last of the Dunmire children. My mother's cousin was Rita Wharton. If I remember right, Rita and her husband Paul lived on a river that ran to or maybe from the coal mine.

The other thing that I remember is a street that went up a hill and it was blocked off at the top because the cars at the time could not climb the hill. I understand my grandfather is buried in the cemetery at Holy Name Church in Ebensburg.

In May of 2000, I am going to retire from the Boeing Co. in Seattle where I have worked for more than 39 years. I'm looking forward to doing some traveling and maybe getting back to Nanty Glo.

Dick McCulloch
Federal Way, Wa.


A great visit to Nantyglo, Wales

Letter No. 152 | November 21, 1999        

We would just like everyone who's interested in sister-city Nantyglo, Wales, to know what a really great visit we had there in October. We owe much of our great memories to Rob and Glenn James who so graciously took time from their busy lives to welcome us to their village. We would also like to acknowledge Jim and Tinna, landlords of The Golden Lion, and manager, Tracey, for their wonderful hospitality.

The weather was at it's absolute worst during our visit and without all these good people we probably would have come away feeling a little disappointed. We have seen Jon's beautiful pictures of the village and the countryside, but we couldn't get much with all the rain and mist, but would like to share one of our best with you. If anyone is considering a trip to Nantyglo, don't be hesitant; you won't be disappointed!!

Ed & Allyson Simmers


More about war hero Buzz Wagner

Letter No. 151 |
November 17, 1999

I read Frank Charney's article concerning the heroics of "Buzz Wagner." Just a footnote concerning the WWII hero...Buzz was born in Emeigh (the northern tip of Cambria County).... Sad to say, people living in Emeigh today do not recall him.

When I attended high school (Cherry Tree High) we had Colonel Wagner's picture hanging in our homeroom...his first cousin, Maggie Davison, was one of our teachers. I vividly recall Wagner with his mustache, pipe, leather flying jacket, and white scarf...Lowell Thomas (the renowned radio newscaster) wrote a book about World War II heroes. These Men Shall Never Die is the title, and it included Wagner's story along with the same photo that I remember.

The people of Nanty Glo and Emeigh should be proud to know that Buzz Wagner once lived in their little towns.

Bill Scott


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