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             Monday, December 23 2002  

Where are they now?
Janet (Davie) Toth

Nanty Glo native Janet Toth, born January 8, 1933, is the daughter of H. Glenn Davie and Emma Millward of Nanty Glo and stepdaughter of the late Joseph "Sparky" Millward. The large group of Millward siblings includes; Howard, of Mesa, Arizona; Thomas, of Loomis, California; Richard, of Rescue, California; Ellen Zelinski, of Redondo Beach, California; Anne Patterson, of Sykesville, Maryland, and Jody, of Santa Barbara, California.


Janet (Davie) Toth
Yearbook photo

Mrs. Toth at the Historical Society offices.

Married to Vintondale native William "Bill" Toth since May 14, 1956, she and Bill have lived in Loretto for the past 42 years and are the parents of nine children who have blessed them with 19 grandchildren. The Toth children include; Daniel; Melissa, Texas; Joseph "J.D.," Russellville, Arkansas; Greg, Westminster, Maryland; Terry, Leola, Pa. and David, Littlestown, Pa. Their remaining children— Stephan, Vincent, James, and daughter Gabrielle Cuchens—reside in Loretto.

Janet is a 1950 graduate of Nanty Glo High School and a graduate of the Windber Hospital School of Nursing,"Back in those days, a girl could be a clerk, secretary, teacher, or nurse. My parents encouraged nursing, so thats what I did," she says. Years later, at the urging of a friend and co-worker, she enrolled at St. Francis College in Loretto, and graduated in 1984 with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Asked if she found it difficult returning to school after so many years, she replied, "It wasn't difficult, but I was working full time...my family was very supportive though."

Janet retired as a registered nurse from the Hollidaysburg Veteran's Home in 1993. A member of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society for the past two years, Janet is also a member of the society board. Her fellow board members have recently elected her president of the Historical Society, a post she will assume officially in January for a one-year term.

"I joined the Historical Society right after attending my 50th year class reunion in 2000. They were looking for members, so I joined," she says. "I really didn't expect to get this involved, but I did." Her duties as president will include presiding over the monthly meetings and caring for the artifacts. "Our short-term goal is to collect and preserve the artifacts." she says. "Our long-term goal is to get a house for the museum. We have a lot of artifacts...a lot of beautiful things. What we need is a place to display them. We don't have any prospects as yet, and at this time we lack the funds needed to pay the taxes and utilities on a museum."

According to Janet, 2002 was a good fundraising year for the Historical Society. "We had an antique auction, a Pampered Chef party, a Watkins book party, the annual calendar is available for a $3 donation plus shipping and handling, and our new CD with the recorded history of the area is available at the Nanty Glo Public Library for a $15 donation." Janet says the CD is wonderful, packed with historical facts and pictures and divided into sections on mining, logging, farming, family life, toys and others. The computer-driven CD-ROM interactive program is user friendly, and has approximately 550 vintage photographs of the area, 30 informative essays, and original music throughout. "It was two years in the making and they did a wonderful job," she said. For more details on the CD, please click here.

Recalling the days when she was growing up in the Valley, Janet says, "Back then, Nanty Glo was the place to be! We had the dime dances, the Teen Canteen, three movie theaters...it was a boom town! As a child, you went out in the morning and came back at suppertime. The whole town knew each other and took care of each other."

Childhood friend Hobe Rose says ,"Janet was a fun-loving, friendly girl, fun to talk to, fun to be around, a very down-to-earth type person."

Her hopes for home town Nanty Glo; "Unless some miracle happens, it won't be a boom town again. If the Blacklick Creek gets cleaned up, it could be a fisherman's paradise and tourist attraction. I think its a nice town, and we (the Historical Society) will do our best to see that it stays a nice town."

Anyone wishing to send greetings can find Janet at JLDavie@earthlink.net.

The Nanty Glo Home Page congratulates Mrs. Toth and sends our best wishes for a productive and successful year for the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose.

History as seen by sixth graders (last of series)

Insight into the minds of sixth graders: The following were answers provided by sixth graders during a history test. Watch the spelling! Some of the best humor is in the misspelling.

16. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

17. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

18. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits.

19. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered the radio. Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.

—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for today

Do not consider your riches as belonging to yourselves alone; open wide your hand to those who are in need; assist those in poverty and pain, comfort those who have fallen into extreme distress, console with those who are in sorrow or oppressed with bodily maladies and the want of necessities."

—Saint Cyril of Alexandria, fifth century
Sent by Fr. Antonious Henein

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