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               Monday, July 1 2002  

Where are they now?
Retired Jackson Township school teacher Charles F. Maus


Charles Maus today, with his wife,the former Etheldreda Yeckley. Insets, top, his high school graduation picture, 1936, and a picture from when he was teaching, taken in the 1960s.

Born June 20, 1917, on a small Croyle Township farm near Sidman, Charles Maus is the son of Ella Mae (Hice) and Frederick L. Maus. Ranking fourth scholastically in a class of sixty-one students, he graduated from the former Adams High School June 12, 1936, then attended Lock Haven State Teacher's College, graduating in 1938 with a teaching certificate that enabled him to embark on a teaching career that was to span nearly four decades. He managed to maintain his teaching credentials by attending evening and weekend classes, eventually earning his undergraduate degree from Indiana State Teacher's College in 1958.

Charles Maus began his teaching career in 1939 when he was hired to be a substitute teacher at the Jack Rager School on Ford's Corner Road, one of the many small schools that comprised the then Jackson Township School District. Hired as a full-time instructor in 1947, Mr. Maus (yes... after all these many years, to this former seventh-grade pupil.... he's still Mr. Maus), taught at several Jackson Township schools, from 1947-1968 at the Vinco Elementary, four years at The Headricks School, and ended his teaching career when he retired from Mundy's Corner Elementary in 1978.

Reflecting back over his teaching career, this jovial and talkative octogenarian, remembers being advised by the Cambria County Superintendant of Schools to curtail his exuberant and outgoing personality, "because I was a new person going into a strange area, and so I did...the students had to call me Mr. Maus, but I'd had have preferred they call me Charles or Charlie."

Like many of his generation, his career was interrupted by World War Two when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in June, 1941. After completing Officer's Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned tours of duty in Italy and North Africa where he piloted a Piper Cub L-4, a two-seater light airplane, on enemy observation missions. He proudly tells of being presented the Air Medal with Clusters by Gen. Mark Clark and being personally selected by Gen. Omar Bradley to be his pilot during an observation flight over the coast of North Africa.

"I still can't figure out why he chose me; he walked right up to me and said he wanted me to to be his pilot...he could have chosen anyone, but he chose me...." This spry and active gentleman has been married to Patton native, the former Etheldreda Yeckley, since January 15, 1946. They are the parents of nine children (two of whom are deceased), and loving grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Maus home, former Burkhardt School.With his teaching career behind him, Mr. Maus now pursues his hobbies of clock repair, reading, and gardening. Wearing a straw hat to shield him from the sun, he proudly took me on a tour of the grounds of his home showing me his neatly planted and thriving garden and some of the changes he's made to the former schoolhouse he and his wife have called home for many years (see photo at left). Mr. and Mrs. Maus live in one of the old one-room schoolhouses of the former Jackson Township School District, the Burkhardt School, located on Swigle Mountain Road near Burkhardt's Crossing. The building was constructed in 1923 and used as a school until 1946. Charles Maus purchased it from the school district in 1950.

He maintains memberships in the Nanty Glo American Legion, the Jackson Township Community Rod and Gun Club, the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and the National Retired Teachers Association. Anyone wishing to send greetings may send them to HRoses2@peoplepc.com.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose at highlandrose43@yahoo.com.

Photo radar

A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar post. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded with another mailed photo...of handcuffs.

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

The path of fasting leads to the path of purity. Fasting is the cutting off of lust and evil thoughts, the purity of prayer, the illumination of the soul, the guarding of the mind, the deliverance from hardness of heart, the door to contrition.

— Saint John of the Ladder (also known at St. John Climacus)
Sent by Fr. Antonious

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