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Good Morning Nanty Glo!
               Wednesday, July 24 2002 

Old news

When I was editor of the Nanty Glo Journal (1962-64), the most fascinating aspect of the job, despite the fact that I was convinced it was the best job in Cambria County at the time, was the opportunity it afforded to peruse the old papers stored casually in the Journal office, dating to 1921 when Herman Sedloff came to town, took over the fledgling Bulletin and launched the Journal as its successor. Bound in huge hard-cover book form, the newsprint had already started turning brown and flaky like overbaked piecrust. But both the paper itself and its news and ad content fascinated me and the couple of buddies who spent many evenings hanging out there. The period from the roaring '20's through World War II, the era of our parents that we'd only heard about and glimpsed in movies and newsreels, seemed to come alive through the pages of the old papers.

Compared to today's generation, our own young-adult years in the valley were throbbing with life and promise, but compared with those still earlier pre-war and war boom years, we had seen "nothin'." Even the great depression didn't stop the mines in Nanty Glo, Twin Rocks, Vintondale, and Cardiff, and neither did the worldwide depression stop the growth of the stores, dealerships, and services needed to keep the influx of population supplied with food, wheels, clothing, furnishings, education, entertainment, worship, banking, and other services.

Except for a couple of years for which an "extra" copy of the bound volumes had been acquired, those old copies of the papers are no longer kept in the Nanty Glo office of the Mainline Newspapers, the Journal building. The Nanty Glo Public Library, however, has files of the Journals all the way to the first edition, and it is from those that the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society, represented by its most able chairperson, Barb Lindsay Hakanen, is culling the old news stories now appearing weekly in the NTAMHS department here on the Home Page.

These articles are as fascinating as they old papers were to my friends and me in 1963. When were the Eleanor Yard "C&I Houses" built? That was addressed in last week's collection. What was the population of Nanty Glo, and Jackson Township, in 1925; was Nanty Glo growing faster than Johnstown? Those questions are answered in this week's installment. And because this is a feature I'm especially "enthused" (as we used to say on Redmill Road) about, I'm doing a sample emailing of this week's installment to this list, to introduce it to those who haven't checked it out online. You may find it in the email you received with this Jonal or, if not yet, very soon.

Please let me and/or Barbara know what you think. Would you like to receive it via email every week? Would you prefer to look it up online without recveiving the additonal mailing? (Whether we mail them or not, they'll always be kept as a page on the site, and all will be cross-indexed for easy navigation from the first to the latest).

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

In praise of older women
(series, attributed to Andy Rooney)

Most older women cook well. They care about cleanliness
and are generous with praise, often undeserved.

An older woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women. Older women couldn't care less.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to an older woman. They always know.

An older woman looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women or drag queens.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off you are a jerk if you are acting like one.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

In spite of efforts to torture doctrine to prove that the Spirit will not forsake religious people, the record reveals plainly enough that He sometimes does. He has in the past forsaken groups when they have gone too far to make a recovery!

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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