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               Monday, March 4 2002  

Where are they now?
Delores (Patrick) Crissey

Born February 7, 1927, in Nanty Glo, Delores is a 1944 graduate of Johnstown High School and a graduate of Hammond's School of Cosmotology. In 1932, when Delores was five years old, her family moved to Johnstown, but until she was 17 years old her family made regular trips back "home" to Nanty Glo to work in her grand-parents' grocery store on Shoemaker Street near the site of Mary Swigle's Tavern.

Married to Johnstown native Waldon F. Crissey since 1947, she and Waldon are the parents of four grown children who have presented them with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Delores and Waldon currently reside in Montclaire, Va., where they own and operate a resume' writing business. In her free time, "Dee," as she likes to be called, pursues her hobbies of gardening, needlework, and spending special time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

"I guess I had one of the happiest childhoods because even though I didn't live there...I grew up in Nanty Glo." Delores has many, many memories of her days in Nanty Glo and willingly shares them with us here at the Nanty Glo Home Page:

"I remember the carnivals on Shoemaker Street and the parades that my uncle Joseph Bezek marched in and I remember walking the trestle and the rope suspension bridge that spanned the Sulpher Creek. I remember the Gypsy camps...my friends and I would hide in the bushes and throw rocks at their tents, something I'm not proud of now. I remember picking bent nails out of the coal dirt, placing them on the railroad tracks so the trains would flatten them, and we would use them for 'silverware' when we played house.

"My grandparents had showers in the basement of the store and the miners would shower there before going home .I remember my aunt, Peg Cherkola, working in the Company Store...every miner had their own 'can' and when they bought anything, my aunt would put the charge slips in their can and it would be deducted from their paycheck.

"I remember seeing movies that starred Rudolph Valentino, Gene Autry,Tom Mix, and Hoot Gibson. My uncle worked in the Webster Mine Tipple and when the alarm whistle would blow, we would run to the tipple to see if he was alright.

"I remember being at my aunt's home in the winter when my uncle would come home from the mine, black with coal dirt. He would get a cup of coffee and sit on the floor with his back against the coal stove so he could get warm....

"I remember the whole town being friendly."

Anyone wishing to contact Delores to send greetings can reach her at... NantyGlo27@aol.com.

"Old is when" (second of three)

. . .Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

. . .You don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.

. . .You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police. .

Sent by Trudy Myers

The tongue

Preserve your tongue from all manner of evil, and may your lips that were created for praise not pronounce words of blasphemy.

St. Ephrem the Syrian (306-373)
Sent by Fr. Antonious Henein

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