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               Monday, March 11 2002  

Where are they now?
Don Cramer

Born March 3, 1920, in Milton, Iowa, Don has lived in our area for many years, beginning in Nanty Glo from 1928 to '48 where he attend both elementary and high school. Don began his career in the local mining industry at the age of 17 as a hand loader in what was then known as Heisley Mine. He then progressed through the management ranks beginning with his appointment as a "Face Boss' in 1953 and advancing to the position of Mine Superintendant in 1971, a position he held until his retirement from Bethlehem Mines Corp. in 1981 as Superintendant of Bethlehem Mine #78 in Windber.

Don was assisted in his management career by attending Penn State University management seminars and completing Industrial Management Courses through International Correspondance Schools. Don's memories of our area are bittersweet...he remembers the hardship of the coal mines when the work was hard and the miners were paid very little and the life associated with coal mining was sometimes bleak and uncertain.

"In 1937, the work was poor...and I remember seeing the 'coal pickers' (often women and small children) picking through the mine refuse piles to gather coal to be carried home in burlap sacks or buckets and used for heating their homes.

"But the most pleasant memory of ''way back then' was when Melda agreed to marry me." Don has been a widower since June, 1997, when Melda's death ended a marriage union that began when he and the former Melda Rose were married March 31, 1939. He and Melda gave birth and raised five children who have presented them 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Don no longer pursues his past hobbies of fishing and boating, preferring these days to remember the good times those hobbies produced, boating and fishing with family and friends on the Chesapeake Bay and the waterways near Melbourne Beach, FL.

Don now resides in Nanty Glo and enjoys the quiet life. He regularly attends services at the Ebensburg Evangelical Bible Church and maintains contact with family and old friends fron his mining days. Anyone wishing to send greetings can send them to HRoses2@peoplepc.com.

I heard it as a Mercedes, but this works, too

. Great Deal—A man was driving by when a sign at a house caught his eye: $500 BMW! New! The man thought it might be a joke, but thought it was worth a shot. So he went to the door and, sure enough, a lady was selling a brand new BMW for $500. The man was curious. "I'll take it, but why are you selling this great BMW for only $500?"

"My husband just ran off with his secretary, and he told me I could have the house and the furniture as long as I sold his BMW and sent him the money." .

Sent by Mike Harrison


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— Charles Caleb Colton

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— Albert Camus
Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz


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