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Wednesday, May 8 2002

Nanty Glo names

One of my favorite anecdotes about family names in Nanty Glo is one my mother liked to tell on herself. When she introduced herself to Dr. Porias, a long-time Nanty Glo dentist, as Mrs. Kennedy, he replied with a laugh, "You don't look Catholic." Knowing her, she probably cracked back, "And Porias doesn't sound Methodist."

I was reminded of this incident from the 1940's recently when someone mentioned a name from Nanty Glo that I didn't remember hearing in the area and replying it was a new one to me. And the memory came back again today when I was scrutinizing the new photo of the NGHS Class of 1941 just put online, and I discovered that that class had both a Gore and a Bush...both of those family names seem familiar to me from the area, but seeing them in the same group brought a chuckle.

I don't remember any Valley Clintons (and an index search doesn't find any), but we had the aforementioned Kennedys (and I think there's still at least one, unrelated to my family, in the area), Fords, Johnsons, Wilsons, and others I'm sure, among America's presidential names. (Was Nanty Glo's Lincoln mine/subsection named for a local entrepreneur or family, or the President...or the car?) We didn't have a Roosevelt, but as Denise Weber's book about Vintondale recalled, it was nicknamed "Delano's Domain"; the Delano of that fame being a first cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the major investor-developer of Vintondale, Wehrum, and Claghorn.

There were a couple of surprises on that Class of '41 photo. Russell Martin must have been Rusty Martin, the longtime successful owner of Nanty Glo's parts and "auto supply" store. A John Bello was a surprise. I'd heard of Tom Bello (T. A. Bello, the manager of the Capitol Theater and the Valley's pressario) coming to Nanty Glo from Belle Vernon, but hadn't heard of a John Bello before. I suppose he could have been Tom's son...but the figures don't seem to add up. Can anyone fill us in?

Such surprises about familiar Valley names, from the past, or still in new generations at the high school or the relatively decimated business community, are a good reason to browse some of the class lists of the Nanty Glo and other Valley high schools on the site. I didn't start out to make this a commercial, but why not? It's also a good reason to fill out some of the blank spaces in your class list....

 

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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Thought for the day

Reader, do not forget to apply these things to yourself. Does it offend you when someone else thinks himself a better Christian than everyone else? Do you think he is proud, and that you are humbler than he? Then beware, in case you become proud of your humility! Examine yourself. If you conclude, "It seems to me that no one is as sinful as I am," do not be satisfied with this. Do you think you are better than others, because you admit you are so sinful? Do you have a high opinion of this humility of yours? If you say, "No, I do not have a high opinion of my humility, I think I am as proud as the devil," then examine yourself again. Perhaps you are proud of the fact that you do not have a high opinion of your humility? You might be proud of admitting how proud you are.

Jonathan Edwards

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