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Sunday, May 12 2002

Nanty Glo names revisited;
John Bello and Russell—and "Rusty"—Martin

David Caldwell's email is still not working as he continues digging out of a pernicious virus attack on his PC, so I'm publishing as today's postcard a letter from George Dilling, responding to last Wednesday's thoughts about Nanty Glo Names. —Jon

Hi Jon,

I knew most of the young people in the class picture of 1941. My brother-in-law, Carl Lantzy, was a member of the class. I enjoyed looking at the pictures.

You had a question concerning a couple of the members. John Bello was the son of Tom Bello. He also had two sisters. I believe one was named Virginia (not positive). The other one was Katherine. She taught Home Economics for a while at Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School.

Russell (Rusty) Martin did not graduate from high school as far as I know. He started to work as a mechanic at Costlow's garage at a very young age. The Russell Martin in the class was from another Martin family and I don't believe they were related. His father was James Martin and they lived on Heisley Street. Jim Martin in the Nanty Glo list lived on Wagner Street. His father was also James. He was a brother of Rusty.

(The) Russell Martin (of the class of '41) moved to Shrevesport, La., and is now deceased. Concerning names, we had a neighbor who named his son, Franklin Delano (and if I remember correctly) Roosevelt, Gergley.

George Dilling

Thanks again for a great letter about Nanty Glo's past, George. And your mentioning "Costlow" reminds me of one of those weird "factoids" I picked up somewhere, goodness knows where. It is that "Costlow" is a variation on the more common name, Costello, and even more mind-bending to me, is that Costello is an Irish name...not, as I always guessed, an Italian one. The latter "factoid" has been deduced by seeing the name Costello many times in my travels in Ireland...it is possible that that family migrated from Italy to Ireland and prospered...but my strong guess is that my deduction is correct. And here's a topper: Ireland's most famous native-born saint is...Columba! (Patrick, Ireland's evangelist, was born in the part of Roman Anglia now known as Wales.) If anyone can further illuminate "Costlow" or "Costello," please do so. —Jon

One way to get asked in

Little Jimmy was always getting into mischief. Finally, his exasperated mother asked him, "Jimmy, how do you ever expect to get into heaven?" He thought it over and said, "Well, I'll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For heaven's sake Jimmy, come in or stay out!'"

—Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

The nervous people who want to put on the brakes, who feel the necessity for restraint in matters of spiritual desire and yearning for perfection, often use the expression, "Let's not get fanatical about this." I can only ask: Is it fanaticism to want to go on until you can perfectly love God and perfectly praise Him? Is it fanatical to find divine joy leaping up within your heart? Is it fanatical to find the willingness within your heart to say, "Yes, Lord! Yes, Lord!" and thus live daily in the will of God so that you are living in heaven while you are living on the earth?

If this is fanaticism, then it is the fanaticism of the Old Testament patriarchs and the Law; it is the fanaticism of the psalmist and of the prophets and the New Testament writers, as well!

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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