Letter No. 12 | January 26, 1998
The Nanty Glo Home Page is usually one of my first stops when I get on the internet. I think it is just great! I was especially impressed with the blinking Christmas lights! And I enjoy reading letters from those who have already written to you.
Vintondale is my "hometown." My grandfather, Samuel Williams built his house on the corner of Main and Third Streets in the early 1900s. He had a grocery store there, and at one time, the postoffice. In 1940, my father & mother, Del & Sara George, took over the store. I worked in the store all during the years I went to Vintondale High School. I graduated in 1945. As teenagers we had lots of fun on many a winter night sled riding down Third Street. And on many a Sunday afternoon in the summer we would walk over to Wehrum Dam.
I was married in Vintondale and my children were born while we lived there; in fact, it was my son, Jim Nipps, who alerted me to the Nanty Glo Home Page. We left Vintondale in 1970, moving to Uniontown, and then moved to Johnstown in 1972. My first huisband, Ron Nipps, died of cancer in 1984. A couple of years later I remarried and still live in the Johnstown area.
We were very active in the Baptist Church in Vintondale and I remain active in the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Johnstown. Presently, my husband and I are serving on the county committee of Child Evangelism Fellowship. So, even though retired, we are very busy.
Keep up the good work, Jon. I can tell that you put a lot of time and effort in this. But we sure do have a great "Blacklick Valley" and I count it a privilege to have lived there.
Ruth (George) (Nipps) Troutman
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