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Hi Jon,

This is Denise Weber again. I want to acquaint readers in the Blacklick Valley with the name of Jack Burgan, a published novelist and newpaper editor who was killed in a plane crash in California in the late 1940s. Jack was born in Vintondale and was in my mother's (Agnes Huth Dusza) class in school. His family moved away when Jack was either a sophomore or junior in high school. He graduated from Ferndale, received an A.B. from Pitt in 1934, and served in the Navy in WWII. At the time of his death, he was the managing editor of the Ventura County Star-Free Press. Two of his books deal with coal mining, unionization and Vintondale. They are Martin Butterfield and The Long Discovery. His two other novels deal with WWII: Even My Own Brother and Two Percent Fear.

I was able to get all four of these books at a reasonable price through the used book sites on the Internet.

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