NO. 53  
This page put online July 17, 2003
Old Nanty-Glo Journal News
from the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society

JUNE 16, 1949

Graduates of 26 years ago

Nanty-Glo High School Class of 1923


A quarter of a century ago but three years work was given students in the Nanty-Glo high school and but two instructors were employed. After completing the partial course here, students finished high school in Ebensburg or elsewhere. The above picture is of a class of ten members finishing the three-year course here in 1923, being the first Nanty-Glo high school class to have public commencement exercises.

Instead of the usual stereotype style of graduation programs, the class presented a play, "Clarence Decides." on the stage of the old Star Theatre, each member having a part in the farce. Following the last act the curtain was dropped for a short time while the members changed from their stage clothes, appearing later with the girls dressed in white and the boys wearing black coats and white duck trousers.

Rev. Harry J. Headlee, then pastor of the Methodist Church, presented the diplomas and delivered an appropriate address, having previously preached the baccalaureate sermon the Sunday evening before.

Shown sitting in front in above picture are principal H. C. Salsgiver and Rev. S. B. Noffsinger, the instructors. Kneeling, left to right are the boys of the class - Carl SMITH, now operating a store in Vinco; Nathan EDELSTEIN, managing a store in Johnstown; James YODER, who later went with the Yoder family to Zanesville, Ohio and Warren MALEY, now supervising principal of a large high school in Allegheny county. Standing, rear row, left to right - Sara COLLINS, now Mrs. Fred Singer, and Ruby BISHOP now Mrs. Elmer Little, both of Nanty-Glo; Edna CONRAD, now Mrs. John LONG, living somewhere in West Virginia; Grace HESSONG, now Mrs. George Mosier, Johnstown; Elizabeth MOORE, now Mrs. C. Dalton, Swansea, Mass, and Martha TRUAX, now Mrs. John Darlington of Baltimore, Md.

Members of the class took their fourth year and graduated at Ebensburg the following year, 1924. Two other Nanty-Glo girls who had taken their third year away, were also members of the Ebensburg class of 25 years ago - Lois Davis, now Mrs. Lewis Ripley of Revloc, and Genevieve McDermott, now Mrs. William Brown of Akron, Ohio. Rev. Noffsinger is now pastor of a Church of the Brethren congregation in East Akron, Ohio.



most likely 1940 - 1945

Saturday afternoon traffic on Roberts Street, between Caroline and Lloyd Street. Book Store on near left and take note of the parking meters on both sides of the street.



End ... BLH