Nanty-Glo Journal News
Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society
of 26 years ago
High School Class of 1923
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
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.
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
End ... BLH