NO. 87 
This page put online March 11, 2004
Old Nanty-Glo Journal News
from the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society


NOVEMBER 30, 1950
Polish Displaced Person Joins His Relatives Here

Henry Lekawa and his wife look sadly at the son of his sister, Stanley Pach, as they listen to his accounts of life under the Nazis and Communists. Stanley shows joy about his present company. Shown left to right; Mr. Lekawa, Mr. Stanley Pach and Mrs. Lekawa.

For the first time in four years, Stanley (Stanislaw) Pach, 33 year old refugee from Poland, can move about without fear. He arrived in Nanty-Glo Sunday morning to begin life anew with his uncle, Henry Lekawa and family of First St. His arrival in the United States, as a displaced person, ended a flight from his native Poland, throughout Germany, begun in 1946 when Communists marched into the already downtrodden country to create even more havoc and suffering than under the Nazis. When under the hands of the Germans, he had watched thousands of his fellow countrymen go to their deaths by being led into gigantic gas chambers. His relatives spent two to four years in concentration camps.

Co-owner of a wholesale and retail grocery concern in Tarnow Bystrsycol, Poland, which was worth over a half million dollars in Polish money, Pach was forced to hide out and finally flee to Germany, after threats had been made on his life. His escape followed the usual movie plot, as he climbed out a back window of his home, into neighboring houses, and then out of the country.

He could not correspond directly with his family - his mother, four brothers and a sister - while he stayed in Germany, and could only receive word about their welfare through friends of friends. Letters to Mr. Lekawa were re-sent to his mother after names of towns were erased from the messages. While in Germany, Stanley became manager of a PX for the American Army at Rhedor-Westf, receiving a high recommendation from the commanding officer before leaving for the States. He was proclaimed an active member of the under-ground forces, supporting and hiding members of the Polish Army.

After obtaining a number of necessary statements, concerning his political past, his character, monetary worth, etc., he boarded the General CC Ballov at Bremen Hafen, a German port, on Nov. 14 and landed in New York City on Nov. 25. The Polish refugee still marvels that he was able to arrive in Nanty-Glo from Johnstown without speaking any English and only carrying a note with the Lekawa name on it. (His train was 11 hours late so the Lekawas were compelled to drive to Johnstown every few hours to inquire about the train's arrival.) He boarded the Nanty-Glo bus and alighted at Morgan's at Mundy's Corner. Mrs. Morgan then helpfully called Mrs. Lekawa who arranged taxi service into town.

Stanley, who can serve as a model for old-world gallantry and courtesy, reports that the attire of men and women in Europe differs slightly from American clothing. The pictures of women wearing long skirts and shawls, as held by many United States citizens, is wholly wrong. American homes, he says have convenience which are termed luxuries in the war-stricken countries in Europe. The most striking difference between the two continents is the Americans' habit of speaking up about their government, etc., in comparison to the Europeans' forced close-mouthness.

Although he can talk Polish and German fluently, Stanley can understand little English and speaks a few words.

Stanley's reaction about life in America? "I can only say that I'm thankful that I can live freely, as its like beginning to live all over again."

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1950
Bevy of Half-Dozen Beautiful B.T.H.S. Cheer Leaders...

Attired in their new uniforms, with Jackets borrowed from the boys, the Blacklick Twp. Cheerleaders pose after cheering the football squad to a victory Friday afternoon. The lovely lasses (left to right) Dolores Ricciardella, Sylvia Malek,, Lillian Cocho, Pauline Mehalko, Theda Frampton and Elsie Turnbull, were elected by their classmates to lead the cheering section in the coming year's sports events. Miss Patricia Kilduff serves as their adviser. The pert Eton hat perched on the girls heads is the work of last year's related arts class, taught by Mrs. Mary Blackman of the Home Ec department. .

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End ... Barb Hakanen