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             Tuesday, August 5 2003  

Where are they now? Vintondale resident and Jackson Township native Duane 'Dink' Rose

Born March 19, 1927, Duane is the only child of Walter R. Rose (deceased 1983) and Fern (Devlin) Rose (deceased 1974), both Jackson Township natives.

Duane 'Dink' Rose with a book of war stories.

Married to the former Dorothy McFeaters of Mundys Corner since November 26, 1946, "Dink" and Dorothy are the parents of five children: Vicky, Mundys Corner; Mike and Mark, both of Homer City; Remington, of Vintondale, and Barry, deceased. The Roses have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Duane is a 1945 graduate of the former Ebensburg Cambria High School, but graduation from high school took a back seat to the call-to-arms when he turned seventeen and wanted to enlist in the navy."Back then, everyone wanted to join the service...if you didn't, you were looked upon as a traitor," he says. "If you passed the first semester of your senior year and enlisted in the military, you were automatically granted a diploma. I didn't get my high school diploma until I returned from the war in 1947."

Dink says he enlisted in the Navy and after boot camp found himself stationed on Guam and Saipan. "I was an aviation electricians mate and maintained electrical systems on amphibious PBM aircraft. "I didn't see any combat," he says.

After his military discharge, the Roses settled on the Vintondale farm they have called home for the past 54 years. "I didn't go to college," says Dink. "My dad used my college money to buy me a farm...all five of my kids were raised on this farm, along with several years of crops, and a wide variety of goats, cattle, horses, and dogs."

Along with farming, Duane like most men in the area was also a coalminer. "I worked in the mines from 1947 until my retirement in 1977," he says, "And I was the best-fed buggy runner in the mines because Dorothy would pack both the top and bottom sections of my miner's bucket."

Although he and Dorothy have lived on their Vintondale farm for nearly 60 years, "Mundys Corner will always be 'back home' to me," he says. "I don't have any bad memories of Mundys Corner...elementary school was a 'family,' just like it was in the coal mine." Among his favorite memories of the good old days is Morgan's Restaurant, where you could get real ice cream, play the pin ball machine, and meet up with a buddy and spin a yarn or two. The old Morgan's Restaurant on old Rt.22 (now known as Pike Road) is now the location of a NAPA auto parts store where, Duane says, he occasionally runs into an old friend and they have a "reunion" of sorts, talking about the good old days.

"I miss my friends and relationships and everybody in the neighborhood," he says. Dink says he's been a member of Pike Grace Brethren Church for 71 years. "My dad worked three shifts in the coalmine," he says, and if the doors of the church were open, my mother and I were there." And on most Sunday mornings he and Dorothy manage to make the trip of several miles from Vintondale to Mundys Corner to worship along with their family at Pike Grace Brethren. Hanging out in Nanty Glo was fun too, according to Dink. "There were the movie theaters and on payday night, we'd stand in front of Dietrich's Hardware and look at the hunting and fishing gear they had in the window and the miners would stand under the streetlight and talk about how many coal cars they loaded that day."

This yarn spinning, joke telling senior citizen has been a life-long firearms enthusiast and although he no longer does any hunting, he still appreciates the look and feel of a finely crafted shotgun, rifle, or pistol. "I'm also an amateur Civil War historian," he says. "Dorothy and I try to visit an old battleground or cemetery when we get a chance, and I like to read war stories."

Anyone wishing to send greetings can find Dink Rose at DinkanDot@floodcity.net.


If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now or On Their Way, please write Judy Rose.

Click here for an index of other Where Are They Now profiles in this series.

Aphorisms

A man who says marriage is a 50-50 proposition doesn't understand two things: Women and fractions.

— Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for the day

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.

— Edward Thomas, Poems (1917) "Early One Morning"

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