Where are they now? Jerry Jacobsky
February 24, 1936, Nanty Glo native Jerry Jacobsky is one of three children born
to John (deceased 1975) and Mary (Vargo) Jacobsky. Jerry's brother John lives
in Ebensburg and his sister Irene Kovach makes her home in Fairmont, West Virginia.
His 88-year-old mother enjoys good health and remains active.
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Married to Conemaugh native, the former Emily Pingatore since November 1964, Jerry
and Emily are the parents of two grown sons; Jeffrey, 36, and Jason, 31. The Jacobskys
have one grandchild, Justin, age ten. Like Jerry and Emily, their sons and grandson
live in Greensburg. Both Jeffrey and Jason have earned undergraduate degrees in
science and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
attended Nanty Glo High School. "I hated school," he says. "I was an independent
thinker, so I left school and left Nanty Glo when I was 14-15 years old." Although
he rejected formal education at a young age, he feels himself to be self-educated.
"What I've learned, I learned from books...reading books," he says. He has taken
psychology courses at the Greensburg Campus of Pitt.
I left Nanty Glo, I found work in Erie, Lancaster, and Johnstown...as I got older,
I worked in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Buffalo." He found his permanent employment
nitch at the Uniroyal Tire Company where he managed several automotive supply
stores until his semiretirement. He continues to work part-time as a car salesman
in the Greensburg area.
"I've always loved
cars," he says. His lifelong facination with cars began when he was a boy growing
up in Nanty Glo. "I learned to drive when I was 12 years old," he says. "I got
my driver's license when I was 13...I lied to the Justice of the Peace, he was
elderly and nearly blind and he didn't know I was only 13. My first car was a
1938 black Chrysler coupe...as a matter of fact, I had my first car before I had
my driver's license."
While I was growing
up there, we had a small farm on Cardiff Road, we had cows, chickens...that's
how we lived." He shared his memories of a boyhood filled with summers of bike
riding, playing in the woods, and enjoying what Nanty Glo had to offer back then.
"When I was a kid, we used to hop the C&I
coal trains and ride them into the Lincoln section of Nanty Glo and go swimming
in Flick's Dam, running free in the hills and woods...kids don't do that kind
of thing anymore. When I was a little older and had a car, I would drive around
the Teen Canteen waiting for girls. I liked to gather up a gang of friends and
go skating at the old Cicero's Roller Rink at the fairgrounds in Ebensburg. We
always had something to do," he says. One particular memory of those days is of
"Rudy the Wanderer."
"My grandfather was a violinist and Rudy
would go to my grandfather's house where the two of them would play their violins...I
remember Rudy very well." While doing some family research, Jerry says he found
an old document that states his maternal grandmother was from a country called
Ruthania...a place that doesn't exist anymore, and something he would like to
investigate further. If anyone has knowledge of Ruthania, please get in contact
with Jerry so that he can learn more of his family heritage that includes German,
Slovak, Ukranian, and Polish ancestry.
his spare time, Jerry likes to get together with his two sons and build computers.
"I started building computers as a hobby...we buy the bare-bones kit and take
it from there," he says. "I've been riding a motorcycle for the past 20 years,"
he says. "I have a Yamaha and I like to ride it through the hills and valleys
of Pennsylvania." He gets back to the Blacklick Valley area frequently; his mother
contnues to reside in the area and when he comes home to visit her, he'll frequently
stop at St. Mary's Cemetery to visit the graves of family members. "As kids, we
would go outside in the morning and not come home 'til dark and we never worried
about ourselves and our parents didn't have to worry about us either...times have
changed though; when I take my grandson to the mall or anywhere I don't let him
out of my sight for a second."
"I miss being
out in the open country...Greensburg was a small town when I moved here, but it's
not like that anymore....
"I have no bad
memories of Nanty Glo," he says.
to say hello and renew old ties can find Jerry at email@example.com.
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