Antol was born in Wehrum on June 9, 1913. When he was five years old, his family
moved to Vintondale. Because he spoke only Hungarian when he started school, he
had to repeat first grade. He graduated from Vintondale High School in 1933. For
the next year and a half Mr. Antol worked in #6 Mine. On his last day at work,
Mr. Huth, his supervisor, being unaware that Mr. Antol was leaving the mines,
complained about the amount of "dirty" coal Mr. Antol had brought out. Knowing
Mr. Huth was unaware that he was leaving, Mr. Antol said, "Mr. Huth, I'll never
have dirty coal again!"
Zoltan Antol in a 1978
graduating from Waynesburg College, Mr. Antol completed his post graduate studies
at the University of Arizona, Penn State University, and St. Francis College.
While attending the University of Arizona, he researched the effects of radiation
on nocturnal mammals. His paper was presented at an Academy of Science seminar
in Pittsburgh by Dr. Caldwell, then head of the university science department.
earned a certificate in taxidermy while in Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Antol used his
skill to mount 350 mammals and birds. Many of his mounted specimens remain at
Waynesburg College and some are in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. In addition,
Mr. Antol prepared a permanent collection of wild Spring flowers and leaves from
every tree native to Pennsylvania.
with his many other interests, Mr. Antol raised honeybees. He had 35 hives in
his yard and 10 observation hives in the sun of his home. There were three species
of honeybees: Yellow Italian (aggressive), White Caucasians (very docile), and
Carne Olams (docile). He raised queen bees and introduced them into different
hives in order to develop a more productive bee. He bought his supplies from the
Stewart Hardware in Indiana, Pa., owned by the parents of movie star Jimmy Stewart.
outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, Zoltan bred and trained beagles. In one day of
field trials, his beagles took three out of five trophies for performance. In
1948, he became interested in Weimaraners and they eventually became his pet of
choice. He notes that in 1948, when he became interested in the huge, highly intelligent
canine breed, there were only two available pups in the United States.
was teaching at Vintondale High School when he was called to military service,
serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He rose quickly through the ranks,
earning the rank of sergeant before he had time to sew on his corporal's stripes.
He made staff sergeant after delivering a lecture about land mines to a group
of officers. He later earned the rank of first lieutenant while serving in the
South Pacific. He was stationed on Okinawa when the atom bombs were dropped on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
to Vintondale and teaching after the war, Zoltan taught five different subjects
daily at Vintondale High School. As head of the school sportsman's club, he allowed
the students to bring their rifles to school one day a week and during their free
period, took the boys outside to practice target shooting.
High School eventually closed and the district merged with Nanty Glo and later
with Blacklick Township to become Blacklick Valley School District. Zoltan Antol
continued teaching within the Blacklick Valley School District until his retirement
in 1978. He considers having his daughter Zolinda and three of his grandchildren
as students a high point in his teaching career.
2002, Zoltan was honored with a party to celebrate his ninetieth birthday with
three members of his high school graduation class in attendance.
Zoltan Antol at the 2004
days, Zoltan Antol makes his home in Florida with visits to Pennsylvania each
year for the Vintondale Homecoming. He says the Pennsylvania winters prevent him
from staying year-round in Home Page Country, but he still considers himself a
(Information taken from an article provided
by Mr. Zoltan Antol.)