Frank Charney

Frank Charney's Sunday Postcard


Nanty Glo of long ago


While visiting the Nanty Glo Library recently, I was intrigued by reading an article titled "Remember When," describing Nanty Glo of long ago. The names, landmarks, and activities appeared in an undated isssue of the Nanty Glo Journal (probably the late 1930's), and highlighted the town during the early part of the twentieth century. All of these occurrences preceded me, and I confess to be a septuagenarian. It would take an octogenarian, a person in his eighties, to recall some of these persons and events.

As examples, a Livery Stable owned by Jake Hines is mentioned. Jake Hines (1877-1929), is buried at the Holy Name Cemetery in Ebensburg; John (Horse) Labash (1874-1938) was associated with an independent football team; Joe Novitske (1893-1970) had a dance band that played at the Slovak Club on Rogers Street, and William "Cotton" Sanderson (1894-1957) played in the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. The latter three are all buried at St. Mary's Cemetery. I remember Mr. Novitske residing on Roberts Street and "Cotton" Sanderson on Wagner Street. In fact, Cotton's family of six sons—William, John nicknamed "Red," Ken, Frank (killed in the Korean War), Ben, and Albert are all deceased. His wife, Mae (1900-1994) may have outlived most of her sons. I recall the entire family.

For readers of this web site who still have elderly parents or relatives, show them this article to see if you can jog their memories.

— Frank Charney


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