Frank Charney's Sunday Postcard
May 20, 2007
Nanty Glo in the early 1900's
For those readers who don't subscribe to the Nanty Glo Journal, I enjoyed an article in the March 29 issue that described the history of the town in the early 1900's. The article was taken from the newspaper's archives and was written in 1954 by the first editor of the Nanty Glo Journal, H. O. Eldridge. It is reproduced here. (If the article is reduced in size, click it with your left mouse button to enlarge for reading. In some older versions of Internet Explorer, it may be necessary to click it in the lower right corner, though in current browsers it can be clicked anywhere.)
Mentioned in the article is the Kupchella home, just off Johnson Street. A married aunt, Helen (Komerosky) Olenchick, rented a home on the Kupchella property for years until she and her family departed for Detroit in the mid-forties. As a youngster, I often walked there from my home.
I can remember A. A. Dietrich (1882-1958) who opened his first hardware store in 1909. Did you know his first name was Amandus? Perhaps that's why he preferred using initials for his name. No clue, however, about the middle name.
Described in the 1954 article is Joseph Kreshak, in his 80's then, who lived on Caroline Street across from St. Mary's School. I remember him when I attended St. Mary's. His son, John, was an undertaker who resided at the same address with his father.
I'll finish my comments with the Burgess name, cited in the article. From my earliest years, I can always remember the Burgess Greenhouse located on a hillside bordering my grandmother Komerosky's property.
My family homestead was also next door. Through the night during extremely cold weather, there were lights burning in the boiler plant and throughout the entire large greenhouse. Gilbert Burgess, the owner, was stoking the furnace throughout the entire night to keep his flowers and plants alive. It also is to be noted that Mrs. Burgess lived to be 100 years of age.
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