Frank Charney

Frank Charney's Sunday Postcard

Recalling several 1936 NGHS graduates

Upon seeing the picture of the 1936 NGHS graduates, I recalled the backgrounds of several class members, as follows:

Myles Altimus - identified in extreme lower right of picture. An excellent instructor who taught physics and chemistry during the 1940's at NGHS. Later taught mining engineering subjects at Penn State. See more about him at

Eugene Creany - an instructor in late 1940's and early 1950's at St. Francis College who taught Economics. Died at his home in Ebensburg in August 2001. The governor appointed Judge Creany to the Court of Common Pleas in 1951. He was the father of current Cambria County Judge Timothy Creany, and brother of Mario Creany, former NGHS instructor.

James Eppolito - identified as male person at farthest right corner of picture.

Rita (Hagan) Nagy - wife of former Ebensburg chiropractor Dr. Joseph Nagy, who died in 2001 at the age of 84, ending a marriage of 59 years. Rita is the daughter of Andy Hagan, owner of the once popular Hagan's Restaurant in Nanty Glo.

Jack Hannigan - a 2nd Lieutenant killed in combat on January 10, 1945, in Germany during World War II.

Margaret (Sharpe) Yanuta - a neighbor of mine whom I knew all my life. Relative of Tommy Pat Sharpe who lately presides over the yearly reunion of NGHS graduates from the 1950's decade. "Peg" spent most of her life in New Jersey and returned to Home Page Country during her final years. She passed away in January 1997. Her husband, John Yanuta, passed away earlier this year at 91 years of age.

Jane Wood Sharpe - a wonderful lady who married Carl Sharpe who died in 2003, and was a sister-in-law to Margaret (Sharpe) Yanuta, above. Jane died about a year after her husband. Jane was formerly married to Clifford Martin, an Army corporal, who died from war wounds during World War II in a Corsican hospital on 7/29/1944.

James Hoover and Mary Hoover were brother and sister.

Rhea (McAnulty) Taylor - Valedictorian of her 1936 Class and wife of Attorney John Taylor. Rhea died in 1983 and her husband in 2000. See

Gerald McGuire and Geraldine McGuire - twin brother and sister.

George Polosky - a World War II veteran who once owned a grocery store on Chestnut Street on one side of Nanty Glo bridge.

Clara (Stager) Olexo - died in Nanty Glo in 2003 at the age of 85. Married to Steve Olexo, who died in 1983.

Virginia Woodring - an extremely attractive lady. Present status of Virginia is not known. Woodring family lived on the upper part of Roberts Street. A sister, Thelma, resides in Nanty Glo House and is in her nineties. Older brothers, Ken and Tom, were well known in Nanty Glo circles, Ken in basketball and Tom as a store manager.

Readers are welcome to add any additional know facts about 1936 NGHS graduates.

— Frank Charney

This day in History

1861: Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

1908: Birth of comedian Imogene Coca.

1923: Birth of astronaut Alan B. Shepard.

1988: Thunderstorms drenched Little Rock, Arkansas, with 7.01 inches of rain, besting the previous record of 1.91 inches for the date.


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