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Just a hometown girl and her Truck:

aimee rheaume’s playin’ Dirty

By Jennifer Skarbek of Hometown magazine rom a young age, Worthville resident Aimee Rheaume had a big dream. However, while most little girls were wishing for something cute and frilly and lacey, Rheaume had her mind set on something a bit more heavy-duty: One-day owning and driving a monstrous mud truck. Not only did Rheaume succeed in bringing her dream to fruition, but this past year she received national fame as she drove her way onto network television. “When I was a little girl, I used to go to the mud bogs at local fairs, and I dreamed of someday owning a truck that would do that,” Rheaume professed. “As I got older, my passion for trucks grew; then, I was introduced to horse power.” Rheaume said that her first vehicle she owned while growing up in Stanton, a small town outside of Brookville, was naturally a truck – a Toyota to be precise. She enjoyed driving this but knew that she wanted a truck that could trudge through mud without a problem, just like those she had admired from her youth. Rheaume held onto this desire while she raised her son Ridge as a single mother and worked full time as a cosmetologist. Finally, when her son reached adulthood and Rheaume garnered a bit of “me time,” she traded in her Toyota for a vehicle with more power and gusto: a mud truck. Rheaume summed up her purchase by saying, “Momma got a mud truck. It’s mom’s turn to have fun.” For the first year after Rheaume bought her 1984 Chevy Silverado - a truck that she calls “Playin’ Dirty” because it usually is covered in so much mud that you can’t see the truck’s paint color - she ran it as it was, experiencing a lot of breakage and repairs. Thus, before the start of her second year of competing, she performed a number of modifications and improvements, including the addition of stronger axles, a bigger engine and lightening up the frame of the vehicle. These changes resulted in Rheaume’s being more competitive with her mud truck. In fact, she then experienced her first win at an event that took place at Shorty’s Hollow in Girty, PA. Of her first win and its subsequent effect on her hobby, Rheaume added, “Then I was really hooked after I had tasted victory.” Over the next four years, her truck stayed the same as Rheaume competed in mud bogs throughout her home state and Ohio, consistently managing to place in the top five in each event. “Then I got the call from ‘Truck Night in America,’” she exclaimed. According to Rheaume, “Truck Night in America” is a relatively new show on the History Channel, a part of A&E Network, that brings high-energy excitement to truck enthusiasts who tune in to the program to witness competitors maneuvering through various obstacles and courses while vying for the top spot in a heated elimination process. Each episode features five drivers who compete with their modified vehicles in order to clench the title of victor, as well as a cash prize of $10,000. She said that she applied to the show in May 2018 and had her first online interview with the producers

Rheaume signals a “thumbs-up” as she completes round one of “Truck Night in America,” in her 700 HP Chevy Silverado. (Photo submitted)

later that same month. Anticipating that she could be chosen as a contestant, Rheaume opted to make more improvements to her Chevy so that she would increase her chances of winning. “I swapped in a bigger engine, one-ton axles and a roll cage,” said Rheaume. “I was just waiting for the call.” With over 4,000 applicants for season two of the show, Rheaume was flabbergasted when she received a call in July saying that she had been chosen to appear on “Truck Night in America.”

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“I just couldn’t believe I was chosen. I was thrilled that they even picked me. I was one of fifty people to make it for that season,” she relayed. During the phone conversation, Rheaume learned that she would be expected in Augusta, Georgia, that August to film the episode. However, because the program would not air until several months later, Rheaume had to keep all information hushhush and under wraps, a hard task when one is brimming with such excitement. - Continued on page 4

View of classroom as currently furnished at the Snyder Hill Schoolhouse. Many elements from the past can be seen: Rows of desks, small to large to accommodate students of all ages, with individual writing slates and books. The teacher’s desk is located at the front with a globe and hand bell nearby. There is also a pot-bellied stove with a coal bucket and coal. a white and blue water crock with spigot, common to many of the rural schools and a piano and music books with patriotic songs. The American flag and slate blackboards are across the front wall. (Photograph by S. Thomas Curry)

Young Township site preserves One-room school Memories


By Marty Armstrong for Hometown magazine ike all other townships which lie within the boundaries of the Punxsutawney Area School District, Young Township had a number of one-, two- or three-room rural schools before consolidation. The township itself once was a rectangular shape similar in size to Bell Township with which

sutawney Area School District in 1960 notes two additional schools, both closed in 1921: White and Horatio. The building and closing of schools, decisions as to what grades each school was to accommodate and which students would attend were the responsibility of township school directors, primarily based on annual census information of school-age children. So, too, directors had charge of the hiring of teachers and the provision for equipment and supplies. According to “Memories of the One Room School,” compiled in 1990 by Frank J. Basile, former director of the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the Snyder Hill School was first built in 1886 on land originally owned by Valentine Snyder who came to this county Snyder Hill Schoolhouse, Snyder Hill Road, following 1990 from Germany in 1885. The restoration. Courtesy of PAHGS. school was destroyed by fire in 1902 and rebuilt in 1904. Following the it shares a border; but, the rectangular shape school’s closure in 1959, ownership went to becomes more of a “C” when the Borough property owners of the time, Mr. and Mrs. of Punxsutawney is carved from it. The 1936 Blair Postlewaite. Mrs. Margaret Postlewaite map of Jefferson County, showing roads and was Valentine Snyder’s granddaughter. Havschools, marks out ten schools in Young ing utilized the building for a number of Township: Lower Anita (2); Crawfordtown; years as a shop, Mr. Postlewaite made the Adrian; Thomas; Harmony; Walston; Mordecision to make the building available to the ris; Sportsburg and Snyder Hill. The listing Society for use as a museum so that its hisof school closures prepared by the Punx-

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tory and that of his family, all of whom at- makes her hobby) and the long walk home tended the school, would be preserved. A across Postlewaites’ apple orchard and down great many contributions of money and arti- and across the creek through Barnetts’ facts, not to mention volunteer labor, made woods. She mentioned the full hour devoted preservation possible. As the original school to lunch and recreation and the good things contents had been removed in earlier years, her mother packed for her lunches. During desks, books and other materials from other her years at Snyder Hill, the only children closed schools were donated to recreate a close enough to walk home for lunch were the Postlewaites, whose typical one-room school farm adjoined the school. classroom. Maintenance is With no running water, ongoing. drinking water was Basile’s book, published brought from the Postlein 1990 and reprinted in waite farm to the school. 2010 for educational purMarge, when recently inposes and as a fundraiser, terviewed, says that one of has many pages devoted to her favorite teachers was the school’s history, partial Lott Noerr, who taught at lists of former teachers and Snyder Hill 1941-1944. students, one-room school She lent her sixth grade repictures, experiences, port card for inclusion in newspaper accounts and Basile’s book; that card, memories of teachers and signed by Mr. Noerr, students from Snyder Hill shows a final grade of “A” and other schools within in history, in spite of her the township and the stated dislike. broader Punxsutawney Young Township segment of 1936 Noerr (1902-1960), was area. of Jefferson County detailing the son of Carl and Carrie Marjorie Anderson Ferra, map towns, roadways and schools. It is who attended all eight displayed in full in Gallery Four – Ed- Brocious Noerr of Anita in grades at Snyder Hill in the ucation, PAHGS “Childhood” exhibit, McCalmont Township. late 1930s and early 1940s, Lattimer House, 400 W. Mahoning His life work was in education, teaching for wrote for the book in 1990 Street. about her two-mile walk to school in all twenty-eight years in Young Township kinds of weather, playing inside the building schools, nine years in McCalmont Township during dark and stormy days when, without schools and retiring as a teacher from the electricity, it was too dark to do the day’s Punxsutawney Jointure following the 1957usual schoolwork. She recalled the daily 58 term. His wife was the former Margaret schedule of flag salute, Lord’s prayer, Bible Peterson, also of McCalmont Township. The Snyder Hill schoolhouse does not look reading, arithmetic, next day’s homework, recess, geography, health, lunch, music and from the outside much like the traditional singing, art, writing, English, recess, history early schools. It is square, the roof is of a dif(which she did not like then at all but now - Continued on page 6


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In a test of her handling skills, Rheaume follows the directions of her coach, Glen Plake, as he uses hand signals to direct her as she crosses platforms and beams. The truck’s girth made the task even more difficult to conquer. (Photo submitted)

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Continued from page 2 “We trailered my truck to Georgia and filmed in late August for three days in 95degree weather,” Rheaume commented about the once-in–a–lifetime experience. She went on to explain that each episode consists of four rounds that test each driver’s skill level and handling ability while showcasing his or her vehicle’s speed and power. With each challenge, one driver is eliminated until the final round, where the two surviving contestants face off in what the show calls its “Green Hell,” an extreme track of perils. In round one, called the “White-Out,” Rheaume navigated her mud truck successfully over wet Kaolin, a clay mineral that gets as slippery as ice when it comes in contact with water, earning her third place and moving her one step forward. Then, Rheaume was matched with Extreme Sports Pioneer Glen Plake who acted as a coach and spotter for round two where the drivers were challenged to pull a rig out of a

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contestants’ movements, a very difficult task of her home and hair salon in Worthville. “People stop by and say they know me,” that requires total reliance on trust and guidance. Rheaume had an amazing run and fin- Rheaume said of her new-found fame. “It’s ished the course; however, the other two odd to be recognized by strangers when I go competitors had faster times, therefore, to mud bogs.” Despite her finish on the History Channel, sending Rheaume home before the final challenge. Although Rheaume did not win, Rheaume continues to chase her passion of she walked away from the experience with a mud trucking. She mentioned that she just sense of pride and accomplishment saying, began her sixth season of racing this year “I went out before the final round, but it was and will attend around ten mud bog compethe chance of a lifetime to be on TV doing titions this summer, including the local fair something that you love. I met people who circuit of Sykesville, Jefferson County and Butler. So far in 2019, Rheaume is boasting will be lifelong friends.” Rheaume’s level of success is magnified a record of a third-place win in one event when one realizes that being a female in- and a first-place finish most recently in Lisbon, Ohio, where she beat out 23 other volved in mud truck competitions is not extremely common, adding that each episode of “Truck Night in America” usually features only one female driver among the group of five competitors. She added that most people don’t assume that it’s her truck when they see her driving it; in fact, they are shocked. This point also impressed viewers when the With its 38.5 inch tires and large, boxy body, Rheaume’s mud truck gives the show finally aired competition a run for its money when she competes at mud bogs from May on February 28, through October. (photo by Emma Smith for Hometown) 2019. Rheaume is sure of this because of the feedback and sup- trucks, a claim that she is most proud to port that she received from local people she hold. In order to continue performing at this would encounter after they found out that level, Rheaume continues to make changes and modifications to her Chevy truck makshe was going to be on the program. “They would wish me luck,” Rheaume ing it faster, lighter and more powerful. Alcommented. “They couldn’t believe that a though Rheaume enjoys all of the aspects of hometown girl was going to be on the being a woman as well as making others beautiful in her salon, she also believes that show.” Now, almost a half-year after the episode it is important to do what you love to do, let was broadcast, Rheaume says that she is still your hair down, rev up your engine and pergetting attention from fans, especially when haps even get a little muddy while doing so she is spotted working on her truck outside because, after all, "girls like to get dirty, too." •••

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The school bell on a stand was acquired and installed by Blair Postlewaite at the Snyder Hill Schoolhouse and is now used when recreating the “one-room school experience” for visitors. Snyder Hill School did not have a bell tower or bell. Teachers instead called students to class using a hand bell. (Photograph by Marty Armstrong)

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students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades attended classes in Sportsburg, while seventh and eighth graders attended classes in the old West End School in Punxsutawney which later served as the first building for the Punxsutawney Campus of I.U.P. Township school Marge Anderson Ferra’s sixth-grade report card from the 1941-42 directors were always at school year shows her good work, signed by her father Oscar Anderson and by her teacher Lott Noerr, promoting her to seventh grade. the mercy of changing (Image from “Memories of the One Room School” compiled by Frank demographics. J Basile, 1990, Spirit Publishing Co. for PAHGS) Bill had several other facts to relate. The only and other artifacts from many of the district’s bell used by Snyder Hill teachers was a closed schools. Mr. Basile was indefatigable handbell to call students to class. Following in the collection of these items following closure, his father acquired an outdoor bell restoration of the classroom in 1990. A and created a stand for it to the fourth door leads to another right of the vestibule area. Also, large room on the left the left-hand room has a loft which could now be dewith steps leading to it which scribed as a multi-purpose his father created for his own room. Marge Ferra says it storage use. Bill does not rewas used for storage and member any discussion about for indoor play during what the original Snyder Hill lunch and recess during School looked like. Was it difbad weather and that all ferent or similar to the second eight grades had their structure? No pictures have surclasses in the classroom to faced. the right. Between the two Residents of the Punxrooms is a large tambour sutawney area are fortunate to door similar to that on a have the resource that Snyder roll-top desk which could Hill provides which pulls tobe rolled up as needed to This is the first page of a Bible gether much of the district’s permit access between the presented to the Moser School in 1949, used at that school by rural school history. As this rooms for special events teacher Elizabeth Bundy, and summer begins a year of focus such as Christmas pro- presented to PAHGS by Thelma on early settlers, the annual Cobb in 1989. Teachers genergrams. History Daycamp, scheduled read ten verses from the ally Another former student, Bible each day before classes by the Punxsutawney Area HisBlair Postlewaite’s son Bill began. Collection of PAHGS. torical & Genealogical Society, who attend grades 1, 2 and August 12-16, will feature a morning visit to 3 at Snyder Hill, has a different perspective. the Snyder Hill Schoolhouse and recreation He was a student there during the 1950s and, of many early school activities. Registration as part of the baby boom generation, recalls forms will be available at the Society’s Latthat the room to the left was used as a classtimer House, 400 West Mahoning Street, room but that both rooms with three grades Punxsutawney. in total were managed by a single teacher, ••• Mrs. Mary L. Galbraith. Snyder Hill area

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By Molly Shepler of Hometown magazine he Past to Present Machinery Association’s Annual Antique Tractor Show—held at the Sykesville Ag and Youth Fairgrounds each May—provides an opportunity for farmers and community members to bring their trac-

hold this interest. One such person is seventeen-year-old Samuel Shepler of Henderson Township, who is a tractor-owner himself. What is most interesting about his tractor is not only the way in which he came to own it, but the reason he values it so much in his personal life. As he can testify, for some, farming simply runs

Samuel Shepler with his prized 1941 John Deere B tractor he has restored since receiving it in 2012. Photo courtesy of Molly Shepler.

tors from all over the surrounding areas, eager to display their equipment and to view the tractors owned by neighbors and friends while mingling with others who

in the family. In Samuel’s family, farming is a tradition, and the excitement surrounding everything involving farms has certainly

been part of his life ever since he was born. He explained that the farm that his father, Charlie Shepler, co-owns—Harvestore Hill Farm located in Paradise— has been in the Shepler family for at least three generations, quite literally making farming a family tradition. Samuel said he has loved tractors and being on the farm for as long as he can remember, adding, “My entire life I’ve been around the farm helping my dad. I find it fascinating and fun …. I want to carry out the family tradition of farming.” He expressed his interest in learning about crops and how they are planted, grown and maintained, and the ways in which those crops are used to feed animals, which in turn provide profits to local farms often through milk production. Enjoying the outdoors and feeling the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing tasks in the fields with his tractor are largely where Samuel says he derives the excitement he experiences when farming. When asked to explain the main reason or the central influence associated with his love of farming, Samuel said, “My father. He has farmed his entire life, and me being exposed to the farm and being around him when he’s farming and helping him farm has influenced me the most …. I think I have an appreciation for small farms that other people probably don’t have.”

From the time he was a young child, Samuel’s fascination with tractors has been prominent in his life, according to both him and his parents. That captivation piqued one Christmas morning when he was only ten years old. Samuel remembers his excitement beginning early in the morning when he was first led by his parents to the incredible gift his family had hidden in their shed in the backyard. “I got [my tractor] from my great-great aunt and uncle for Christmas in 2012,” he remembered nostalgically. He explained that they had wanted to be sure their tractor went to a good home, and they believed he would love and cherish it. It would be a surprise he would never forget. Not long after receiving his tractor, he and his father worked together to restore it. “My tractor is a 1941 John Deere B, so it was rusty and hardly had any paint on it when I got it,” Samuel said. He expressed what it was like to develop a greater sense of appreciation for his tractor during its restoration, and he explained the excitement he felt during the restoration process: “It helped me feel like I made something new out of something old. It was a tractor that could have possibly never been able to work again.” After the completion of its restoration, the result could be described, in a sense, as having brought his old tractor back to life. Ever since it came under his ownership, Samuel’s tractor has certainly been put to good use. He has helped his father at Harvestore Hill Farm with it, usually by plowing or harrowing fields before they can be ready for planting. He has used it - Continued on next page

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work, and family tradition, all which have been instilled in him from a very early age. His appreciation for his own John Deere B tractor is not only a result of where it came from, but also a result of the connection he feels to his family’s tradition of farming. Through his associ-

to rake hay as well. Samuel has also participated in several public events using his 1941 John Deere B including Plow Days, which is an annual event usually held during the third weekend of April at Harvestore Hill Farm. He has also entered his tractor twice in the Antique Tractor Pull at the Sykesville Ag and Youth Fair held every August, and it has been in the Past to Present Machinery Association’s Antique Tractor Show each of the last five years. Samuel also drove it in the parade for Big Run’s 150th Anniversary. Not only is he passionate about his Samuel Shepler on his John Deere B tractor at the 2013 Plow Days Event at Harvester Hill Farm before he began its restoration. Photo tractor, but he is enthusi- courtesy of Melissa Shepler. astic to share that passion ation with Harvestore Hill Farm and his with his community as well. involvement in events such as those This year, the Past to Present Machinery hosted by the Past to Present Machinery Association’s Antique Tractor Show was Association, Samuel has learned a great held at the Sykesville Fairgrounds from deal about the difficulties which accomMay 24-26, and it featured several events pany the operation of small farms; yet, he which hold special interest among people has also witnessed and experienced the like Samuel, including the Tractor Pulls rewards and the satisfaction associated and the Tractor Games. “I get excited with farming as well. His passion for the [about the PPMA show] because all the outdoors and for everything tractor-reother local farmers bring their tractors lated has fostered in him a strong work and you can see a variety of tractors and ethic and a sense of gratitude for those equipment. And you can see just how small farms which have, undoubtedly, many people enjoy farming and have that helped to shape our community in Punxinterest in this area,” Samuel said. Many sutawney in one way or another. Among local farmers bring their equipment, many farmers in the Punxsutawney area, eager to display it and discuss it with oththere exists a special connection to comers who attend the weekend-long show. munity and an outwardly obvious, simple Samuel said he has uncles and cousins love of farming. Samuel Shepler is cerwho will occasionally come to go to the tainly a prime example of that, and he tractor show as well, making it even more will undoubtedly continue to possess that of a family-oriented event for him. passion for the farm and for his tractor Although young, Samuel Shepler alfor many years to come. ready possesses a great appreciation for ••• local farms, tractors and machinery, hard

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Philadelphia-based modern dance company is traveling to Punxsutawney to perform their work Falling Up downtown on the sidewalks on June 27 and 28. Performances will begin on Main (Should this be Mahoning Street?) at 3 p.m. on Thursday June 27 and are free to the public. See below for a complete list of times and locations. Dancers Chloe Marie Newton, Harlee Trautman, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Marisa Illingworth and Sean Thomas Boyt slide, spiral, jump and fall along wood boards laid out on the sidewalk. Composer Ajibola Rivers provides live accompaniment on the cello. This is part of a five-city dancing-in-public spaces tour across Pennsylvania. Falling Up invites the audience to watch up close as the dancers push the boundaries of the small performance space, move in and out of relationships, and try to find ways to help and be helped by each other. Katherine Kiefer Stark, Artistic Director of The Naked Stark dance company, grew up making the drive from Philadelphia to Punxsutawney every summer to visit her grandparents Nathan and Lucille Stark. Losing her grandmother this year, she realized she did not want to lose Punxsutawney, too. “I connect with the world through movement: making meaning, sharing ideas, and asking questions in the dances I make. I envision rooting my work with The Naked Stark in the broader Pennsylvania community. This summer, with support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, I am taking the first step towards that dream.”


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ABOUT THE COMPANY Founded in 2009, The Naked Stark is a Philadelphia-based modern dance company that supports the development and presentation of socially conscious, critical and engaged work by Artistic Director and founder, Katherine Kiefer Stark. Through performances, movement practice, workshops, shared showings, and community events, The Naked Stark works to make dance-making, dancing and dance-viewing sustainable, approachable and accessible. The Naked Stark’s dance pieces are highly physical, featuring complex partnering, dynamic floorwork, and momentum-based movement that propels Katherine and others through time and space. The dance pieces are created through an inclusive collaborative process in which the artists can safely explore complex power structures and intense physicality. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Ajibola Rivers, Chloe Marie Newton, Harlee Trautman, Marisa Illingworth and Sean Thomas Boyt on The Naked Stark’s current project Actor and The Leading Lady / Falling Up. •••

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JOSH OLDAKER Sunday, June 30 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m. With his well-rounded country-gospel music repertoire, Josh’s performance is something that the whole family will appreciate. With an energetic style and a Godgiven vocal talent, you will be treated to an unforgettable show. If you enjoy good old-fashioned fun and yearn for the memories of your favorite hymns, this will be a performance you will be sure to treasure.

Josh Oldaker sponsor, CRW Home Centers (L to R): Roger Steele, Festival Chairman; Cindy and Tim Chambers, CRW Home Centers and Sheila Shreckengost, Festival Committee.

Risen to Save sponsor, Miller Home Furniture (L to R): Shawna Saxton, Festival committee; Jeff London, Miller Home Furniture and Cindy Saxton, Festival Committee Vice Chairman.

RISEN TO SAVE Sunday, June 30 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. & 8-9 p.m. Risen to Save is a Contemporary Christian Band

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MONDAY, JULY 1 Diaper Derby & Tot Trot Monday, July 1 • 9-10 a.m. Babies and Toddlers! Start your engines, better yet get those legs moving! Come on out to the Groundhog Festival and race your way to the finish line. The Diaper Derby is for crawling babies only. 12 to 18 month old, walking toddlers try your luck at the Tot Trot!

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change. Thanks to the Presbyterian Church for the use of their lot to hold the sale. Garden Club Officers: Gloria Kerr (president) Dena Taylor (vice president) Debby Elder (treasurer) Linda Amundson (secretary) Dotty Jekielek (corresponding secretary) ROB LIGHTNER BAND 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m.

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• Gospel Music, Sponsored by CRW Home Center. • 1-2 p.m., & 3-4 p.m., Josh Oldaker Evening Gospel Music • 6:30-7:30 p.m. & 8-9 p.m., Risen to Save, Sponsored by Miller Home

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• 9am, Registration for Diaper Derby & Tot Trot (races to follow) Sponsored by Punxsutawney Area Hospital Expecting You. • Billy Heh, Balloon Art and Magic Shows, Balloons 11 a.m. - Noon, Magic 1-1:30 p.m., Balloons 3-4 p.m., Sponsored by PNC Bank • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Punxsutawney Garden Club Plant Sale, Presbyterian Church lot. • 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m., Rob Lightner Band. Sponsored by Standard Pennant.

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• 9:30 a.m., Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic • 10 a.m., Parade of Teddy Bears, Check web site for list of categories. Sponsored by The Career Woman’s Club. • Billy Heh, Balloon Art and Magic Shows, Balloons 11 a.m. - Noon, Magic 1-1:30 p.m., Balloons 3-4 p.m., Sponsored by PNC Bank.


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TUESDAY, JULY 2 Teddy Bear Picnic Tuesday, July 2 Registration: 9:30 a.m. Parade: 10 a.m. The popular Teddy Bear Parade and Picnic returns to Punxsutawney! The event will take place in Barclay Square. Regis-

tration will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the parade of teddy bears and their owners will commence at 10 a.m.The first 75 entries in the popular festival attraction will receive a teddy bear memento. There is a limit of one gift for each participant only. There are four categories of teddy bears that are sought for this year’s parade and picnic: 1. My Bear & I (Dressed Alike) Transportation Carts – For this

category the child needs to either pull a wagon behind them or ride in a vehicle as well as be dressed the same as their teddy bear. 2. My Bear & I (Dressed Alike) The child and teddy bear should be dressed the same. 3. Birthday Bear Dress your bear in any birthday theme that you choose with added accessories. 4. Tooth Fairy Bear - Dress your bear in what you think the Tooth Fairy looks like using Added accessories. In the event of rain, the parade and picnic will be moved to the first floor of the of theF.O. Eagles building on East Mahoning Street directly across from Barclay Square. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE BAR ENTRANCE. This event is sponsored by Career Woman’s Club.

EAST COAST TURNAROUND Tuesday, July 2 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m.

East Coast Turnaround has a unique sound steeped in rhythm and blues, with a soulful country vocal, blended with rock guitar and harmonica driven leads. (Think if Steve Earle met Buddy Holly at a Buckwheat Zydeco concert.) With several commercial successes on the Cashbox Music charts in support of their album “American Outlaw,” they’re spreading their brand of road hymns person to person across the U.S.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 3 WHEEL RACE / SCOOTER RACE Wednesday, July 3 9-10 a.m. Grab your 3 wheel bikes or scooters (PLEASE NO MOTORIZED SCOOTERS) and come on out to the Groundhog Festival. On your mark, get set, & GO! can you be the fastest to the finish line? Ages for 3 wheel race are: 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8. Scooter race ages are: 8, 9 & 10 — Continued on Next Page


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LIBRARY BOOK SALE Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visit the Punxsutawney Library and browse the many books up for sale.

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wednesday, July 3rd

S&T Bank, co-sponsor of Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute) (L to R): Cindy Saxton, Festival Committee Vice Chairman; Haley Liscinsky, S&T Bank and Kim Curtis, Festival Committee.

This is America’s Premiere Tribute Band to Lynyrd Skynyrd, playing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s greatest hits such as: Sweet Home Alabama; That Smell; Saturday Night Special; Gimme Three Steps; Freebird and many more!

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New Day for Races • 9 a.m., Registration for 3 Wheel Races, age groups 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8. Scooter Race, ages 8 & 9 & 10. Races for each to follow registration. • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Library Book Sale, Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. • Billy Heh, Balloon Art and Magic Shows, Balloons 11 a.m. - Noon, Magic 1-1:30 p.m., Balloons 3-4 p.m., Sponsored by PNC Bank. • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Punxsutawney Garden Club Plant Sale, Presbyterian Church lot. • 5K Race sponsored by the Community Center has been cancelled due to bridge and road construction. Call Community Center at 814-938-1008 for information on a possible fall race. See you next year at Festival. • 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m., FreeBird (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute) Co-Sponsored by S & T Bank.

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THE WRANGLER BAND Thursday, July 4 2-3 p.m. & 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ron, Randy and their sister Christy have opened up for Nashville stars such as Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, the late Boxcar Willie, Neal McCoy, Lonestar, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, the late Keith Whitley, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Wayne, Bryan White, Jeff Carson and many more.


• 9 a.m., Registration for Kids Tractor Pull. Tractor Pull to follow registration. Age groups for both boys and girls 4-5, 6-7, 8-9. Sponsored by London Farms. • 11:00-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m., 33:30pm, Pittman Magic/Juggling/Comedy Shows, Sponsored by CNB Bank. • 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m., Rick K and the Allnighters. Co-Sponsored by Punxsy Shop ‘n Save.

saturday, July 6th • 11-11:30 a.m. & 1-1:45 p.m., Pittman Magic/Juggling/Comedy Shows, Sponsored by Punxsutawney Eagles #1231. • 2-3 p.m. & 3:30-4:30 p.m., 7 Mile Run. Co-Sponsored by Weather Capital Sales & Lowmaster Warden. 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9-10 p.m., Cook & Belle. Sponsored by Sarvey Insurance. Visit Phil’s Souvenir Shop 102 West Mahoning St.

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JESS ZIMMERMAN BAND Thursday, July 4 7-8 p.m. & 8:30-9:30 p.m. A show stopping mix of country and rock music influences will leave the fans wanting more. The band released its first EP recorded in Nashville,TN, at OMNISound Studio.


Special thanks goes to them for their sponsorship First Commonwealth Bank Dr. Gary & Millie Buffington DuBois Harley-Davidson FEMCO Laurel Realty Shields Insurance Agency Powell & Associates Real Estate Weather Capital Sales Lowmaster & Warden John W. Jenks 534 Farmers National Bank


A very special thank you to the businesses that sponsored an entertainment event for the 2019 Groundhog Festival

Jess Zimmerman Band co-sponsor, InFirst Saving Bank (L to R): Lisa Wingard, Festival Committee Secretary; Rita Mohney, InFirst Saving Bank and Scott Morgan, Festival Committee.

Proform Powdered Metals Standard Pennant Co. Sarvey Insurance Punxsy Eagles #1231 CNB Bank S & T Bank CRW Home Center Priority First FCU Punxsy Shop 'n Save Miller Home InFirst Bank-Punxsy/Troutville PNC Bank Mahoning Riverside Personal Care Homes Rebuck's Southside Service Punxsutawney Lions Club C & L Shows Advanced Disposal Cobblestone Hotel & Suites


Riverside Manor, co-sponsor of Jess Zimmerman Band (L to R): Kim Curtis, Festival Committee; Connie Sunderland, Riverside Manor; Marcy (Divelbiss) Galando, Riverside Manor; Lorraine Cherian, Riverside Manor & Scott Morgan, Festival Committee.

It is associated with an organization that pays tribute to the military, veterans, first responders and law enforcement, Victory Weekend, hosted by Steve Wingfield. The band also travels to select NASCAR races to perform for thousands of race fans. The band’s

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3-H Abrasive Company 310 Lawn & Garden 84 Services Fundraising Acme Machine & Welding Co. Advanced Disposal Ameritas Financial Services Amy J. Morris, Attorney Angela's Panini Asphalt Armor Sealcoating Bath Savers INC. BFG Manufacturing Services Bugsy's Roofing Burke & Sons Burma Corp. C & L Shows Cammy Knarr Carper's Concessions Casteel Chiropractic Chad's Lawn and Landscaping Charlie Chen's Chinese Kitchen Christ The King Manor — CoNtiNued oN PAge 16 —

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FIREWORKS Thursday, July 4 Approximately 9:45 p.m. Stay in the park after the Jess Zimmerman Band and enjoy the 4th of July firework display.

FRIDAY, JULY 5 KIDDIE TRACTOR PULL Friday, July 5 Time: 9-10 a.m. Come on come all! Try your luck at the Kiddie Tractor Pull.The pedal tractor is provided by Lon-

814-938-5250 Pittman Magic sponsor for July 5th, CNB Bank (L to R): Sheila Shreckengost, Festival Committee; Doug Shaffer, CNB Bank and Shawna Saxton, Festival Committee

Pittman Magic sponsor for July 6th Punxsutawney Eagles #1231 (L to R): Jennifer McCoy, Festival Committee; Jack Odhodgson, Punxsutawney Eagles #1231; Bill Bevak, Punxsutawney Eagles #1231 and Roger Steele, Festival Chairman.

don Farms. Ages 4 & 5, 6 & 7, 8 & 9 will test their legs power by trying to pull a sled behind the tractor. Let's see if you can pedal your way to the top!

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In 1902, Punxsutawney residents began to benefit from “free delivery” of mail by uniformed carriers to their houses. Rural Free Delivery (RFD) was also inaugurated as a service to folk on country roads, mail delivered by horse or horse and buggy. In 1913, Punxsutawney area residents on rural roads were the first in Jefferson County to receive their mail by automobile.

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the population figures were Punxsutawney553 and Clayville-189. Townships surrounding the two boroughs also grew in population. Continued from previous page On January 1, 1886, Punxsutawney became a 3rd class post office, while another “first” in The weekly Punxsutawney Plaindealer, in exPunxsutawney postal history was announced. istence from July 1868 to August 1871, pubH.C. Bair became “the first postmaster of lished a column: “Arrival and Departure of Punxsutawney to receive a salary - $1,000 Mails,” which printed the schedule of hours year.” It was announced for routes listed as in the Valley News. Punxsutawney and With the arrival of railChest, Luthersburg roads into the Punxand Punxsutawney, sutawney scene in the Punxsutawney and 1880s, Punxsutawney Summerville, Punxexpanded its borough sutawney and Hudson. limits in 1889 to take in Following those the neighborhoods of “mail carriers” was the East End, the Graffius railroad train, the street addition, the South Side car, and then the automobile. W.S. Mason was the first mail carrier in the and to the west to the Mail service “firsts” Punxsutawney Post Office to deliver mail by Clayville border line. automobile. With his new Hupmobile, he deliv- The census returns for in the early 1900s ered mail on May 20, 1913, to customers on the and After the census of 21-mile RFD #1 route. But with muddy roads in Punxsutawney Jefferson County in May, he returned to using horse and buggy Clayville boroughs in 1830, the population of until June, after the dirt roads had improved. July 1890 gave PunxShown in a photo is a 1912 Hupmobile. sutawney a population Jefferson County was of 2,760 and Clayville listed as 2,025. When Punxsutawney was in1407. corporated as a borough in 1850, with its own By 1890, the U.S. government began an exmunicipal government, the town’s population periment in small towns across the country. By was estimated as 100 people within its boundreaching a certain amount in annual postal reary from Front Street (along Mahoning Creek) ceipts at its post office, residents were entitled to Findley Street and Farmer’s Alley to Libto free mail delivery to their home address. erty Street. In the 1860 census, the population The editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit, in rewas 415, and Clayville about 150. By 1870, porting this news remarked, “If Clayville and

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Punxsutawney were to be incorporated as one town with one post office we could have free delivery. It would be an advantage to both towns to be made ‘one and inseparable’ and have free delivery and letter boxes on all the principal corners.” [Clayville was eventually consolidated into Punxsutawney in 1907, as Punxsutawney’s West End.] With the increased population through expansion and the booming business and industry through the 1890s that brought in new people, Punxsutawney, Jefferson County’s largest town, increased in population in 1900 to 4,375 people. Clayville’s population was listed as 2,371. In a news story in the Punxsutawney Spirit of April 3, 1901, there was good news for Punxsutawney people. In the story headlined “FREE DELIVERY IN SIGHT,” the Postmaster announced, “Postoffice receipts had earned the reward.” Postal receipts exceeded the $10,000 limit set to qualify for free delivery from the post office to their houses. But there was a requirement that had to be met by local residents. Homeowners had to repair their sidewalks or build sidewalks and put numbers on their houses. The Spirit story made it clear to the citizens, “The postoffice has earned free delivery, now let the people do the rest. You can have your mail delivered right at your house, in all kinds of weather, thus saving you the trouble and annoyance of going after it. If you want your mail delivered get a number for your house.” Examinations for three “letter carriers” were held in May. Street signs were prepared and placed at street intersections. On September 1, 1903, residents of Punxsutawney had their mail delivered by uniformed mail carriers, “the boys in gray,” as the “first free mail delivery” in Punxsutawney began. There was also good news in 1901 for rural residents in small towns and on rolling farms with rural roads. A new system of free rural mail delivery was inaugurated by the U.S. government, to go into effect on July 1, 1902. With this system mail could be delivered to a “box on the roadside” from a certified town post office. No particular style or design of box was described to be provided, but it was re-

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quired that each box be fitted with a lock and “leave an opening for the mail matter.” To have rural free delivery (RFD) someone needed to prepare routes in accordance with prescribed regulations. In October 1904 three rural mail routes began a schedule for delivery in Jefferson County. Among the three was one from Punxsutawney. The others were for Reynoldsville and Brockway. The RFD routes were set up to service residents from one to a dozen miles from a village. It was not for villagers who had a local post office. As more routes were established, the advantages to farmers were promoted: “It brings the postoffice right to the door of those living on the route and they can buy stamps, postoffice orders or register a letter just the same as at a postoffice.” Punxsutawney’s “first rural free delivery” on route RFD #1, began at the borough line in Elk Run and included residents along the road at Harmony, Delancey, Anita, Florence to Panic. On its return to Punxsutawney, it went through what was called the Grube Settlement, the area approaching what is now the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport. The route covered 21 miles. By March 1905, three more rural free delivery routes were set up: one out of Brookville, one out of Reynoldsville and another out of Punxsutawney. All this postal service to rural country roads meant that nearly all of the roads were dirt. When it rained they turned to mud; when they dried out, they were full of deep holes, ridges and ruts. Heavy rains could wash roads away, leaving nothing but gaping chasms. Winter storms often made them impassable. It was a struggle for farmers just to get their produce to market. Rain, snow or ice could prevent a farmer from getting to market for a day or a week depending on the road conditions. When horses and wagons got stuck in the mud, the driver had to get neighbors to pull him out. It was a transportation nightmare. Mail deliveries were on foot, on horseback, in wagons or on bicycles, weather permitting. And then came the “horseless wagon,” the automobile. A new history of “firsts” in mail service would be ahead.

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A trip of coal cars at the Frances mine is ready to be taken to the tipple where it would be weighted and dumped into a waiting railroad coal car. Each car could hold from one to three tons. The cars were built so they could be easily tipped. The coal would be dumped into large railroad cars, which held approximately 100 tons. Photo from Rossiter, Pennsylvania: Her Past and Present, 1978, Frank Basile.

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By the Coal Memorial Committee for Hometown magazine homas Madden arrived in the United States from England in 1882. He was seven years old. His father, John Madden, was born in County Galway, Ireland, and migrated to England where he met and married Catherine Silk. Seeking a better life for their family of four children: John, Thomas, Hannah and Julia, they came to America and arrived in the Punxsutawney area about 1890. They established a home in Clayville, now the West End of Punxsutawney. Three children were born to the family in the United

States: James, Matthew and Felix. Punxsutawney was in the midst of the coal boom. After completing school, four of their sons found jobs in the coal industry. John found work at Riker’s Yard with the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg Railway. He later moved to Youngstown, Ohio, where he was employed as an engineer with United States Steel. James found work with the Rochester and Pittsburg Coal and Iron Company in their mine at Eleanora. James enjoyed playing baseball with the local Eleanora team. He was considered the best amateur pitcher in this area of the state. He had advanced to the po-

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Frank Lorenzo, purchased a Berwind-White mine at Anita. The Punxsutawney Coal Company expanded its operation when Dr. Blaisdell purchased the farm of H.F. McCullough near Rossiter, where the company made the first of the three openings for the Frances mine in 1908. The Frances mine opening was on a hillside. A hoist was used to haul the cars up and down the incline. In 1919, in an effort to shorten the tracks, the Punxsutawney Coal Company built a tunnel through the hill. While the tunnel was being built, a fine grade of coal was discovered on the north-facing slope. Two additional headings were driven off the main line in order to mine what seemed to be an unending seam of four-foot coal. These headings were numbered Frances No. 4 and No. 5. The Buffalo and Rochester Coal and Iron Company closed their operations at Eleanora after the strike in 1924. The company was focusing its efforts on mines in Indiana County. The closing of these mines was the beginning of the end of large mining companies investing in the local coal mining industry. This opened the doors for local operators to organize mining companies, purchase the vacated properties and operate the mines. Leaving Eleanora, Thomas Madden found work as a mine foreman with the A.L. Light Company mine at Sportsburg. On an April morning in 1926, he went to work, entering the mine alone as he usually did. He turned on the air pump and begin the day’s opera-


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(“From Our Past,” researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) June 13, 1887 — Miss Mary Wilson gave a picnic in the woods above the fair grounds last Friday for the benefit of the pupils of the primary school. But the festivities were rudely interrupted by the average boy, who dropped a match in the dry leaves, setting the woods on fire, and compelling the juveniles to flee. (Punxsutawney Spirit) [Note: The picnic “in the woods above the fairgrounds” would have been a wooded area where is now the Punxsutawney Area High School and Jack LaMarca Stadium.] June 15, 1871 — Strebig’s Grand Dramatic Constellation will commence in Eagle Hall, Punxsutawney, on Saturday evening next, June 17th, and play some of the most popular dramas of the times. The plays are first-class and well performed and in good taste. The pieces selected are of a highly instructive moral character and will afford lessons of usefulness to both old and young. The performers, both gentlemen and ladies, are well behaved and circumspect in their conduct, and in this respect differ from the usual character of strolling players. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer)

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and stones, picking them up and throwing them to the side of roads. In spite of the difficulties, Mr. Mason completed his day’s work in four hours and fifteen minutes, half the time it took by horse and buggy. He reverted back to the old reliable horse and buggy and didn’t use his automobile on a daily basis until June when townships had repaired the roads by their crews. By then his day’s work time was reduced to 3 or 3 1/2 hours. To compare the convenience and cost-savings of the automobile with a horse and buggy, Mason calculated his expenses. His daily expense in running the car was 45 cents. When a horse is used, a carrier needs to keep two horses at the expense of about 70 cents per day, he determined. In his report about the experiment with the automobile Mason stated, “Being only a novice at running an automobile, I figure that when I become more adept I will be able to cut down the running expense considerably below the present figure.” Parcel post service was also inaugurated in 1913 by the U.S. government. The Punxsutawney Post Office began its service on January 1 to handle packages heavier than envelope mailings. That led to other “firsts” in Punxsutawney postal history. Edith Graff, of Oakland Ave., was “the first person to take advantage of the new system.” She mailed a package to Brooklyn, NY, that required postage of 12 cents, compared to 30 cents by American Express. During these years of the early 1900s, with the increase in population, free mail delivery initiated, and with the volume of mail increasing, it was determined a larger post office building was needed. A site was selected at the corner of Pine Street and North Findley Street. Construction for a new U.S. Post Office and federal building began in May 1913. A national historic landmark, it is now the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center. Punxsutawney area postal service was moved to a new location in the East End, in 1998. •••

June 15, 1887 — J. U. Gillespie’s new grist mill is a monster, and presents a fine appearance with the body painted dark and the trimmings light. There is not a better mill building in this part of the State. The machinery will be put in position soon. (Punxsutawney News) [Note: The grist mill was located along the Mahoning Creek in Clayville, now Punxsutawney’s West End section. Punxsutawney’s Community Action building is located on that site on Grace Way.] June 30, 1899 — W. E. Henry has secured a Smith Premier typewriter and intends to establish himself in the Hotel Pantall in the evenings, where he will do a general typewriting business for all who may desire his services. (Punxsutawney Spirit) July 24, 1895 — Our readers may not be aware of the fact that an amendment was passed to the marriage license law which was signed by the Governor on June 18th. The amendment makes a marriage license now good in any county in the state, instead of simply in the county of issue. It would be well for clergymen and others authorized by the law to perform marriages, to make a note of the above fact. (Punxsutawney News) •••

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By the staff of Hometown magazine rom the staff of Hometown magazine and the Community Calendar at, here is a list of events coming up in our area: n June 27, 28 & 29: Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents “Many Moons” and “Thirteen Clocks,” by James Thurber at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday & Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets available at the door. n June 30 – July 6: 53rd Annual Groundhog Festival, held in Barclay Square. Vendors, entertainment, food, fun for the whole family! n July 4: Independence Day! n July 4: Fish for Free Day, sponsored by the PA Fish Commission. n July 4, 5 & 6: “Many Moons” & “Thirteen Clocks,” presented by the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild, 8 p.m. at the Sawmill Theatre, Cook Forest. Call 814-927-6655 for ticket information. n July 5: Blood Drive, 12:30 to 6 p.m. at SSCD Church. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 5 & 6: Grange’s Helping Hands free clothing at Grange Church of God. Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. n July 6 & 7: Hazen Flea Market opens at the Warsaw Township Fire Co. grounds. July 8: Antlerless Deer Licenses go on sale. Visit the PA Game Commission website for more information. n July 9 & 11: Summer Weather Camp: We’ve Got The Power! 1 to 4 p.m., Weather Discovery Center. For complete information, visit or call 814-9381000. n July 9: First Tuesday Community Meal, 5 p.m., at Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church. Free & open to the public. July 11: Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., White Shadow, at Barclay Square. Bring a lawn chair. n July 12: Community Meal, 5 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. Free & open to the public. n July 13: Trash & Treasure Sale, Oliver Township Fire Hall. n July 13: Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Reynoldsville. Activities & fun for the whole family. n July 15–21: Jefferson County Fair, Brookville. Fun & activities for the whole family. n July 15: Coping with Loss Support Group, 7 p.m., at First Church of God. Call 814-938-6670 for information. n July 15-19: 2019 Junior Golf Clinic, $45 per child. Lessons at 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. for ages 5-9. Lessons at 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 10-14, at Punxsutawney Country Club, call Pro Shop at 814-938-9760 to register. n July 16 & 18: Summer Weather Camp: We’ve Got the Power! 1 to 4 p.m., Weather Discovery Center. For complete information, visit or call 814-9381000. n July 18: Music in the Park: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Punxsutawney Citizens Band and 6:30 to 8:30, Mikey Dee. At Barclay Square, bring a lawn chair. n July 20: Team Jesus VBS, noon to 5 p.m., at Grange Church of God. Picnic at 5 p.m. n July 20: Craft Show & Chinese Auction, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Perry Township Fire Hall. Benefits the Tom Siple Foundation. Also, fire dept. will have chicken BBQ. n July 20: 11th Annual Duathlon 5K &

Community Walk, at Cook Forest State Park. Benefits the Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center. For registration info., visit n July 23 & 25: Summer Weather Camp: We’ve Got The Power! 1 to 4 p.m., Weather Discovery Center. For complete information, visit or call 814-9381000. n July 23: Blood Drive, 2 to 6:30 p.m., at the Reynoldsville Eagles. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 25: Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vagabonds, at Barclay Square. Bring a lawn chair. n July 25: Blood Drive, noon to 5 p.m., at Sykesville Town Hall. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 26: Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Punxsutawney Area Hospital. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 27: 7th Annual Race to the Face, sponsored by the Coal Memorial Committee of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society. 25K bike race, 3.5- or 7.6mile runs. Contact the historical society or email for information. Pre-register by July 15. n July 28-Aug. 3: Clearfield County Fair. Fun & entertainment for the whole family. Visit the fair’s Facebook page for more information. n July 31: Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m., at Jefferson County Housing Authority, 201 N. Jefferson St., Punxsutawney. Benefits American Red Cross. n Applications are available for summer camp weeks at The Salvation Army’s Camp Allegheny. Call 814-938-5530 for info. n There is a Car Cruise every Friday evening from May – September at the SSCD parking lot. The Citizens Band of Punxsutawney practices at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the First English Lutheran Church. Go to for information. n The Knights of Columbus at SSCD are holding a Fishing Charter Giveaway. Tickets are $20. Trip dates are Aug. 10, 24, Sept. 7 & 14. There will be 5 winners. Contact Chris Lento, Joe Nogacek or any Knight for tickets. Drawings will be July 29-Aug. 7, based on the 7 p.m. Pick 3 Lottery number. n The Jefferson County History Center is featuring a Stones N’ Bones exhibit, regarding geology & fossils in PA, a Gone but Not Forgotten art exhibit, and a Living on the Land exhibit. Visit for information. n If you’d like to volunteer at the Jackson Theater, call the Punxsutawney Area Community Center at 814-938-1008. n The First Church of God offers a Celebrate Recovery program. Contact the church or visit its Facebook page for more information. n Jeff Tech offers several Adult Education classes. Visit for information on what courses are available and starting dates. n The First United Methodist Church holds a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursdays. n The Punxsutawney Memorial Library offers several programs, including computer classes, Teen Club, ‘Tween Group, Book Club for adults, adult coloring and activities for children. n The Punxsutawney Area Community Center offers several programs. Check the website or call 814-938-1008 for program availability. •••







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do so. As Zemlin prepared to jump, Madden called to him to say that he intended to stay put; he didn’t intend to jump. Madden was Continued from page 23 aware that there were ten men working in the tion. As he was starting the pump, his left yard at the tipple and, if the motor and the trip sleeve was pulled into the cogwheel. The were not controlled, those men would be in rapid spinning of the wheel ripped his shirt to danger of being killed. By the time the trip shreds and badly lacerated his arm. Madden, reached a point about 300 yards from the tipknowing the seriousness of his situation, was ple, it was traveling at express train speed. somehow able to focus on what he needed to The motor left the rails throwing Madden do to survive. He managed to work his handonto the tracks directly in front of it. The kerchief out of his pocket and, with his right loaded cars buckled and piled over the motor arm, throw it over the wire that was providing and buried Madden beneath the tons of rocks electricity to the pump. He got a hold of both they contained. Only the unloaded car reends of the handkerchief and jerked the wire mained upright on the tracks. Young Zemlin stepped from the car uninjured. Madden’s legs could be seen beneath the rocks. Rescue work began immediately. In a few minutes he was extricated but death had evidently been instantaneous. Miners who saw the accident said that Madden could have jumped at any time and escaped unscathed. They were certain that Madden, knowing they were at the tipple, stayed with the motor in the vain hope that he could bring the trip to a stop and avert disaster to his fellow workmen. Thomas Madden’s death reflected the values he exemplified during his lifetime. He put the safety and comfort of others ahead of his own. He was there to help when assistance was needed. He was a highly skilled miner who had spent most of his 53 years working in and about the mines and was committed to his profession. A.L. Light, in a tribute said, “Tom Madden was not only one of the most competent mining men I ever came in contact with, At the Frances mine loaded cars of coal were moved down the but one of the finest men that I incline by a hoist to a side track where a motor would take them to the tipple. Alongside the loaded cars can be seen a ever knew. Thoroughly dependsecond tract that was used for the empties. Photo from able, of strictest integrity, he Rossiter, Pennsylvania: Her Past and Present, 1978, Frank knew every angle of the mining Basile. game and could be counted upon loose, stopping the pump. His left arm had in any emergency. Never have I known a man been drawn into the machine as far up as the who had a higher regard for the truth. He elbow. Although he was bleeding profusely never sought to escape the slightest responsiand in extreme pain, Madden was able to bility by shifting blame to others and whatreach a wrench lying near the machine with ever he told you could be set down as the his foot and to bring it close enough to grab. absolute facts in the case.” Punxsutawney Using the wrench, he pried the cogwheel Spirit, August 7, 1930. apart and released his left arm. He immediThe Madden family came from England ately went to the surface of the mine where seeking a better life in America. The men of fellow workers rushed him to Dr. William the family worked in coal mining and related Gatti’s office in Punxsutawney. Madden lost industries. They lived honorable lives. a great deal of blood. It took 35 stitches to Thomas Madden’s legacy of laying down his close his wounds. Although this accident life to save the lives of others, is one that decould have killed him, Thomas Madden had, serves the highest honor. Who wills to honor through his resourcefulness, saved his own this family at the Punxsutawney Area Coal live and his arm, enabling him to recover and Memorial? to continue his career. This article has been prepared by the Coal When the A.L. Light Company took over the Memorial Committee of the Punxsutawney Punxsutawney Coal Company mine holdings Area Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. near Rossiter in 1928, Thomas Madden beComments on this article may be directed to came the mine foreman at the Frances mine. PAHGS, P.O. Box 286, Punxsutawney, PA On August 6, 1930, Madden left the office at 15767. Individuals desiring to honor a coal No. 1 and took a mine motor to No. 5 to pick or coal related industry worker in 2019 are up a trip of eight cars loaded with rock and encouraged to purchase their tile by June 30, one empty car. No. 5 was located about a mile 2019. Forms for registering for the Race to and a half from the office. 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