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Inside this issue: Anchor Inn Memories The Story of the Jenks Family Our Hometown Elks Club Christmas Events in Punx'y Local Coal Mines Bring Unions Wild Bear Hunting Stories Reasons We Love Autumn 'A Look at Pennsylvania' Holiday Stories You Can Use Steelers Football Contest and much more!




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Anchor Inn a Part of Our Lives By Bill Anderson of Hometown magazine

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hen the calls came into my office informing me that the New Anchor Inn was destroyed by fire, my thoughts turned to how much the popular Elk Run restaurant was a part of the lives of Punxsutawney residents. And with the news, “We will rebuild completely,” I hoped that the new Inn would create just as many fond memories as those made in the past. Images of the many good times enjoyed by my family and friends through the years at the restaurant are as vivid as if they happened this morning. As most families in Punxsutawney will agree, the Anchor Inn was one of the town’s favorite dining places. It wasn’t just the family-style menu and good food that attracted patrons but the friendly service and warm, cozy, informal atmosphere, also. The restaurant was a comfortable place to be, where all could relax and be themselves. I first visited the Anchor Inn in 1973. Later, my family became loyal patrons and we considered our routine visits as special treats. Upon entering the swinging doors of the restaurant, we usually stopped and chatted with friends and acquaintances, who were seated at their tables, before finding our favorite spot in the back-right corner of the main dining room. There was rarely a visit to the Anchor Inn when you didn’t run into someone you knew. Diners had a choice to sit in the spacious main room or the smaller, but still large, dining area off to the left. We often remarked as to the number of families which seemed to have a favorite table picked out at the Anchor Inn. Not only were there preferred tables, but also especially liked items from their oversized menu, too. Fried cheese balls and the complimentary thick slices of Italian bread

were my children’s choices when they were young. Of course, spaghetti — with the large meatball — made the meal complete for them. When stuffed pork birds or chicken breasts were featured, which was almost every Saturday night, the waitresses needn’t ask what I wanted. My only request was to have extra gravy. Before he passed away, Chuck would make his rounds in the dining room to greet his guests, a tradition that Dave carried on and enjoyed, too. He and his wife Vicki, who did most of the cooking after Rose decided to “slow down a little,” operated the

restaurant and are now assisted by Matt and Amanda Setree. The Setree family members were great hosts and well liked. The restaurant hadn’t changed much through the years. The oldest patrons found the dining area the same as it was decades earlier. The wooden floor and the abundant tables and chairs provided a comfortable and welcome setting. It was such a good place to be, and while you may have been sitting next to a group at another table, or if the dining room was filled to capacity, you always had your privacy for you couldn’t hear, or at least decipher, what anyone else was discussing. And everyone in the place always seemed to be in a jovial mood. Through the years, the Anchor Inn hosted our luncheons and parties. We all looked forward to Rose’s lasagna. The Anchor Inn was a holiday favorite, too. For example, it was almost impossible to find a table in the dining room on Valentine’s Day weekend. On several occasions, I witnessed young

men dropping to their knee between tables to propose, much to the delight of fellow diners. After we finished our dinner, I would take one or two of the kids up to the cash register, as was customary in paying the bill at the Anchor Inn. I would stick my head in the kitchen to see if Rose was cooking, to say “Hello” and to compliment her on another delicious meal. While waiting for someone to come from the kitchen or bar area to take our money, the children and I would spend a few minutes looking at Dave’s coins that he displayed in the glass cases on the counter. They would point to the ones they liked the best. Leaving the restaurant, we would look both ways to avoid any oncoming traffic and then race across the road to the large parking lot. On one dark evening, I teased my kids that a big bear was coming down the embankment toward us. We all scurried to see who could get in the van first. Over the following years, and even on occasion now, my children would remind me of that incident, “Remember the night, Dad, when you said the bear was chasing us?” They’ll carry that fun — perhaps scary — memory of a night at the Anchor Inn for the rest of their lives. Whatever the occasion, stopping for dinner after church, celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, an anniversary or a birthday, a wedding reception, or enjoying a Saturday evening out with the family, the place to go was the Anchor Inn. It was, indeed, a part of our lives. The old place sure will be missed, but with a new “New Anchor Inn” in our future, hopefully it will be just like the last one where everyone will once again gather, enjoy and celebrate good times. •••

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Washington Capitals, or the winner can choose $1,000 cash. Second Prize: $150 cash. Third Prize: $100 cash. Donation: $10 a ticket. Available at the PWDC, 201 N. Findley St. Drawing Dec. 20, 2010. n Mayor’s Drug Task Force invites concerned area citizens to attend its monthly meetings, which are the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The mission of the Drug Task Force is to abolish drugs in Punxsutawney. Be proactive! The meetings are held in council chambers at the Mahoning East Civic Complex. n Victorian Fashion Show presented by the Jefferson County Historical Society on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jefferson County courthouse on Main Street in Brookville. The cost to attend is $15 for adults; $10 for children under 12. Refreshments will be served. n Community Christmas Wonderland, hosted by the Big Run Beta Sorority, will be Sunday, Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Big Run War Memorial. Games, crafts, and snacks open to children ages 12 and under. Santa will be visiting, too. n Light up a Child’s Life Campaign, the annual fundraising event by the Make-AWish Foundation will be held Dec. 13-17, 2010 at the Pantall Hotel. For more information or to donate an item to the auction, call 814-938-8888. is maintained by the Chamber of Commerce for the community. Any area business or organization is invited to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce for as little as $65 for the year. For more information, visit or call 938-7700. •••

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the trip west in five days with their first born child, David Barclay Jenks. Soon, the family built their first house on the corner ating back to the beginning of Punxof S. Penn Street and Farmer’s Alley (the sutawney’s history are the names of lot now occupied by Mahoning Towers). Rev. David Barclay and Dr. John W. The second son in the Jenks family was Jenks, two men who came to the born on Sept. 2, 1819. The arrival of wilderness of this area as pioneers. Their Phineas W. Jenks was noted in Punx’y hisfamily names are established in physical tory as “the first white male child born in landmarks of the town. Punxsutawney,” although other infants arrived earlier with pioneer families who had settled nearby in the forest lands of the area. The residence of the beloved physician Dr. Jenks, where the familiar, white-framed Jenks House still stands today on the hillside, was a center of hospitality in southern Jefferson County in the early 1800s. As more settlers arrived, he was able to practice his profession, even though he and Barclay built a sawmill and gristmill on Elk Run The family members of Dr. John W. Jenks, an early pioneer to settle land that became Punxsutawney, grew up in the early 1800s homestead in 1824 to supplement on farmland that would later be called Jenks Hill. (1878 drawing from their income and support Caldwell’s Illustrated Atlas of Jefferson County.) their families. The Jenks were noted for their generosity and devotion to family and church. The family consisted of ten children, eight boys and two girls. One son and one daughter died in their youth. Their son Charles died in California, where he was buried at sea. As a young man, Charles followed the rush for gold in 1849. The other children lived to marry, rear families and Each fall and winter, with the seasonal changes of the trees, the pre- build careers. served historic Jenks Homestead is revealed to interested viewers. Over the years, family (photo by S. Thomas Curry) members of Dr. John and Barclay Square is always foremost in our Mary Jenks became a distinguished group minds when identifying the beautiful who left a permanent record and influence downtown park, established in the Plan of in Jefferson County history. Four sons, Punxsutawney in 1821 by Barclay. Jenks David Barclay Jenks, Phineas W. Jenks, Hill and Jenks Avenue will forever desigWilliam P. Jenks and George A. Jenks, benate the area cleared and developed above came attorneys in the county. the town in the 1830s by Jenks as the famDavid Barclay Jenks, the oldest and a ily homestead. graduate of Washington and Jefferson ColJenks was married to Mary Barclay, the lege at Canonsburg, Va., became a mentor daughter of Rev. Barclay, when they miand instructor to the younger brothers. grated over the Allegheny Mountains in the Phineas W. Jenks practiced law over a spring of 1818 to settle along Mahoning four-county area. He began his adult years Creek. They purchased land where Punxhowever as a store clerk, then became a sutawney is today and established their first tanner at the Jenks’ Tannery for 13 years homes and businesses. when the tannery was located below the Jenks was of Welsh Quaker ancestry. His family homestead on Front Street (where grandfather Thomas Jenks was among the S&T Bank is now.) The tannery closed in early settlers of Philadelphia and arrived on the early 1880s when the B. R. & P. Railthe second voyage of William Penn in road was extended into Punxsutawney. He 1699. also was involved with lumbering for a After building their log cabins, the young short time. Through his younger years he physician and the older Presbyterian minread law, and finally, at age 32, was admitister went back to Philadelphia and reted to practice law. For years, Phineas had turned with their families in 1819. Dr. John worked tirelessly with other community W. Jenks and Mary (Barclay) Jenks made - Continued on next page


By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine

Jenks Family Story

the Carmalt School, located between Punx’y and Clayville (where the Punx’y Plaza is now located.) He taught school as Continued from previous page a means to attend college for medicine, but gave up that pursuit and worked in lumbermen to bring a railroad to Punx’y. His reping and took over the tannery business from utation as lawyer far exceeded his fame as his brother Phineas, who was expanding his the “first white male child born” in Punxlaw practice. sutawney. As a young girl, Mary C. Jenks (b. William P. Jenks 1829) dispersed the family hospital(b. 1824) became a ity at the homestead on Jenks Hill. leading lawyer in At age 18, she married Isaac Gorwestern Pennsyldon, a young lawyer from Lewisvania. After studyburg who had established a law ing at Washington practice in Brookville. Her husband and Jefferson Colwas elected as a lege, he went to justice for the Brookville in Pennsylvania 1843, studied law Supreme Court in the office of his in 1873 and older brother later would beDavid and was adcome Chief mitted to the bar in Justice of the Jefferson County Court. During in 1846 at the age that time, Mary of 24. In 1866 and The youngest son Jenks Gordon 1867, he represented of Dr. John W. and was loyal to her the county in the Mary Jenks, attorfamily as a Pennsylvania Gen- ney George A. Jenks, became a mother and eral Assembly. And national figure in caregiver. four years later he the late 1880s James D. was President Judge under President Jenks, distinof the 18th Judicial Grover Cleveland. guished himself District comprised in the Civil War and attained the rank of of Jefferson and Clarion counties. Colonel. After the War he settled in MisJohn W. Jenks, bearing his father’s name, souri. studied medicine with his father for a short George A. Jenks, born in 1836, was the time and taught school in his early years in youngest of the ten Jenks children. The activities of his life went beyond the region and the state. As a child he was guided by his older brother David for a home-school education. At age 14 his pioneer father, the gentle Dr. Jenks, died. George was now under the guardianship of his brother Phineas who stayed in Punx’y at the homestead while brothers David and William moved to Brookville. At age 16, George worked as a carpenter’s apprentice for two years, but he had earlier decided to become a lawyer, following in the steps of his brothers. As a stepping stone toward that goal, at 18, he taught school at a salary of $25 a month during the short three-month winter terms. He studied law under his brother William in Brookville, graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and was admitted to the Jefferson County bar in 1859. As an interesting note, George A. Jenks had his first court trial in Jefferson County in the fall of 1859. Tagged as his “Hog Case,” it pitted him against his brother William and his brother-in-law Isaac Gordon. The young attorney defended Anna Beats in Three historic Jefferson County houses tell individual stories about the successes of three attorneys of the Punxsutawney Jenks family. Top to her case to recover dambottom: Phineas W. Jenks, Punxsutawney; William P. Jenks, Brookville; ages against John States. George A. Jenks, Brookville. (Photos by S. Thomas Curry)

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is a great way to kick off the Christmas Season. The Home For the Holidays Parade begins at 6 p.m. Sponsors this year are the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce and the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Fireworks will follow the parade, sponsored by Proform Powered Metals, and the fun isn’t over yet. After the fireworks, folks can head over to Barclay Square for the 4th Annual last year's Circle of Trees event in Barclay Square was a dazzling disLight Up the Night cere- play of Christmas spirit. This year promises to be just as exciting with 19 mony where they will light trees, each being decorated individually by organizations and businesses around Punxsutawney. The light up the Night ceremony begins the community Christmas right after the Home For the Holidays Parade, Nov. 27. tree, and kids can see Santa Claus in the lobby of the Pantall Hotel. year, will probably take a minimum of three The Circle of Trees in the park is sponyears to complete. sored by Punxsutawney Rotary Club. This If anyone has good quality pictures of year’s theme, “Christmas: A Season of GivPunxsutawney during the era mentioned, ing,” will promote another spectacular array - Continued on page 22

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• The first turkeys to domesticated were from Mexico and Central America. In Mexico, the turkey was a sacrificial bird. • Male turkeys make the commonly known "gobble" sound, particularly during breeding seasons to attract a mate. Females, however, cluck. • A mature turkey will have about 3,500 feathers. That's a lot of plucking to do before the bird can be eaten. • Minnesota and North Carolina produce

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he mines brought a new equation to the economic structure of the Punxsutawney area. Prior to the mines, businesses were mainly small family owned operations. Mills, of every variety, and shops were operated by families and some had employees. The mines brought clearer distinctions between capital-management and labor-production. The production of coal required large numbers of workers. In order to protect the interests of the investors, managers were hired to oversee the assets of the company. One way to secure the best possible return on investment was to hire labor at the lowest possible cost. To do this, foreign labor from Austria, Hungary, Italy and Poland was recruited and in some instances exploited. This exploitation led to the development of unions to represent the laborers. This article follows the Mahoning Valley News’ reports on the 1885 strike at the Walston Mine, which had been in operation for several years. An item in the November 25, 1885 issue stated, “John Britt, President of the Fourth District, is extending an invitation to all the coal operators in his district and to the operators throughout the State to attend the joint meeting to be held in Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, December 15th, 1885.” The Fourth District was a designated mining district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To the casual reader, this meeting might not of particular interest. However on the same page of paper the following article appeared: “We understand that Edward Conner, of Walston Mines, was discharged from the mines for sending a message to John Britt. It is rather a strange transaction when a man must lose his position for sending a message to another. If the message showed treason towards the company, then the man should suffer for the consequences, but as we are told by Mr. Britt himself that he received no message from Mr. Conner, the question becomes more perplexed; how can a man be discharged for sending a message that he did not send?” On February 24, an item stated: “Three wagon loads of beer were taken to Walston Mines on last Saturday.” .

A week later the paper reported, “The men at the coke ovens were given an advance of wages which went into effect on the 1st of this month. The drawer’s advance was five cents and the outside miner’s advance ten cents per oven.” Perhaps the beer was to celebrate the wage increase. On March 17, the paper reported, “The membership of the Knights of Labor has marvelously increased during the past winter. And why shouldn’t they. They are right in protecting their interests.” And, in a second article: “One very commendable thing in the action of the striking miners at Walston is the fact that they have kept perfectly sober throughout. If there is anything that will turn sympathy to disgust is to see a body of men on a strike with their brains maddened with beer and whiskey. This, we say, is a thing that we have not seen in the Walston Miners, and we feel that the less whiskey is drunk the sooner an amicable agreement will be made. May the trouble be speedily settled.” In the same issue of the paper three more items reported on the situation at Walston. Item 1 reported on what we would today call a “wild-cat” strike. On February 12, about 50 Hungarian and German workers in No. 1 Drift Mine, took it upon themselves to force a strike. They were dissatisfied with the price they were getting for digging a ton of coal and felt they were not getting accurate weights on that which they had dug. They declared a strike for a check-weighman and 40 cents a ton instead of 28 cents which they were getting. The miners went to all the tipples asking others to join them. The mine superintendent agreed to meet with them on Saturday however, he failed to appear. About 300 miners met, with the permission of the superintendent in Jones Hall, however when Mr. Jones learned that Mr. Anderson, of DuBois, vice president of the Association was there, he asked them to leave the hall. The miners left the hall and walked to the school house where they held their meeting, organized and made their demands as follows: District price 46 cents a ton for coal; $5 for turning a room; $3.50 for cutting a clay vein; $1.50 a yard for driving entry; 50 cents for cutting through. A committee was - Continued on page 13

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service to the Punxsutawney community, there is still a lot that folks don’t know about the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. For instance, did you know that The Elks was almost The Buffalos. But for one vote, according to written accounts of the order, a vote of 8 to 7 gave The Elks its title and its permanent place in American history. The Elk organization’s humble beginnings in New York City started as a social gathering of 17 friends, most of whom were actors, in the year 1867. The Jolly Corks, as they referred to themselves, took on many new members and

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Ron Ploucha, Punxsutawney Elks current Exalted Ruler, says he attributes the problem of dwindling membership to lifestyle changes among young people. Thirty years ago, according to Ploucha, there were 1.6 million Elk members. Today there are less than 800,000. Currently there are 2,050 lodges in operation, 100 of which are in Pennsylvania.

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observing the first memorial services in honor of their "Absent Brothers," long before Congress decreed Memorial Day a national holiday. Flag Day celebrations began with Elks in 1907 and by 1911, the Grand Lodge mandated that all lodges observe Flag Day with “appropriate ceremonies." It wasn’t until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14, Flag Day, and in August of 1949, an Act of Congress made it official. But that was 38 years after the Elks were already honoring the American flag. Our Hometown Elks The Punxsutawney Elks Lodge # 301 received its official charter from the Grand Lodge, July 11, 1895. Since its inception, the organization’s name in Punxsutawney has become synonymous with good and charitable things it has done for others, especially U.S. war veterans; special needs groups; young people/children; and the underprivileged. In 1995, the Punxsutawney Elks celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Gilman Lainey, of Punxsutawney, who held the office of Exalted Ruler, at that time, said in a letter commemorating the event: "I am sure that if the world survives for another 100 years that Punxsutawney Lodge 301 will be here and celebrate its 200th anniversary. Many things will be different and many things will have changed in the way this order does things, but I sincerely believe that our cardinal principles will still stand showing the world who the Elks are, what we stand for, and how we feel and act towards our fellow man." Lainey could not have possibly known that in the 15 years since he wrote those words, Elks Clubs in the state of Pennsylvania lost more than 400,000 members.

"Young people work hard today. They don’t want to have free time that’s not really free," Ploucha said, referring to time needed to volunteer for Elks programs. Ploucha says the volunteer network is a huge part of Elkdom. One example of this is the dedication that the Elks organization has to its war veterans. "As long as there are veterans, they will never be forgotten," Ploucha said, adding, "That is the sentiment for all Elks all the time, but especially during the month of November when we celebrate Veterans Day." This year, veterans were honored with a special ceremony that took place at Gobbler’s Knob, Sunday, Nov. 7. Elk members and Punxsutawney’s Inner Circle members joined efforts to honor local veterans. Even those veterans in nursing homes were provided transportation on the "Phil-Mobile" bus by Inner Circle members. Elks members provided lunch for the veterans followed by a flagpole dedication and unveiling of a permanent veteran’s memorial. Events such as this one are annually observed by Elk Lodges across the country. "And at Christmas time, we see to it that the vets get fruit baskets," Ploucha said. "Also, the Elks recently gave $1,000 toward the Home Service Program which serves community families in need of special medical care." Jay Philliber, Elks Inner Guard, age 25, agrees with Ploucha that today’s Elk members are different from those of yesterday. "My generation doesn’t want to join a fraternal organization," Philliber said, "Maybe some do, but for the most part, I think people don’t want to pay dues, they don’t want to go through a ritual, and people don’t - Continued on next page

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"But people don’t realize the many good things that the Elks organization does," Philliber added, "Being an Elk makes you feel good that you are a part of doing something good for your community." Guy Lester, Elks Chaplain, is a 45-year member of the Elks as well as Past Exalted Ruler, 1972 to 1973. "I’m the one who does the prayers," Lester explained, "There is an opening and a closing prayer for each meeting. We also have a prayer for deceased members and for installation of new members." If not longest standing member, Lester is certainly one of the longest. He has served as Chaplain for more than 25 years. When asked about the country’s Elk Lodges current loss of membership, Lester said, "A lot of organizations today are in that predicament." Lester said he thinks when the founding members organized the Elks, it was basically a social club, but over time became more of a charitable organization. "We are not a secret organization," Lester said, "You must believe in God to be a member, and we look to retain those words in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag." Often Lester has been charged with doing the background check for incoming new members. "Only once, in all my time, did one man say he did not believe in God," Lester recalled, "So I said we needn’t go any further." "Our motto is Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity," Lester said, "If anyone is in distress or in a state of need, we will step in and take care of the situation. They don’t have to be an Elk. Nobody need know about it – we just do it." George Shenosky, Elks current Secretary; Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler; and Past Exalted Ruler, has been an Elk for 36 years. "I think the biggest thing that people don’t realize is that we are a charitable organization, not just a bar and grill," Shenosky said.

He is referring to the original facility built by Elks donations just after World War I in France. Later the "Reconstruction Hospital" was built and dedicated in Boston, the first veteran’s facility of its kind in the U.S. The benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a long standing tradition of honoring U.S. veterans of all wars, living and deceased, and, dedication to veterans is not based on Elk membership, it includes all U.S. veterans. Shenosky also pointed out that the Elks is a staunch supporter of local youth groups. "We have an essay contest each year," he said, "And we’re involved in drug awareness programs in our school district." The 2010-2011 Drug Awareness Essay Contest is open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8, with theme: "Not Now, Not Ever." Due date for essays, which must be handwritten, is Dec. 15, 2010. Also, students must include Elks Lodge #301; student’s name; address; phone number; grade; and school name on essay paper. This month, Elk members gave drug awareness coloring books from the Pennsylvania State Elks Association and crayons donated by local Elk members to Punxsutawney Schools. The coloring books are a compilation of art work created by students across the country with an anti-drug-related theme. Elk members John States, Loyal Knight, and also chairperson for Elks Drug Awareness Program; Gene Roberts, Leading Knight; and Ploucha, recently delivered the books and crayons which will be distributed to all students in the district, grades K through four. Though there are so many good things that the Elks organization is responsible for, Shenosky agrees with other Elk members that many folks these days don’t want to join. "It appears that people don’t want to be involved with a fraternal organization that requires them to be a member of a brotherhood," Shenosky said. - Continued on page 22

Labor Unions Continued from page 8 appointed to present their demands to the superintendent and ask that an answer be given by the next Saturday, March, 20th. They stated that they would all to go to work on Monday and wait for the superintendent’s answer. Their was a great deal of concern expressed about the Punxsutawney men who had come to Walston to demand peace and keep the men at work, particularly because those same men had encouraged some of the Walston men strike for better wages and said they would help them. Item 2 told of the arrest of six Hungarians without an identifiable reason. The item stated, “We have tried to find out, but after listening to the testimony of the witnesses for sometime, we failed to grasp the meaning of it.…Is it a farce? Or is it a plain case of bulldozing and intimidation?” The six were bound over to Brookville Court by ‘Squire Bell. Item 3 which appears to have been submitted by a union representative, revealed that the superintendent had called in an armed force of twenty-five men for the purpose of protecting the company’s property. Although on Saturday morning the miners all returned to work and the trouble seemed ended, about fifty more armed men arrived on Monday night, twenty-five men from Bradford and intervening points, and there was considerable conjecture as to what would be done. The reason for retaining the men was apparent. The superintendent had decided to discharge those who had dared to stand up for their rights as working men. The miners who claimed they had been subjected to a system which failed to pay justly what was due them and what they had worked hard to earn. The men who were about to be charged were the same men who were imported by the company a few months earlier to break a strike by American born laborers. The managers were anticipating that these miners would object to being fired, and called in the armed force for the purpose intimidating them. To make the intimidating process more certain fourteen were arrested for an alleged breach of the peace, six were taken before the Justice of the Peace and bound over to court. The article went on to point out that if the Hungarian miners had committed a crime the officers were compelled to place them under arrest. However, the superintendent should have also been because he was in violation of the Laws of Pennsylvania which required a check-weighman on every coal tipple in the State. A general strike had been called for on

March 22 throughout the 4th district, and would take place if the miners’ demands were not met. On March 24, 1886, it was reported that, “The Pinkerton Detective Agency has some representatives who have gained admission to the Knights of Labor, and the fraternity has been quite uneasy.” The same issue of the paper reported that the trouble at Walston Mines had been amicably settled and the miners were back at work. Although the Walston miners were not in the “Association,” they were receiving the new wage scale of 46 cents per ton of coal, 30 cents for slack coal. They would now be paid for taking out clay veins and narrow work. The driver’s wages were raised to $1.93 per day. And most importantly they would have a check-weighman who would be paid $60 per month and be elected by the miners. As a postscript to the strike on June 2, 1886 an item addressed the rumors that the money donated by the people of Punxsutawney area to help the miners and their families through the strike had been used to buy strong drink were not true. ”The committee can very readily show what is done with all the money the people have been so generous to give.” On June 9, 1886, a headlined article reported: PEACE, GOOD-WILL, AND GOOD PRICES RESTORED AT LAST. WALSTON MINERS HAPPY An agreement signed for Twelve Months. “…The agreement is to be signed by the Rochester & Pittsburg Company on one side and a committee of the Walston Miners on the other side. The scale of prices are 40 cents net ton for the coal in the rooms; 45 cents a ton in headings; clay veins $3, to be measured at right angles; clay veins in the rooms to be paid according to the settlement made between the Superintendent and one miner; cut throughs to be worked from 10 to 15 feet wide. The above conditions to be signed for 12 months. If there should be a general advance throughout the district, the miners are to work two months under the old rates before the advance comes due to them, and on the other hand, if there is a general reduction they have to work two months under the old rates before the reduction comes due. Any grievances that might occur the workmen have to give two months’ notice before striking, and vice-versa with the Company. None of the miners who took part in the present strike are to be victimized or black-listed. The Company also reserves the right as they have heretofore to hire or discharge any person or persons. The Superintendent has also very kindly promised to use his influence in reducing the price of coal the miners use for themselves, which in summer - Continued on page 27

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(Editor’s Note: ‘From Our Past,’ researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) November 12, 1868 — SUPPORT HOME ENTERPRISE - Some persons have a perfect mania for going out of town for that which they can buy at home, as though any article coming from a distance was better than the same at home. This is decidedly wrong, and detrimental to the place in which you live. Disburse your money in the place where your interest lies … do not persuade yourself that you are doing right by making money here and spending it elsewhere. If everyone pursued this policy, where would be the business enterprise of our town in a few years? (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) November 16, 1906 — The new sawmill of the Wm. Irvin Co. was put in operation last week and did the first sawing on Thursday (November 8). Enough lumber will be cut out to finish the work on the mill and runways and then it will be idle until spring when it will be put in operation as early as possible. (Big Run Tribune) November 20, 1889 — TWO HUNGARIANS KILLED - While Andrew and Charley Urebhak, brothers, were blasting coal in the mines at Adrian, Saturday last, the coal fell down upon them. One was killed almost instantly while the other lived several hours after being hurt. On Monday afternoon, a double funeral took place. The bodies were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Clayville, and the funeral passed through town headed by the Adrian brass band. The two hearses were followed by a carriage containing the families of the deceased and about 300 miners on foot. One of the unfortunate men left a wife and five children, and the other left a wife. (Punxsutawney News)

November 20, 1895 — Next year, Punxsutawney will have a boom - providing we get the iron works, and the B. R. & P. (railroad) is extended to Pittsburg, and the street railway is extended to Adrian, and the pleasure park is constructed, and a market house is built on Market Space. The only thing in the way at present is proviso. (Punxsutawney Spirit) November 26, 1868 — MUD - Our streets, from present appearances, are bottomless. Another “spell of weather” will render them in a delightful condition - for ducks. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) November 27, 1889 — BOY KILLED AT WALSTON - On Thursday afternoon (21st) 15-year-old Michael Murry, who drives the Walston stage, attempted to jump upon the cars that were hauling slack coal over the coke ovens at Walston and, his foot slipping, he fell beneath the wheels. His legs were run over, and he was struck a blow on the side of the head in the accident, which occurred late in the evening. He very narrowly missed falling into one of the burning ovens. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery at Clayville. (Punxsutawney News) •••

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n the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the last thing most people want to do is cook. The thought of messing up the kitchen when you know the "big game" lies ahead is excruciating. It's kind of the way I feel before leaving on vacation -- I'll avoid wearing any of my good trip clothes so I don't have to do laundry at the last minute when I should be packing. But clothes are easier to avoid than food, so it's a conundrum during the holiday week - especially if the relatives are in town. After all, we still need to eat. On Thanksgiving Day in particular, traditions vary. Some sit down for the meal in the early afternoon; others wait until sundown. Either way, it's important to fuel up for a morning -- or full day -- of cooking. In most cases, that means figuring out a way to cobble together an additional meal that doesn't require work -- and doesn't consist of picking at unbaked stuffing or unmashed potatoes. The answer? Eggs. Packed with protein for a much-needed energy boost, they make sense eaten at 6 a.m. or noon. The accompanying recipe for OpenFaced Egg Sandwiches fits the bill on many levels. If you're busy chopping onions for stuffing, gravy or another side

dish, slice an extra one to caramelize while you're prepping other ingredients. Beyond that, the dish is little more than presliced, creamy Havarti cheese, a few slices of avocado and a quick-fried egg. A full sandwich would likely be too much, but one thin slice of bread is essentially just a vehicle for the toppings. The second recipe is meant for the Friday or Saturday, when we're looking for ways to use those leftover bits of turkey. I lean toward light, refreshing dishes like Turkey, Fennel & Apple Slaw. It's bright, crunchy and a perfect textural counterpoint to the lineup of soft, rich dishes from the big feast. The shredded salad is simple to prepare, and you can make it even easier by mixing the dressing and chopping the fennel and onion while you're in prep mode on Thanksgiving Day. Just cut the apple at the last minute so it doesn't turn brown. Neither of these recipes feels like an added burden during Thanksgiving. With just a few additional ingredients -- most of which can be grabbed from the fridge -pulling together the pre- and post-game lunches is a no-brainer.

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ermans, Slovaks, Englishmen, Poles, Italians, Hungarians, Irishmen and immigrants from across Europe and the world once flocked to Pennsylvania. Now, the brain drain of young educated adults leaving is one of the biggest problems facing the commonwealth. Those two migrations took place primarily because of economic reasons. The state, from the late-1880s through the early-1900s, offered a bounty of locations to work – steel mills, coal mines, docks, oil fields, railroads, farms – for anybody willing to bravely leave home and cross the ocean. Thanks significantly to the immigration influx, Pennsylvania’s population more than doubled from 4.3 million in 1880 to 8.7 million in 1920. And, although life was tough for the newcomers, America offered a fresh beginning for millions of European peasants. “At that time, conditions were very difficult,” said former Nanty Glo resident Vincent Obsitnik, the child of Slovak immigrants who grew up to become the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Slovak Republic. “Jobs were scarce and living conditions were very difficult such as no electricity and no running water, most people were peasants and had to work the land with very little return. As a result, the males in the family began going to the US since there were jobs available and one could earn an income.” Immigrants, while assimilating into America, still kept the traditions of their homelands alive with language, music, art, food and dance. “Immigration is a defining facet of Pennsylvania’s surprisingly diverse culture,” said Deirdre Clemente, curator of the Italian-American collection at the Senator John Heinz History Center. “From the first wave of

immigrants including English and Germans, to 20th century arrivals such as the Italians and Eastern Europeans, immigration to the state has profoundly influenced everything from what we eat to how we talk. If you want to see the scope of immigration to our region, check out a Pittsburgh phone book. Each immigrant group has brought their own food ways, folk lore, and traditions. These aspects of their ethnicity have hybridized with the more established ‘mainstream’ culture for a unique and culturally rich way of life.” Obsitnik added, “These immigrants initially helped to shape Pennsylvania by working in the mines and steel mills which made Pennsylvania a strong industrial state. Their earnings paid taxes and helped to finance all levels of government. They raised families, and children graduated from high school which would not have happened in the ‘Old Country.’ ” Today, Pennsylvania is the sixth most populated state with over 12.6 million residents. The commonwealth saw a 3.36 percent increase in population between 1990 and 2000. However, that figure was far off the nation’s 13.2 percent gain. The slow growth is partially a result of educated young adults, especially from western Pennsylvania, leaving to find better jobs and standards of living. “It’s all job related obviously,” said Pennsylvania State Rep. Gary Haluska, D-73rd, Patton. The brain drain exodus and immigration surge are just two important examples of the comings and goings of people that have impacted Pennsylvania. Most notably, the state has contributed to several of mankind’s greatest explorations. On August 31, 1803 at 11:00 a.m., Meriwether Lewis, using a keelboat built in Pittsburgh, launched a historic westward journey on

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To make the dressing, whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the fennel, onion, apple and turkey. Pour the dressing over and toss well until evenly coated. Add the parsley and gently toss a few more times. Season with more salt and pepper, and add a squirt of lemon juice, if needed. Garnish with fennel fronds and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to eat. OPEN-FACE EGG SANDWICHES WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS, HAVARTI CHEESE & AVOCADO Makes 4 sandwiches 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus


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To caramelize the onions, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened and turned slightly golden, about 20 minutes. Remove onions from the pan and set aside. Add butter to the pan, and swirl to coat the bottom. When the butter starts to foam, fry the eggs until the whites are set and the yolk is still a bit runny, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. You may need to do this in two batches. To assemble, place a piece of cheese on each slice of bread; arrange under a broiler or on a tray in a toaster oven with the "top brown" control set. Toast until the edges of the bread are browned and the cheese is bubbling. Top each with 1/4 of the caramelized onions, and 1/4 of the avocado. Gently place one egg on top of each, drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. (E-mail Amanda Gold at (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, Must credit the San Francisco Chronicle •••

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Pennsylvania Continued from page 16 the Monongahela River. Wrote Lewis in his journal: “Left Pittsburgh this day at 11 ock with a party of 11 hands 7 of which are soldiers, a pilot and three young men on trial they having proposed to go with me throughout the voyage.” William Clark later joined him in Clarksville, IN. Lewis and Clark, together with other Corps of Discovery members, explored vast stretches of the Louisiana Purchase that the United States acquired from France in 1803 and the Pacific Ocean coast. In the process of following United States President Thomas Jefferson’s instructions “to explore the Missouri river & such principal stream of it as by it’s course and communication with the waters of the Pacific

ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado or any other river may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent for the purpose of commerce,” Lewis and Clark mapped thousands of miles of waterways and land, developed relationships with the natives, and extensively studied wildlife. Just over one century later, another bold exploration possessed a Pennsylvania connection. On April 6, 1909, Cresson-born Robert E. Peary became the first person to reach the North Pole. He marked the triumphant occasion with this journal entry: “The Pole at last!!! The dream [later crossed out “dream”] prize of 3 centuries, my dream & ambition for 23 yeas [sic]. Mine at last. I cannot bring myself to realize it. It is all all seems so simple & common place, as Bartlett said ‘just like every day.’ I wish Jo could be here with me to share my feelings. I have drunk her health & that of the kids from the Benedictine flask she sent me.” “It certainly was a big deal,” said PearyMacMillan Arctic Museum curator / registrar Genevieve LeMoine. “The analogy people most often use today is space travel. Going to the Arctic sort of took the same kind of technology and bravery.” Pennsylvania later made significant contributions to space travel, too. At least seven astronauts, including Paul Weitz, were born in the state. Weitz, an Erie native, logged 793 hours in space with the majority of his time coming as a pilot of Skylab-2. He is one of just over 500 human beings to ever venture into outer space. “It was a very unique experience that I was privileged enough to be in, and I want to emphasize the word privileged,” Weitz said. Other individuals, taking far-less grand journeys than Weitz, Lewis and Clark, and Peary did, have traversed the Keystone State. Many have sought their adventures on the historic and scenic Lincoln Highway, which covers over 3,000 miles from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Conceived in 1913, the Lincoln Highway became America’s first cross-country road. It has attracted spirited travelers ever since. In Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Highway follows mostly U.S. Route 30, taking drivers past Gettysburg’s Civil War battlefield, The Coffee Pot in Bedford, Idlewild Park, and countless other roadside attractions. Nationally, the road reaches areas as diverse as Philadelphia and small Midwest farm towns. “I think it represents a lot of different types of adventure in one easy-to-follow road,” said Brian Butko, author of “Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America’s First Coast-toCoast Road” and “The Lincoln Highway: Pennsylvania Traveler’s Guide.” Near where Lincoln Highway nowadays passes through Chambersburg stands the Old Jail. According to oral tradition, the jail served as a safe house for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Chambersburg became a major stop for slaves seeking refuge in the North or Canada because of its proximity to the Mason-Dixon Line. From there, the freedom-seekers scattered, using any path possible – through the wilderness, small towns, and big cities – in order to escape the South. “Somebody once said it was like throwing spaghetti at the map,” said Blairsville Underground Railroad Project president Joy Fairbanks. “If there was a way to get there, they went there.” [This article is the fifth installment in a sevenpart “Hometown” series called “A Look at Pennsylvania.”] •••

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Jenks Family Story Continued from page 5 Her charge: “her hogs, having gotten into Mr. States’ potato patch, she was attempting to drive them out, when Mr. States, mistaking her motive, laid violent hands upon her and ejected her from the said potato patch.” George won the case, and began to receive increased attention for his legal knowledge and his speaking skills. On the occasion of a speech in the Punxsutawney municipal building, a local news story commented, “He is a smooth, mild talker. He does not saw the air or raise the rafters with rant and roar. He talks logically.” — Punxsutawney Spirit, November 7, 1888 The fame of the Punxsutawney native went beyond Jefferson County where he practiced law in Brookville. Until 1874, he held no public office. He was then elected Representative to the U. S. Congress in Washington, D. C. Though the district was strongly Republican, he defeated the popular Republican Harry White of Indiana County by 500 votes. As a member of Congress, he served on the committee to investigate the elections in Louisiana. More significantly, while in the U. S. House of Representatives in 1876 he was on the committee to manage the impeachment of William Belknap, ex-Secretary of War under President Ulysses Grant. After two terms in Washington, he returned to his law practice in Brookville, but not for long. Although he did not seek it, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Interior by President Grover Cleveland in 1885. With his brief service, he gained the confidence of the President (it is written they often attended church together in D. C.), and Cleveland appointed him as Solicitor General of the United States in 1886. Within one day and without the formality of review by a Senate committee, his nomination was confirmed by the U. S. Senate. The move was unprecedented in Congress. With his law degree and experience, his duty was to represent the federal government before the U. S. Supreme Court. While living in Washington D. C., Solicitor General Jenks was easily recognized by his fashion custom and physical appearance. An 1887 news article appearing in the Pittsburg Post provided this description, “Jenks wears a slouch hat [a Confederate enlisted man’s hat in the Civil War] ... he has a dress suit, but he keeps it locked away and hardly ever shows it...With his long, thin face, his gray side whiskers and his bald crown, he looks pious and solemn but he is not what he looks. There is no pleasanter man to call upon than Solicitor General Jenks...He contends that there is only one proper time for the great meal, and that is in the middle of the day; so at Noon every day Mr. Jenks throws on his slouch hat and draws on his overcoat and goes for a dinner.” After his term as a national figure during President Cleveland’s first term, George. A. Jenks returned to his Brookville home. In 1898, he was nominated to run for governor of Pennsylvania by the Democrats. Unsuccessful in the election, he was then nominated for U. S. Senate in 1899, but was again defeated. However, history notes his legal successes and public service at the national and state levels. The children of Punxsutawney’s Jenks family were reared in a backwoods village in the early 1800s with an education from the country schools that did not have all the

conveniences of schooling available now. They grew and matured with strong family and church support, followed by their own initiative, energy and effort. Their lives have left a record of honor and purpose during their prominent careers. Indeed, the Jenks family name is history in Punxsutawney and Jefferson County. How precious is that reminder to us when we view the old Punxsutawney family homestead on Jenks Hill, or the residences of William P. Jenks and George A. Jenks in Brookville. That’s a reminder to be thankful for. •••

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Continued from page 12 "Years ago, people brought their families into the Elks. There were lots of things to do. They grew up in the Elks. People don’t do that anymore. "When I first came into the Elks, most were older than me. I looked up to them. Younger people don’t want the obligations that go with membership anymore," "When the Elks had problems, I took the Secretary job," Shenosky said, "Nobody else wanted the job. I just didn’t want to see the place fold." In recent years, the Punxsutawney Elks has had its share of problems with declines in membership, however, new membership seems to be on the rise again. It is a drastically different world from that of the Elk founders. Elk Lodges everywhere are very much the same, but people and times have changed since our grandfathers were Elks. Many of today’s Elks believe that changes need to occur within the organization’s membership process, rules and rituals in order to catch up with modern day lifestyles. Hopefully such changes will attract a whole new era of Elks. Only time will tell. •••

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Continued from page 6 and would like to share them for this Rotary project, Chelgren asks that they contact a Rotary member. Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogy Society’s Annual Christmas Open House The Bennis House Museum and the Lattimer House will be spruced up for this year’s Open House taking place Thursday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 5. Hours at both houses are: Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The self-tour includes two specialty trees. In the Lattimer House, the “History Rocks” tree features places and events in Punxsutawney history. In the Bennis House, look for the Native American tree with ornaments made by children in the Bennis House workshop. Also, a must-see for visitors is the newly refurbished front bedroom upstairs in the Bennis House. The sensational makeover was a collaboration of efforts by Mike Vancheri, who designed the room, and members of the Punxsutawney Arts Association, Inc., who decorated the room for a Victorian Christmas. ••• The perfect way to say “Merry Christmas” is with a greeting in Hometown magazine, serving 100% of the homes!

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Continued from page 24 imal dropped to the ground, but it was still alive. It howled with pain and manifested its anger by savage growls at short intervals. Bennett could no longer retain his nerve. He was provoked at the none-effectiveness of the rife, and, taking the weapon at the muzzle end, he was about to attack the bear by beating it over the head, when he heard Bracken’s tinhorn in close proximity. When the men came upon the bear, the dogs and Bennett were standing equal distances apart. Bruin scarcely moved, the wounds he had received seeming to have quieted that uneasiness so manifest among his family. Detwiler had the shotgun of the party and when he arrived upon the scene he fired. The shot, however, did not take effect. Then followed an exciting time. The bear made a mad rush at George Bennett. The man protected himself with an axe. He dealt the animal a terrible blow, which sent it on its hind legs. By this time Detwiler had reloaded his smoothbore with a large bullet, the latter sent a fatal bullet into Bruin’s brain. The bear fell over and was dead. All the hunters gathered around the animal, not knowing how soon he might revive, and after they had cooled from the excitement they sang a song of triumph composed by Davis Bracken. This procedure is one of Bracken’s eccentricities, and he claims that it brings good luck in the next hunt. The men took the carcass to Bracken’s house, where they dressed the game. It was found that only one of the bullets from Bennett’s gun had penetrated the animal’s brain, the other two glancing off. The bear weighed 175 pounds and was about two years old. It was remarkably black, very fat, and had thick and glossy hair. The dead animal was brought to this city two days later, and is nearly all sold by this time. The success, which the hunters met on this trip, has excited their courage, and they felt hopeful of securing more game in the wilds of the Blacklick region before the Winter is over. — The New York Times, December 9, 1888

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Continued from previous page bites, Jolon’s hand was swollen in a short time to twice its natural size and it was thought he was dying. He was carried home, and has since been slowly recovering. At this time of the year the bite of the rattlesnake is not so deadly as earlier in the season. — The New York Times, August 6, 1884

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Lock Haven, Penn., Oct. 23, 1884 — “Between running for the Legislature and hunting bears, Joseph M. Shafer is having a lively time up in Cameron County,” Remarked “Ritchey” Bridgens, ex-Mayor of Lock Haven. “You know Joe,” he continued, “is famous for hunting, and would rather follow a bear all day than stop to eat the best dinner that could be set before him. He started out yesterday to electioneer a little, and passing over the mountain in the direction of Driftwood he struck bear tracks. That was enough.” He forgot all about electioneering and started after the bear. He carried his silvermounted Remington that was presented to him by a few friends at Harrisburg… He had scarcely travelled a mile when he came up with the bear. It was sitting on a hemlock log apparently waiting for Joe. He stopped suddenly, drew and fired, and then looked to see if the bear had been hit. He was hit in the right leg, but not badly hurt. This riled the bear and frightened Joe, be-


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Labor Unions Continued from page 13 time would not be much, but in winter is quite an item. This is a very satisfactory and just agreement, and at a glance it will be seen that the miners have lost nothing. They had been getting an average of 42 cents per ton in Mine No. 2, and 31 cents in Mine No. 1; now they get 40 cents all around, a uniform price in both mines. The company treated the committee of miners very nicely when the settlement was made, and we trust that no more trouble will be apprehended, but that Walston will continue to grow a happy and contented and prosperous town. The Superintendent posted notices in all languages for the Hungarians and Italians who have been working in place of the white labor and were armed, to give their weapons up, and the other men are to take their places in the mines to-day, Wednesday, so the element that staid in the mines — armed to the teeth and guarded by policemen—have gained nothing, but in the end have lost all— their honor and manhood, if they had any, and their occupation. The miners desire to return thanks to all—the farmers and town people, who sympathized with them, and for their kindness and liberality in their time of need. The Strike was over, the agreement signed and the miners were working again. •••

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