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             Then Jesus said to his disciples,

"If anyone would come after me,  he must first deny himself and

take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life

will lose it, but whoever loses  his life for me will find it. 

           ( Matt. 16:24 )     




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Home Stretch



I was born right down out of Adamston, West Virginia

towards Pt. Comfort, across the bridge, just past the

 car wash on October 13th, 1917, within one-half mile

of where I live now. The little house below the road is



Since that beginning, I have lived in Perry

Mines and on Fairmont Ave, in Rochester, N.Y.; in

Glenwood, in Stealey, on Railroad St., and on

Fairmont Ave. again; in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, &

 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, in Clarksburg, and

Broad Oaks W.V.; Maryland, Akron and Mt Vernon,

 Ohio, Oklahoma, Charleston and Clarksburg, W.V.; in

 North View, Fairmont Ave for the third time, on

Winding Way and finally, at good old 1602 West Pike

Street for the last 47 years.


At Perry Mines, we had an outside toilet and well

water.  We crossed the swinging bridge into North

View and swam in the West Fork River. Pop, Mom,

and all us kids, plus other families swam there. That

was the only place to swim; There were no pools.

Pop's Model T Ford cost $495.00 - total.


Going to

West Union on a Sunday drive (now a 15 minute

drive) was an all day trip. Gasoline was 14 cents a

 gallon. Top Speed: 35 miles per hour.


Pop's Model T - and all other cars of that era - had

to be cranked to start the engine. The old cars had

no radios, heaters, air conditioners, or windshield



After living in many different places, I became a

glass cutter. One day, in 1940, I was in Adamston

and saw a cute little blonde walk by. I liked what

 I saw and asked John Tarentino to introduce me

 to the cute little blonde.


As a result of that introduction,

Mary Jane and I were married on November 12, 1940

and, in the next 30 years, we had eight children.

Mary Jane, Jr, was number one; Vickie was number

two and our only Buckeye (someone born in Ohio);

Eddie, number three and our first son; Sally, number

four and our third daughter; David, our second son -

and I am convinced at this very moment that David

 is waiting at the Gates of Heaven on the rest of us

someday to meet again.


God Bless you David; Long-legged

Pat was number six and I am proud of him; Melanie was

number seven - really pretty but kind of sassy; and finally

Scott - number eight, the end of the line.


I love all my children and have fond memories of all

of them, like the many times we went on picnics

and swimming at Lake Riley, Hide-a-way, Audrey

Bridge, Buffalo Lake, Iron Town, and, sometimes, just a

 little creek out in the country.


There are wonderful memories of when we went

blackberry picking, made home-made ice cream in

a freezer, and our great Christmas parties.

In my old age,


I live with these fond memories, and

am I am very, very proud of all my children. I love

 each and every one. Bless you all.

"nough said.

Fish Hook

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