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 )
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.
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.
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