Confluence of Years Ago
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Rascona

Phoenix, AZ

#383 Nov 23, 2010
jalopa New York wrote:
Hey I did not want to sound mean, I liked the guy. I was asking if anyone remembered him?
Not that youd ever get this note but with respect to Grump Ansel and his surviving girls, boys and wife...he was a gentle natured man, tall, quiet who I remember very well. He was my fathers friend. The Ansels befriended my mother in the late 50's who came from England many years ago and wasnt exactly embraced by the Sicilian Rascona's. Grump and Eleanor and their entire family became our family and still are 50 years later. SO, sure beer had a role to play in alot of men and at times womens lives in small town confluence - each with their own reasons. Thank you for mentioning Grump's name...best...rr
boomer73

Somerset, PA

#384 Dec 11, 2010
do you remember john kings gas station -steves bar

boomer73

Somerset, PA

#385 Dec 11, 2010
yes
confluence chica

Johnstown, PA

#386 Dec 12, 2010
I sure would like to see some of the community support around now that used to be here when our parents were kids,
Confluence Native

York, PA

#387 Oct 17, 2011
Real Old Very Very Old wrote:
The beer distributor was across the street from Mr. Moon the local plumbers home. Mr. Sam Rascona never owner the beer distributor. It was owned by his uncle John Pettina, who is still alive and living in Clearwater, Florida. His son Sam is a prominent Doctor in the area. Next to the beer distributor on the left was a small grocery store run by John Pettinas uncle ant aunt Rasconas. Next to the store lived the wable family. Their grandson Sis Wables brother was the last person executed in Pennsylvania. He was known as the Pa. turnpike killer. John Wesley Wable was his name and he is buried on Rt. 40. Across the street where Katie Miller lives was a little ice cream parlor type store, run by Thursa and Johnny Glover. More later.
Sorry, but your comment about John Wesley Wable being a brother of Sis Wable and living beside the Pettina's grocery store in Confluence (Oden St.) is completely erroneous. John Wesley Wable was from Ohiopyle and was the son of William & Louise Wable of Ohiopyle......NOT Confluence.

The family living in Confluence next to the store was the Isaiah & Hazel Wable family and they had 3 children: Celia (Sis), William and Roy. Isaiah and John Wesley's father, William, were brothers. So, Celia (Sis), William and Roy were first cousins of John Wesley.

Hopes this helps to clear up the confusion. It was a sad and painful time for everyone. John Wesley Wable destroyed many families thru his horrendous actions.
Great grand daughter

Greensburg, PA

#388 Jan 12, 2012
My great grand mother was Emma Lenhart, born in Ursina in 1860. I am looking for any family members that are still in the area, & would have known any of her children. Want to do Family tree.
Great grand daughter

Greensburg, PA

#389 Jan 12, 2012
I am looking for any remaining members of Emma Lenhart, born in Ursina in 1860. She was my great Grandmother.
Brian Shaulis

Acme, PA

#390 Jan 15, 2013
Carol Kemp-Dominick wrote:
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My uncle Raymond owned the barbershop in Confluence when I was a child. He died when he was 55 years old. I don't know what happened to that barbershop. If anyone knows, let me know.
Do you remember a Faye or Nancy Kemp. Faye is my mother Nancy is my aunt
CaliforniaGirl

Moreno Valley, CA

#391 Jan 18, 2013
Confluence Girl wrote:
Turkeyfooter, do you know if Dorthea Hyatt still lives on Williams street?? I think you are right about Ruby passing away, I think maybe last year sometime..
This is a very old post and perhaps you have already heard but sadly Dorothy passed away. My grandparents, Jim and Kate Martin, are also both deceased and were her next-door neighbors. I spent many years visiting beloved Confluence and enjoyed my visits with Dorothy and her family. My mom grew up with Dorothy's kids. She is turning 75 tomorrow and living with me and her husband in California.
God Bless Us All

Pittsburgh, PA

#392 Jan 19, 2013
CaliforniaGirl wrote:
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This is a very old post and perhaps you have already heard but sadly Dorothy passed away. My grandparents, Jim and Kate Martin, are also both deceased and were her next-door neighbors. I spent many years visiting beloved Confluence and enjoyed my visits with Dorothy and her family. My mom grew up with Dorothy's kids. She is turning 75 tomorrow and living with me and her husband in California.
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your beloved mom and Bless you for caring for them..I was born in Confluence but left there in 1952 and went to Ohio..visited often and later married my hubby who was born in Garrett...small world, we met in Cleveland, OH. we owned property here in Somerset County over the years and in 2003 retired to Markleton, PA...we are now preparing to relocate to Georgia, the Winters are just too difficult for 'oldies' but I remember Confluence well..today I feel it is a 'sad little town' and there is no growth, nor any way to make a living there..very depressing area..I am so excited to leave this area...color me HAPPY...
Bess wishes to you.....
Mountains in the Blood

Mckeesport, PA

#393 Jan 27, 2013
Thanks to you all for the history of a place & an area I have been coming to since a child. My Dad's family settled in that part of western Pa. & Maryland back in the approx. 1760's . Said to be Amish or Brethern, they are listed in censuses in Brother's Valley (Bruden Stahl) & settled in present day western Maryland , Fayette & Somerset counties. Heard stories of Falls City (ohiopyle) & MkIlhenny's(sp) Caves (laurel caverns) where local Indians wintered over. My Dad moved down here to work in the mills. Luckily, not much more than an hour away & have a camp about 20 minutes away. Always like coming home when I'm in that part of the mountains. Bless ya'll & don't let them change it too much.
Could It be

Johnstown, PA

#394 Feb 27, 2013
An Old Friend wrote:
Wow this site is wonderful for remembering the old days. I had forgotten about the school where the sewing factory is. I had all those teachers, forgot about them until I read this site. What a time we had - I can remember Mr. Wilkins, and Faye Rush and Elise Spurgeon (?. Remember the wooden floors they oiled with something. As for Mr. Groff - I remember him as not so kind - today would probably been sued for being abusive. And that Algebra teacher Marie (?) something we had in high school. Was the guidance counselor and told everyone they had to be a teacher or nurse. Wow we sure were much simplier then.
You mentioned Marie.. would this have been who was Phelps ..something like that .. they called her Ma Phelps.. I had her for Geogrophay Boring .boring boring.
Think I can clarify

Mineral Point, PA

#395 Feb 28, 2013
It was Marie Phillippi. The "Phelps" was Herb.
diane

Greensburg, PA

#396 Feb 28, 2013
My Grand father & his family were born & raised in Ursina. Their family names were Heinbaugh & Lenhart. Does anyone know if there are any old timers that would still be around?
Wm J

Bentleyville, PA

#397 Mar 1, 2013
diane wrote:
My Grand father & his family were born & raised in Ursina. Their family names were Heinbaugh & Lenhart. Does anyone know if there are any old timers that would still be around?
Old Gram Heinbaugh's still livin @ home and in relatively good health at age 99.
God Bless Us All

Pittsburgh, PA

#398 Mar 2, 2013
diane wrote:
My Grand father & his family were born & raised in Ursina. Their family names were Heinbaugh & Lenhart. Does anyone know if there are any old timers that would still be around?
my grandmother was a Lenhart from Listonburg...oh so long ago...she died in 1953...my mother was her youngest child out of 14 children..my mother died in 1999 at age 85 the very last of all her family and the only one who lived such a long life..she was a wonderful mother..I think of her daily, still miss her...
bluejay

Ruckersville, VA

#399 Sunday Apr 16
Real Old Very Very Old wrote:
Frankie was the black mans name. His last name was SCHULTZ.Your wrong as his age when he died. Frankie lived in a building behind Dr.Brooks home. He was found died 2 days before Easter from I heard a stroke. He was only 69. Talking about the theater. Wendell Yeagly ran the movie for the women who collected the 20 cents at the window. She was his cousin and heard name was Deey and she was the real owner until she died and Yeagly claim it. Yeagly lived on oden street where Pat Wheatly lives. His wife name was Libby and they had a son Chuck. Chuck died about six years ago in FLA. Libby is still alive and in her ninety living in Fla. She was a sister to Sam Black who owned Black Funeral Home and Store where the bank is now. Do you all remember where the Funeral Home was. Left the best to last"NAME OF THE MOVIE THEATER"----- LIBERTY---- Old people do have a good head on their shoulder full of data. Not sure how long it's going to last. Be good, be happy and love being alive. Later
I was Born 1948 in Prices Hospital. Lived in FairOaks. Now in Stanardsville Va. I believe I remember Frankie pushing a mail cart through town of Confluence from B&O train station across from old Acme store on main street. I worked and helped open the Acme at its present location.
Rita

United States

#400 Thursday Apr 20
Anyone remember the blacksmith shop ? We also took furs there. The road was still dirt going into town from Draketown. There use to be gas pumps close to where the auction house was. Everett and Wanda Gonzales bought Rasconas place up where the VFW is now. They held square dances there. That is where I learned to dance. I watched Mr. Bill Rush ride his buggy to town with his horse. He would fall asleep on the trip but the horse knew where she was going. I have wonderful memories of my old home town. A few tragic ones, but lives went on. The town hasn't really changed a whole lot from years back. Or has it? Did you get a stop light in the town yet? I need to come home for a visit so I can see the changes . God bless the old home town and the people there.
Rita

United States

#401 Thursday Apr 20
Just a Reader wrote:
FRED's! That is the barber shop I remember. Sorry folk, I previously called it Floyds. Floyds was in Rockwood and owned by Floyd Pritts. Wrong name, wrong town.

I was going to ask about the building on the other side of the Post Office, but thank you, it's already been named as what it once was.

What use to be in the building beside the now Beggs Printing? It is where Attorney Frantz has his office. It's between Sisters Cafe and Beggs Printing.
It was Fortney's Jewerly Store wasn't it? He also repaired small appliances and sold some.

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