Founded December 17,1912 Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951
Book 1 Volume 25
Original Volume 25 republished using
Recently son, George, and grandsons Andy, and Jason, encouraged me to turn this from a letter into a web page. A web page offers a vast new opportunity to also display pictures along with text. They set it up and instructed me how to put it on line every week. Bear in mind, for this old geezer, this represents rocket science.
I do have an agenda. I try to write an upbeat page, with a bit of humor and not get too confrontational in my opinions. I do have some very firm opinions that have a way of working their way into these pages. I am also very much computer oriented and try to do as much as I can to encourage their use. I do regret that most of the pictures have to be reduced in size, due to space limitations from Prolog, thus limiting their quality.
I hope to reach out to former Palmertonians, as well as other friends and relatives, with whom I would like to maintain contact. We may not agree on everything, however, my intentions are honorable.
I suppose the on going saga of the adventures of Queen and Bobby is about as fascinating as watching paint dry or grass growing. We don’t lead a very fast paced life. However, with us what you see is what you get. I really must say that there is a lot of love in this house.
Saturday, May 08, 2004 7:20 AM 52 deg at LVIA and 50.1 in the bus stop
Here it is the eighth of May. The spring weather sure looks so much more inviting that that drab cold winter stuff. It is a joy to be out with the dog on a day like this. I will be out there as soon as the coffee is ready; the blood glucose this morning is 136 and the weight 202.
saw Marline and Lee Bollinger walking this morning. They are darn
their exercise regime. That's good. Last evening son George was here
taught me how to do what I had not properly learned about using the FTP
server. So far so good. I have to do it for a while until the proper
penetrates my thick head. However it will come. I will practice taking
web pages off the Prolog site. I would love to keep them all on it but
doesn’t take long to fill up 15 MB of data space particularly when I
I think we will be going flower shopping, or at least to some garden center, for a look around.
They have a great selection
I recall my sister, Dot, talking about being able to take their sleds all the way up to Towamensing Cemetery and sleigh riding almost all the way down to the park without hindrance. She said many of the houses here did not exist then. Unfortunaly, I can no longer ask her for details.
Granted these pictures were taken in 1915 and that was too early for her to sleigh ride since she was born about 1916, but I can see how it was possible. The pictures do not show the down slope of the terrain but it is considerable. Our house is right next to the Little White Church on 3rd Street hill. What I call the Hostetter house did not exist then and they could cut through a bunch of vacant lots nearly all the way to the park.
The picture you had labeled 400 block of Franklin Ave. in your most recent epistle is actually of the 500 block where I grew up in the 1920s and into the 1940s. Of course when I lived there, most of the "vacant" lots in your picture had houses on them. However, I am attaching a "reworked" version to which I have added a "legend," showing what I can identify as of my childhood and youth. I hope you find it interesting. By the way, I lived at 562 Franklin Ave. during those years.
Sincerely, - Dave Engler, Phila., PA
(SSPHS Class of 1939)
PS - I agree, the "fidelity" of that old picture is amazing!
George Gilbert told me yesterday how interesting your dispatches were and so when I looked through my Email this morning I was pleasantly surprised to find them and agree they are. Thank you for adding me to you mailing list. I'll try to catch up over the weekend.
You may not recall that I'm an alumnus of the "Kleintop Chicken Coop Gang.” We were always fascinated by what Dick and Bob were doing next door. Were you the first guys with TV in Palmerton?
I think I told you before how my Uncle John Nanovic never ceased regaling us with stories of his days at the Palmerton Press and how grateful he was to your Dad for giving him a job (which ultimately led to his career in journalism).
Please keep me on your list. Gilbert and I will critic each dispatch on the golf course.
Best regards, Roger.”
Golly but this is really grist for the old mill. This opens a can of worms. Indeed I do remember the Chicken coop gang; Roger, the Kleintop brothers, Bill and Bob, Jim Gruber up at the end of the block, Kako, [Clarence] Leibenguth and there may have been more.
”My Uncle John
ceased regaling us with stories of
his days at the Palmerton Press and how grateful he was to your dad for
him a job (which ultimately led to his career in journalism)"
If my memory serves me at all I recall every Thursday when the Palmerton Press was being made ready to take over to the Post Office my job was to operate the label machine containing the names and addresses of the recipients of each copy going out. I recall his name on that list. I think he lived in Plandome, NY. He worked at Street and Smith publishers for a time. He knew my Dad liked cryptograms and frequently sent him stuff.
Another thing comes to mind. My Dad helped many folks on their way through life. I can’t help but recall that he also helped Sidney Webb earlier in life. Sid would have been very proud that his son, Richard, is now on the bench as a Judge here in Carbon County. Now here is Roger in similar circumstances with his son also as a Carbon County Judge. It must be a proud point in their lives. However Roger now has the luxury of being here to relish it. Both men could justifiably be pleased with their sons.
“We were always fascinated by what Dick and Bob were doing next door. Were you the first guys with TV in Palmerton?” Well we may or may not have been the first but it was close. My Dad was still alive and he died in 1949. We had television for quite awhile before that. In the early days we had quite a crowd for Gillette’s Friday Night Fights up in our shop. The picture was on a Hallicrafters T34. It had a 7” screen. In fact it had a channel one on it. There were pushbuttons across the front of the set. I still have the cover plate of it upstairs.
This was a picture of a portion of the 30ft antenna we had on our house at 237 Columbia.
It is a decent day outside now but thunderstorms are predicted today anytime. Butternut and I were out. We saw Marline and Lee walking.
Today is Mother’s Day. I often think of my Mom and how she shaped the lives of all of her children. Both she and my Dad tried to instill into us all a sense of values that have lasted as long as we still draw a breath. It is wonderful the memories we all have. I certainly do.
My mother lived to be 89 years and had a clear head all of her life. She was always someone to whom I could confide and always get good sound advice. Now, I see my wife Ruth, my Queen, and the love she shares with all of us. We are all her kids. We as man and wife have been through a lot but now for me particularly since she has developed congestive heart failure, the most important thing is to be here to comfort her, to be at her side if needed, and at the same time be comforted by her. Hers is a deep and quiet type of love. She is not like me, a puppy dog, constantly licking one’s face, but her love is always there and solid as a rock.Last winter I had a piece in here about a man’s love of the snow. This is almost diametrically opposite. I think it is great from Anne Keiser, KO3M. Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 10, 2004 7:14 AM 59 deg at LVIA and 59 deg in the bus stop
It is a warm almost muggy day this morning. Butternut and I will be heading out soon. The blood glucose was 140 and the weight 203.
It was very comfortable out there this morning. Marline and Lee went by and waved. This caused Butternut to have a conniption but all was well. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do outdoors work wise this morning. There is plenty to do.
Poor Queen almost had to walk home!
We finally got it all out and put away. These are Tommy's Flowers.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:30 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 64.3 in the bus stop
This morning the blood glucose is 136 and the weight 202. Good old spaghetti!
This morning we went for our walk early. Now I started the Mantis tiller and I am “plowing” the garden. I am going to plant lettuce and parsley. The rest I shall plant in grass. I want to finish this before it gets hot.
This picture made possible by the camera's self-timer and a convenient tombstone.
Geez it went better than expected. I roto-tilled the garden and planted the butter crunch lettuce and parsley. The grass will have to wait. Then I tilled the small flower plot where Queen wants to plant some of her stuff. After that I took the car and went for gasoline for the lawnmower. By the time I got back gassed it up and started to cut the grass it was 10:30 and was starting to really get hot. Therefore I quit. Besides I was out of steam for Bobby’s boiler. I have had it. Sheez more concessions to getting old!!
Meanwhile Queen planted some of her verbena and petunias in the spot I tilled and she too had to quit because of the heat. We are both tired now.
Tonight for supper Queen had strawberry shortcake once again. Her homemade shortcake biscuits are superb. That with milk and a slab of cheese can’t be beat. Golly I wonder why the weight loss has slowed down. Ha!!!Tonight after supper I finished cutting the grass that I had started doing late this afternoon. By the time I was on the last roundup it was in the shade and quite a bit cooler. Once again the place looks darn good. While I was doing that Queen planted some more of her flowers. The place is shaping up now.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 7:11 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 63.5 in the bus stop
This morning the blood glucose is 142 and the weight 200. It looks like another very warm day today. We will have the muggies and uncomfortable weather for quite awhile I suspect.
We went for our walk this morning before it got hot. It was nice out walking with my girl. Dr. Nicholson stopped by as we were walking and asked us if we saw the sun come up this morning. He said it was a huge red ball. It looked very large as it appeared over the mountain. No we missed it.
Then we were busy watering our plants. I potted two hanging baskets of pansies before it got too sunny to work out there at the new potting bench. The loss of that other pine tree has made a big difference in shade.
I got the car
out and stopped downtown at the T.N. for a quickie visit. Pattie
pictures in last week’s web page.
After I got home Queen asked me if I wished Sharon a happy birthday. Sheez! No I never thought of it. Hey Happy Birthday Sharon.
in the morning the woman from Beltone called and the new hearing aid
arrived. So this afternoon after Queen gets out from the hairdresser
go and have it fitted. I hope for the best. I took Queen
to the hairdresser and now am back waiting for a return call. On the
I stopped by PMPA and noticed that there is water in it and the
placed about the periphery of the pool. It is not yet full but it is
This is indeed good news.
I picked her up in Bowmanstown and we went from there. She really looks nice.
Thursday, May 13, 2004 7:17 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 63.8 in the bus stop
It feels like another hot one today. The blood sugar is 140 and the weight 202. After Queen came downstairs we went for our walk. It was a good time to go for it. On the way back Queen saw a baby rabbit in what used to be Judge Heimbach’s yard. Since I had the camera along I took a picture.
Later we went up to Country Junction but had to cut it short because of the heat. It was bothering Queen a lot. I got the downstairs air conditioner operating and it is nice in here now. She gets heat headaches.
This morning I planted the impatiens we got yesterday under the viburnum bush. They look nice in that spot. We never did get too much accomplished in the planting department.
This afternoon about 4 PM we went to IGA and out for gasoline for the car. The time-temperature sign at Keystone said 103. That couldn’t possibly have been correct. It was hot but not that hot.
The following is from business week on line.
Researchers say a gizmo called a reformer can extract the clean fuel from good old unleaded and give fuel-cell cars double the mileage.Environmentalists dream of energy-efficient cars that run on hydrogen, with tailpipes spewing out nothing more noxious than water vapor. Judging from the popularity of Toyota's (TM ) Prius hybrid -- a kind of car with both an electric motor and a gasoline engine -- a fuel-cell-powered all-electric car that gets equal or better mileage from hydrogen would seem a surefire hit.
drawback: Where do you go to fill 'er up with hydrogen? How about any
existing gas station. Gasoline has plenty of hydrogen locked up inside
researchers have developed so-called reformers that can extract it.
hitch, however: Reformers take 15 minutes to produce
enough hydrogen to
the car out of the garage. Nobody wants a car that takes that long to
What's needed is a hydrogen-age version of the automatic starter invented by Charles Kettering. It quickly replaced those antique hand-crank starters, starting with a Cadillac in 1911.
MOLECULE CRACKING. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory think they have it. They're developing an under-the-hood steam reformer on steroids. "It can produce large amounts of hydrogen from gasoline vapors in only 12 seconds," says chief engineer Greg Whyatt. The key: pumping a vapor-and-steam mixture through myriad microchannels. In those tiny, confined spaces, catalysts work their magic extremely rapidly, cracking the molecules of gasoline and water to release hydrogen. Even more magical: The extracted hydrogren actually has a higher energy value than gasoline, thanks in part to the extra hydrogen atoms liberated from the steam. That means a big bump in mileage. In fact, says Whyatt, "compared to an internal-combustion engine, we're projecting that a fuel-cell-powered car with our steam reformer would get at least twice the mileage" from the same amount of gasoline. Since fuel cells generate clean electricity through a chemical reaction with no combustion involved, fuel-cell cars could substantially reduce global oil consumption while drastically curbing pollution. Steam reformers, however, do use auxiliary combustion: Carbon extracted from the gasoline is burned to heat water and generate the steam. This produces carbon dioxide, which goes out the tailpipe -- but only half as much per mile driven as a conventional car. So reformers won't satisfy all the environmentalists' dreams. Still, says Whyatt, "reducing CO2 by half would have huge impact if widely implemented."
SHRINKING ACT. The first microchannel reformer won't show up in a car, though. Detroit doesn't make such fundamental changes quickly -- and startup Velocys Inc. is about a year away from unveiling a giant steam reformer. Velocys was spun off by Pacific Northwest Lab in 2001 to commercialize big reformers for industrial-scale fuel-cell generators that squeeze enough juice from hydrogen to light a factory or small town. Shrinking a microchannel steam reformer into a bread-box-size system for cars has been a lot tougher, says Whyatt. Ultimately, he adds, a reformer that can supply hydrogen to a 50-kilowatt fuel cell should take up less than one cubic foot. It may take a couple years to perfect. But by yearend, Whyatt expects to have a small prototype -- sufficient for a 2-kw fuel cell -- ready for Detroit to check out. “
I have been using my new hearing aid now on a full time basis. This morning I did as the woman instructed and read thoroughly the literature that came with it.As usual I have been extremely angry at it and what I thought was poor performance. Well for once the information made me realize that the problem is me. I have had hearing problems for so long that I now must learn completely new speech and sound patterns. As an example I can hear myself breathing [sometimes wheezing Ha!!] Other sounds that are going to be there like it or not. I must learn to live with period!! In effect I must rewire my brain patterns. I am not sure if I need an electrician or a plumber. Ha!!!