17,1912 Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951
Book 1 Volume 45
The masthead appearing above is not
an accident nor is it meant to be a
gimmick. My dad, George R. Elliston was the owner, founder, editor, and
publisher of the Palmerton Press. I am trying in my own way to keep
that banner visible.
is the original version of Volume 45 re-worked with Nvu
First and foremost this thing makes
absolutely no attempt to be a real
newspaper. For that one must read the Times News at
. I write this for my own enjoyment. I
hope others will enjoy it also.
Below is the actual lead slug
masthead of the Palmerton Press in its days of operation.
It now resides with son George R.
Here it is shown reversed for all to
time, I want to acknowledge the deep debt of
gratitude to all those who have supported me in this endeavor. My wife,
Queen is my inspiration and greatly augments my efforts. I realize that
I sometimes must drive her nuts with my ravings and antics. Sometimes
the blue smoke emitting from my ears is not pretty. However, her love,
support, and help have been indispensable. She is my proofreader and
My son George, grandsons; Andy, and
Jason, have been instrumental in
making these things appear at all. They supply the technical expertise
to put and keep it on line. I can type the words, but they keep the
press running! Ha!
particularly interested in reaching not
only current Palmertonians, but also former Palmerton residents who my
still find the old town a source of comfort and the remembrances of
Don’t expect much in the way of earth
shattering events to appear here.
This is how Queen and I live. Oh, an occasional “Bobby’s” ranting
opinion will appear. This is run as an autocracy not a democracy. Hey,
there is always the delete key.
Thank God, my mentors all suffer an
old 77-year-old fool well. I wish
to express my thanks to everyone.
I also deeply
appreciate the responses from my
readers who seem to enjoy our view of life as well as the pictures of
our town and home. Grandson Andy says this is basically a letter with
pictures. Actually it is more of a diary with pictures.
I regret that some readers
still have problems opening the
pictures. However at least these pages don’t have to stand on their
literary merits alone, Thank God!!
September 25, 2004 7:18 AM 55 deg
at LVIA and 58.4 in the bus stop
Today is a
Saturday and the beginning of as new week
of these web pages. As of today my Prolog web allocation is 9.48 MB
that is about all I will be able to keep on line. Next week I shall
delete the oldest web page in order to remain compliant.
Yesterday I took
Queen up to Meadowcrest to Karen
Arner’s beauty shop for a perm.
came out looking really greatI was also
fortunate yesterday to get a call from
Larry Arner at PMPA for a swim. The water was warmer than the day
before but now with the pumps shut down the water temperature is very
uneven. In some places it had to be 73 or as much as 76 degrees.
But in other areas it must have been in the 60’s. I quickly discovered
the warmest spot was in the center on the pool. So after a couple of
regular laps I swam out halfway turned 90 degrees and then swam the
length of the pool until my fingers scrapped bottom, Turning around and
swimming back to the diving boards. That worked quite well. But, I had
to hurry back to take Queen to the beauty saloon [salon]. I did
take the time to speak with Larry and Suzy who were there. Suzy was
getting about with crutches, as well as a brace or support on her leg.
She has had a lot of physical problems with that leg. However she
doesn’t let that slow her down. She reminds me of my Queen!!
Last night for supper Queen had
steak sandwiches. They were very good
although my blood sugar this morning is 140 and my weight 196 which is
not as good as I might wish. <Sigh>
One thing that does please me
is yesterday’s report from the Miller Blood center to tell me that my
cholesterol was 166. That is down 40 points from my last Miller visit
which was the time before their last visit. I am now a strong advocate
of Fiber-One. That is the only thing I changed since then. That was
done at Dr. Nicholson’s suggestion after my” blueberry trots” incident
<Harrumph>. It seemed to be quite effective in helping lower that
level. A drop of 40 points is nothing to sneer at!!
We went for our walk this morning and
it was very foggy. However it
was great being able to walk with my sweetie.
We went for our
new one-mile walk again. Queen and I
both know that I in particular must keep up my exercise level. I
would much rather walk than work on those stupid asinine boring
machines at the fitness center. Plus there is the fact that there is
always something of interest to see when we walk if one but bothers
to look. Staring at those TV sets at the fitness center walking on the
damn treadmill while tuned to some silly woman’s program stinks.
I am still attempting to catch up
with information regarding last weeks
post!! This morning I got e-mails from Bob Green. This is one that is
well worth reading. It concerns Palmerton and its location on the
Appalachian Trail. It is a blog where hikers discuss hiking in
general. This is something that I knew, but did not fully recognize
many of its facets!! It is interesting. Roger Danielson, the borough
manager, put a note in the blog keeping the hikers informed as to the
picture can be found on the above site. It was taken by a hiker
and posted on the site.
Green also informed me about the
“I noticied the Stemler
Motor Company Buick
dealership on the left and the weigh yourself scales outside at Hawk’s
Sweet Shop. Across the street is an awning. I wonder if that isn’t a
the building that held Diehl’s bakery. The picture looks as though it
was taken in the 1920’s or early 1930s.”
That picture on the
postcard reportedly is from 1934.
Also from George Ashman is the
Bob - On the '31-'32 basketball
team photo, I'm pretty sure that the
man to the right of Bill Braucher is Willard Wihelm. To the right of
them, past the basketball player, is D. L. Learn. I don't
recognize any of the
players, but that team was one
of PHS's more successful ones, as I
recall, so there are probably articles in The Palmerton Press about
them. And we (LGHS) might have Mirrors from that era.
From: Clair Hoffman
Date: 09/25/04 10:58:54
To: Bob Elliston
Subject: The Palmerton Press-
photo on page three of subject edition.
I am class of '40 at P.H.S. and thus a fourth grader in Franklin
when the basketball team photo was taken--1931-32 team.
But I do
well remember coach Bill Braucher,
assistant couch Bill Wilhelm standing next to Braucher and the other
faculty member in the back row was Dr. Learn who taught 12th. grade
social studies. I'm sorry but I do not recognize any of the
to enjoy your "hobby". Clair
For larger views of the two pictures
above see last week’s web page.
<11:06 AM> We just got back
from a trip to the bank and the
delivery of Doctor Jane’s birthday cake. Queen has made a birthday cake
for her every year for the past 55 years without missing once. I am
married to quite a remarkable girl.
After our banking trip we stopped
out at George’s home on Lafayette
Avenue to see the progress with his latest landscaping project. He is
removing stones from an area along the west side of the house
relocating them on the other side and will eventually put in place new
topsoil he got yesterday from the Zeigenfus Coal Co. and will seed it
a later date.
afternoon we took Butternut for his walk
down to 4th Street and back. He seems to thoroughly enjoy it and now
behaves much better on a leash. Of course he stops at every tree to
inspect and water them. One thing about walking a Beagle is as soon as
they leave the house their noses go down on the ground and don’t look
up until they get home.
While we were out
Larry must have phoned but I
never bothered to look at the answering machine!! <Sheez>
Elliston’s were here for supper. We had
a slice of ham, a yam each, green beans, fresh tomatoes, applesauce,
cottage cheese, and chocolate cake for dessert. Then we all sat on the
front porch ate our dessert and just sat and talked awhile. It was
good to have them here.
26, 2004 7:25 AM 64deg at LVIA and 63.3 in the
This morning the
blood glucose is 134 and the weight
195. It looks like it will be a nice day, today.
I was up on the
“park bench” this morning enjoying
my cup of 8 O’clock coffee as well as the beautiful day. Unfortunately
the sun has moved in about a week a few more degrees south.
This just came
from Barbara in Florida. She sent it
at 9:30 this morning!
Subject: Re: The Palmerton Press
My computer is not
behaving. I haven't been able to pull up this
news lettter from you, but am
writing while I have electricity, and hope
this goes out to you.
experiencing a nasty surprise.
Jeanne was not supposed to come to
the west coast of Florida, so
people here did not board up their windows
this time, That includes
me. The winds are really strong -
than we had with
Francine. Several friends have called to tell me
their electricity is out.
There was a sudden mandatory evacuation
all mobile home owners and to
those in low lying areas here and in
We have 1900 people in shelters
now; the rain is projected to be up[to 3
inches. Tampa is in the
direct line of the hurricane; apparently
swooping by us on the way
there.. One thing we are learning is that
hurricanes are completely
unpredictable, though they seem determined to
admire the newspaper people. They
delivered the paper a bit late, but
it came. I went out to
retrieve it from the driveway quickly so
blow away. The rain is
horizontal, and I was completely drenched
short run in and out. Had
to change out of wet clothes and into
There are palm fronds all over
my backyard. I can live with that.
My grandaughter flew in from
Philadelphia last evening, and had a windy
to Bradenton from Tampa.
Now the airports are closed and the
down. Nice intro to a
vacation, This is Shep's daughter,
and we don't see
her often for she is a working
Swimmingly, Barbara ----- Original Message -----
We went for our
morning walk had
breakfast and now Queen is working in the kitchen.
This morning on
our walk it looked as though the
area up around the new retirement center has been seeded with grass.
That should help the water run off problems a lot.
Here is another letter from
Barbara from Florida,
From: Laura Shepherd
Date: 09/26/04 13:28:54
To: Bob Elliston
Subject: Re: The Palmerton Press
Hi again from not at all
I lost this twice today, and
this is the second time I've tried to give
you an update. Just in case, I'll keep it short.
One tree is down in the
front yard (not too huge), have a cat who
sleeps and stalks about at my heels with her ears flattened, a
neighbor's avocado that is leaning dangerously, and looks like it will
fall during one of the strong gusts of wind. I've eyeballed it,
and think it will miss my house by inches. Right now it looks
like the leaning tower of Pisa. Thumps against the side of my house are
being caused by the grapefruit that didn't fall during Frances.
Actually, I think they are all down by now. No window shots thank
goodness. All in all, complete with electricity, I can't
complain. My tv is out, but that's O.K. The kids are all fine,
and I suspect that this will begin to abate in about another
hour. Rain continues heavy and the wind sound is constant.
Never thought I would learn to dislike the sound of wind. We are
It is the weirdest sensation to
feel thankful and then guilty, for our
luck is someone else's misery.
Again, thank you for
This afternoon Queen got a call
from Larry Arner. He wanted to know if
I wanted a swim. He said he would be up there for about an hour.
Well, I went and got my 10 laps. The water was wonderful and I didn't
detect any cold spots as I swam. The water level must have fallen about
Willard George came also and he
said he was awaiting a call from his
people in Florida about the condition of the property he owns down
Tonight Kathy and George were
here and we had a crock-pot meal for
supper. Queen and I started it this morning. It was really good. We had
fresh sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, and Pillsbury’s “grand”
biscuits. We had cookies and coffee for dessert.
This just came from Barbara,
Last message. I fell
asleep a couple of hours ago. Awake
now - all is still. Tomorrow we will pick up the debris. TV
still out. This will be a good goodnight. Barbara
Here is an interesting blog or web
George helped me with my computer
after supper and everyone had a great
time. He has been busy all week working about their property down
there. He was painting today.
27, 2004 7:22 AM 57 deg at LVIA and 53 deg in the bus
The blood glucose is131 and the
After my cup of
coffee up in the “tent,” I took the
recyclables to the alley and then got the car out.
downstairs with the wash basket and we
decided to go for our walk first thing. We noticed on our walk two
young ladies acting as crossing guards the morning. Unlike the boys they
simply ignored us “geezers” as we approached the 3rd Street
Now Queen is fixing breakfast before
she starts the wash. At least it
is not the big wash such as she had last week.
As anyone knows who reads even a bit
of what I write knows that I have
always been a strong advocate of computers and their potential. Below
is an excerpt from an article in the Wall St Journal regarding Iraq.
important consequence was our ability now to access modern
means of communications, such satellite and computers. Satellite
television was banned under the previous regime because Saddam wanted
to keep Iraq isolated from the rest of the world so he could have total
control over Iraqis. Computers were available before the war, but the
prices were prohibitive. Now, thanks to our ability to access the
internet, we are able to contact our relatives abroad and to talk to
them without fearing the eavesdropping of the 'mukhabarat' (the
previous regime's secret intelligence service)."
I am sure that the terrorists are
using the Internet for their own
nefarious purposes also but over all it is doing far more good than
bad. I strongly suggest anyone reading this do some investigating of
any subject that interest them.
The easiest way to start is to type a
subject into Google. You may be
surprised at what you will find. As you get better at it make your
questions a bit more sophisticated. But don’t be afraid to try it and
learn something. Knowledge is power.
Just last evening son George
restored a very useful function that
somehow I had lost. I write this in MS Word and it permitted me to view
the word document, as it will appear as a web page. If pictures are not
correctly placed or my word wrap is wrong I can fix it as I go. I
looked at this weeks page and found the word wrap on my introductory
section was not right. It was way off. I was able to fix that easily.
He traced its path to a
temporary file and then made a shortcut
to it and put it on my desktop and gave it a unique icon. Now all I
need do is click on the icon and there it is. There is always a way if
you know how!!
My Dad would have loved the
computer. As I have said the entire
Palmerton Press could have been laid out, edited, and formatted all
here without type setting or typecasting replete with all the laborious
mistakes of the old system. No hot metal is needed at all!! Modern
offset printing was very new and very expensive for a small shop.
Unlike the letterpress it starts with a normal readable copy
and is reversed on the offset roller
then that kisses the paper.
My brother Dick, the manager, later
This was our first and only venture
into offset printing. It was fast but
it was small and needed no molten type. Everything was printed from a
thin metal aluminum plate that had the image burned on it from a
photographic offset negative. This required sending everything to
Reading, Pa. to be processed. That slowed down the whole process. Large
printers had their own photographic equipment.
Hey the old way was how it had
to be done. For us the Multigraph
was state of the art. Ha! More and more I appreciate what they did and
how they did it. Golly, when printing ink that would dry on paper but
not on the presses came out I, as the chief press washer, did indeed
consider this state of the art!! It made my life a lot easier. Hey the
printing business in those days was dirty and it wasn’t easy.
Franklin had to hand set everything and after he was done he had to re-
distribute the used type back into the case, so it had been even worse.
We could at least
dump last week’s newspaper type
into the “Hell box”
and re-melt it for later use.
I remember “Shorty” Peters at the
Monotype cleaning the keyboard’s
operating rods. Much on that machine needed lubrication but not the
keyboard. It operated on compressed air and punched a paper tape that
fed the caster much like a player piano. The caster looked like an
invention of Rube Goldburg with push rods, springs, and multiple moving
parts. It was noisy as Hell.
If the keyboard push rods got oily or
sticky, wrong letters would be
struck, even if you typed the correct keys. Typos were bad enough.
Occasionally Shorty would stop in his typing the newspaper copy and run
a galley proof to be sure that all was well. If someone accidentally
pied the type, God forbid there was real consternation. The entire
paper tape had to be run through the caster again. Oh it happened.
When the machine was wrong,
there was Hell to pay and it
happened all too often. Hey no spell check existed then!!! Correcting
a stuck key was laborious. Changing each wrong piece of type with the
correct one up in the composing room after they were all cast. On a
tight line it could be real trouble. Obviously an H is wider than an i.
Unlike a Linotype that cast a
whole line at a time the Monotype
cast each letter individually. It was a real chore particularly if it
happened to be a vowel. Oh the Linotype operator had his problems
also. He had to correct it at his keyboard and a tight line might
require extensive re-working of a sentence or even a paragraph. Nothing
was without risk or problems Oi Vey!!
We went to the Post Office and I
dropped off last week’s epistle at Dr.
Nicholson’s office. Then we stopped in on our reporter friends
at the Times News for a quick visit and to leave some stuff for Sharon.
This afternoon when I went up to the
“tent” with my tea I saw a woolly
worm inching along. By the time I got the camera and returned he had
crawled into the bushes and curled up in a ball.
was darn big stretched out and mighty black on the one end. What
ever that means?
I just got this
from Dave Engler. I certainly want
to include it here.
Subject: Old Timers
little news in which you might be
interested - whether or not you feel it worthy of inclusion in your
"newspaper" is totally up to you. On Saturday afternoon,
September 25, 2004, fifteen (15) members of SSPHS class of 1939
accompanied by sixteen (16) guests, spouses, other family members, and
friends, held their 65th year reunion at the Inn at Moselem Springs,
PA. This was the last official meeting of the group after an
uninterrupted run of 20 consecutive, annual, luncheon affairs, begun
after 5-year interval reunions, in 1985. Camaraderie and
friendship, along with a lot of nostalgia, were the order of the
day. Sixty-seven (67) deceased members, of an original class of
133 graduates, were remembered and honored by those present. At
last count, six (6) classmates have been "lost" and sixty (60) active,
viable addressees, still exist. Not bad for a bunch of
octogenarians from the old, "polluted" home town.
Attendees came from Indiana, Connecticut,
(Pottstown, Upper Darby, Willow Grove, Philadelphia, Mt. Bethel,
Allentown, Bethlehem, Wyomissing, Lititz, and Emmaus, PA) and three (3)
from Palmerton itself.
feel free to share this with your
friends at the Times-News if you desire. They might want to
include it in their news of the area. Picture (annotated) is
Engler, Phila., PA email@example.com
Since today was washday it was
spaghetti night. As usual it was a
meal served in God’s restaurant. Once again it was superb. I saved
half of mine for a later lunch as has become my custom. We had
cantaloupe with a dollop of ice cream and I had a cup of coffee for our
28, 2004 7:31 AM 70 deg at LVIA and 64.5 in the bus
It is a crummy day
today with lots of rain. However
I took my 8 O’clock coffee and went up to the tent. The cover did a
good job and I was able to sit there comfortably. I turned up my
hearing aids and listened to the rain pattering on the roof. It was a
nice feeling but it is not such a joy and one must really be hard up to
look for something like that on a day like this.
<8:32 AM> We
went for our regular walk while
it wasn’t raining too hard. I wore my yellow slicker and Queen used her
umbrella. The only problem with that is for me with the hood up my
hearing aid whistles like Hell. Geez!! At least we got our morning
exercise. The weather forecast is not conducive to outdoor stuff today.
It is pouring pitchforks and hammer
handles right now. We were going to go to Lehighton but thought the
better of it with all this stuff!
I got this from Bob Green.
is a soldier stationed in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box.
He asked his wife to send him
dirt; fertilizer and some grass seeds so
he can have the sweet aroma and feel the grass grow beneath his feet.
If you notice, he is even
cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors.
Sometimes we are in such a
hurry that we don’t stop and think about the
little things that we take for granted.
Say a prayer for our soldiers
who give (and give up) so unselfishly for
This says a lot!
This afternoon we
had to get the car out and go to
the Post Office and IGA. We got some bananas, rolls, and frozen green
beans. As I put the car away about 3PM I saw that we had about 2
½ inches of rain in the emptied rain gauge since yesterday. We
still have a flash flood watch on here. We don’t need more rain.
supper we had the rest of the “Landis”
chip steaks that we started last week. They were delicious.
Now at 9:44 PM, it
is still raining lightly and we
have 3 ½ inches of rain in the rain gauge.
George and Kathy
stopped by this evening. They will
be going back to Delaware tomorrow. Apparently the boys called them and
said they had tremendous rains down there with water in the basement as
well as tornadoes in Delaware proper. It must have been quite a storm.
In addition he said a lot of his new seed was washed out here after
our local deluge.
I got an e mail reply to a note by me
from an ex Palmertonian, Helen
[Truesdale] Tucker as follows,
To: Bob Elliston
Subject: I am doing well
now, Bob. I don't know if you knew
it or not - I lost my husband in March. I am planning now on
going back to Arizona for the winter - leaving MN late October. I
lost my address book that had Kelton's phone number in it. But
when I searched white pages online, I found no matches for California
or for Oregon where they were talking about moving. Do you still
send them your weekly epistles? I'll try an email and see what
results I get from that.
We are sorry to hear of her
loss. I asked her the whereabouts of Dick
Kelton and his wife Dawn. They are on the mailing list but I have not
heard from them in a long time.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 7:14 AM
64 degrees at LVIA and
the bus stop
The blood glucose
is 120 and the weight 197.It looks
as though it is going to clear today. I am sure we will be going for
our walk soon.
This morning I
looked outside and saw Tom Grey’s
tree service truck out side. They were here to remove the two trees
belonging to the Historical Society. So I got out my camera and got
some pictures of the entire process.
Tom at work
Ready to take out the stumps
We went for our
walk and as we were almost back I
just missed the one tree falling. I did catch the other one going down
I spoke to Tom,
the boss, about taking down the dead
maple tree in front of our place. I got a price and it sounded
reasonable. It includes taking down the tree, grinding the stump, and
planting a new tree of proper growing habits. I gave him the go ahead.
I had already secured Roger Danielson’s permission to do so. However I
don’t know when this will take place. They did a first class job at the
1:28 PM George and
Kathy have just left for
Delaware. I understand they got over 5 inches of rain and some water in
their basement in Delaware.
I see in tonight’s
news that Martha Stewart is going
to the slammer in Alderson, WV. We drove by there on the way home on
of our trips to WV. It is nice country if you like mountains and hills
but it didn’t seem like a bad town to me but I doubt if she sees much
Tonight for supper
Queen had a small piece of
chicken breast, a small baked potato, green beans, tomatoes, and
cottage cheese. I had coffee and the last raisin brownie. I had been
September 30, 2004 7:19 AM 61 deg at LVIA and 59.1 in the bus
This morning the
blood glucose was 127 and the
weight 195.It looks cloudy today. I shall check for myself in a moment,
as soon as the 8 o’clock coffee is ready.
It was raining a
bit when I took the garbage to the
alley. Then I sat in the tent with my coffee and just enjoyed watching
the rest of the world get ready to go to work. We plan to go for our
I received an
invitation from George Ashman to
attend a ceremony at the library tonight to publicize the arrival of
the microfilms of the past issues of the real genuine “Palmerton
Press.” Queen and I plan to attend.
Since Queen won’t permit me to
go dressed in blue jeans she was
scurrying around trying to find something as she called “decent” to
wear. She found a pair of nice black Hager slacks that she had me try
on. Lo and behold,when I put them on buttoned and zipped them they
fell to my knees. I guess we don’t go out very often. However that is
a good sign.
I had to go down to the bank and also
do some shopping. When I got
home I discovered that my house key would not open the door. I had to
find the emergency key and use it. When I looked closely at the old one
it is no wonder it is so badly worn. So I went down to Shea’s and had
Mrs. Shea cut for me two new ones. They work fine.
Yes, we do shop at Walmart. Yes, we
do shop at K Mart. But I always
try to patronize Shea’s when ever I can. The big reason we shop other
places is the tremendous variety that they offer that no small store
Shea’s have saved my
butt many a time and we wish them the very best. They seem to have
found a nitch that no large store can fill. The people at the big
stores try to be helpful but there is no one knowledgeable that can
give straight answers. I can ask anyone at Shea’s to help me to find a
left-handed “doohickey” with a right hand thread and someone will know
what I am talking about and are willing to sell me just one!! This is
irreplaceable. They are a community treasure!!!
Tonight Queen had
a meat pie each, string beans,
fresh tomatoes and cottage cheese. We had coffee and cookies for
dessert. Soon, we shall be leaving for the library. More later!!
We are down
and back. It was a very nice. Joel Kern was there to
take some pictures and to interview us. Judge Webb, George
Ashman, Queen [Ruth
Elliston], and Bill Bechtoldt were there for the presentation. Dick
Webb wanted to remember his family’s long time friendship with the
Elliston’s. Including his late classmate our son, Jack Elliston. Queen
and I were pleased. Bill Bechtoldt thought that Horse Head charities
wanted to help enhance and make accessible a piece of this town’s
see the result because the reader
was not working. I suppose Thomas Edison was unavailable to check it
out. It is pretty darn old. Somehow I suspect I might be able to do
something with them with my scanner. That needs more checking.
01, 2004 7:19 AM 46 deg at LVIA and 49.8 in east patio
This morning my
glucose level was 117 and the weight
195. It looks like a nice day today. The sun is not up yet but as soon
as the coffee is ready Butternut and I shall check it out.
We went for our
walk this morning. After breakfast
Queen called Dr. Koleki’s office and secured new appointments for us
after the flood there. I called Dr. Nicholson’s office about flu shots
and was told to call back about October 12. The vaccine had not been
released as yet.
Then we went food
shopping. A trip to Aldi, Giant,
Country Harvest, and IGA finished the trip. We got back just before
I just got a
shock. George Ashman finally changed
his carrier to Prolog and now has a" ptd.net" address of "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Well today’s post
will be short. I want to send it
to the proofreader and post it as soon as possible.
Please love one
another, Mom and Bob [Queen and