Book 1 Volume 52
December 17,1912 Ceased
Publication Thursday February 1, 1951
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.
First and foremost this thing makes absolutely no attempt to be a real
newspaper. For that one
must read the
News at http://www.tnonline.com/news/
. I write this for my own enjoyment. I hope others will enjoy it
is the actual lead slug masthead of the Palmerton Press in it's
with son George R. Elliston 2nd. Here it is shown
reversed to read.
At this time, I want to acknowledge the deep debt of gratitude to all
supported me in this endeavor. My wife, Queen is my inspiration and
augments my efforts. She is my proofreader and censor and the one that
keep me on the straight and narrow! Ha!
that I sometimes drive her nuts with my ravings and antics.
smoke emitting from my ears is not pretty. However her love, support,
have been indispensable. She surely has a way of cheering me up when I
get too discouraged.
interested in reaching not only current Palmertonians, but also
Palmerton residents, who may still find the
old town a source
remembrances of happy days.
grandsons, Andy, and Jason, have been instrumental in making these
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!
in the way of earth shattering events to appear here. This is how
Queen and I
live. Oh, an occasional “Bobby’s” rant will appear. This
is run as an
autocracy not a democracy. Hey, there is always the delete
least, with the
addition of pictures, these pages don’t have to stand on their
merits alone. I
also thank God for
my mentors. They all suffer a now 78-year-old fool well. I
to everyone. I,
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
a letter with pictures. Actually it is more of a diary with pictures.
There is one thing I very much want to acknowledge. That is the
input from you readers that permit me to put this thing out and on line
every week. I very much appreciate the articles and pictures you
send me. Keep it up.
13,2004, 7:18 am 33.1 at Slatington E.S. and
34.3 in the bus stop
It is a chilly morning for the start of a new week's web page. So far
everything seems to have gone very well with the transition of this
epistle to a domain driven web page from my old personal Prolog
account. All the information for these web pages has been removed from
my personal web page and
everything is now on the Palmerton Press site.
8:15AM > We just got back from our
walk. We saw
the Clarence Haydts this morning at the beginning of our walk. It
certainly is a nice day today.
I got a whole bunch of pictures that Bob
me. How would you like this lighthouse keeper's job? I sure
wouldn't be standing on the "front porch" as he is doing.
Last evening son George,and family
were here for supper. Queen and I made a Crockpot meal. It turned into
one of the best we made in quite awhile.
This morning we decided to get a new
have three old ones that do not work. So we
came home with a Black and Decker four slice toaster for less than 20
dollars. Before we left we perused the Internet and found one can be
had for practically whatever you want to pay. From over $300 to
ridiculously low prices. Up in the store they had a two slice
toaster for $6.95. One may very well get what one pays for but it is
going to be a very cold day in July before I pay $300 for a
professional toaster. There were more expensive ones than the one that
we got but all it had were more bells and whistles. Therefore we
joined the throw away society with this one !!
saw in today's Times News the
article by Joel Kern that our garbage
pick up is increasing in price along with limitations on what we will
be able to put out as well as the quantity. It had to come!!
anyone has been wondering what happens to all those leaves sucked
up by that Texas-sized vacuum cleaner on wheels that's been making the
rounds lately, I believe I found Palmerton's leaf graveyard.
in the lot below the alley south of Lehigh Avenue between 4th and 5th
I got this from Steve Jensen. I always
about whatever happened to all of those leaves the super sucker
picked up. I think he found their last repose.
again George, Kathy and Andy came for supper. Queen had an oven
stuffing and chicken, lima beans, cottage cheese, tomatoes, and
applesauce completed our meal. We had the last of yesterdays
dessert, a white cake with chocolate icing. Coffee finished
the superb meal.
George and Andy went to the Allentown train
show. George downloaded the pictures he took. I think they
exceptional content and quality.
Carbon County Model Railroad
some of the layouts
I looked at
his pictures I was
also interested in the layouts and equipment depicted. However for me
the best shots were those of the kids.
guys like this one
his head glued to the
just like I must have so long ago.
is what they were viewing.
might be Grandpa in the background
were little girls
and boys as well as "big" little boys. The look on the man's face
says it all.
start them young
one is my favorite it very
well could have been me!
The pictures above bring back a lot of memories to me. I bet I
looked just like any of the kids above when my Mother, and
Aunt took me to Allentown to see the Lionel Electric trains
Hess Bothers. That had to be
well over 70 years ago. I watched Lionel's Flying Yankee
come down the tracks blowing its whistle. I bet my eyes
were just like these kids, big as saucers!! The wonderful picture of
just being a little boy in complete awe is just wonderful!! The
innocence of very young kids is
I know I
a little kid at heart..
George caught it perfectly!
November 14, 2004 7:05 AM 27.8 at Slatington E.S and 26.8 in the bus
It is a clear cold day this morning. I
am not sure
if it isn't too cold for an early walk. The blood glucose
this morning was 127 and the weight 196. Queen and I are still paying
the price for all that outside work. We both overdid it. I was
explaining what we did to Dr Nicholson on Friday. He understands but it
is difficult to tell when we have crossed that line. Oh afterwards we
know. I explained my problems and how I tried to alleviate them but
the next day after a bad night I was out doing more. Well it caught
with me. Nothing serious but I am now taking it much easier. When I
overdo it manifests itself far differently than it does with Queen!!
In this morning 's E-mail is a posting
Ashman regarding the article in last week's web page concerning
the Service Star Press.
"Bob - As
far as I know, there was no connection between the Service Star Press
and the McKinleys' Star Press of a few years earlier. There
bound volume of the Service Star Press in the Palmerton Library, in
case you are interested, and may have been printed by the Palmerton
Press. It was produced just to keep local people in contact
those in military service. Tom and Bob McKinley published the
Star Press while they were in high school. After Tom
Bob continued for a while with Andy Hishta. Very few copies
survive. It was mimeographed, and if you remember that
"technology", once you made a typo, it was almost impossible to
correct. So there were some funny typos published.
almost exclusively with local social events - bridge clubs,
One reason I remember it is that I advertised in it. At the
I raised money for Christmas presents, etc., by selling magazine
subscriptions. The Saturday Evening Post was something like a
dollar a year, and 5 cents a (weekly) copy. George"
is a site from Stanford University explaining
how things work. It is well worth a look :
was out and took a few
pictures of the now late arriving sun.
and I went for our walk this morning. After we got home I sweet talked
her into cutting my hair. I must say it surely looks better. Queen
used the new Remington electric hair cutting instrument we just got. At
son George's instigation I threw out two old pair of dull hair cutters.
I just got this from Bob Green I quote it in full.
Palmerton Grays -- an
interesting touch of history!
found this gem on ebay!
unique photo of the
1928-1929 Palmerton Grays football club, who were Lehigh Valley
Champions for 1928-1929. A total of 23 autographs are on the reverse of
the photo. The photo was done by the J. Mankos Studio of Palmerton, PA.
The photo is in very good plus condition. The total size of
photo and cabinet is 10 1/2" x 13".
piece really should be in a
museum in Palmerton, PA, and we hope someone in the area is the
ultimate high bidder."
with autographs of the
likes of: Joe Matuska, Oscar Arnold, Steve Sauci, Howard Reber, Donald
Constantine, Steve Delich, Dan Renshaw, Frank Nagy, Frank Johannes!
not aware if the Historical
Society bids on items like this... (?)
Were it not for good material for these letters that
I receive from folks like Bob Green and so many others, I would
have a Hell of a time filling this thing up with anything interesting.
We just got the "got there" phone call
Delaware Ellistons. They stopped by here before 2PM on their way back
home. It was great to see them again. They will be back for the
Thanksgiving holidays for a more extended stay. Were it not for the
train show in Allentown I doubt if we would have seen them. George and
Andy go to a lot of them. I guess the one in Baltimore is the biggest
one here on the East Coast that they attend regularly,
Tonight for supper Queen had
"freedom fries", green beans, tomatoes, and cottage cheese. Then we
had coffee and some cookies for dessert.
November 15, 2004 7:02 AM 37.6 at Slatington
E.S and 30.4 in the bus stop
It is a cold morning. I saw Marlene and
Lee Bollinger as I went out on the porch for the morning paper. They
off to an early start. Queen was up early because of Butternut. He
wanted to go out so she decided she might as well get up. I followed
shortly. Today is a big wash day for her. It is "the dreaded sheet day".
We are back from our walk. It wasn't
windy at all so one didn't feel the cold nearly as much. As we
walked down Columbia Avenue, we were passed by the Clarence
on their morning constitutional walk. Both Tommy and George Ashman were
up as we passed. We were very early this morning.
I was out in the yard when I saw this
big truck with a crane unloading a pre-cast pair of steps for the new
modular house next
to Bernice Kleintop's house.
Now this is the way to put in
new steps up at a
from papers written by a
class of 8-year-olds)
from Barbara Shepherd it is good.
are a lady and a man who have no little children of her
own. They like other people's.
grandfather is a man grandmother.
don't have to do anything except be there when we come to
see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or
It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for
they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty
leaves and caterpillars.
show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also Why
we shouldn't step on "cracks."
don't say, "Hurry up."
grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes.
wear glasses and funny underwear.
can take their teeth and gums out.
don't have to be smart.
have to answer questions like "why isn't God married?" and "How
come dogs chase cats?".
they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask
for the same ory over again.
should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't
have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend
time with us.
know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers
with us every time, and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
6 YEAR OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED. ''OH,'' HE
''SHE LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER WE JUST GO GET
HER. THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK
Times News there was a letter to the editor that I thought very
concerned a good man who really loved music, Jack DeSousa. He
many other jobs
in his lifetime but his great love was always music. I thought it
worthy of including in this weeks page. The Palmerton Band just won't
be the same without him!!
Recker, writer for the
Whitehall/Coplay Press wrote the "The Sun Shines on Coplay Community
Days" and it certainly "shone" on John "Jack" DeSousa that day.
played his tuba with my band,
the Dixieland Five on Saturday, Aug. 28.
it turned out, that was to be
the last "job" that Jack played with The Dixieland Five.
rarely called his playing his
tuba a "gig," with him it was always playing a "job," and he lived to
DeSousa, Jack's youngest
son, played trombone that day alongside his dad, and they were both in
rare form, thoroughly enjoying the two hour "job."
Monday, Oct. 4, Steve
visited with his dad in the hospital. When he asked his dad
he felt, "I feel good enough to play a job!" Jack replied.
went to be with the Lord at
11:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.
we love you and miss you!
Dixieland Five, Burt Swayze,
Walter A. Erney, Russ Braun and Ken Clauser, leader.
DeSousa lived at 241 Franklin
Springhouse Road Allentown
thing about wash day is that it means that God's restaurant is open for
business. Queen made her usual spaghetti meal. That with a bit of ice
cream and coffee made for a marvelous dinner. As I have been doing I
saved about half of mine for a Wednesday lunch.
It is a chilly day today. My blood glucose was 133 and my weight 196.
As soon as I have had a cup of coffee we shall be heading for our
2004 7:15 AM 36.2 at Slatington
E.S. and 32.7 in the bus stop
<8:11> We are back. It was a nice day for a walk. We met
Heydt on his walk and waved at Judge Webb on his way to work in
at "The Village" The building
just bathed in the first sun while we were still in the shadows.
also saw a beautiful plant on our walk. We suspect it is a
member of the cabbage family. I don't know what it was but in the
morning sun it was beautiful. This is one advantage of carrying the
camera as we walk. There usually is something of interest to
This morning we decided to return the toaster we got last week. We
were not happy with it. The electronic sensor turned out toast it
wanted not what we wanted so back it went. Queen had no problem at
all. However she couldn't leave without a sweat shirt that she
has been looking for a long time.
November 15, 2004 2:52 PM
visiting nun Lost on a rainy night, a nun stumbles across a
monastery and requests shelter there. Fortunately, she's just
time for dinner and was treated to the best fish and chips she had ever
tasted. After dinner, she went into the kitchen to thank the
chefs. She was met by two of the Brothers. The
says, "Hello, I am Brother Michael, and this is Brother Charles." "I'm
very pleased to meet you," replies the nun. "I just wanted to
thank you for a wonderful dinner. The fish and chips were the
best I've ever had. Out of curiosity, who cooked what?"
Charles replied, "Well, I'm the fish friar." She turned to the other
Brother and said, "Then you must be....?" "Yes, I'm afraid
so..... I am the chip monk."
supper we had am unexpected treat. Mr T. Pierce Davies called this
and asked us if we wanted a nice big fat pheasant? He brought it over
cleaned and ready to soak in salt water. Then Queen and I had it for
dinner tonight. Some stuffing, green beans, tomato, cranberry
sauce, and cottage cheese made a wonderful meal. I couldn't tell it
from chicken or any other poultry. It was excellent.
got these from Henry Schwartz the morning:
November 16, 2004 1:11 PM
A couple goes on vacation to a fishing resort in northern
The husband likes to fish at the crack of dawn. The wife
One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and
decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake,
wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short
distance, anchors, and continues to read her book.
Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside
woman and says, "Good morning Ma'am. What are you doing?"
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")
"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informs her. I'm
officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading."
Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could
start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the
"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden. "That's
true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could
start at any moment."
"Have a nice day ma'am", and he left.
Never argue with a woman
who reads. It's likely she can also think.
People who live in glass houses
should make love in the basement.
Never read the fine print.
There ain't no way you're going to like it.
If you let a smile be your
umbrella, then most likely your butt will get soaking wet.
The only two things we do with
greater frequency in middle age are urinate and attend funerals.
The trouble with bucket seats
is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
To err is human, to forgive -
Do you realize that in about 40
years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?
Money can't buy happiness --
but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai.
Drinking makes some husbands
see double and feel single.
Living in a nudist colony
takes the fun out of Halloween.
After a certain age, if you
don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.
17, 2004 7:06 AM 32.1 at Slatington E.S. and 30.1 in the bus stop
It looks like a
clear day this morning. We plan to go for a walk shortly.The
glucose is 132 and the weight 195.
had our walk early today. I got some pictures overlooking the
town that are interesting.
and came across this one. It shows the demolition of buildings and
various structures that you can witness. http://www.implosionworld.com/
It looks darn interesting.
This morning Queen was down at the street
level cutting off the overgrown shoots from the hosta and other excess
I was out giving the yard one last
shot with the leaves.
We both gave it a good try and
while it isn't perfect it certainly looks better.
That Queen is something else. She was
back at it after our rest. She got them out in the gutter. She says
she was told that tomorrow will be the last pick up.
I just discovered that the old AVG ani-virus is no
longer going to be supported. But the new FREE one is available here at
http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage It is a good one and seems
faster and better than the older one.
November 18, 2004 7:18 AM 44.4 at Slatington E.S. and 44.4 in
the bus stop
As we went for our walks this morning we noticed
that there were workers up at the new house preparing the front walk
area for new paving of some kind. Then as we got further up the
street near the hospital the borough worker was raking leaves for
what probably will be the last time this year. We spoke with the man,
Donald Heiney, and he said he thought this probably would be the last.
was doing a very good thorough job. He was a very congenial and a
likable person. He is also a good worker.
Then as we
passed down the south side of Columbia Avenue we met the Clarence
Heydts on their morning walk. They soon outpaced us. However we were
for a good purpose.
Later this morning we did our shopping.
were crowded. Aldi was well stocked as was Giant. However the parking
Giant was as usual a chore. We finished at IGA but not before stopping
in for a moment to see our favorite reporters. They were all busy as
beavers in spite of the noon hour.
Tonight for supper we had the
we got at Giant this morning. We also has a baked red potato each,
Queen's coleslaw, tomatoes, cottage cheese, coffee and ice cream for
dessert. It was a very good meal.
November 19, 2004 7:01 AM 53.6
at Slatington E.S and 50.9 in the bus stop
On our walk this morning Queen pointed out the last
vestiges of Halloween with this decaying pumpkin. It has still retained
most of its shape but is on the way out.
Once again it is a cloudy dull looking day
this morning. It is still quite warm. We will soon be heading for our
<7:57> We are back from
our full walk. We were passed my Gail Nonnemaker and Shirley Neff as
walked. We used to walk a lot farther than now but at least we still
try to do something.
released a new search
site Wednesday called Google Scholar that lets
"specifically for scholarly literature, including
theses, books, preprints, abstracts and
technical reports from all
broad areas of research."
that Google has released a new toolbar called Google Scholar. Many
scholars will find this interesting:
You can find Google Scholar
Google Scholar supports most
of Google's regular query modifiers [for
more information about
Google query modifiers, check out my free
Google 201 PDF handout
also introduces a new query
How do you use the new
author: query modifier?
Well, here are three examples of it in work:
author:stack "The effect of country music on
"Coordination Modes in the Multisegmental
Dynamics of Hula Hooping"
author:crispen "Social stress in pregnant squirrel
Google Scholar is brand new
and is still in beta. In other words, the
folks at Google are still
working out the bugs and the database is
small. But from what little I have seen so far, I'm
Google Scholar, check out
Friday's Wall St Journal:
in Fallujah Are the Best Since World War II
November 19, 2004;
amazing, perhaps historic, battle of Fallujah has come and gone,
and the biggest soldier story to come out of it is the alleged Marine
There must have been hundreds of acts of bravery and valor in Fallujah.
will history record their stories?
it's just a function of an age in which TV fears that attention
spans die faster than caddis flies, and surfing the Web means ingesting
information like a participant in a hot dog eating contest. By
Michael Ware of Time magazine has a terrific account this week of one
led by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia ("We're not going to die!"),
fighting its way through the snipers and booby traps of Fallujah: "A
sergeant went down, shrapnel or a bullet fragment lodging in his cheek.
checking himself, he went back to returning fire."
Amid mostly glimpses
this week of telegenic bullet flight paths and soldiers backed against
wanted more stories like this. More information about who these guys
what they were doing and how they were doing it. The commanders in Iraq
them profusely, and by now maybe that's all these young U.S. soldiers
praise from peers.
American people, many of them, have been desperate for some
vehicle that would let them actively lend support to the troops, or
families back in the States. The Bush administration, for reasons that
clear, has never created such an instrument. Had they done it, a force
have existed to rebalance the hyperventilated Abu Ghraib story. The
seems to have concluded that the American people would support a big,
almost literally as an act of faith. And they did, but just barely.
the homefront almost cost George Bush the election.
election's one, ironic nod to the nature of the troops in Iraq was
the controversy over the draft. Michael Moore traveled to 60 college
saying Mr. Bush's opposition to restarting the draft was an "absolute
lie." Shortly after, a senior saluted the jolly Hollywood misanthrope
wrote a column for Newsweek denouncing the draft. "We have no concept
lottery," she wrote, "that determines who lives and who dies."
But not to worry, dear. The military brass, to the last man and woman,
want you. Not ever.
draft ended in 1973. What has happened to the all-volunteer
military in the three decades since ensures that no draft will return
the military raised the performance bar -- for acquired
skill sets, new-recruit intelligence and not least, self-discipline.
one noticed most when watching the embedded reporters' interviews last
the way into Iraq was the self-composed confidence reflected throughout
ranks. And this in young men just out of high school or college.
Consider drugs. In 1980, the percentage of illicit
drug use in the whole military was nearly 28%. Two years later,
random testing -- under threat of dismissal -- sent the number straight
to nearly 3% in 1998.
recruits take the Armed Forces Qualification Test. It measures
arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge, word skills and paragraph
comprehension. The current benchmark is the performance levels of
served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990. The military requires that
meet what it calls "rigorous moral character standards."
his August report on Abu Ghraib and U.S. military detention
practices, former Defense Secretary Jim Schlesinger told a writer for
page: "The behavior of our troops is so much better than it was in
War II." And more. Unit cohesion, mutual trust in battle, personal
integrity and esprit all are at the highest levels in the nation's
right now, in Iraq. Indeed, the U.S. armed services may be the one
functional major institution in American life.
fear the creation in the U.S. of a military caste, disassociated
from the rest of society, or worry about the loss of civic virtue. The
across, I suspect, is narrower than many suspect.
A 2002 Harvard
Politics survey of college students found that if their number came up
in a new
draft, 25% would eagerly serve and 28% would serve with reservations.
itself is quite irrelevant today. But contrary to the last election's
signals about the attitudes of the young, most of them, it seems, are
to "do something" to protect their country, if asked. It is their
elders' job to find a way to ask. The military writer Andrew Bacevich
summed up our current situation nicely: "To the question 'Who will
the nation's answer has now become: 'Those who want to serve."
ceremony on Nov. 13 at Camp Taji, Iraq -- with Fallujah raging
elsewhere -- Army Maj. Gen. Pete Chiarelli presented 19 Purple Hearts
wounds in the battle of Najaf, the big battle before Fallujah. Gen.
remarked that George Washington created the Purple Heart in 1782, for
Washington himself described as "unusual gallantry . . . extraordinary
fidelity and essential service."
service. After 20 months of it in Iraq and two hard weeks of
it in Fallujah, "service" -- an old idea in a world too busy to take
much notice -- is a word worthy of at least some contemplation.
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I thought I saw a familiar green truck up at Bernice Kleintop's garage.
Sure enough, Howard Cyr was there installing a railing for her near
her back steps. No these are not pictures of a
close up of
the head of a housefly. It is indeed Howard hard at work.
is more important than
knowledge... It is time to
bring this to an end. Queen and I proofread it and it is ready to
Please Love one another, Mom
and Bob. [Queen and Bobby]
human race has one really
effective weapon, and that is laughter."
best way to cheer yourself up
is to try to cheer somebody else up."
lie can travel halfway around
the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
man cannot be comfortable without his
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.