Parades, Grapes, and Witches Teeth


In the 1940s, before she moved to Bowling Green, KY, Regina Newell experienced Halloween as a child in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. She recalled knocking on doors in costume, prepared to deliver a little song, dance or recitation if she was asked, and of the older folks trying hard to guess the identity of each masked trick-or-treater. Her school parties featured apple-bobbing and candy corn (“witches teeth”).


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Faye Lewis no longer wishes to be in charge of the CHS reunion. She is asking for someone or chairpersons of 2 or 3 to step up to take the responsibility. Faye has all the information ready to hand over to whoever is interested in planning the next reunion. This includes all current addresses, other contact numbers and even the decorations. She can be contacted at 570-645-9426 or at 30 East Ruddle Street, Coaldale, PA 18218.

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                                  History of the King Brothers Orchestra of Coaldale
(Source: Bicentennial of the American Revolution, Coaldale, Pa, 1976)

The King Brothers Orchestra started out as a small group, consisting of Johnny King on the trumpet, Wash King, Jr., on the clarinet and saxophone and Nicky King on the violin, with the master Wash King, Sr., also on the violin.

The group then added Steve Yusella of Coaldale on guitar and a drummer John Kayo Donald of Tamaqua, who to this day is still with the band. Walter Whitey Stachina on bass violin was also added to the band. Whitey retired from the music business in the early 1950's and was replaced by Andrew Darosh of Cressona.

The band started playing at private wedding receptions and later at picnics throughout the Panther Valley and surrounding areas. The most popular picnic grounds where the King Brothers performed was the Victory Grove at the west end of Coaldale. This was in the late 1940's.


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Panther Valley Polka Lively music has deep roots in the Coal Region
Monday, May 16, 2011


The King Brothers Orchestra flourished in Coaldale, and in Lansford, Joe Orsulak's Gypsy Joe & the Emeralds and Joe Mordarsky, "The Singing Polish Plumber," held sway.

The King Brothers, along with Happy Stefan and The Sullivans, played every Friday night at the former Edgemont Lodge in Lansford. Saturday nights, the Russian Club in Coaldale was the place to tap your feet to the polka beat.


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Major Harold Parfitt - August 6, 1921 -  May 21, 2006
Harold Robert Parfitt was born on 6 Aug 1921 in Coaldale, PA, to Elizabeth and William Parfitt, who raised Hal and his brother Bill to respect the values of hard work, responsibility, education, and to love God and country.


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Halloween in Old Coaldale
By Bill Scutta

When we went “Halloweenin’” (not “Trick or Treating”) in the 1950s, the kids were expected to do more than blurt out, “Trick or Treat.” If you are old enough, you will remember that we were required to perform in some way. We would greet the resident by saying, “Any Halloweeners?” After being admitted to the parlor, we would have to sing a song or recite a poem and then get our reward. Candy was usually not an option; we almost always got money. The people would have a cup or dish with change in it and they would “pay” us with coins. Over the years we learned which houses were generous and which ones were stingy.


Winners Announced In Coaldale's HalloweenParade (1985)

October 28, 1985|The Morning Call

Eighty-seven youths attended a Halloween parade and party on Saturday in Coaldale.

Youths with the scariest costumes were Timothy Matula, Allison Hager and Tammy Murphy; prettiest, Raissa Kalisevich, Jessica Gieniec and Kelly Moyer; most original, Stephanie Kranchickm, Jessica Kutza and Jenna Stokes; and most unusual, Nicholas Haspe, Riannon Salla and Natalie Remington.

The parade, which formed at the Borough Hall, was led by Count Dracula. After the parade ended at the Coaldale Fire Co., the youths played games, watched cartoons and enjoyed refreshments.

The event was sponsored by the Coaldale CHOSE recreation group.