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                                                 Badlees Find A Goody In Old Lansford Picture
                                          February 13, 1992 | by WALT ROLAND, The Morning Call

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A former Lansford coal miner has been memorialized by a central Pennsylvania rock band that chose his picture for their latest album.

Portrayed in his work clothes after a shift in the mines is the late Edward J. Rehatchek Sr., holding a shot glass of liquor and mug of beer for a chaser, a common antidote among miners for a dry mouth and dusty throat.

(Rehatchek), a native of Coaldale, was a contract miner in the No.14 colliery for Lehigh Coal & Navigation; but as the mines closed or slowed production, he got a job at Mack Trucks Inc. in Allentown.


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Portrayed in his work clothes after a shift in the mines is the late Edward J. Rehatchek Sr., holding a shot glass of liquor and mug of beer for a chaser, a common antidote among miners for a dry mouth and dusty throat.

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"I'm very proud," said his widow, Eleanor, who lives at 9 E. Oak St. in the borough where she and her husband lived and raised their large family.

"We had 10 children, and nine are living," said Eleanor Rehatchek, 62, who has been slowed the past few years with various ailments.

Her husband died in 1985 at 56.

"They said it was a heart attack, but I still can't believe it. He was never even sick," she said, as one of her children, Donna, nodded in agreement.

They sat in the living room, and the mother recalled the days when she and her husband and children were a close family.

Her sons and daughters have scattered, she said, but none is more than an hour or two by car from the family homestead

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