|Dr. Marvin Evans
The late Dr. Marvin " Marvie " Evans, who served for many years as the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company chief surgeon, is the star in the following poetic tribute.
It's a tricky little verse about the days when Dr. Marvie was running wild on the Coaldale football field during his high school years .
There are two spots where you'll have to supply the missing word, but that should be easy. As Groucho Marx used to say on the old "You Bet Your Life " TV show : " It's a common everyday word " ----------still used today.
A STAR WAS BORN
( A Tribute To Dr. Marvie Evans.)
In the good old days of yore
A real football score,
Never was counted by sevens;
But COALDALE went far
With a real backfield star--------
A halfback they called Marvie Evans.
The field wasn't grass
When they slid on their- - -
It really was hard on their seat;
The boys usta' land
On gravel and sand
That felt like a bed of concrete.
But that's not the thing
' Twas the old single wing,
At which our young hero had shown;
They kept off his - - - ,
He always knew where he was goin.'
A stone they are carvin '
In honor of Marvin,
A boy so courageous and tame ;
" No player was a gamer, "
Said COACH TOMMY RAYMER ,
Put his bust in the old Hall of Fame,
In the good old days of yore
LONG LIVE THE SAMMY BAUGH
OF COALDALE ! !
No. 8 L. N. C. Breaker
In 1906, the year Coaldale was incorporated as a borough, there were:---601 men and 119 mules working at Number 8. Together they produced....296,982 tons of coal that year.---438 men were employed inside.---mine foremen 2 ---assistant mine foremen 2 ---fire bosses and assistants 5---miners 125---laborers 29 ---driver and runners 30---doorboys and helpers 12---company men 112 ---others 121---outside there were 163 men employed:---foremen 1---blacksmiths and carpenters 5---engineers and firemen 12---slate pickers (boys )13---slate pickers (men) 22---bookkeepers or clerks 1---others 109
DO YOU REMEMBER . . . . . . . . . .
---laughing at the end men in the annual minstrel show
---singing "Adeste Fidelis" while walking down the center aisle of C.H.S.
---ice skating on the pond at Fifth and Phillip Streets
---crowding on the bleachers at P.V.R.C. to watch the Irish American Day entertainment
---walking to Seek through Fosters for the end of the year school picnic or
---riding to Lakewood if you were in Jr. High
---listening to Bright's Saturday morning radio program
---flattening cans and taking them to school to earn your private or corporal stripes
---seeing horse stables at the corner of Howard Avenue and Second Street
---watching black faced miners trudge home
---buying candy at Stevie's on the way to school
---hanging around at the Angela Luncheonette, better known as " Bucks "
---riding the trolly to Manila Grove
---trying to get Mrs. Kinn's parrot to talk when it was outside on a sunny day
---eating good food and dancing polkas on the wooden platform at the church picnics on Lehigh Street
---picking huckleberries before the pool was built
---oohing and ah-hing at the 4th of July fireworks at the pool
---swimming at the No.12 even through you were told no to
---watching the men play golf on their home made course "out the back" of the WestWard Gun Club
---hearing about the lime flowing down Second Street when the trough broke while building St. Mary's school
---walking around Laurel Hill, Stumpy Street, Hunkey Street or Bucks Mt.
---seeing the C.H.S. majorettes in uniform with trousers.
Submitted By: Richard C. Rehatchek