Dr. Marvin " Marvie " Evans

No. 8 Breaker


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 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, "


Put his bust in the old Hall of Fame,

In the good old days of yore



No. 8 L. N. C. Breaker

Coaldale. Penna.

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