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JMP Sanitary Dairy
Miner's Legacy Lives On
Taken from: Coaldale - 125th Anniversary Book (1827-1952)
John M. Pisklak, founder of the JMP Sanitary Dairy

Among Coaldale's foremost institutions and one of its oldest establishedis the J.M.P. Sanitary Dairy. JMP stands for the initials of John M. Pisklak, founder of the JMP Sanitary Dairy. Mr Pisklak started his business independently in February, 1913, at his home on Laurel Hill. In 1919 he purchased the Gordon dairy route together with its three horses and two wagons, thus becoming a successor to the Fisher Dairy interests dating back to the earliest days of Coaldale.

The story of dairy farming in Coaldale goes back to John Moser, the original settler. In his later years he served residents of town their daily allotment of milk. This essential food item was delivered in Coaldale by many distributors and at the turn of the century most of themm kept their own cows.

A census of cows would have shown a large number being kept within town linits. There was the Barraett herd, the original Moser herd; the Mickey Fisher Herd, and the James McDyer herd. Then, too, many people kept their own cows. Adjacent to McDyer stable right in the the center of town were cow stables with one or more cows on the Geissinger property, the Bonner property, D. C. Gildea property, O'Dillon and John Folk properties, Sam Mclean property, James Earley property and Sam Paterson property.

All of these residents of Phillips Street kept cows. McDyre's herd usually consisted of 20 or more cows. It was the same in other sections of Coaldale. The people planted their own gardens, kept cows and pigs and were self sustaining as far as possibly.

John M. Pisklak's influence on the dairy business changed this picture. At first he continued to purchase raw milk from farmers in the Lakeside and Hamburg areas. Milk was delivered by train to Coaldale and Tamaqua stations but always in Mr. Pisklak's mind was the thought that Coaldale needed a pasteurizing plant. He built and opened that plant in Coaldale during the year 1925. Today JMP has the proud distinction of being the oldest established business of its kind in either Schuylkill or Carbon counties.

JMP has been pasteurizing and bottling milk at its present site for the past 27 years. The processing plant has the latest in sanitary equipment including glass lined pasteurizers, stainless steel fillers, clarifiers, washers, homogenizers and associate equipment. The finished product can be puchased in neighorhood store or is delivered to customer's homes by alert and courteous salemen.

Associated with Mr. Pisklak in conducting the business of his milk plant are his two sons, John J. Pisklak and William E. Pisklak.

The plant and business has been managed since 1936 by William E. Pisklak. He is a graduate of Penn State and served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Mavy duiring World War 11 for three years.

The JMP milk plant is the only milk plant in the Panther Valley today. It is rich in tradition of good service to the people of thecommunity and the business of JMP as founded and established by John Pisklak and has come a far way from the horse and buggy days when all deliveries were made from horse drawn wagons.

The change that has come about is good for Coaldale and its people. Keeping abreast of modern changes in milk processing the JMP firm can be counted upon to give Coaldale and its people the best in complete dairy services at all time.


(Evans - Molotzak & Company)

The Phillips Street School building, where almost all of Coaldale's older residents learned their three R's, now houses the retail store of EMCO Supply Company.

EMCO was incorporated in 1945. It located in the Lansford Shop area where the former LNC foundry was converted into a warehouse.

EMCO dealt primarily in mill, hardware, mine supplies , electrical supplies, tires, and batteries. In May 1951, EMCO opened a display room on Third Street, Coaldale, moving their warehouse to the East Ward School building during January of this year, 1952.

Renovators took charge at that time and former class rooms on the first floor of the southern part of the building were converted into a beautiful T.V., radio and electrical appliance display room. An EMCO neon sign, illuminates the center of the builing and the complete transformation of class rooms into a business center astounded thousands of vistors to the EMCO retail store when its doors were thrown open to the public Thursday, May 22, 1952.


EMCO holds exclusive dealer rights for Sylvania TV, for Nesquehoning, Lansford, Summit Hill, Tamaqua and Coaldale.

They also hold exclusive territorial right over the same five towns for Crosley TV and Crosley electrical appliances.

EMCO is also exclusive dealer for Sherwin-Williams paints for the five town Panther Valley Area, together with being the largest Goodyear tire dealer in the valley.

What started out to TV and appliance store in a small diplay room on Third Steeet has within he period of one year expanded into EMCO'S present proportions.

The expansions speaks volumes for the enterprise and confidence the firm's management has in Coaldale and in the future of anthracite. At a time when many business men are concerned and uncertain. EMCO steps forward to blaze a new trail for Coaldale and its people.

Coal Miner's Legacy Lives On

In Album Tribute From Music Group

Edward Rehatchek Sr. of Lansford / Coaldale devoted a great deal

of his life to the mining industry. And now, seven years after his death,

his mining legacy lives on.

A rock band, BADLEE, from central Pennsylvania, saw a picture of
Rehatchek at the TAMAQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and used it
on its album cover, T-Shirts, and material to promote its latest
recording, " DIAMONDS in the COAL ."

Rehatchek's photo, which caught the band's eye, shows the contract
miner holding a shot of whiskey and a mug of beer after a tough day
working with the black diamond.

The shot and beer after a hard day's work was traditional -----
used to help the miners keep the coal dust down.

" I'm proud, very proud, " said his widow Eleanor. " Even though
he's dead, his name is living on. It goes to show that he can still
make good."

Lead singer Pete Palladino said the mining industry has been a
"definite influence" on the band's music.

"Coal mining is definitely predominate in this area and it is a big
influence in some ways," Palladino said. " The picture of

Eddie (REHATCHEK) was absolutely perfect for our

The band is not a fly-by-night group doing cover songs.
The latest recording " DIAMONDS In The COAL" is
the band's second release and has received
rave reviews.

Billboard Magazine gave the BADLEE'S " DIAMONDS in the COAL"
the critics choice award during a recent published review.

Palladino says big-time record companies are
looking at the band and the only thing left
to do is make it big.

When BADLEE make it big, it will remember
EDDIE REHATCHEK helped them get there.


To All Employees Of Lehigh Navigation Coal Company

Effective December 15, 1937, operations of the Panther Valley Collieries, including mine,

breakers, strippings, shops and all auxiliary departments, will be discontinued by Lehigh Navigation Coal Company and taken over by Lehigh Navigation Coal Corporation. There will be no present change in operations. All employees of the former Company will be continued in their same occupations until further advised.

This notice will constitute a contract of hiring of Lehigh Navigation Coal Corporation with each of the present employees of Lehigh Navigation Coal Company, in the event of his or her entering the employ of this Corporation on or after December 15, 1937.




Lansford, Pa.,

Nov. 28, 1949


Mr. D. J. Stevens,

U. M. W. of A.,

Lansford, Pa.

Dear Sir:

Herewith list of names and signed cards authorizing deductioons of

Union Dues from paychecks of men hired during the second period of

November, 1949:


John R. Rehatchek 6447 #8 Mine

Paul A. Pobuda 4147 #8 Mine

Serhay Tzaritzin 6133 #8 Mine

John Misoda 28 #6 Out.

John Sofranko 128 #6 Out

John Lukish 129 #5 Mine

George Lukish 133 #4 Mine

Edwin W. Eldridge 136 #6 Mine

John P. Bonner 6135 #14 Mine

Veron O. Ames 6136 #14 Mine

Andrew Pavlick 6140 #8 Mine

Michael Skymba 6142 #8 Mine

Anthony J. Bartal 6149 #8 Mine

Paul Tyahla 131 Nesq. Mine

Peter V. Stepanavich 7460 #8 Mine

George Krauchick 8235 #4 Mine

Joseph Blihar 9786 #14 Out.

Phillip Zwolenik 6150 #4 Mine

Wilbur J. Williams 4956 #5 Mine

Edward Evanek 5491 #6 Out.

Henry A. Gottardy 5552 #6 Mine

John J. Barry 6154 #8 Out.

Michael G. Piovane 7536 # 4 Mine

Rudolph M. Abel 7619 #9 Mine

George Berchock 127 #9 Mine

Howard F. Gangaware 5038 Misc. Cons. Temp.

Howard M. Brainer 5884 Misc. Cons. Temp.

John J. Bernetskie 6155 #4 Mine

Michael G. Zugzda 6156 #4 Mine

William R. Sharpe 7060 Misc. Cons. Temp.

Louis Grosso 7563 Misc. Cons. Temp.

Joseph R. Bonner 8438 Misc. Cons. Temp.

Joseph J, Harvilla 6446 #8 Mine

Alex Harvilla 5928 #6 Mine

Encl. 34

cc: Mr. Hummer Employment Supervisor

Mr. Flyzik B.T.Kressley

All above articles Submitted By: Richard C. Rehatchek