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Article #327 – April 2, 2006


by Glenn Tunney 

Brownsville Time Capsule looks back over the years
through the archives of the Brownsville Telegraph




25 Years Ago – April 1981


* Anthony Karpus, 67, of 401 Second Street, has died.  Mr. Karpus was secretary of Brownsville Borough for approximately fifteen years and a former member and past president of borough council.  He was also president of the Municipal Authority in Brownsville and past president of the Tri-County Boroughs Association.

        Telegraph reporter Jeffery Couch, upon learning of Mr. Karpus’ death, editorialized, “A borough council is only as good as its secretary.  At council meetings, when a borough councilman expressed dissatisfaction with certain procedures or the way certain things were being handled, one word to Tony and the item seemed to be corrected.  He always kept his cool and corrected whatever was wrong, no matter which councilman suggested it.

        “He was grandfatherly, an apple-pie American, a simple philosopher in a simple way, an honest, good-hearted individual.  He was everything you or I want to be.”


* The governor of Pennsylvania is coming to town!  Governor Dick Thornburgh will visit Hiller fire hall today to deliver a $35,000 check to firemen, after which he will end the day with a Republican fund-raising cocktail reception in Uniontown.

        The check represents a loan from the State Department of Community Affairs for the purchase of a new Grumman Firecat pumper.  The loan will be repayable at two percent interest.  The governor will remain at the fire hall for about half an hour for a coffee-and-doughnuts reception.


* A dream will soon come true for residents in the Coal Hill section of Brownsville Township.  It has been announced by the township supervisors that fire hydrants will be installed in that neighborhood.

        “I’ve been waiting fifty years for them,” one resident told the supervisors.  “I don’t know of anything more important.”

        The supervisors said the existing four-inch water line along Center Street will be replaced by an eight-inch line to facilitate hydrant installation.  It will cost the Brownsville Water Company $6,000 to carry out the project.  Brownsville Township will pay $300 for each of the hydrants.


* The Brownsville Area High School baseball team now sports a fine 9-1 record.  The Falcons lost their first contest of the year in splitting an exhibition doubleheader with Fairmont (W. Va.) High School.  Coach Al Komacek’s squad was edged 12-10 in the opener, but bounced back to defeat Coach Dan Kupets’ Fairmont squad, 4-1, in the second game.  The big hitters for Brownsville were Ed Bosak, Mickey Harvey, Bob Cramer, Gary Eperjesi, Doug Dascenzo, and Tony Libertini.

        At Charleroi, the California Trojans split a twin bill with the Cougars, winning 11-5 before dropping the nightcap, 6-4.  Jeff Bodnar led the offense in the Trojan victory, supporting the six-hit pitching of Ricky Wright and Steve Tatar. 


* Curt Pilgreen turned in a fine performance to lead Coach Joe Borsody’s Redstone Middle School track team to an easy 90-37 triumph over Elizabeth Junior High School.  Pilgreen won the 100-yard dash, 200-meter dash, and 400-meter dash.  Other first-place winners for the Little Falcons were Maurice Stokes (hurdles), Dave Smithburger (1600-meter), Juan Moore (high jump and pole vault), Rick Sabatini (discus), and Chad Cicconi (triple jump).  Redstone also won the 1600-meter relay (Bob Bevard, Mike Isaac, Matt Peton, and Jeff Christner).



45 Years Ago – April 1961


* The Senior Class of Redstone High School will present a three-act comedy, “Stardust,” in the high school auditorium later this month.  Participating in the play will be Janet Sieradzski, Bill Greene, Mary Ellen Rohaley, John Zellie, Phyllis Feelo, Raymond Grant, Carolyn Zulkosky, Becky Baker, Elizabeth Dayton, JoAnn DeCarlo, Albert Smith, Alberta Norman, Thomas Darney, Frances Bator, Betty Bellan, Catherine Show, Paul Keteles, and Tom Hromada.  The directors are Miss Margaret Haines and Miss Aileen Burns.


* Ficks Enterprises, currently operating Ficks Lanes on Route 40, has broken ground for a new 36-alley establishment on Route 51 near Sweeney’s.  The new place will be called “Murray’s 51 Lanes” and will be operated by Murray Friedlander of Donora, son-in-law of I. J. Ficks, who heads Ficks Enterprises.


* Coach Jack Henck’s Brashear Brownies won their 44th straight meet in dual and triangular competition last week by walloping German Township High School.  The victory extended a winning streak that began in 1955.  Starring on this year’s squad are Ron Matteucci, Willibe Brooks, Joe Backos, Fred Ulery, Fred Morris, Marty Nagg, Nate Walker, Tom Kostelnik, John Sullivan, Jimmy Upperman, Paul Cseko, Richard Smith, Bill Sabo, and Sammy Battistone.


* Looking for a new car?  Drop by Curcio Motor Sales, National Pike East, Brownsville, where you can take a look at the 1961 Mercury Comet ($1,998 sticker price) and the 1961 Mercury Meteor 600 2-door sedan ($2,417).



60 Years Ago – April 1946


* Thieves entered the Plaza Theater early Sunday morning and departed with cash amounting to between $2,000 and $2,500, which was removed from a safe in the third floor office of the establishment.  Discovery of the break-in was made at 10 a.m. Sunday by Tommy Florence, a messenger for the theater. 

        The Plaza is owned by Mrs. George W. Moody, Charleroi, and Mr. C. W. Dickinson, West Alexander.  The pair owns a chain of theaters in the Monongahela valley, including theaters in Charleroi, Nemacolin, Fredericktown, and Vestaburg.  In addition to the Plaza Theater, the Strand and the Bison theaters in Brownsville are also operated by Mrs. Moody and Mr. Dickinson.  The money in the safe was the Saturday receipts from the three Brownsville theaters.


* Jimmy Eadie, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Eadie of Brownsville, is resuming his boxing career where he left off four years ago.  Eadie has returned from the U. S. Marine Corps and will be ready to enter the ring in about six weeks under the fighting colors of the Jack Perry A. C. 

        Before entering the Marines, Eadie engaged in 52 fights, winning 39 of them.  He started his ring career at the age of 16 and continued until 19, when he entered the Marine Corps in 1942.  He started out as a 118-pounder and is now a full-fledged welterweight.

        Prior to entering the service, Eadie was a stablemate of Carl Jones, Marion Klingensmith, Jackie Burke, Mike Koballa, Johhny Komlo, Tommy Havanis, Babe Krause, Keith Ward, Marcus Lockman (Kid Chicken), and Luther Harrison.


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