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Golden Wave Reflections
My name is Joseph p. Dzingeleski, I graduated from AHS in 1948 and I recall the days of loafing at the Bridge Café and Pete’s and Mikes bar.
I remember the American legion and the great baseball
teams they had with Otto Raymer the greatest knuckleball pitcher ever and Buck Phillipi the Nolan Ryan of the team, along with Doc Riley, First baseman, Mike Yanok the lefty curve ball artist. They
entertained the town with other great baseball teams such as Honus Wagner all stars, homestead greys, House of David , the black teams of the Kansas City Monarchs along with others. |
The team was so good, many of the players were offered contracts by the pro’s but it was such pitiful money they would have to take a paycut. Most of them had full time jobs paying more.
The pro baseball teams were offering such as $300.00 per season or per month. Otto raymer pitched several no hit games as he might pitch 3 times a week with the Sunday coal miner leagues, the Wheeling
Intelligencer newspaper league, the Martins Ferry Times Leader league along the ohio river.
Pete’s and Mikes bar had a back porch that was inside the gate to the football field that was used for
the baseball games and they used to pass bottles of beer down off the porch to the fans inside the ballpark. In 1937, Adena;s high school football team was involved with the St Clairsville team
that came to adena undefeated. If I recall correctly it was the fourth game of the season and adena was whipping them by 40 points into the third quarter. It was the first year that the concrete
stands were available and one of the fathers of the adena boys was quite pie eyed from the beer from the porch and was really razing the St .c’ s fans that a fight broke out in those stands.
It escalated onto the playing field and the game was never finished as the fighting engulfed the entire downtown before it was over with most of the store windows ended up broken. There was
one constable in town named Black and it took several hours before the county sheriff from Steubenville could get to town to quell the rioting. That animosity between Adena and St. Clairsville
was always there when in 1946, the our basketball team went to St. c. to play their team featuring the Marshall family great high scorer. Everett Moore on Adena;s team guarded him and was
harassing him to the point he chased moore up and down the court ignoring the play of the game and was ejected out of the game in the third quarter. Our team won the game by 2 points but
in order to leave the school after the game, our team had to walk thru a gauntlet of African faces to the bus 70 feet from the building. The explanation given by Jerry Melchiori our coach and Moore,
satisfied the Marshall family that we were allowed to get on the bus and depart. However, the bus was pelted with rocks and bricks that all the windows were broken by the time we returned home.
That team was the one you have in your items of Moot Bblack, Hixon, Stankiewicz, Moroni, Moore that went thru the tournament’s reaching the regionals in canton losing to Akron ellet. In those days,
there was only 2 classes of schools, class a and class b based on student enrollment. I believe 250 and less were class b and all others were class a. Sorry to have gone on with this but your website
caused my brain to go back with many memories. Bridge café used to conduct card games called briskelene with nickel beers the prize and they would start Fridays after work and would not end until
ISunday and time to go home to get sleep to go to work on Mondays. People used to come just to watch those games. The Eliopolis famile owned the Bridge Street Café and then Ofti Sliva bought it in those days.
The Golden Years of Adena
The best years of Adena was when no one had to leave town for anything, with a few exceptions.
I write this article from memory, not facts. If I have missed something, then please overlook it to the lapsing of memory.
Going thru the paper and saw the Picture of Kay's Grill. Tomorrow is Nov 11, 2011. It was on November 11, 1948 at 5:25 in the evening,
Slow Boat to China was playing on the Juke box when Tom Shields and I walked into Kays. We had played Dillonlvale in the annual Foot ball game and everyone was celebrating.
When Tom and I walked in the place was packed. There was one booth with two young ladies sitting in it. Tom and I went over to the booth and sat down. I sat down by Wilma Stromski and Tom sat down by Deloris Moore, (both Class of 52).
As the years went by, Tom married Deloris and I married Wilma. Wilma and I just celebrated our 59th year. I don't know what has happened to Tom or Deloris as we lost track of them.
Ed & Wilma Campbell
Adena was a great place in the 1930's. Our good fortune included the creek nearby. We could wade, catch minnows, swim, fish, and sometimes ice-skate. It is said the boys skated all the way to Dillonvale. The creek was even a local car-wash.
There was plenty of space to play ball, hills to roam, sledride on, wildflowers in the summer, catch ligtning bugs,--simple safe pastimes close to home. School, church, stores were within walking distance. We were blest and may not have realized it.
Wiser at age 79. Irene Satory
Hi my dad grew up in Adena, his name was Joseph Riley and his brother
lived there until his death Donald (Doc) Riley. If anyone can give me
information about them I would love to have it. I remember visiting
Adena as a child, the American Legion where I remember a picture of my
Uncle Doc on the wall. The last time I was there was for Doc's funeral.
Thank you for posting this and the website. Apiece of my heritage. Mary
Rose Riley Hamparian
I want to take a minute and thank you and compliment you on the fine work that you do with your Adena News web site. My name is Michael Scovronski
and I lived in Adena until I graduated from Adena High School in 1967. I live in Warrenton, Virginia and have practiced Law in our small county seat community of about 8500 people for the past 27 years.
My parents were Walter & Rose Scovronski who lived on Hanna Avenue across from St. Casimir's Church. I thoroughly enjoy your presentations and applaud you for your 'labor of love'.
A big 'Pat-On-The-Back' to you. I haven't been back to Adena, but only 2-3 times, since my mother died in March 1991, yet I feel as if I never left as I check-in and peruse your web site.
Many of my old friends and classmates still reside in Adena and it is so fascinating to be able to keep abreast of the ebb and flow of the community. Again, I want to personally
Thank You for your wonderful work. Warmest Wishes for the Holiday Season, Michael
I found this site quite by accident. I am trying to find out who started calling Adena High School the Golden Wave. I graduated in 1955. I must say that going to grade school in a four room school house in
Harrisville, Ohio to High School in Adena was quite frightening at first, but then I made friends, and it was great. I am so happy to be able to read letters from people that I remember and some that I don't.
It is like having a class reunion with the whole school. Adena is having it's Alumni on September 6th, 2008. I am really looking forward to seeing former classmates and friends.
It was quite a pleasure to find out yesterday about the web site for my home
town, Adena. I was a proud member of this community during its "Golden
Years" as stated in the article on your home page. My mom and dad, Floyd
and Eva Campbell moved to Adena in 1936. They rented a home on Hanna
Avenue behind Bedways store. We lived there until 1939 when we moved to the
big city of York. In 1948 we returned to Adena and lived on Sycamore
Street. I graduated from high school in 1951. Upon graduation I went to
Cleveland to work as I didn't want to work in the coal mines. In October
1951 I joined the US Air Force and upon returning from Vietnam in 1967 I
was stationed in Florida. Upon retiring in 1971, my wife (Wilma Stromski
Class of 1952) and I decided that we would stay here in Florida. We return
to the area to visit as Wilma's Sister, Beverly, Class of 1950 and Doris,
Class of 1954 still live in the area. Over the years I have told many people
about our town, about where it obtained its name from and above all, our
brick lined streets. The picture showing the clean up of the overturned
lime truck shows the bricks still there. Just stop and think of how many
times over the past 100 years or so the cement and asphalt roads have been
repaired, torn up and replaced and repaired again while the old red, rough,
noisy brick roads are still there. I remember the highlight of the week was
the fish fry at the Elks Lodge where the bank is now. The movie theater
where I used to be ticket taker and saw the recruitment movie for the U S
Navy that stared my brother Bill who graduated in 1944. Pumping gas at Erwin
Corbetts and Deno' gas stations. I am proud to have been a member of this
wonderful town and am a better man because of it. Keep up the good work.
Your effort is greatly appreciated.
Ed Campbell, 1951, Wilma Stromski, 1952.
In First Grade, our music teacher, Miss Baker, taught us songs about animals,--I wonder who else might remember them. "Kitty, my pretty white kitty....
Three little pigs in the straw with their mother... The elephant carries a great big trunk, but he never packs it with clothes... Said the kind kangaroo,
oh what shall I do--if I had a cradle, I'd rock it... A little ducky duddle, went wading in a puddle..." The Rhythm Band was fun also, "playing" triangles,
sticks, or the three or four other inventions to be clicked, banged, or rattled on cue. At some point in the primary grades our band uniforms were white pants,
shirt, black-and-gold cape and hat made of -- was it called "oilcloth"??? Really classy. We loved it. A "big boy" from Grade 3 or 4 (Roshon?) directed us.
Then, in high school, a favorite memory is the time the marching band got into formation like an airplane at "half-time" -- majorettes twirling batons were the
propellers, the brass sounded like the engines, and the "plane" moved slowly toward the bleachers. "Fantastic." Remember, Anyone?
Irene Satory, Class of '48
I do remember several names and places mentioned in the "Golden Years". I remember Kay's; most of us used to hang out there for hamburgers and Cokes, listen to
the jukebox and meet our friends. I remember Saad's, Bedways, Walker's Hardware, P&M. and I believe George Cermack was my barber. Bedway Coal Co.,
Toni Bedway married one of my classmates. I had some cousins that lived in "Dogtown". I belonged to the First Presbyterian Church. I was in the band and remember the parades.
Those were really the "Golden Years" of my youth. I have told my daughter and grandson of the fact that none of us wore blue jeans, although I didn't know it was forbidden. I always thought that was the way we wanted to dress. The Adena and Dillonvale game was always a highlight. For a while the game was played on Thanksgiving and a lot of times it would start snowing during half time.
My mother moved to Martins Ferry in my senior year, but I stayed in Adena so I could finish in my school. I stayed with a friend who lived on Hanna Avenue. After graduation I moved in with my mother and then
went into the army because of the "Forgotten War" in a place called Korea. I lost contact with Adena after that. I was so glad that I finally found the Adena News after trying for years to find a Web site for Adena.
I found your site by accident while trying to find information about Herrick. Never could find out any thing about Herrick.
Alex Black -AHS "Class of '49"
Adena had four grocery stores, Bedway's, The Co-op, Kanoski's, and The Miners Supply; an appliance store on West Main St.; two beauty parlors; Geneve's in Ramsey Hotel, and Pauline's Beauty Parlor in "Dogtown;" two hardware stores, Stanwick's Hardware, and Walker's Hardware; a feedmill; a post office. There were three barbers, Joe George, Tony Biorski, and George Cermack; a shoe repairman, named Louie; a dentist, Dr. Crawford; a doctor, Dr. Richard Martin. Adena had their own telephone operators; an undertaker, Robert Hargrave and he also ran the drug store. Also, were the gas stations that gave full service at no extra cost operated by Irvin Corbett, Dino Tabacchi, Louis Raymer, and Matt Utter's garage. There was Adena's own train station by the high school. The village had it's own water system; it's own high school and elementary school, plus a parochial school. There were three churches; Methodist, Catholic, and Presbyterian. The town had it's own library; a policeman who walked the streets, patroling; a convent for the nuns; an American Legion; Womens Club; Lions Club; a fire station; a movie theater; Kay's Grill; Candyland; and the Cameo Ice Cream Parlor. There were plenty of bars to quench the thrist of the hard working miners: Bridge Street Café; P&M; Pezzapane's; and Railroad Inn. There was Bedway's Coal Company, and of course the large general corner store of Marie Saad's. Adena also had an apartment building on West Main Street & Hanna Ave. Kasarda's had a furniture store, and a woman named Annie ran a small convenient store on Hanna Avenue and in "Dogtown." Hawthorne's ran a rolling skating rink and did a lively business on Saturdays. The only thing Adena didn't have was a bank. Mostly, everyone did their banking in Mt. Pleasant.
Adena boasted it's own annual festival sponsored by the Catholic Church very year, along with the yearly Minstrel by the Lions Club. There was always a nightime parade and cakewalk for Halloween. The firemen had a Main Street fair very year. The high school band was always on hand for holiday parades and of always a victory parade for winning a football game. The village was very proud of their football and basketball teams: The Gold & Black - "THE GOLDEN WAVE." Also, the townspeople gave great support and were very proud of one of the best high school bands around.
Yes, these were the "Golden" years of Adena! The students wore the appropriate clothing for school, the girls in their skirts and blouses, or dresses, and the boys in their pressed shirts and ivy league slacks. There were no blue jeans allowed until the early 1960's. A lot of the students proudly wore their black sweaters with the big gold "A" on it. Many wore gold and black jackets with the town's name and sport (or band) sown on the the back of them.
Students were able to walk to school that lived in town without fear of any kind. Always, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in the morning and afternoon.
A lot of high school students would go to Kay's Grill or Candyland to have lunch. A few students were fortunate enough to have their own "jalopy" for transport.
The town would fill for the football games and basketball games. The bleachers were always overflowing. The electricity could be felt in the air.
Especially, when Adena played their arch rival in football, Dillonvale.
Adena was a proud town and all the businesses faired well. There seemed to activity everywhere and most of the time.
It was nice to see the high school couples walking down the street holding hands, lost in their own little world. The high school dances still held the art of dancing.
The beautiful proms every Spring, where the girls were beautifully dressed in gowns, the boys were so handsome in their tuxedos and they used the family car all
shined up for the occasion. There was no mention of renting limos. It was a joy to watch the young people at the proms so well behaved and well mannered.
Parents didn't have to worry about their kids doing drugs. There was a curfew at ten P.M. for those under 16 years of age. Children obeyed the rules of school
and conduct of society. Most people went to their church of choice every Sunday. No stores were open on Sunday. It was a day the family relaxed either by
staying home, visiting relatives and friends, or maybe a picnic and a swim, season allowing. Every Wednesday at noon, all the stores would close for the day.
The feed mill blew its whistle faithfully every day at noon. Good Friday was observed by closing all the businesses from noon till three p.m.
Life was good in Adena. Everybody knew everybody, people would sit on their porches at night and visit with those walking by. It was safe for children to go
trick or treating on Halloween at night without adults as long as they went home by curfew.
The smell of burning autumn leaves was heavenly. That was before the law came out and banned it. Every season had something special about it.
(Even when the smoke from the steam engine as it moved out on the tracks ((that ran parallel to the football field)) rolled onto the playing field during a football
game and it had to be halted; a unique memory).
A very active thriving town was Adena. It's gone now, lost to the past. Oh yeah, Adena is still there, but it is the ghost of better days.
The chances to grow and become bigger was taken away when the government decided our coal had too much pollutant in it. With the majority of workers
being miners, they had no choice but to move away to find other work. Our high school was taken away and consolidated with other schools. We lost our
proud alma mater song that an Adena high school student wrote many years ago. Eventually, the hustle and bustle of a proud town, slowed. High Graduates
went away to college or somewhere else to look for work, because there was little work to be found around the small communities.
Long for the good ol' days? I think those of us who lived in the "Golden Wave" era all do, but the best part is that we did live it. And it will be part of whom
and what we are today.
I was very impressed with your website! I was raised in Adena and am the daughter of Nora Jane Stanwick (Writer/Historian, Our Town Adena).
It was very moving to see and read about Adena. Ginger J. Stanwick
Hi,first off I would like to say you do a great job
with the site.I check in every week so I can keep in
touch with the old home town! Times were best
there. Thank you.
Ray McVicker Class of 63
8/6/03 Hello Folks,
Today is my late mother's birthday. She would have been 107 years old today. I was surfing the net for something on Adena, and I came across your site. I might
say, this is one of the best town sites I have come across. You have really done a great job.
Anyway, my mother was the former Emily Isobell Grove, born August 6, 1896 in Adena, Ohio. Her sister Elizabeth Frances Grove taught school in Adena for many
years. She was the principal of the grade school and later business ecucation teacher at the high school. I would think that many of the older present residents
of Adena would remember her. My sister and I used to go to *Aunt Bet's* house every summer for two weeks back in the 1940's. I remember fondly those visits.
Some of the pictures on your site are very familiar to me. The grade school is the school where my mother and aunt went to school, and my
Uncle Arthur Rich was principal back in the early 1900's.
Again, thanks for the hard work that you have done on this website.
I will be a regular visitor. I am coming to Ohio in September and plan to visit Adena as the town has
nostalgic place in my heart.
7/22/03 Hi, My name is Mary Kendziorski my husband Edward graduated from Adena High in 53 .
I wanted to express what a beautiful web site you have created for your town. We lived in Adena for 3 years and made lots of friends while there.
I really enjoyed going through the site, and the music is beautiful also. Sincerely Mrs Ed Kendziorski
3/10/03 Speaking for my mother of which was born on a farm in the Adena vicinity in 1917, and her nephew Jerry Krupinski, who sent your site to me,
I want to thank you for the privilege to see the old days and nostalgia it has created for us. The farm belonged to the Kubinski family.THANKS AGAIN ...
JOSEPH J WILLIAMS
2/28/03 Saw your website for the first time. IT WAS GREAT !
I do not get back home very often and it was wonderful to find out what is
going on, to see some of the old photos, and see names I haven't seen in awhile.
Henry ( Jiggers ) Deneski
12/28/02 Hi Carol, I attended Adena schools from 1943 to 1955. I took the liberty of sending some e-mails to alumni from Adena and Dillonvale to people
I think I know or who may know someone I knew there. When at Adena I went by my step-fathers name of Sabo but now go by my real name of Busby.
I want to thank you for doing such a good job on your web site. I have lost touch with most of the kids I went to school with but hope to make a connection thru
your site. I have been a resident of Calif. since 1957. Again Thank You for a job well done. Sincerely,
P.S. I switched schools and graduated from Smithfield H.S.