I remember each and everyone of these men –
This was the volunteers for the fire department –
In every facet of my life growing up –
I most likely came in contact with them all at one time or other.
GROWING UP ELDRED PA. part four of Papa’s World.
This was a busy building – where the men came together –
all volunteers and the ladies auxiliary also met.
And just across the street next to the Post Office was “SLAVINS ” !
Local hangout bar and meeting place for most of these people !
Run by Russ and Tootie Slavin – a local family –
who in each Slavin branch – all very good athletes
and known through NWPA !
I can remember every year – the firemen would come along the curb
in front of our house on North Main Street –
and with chalk would write and mark where each unit was to line up
and this would go all the way back to the Kendall bridge !
The MEMORIAL DAY PARADE marked the end of the school year
and the beginning of Summer !
I was always told that this bridge was one of only two –
The other I think was in Japan.
It was a two lane bridge – with a road coming off in the middle –
Spanning a railroad track – another road –
and a river running under it !
I do not know if that was true or not –
with a gas station ( Kendall) across from the entrance.
but it is still there today !
The parade back then and today – is always led by the veterans of the town
It seems like that number down through the years never dwindles.
For such a small town – ( 800 to 1000) people
It has provided the military of scores of men
in all the conflicts fighting for their country.
Two are now gone – three remain – four played baseball with my brother
Freddie was in the little league World Series.
Four played for my father
I was too young – I never went –
But there were families of friends who went every year
To far North in Canada fishing !
We had a old red barn down back –
three stories tall and a stable underneath –
I can still see in my mind
The red front and the big sliding gray door –
and to the left
DOZENS of fish heads nailed up on the wall
Muskie – Pike
Fish that they caught and brought home.
Roger went but I was born ten years younger
I never went but looked at hundreds of pictures !
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Growing up Eldred Pa.
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