June 18th, 2012
Editor's note: This is the eighth part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, at one time "you could pretty much buy everything you wanted" on Erie Avenue.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of the Erie Avenue area, Beimel briefly discussed many of the prominent businesses that once lined the roadway.
WILCOX â€“ Wilcox American Legion baseball squeezed its way to a 2-0 victory over St. Marys Monday night at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox scored both of its runs on suicide squeeze plays in the sixth inning to break what had been a scoreless tie to that point.
"We had it on a few times earlier, we didn't come through with it," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said.
After more than a year of fundraising, planning and work, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail saw their vision realized during the dedication of veterans' monuments at the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries Saturday afternoon.
The idea for the monuments honoring the veterans laid to rest in the community's cemeteries was first discussed by detail members in March 2011, and they promptly got the ball rolling with outreach and fundraising efforts.
Citing budget cuts and continuing economic downturn, a greater number of public school districts in further tightening the purse strings have turned to the option of charging participation fees for student involvement in athletic and other extracurricular activities.
A number of notable local businesses got their start along Erie Avenue, one of which was the Lyn-Clare Flower shop, which was started by Evelyn Chase and Clare Geitner. The business was one of several discussed by local historian Ray Beimel during a recent presentation he gave at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of Erie Avenue.
Beimel explained that "at some point, Evelyn became allergic to flowers," and remarked to attendees that "many of you remember she was a great one for making paper flowers. The reason she did that was because she couldn't be around real flowers anymore."
FOX TWP. â€“Â Fox Township has a multitude of clubs and other activities available for youngsters throughout the summer, according to Debby Agosti, Fox Township Recreational Facilities Director.
Agosti is in charge of the township's 15 summer help students who are responsible for coordinating and running the various events during the summer months.
"What I usually do is wait until I get my college students and then we put it out on the table what they want to bring to the park and what they want to offer to the kids. It's always nice to have that variety," Agosti said.
Genevieve Gehrlein Stock, 93, of 501 Washington St., St. Marys, died on Friday evening, June 15, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
She was born May 5, 1919 in Erie, daughter of the late George and Veronica Faivre Gehrlein. On March 8, 1943 in St. Agathaâ€™s Church in Meadville, she married William R. Stock, who preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 1998.
She had been a resident of the area since 1959. She was a graduate of Meadville High School and Allegheny College.
John A. Ferragine, 99, of 231 Powers Ave., Johnsonburg, died Friday, June 15, 2012 in the evening at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born March 28, 1913 in Catanzaro, Italy, son of the late Domonic and Mary Magra Ferragine. He married Mary C. Notarianni on Nov. 22, 1941 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg; she preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 1994.
He resided in Johnsonburg for most of his life. He was a 1933 graduate of Johnsonburg High School.
Irene G. Carnovale, 82, of Johnsonburg, died Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Kane Lutheran Home.
She was born Aug. 10, 1929 in Czechoslovakia, daughter of the late Gustaf and Maria (Omcht) Gratza. On Oct. 10, 1953, she married Patrick â€śPatsyâ€ť Carnovale; he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1993.
She was a homemaker, also working with Stackpole Carbon of Johnsonburg, IPM of Ridgway, as a retail store demonstrator, and with Johnsonburg Youth Center for several years.
Katherine Z. Brem, 92, of Kersey, died peacefully Friday morning, June 15, 2012, at her daughter Maryâ€™s home, where she had resided since April.
She was born Oct. 15, 1919 in Force, daughter of the late Harvey and Catherine Bigley Hayes. On Sept. 13, 1941 in the Holy Cross Church in Rasselas, she married Ambrose A. â€śBudâ€ť Brem, who preceded her in death on July 3, 1990.