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STORIES OF MY MOTHER ….PART 5


A FEW YEARS AGO, MY MOTHER PUT DOWN ON PAPER, STORIES OF HER AND BROTHER ALBERT’S CHILDHOOD.

I am going to write these in her words. She has told me some of these stories, and some I am reading for the first time. My mother and family did not have much growing up in a small town, but, they did have loving parents, good times and stories that will endure.

When I started to school, I went to the 14th St school, on 14th St and Buffalo St. Franklin Pennsylvania.

Fourteenth School, Franklin Pa. from Venango County website

The first day of school was the longest day of my life. Albert and Mom walked me to school, and then they went home and I was really worried they weren’t going to come back at lunchtime to get me. But, when I came out the door, they were there waiting for me. They were a welcome site to see. Albert kept asking Mom and Dad when he could start school. They told him, when he turned five he could go, just like me. We had a really nice teacher, Mrs Cassidy. She would milk for all the children, whether they could pay or not. She read great stories to us about Abraham Lincoln, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Heidi. She also taught us some Irish songs like Galloway Bay and others. I always remember the games we played in the yard and eating lunch outdoors.

14Th St School, Alberta Dean

From my mother’s school collection. Mom is the tall dark-haired girl on the far right, 3rd row.

When we had ” back to school ” night, the parents would come to our classrooms and see what we did during the day. When it was time to go to the other child’s room, they would ring the bell. Then after that, they opened up large folding doors to make one big room. We would all then have snacks. I remember, the classrooms were always hot, so the teachers had to open the large windows, that opened from the bottom and the top. They used a large with a hook to open them. There were no fans.

14th St School, Alberta Dean

From my mothers; collection.Mom is second row, third from right.

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STORIES OF MY MOTHER….PART 4


A FEW YEARS AGO, MY MOTHER PUT DOWN ON PAPER, STORIES OF HER AND BROTHER ALBERT’S CHILDHOOD.

I am going to write these in her words. She has told me some of these stories, and some I am reading for the first time. My mother and family did not have much growing up in a small town, but, they did have loving parents, good times and stories that will endure.

RUBEN DEAN, HOUGH MANUFACTURING ( FROM VENANGO NEWS HERALD) 2ND ROW, IST MAN ON LEFT

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN PRIOR TO RUBEN AND BLANCHE MARRYING

WORKDAY WEDNESDAY

Our Dad worked at Charles Hough manufacturing Co, located at 1237 Liberty St, Franklin. He was a watchman and walked to work because he never drove. This was not too far, just down the hill and near town. Mr Art Beers lived on Sassafras St and worked with Daddy. Mr. Mays lived up near the railroad tracks and walked with him sometimes too. He worked 3:30PM until 11:00 PM. Monday through Thursday, and off on Friday. Then he worked Saturday and Sunday, 6:00-3:30.

Mom would sometimes let us take lunch to Daddy at work on Saturday or Sunday. She always put enough in for us. Albert and I would walk with him as he walked the plant. We ever rode the elevator with him. Sometimes, if Mr Hough was there, and he would treat us to a cold drink. We would stay with Daddy until it was time for him to walk home.

ALBERT and ETHEL continued…..


The children of Albert and Ethel Ewing

Mary Catherine 1911-1999 married William Cyrus Harkless and George Stokes

Thomas Earl 1913-1989 married Ruth Jane Myers of Franklin, Venango county

Charles E 1914-1986 married Nina Brown of Clinton, Venango county

Wesley R 1916-1991 married Dorothy Mae Melat of Rockland Venango county

Blanche Eleanor 1918-2000 My grandmother,  married Ruben Riley Dean of Canonsburg Pa in 1940

Grace E 1921-1990

Mildred Irene 1924- only living sibling, married Robert Fuchs of Allegheny, parents were from Germany/Austria

Leona Ruby 1925-1989 Married a man from the neighborhood, Chauncey Brown, he was 20 years her senior

There are some gaps as you see, and some second marriages. 

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