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Re-thinking and Seeking a Better Means of Presenting The Old Timers


Whew, I am awash in this winter writing project on Old Economy’s Old Timers Club circa 1930s.  My first attempt of trying to identify some of the members and sorting them into the towns in and around Beaver County, Pa. was a bit of ‘on the job experience’.  But I ran into a real obstacle = as time wore on these families’ next generations moved around a lot.  So, I think I take a step back and try to present them as family units.  Of course, many of these families married into other families of Old Timers.  So, I’ll just present these unions.  I am not sure that my research and my joining together of these families will always be correct.  So, what you see will be my best effort.  If you find my research is wrong,  please feel free to e-mail me at, and I’ll correct  the errors.

The first two families I present are the Rosenbergers, and the Beards.  Both families moved into the Ambridge area as word go out that US Steel was building a huge new fabrication steel mill on the former lands of Old Economy Village in Beaver County.   Steel workers who moved to Ambridge before their Post Office was opened (1913-16) were eligible to join the Old Timers Club.

1)  Wayne K. Beard was born on a farm in Dicksonburg,  in NE. Pennsylvania.  He was born 8 Mar 1877, the son of Samuel Beard and Julia Garwood.  By the 1910 US Census he was living  on Park Road in Ambridge with his wife Etta and son George.  He worked as a machinist for American Bridge Company which was close by.  By 1920 he worked his way up to being a foreman, and had twin daughters Edyth and Ethel.  By 1930 the twins were still living with their parents, but by 1940 had moved out.  Wayne retired at some time after this, and his last record was his Pa. Death Certificate dated 10 May 1954.  By this time the elder Beards had moved to Highland Drive in Harmony Township. he was buried in Linesville Cemetery in his native Crawford County.  I knew a fellow Ambridge High 1967 classmate whose surname was Beard.


2)The Rosenberger family also moved to Ambridge, but came from much farther away. There were three Rosenburger families in Ambridge by 1910

A. Joseph Rosenberger was born in Yugoslavia in 1879 of John Rosenberger, and Anna Tomc.  Joseph was a retired planer for American Bridge.  They lived on Maplewood Avenue.  He died on March 18, 1950; his son Edward, spouse of Mary Knalfec,  served as informant.  Joseph was buried at the Fair Oaks Catholic Cemetery.

B. John Rosenberger Sr, was born in 1883 in Yugoslavia of John Rosenberger and Mary Kasterlic.  John also lived on Maplewood Avenue; he worked as a riveter at American Bridge.  His son John was the informant.  John was also buried in Fair Oaks.

C. Frank Rosenberger Jr. was born in Jugoslavia in 1897, of Frank Sr. and Frances Kastelec, both also born in that land.   Frank Jr. died in 1945.  he had lived on Park Road, and worked for American Bridge as a puncher.  He was buried in the Economy Cemetery.  I worked for American Bridge Company for a year in 1970 in the “Steel Yard”  My supervisor was named Rosenberger, but everyone called him ‘Rosey’.  He was a good boss!        Thom Dunn Marti

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