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Hello, and Well…

I last wrote about being completely confused about the Old Timers of Old Economy in Ambridge, Pa.  Of the hundred member’s surnames listed in the 1930’s, I’ve been able to identify about thirty-five who remained in Ambridge, and surrounding communities,  for a few more decades.  What made an impression on me was that the families of the workers of OEV married into the families of other OEV workers.  I believe that by doing so, they were able to continue the heritage of Old Economy long after it ceased to exist as a legal entity in 1906.

The following list includes these families who worked for OEV :  1) Meixner-Kroll-Flack- Reininger- Boss-Knoedler; 2) Mohn-Feucht-Straube-Roth; 3) Hettinger; 4) Steebner-Gross; 5)Laughner; 6) Stoffel, Cain, Hannigan, Van Horn; 7) Hoffman- Kuemmerle- Beesong- Von Gunten; Thumm; 7) Flueckiger-Jenny- O’Neill; 8) Flueckiger – Bauman- Bouck; and 9) Flueckiger -Pearce.

I was also able to identify several families of American Bridge Company workers who joined the OEV Old Timers.  Two of the families, the Rosenbergs and the Beards, had their heads of households go to work for the Bridge Works.  I am guessing these steel worker’s families were interested in history.  There were also several families whose breadwinners worked as plasterers, masons, carpenters, store keepers, carpenters, policemen, oil drillers, house wives, morticians, bookkeepers, blacksmiths, doctors, farmers and bakers.

I will try to present a bit more about these working class people who provided the skills and services that kept Ambridge running.  But I’ll present this in another scribbling, after I better understand who these families were, where did they live, what did they do for a living, and where they went to church and were buried.  I figure this is the best tribute I can give for a town, that I left in 1967 and swore I’d never return to.             Thom Dunn marti


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