Stockdale record hops near 50th anniversary

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007

Recent references to people and events sharing the news spotlight in 1957 brought a question from a reader in Roscoe about the popular record hops at the Stockdale Fire Hall. He or she wanted to know when those weekly Saturday night dances began.

The answer, dear reader, is Saturday, Dec. 21, 1957.

That means, of course, the 50th anniversary of genesis of those dances is only a month away.

We'll have more about the Stockdale festivities, which ran for some eight years, next month.

In the meantime, lets clear the air on one myth.

Unless he attended the firemen's weekly Bingo games, rock pioneer Bo Diddley never appeared at Stockdale.

The first big name entertainer to grace the fire hall stage was George Hamilton IV ("Rose And A Baby Ruth"), who was a last-minute substitute for Bo Diddley in February 1958.

With that bit of trivia on record, let's take a promised look at area businesses, organizations and individuals who ran ads in the souvenir program book for the seventeen annual Big 9 Football Conference dinner Dec. 8, 1966, at the Twin Coaches in Rostraver Township.

How many do you remember?

From Monessen - Attorneys Frank P. Ezerski and Bernard S. Shire, Robert A. Billick Funeral Home, Thomas E. McKee Post 28 of The American Legion, Busy Beaver Building Center, Naccarato Auto Parts, Yoney Funeral Home, Tony's Barber Shop, Monessen Florist, Span's Drug Store, Colangel's Italian Food Store, Mon Valley Health Center (steam and sauna baths), Mon Valley General Tire Company, Mon Valley Beverage Distributor (Ray Spera), Falbo's Restaurant, Bafile's Insurance Agency, World-Wide Enterprises (Babe and Ed Kroskie), Bart's Esso Service, Grand Parlors (bowling and billiards, Pete Druash), Rosenson's Furniture Store, Rizzuto's Jewelry and Music, New Alpine restaurant (Frank "Moe" Vizza and Tony DeMatteo), Jaycee Electric Company, Sherman Williams Company, Star Lanes (Frank Mager), The Holiday restaurant (Joe Zelexak), Janosik's Pharmacy, Hill Top Bus Line, Gilfert M. Mihalich, Jules Sunoco (Julius G. Ostetrico), Giannini Distributing Company (Angelo and Bud Giannini), Greco's Confectionary, Koget's Beauty Salon, Keystone Bakery, Bill Ross Pennzoil Motor Service, Thrift Drugs, Cherocci's Citgo Service Station, Ozark Athletic Club, Movie Club of Monessen, Stern's, Alderman John B. Sucevic, Park Finance and Park Consumer Discount, John L. Kravets Funeral Home, Monessen Radio and Television, Patti's Restaurant (Patti and Mary Tatsch), Attorney Albert C. Gaudio, Cousin's Floral Shoppe (Margaret and Paul Dzadyk), Rem's Electric & Supplies (John Selcan and Carl L. Pesi), Gaudio's men's store, American Cleaners, R.O. Valdiserri Bakery, James J. Manderino and Louis J. Manderino, Crisi's Park Lanes, Anthony Mascetta, Monessen Sports Shop, G. & M. Paint Contractors (Harry Giourgalis and Benny Moscoe), Robert J. Kopko, Libby's Dairy Bar, Alderman Nello A. Tineri, John G. Check Furniture Company.

The Monessen Police Department also purchased an ad and listed the following: Chief Michael Kuvinka; lieutenants Tony Nicastro, Joseph Mischyshyn, Algie Link and Joseph Reday and officers Edward Galaski, Pete Belavich,George Peters, Leroy Bailey, Phil Panepinto, Cary Staycer, James Hanam, Ed Burdock, Bruce Pezzelle, Tom Latkanich, Paul Sowko, Nello DiBiaso, Joe Ezzo Jr., Ray Agnolucci and Ernest Wisyanski.

The Donora Police Department followed suit with Mayor Albert P. Delsandro, Chief William Lelik, Lt. George Saxon, sergeants John Takach and James Totedo and officers Michael Dutko, Lewis Muoio, Al Calzacorto, Charles Sloan, Jose Alvarez and George Pandrock.

Others from the Home of Champions in the book included: Burrell Construction and Supply Company, Mellon Bank, Donora Lumber Company, American Croatian Citizens Club, Greco's Fruit Market, Jurik & Jurik, Ernest E. Jobes Post 212 American Legion, William E. Owens Post 695, Allridge's Flower Shop (Rose Ann and Jerry Campa), Law Funeral Home, St. Nicholas GCS B&B Society, Olivieri's Restaurant, Civic Finance Service, Diamond Cleaners, Linn R. Wickerham plumbing and heating supplies, Donora Eagles Aerie 502, Sons of Italy Lodge 1676, Ayhers Music Wenter, William's, Monongahela Valley Lodge 208 IBPOE of W, Central Pharmacy, Zeffiro Transfer and Storage (Alfred Zeffiro, Jay A. Zeffiro, Joseph Caruso), Donora Motor Inc.,

Sponsors from the Monongahela, New Eagle and Finleyville areas were: MMM Publishing Company, Standard Dry Wall Products, Monongahela Auto Dealers (Bindi Pontiac-Cadillac, Monongahela Ford, Frank A. Pizzica Buick, Spesak Inc. Dodge, Vickers Chevrolet, Lazari Motors Chrysler-Plymouth), Veterans of Foreign Wars Sutman-Yohe Post 1409, Monongahela Booster Club, Valley One-Hour Professional Dry Cleaning, Valley RCA Whirlpool, Valley Cigarette Service, Finleyville Furniture, Monongahela Order of Owls, Bartolotta's Red & White Super Markets, New Reliable Furniture Company, Monongahela Pharmacists (Span & Taylor, Dierken's, Schwartz & Shaver, Miller's), Hill's Restaurant, Constable Albert S. Zuesi, 481 Lounge, Hill Top Bar, Doc's Sport Shop, Spalla Shoe Centre, Long-Warne Agency, Smith & Daugherty Agency, Ben's Men's and Boys' Wear, Hotel Main (Johnny and Mickey Bidzila), Grill's Capri Super Lounge, Boyka Tavern (John Konton Jr.), Jerry Tregembo State Farm Insurance, Rushton's Jewelry, Cost's Pharmacy, Kard Korner, Venanzi Distributing Company, Bebe & Barn's Elite Grill, New Abbott Hotel (Theresa Withers), Pepper's Tavern, Slovak American Citizens Club, Pizzutelli's Super Market, A&S Market, Justice of the Peace Frank J. Gorondy, Alderman Joseph Ball, Star Theatre, American Legion Frank Downer Post 302, Rocco's Flower shop, Angelo's restaurant, Thomas E. Scurfield Insurance, American-Russian Citizens Club, Grill Inn, Alfred's appliance store (A.G. Turri), Rosenberg's Department Store, David J. Mathies, Mononghela Midget Football Association, Fedeli's Bar & Lounge, Traversari Studio, Charles J. Sanders landscaping, Sam's Bar, Key Auto Supply, C. Chattaway, Lantern Grille, L.M. Frye Funeral Home, Barber's Radio and Television, Friend-Lee Bakery, Polaski News Store, Cox's Grocery, Louttit Transfer, Civic Finance Service, Paul "Big Paul" Stracelsky Gas and Oil, Jim Broga''s barber shop, Frye Lumber Company, Loyal Order of Moose No. 125, Combustion Engineering, Western Pennsylvania National Bank,

The Monongahela Police Department called attention to Mayor Thomas W. Wilson, Chief William Urban, Glenn McMahon, Dina Pala, Arthur Skaine, George Lowe, Robert Capicotta, Ernest Minetti, Bert Togni,Goerge Bosko, Owens Burns Jr., Metro Wossilek and John Esper Jr.

Other area patrons will be recognized in future columns.

(If you have memories to share or story ideas, please contact Ron Paglia at or c/o The Valley Independent, Eastgate 19, Monessen, PA 15062.)

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