Article #54  - December 31, 2000


by Glenn Tunney

Brownsville Time Capsule looks back over the years

through the archives of the Brownsville Telegraph

Fifteen Years Ago - December 1985

* The Golden Age Nursing Home in Brownsville is one step closer to being back in the good graces of the U. S. Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA).  The federal agency had previously terminated its provider agreement with the extended care facility because of alleged abuses and poor health care at the nursing home.  The Golden Age Nursing Home was featured on the CBS news program "Sixty Minutes" in a segment that highlighted the alleged infractions.   In that nationally broadcast program, reporter Harry Reasoner interviewed staff and residents of the nursing home about the reported abuses.  The facility faced closing at one point when state authorities withheld licensing due to alleged abuses and irregularities.  However, a state Health Facility Hearing Board overruled that action after extensive testimony was heard in November 1984.
     "After two years of appealing the alleged charges against the nursing home, I feel we have been vindicated," said owner Frank A. Bock.  "All the charges have been dropped.  We are the first nursing home in the United States to challenge the bureaucratic system and overcome it."
     However, the nursing home is not out of the woods yet.  The reinstatement of the HCFA agreement may be temporary, pending an appeal by the plaintiffs in the initial legal action.  If there is no appeal, then the reinstatement will remain in effect.

* Chris Dominski lit up the scoreboard for the Brownsville Area High School girls basketball team in its 55 - 19 victory over Albert Gallatin High School.  Dominski's superlative individual effort was a shot in the arm for the squad, the majority of whose players were suffering from the flu bug.  Dominski penetrated the AG defense with an assortment of shots that resulted in 13 field goals, displaying more moves than a can of worms in scoring a total of 30 points.  Marla Erjavec and Dominski also controlled the boards as each pulled down 10 rebounds.  Coach Chuck Bogorae's Falcons held the Colonials to only seven field goals in the action.  The victory evened Brownsville's Section 10 record at 3 - 3.

Thirty Years Ago - December 1970

* A well-known figure in Brownsville is celebrating his 90th birthday.  Dr. Herman Douglass Graham of 513 Market Street, a retired Brownsville dentist and renowned local historian, was the guest of honor at a dinner for family and friends at Bratton's restaurant in Hopwood.  Dr. Graham was born in Mercer, Pa. in 1881.  After receiving his grade school education in a country school, he graduated from Mercer High School, then earned his D.D.A. degree at the Dental School of Western Reserve University, Cleveland.  He graduated at the head of his class.
     In 1902 he opened his dental office in the Monongahela National Bank building on the west side of Market Street in Brownsville's "Neck."  He remained in that office until 1947, when he moved into the Union Station building.  He retired in 1959, ending 57 years of practicing dentistry.
     Dr. Graham, a member of the First Presbyterian Church from 1903 until 1969, served as Sunday School superintendent and was director of the choir for nearly half of those 66 years.  As a member of the board of trustees of the Brownsville Free Public Library, he was a tireless advocate during its early struggle for existence.  Several years ago he wrote a history of the library.

* Brownsville Area High School's boys basketball team came away with its first Section 4 victory by upending Belle Vernon by a 66 - 51 score.  Coach Frank Dankovich's squad pulled away from the Leopards in the final four minutes of the contest after trailing early in the period.  Billy Malosky turned in his finest game in a Falcon uniform, scoring 15 points including a crucial left-handed shot that tied the game at 44 - 44.  Dan Kupets's layup put the Falcons ahead for good and big Mike Collins pumped in insurance points as Brownsville added to its margin of victory.  Collins led all scorers with 19 points, Malosky had 15 and Jerome Porter netted 9 in the win.

Fifty Years Ago - December 1950

* It's time for drastic action!  That was the consensus reached at a meeting of the Republic Rotary club, which was hosting members of the Grindstone Lions club and the Redstone township supervisors.  The issue under discussion was the indiscriminate dumping of garbage and other refuse along the roads and in the fields of Redstone township by residents of Brownsville and neighboring communities.  The meeting was held in the Tower Hill Christian Church.
     Rotary club president Clarence E. Hess led the discussion in which it was pointed out that the problem is getting worse.  Township supervisors pointed out that an ordinance prohibits the practice and cited a lack of funds as hampering enforcement of that ordinance.  The ordinance calls for heavy fines to be levied upon offenders, some of whose names have been obtained from refuse that has been thrown from automobiles.  It is planned to consider mimeographing the ordinance and distributing it in the public schools.

* Easter is still a few months away, but area dancers are already looking forward to the annual pre-Lenten dance sponsored by the Court Brownsville No. 1141, Catholic Daughters of America.  Plans for the affair have been announced, and this year's gala will have a Mardi Gras theme.  The February 2 dance will be held at Paci's Tropical Isle Room on the National Pike.  Music for the semi-formal ball will be provided by Lee Kelton and his popular radio and dance band.  Featured vocalists with the ensemble are Herb Stevens, Dolores Delmar, Teddy Zie and Bob Rhodes.  The chairman of the dance committee is Mrs. Mary A. Moncini, with Mrs. Helen Burns and Mrs. Rose Perrine serving as co-chairmen.  Committee members include Miss Elsie Birkle, Mrs. Genevieve Falcon and Mrs. Theresa Griffith.  Tickets are now on sale, with proceeds of the affair to be used for charity.

Seventy Years Ago - December 1930

* The A. J. Taylor grocery store on Railroad Street, West Brownsville was held up and robbed of approximately $25 by a pair of youthful bandits, while on the east side of the Monongahela River, burglars struck at an unlikely target, the Brownsville Free Public Library.  According to librarian Anna M. Shutterly, the library looters jimmied all of the locked drawers in the library but netted only $1 in petty cash for their efforts.
     The west side holdup is the first of its kind in many months.  Mrs. Howard F. Shipley, manager of the store, reported that the two juveniles entered the store at about 7:45 p.m. and one of them asked to purchase some chewing gum.  When she turned to the gum case to fill his order, one of the bandits drew a large pistol and ordered her to "stick ‘em up!"  While the robber with the gun kept it pointed at Mrs. Shipley, his accomplice nervously rifled the cash drawer of all the paper money and a handful of quarters.   The pair then ran from the store.

* Shoppers will want to stop by the Kaufman's Department Store in Brownsville.  A clearance sale is underway to relieve the store of its excess inventory, and shoppers will be the beneficiaries of some wonderful bargains.  Boy's all-wool sweaters are featured at only $2.95, and a warm winter may be purchased for as little as $9.75.  While shopping, customers are invited to venture to the second floor, where Prince O'Nile, world famous astrologist, will be offering readings free with every purchase of imported Venard Face Powder.