‘Mail Carriers’

  Hello Kent, After reading your Echo column of January 27, I have some post office comments which I hope are of interest to you. My father, Art Williams was employed for many years at the Emporium post office, mainly as a carrier in the central ward of the town from late 1930s to the […]

‘We Were Warned About Russia’

  Dear Sir: The following are news stories from around the world: U. S. backed Syrian rebels reportedly take out Russian Rescue Helicopter — The Pentagon is nervous about Russian and Chinese Killer Robots — China tests rail-based long range missile capable of hitting U. S.  

Keep Them Coming’

‘ I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the column by William Crisp.  I’m a 72- year-old grandmother who doesn’t hunt and thinks “catch and release”  is an anathema, but I appreciate reading a well written column that blends humor, information and human interest. Keep them coming.   


  I remember there being a bakery on Broad Street next to where the Hilliker Motors used to be. She also made very good peanut butter pies. Another bakery was on Third Street across from what was Mihalek Garage.  

Adjusting and Ratifying the Second Amendment’

‘ The preamble to the Constitution starts with (We The People) etc., etc. On September 17, 1787, it was adopted by Congress. The preamble makes it clear that the government is established by consent of the governed, “We The People.” The amendments were started by the Bill of Rights in 1791.  

‘Awareness of Suspicion’

  We are having an epidemic of gunfire around the world, killing scores of people. More people have got to get involved in any situation to stop the aggression, everyone is at risk of being assaulted.  

‘Time for My 2¢’

  I guess it’s time for me to put in my 2 cents, so to speak. Back to the twins. Don’t believe anyone mentioned the Kennedy twins from Driftwood. One twin’s name was “Peggy,” but I can’t remember the other twin’s name. They were sisters to the two Kennedy sisters who taught in high school. […]

‘Trump Should Pay the Bill’

  Dear Editor: With Donald Trump throwing insults and put downs on a daily basis at anybody in his way, would somebody please explain to me why American schools are spending millions of dollars across the country on anti-bullying programs?    

‘You Have Our Vote, Jim’

  To Voters of Cameron County: I moved here in 1976 and started to vote about five years after I was here.    

‘Moving Companies’

  In reference to Logan Moving,  he was a representative for Mayflower Moving Co.      

Beer Distributors’

  The trivia for beer distributors missed Melvin Logan’s beer distributor business located on Rich Valley Road. In the late 1940s,  he quit the business and started the Mel Logan  moving company.      


  Kent asked for local twins info. Please pass along this info. to him.    


  Hi Kent, Haven’t written in a while so after reading the last issue of the Echo I thought I might like to try to answer your last question. John Hathaway had an office in the courthouse which, I believe was called prothonotary (?). I’m probably wrong on this but I do know he worked […]

‘Re: The Echo of 9/16/15’

  Dear Kent: The beverage owner was Jack Jones. He had a twin brother, Gene. they were from Sterling Run. Jack was a baseball pitcher and Gene was a catcher. When Fr. Daily’s Knothole baseball league was put together, the organizers put one on the Legion team and the other on the Moose, which was […]

‘Principles of Freedom’

  God did not bless human life in the book of Genesis, for Jesus later to command Christians to lie down as slaves of men and to give up self-defense, which is the only method God provides man to preserve and protect.    

Trivia – Chicken Farm’

  My parents, Richard Waddington – class of ‘43 and Anita Carlson Waddington – class of ‘46, were friends with the owners of the chicken farm mentioned in your column. They were Edith and Maynard Schwab. Before we moved to Rochester, NY in 1965 (I was 8 years old then), we would visit them.    […]

‘Fire Prevention Week’

  The week of October 4th – October 10th has been designated as Fire Prevention Week for 2015. In an effort to improve the overall fire safety of the community that we serve, the Emporium Fire Department would like to share the following information:  


  This is a late response for June 24th about hitchhiking (currently volunteering in Northern WI so communications are a little slow).       

‘Coke Ovens Photo’

  I think if the picture is referring to the 3 humps – those are hot air stoves used to heat the iron to a melting point. The building  that is 90 degrees to the stoves is the cast house, as the square building on top of the furnace is where the coke, iron ore, […]

‘Beer Distributorship’

  Hi Kent, I wonder how many of your readers may have recollection of my father, Leon Hilliker’s, beer distributorship on Vine St. (ave?) Not sure. I just remember the building backed up to our back yard on West Sixth. This would have been mid, early ‘50s. I remember going into that building to get […]

‘Coffee, Blueberries Trivia’

  We received a call from Ralph Yore in California, who says he remembers that in the early ‘50s Joe Olivett sold ground coffee. He thinks the brand was Shurfine and it was in a red bag.    

‘Response to Rails to Trails Article’

  I am extremely pleased to read the response to my article. It is refreshing to see that so many people read the Echo and express their approval or displeasure to what is written in there. It shows the value of the written word and the importance of a small town newspaper. Agree with me […]

Feeling Blessed in Small Town USA’

  One of the biggest blessings of living in small town USA is that many of these small towns have a great big heart! And speaking of small towns with big hearts, may I say that Emporium is one such town! Having been a pastor in Emporium for nearly 22 years, I have seen the […]

‘Give Teachers a Good Word or Two’

  Dear Editor: When I was in the classroom many years ago, I displayed two posters behind my desk. They weren’t there for my students. They were there for me. One was a quote from John W. Gardner, L. B. Johnson’s Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as […]


  Kent Riegel: About Carl Lindquist of Center Esso. He was in partnership with Fran Alden , his brother-in-law. Carl was married to Fran’s sister Ginny. Larry Caton worked with them for as long as I can remember. Great group of nice people.  Carl was a pitcher who played pro ball with the Boston Braves […]

‘Our Islamic President’

  Obama was raised by his father in Kenya as a Muslim and after his father’s death by his stepfather in Indonesia as a Muslim until he was in his teens. After his mother’s death he went to Hawaii to live with his grandparents (on his mother’s side). Obama did not produce a birth certificate […]

Railroad Men’

  This letter is late in response to a request from the Cameron County Historical Society for names of the men pictured in the Echo dated Wed., July 8, 2015, as my copy did not arrive until July 15th.    


  I firmly believe that we the average man and woman on the street, should have some input into this very serious and moral issue. The few who take the time to actually let your elected representatives know how you feel makes a bigger difference than you realize. We exist on the premise that majority […]

‘Legion Photo I.D.’

  The June 24th issue had a photo of a group of men. My dad, Tom Nickler, tells me that is the 20th anniversary of the American Legion. My grandfather, Ben Nickler is in the front row far right. The gentleman at the beginning of that row is Whitey Herrick, not Howard.   

‘Rails to Trails’

  I would like to give my opinion on the rails to trails programs being done in our area and nation wide. There has been a court case already decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, by an 8 to 1 decision that when a railroad abandons a right of way, that right […]

Don’t Forget a Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Before Hitting the Road’

‘    Dear Editor, If you are hitting the road this summer, you will have lots of company. With millions of Americans taking road trips, the last thing you need is car trouble. A simple pre-trip driveway vehicle inspection helps ensure a safe and stress-free journey.  

Increasing PILT – A Must for Rural PA

  An Op-Ed By: Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) Across Pennsylvania, the practice has long been in place of taxing property to help fund our schools.  While the school property tax may have made sense when it was first enacted in the 1830’s, constituents today have been voicing loud and clear that the school property tax […]

‘Old Tyme Photo I.D.’

  The graduation or reunion class picture is a nice one, all those young faces! Center, first row is my second cousin Joe DeVoe, nephew of (Gen.) Joseph T. McNarney. My sister Pat Shireff said Joe graduated high school in 1938-39 and she doesn’t know the others.  

‘More Railroad Memories’

  Reading Ernie Butler’s history of the PRR brought back memories of my short two-year span with the PRR. I was a clerk in the Round House from 1956 to 1958. I was responsible for calling all the train crews to work on the helpers. Also had to walk up to the Crescent or American […]

‘We Need Your Help!’

  The annual EHS/CCHS banquet is just around the corner.  For the last few years I have pleaded for help setting up for the banquet.  This year I am “begging” for HELP!  We have a very small group of dedicated people that pull off a really nice affair every year.  We are short three key […]

‘Emporium’s Rich Railroad History’

  As I was reminiscing about the railroad towers, The memories of the people I met and some I knew, well before I became an employee of the PRR, came flooding in. 

Grove House

  Sorry to hear that Grove House is closing. There is money for other things like Rails to Trails. Why not for Grove House, a nice place for older people?

‘Motor-Head Answer’

  Hi Kent:  In your April 15th edition you asked the question about what make and model of convertible increased the volume of the radio in proportion to the increase in speed.

‘Jim and Jeanne’

  Estelle and I have known Jim Thomas for over a decade.  Jim, you served Cameron County with just honor. Estelle and I were on many committees – Southern Calif. Motion Picture – The Actors Fund, S.A.G.-withdrew, Plant 42 Cleanup Committee – VFW, American Legion; Estelle- Auxiliary.

‘We Want You’

  The Emporium Senior Citizens Center is presently looking for new members. If you are 55 or older, it is a good place to go to socialize, play cards, bingo (Wednesdays) or enjoy Wii Bowling.

‘Railroad Towers’

    I wrote a history of the towers on the PRR.  The picture in last week’s Echo is almost certainly JN tower. The signal bridge and the cross over switch is the giveaway. The bottom door is in the right place and the steps going upstairs is on the opposite side from the door. 

‘TV Repairmen’

  After reading the list of TV repairmen,  my uncle, Robert Hodge  had a TV repair shop.  It was located in the building next to the Sykes store on East Allegheny. The building had been a grocery store operated by Irwin English.  This was across from the Hoffower building; and if I remember, there was […]

‘Howard Circle’

  Hi Kent, In a recent trivia you mentioned there were more doctors. Someone responded with Dr. Blackburn. In a past one I mentioned a Dr. Restak when I was locating the 3 most prominent doctors we all knew so well. Dr. Restak lived on the south side of West Fourth Street somewhere between Frank […]


  The Black Bridge was across from the airport. You can see it from the 120 bridge going out of town. Generations of kids swam there. You could impress people jumping off the bridge.

Improving Your Blood Circulation’

  As we age the plaque in our arteries and veins increases. Because the plaque is sticky it makes it more difficult for the blood to flow. By taking the following  natural  supplements, some of the stickiness is removed and the plaque separates thus allowing the blood to flow more freely. This will help reduce […]

‘TV Repair Shop’

  Ken Davis also had a TV repair shop, at his house in Howard Siding and on East Allegheny Ave.

‘A Response to the PC(USA) Decision to Change the Definition of Marriage’

  Last week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) changed the definition of marriage from being between a “man and woman” to “two people.”  I was contacted by the Bradford Era and asked to give a statement regarding the change.  I declined because this is too important a subject to sum up in a brief comment.  I […]

Doctors and Dentists’

  In reference to Kent Riegel’s Trivia concerning local doctors,  we had Edward Pierce and Joseph Blackburn.

Dr. Pierce’

‘ Hello Kent, Gus, Claude, and all the guys and girls, We have been talking about all the doctors in town, including my grandfather, Jesse Dalton Johnston, but I think none of us mentioned Dr. Pierce yet.   

Thank You Nelson Haas’

  Dear Editor: Thank you to Nelson Haas for his One Year One Deer article. One deer per hunter each year should be sufficient. A hunter who tags a buck and then shoots two does because he or she has a Pennsylvania Game Commission doe license as well as a DMAP permit should consider that […]

‘Principal of West Ward’

  Attention: Kent Riegel, Cora Barker was the principal of the West Ward School when I went there for the 5th and 6th grades. That would be 1942 and 1943.

‘Emporium a Favorite Spot’

  While renewing my subscription to the Echo I thought I’d pass on a nice complement from a totally objective source. We had a local clock repair man, Bob Rodgers, at our house recently and while he worked we were chatting


  Hi Phil: The four Edsel models were the Ranger, Pacer, Corsair  and the Citation. Ford produced 63,000 of the 1958 model, 45,000 of the 1959 model and just 3,000 of the 1960 model. Ford canceled the make at the end of November 1959. Having produced the least in 1960 makes  them the most collectable. […]

‘A Tale of Twin Gables’

  During the Great Depression, my grandparents, Leo and Neva Burlingame asked my great uncle, Gross Burlingame, a master carpenter, to build them a restaurant and gas station next to their house in Howard Siding.  He agreed and the “Twin Gables” was an immediate success according to my uncle, Laverne Burlingame in his book “Around […]

‘Multiple Honor Students’

  You asked about families in Emporium who had multiple children who were honor students.  I’ll be surprised if you can find someone who had more than James and Thorarose Smith, who lived at 314 West Fourth Street.  They had four:  

”The Blinzler Twins”

  Hi Kent: Sorry I could not find your address but I am sure the Echo will give this to you.

‘Lights in the Pines’

  I am looking for someone to take over the “Lights in the Pines” on Sylvan Heights. I have enough money for at least four more months.  

Trivia Answers & Stories’

‘ Here are some answers believed to be true concerning recent Trivia questions. Miss Amy Cora Baker kept her Pontiac at Ackey McDonald’s garage. It couldn’t be out in bad weather. The night the garage burned some boys from the class of 1962 woke her up to tell her how sorry they were her car […]

Northwest Savings Bank donates TO Elk-Cameron County Junior Achievement– Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement  has been providing in-school programs for students in Elk and Cameron counties since 2006. Through these hands-on, K-12 programs, and […]

‘The Nylons Fix’

  Kent, In answer to who Mr. Kuhn was married to – I believe it was Mrs. Sidney Kennedy’s daughter, Mary, who was a teacher also.  On the question of what ladies fixed their nylons with, it was clear fingernail polish, at least in my day. And though this is before my time, I think […]

The Good ‘Ole Days’

  Hello Phil, I wrote the attached article about 6 years ago and I thought I would pass it on to you as a criticism to whoever is at fault with our white-tail deer population in our home area (Emporium/Cameron County).

Strong Dissenting Opinion of Judge’s Ruling’

‘ The Honorable Barry D. Brown Cameron County Courthouse RE: Docket #MJ-59301-CV-0000053-2014 Dear Judge Brown, In regards to the court hearing on 1/7/2015, docket number referenced above, I am compelled to express my contention that your ruling in this matter was incorrect, and not just simply in your interpretation of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection […]

‘Drivers Ed.’

  Hi Kent, Happy New Year. Concerning the January 7 issue of the Echo ‘Drivers Ed.’ – It began in the 1950s, not sure which one. The instructor was Bill Bitner.   

‘Six Quick Tips for Sub-Zero Winter Driving’

  Dear Editor, When it comes to winter car care, many motorists think of antifreeze and batteries, but vehicles need extra attention when temperatures drop below zero. These six quick tips will help your vehicle perform at its best during cold weather months.  

‘Call Sign’

  I (sort of) grew up in Emporium, from about age 2 in 1941 to age 13 in 1952, when we moved to Bath, NY, 100 miles away.    

Suicide Knobs & Drivers Ed’

‘ In response to Glenn Gutgsell’s  question about Suicide Knobs. The correct name for Necker Knobs or Suicide Knobs is a “Brodie Knob.”  


  One of our readers called to tell us that the type of penmanship he was taught was the “Palmer method.”      

Community Foundation For the Twin Tiers Announces New Fund’

‘ The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) announces the newly established E.O. Austin Home/Historical Society Fund. Nonprofit organizations often establish agency endowment fund with CFTT to provide a steady source of operating income.        

The Baldwins’

‘ Hi Kent, In the past two issues of the paper you talked about the names and the occupations of the Baldwin family. The Baldwins lived on the north side of East Allegany Avenue between the Coppersmiths on the west and the Eagans on the east. I remember Mrs. Baldwin working in a jewelry store […]

‘Several Questions’

  The picture of the Emp. Fisk Juvenile Band has sure got around. It was in the May 12, 2004 issue – June 15, 2011 issue – July 23, 2014 issue. I also have a picture of the same band taken in Keystone Park that was in the July 31, 2013 issue.