Whelp, it’s been a while since I posted up a new digital issue of the Old Manville News, so here you go. November 28th, 1941. I still feel slightly unaccomplished at not finishing out the whole year of 1941 yet, but this stuff is a lot of work. Anyway we have a few car accidents here, the continued labor negotiations with the Johns Manville plant, and the confirmation of Manville’s great sewage facilities. I hope you enjoy this issue… we are almost up to 1942! Here is a link. Manville News 11-28-1941 OCR
Hello everyone, I’m still alive. I just archived up another issue of the Old Manville News. The date is November 21, 1941 and guess what… Mayor Polonko wants fair press! This is another searchable issue. Hope you guys enjoy… here is a download link. Manville News 11-21-1941 OCR
Alright, well I managed to get a second issue scanned today. Thanks goodness for slow work days! This issue is for November 7th, 1941. There’s a lot more local content in the issue than the last. Only 6 more issues until we finish out 1941… and while that feels like an epic milestone, there are still a lot of these issues left. This is a good one though. Heres a download LINK!
Alright, let us take a break from the movies for a minute to squeeze in an archived issue of the old Manville News. This issue is October 31st, 1941. The cover stories include the opening of the Manville Municipal Building, which is pretty cool. The is a lot of political info in this issue, and again these are now scanned with text recognition software, so they are searchable. Here is a download LINK.
Alright. Here you go, as promised, One more issue of the old digital Manville News. This is October 24, 1941. Get Some! Heres a link! Manville News 10-24-1941 OCR This issue includes this great photo of the Manville Yellow Jackets football team. The Champs! Click the photo to enlarge…
Good morning everyone. Here is another digitized old Manville News. This one is October 17, 1941. I knocked the scanning for this one out on Friday, but just got around to putting the files together this morning, so it’s possible I will have another issue up here by the end of today. I’m so close to the end of 1941, that I’ll be trying to knock out the remaining few in short order. If you missed the last couple of posts, these are all now being set up with text recognition. After you download this the file will be searchable. Here’s a link. Manville News 10-17-1941 OCR Enjoy.
Ok, here is the digital version of the October 10th, 1941 issue of the old Manville News. I usually put up the headlines in a preview so you can get an idea of the lead stories, and you can see by the one above this issue is in pretty rough shape. I think it was one of the top issues in the box when these were discovered. For the most part though it’s totally readable, and it seems like the text recognition still worked. Anyway, I guess it’s better to have a crappy version than none at all so, here you go. Here’s a download link. Manville News 10-10-1941 OCR
Just knocked out 2 more issues of the old “Manville News” I’ll put them in two separate posts. This one is from October 3rd, 1941. In cast you missed my post yesterday about this issues, the files are now using text recognition so you can search them after you download them. Hope this makes these easier to use. Here is the link. Manville News 10-3-1941 OCR
Just wanted to let everyone know… I finally got around to rescanning and updating 7 of the 8 broken links in the Newspaper Archive on here. Not only are these files now hosted internally on this site, but the updated scans are set up with text recognition. That means that now when you download each issue, the file will be searchable for names or specific information. This is a great tool for people searching genealogy information and I’ll be updating the other links too as I find time to fix them. Im also trying to figure out away to make them searchable from the actual site search field, but haven’t figured it out just yet. I’ll hopefully be getting up some new archived issues of the old Manvile News soon as well. Anyway I know some folks on here were looking for a few of the old issues, so they are now back in order!
Manville Memos was a great column that appeared weekly in The Manville News in the 80′s. They were written by Joe Patero after some of his interviews with folks from around town. This particular one from 1983, is the last part of a three part interview with Dan Nebb who’s parent’s owned Capt. Frederick Davey’s old Manville estate, which later became The Elmcrest Inn. If you missed part one you can click here.
Dan Nebbs • Part 3 of 3 • ”Sea Capt.’s Mansion”
If you have ever seen the movie classic, “Gone With the Wind” you are familiar with the fabulous ante-bellum mansion, known throughout the Sout as Tara, the legendary home of Scarlett O’Hara.
One Hundred years ago, the existed, in what had not yet become Manville, another Tara. But this one was for real!
It was the mansion of a retired U.S. Navy captain, Frederick Davey, who was its designer and builder.
It was the showplace of the area, according to James P. Snell, in his “History of Hunderton and Somerset Countys,” published in 1881.
Only the “cream” of Somerset County could consider itself fortunate enough to even be invited to one of the captains parties.
The front porch faced south on the enormous residence, while the huge barn where the horses were stabled was between the railroad tracks and the house itself. The entire property was surrounded by several hundred feet of immaculate picket fencing.
Shortly after the turn of the century, Captain Davey sold his pride and joy to J.J. Becker and son, who changed the name to “Elmcrest Park”
Then in 1922, Louis Nebozinsky purchased the entire property for $24,000, a tremendous amount of money in those days.
By that time, yet another name was beginning to attach to the site, this time the “Weston Hotel.” Louis’s son, Dan, is quick to explain that “it was never really a hotel at all. It was the home myself, my brother Bill and our eight sisters grew up in and loved.
”We rented rooms only one time to a touring Vaudeville company who had just finished a performance at Charlie Mazur’s theater in Manville. The actors had apparently no other bookings because after an extended stay, one morning they were suddenly gone, not paying their bill and leaving all their luggage behind.
“On top of the house there once was a glass cupola. As a kid, I loved to climb up there and see what I thought was the whole world. ”
The big horse barn behind the house was totally destroyed by a fierce fire in 1931.
“After the Prohibition Era ended, my father applied for either the first or second liquor license in Manville and converted the downstairs or the home into a place where drinks were served to the general public. Looking back at that decision, I realize that in my father’s mind it was the correct thing to do, but I really wish the borough would have purchased it for municipal offices. Manville would’ve had the most magnificent Borough Hall in the entire United States.”
In the late 40s the Nebbs sold thier mansion to Charles Esterhoy, then followed Nick Lebedz, Joe Cimino and Jim and Joan Wirzman as owners.
Additions have been made and at the same time items such as the once famous cupola and the front porch have been removed, and yet dominating essence of the structure remains today as Wirzman’s Inn.
“It’s quite a place,” said the Wirzmans’ in a recent interview. “It’s history and background are extremely interesting. We are trying to restore some of the old class that was here over a century ago. ”
Once in a while, after we close up, we leave a drink of brandy on the bar for the captain and in the morning the glass is empty.”