A proud history

The Times News Building at 23/25 Race Street put out the welcome banner during the 1947 celebration of Old Home Week in the Mauch Chunks.

The circa 1870 Times House Bed and Breakfast has a proud history, which we have been able to learn more about thanks to Anne Genshart, daughter of Gertrude Apfelbaum and granddaughter of Times News founder James J. Boyle.

Anne shared photos and old newspaper clips with us on a recent visit.  The photo above shows Anne (far right) and other children playing outside the old Times News building at 23/25 Race Street during the 1947 celebration of Old Home Week in the Mauch Chunks, which was celebrated from July 27 through August 2, 1947.

This post is one of several that will document the history of the newspaper, the building and the Boyle Family. Here is a photo of Gertrude herself at work and a link to her May 26, 1972 column in the Times News  that talks about the sale of the building.

Strictly Personal by Gertrude Apfelbaum

Price’s Pages highlight of exhibit

Jim Thorpe artist David Price exhibits two new works at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation as part of the Selected Pennsylvania Masters Exhibition.

While Jim Thorpe artist David Price may be known for the intricate details that brilliantly capture the essence of each of his works, the Three Mountain Gallery owner is also a wonderful poet.

Price brings both of these talents, as well as his training in book arts, to bear in Pages, now on display in the Selected Pennsylvania Masters Exhibit at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe. The exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, August 9.

Inspired by a dream and an other-wordly but true happening in the town, Pages 1 and Pages 2, are indeed pages of a narrative Price has been working on for more than a year.

Taped during the July 17 opening reception, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltZjwLkONHU Price reads one of the poems incorporated into his Pages series.

Coming home

Times II Suite
Gertrude Apfelbaum's daughter, Anne Genshart , and granddaughter, Liz, visited the Times House. Here we are in our Times II Suite, Anne's living room, when she lived there as a child. (From left: Diane, Anne and Liz.)

From the very beginning, I felt a special affinity for the old Times-News building on Race Street.

Though we toyed with sexier names, when it came time to select a name for our B&B , I knew it had to pay tribute to the Times-News, its role in the history of Mauch Chunk and Jim Thorpe and the people who made that history. Hence, the Times House was born.

Chris and I were delighted when we heard from Anne Genshart, who grew up in our building during the paper’s heyday. Her mom was Gertrude Apfelbaum, coeditor of the paper along with her brother, Joe Boyle.

Anne’s grandfather Jim Boyle published the Mauch Chunk Daily Times and after purchasing another Mauch Chunk paper, the Daily News in 1927, he merged the two and the Mauch Chunk Times-News was born.

Anne and her daughter, Liz, visited us on Friday, July 1, on what would have been Anne’s mother’s birthday. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon together, touring the building with new eyes to the past and poured over old photos and newspaper clippings, which Anne was kind enough to share with us.

Future blog posts will feature some of the photos and clippings. For now, I’ll post a few pictures from their visit – the first of many I hope, as well as the beginning of a friendship.

Liz and Anne check out an old article pasted to the wall in the Times House basement, where in 1927 the presses first rolled out the Times-News. This article features pictures of Times-News founder Jim Boyle, Gertrude Apfelbaum, Joe Boyle and the Times House building.

Native American dancers add backbeat to Jim Thorpe birthday tribute

Jim Thorpe statue dedicated May 21, 2011
The dedication of this statue on Saturday was one of the highlights of the 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration.

Jim Thorpe’s grandson, Michael Koehler, who backs the Carbon County town’s fight against his relatives to keep the legendary athlete interred there, was on hand Saturday for the 15th annual Jim Thorpe birthday celebration.

Koehler told those gathered at the site of his grandfather’s mausoleum for the unveiling of a new statue that he understands the other side of the family’s views. Koehler, however, believes that there is no better place for Jim Thorpe to rest in peace, noting that his aunt had performed a Native American burial ritual there.

“My grandfather has returned to Mother Earth. He lies on sanctified ground. My half of the family doesn’t see any reason whatsoever to change any of that – to disinter his remains and to take him to some obscure plot in Shawnee, Oklahoma,” he said.

Native American dancers perform each year as part of the annual tribute to the legendary Olympic athlete. You can view a short clip of their performance at the Josiah White Park near the Jim Thorpe train station on YouTube — http://www.youtube.com/user/TimesHouse

Jim Thorpe’s Birthday Celebration is no surprise

A ceremony to honor legendary athlete Jim Thorpe will be held at his burial site on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Tomorrow should be a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe and not just because the sun is expected to shine after a week of rain.

The spirit of the enchanting town that greets visitors as they wind around the Lehigh Gorge will also shine tomorrow as it pays tribute to the legendary Native American athlete for whom it is named, just as it has done for 15 years.

A Native American ceremony and the unveiling of a new statue honoring the “greatest athlete in the world” will be held at the site where the Jim Thorpe Memorial Mausoleum Committee in 1957 laid earth from the Prague, Oklahoma farm where Thorpe was born, as well as soil from Saupula, Oklahoma, the Polo Grounds (the former home of the New York Giants, where Thorpe played), the pitching mound of Indian Field at the Carlisle Indian School, as well as the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden where Thorpe won the decathlon and pentathlon.

The ceremony is part of the 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration. Thorpe was born on May 28, 1888. Other Birthday weekend festivities include Native American dance demonstrations outside the train station, vendors, crafts, concerts and more. http://www.jimthorpe.org/festivals/jtbirthday.htm

The birthday party was a surprise, however, to 82-year-old William Thorpe, according to a May 18 New York Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/sports/honoring-thorpe-as-they-see-fit-statue-in-one-city-lawsuit-in-another.html

Thorpe and his brother Richard, along with the Sac and Fox tribe recently joined a lawsuit against the town initiated by the athlete’s youngest son, Jack Thorpe, who died in February, to remove the Olympic hero and return him to be buried in Oklahoma.

Thorpe’s eldest grandson, Michael Koehler, will be in town for the tributes.

Koehler, as his mother Charlotte did before her death, recognizes the town as “honorable hosts” of his grandfather’s remains and encouraged the town to continue to challenge the lawsuit with the same “fighting spirit” as Jim Thorpe, according to the Times article.

Rest in Peace, Bright Path.