Jim, too new of a member to respond to a PM, but the Pork Chop Gypsy was Eric, son of the folks who owned the Horse Emporium. You used to be able to find him cooking outside the Ginger Hill Inn, among other places, up until 7 or 8 years ago. Ginger Hill Inn, by the way, is now Denny’s Roadhouse, and it’s a not quite nudie bar now, featuring lingerie bartenders and a stripper pole in the corner.
Wow! When I lived in Eighty-Four from birth to ninth grade (1948 – 1962) it was anything but “shady”; it was dominated by the Grange, the WCTU, and the Presbyterian Church! It was a local scandal when a ‘beer garden’ – the Somerset Inn – opened at the intersection of 136 (then Rt. 31) and 519. The local WCTU picketed! Times have changed.
BTW, did you know that the ‘original’ 84 Lumber is not the store they say it is? It opened and for years operated in a large Quonset Hut by the B&O RR tracks near 519 in Wylandville. Nearby, Composite Metals opened their first plant to make the blanks for the ‘sandwich’ coins we use today instead of silver. Today, they are in Canonsburg and are far better known as the manufacturers of “All-Clad” cookware.
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