Thursday, January 28, 2016

Group photo: Carpatho-Russian Band 1920

Many Ambridge organizations once had bands. The photo below is of the Carpatho-Russian Band of Ambridge PA, from the collection of the late local historian William (Bill) Bowan in Laughlin Memorial Library's archives.

St. Michael's Band
1920? 1925?
Laughlin Memorial Library archives

Based on the brickwork around the doors and windows, I would say that the photo was taken on the steps of St. Michael's Hall, which once stood at 308 Maplewood Ave. You can read more about that St. Michael's Hall, as well as the other St. Michael's Hall on Pine St., in my June 29, 2014, article, "Two St. Michael's and the Masons."


Addendum: After I posted the above information and photo, Carol Demchak Flanigan provided a newspaper clipping with the same photo that she says was published in the late '70s by the Beaver County Times as a "Looking Back" feature. Carol's grandfather, Roman Demchak, is in the photo.

The Times article provided some information about the band and identified all the members but one.

According to the article, Peter Pawlack organized the band around 1920 for Holy Ghost Orthodox Church--which still exists at the corner of 2nd St. and Maplewood Ave.--and said the above photo was taken "about 1925."

The band was active for 12 years and escorted the funeral processions of members of Holy Ghost to 4th St. and Glenwood Ave. The band then traveled with the procession to Economy Cemetery, playing "solemn" music on the way to the cemetery, but "lively" music on the return to St. Michael's Hall.

From left to right, the band members are identified as:

First row: Mike Pristash, Mike Dzabiak, John Bowan

Second row: Mike Painka, Peter Pawlack, Peter Belchyk, Roman Demchak

Third row: Makar Slapak, Sava Dunda, Angelo Borgia, Tony Marzlo, John Minnick, Andrew Felk, unidentified, George Pawelchack, Mike Dudenich, Emil Bentley, John Fedoryk

Back row: (flag-bearers) Paul Fedoryk, Stanley Laban

If anyone knows the identify of the remaining unidentified band member, let me know, and I'll add it.

Thank you, Carol!

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