Death P.R. Schmaltz Nov. 1939

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A soil to on It yet in the Aix-La-Chapelle. in of a at a in to a in Wilkes- a PETER R. SMALTZ, OF HUGHEST01 SUNDAY Peter R. Smaltz, who managed the famous Brothers' baseball club, pride of sport followers of the com munity at the turn of the century, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 39 Smaltz avenue, Hughes own. He had been ill for several weeks and his condition recently had been such that it was apparent he could not survive. "P.R." bore his illness with a fortitude - char acteristic of his gameness on the playing field and these who visited him in the closing days of his life found their old friend growing weaker daily, yet uncomplaining. Few men of Wyoming Valley were more widely known than Pete Smaltz. He was born in Hughes-town Hughes-town Hughes-town on August 8th, 1871, being 68 years of age at the time of his death. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob J. Smaltz, who were among the pioneer settlers In Hughestown. As a youth Pete Smaltz manifested an interest in athletics. In 1894 he organized the Brothers' baseball club, so-named so-named so-named because of the fact that there were four Smaltz brothers on the roster Peter, Ernest, Ed and Jake. Other members of the celebrated club, which once defeated the Phil adelphia Athletics with "Rube' Waddell pitching, included James J. Moran, present assistant super Intendent of streets in Pittston City; John Ruane, former board member of the United Mine Work ers of America; John Golden, of Hawley; the late Edward Lynch, who starred later at Penn State College and pitched for the Cin cinnatl Reds; Frank Touhlll Michael Kehoe, of Butler street; the late Peter Toye and a few others. The Mlnooka Blues, with the famous O'Neill brothers on Its roster, afforded keen competition for the Brothers in the early days of the century up to the time that "Mike" O'Neill Joined the St. Louis Erowns. The Brothers built a fence aromid, a. ..ball nark, on. Jrlamtuwn. hill and many a stirring ball game was played therein, with P. R. Smaltz as one of the most celebrat ed stars. About the year 1910 the Brothers team disbanded,, the players having reached an age when athletic ac tivity was beginning to tell on them. P R. did not yield tb Father Time, however, and continued his diamond pursuits for many a year after his old teammates had hung up their gloves. Annually he held a field day for children or ttugnes- ttugnes- town on his birthday and thous ands gathered from every section to celebrate with him. Likewise he was interested in organizing drill teams, in promoting pool games and was a regular attendant at Wold Series games and at the inter-league inter-league inter-league All-Star All-Star All-Star game played each July. "Pete" kept abreast of th? times and was a favorite with young and old. During the World War he organ ized the uniformed Boys' Drill Troop similar to the Boy Scout Troops In Hughestown and upon the return of the soldiers from the war he was instrumental in organization organization of the Welcome Home Celebration Celebration at Hughestown to which the general public was invited. He also was chairman of the committee that compiled the book containing pictures and biographies of Hughestown young men who saw service during the World War. For the last five years he was sponsor of a minstrel show at Hughestown for benefit of widows of that borough and for many years he played the role of Santa Claus in grade schools of Hughestown Borough distributing presents at Christmastide to school children. He was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Hughestown. Surviving are two sons and one daughter: Peter R.. Jr, member of the news staff of the Erie, Pa. Herald; Mrs. Roy Stewart, at home; Charles, at home; also a sister, Mrs. Anna Johnson, of Scranton, and one brother, Ernest, of Hughestown. The fuenral will take place Wed nesdav afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy Stewart, 17 Center street, Hughestown. Rev. Frederick C. Krapf, of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and Rev. John A. Bender, of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Scranton, will officiate. Burial will be In Hughestown Lutheran Cemetery. Cemetery. his in letter the to of moving

Clipped from Pittston Gazette20 Nov 1939, MonPage 1

Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania)20 Nov 1939, MonPage 1
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