APRIL 2010 MEMBERSHIP PROFILE
you happen to be ATVing down the trail and meet
up with a camo 330 Polaris Magnum, sporting a nice
set of whitetail antlers and a name plate with "Andy"
on them - you've just seen one of our oldest members
(but youngest in years!), Andrew J. Dobash. Andy
celebrates his 90th year on April 3rd and he has
been a member for 10 years.
grew up in the Winburne area. His family had a Hungarian
background and he spoke that tongue better than
English when he started school. In 1938, he went
to work for PA Coal & Coke, mining in cramped
3-4 ft. high conditions. From 1942-1945, he joined
the Army/Air Force as an airplane mechanic in the
CBI (China, Burma, India Theater) on the General
Anderson troop ship. The Army discovered Andy also
had a knack for teaching recruits how to shoot so
they sent him off to fly over the "hump"
(the Himalayan Mountains) to what the men jokingly
referred to as "the forgotten country",
China, to help teach the Chinese how to shoot. Sometimes
Andy recalls being really lucky to have fresh eggs
because the only meat in the rice was often bugs.
Andy said he once asked if his parachute was guaranteed...and
was answered, "bring it back if it doesn't
earning his stripe, Andy returned home and married
Norma Hartshorne, June 25th, 1949. He went back
to mining at various operations. He and Norma have
five children - sons Andy and David and daughters
Beverly, Carol, and Norma Lee. Andy volunteered
as a Scout Leader in the mid 50's and was Scout
Leader to our very own Dick Rockey!!
41 years workin coal, 13 of which were for Rushton
Mines, Andy retired December 31, 1981. It took 15
years to finally get black lung; but he says Norma
should have gotten it too for having to wash coal
crusted clothes for all those years.
has one of the most extensive license plate collections;
plates from every US state, Canadian, humorous and
unique plates. One plate even states AJD-4929, a
plate with Andy's initials, the year he married,
and his age at that time!
has high hopes to hop on the SSRT this year and
visit Orviston when the connection is completed,
fishing and hunting along the way. Watch out for
that hidden telephone wire, Andy!!
Andy and his wife are delightful people and thanks
to the trail and a mutual love of the outdoors and
ATVing, we've been lucky enough to meet and enjoy
getting to know them.
Article by Trilby Mayes