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
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 work."
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
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
Article by Trilby Mayes