Admiral Joel T. Boone
Son of a St. Clair businessman William A. Boone and his wife Anna Thompson Boone,
Born: August 1889
In World War I as a medical officer, he was wounded and awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery.
White House physician to Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.
On October 17, 1949, he spoke at Saint Clair High School.
Joel T. Boone retired as Vice Admiral in 1950. He died April 2, 1974 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland. There was a battleship commissioned to honor him, above is insignia. It was decommissioned in 2012
Dr. Claude Beck
Dr. Claude Beck born and raised in Saint Clair, was the first surgeon to perform open-heart surgery in America.
Claude Beck (1894-1971) pioneered heart surgery, especially operations to improve circulation in damaged heart muscles. He also devised ways to revive heart attack victims, including the defibrillator and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Beck had trained as a neurosurgeon at Harvard and Johns Hopkins before coming to University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1924 as resident and Crile Research Fellow in Surgery. He soon turned to cardiovascular research and surgery, and devoted the remainder of his career to that field. Beck was associate surgeon from 1928 until he retired in 1965. Western Reserve University School of Medicine appointed him demonstrator of surgery in 1924-25; professor of neurosurgery in 1940; and the first professor of cardiovascular surgery in the U.S. from 1952 until 1965.
In 1947, Beck successfully defibrillated a 14-year-old boy whose heart went into fibrillation after an operation. This defibrillator was made by James Rand, a friend of Beck. The silver paddles (the size of a large tablespoon) were for open-chest use. The circuit connected the heart to the 110-VAC powerline through an ammeter, a switch, and a resistance adjustable between 10 and 35 ohms. Rand made two defibrillators that first year of 1947: one is in the Smithsonian, and one in The Bakken's collections.
Joseph "Socks" Holden
Born in Saint Clair in June of 1913,
Played with the Philadelphia Phillies
Joe “Socks” was married to Catherine Siney, granddaughter of John Siney and had four children. Son. Tim Holden spent many years as a Representative in the U. S. House of Representatives.
Joe passed away on May 10, 1996
From Saint Clair
Brought Boy Scouting to Saint Clair and was first Scout Master. Studied Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA
Purchased Dr. Boone house on North Second Street in Saint Clair. The garage of the residence, located on 3rd Street, was formerly a barn. Several years ago after the "snowfall of the century" the roof collapsed on the barn. Many items were destroyed or damaged. The Conestoga Wagon that was once stored there is now in Doylestown with Dr. Delp's son, Charles.The Conestoga Wagon that was once stored there was taken to Doylestown with Dr. Delp's son, Charles. The rumor is Dr. Delp was in possession of the "Vicksburg Cane", a cane made from a tree that was near where General Lee surrendered to General Grant at end of the Civil War.
Dr. Delp passed away in April of 1992. The homestead/office on 2nd Street was torn down around 2010
Joseph H. Long
Joseph Long was the last four generations of German Longs' in Saint Clair.* Michael Long, settled in this area when it was nothing more than a prairie in 1840. He opened the "Old Buck Horn Hotel and also ran a liver stable. Michael's son, Peter then took over the business as well as his son Joseph (Joseph H. Long's father). Joe Long was born on August 8, 1908 in the same bed as his dad was born at the Buck Horn Hotel.
When Joseph was around 13 years of age (approximately 1921) his father was electrocuted by a fallen wire while working at the hotel during a rainstorm. Joe's mother was unable to keep up the hotel business after her husband was killed. Joseph has one brother, Bernard who left a position as assistant cashier of the St. Clair Bank and went on to become president of Park National Bank in Chicago, IL.
Joseph Long graduated high school in 1928 and then spent 7 years playing quarterback and coaching semipro football teams, including the East Mines Bears and Hamburg.
Before retiring in 1986, after serving 28 years as our Mayor, a total of 50 years of Community Service. Joe began his community service life in 1933 when he became one of the first two uniformed members of the Saint Clair Police Department. As a policeman, Joe saw many gruesome accidents with dynamite, especially since many bootleggers had caches of it in their homes. "Everyone had dynamite in their home. There was an accident every other week or so...nobody ever thought anything of it,." quoted Joe from a 1983 newspaper story about his life.
In 1944, after 11 years as a policeman Joe decided to run for town council. At the same time Joe, through political connections became a strip mine inspector with the Pennsylvania State Department of Mines for Schuylkill and Northumberland counties. In 1957, Joe ran for the office of Chief Burgess. He won and took office the following year and then went on to serve six consecutive terms a Mayor. He has run for offices eleven times. In 1958, he accepted a position in the Clerk of Courts Office of Schuylkill County, where he worked until retiring in 1974 with 16 years of service.
Joe battled with PennDOT for much of his years as Mayor of St. Clair over a Rt. 61 bypass. Before Joe passed away in 1990 his dream of a bypass was realized, and the new bypass bears the name of Joseph H. Long Blvd. in his honor.
Joe was married to the former Lucy R. Pasqua of Minersville. They married late in life and have never had any children. I can still remember Lucy Long working at the St. Clair swimming pool during the summers. If you did something wrong she would kick you out for the day or week but not until she gave you a good scolding!
Without any formal art training John Bakas painted still-lifes, to portraits to religious paintings displayed in St. Casimir's Church. Mr. Bakas passed away several years ago, but his painting live on. His paintings of the collieries and various mining scenes can be see on North 2nd Street in the shop window of the late Norm Aggon, the local tailor. (Sadly, Mr. Aggon passed away on February 25, 2000. He will be greatly missed.) Paintings that can be seen in St. Casimir's Church are; the head of Christ, the Blessed Virgin along with a 9' painting of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and Christ's crucifixion.
Other pictures he has done include portraits of; John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy, Dean Martin, Paul Newman, Nick Adams, Anthony Quinn, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Muhammad Ali, Farrah Fawcett and more. He was known to paint self-portraits of himself depicted as a sailor, Indian, cowboy and matador.
Remember the giant bear in Lokitus's window?
Remember the Kodiak bear ?
Many people in town and those traveling through St. Clair on route 61 remember seeing him, all 9 foot 6 inches, standing in Lokitus's window.
Remember the different outfits the bear wore?
Anything from a Basketball uniform to celebrate the 1969-70 winning season to a fireman's outfit to celebrate the Firemen's convention in town.