John J. Stoffey, Coaldale, PA, was 95 when he died in early January 2017. He wrote what he called “Memories of a Coal Cracker” in the 1960s. Bill White, from The Morning Call, shares his memories in the complete interview he did with Mr. Stoffey.
“”I was born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, in 1921,” he began. “They called it the Jewel City of the anthracite coal fields. When you read this book, you will wonder why they called it so.”