By 1948 World War II had been over for three years. Within several years some of the male relatives of these children would go to fight a distant battle in Korea. Phrases such as the "Cold War", and "Iron Curtain" were as familiar to children in small towns as they were to those in urban areas.
In 1947, the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company sold its remaining 17 coal towns, including McIntyre, because the mines were no longer profitable. Homes and water rights were purchased by a local salvage company in Indiana, Pennsylvania for $890,000.
Photo: courtesy Nick Morgan collection