John C. Trafny is a life-long resident of Gary, Indiana, and a graduate of Emerson High School, class of 1968. He is the author of another insightful Images of America title, The Polish Community of Gary. which was published in 2001. Mr. Trafny has taught history at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana, since 1984, where he is now the department chair. He is a guest lecturer at Purdue University and Calumet College. Having grown up in Gary's East Side, author John C. Trafny and his knowledge, experience, and appreciation for the area are apparent in every image.
Gary's East Sideby John C. Trafny
From the steel mills to the churches to Gary's
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Gary's East Side is a nostalgic look back at one of the Steel City's oldest neighborhoods. Through a captivating collection of photographs that chronicle the many aspects of life on the east side of Gary, the book presents the rich history of the community from 1906, the year of Gary's founding, to the present.
From the steel mills to the churches to Gary's City Hall, Gary's East Side offers a touching look at this close-knit community. The east side of Gary was a place where people knew their neighbors, where children went to school together, and married high school sweethearts. The area has changed, but a new Gary is emerging. Gary's East Side presents the history of this area in poignant detail and points to the heartening future. Author John Trafny's skillful compilation promises to bring back fond memories of this historic neighborhood.
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I was born and raised in Gary, Indiana in 1946. I lived on the corner of 6th and Virginia in a big Grey House. The house is gone now, lost to a fire in the 80's I believe. I have always envied those who can still go back and see their homes they were raised in, even if it may not look quite the same as it did then. This book was given to me as a gift by my childhood friend, Judy Roszkowiak Hibberd who was visiting. Her sentiments were wonderful. 'To My Forever Friend, Elyse. Where our friendship began, oh so many years ago. Some of the pictures inside will bring back memories, some happy, some sad. Nevertheless, it is a part of our lives.' How true it is. I remember Gary as a bustling town, safe. The Steel Mill brought many good jobs and when the Steel business started to decline that was also the decline of Gary. I moved out of Gary in 1965 and have returned for class reunions, but it is too sad for me to go to Gary and see the city as it is now, but the memories are still there. That great old High School Emerson and the friends that were made and many of the traditions the school had. A time of innocence gone. My Uncles Louis Nosko, a marine and John Nosko, a sailor are on page 115. My Uncle Louie was also a Gary Police Officer in the 50's. That was a great surprise to see and heart warming. Loved the book, the pictures, the people I remember, the church, schools, everything. Thanks John, for taking the time and effort to research and write this book. With great appreciation, Elyse Nosko Pritchett Auburn, California
I grew up on Gary's East Side but moved away in 1969. That was the beginning of the fall of the city. This book brought back Gary in its glory days! I'm hosting a class reunion for Emerson High School for the 60's decade and I'll be bringing along a copy of this book and information on ordering it thru this site. Great to see Gary the way I remember it again!