I was just cataloging some photos in my external hard drive and found this excellent photo of 2 Manville police cars passing / sharing a moment under the old Weston Underpass. This would be before the road and bridge were rerouted, so this is the underpass that is currently filled in with dirt. (you can see my old post about it HERE) I’m not even sure who to credit for this photo, because I frankly forgot who sent it to me. I can’t believe I haven’t posted this one earlier given how cool it is. You can see the Esso station way back in the distance… love these old police cruisers too! So cool.
Over the weekend I got an amazing email from Tom Schneck. It included this rare photo of his uncle Floyd Shimalla driving around in the first Manville Police car. If you recognize the name Floyd Shimalla that’s because he was Manvilles first constable and is featured in the pretty famous “First Manville Administration” photo that is on display at the Manville Library. I also posted it on this site… you can see it HERE. According to Tom he was also a professional Heavyweight boxer, which I actually was not aware of, but if you ask me is pretty good experience if you are about to serve as the only constable for a brand new town. Anyway, this photo is dated 1929. I’m not sure what that building is in the background there… anyone know? Thanks so much Tom, for this great photo! Here is the back of the photo…
Alright, let us take a break from the movies for a minute to squeeze in an archived issue of the old Manville News. This issue is October 31st, 1941. The cover stories include the opening of the Manville Municipal Building, which is pretty cool. The is a lot of political info in this issue, and again these are now scanned with text recognition software, so they are searchable. Here is a download LINK.
Before I start this post, let me just say that the Police photos have gotten a LOT of attention over the past 2 days. Yesterday had the third highest web hit count since I started this thing… so thanks to Drew Persinko for submitting them and if you have thought about submitting photos and for some reason didn’t, let that be some inspiration for you to finally do it. With that said, this is the last of the photos that Drew sent me. If you are from the town of Manville the name John Jasinski should mean something to you. He was Manville’s first Police Chief & Manvilles first Recorder/Magistrate. Along with Joseph Dudash, and Andrew Shutack they made up Manville’s first police “force” and the did it alone up until the addition of John Kropewnicki in 1940 (who I unfortunately do not have a photo of). This article is great not just because it honors the first 3 officers of Manville law, but because the photos are so classic looking. These guys are a priceless part of Manville’s history. For more Police Officer records you can check the Manville Police Dept. website’s history section where they have what seems to be the complete list.
Andrew Persinko started as a ptrolman on the Manville Police Force in 1949, was promoted to Sgt. in 1963, and had become a Lt. sometime in the 70’s. He spent 31 years of his life as a Manville Police officer until he retired in 1980. His son Drew sent us all these great photos. Much respect to Andrew and his family.
Front Row, Left to Right: Theodore Lapay, Andrew Shutak, John Jasinski (Chief), Joseph Dudash, John Kropewnicki
Back Row, Left to Right: Andrew Persinko, Ted Gluch, Richard Delesky, Michael Wass, Rudolph, Korosec, John Kelyman
Wow, I am are dropping all kinds of MPD stuff on here today. Here is another submission from the Persinko family. The 1954 Manville Police Force. This names were sent to me with Drew Persinko along with the photos, so I am assuming they are correct. Of course I am always open to corrections. I actually recognize this photo from the collection of Neal Ranauro, so I’m 99% sure the photo was taken by him. This is awesome.