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Catalog Number 1999:23
Collection Golatz Collection
Object Name Papers, personal
Title Personal papers of George Golatz

Scope & Content This collection consists of numerous papers and artifacts pertaining to Charles Golatz's occupation as a coremaker in the Verona foundry.

The artifacts are catalogued separately.
Physical characteristics
Admin/Biographical History Charles Golatz was born on October 12, 1917 and died of a heart attack on July 7, 1980.
He spent almost 40 years of his life as a coremaker in a foundry in Verona, PA. Golatz worked for American Steel Foundries, which had opened the Verona plant in 1937. The Verona Works produced such items as friction shoes for railway trucks, truck snubbers, parts for diesel locomotives, track and switch castings, and many parts for electrical equipment. On May 31, 1959 American Steel Foundries terminated the employees of the Verona plant. The following day the workers became employees of Specialty Steel Products, Inc. During the next two decades ownership of the plant changed several times. The paystubs of George Golatz reflect the following employees: Specialty Steel Products, Inc. (June 1959 to May 1961); Specialty Steel Products, Inc., Division of Rochez Bros., Inc. (June 1961 to Jan. 1964); Rochez Bros., Inc. (Feb. 1964 to Jan. 1966); Union Springs & Manuf. Co. (Jan. 1966 to Mar. 1966); Union Specialty Steel Casting Corp. (April 1966 to Golatz's retirement in 1977). In 1984 the Verona Foundry was closed and all of the workers were unemployed. Ralph Heid, a co-worker of Golatz, worked at the foundry until it closed. He said the core room shut down the first week of October and the company only provided the workers with hospitalization until October 31st. Ralph currently lives in Regency Park, Plum Boro, PA.
Dates of Creation 1943 - 1977