HARRY LAUCK POOL HALL
By Rose Marie Hays
Dad’s mother died when he was 13, and his father died when he was 17. His
story to me was that after his parents died he had it pretty rough. He
had a half brother on his mother’s side who came in for part of the house his
parents owned, and if it hadn’t been for Bill Greenwood’s father he would have
lost everything. He went to work for Hiram Carpenter when they were
building the St. Mary’s Bridge. Hiram ran the ferry boat and taught Dad
to pilot the ferry.
He married when he was nineteen to Lenora Rolston. He was a very
tender-hearted person and felt the boys in town needed a place to enjoy
themselves, so he built his first pool room. There was a service station
owned by John Eddy where IGA is now, behind the station was a house. I
don’t know if he bought the house or not but remember living there. He
built a small building back of it and had two tables. I remember Norman
Wallace and Albert Berga racking balls after school. He didn’t have it very
long. He got steady work on the river and didn’t have time to run
it. Mr. Carpenter worked Dad for several years.
Later Dad went to work for Dravo Corporation at Pittsburgh. He took a
test and got his pilots license. Later he worked for Atlas Towing
Co. I got to go one summer on the boat as mother took a job as cook for
the summer. He retired after about 35 years.
He then bought the old post office building from Mr. Gano and made it into a
pool room. He ran this a few years until he moved on account of a
flood. He then made it into two apartments. June and Junior Harris
lived in one, and Ruth and Ed Pryor lived in the other.
He later made it back into a pool room and a small lunch room. Mother
wanted to serve just sandwiches, but when I went to work for her, I started
having a special dinner every day. The business grew, and Dad decided to
buy Cale Davis’s house. He had it torn down and built the block building
that stands today. He had three tables in it and enlarged the
My parents ran that for several years. Mother passed away in 1966, and
Dad ran the business until his death in 1968.