Mystery Photo solved

  • By Park Burroughs November 10, 2013
Showing off their catch at the 1985 Observer-Reporter newspaper carriers picnic are, from left, Sean Parkinson, Greg Evans and George Taro. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Even though 28 years have gone by since these boys were photographed at the Observer-Reporter’s annual newspaper carriers picnic, many Washington-area residents found it quite easy to identify them. We received a couple dozen calls and emails, most from people who recognized the boy on the left, Sean Parkinson, including his father, William Smith. Nearly an equal number were able to identify the boy in the Prexie Pride T-shirt as George Taro. Both lived in Washington’s West End.

Fewer could name the one in the middle, but Travis Whitlock knew it was Greg Evans, who had come from Pittsburgh to live with his family for about six years. Whitlock is Evans’ cousin.

“I am 100 percent certain that is Greg Evans,” Whitlock said, “because that shirt he’s wearing, from the Stone Crab Inn, was my brother’s shirt.”

Evans is now living in Pittsburgh, and according to Whitlock, suffered a stroke several years ago.

Two other callers also confirmed Evans’ identity, including Mark Jones of Washington, who also said that Parkinson is his cousin. Parkinson, he said, is now living in Tennessee, where he is working as a restaurant cook.

Taro, however, still lives in Washington, and according to his mother, Maureen Schantz, is still a Prexie fan. Taro, who went on to play football under Coach Guy Montecalvo, is now a coal miner.

The three boys were all students at Washington Elementary Education Park at the time.

“I went to the O-R picnic with my friend Sean, who was a carrier,” said Taro, 41. “I think it was on a farm on the way toward Claysville.”

Taro was 13 years old at the time. He graduated from Wash High in 1990, a year behind Parkinson. Taro, who is single, worked as a body man until about two years ago, when he went to work at Crabapple in Consol’s Bailey Mine.

Look for another Mystery Photo in next Monday’s Observer-Reporter.

Park Burroughs has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1972. He is the winner of numerous state and regional awards for feature, column and editorial writing. He is the author of two books, “Enter, With Torches: Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor,” and "Washington County Murder and Mayhem." He retired in September 2012 but continues to contribute to the O-R’s news pages.


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