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Nick Zarpas (1882-1933)

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Nick Zarpas (1882-1933)

Posted: 8 Apr 2007 3:36PM GMT
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Nick Zarpas came to Monessen in 1907 and established a successful business on Fifth & Donner as a street vendor selling popcorn and peanuts. Nick was an industrious entrepreneur, and regularly used the “Monessen Daily Independent” newspaper to advertise himself as the "Popcorn Man". Nick became a local celebrity when the paper announced on October 25th, 1911 that he miraculously escaped with his life and almost “went up to the angels” when a team of frightened horses bolted down the street, ran into his cart and knocked the contents into the pavement! They also record on August 15th, 1912 that Nick was returning to Chios to claim his new bride, and would be back after a short honeymoon. Nick would eventually have five sons: Stephen (b.1915), Constantine/a.k.a Gus (b.1918), Michael (b.1919), Sammy (b.1921) and Ted (b.1927). Nick later expanded his business to sell “Zarpas Ointment Cures”. It was advertised as the “Greatest Discovery of the Century” and reportedly cured everything from rheumatism to dandruff. His son, Gus recalls labeling packages of the ointment to send to Greeks living as far away as continent of Africa.

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