Pages From The Past

Curated by staff librarian Brian Fulton, Pages from the Past is your outlet for regional local history stories, discussion and the treasures of the Times-Tribune archives.

Time Warp 2003 – Ozzfest

Time Warp 2003 – Ozzfest

Today in Weekend Times, librarian Brian Fulton reaches back 15 years in our archives for a look at Ozzfest. Here are the images captured at the summer festival –

Imagaes in this gallery can be purchased at our online photo store – http://thetimes-tribune.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2204654&CategoryID=49658

20 Years Ago: Lake Carey Tornado

20 Years Ago: Lake Carey Tornado

A tornado hit Lake Carey at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 1998, with such violent force that it destroyed homes, ripped trees and shrubs from the ground and caused the death of two residents.

The next day, Wyoming County Commissioner Ron Williams reported that firefighters and volunteers were working to clear debris to make roads passable and that the National Guard was coming to help with the cleanup and rescue. Work crews from the state Department of Transportation found one road filled with a mound of trees 15 feet high.

Wyoming County Coroner Tom Kukuchka reported that two people, an elderly woman and a middle-aged man, died as a result of the violent storm.

Officials from the National Weather Service in Binghamton came to the area on June 3 and confirmed that a tornado hit the lake. The tornado sprang from a line of severe thunderstorms that moved across the region, a storm John LaCorte of the National Weather Service office in State College called one of the worst in history. The storm damaged a 25-square mile area, and President Bill Clinton declared Wyoming County a major disaster area days later.

In addition to the tornado at Lake Carey, reports arose about suspected tornados in Meshoppen and Lackawanna County. There also were suspected tornadoes in other parts of Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and Centre and Northumberland counties.

Tornadoes also hit the area Sunday, May 31. The National Weather Service confirmed that an F-1 tornado struck in Monroe Twp. in Wyoming County, and two F-0 tornadoes hit Pike County.

 

Jack Johnson Pardoned

Jack Johnson Pardoned

Today, President Donald Trump posthumously pardon the late boxing champion Jack Johnson. Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act and he served several years in Leavenworth.  On his release date of July 9, 1921, the Scranton Times ran a short piece on his release –

When Johnson died in 1946, he was remembered as a friend of Scranton. Johnson lived and worked in Scranton at the Newport Hotel on Center Street.

 

Love and Bullets

Love and Bullets

Today 84 years ago, the notorious bandit couple Bonnie & Clyde were killed by police who were trying to stop them near Sailes, Louisiana..  In their time together Bonnie and Clyde are believed to have committed 13 murders and numerous robberies and burglaries according to the FBI’s Famous Cases and Criminal website.

After a run in with police in Texas and Oklahoma in April, the couple were reported to be staying with the Methvins, another crime family, in Louisiana.  Hearing that they were returning from a party, police from Louisiana and Texas hid in the bushes along the road near Sailes, Louisiana. When the couple drove up the road, the police were waiting. They attempted to get away but the police fired upon the vehicle. They were both killed.

You can read the coverage of the last stand of Bonnie and Clyde from the May 23, 1934 edition of the Scranton Times here https://www.dropbox.com/s/jkvbysebtlcdkn4/Bonnie%20and%20Clyde%201934.pdf?dl=0

Another interesting item can be found on the front page of the May 23rd paper. On the same day that Bonnie and Clyde were killed, infamous gangster John Dillinger‘s girlfriend, Evelyn Frechette, and his doctor, Dr. Clayton May, were found guilty by a federal jury in St. Paul, Minn. for harboring Dillinger on recent visit to St. Paul.  You can also read this article by visiting the link above.

Many years later, Hollywood would tell their story in a major motion picture starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the couple. The film was a huge hit.  It did lead to an argument for a Clarks Summit couple back in 1968.  The Times helped to settled the dispute peacefully.

To read more about Bonnie and Clyde check out their file on the FBI’s Famous Cases and Criminal website http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde.

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day holiday,

Brian

A Royal Wedding

A Royal Wedding

Saturday morning the eyes of the world will be focused on St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. To get you ready for the pomp and circumstance, we have gathered together few articles from previous royal weddings from our archives and videos from the weddings of William and Kate, Charles and Diana and Elizabeth and Philip.

April 29, 2011 – The Marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to Catherine Middleton

The Times-Tribune – April 30, 2011

The Times-Tribune – April 30, 2011

July 29, 1981 – The Marriage of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer

Scranton Times – July 29, 1981

November 20, 1947 – The Marriage of Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II)  to Lt. Philip Mountbatten

Scranton Times – Nov. 20, 1947

Scranton Times – Nov. 20, 1947

June 3, 1937 – The Marriage of the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) and Wallis Warfield (formerly Simpson) 

Scranton Times – June 3, 1937

Scranton Times – June 3, 1937

Collection of Associated Press videos dealing with Royal Romances – https://apnews.com/card/afs:Card:1967020470

Related –

A Royal Birth – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/a-royal-birth/

A Royal Divorce – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/a-royal-divorce/

Death of a Princess http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/death-of-a-princess/

Throwback Thursday – Central Baseball 1968

Throwback Thursday – Central Baseball 1968

Collection of images of the 1968 Scranton Central High School baseball team –

Images in this gallery can be purchased by visiting our photo store – http://thetimes-tribune.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2199355&CategoryID=49658

Auto Show 1968

Auto Show 1968

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Auto and Sports Show rolled into the Watres Armory in Scranton on March 29 thru 31, 1968. On display was over a million dollars worth of automobiles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and other sports equipment.

In addition to the big cars,  model car enthusiasts enjoyed model displays and even got a chance to compete with their HO racing cars in a competition.

The future of transportation was on display with Pennsylvania Power & Light “car of the future.” The noiselessly car, which is powered by a series of lead-cobalt batteries, can reach speeds of 120 miles per hour.

The show was organized by the Scranton Junior Chamber of Commerce and The Scranton Times.

Related –

Scranton Auto Show 1918 – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/scranton-auto-show/

Scranton Auto Show  – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/throwback-thursday-auto-show/

Mustering the Troops

Mustering the Troops

Editor’s note: Portions of this article original appeared in Sunday Times on August 14, 2016

In the summer of ’16 — that is 1916 — the U.S Department of War called up the 13th Regiment to serve on the U.S./Mexico border in an effort to capture Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa.
Before the entire regiment was called up, a portion of the group, Company A Engineers, left for the border in late June. The rest of the regiment was called up Aug. 10 as an infantry unit.
The 13th Regiment had men to serve but they needed more. They set up a recruiting station on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. They also used a series of advertisements in The Scranton Times asking for men to enlist.
The men left Scranton on a special Lackawanna Railroad train for Mt. Gretna Military Reservation in Lebanon County on August 14, 1916.

The next day, the War Department ordered the halt of all troop movements to the U.S./Mexico border because of the possibility of a railroad strike. The men of the 13th were held at Mt. Gretna.
While the troops were held at Mt. Gretna, new recruits were sent to the camp to join the regiment.

On Oct. 4, 962 officers and enlisted men of the 13th Regiment finally left Mt. Gretna for the border. They arrived in El Paso, Texas, in the early morning hours of Oct. 9.

On March 12, 1917 the War Department announced that Scranton’s 13th Regiment will be leaving Camp Stewart in Texas to return home on March 17.  With this news, Scranton started preparing a welcome celebration for the troops. The celebration was to feature 200 piece band and the ringing of the city’s church bells when the troops arrived at the Lackawanna Station. Due to damage to a train bridge in New Jersey, the troops finally arrived home in Scranton on March 28.

Members of the 13th Regiment returning home from the U.S./Mexican Border in March 1917. Times-Tribune Archives

Several months later in July, the 13th regiment would be mobilized to start training to join the fight in Europe. The United States entered the war on April 6.  Troops started to leave Scranton for training in Georgia in early August.

To learn more about the Mexican Punitive Expedition visit https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/fall/mexican-punitive-expedition-1.html

Easter Parade, Scranton Style

Easter Parade, Scranton Style

From our Easter Sunday collection –

Images in this gallery are available for purchase at photo store – http://thetimes-tribune.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2193735&CategoryID=49658

Throwback Thursday – Answering the Call

Throwback Thursday – Answering the Call

On June 14, 1956 the employees of Bell Telephone’s office in Scranton answered the call of the American Red Cross. The employees donated 121 pints of blood.

An excellent turnout of donors during a visit of the bloodmobile to the Bell Telephone Co on June 14, 1956 enabled the Scranton Red Cross chapter to exceed its quota by collecting 121 pints of blood. The accomplishment made possible the distribution of 83 pints of blood to area hospitals. Standing from left: Eleanor Koscinski, RN; James M Griffth Jr., manager at Bell Telephone; and Betty Gesek, RN. Donating blood are Teresa Ruddy (left) an Catherine Goldieri. Times-Tribune Archives

If you want to “answer the call” visit the Scranton Red Cross’ website to find out more about blood donation – http://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania/eastern-pennsylvania/find-your-local-chapter/northeastern-pa