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.

Complete Titanic Coverage

Complete Titanic Coverage

In Today’s Time Warp article in Weekend Times, we look back at the opening of the 1997 film “Titanic.” The film is based on the tragedy that happened to “the unsinkable ship” 105 years ago .

Here are links to posts dealing with the Titanic –

New Liner Titanic Strikes Iceberg – Pages from the Past – April 15

Great Titanic Sinks With 1500 On Board — Pages from the Past, April 16

Death List May Reach 2,000 — Pages from the Past, April 17

Carpathia Due Tonight — Pages from the Past, April 18

Out Of The Jaws Of Death — Pages from the Past, April 19

– Brian

Thanksgiving 1892

Thanksgiving 1892

The Tribune published a story in their Thanksgiving edition in 1942 telling about the holiday going ons in Scranton in 1892.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

– Brian

David Cassidy 1950-2017

David Cassidy 1950-2017

David Cassidy, teen idol of the 1970s, died yesterday. He was 67. Cassidy become a star when he joined his stepmother, Shirley Jones, in the new ABC television program “The Partridge Family” in 1970.

At the height of his popularity, Cassidy would come to Scranton and perform at the Catholic Youth Center on April 4, 1972. In advance of his performance, Cassidy spoke with Times editor Sid Benjamin about what he liked more – acting on TV or singing.

As time went on Cassidy would continue to act and sing. He would star in several Broadway shows including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  In October 1991, Cassidy and his former television brother Danny Bonaduce would perform at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

More recently, Cassidy performed at the Schuylkill County Fair in August 2016. Here are images from our sister paper, The Republican Herald of his performance –

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Charles Manson 1934-2017

Charles Manson 1934-2017

Charles Manson died yesterday evening at the Kern County Hospital in California. He was 83.  Manson has been in prison since he and several of followers were convicted of murder in January 1971.

The murders by followers of Manson took place on  August 9 and 10, 1969. The victims on August 9th where actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent. The were all killed at the home of Tate and her director husband, Roman Polanski in Los Angeles.

The Sunday Times – Aug 10, 1969

The members would strike again the following evening on Aug 10 at the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.

Scranton Times – Aug 11 1969

Manson and his members would later be arrested in October 1969. The trial would begin on June 15, 1970 and continue until January 25, 1971 when Manson and three of his followers – Patricia Krewinkel, Leslie Von Houten and Susan Atkins would be found guilty. Later the jury recommended the death penalty for the four.  In February 1972, the death sentences would be commuted to life.

Scranton Times – Jan 26 1971

 

Related – 

Los Angeles Times – Remembering Charles Manson’s victims

Los Angeles Times  – Where are they now? Charles Manson’s ‘family’, decades after the murders

CNN – Charles Manson timeline

Throwback Thursday – Auto Show

Throwback Thursday – Auto Show

Do you love cars? Check out this images from our archives of auto shows at the Watres Armory –

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Throwback Thursday – Field Trip to Gutheinz

Throwback Thursday – Field Trip to Gutheinz

In March 1979, fifth grade students from James Monroe (8) School in Scranton went on a field trip to the Gutheinz Meats at 518-520 Cedar Ave to see how hot dogs are made.  Here are images from their visit – 

Here are few more images of Gutheinz from our archives –

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Throwback Thursday – Video Games

Throwback Thursday – Video Games

Video games in the early 1980s –

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Related –

Local History – Municipalities rushed to cash in on video game craze – Oct. 4, 2015

Top Dog Radio Spot –

What to do with all these potatoes

What to do with all these potatoes

Times Cartoonist Jim Walsh shared some ideas of what to a surplus of potatoes in a late October 1917 edition of the Scranton Times.

If you are having potato surplus problem here are a few recipes from our Local Flavor Recipe archives to help you out.

Marcia Shaffer’s Steak and Potato Round-Up

Susie Davidson’s Potato Cabbage Soup 

Shirley Huddy’s Cheezy Potato and Ham Casserole

St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival Potato Pancakes 

Mary Beth Weber’s Potatoes Anna 

Have a great recipe? Submit it to our contest, and you could win a $100 grocery gift card: http://thetimes-tribune.com/lifestyles/food-and-wine/local-flavor/submit-a-recipe

Related – 

Taco Day – Taco Recipes from our Local Flavor Archives 

Have a slice of pi – Pie recipes from our Local Flavor Archives 

Throwback Thursday – Are you ready for some college football?

Throwback Thursday – Are you ready for some college football?

Close to 5,000 people filled Memorial Stadium in Scranton on Nov. 6, 1966 for a gridiron match-up between the football clubs of the University of Scranton and King’s College. This event was not an official NCAA game. The two teams met and played for the the love of the game.

The Golden Knights of King’s (now the Monarchs) defeated the Tomcats of the University of Scranton (now the Royals) by a score of 19-0.  The university ended its collegiate football program in 1960.

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Related –

Throwback Thursday – Cheerleading  

 

Throwback Thursday: That time disgraced Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein shot a movie in Wayne County and Scranton

Throwback Thursday: That time disgraced Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein shot a movie in Wayne County and Scranton

Last week the Washington Post had a story about sexual abuse claims against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein that dated back to when he made one of his first movies in 1984, that was filmed almost entirely in NEPA.

Playing for Keeps” was written and directed by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein and starred aspiring actress Marisa Tomei.

Much of the film was shot in Wayne County at the old Bethany Colony Mansion, built in 1911 by John Henry Strongman, one of the founders of the famed F.W. Woolworth Co. Then abandoned and in disrepair, the mansion is now a boutique bed and breakfast resort hotel called The Mansion at Noble Lane and has an interesting history of it’s own.

A few scenes were shot in Downtown Scranton and casting calls for locals to appear as extras and bit parts where held at the University of Scranton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some scenes filmed in Downtown Scranton required stunt men.

 

 

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