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.

George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

As we say goodbye today as a nation to President George H.W. Bush, here are images and pages from our archives dealing with his appearances in Scranton –

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

As we receive the first taste of winter on this Throwback Thursday, here are a few pictures from 1957 Scranton Playground Spectacular “It’s Show Time.”  The show featured 500 youngsters representing the city’s 34 playgrounds. The spectacular was presented on Wednesday, August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. The crowd for the show was estimated at 8,000.

Young ladies from the Weston Park Playground rehearse their number for the annual playground outdoor spectacle “It’s Show Time.” The show is to take place on August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. Times-Tribune Archives

Young ladies from Tripp Park Playground perform a dance number to the old favorite “Sunny Side of the Street” at the annual Scranton Playground Spectacular on August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. Times-Tribune Archives

An estimated crowd of 8,000 filled Memorial Stadium in Scranton for the annual Playground Show “It’s Show Time.” 500 youngsters representing the city’s 34 playgrounds participated in the show on August 21, 1957. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts:

November 1 – Three Unrelated Photos

October 25 – Mid Valley Chess Club

October 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

Throwback Thursday – Three Unrelated Photos

Throwback Thursday – Three Unrelated Photos

While gathering materials for an upcoming local history column by Erin Nissley, I turned up these three interesting images in my search. The three images involve fire, natural resources and good works.

The first image is of an early morning fire at 1437-39 Capouse Ave on October 11, 1948. The fire gutted B-Sane Manufacturing that was located on the first floor but the adjoining Walter’s Cafe along sustained smoke damage. Also check out the great Heinz Ketchup ad on the exterior wall of the building. The building is still standing and is home to Nearra’s Pizzeria.

Times-Tribune Archives

The second image is of a group of Wyoming County residents visiting a deep natural gas well rig in Mehoopany on Oct 4, 1951. The well is a first for Northeastern Pennsylvania. Oilman John Rebold of Kittanning, center, led the group of visitors. The well is located on John Sheehan’s farm.  The natural gas was located at a depth of 950 feet and is producing 250,000 cubic feet of gas a day.

Times-Tribune Archives

The last image is of children representing several Red Feather agencies that receive funds from the Scranton-Dunmore Community Chest (today known as United Way) in 1951. Red Feather agencies are organizations that provide wholesome programming for children. The children from left at Carl Benjamin, Jay Burkhart, Thomas Quinn, Gail Benger, Thomas Ellis, Nancy Lee Mack, Joan Gubanics and Donald Thompson.

Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts: 

October 25 – Mid Valley Chess Club

October 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Looking for a special treat for Halloween, here are a few suggestions from the October 30, 1968 edition of the Scranton Times –

 

Happy Halloween –

Brian

Throwback Thursday – Mid Valley Chess Club

Throwback Thursday – Mid Valley Chess Club

Check out these images of the Mid Valley Chess Club from the Times-Tribune Library –

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts: 

Oct 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

 

Throwback Thursday – Bargains Galore

Throwback Thursday – Bargains Galore

Images of Bargains Galore from the Times-Tribune Library – 

Principals at the ribbon cutting cermony at the new Bargains Galore Discount Grocery Outlet at 4015 Birney Ave in Moosic on October 14, 1979. From left: Frank Bubblo Jr, Anthony Colonna Sr. Mrs. Therse Colonaa, Bridget Colonna, Moosic Mayor John Segilia and Anthony Colonna III. Times-Tribune Archives

Bargains Galore, at 1101 Moosic Street in Scranton, opened in September 1981. Times-Tribune Archives

Bargains Galore opened it store in the Dundee area of Hanover Twp in September 1985. The chain operated five other stores in Wilkes-Barre, Edwardsville, Luzerne, Scranton and Moosic. Times-Tribune Archives

The newly remodeled and expanded Bargains Galore opened in June 1989 in the Mark Plaza next to KMart in Edwardsville. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts

 October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

Throwback Thursday – Wyoming Ave 1975

Throwback Thursday – Wyoming Ave 1975

Take a look at the 100 block of Wyoming Ave from September 1975.

Wyoming Ave, Scranton, Pa, September 4, 1975. Times-Tribune Archives

The Globe Store, Wyoming Ave, Scranton, Pa, September 4, 1975. Times-Tribune Archives

Wyoming Ave, Scranton, Pa, September 4, 1975. Times-Tribune Archives

 

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts – 

2018

September 20 – St. Clair Streett

September 13 – What A Catch! 

2017

September 28 – September Storms

Sept 21 – Cheerleading 

Sept 14 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton 

Aug 24 – History of the 1900 block of N. Main Ave

Aug 10 – Bike Race

Aug 3 – Hanging out by the pool

July 27 – Watermelons

July 20 – Do you remember Arlans?

July 13 – Dream Games

July 6 – Parade of Little Tots

June 29 – Girl Scouts Roundup

June 22 – Now Pitching

June 15 – Tonight at Tink’s

June 8 – Celebration

June 1 – Burning up the charts

May 25 – Psycho

Throwback Thursday – St. Clair Streett

Throwback Thursday – St. Clair Streett

On the morning of July 17, 1920, Captain St. Clair Streett took off in his De Haviland “Four B” from the farm of Benjamin Throop in Elmhurst.

How did Streett end up on that Elmhurst farm?

Street was in command of the Alaska Flying Expedition that was traveling from Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York to Nome, Alaska. The expedition left Mitchell Field on July 15.

While flying over our area enroute to Erie, Streett and his flying companion, Sgt. Edmund Henriques, got lost in fog and had to land. They safely landed on the farm of Benjamin Throop in Elmhurst.    

Their stay was extended till the morning of the 17th because of a late delivery of gasoline to the farm on the 16th didn’t give Streett enough daylight hours to resume his trip.

In dispatch back to the Times, Streett and Henriques made it to Erie by 12 noon on September 17. Streett and the rest of the expedition left Erie for to their next stop, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Streett and the expedition did make it to Alaska on August 23 and returned to Mitchel Field on October 20.

Streett would go onto to have a successful career in the military. He would retire from the Air Force in 1952 at the rank of Major General.

To learn more about Major General St. Clair Streett, check out these links –

Major General St. Clair Streett – U.S. Air Force Biographies https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105518/major-general-st-clair-streett/

October 10, 1928 – Day in Aviation History  https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/st-clair-streett/

Previous Throwback Thursday posts:

2018

September 13 – What A Catch! 

2017

September 28 – September Storms

Sept 21 – Cheerleading 

Sept 14 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton 

Aug 24 – History of the 1900 block of N. Main Ave

Aug 10 – Bike Race

Aug 3 – Hanging out by the pool

July 27 – Watermelons

July 20 – Do you remember Arlans?

July 13 – Dream Games

July 6 – Parade of Little Tots

June 29 – Girl Scouts Roundup

June 22 – Now Pitching

June 15 – Tonight at Tink’s

June 8 – Celebration

June 1 – Burning up the charts

May 25 – Psycho

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Two hundred and thirty-one years ago today in Philadelphia the Constitution of the United States was agreed to and signed by 39 delegates to the Second Constitution Convention.

To mark this occasion, I decided to see what we had in our files on Constitution Day.

The first two items were cartoons by Times Cartoonist form 1966 and 1967.

The next item is this local history article from 1958 talking about a ceremony held marking Constitution Day in 1937. Here is the article –

After reading the article above, I went up to Nay Aug Park to see if the monument is still there.  It is. The boulder with the plaque is located on the right hand side of Mulberry St directly across from the Everhart Museum.

Monument in Nay Aug Park dedicated on Sept 17, 1937 marking the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The monument inscription reads – Presented to the People of Lackawanna County by the City of Philadelphia, S. Davis Wilson, Mayor; 150th Anniversary of the Constitution. Brian Fulton/Staff Photo

There is a second monument in the park dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. This monument, also a boulder with a plaque, is located directly across from the 1937 monument in the front lawn of the Everhart Museum.

Monument dedicated on the 200th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. The inscription reads – ” Presented to City of Scranton, Lackawanna County – David J Wenzel, Mayor; Joe Corcoran, Ray Albergi, Charles Luger, Commissioners; on the 200th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution 1787-1987; Constitution Bicentennial Commission Members – Robert Munley, Esq, president; Rabbi Milton Richman, vice president; William K Nasser, Sr. Treasurer; Charles Spano, Secretary; Walter A Buckman, Ann Cianflone, Esq., Michael Dudek, Donna Dunio, Joy Evans, Mary Ferrario, Rose Fiorani, Bill Hines, Judy Hochman D.E.D, Arlene Hopkins, Henry Janoski, Jerome Leeson, Rosebud Leventhal, Diana Lustig, Liza Mazzarella, David Miller, Esq., William Murray NEIU, Gillian Nevin, Violet Ofalt, Sr. M. Eamon O’Neill, IHM, Sr. Therese O’Rourke, Mary Rose Quinn, Marnie Rees, Bill Rinaldi Clerk of Judical Records, Muriel Rosenberg, Tim Scully, Joan Sharpe, Sr. Gilmary Speirs IHM, Mary Rita Stuckart, Theodore Zawistowski. Brian Fulton/Staff Photo

Related links:

Transcript of the U.S. Constitution – National Archives 

Q&A on the U.S. Constitution – National Archives 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – What A Catch!

Throwback Thursday – What A Catch!

What a catch! One of the biggest catch of fish made in 1917 in the Gulf of Mexico is credited to Dr. and Mrs. B.H. Warren, of West Chester; Charles Stevenson, of Carapolis, and Alfred Twining, botanical authority and former editor of the Scranton Times. The group used rods, reels and spoon hooks to catch 450 pounds of kingfish, grouper, grunts and a shark.

From left: Dr. B.H. Warren, Mrs. Warren, Charles Stevenson and Alfred Twining with their catch of 450 pounds of fish from the Gulf Of Mexico while on trip to Florida in 1917. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts – 

2017

September 28 – September Storms

Sept 21 – Cheerleading 

Sept 14 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton 

Aug 24 – History of the 1900 block of N. Main Ave

Aug 10 – Bike Race

Aug 3 – Hanging out by the pool

July 27 – Watermelons

July 20 – Do you remember Arlans?

July 13 – Dream Games

July 6 – Parade of Little Tots

June 29 – Girl Scouts Roundup

June 22 – Now Pitching

June 15 – Tonight at Tink’s

June 8 – Celebration

June 1 – Burning up the charts

May 25 – Psycho