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.

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.

 

 

Watch the trailer:

Throwback Thursday – Bear Cubs

Throwback Thursday – Bear Cubs

On this Throwback Thursday, journey back to the Bear Den at Nay Aug Park and visit with the cubs.

Three little bears look questioningly at the photographer as he takes their picture in Nay Aug Park Zoo on May 8, 1950. They were born in January. Times-Tribune Archives

Three bear cubs are just hanging out in their home at the Nay Aug Park Zoo on May 8, 1950. Visitors to the zoo watch the cubs from outside the enclosure. Times-Tribune Archives

Visitors to Nay Aug Park Zoo on May 8, 1950 stop and visit with the bear cubs in their den. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts – 

Sept 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

Taco Day

Taco Day

It’s National Taco Day, a day set aside to celebrate the crunchy treat from our neighbors to the south. I have pulled together some recipes from our local flavor archives to give you some culinary inspiration for dinner tonight.

Taco recipes from our Local Flavor Archives

Taylor Occhipinti’s Meatless Tacos with Fresh Salsa

Leslie Gilgallon’s Mexican Stuffed Shells 

Brenda Lee Pringle’s Taco Chicken

Jane Carlonas’ Taco Dip 

Pat Gorgol’s Taco Dip 

 

The Origins of Taco Day from Taco Bell

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

Throwback Thursday – September Storms

Throwback Thursday – September Storms

Sometimes September surprises us with the weather. Over the past few days, temperatures have reached into the 90s throughout our region. And according to Accuweather, starting tomorrow temperatures will be more autumn like with temps in the mid 60s during the day and 40s overnight.  

In September 1956, another form of extreme weather hit our area.  A wave of subfreezing temperatures brought a “funnel shaped twister” to Archbald in the evening of September 17. People living the area of the 200 and 300 blocks of Laurel Street and the 300 block of Cherry Street reported seeing the twister. Most of the damage was centered on the 300 block of Laurel with toppled trees.

A few days later on September 23, 1956, a strong electrical storm brought destruction to downtown Scranton.

Twenty tons of wood and steel crashed to the ground on September 23, 1956 at the height of wind and rain storm that lashed Scranton. A sign toppled from the roof of a building at the corner of Penn Ave and Lackawanna Ave during the storm. No was injured by the falling debris but a car riding past when it fell was showered with flying bricks. Scranton Police Lt. Chester Cimini can be seen surveying the damage. Times-Tribune Archives

 

Irving Grossbard, owner of dry good store at 333 South Main Ave., examines the damage to an awning on his business. The awning was damaged during a violent electrical storm that struck the area on September 23, 1956. The heavy winds which accompanied the pelting rain and electrial display hit with such force that metal rod supporting the canvas bent. The storm caused hevay property damage and caused power outages to hundreds of customers of Pennsylvania Power & Light. Times-Tribune Archives

Related:

Times-Tribune Weather Page –  http://thetimes-tribune.com/weather

Hurricane Gloria – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/hurricane-gloria/

Hurricane Diane – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/hurricane-diane/

Agnes Flood – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/agnes-flood-40-years-of-memories/

Previous Throwback Thursday post –  

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 – Cheerleading

Throwback Thursday – Cheerleading

Cheerleading practice at Memorial Stadium in September 1969 –

Previous Throwback Thursday post – 

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 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton

Throwback Thursday – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton

The imperial stallion, Hatsushimo, paid a visit to Scranton on May 4, 1950 as part of an effort by the Koch-Conley Post, American Legion to raise funds for the Lackawanna Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Hatsushimo (or First Frost) was on exhibition for three days in Scranton. While in Scranton, the horse paid a visit to Scranton City Hall. Following his stay in Scranton, Hatsushimo would make a visit to Victory Post 13 in Dunmore.

Hatsushimo paid a visit to City Hall when he visited Scranton on May 4, 1950. From left: Mayor James Hanlon, former Army Lt. Dick Ryan and Hatsushimo. On the steps behind the horse, from left: Dr. Martin O’Malley, PR officer for the local unit of the American Cancer Society; James B Rosenfeld, Mrs. James Hanlon, Bernard Blier and Comdr. Frank T. Foley, of the Koch-Conley Post, American Legion. Times-Tribune Archives

The noble steed, was owned by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. According to a article from 1947, Hatsushimo was first offered to General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur declined.  Army Lt. Dick Ryan, who arranged rodeos and another entertainment for the troops in the Pacific Theater during the war, purchased Hatsushimo for 1,000 yen (or $63). With the purchase, Ryan promised the Japanese royal family and his superiors that he would never sell the horse.

Once back in United States, Ryan would took Hatsushimo around the country to help raise money for charity, membership drives for American Legion posts and for exhibitions at state fairs. To read more about Hatsushimo check out this article from the Long Riders Guild – http://www.lrgaf.org/military/hirohito.htm 

– Brian

Related – 

Japanese Ambassador speaks in Scranton – Pages from the Past – Dec. 19, 2014

Previous Throwback Thursday post –

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

Death Of A Princess

Death Of A Princess

Twenty years ago the death of a princes shocked the world.

The fatal crash that claimed Diana, her companion Dodi Fayed and her driver Henri Paul took place just after midnight on Sunday, August 31, 1997 in Paris. The couple, her driver and a bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones were driving through the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.  Paul, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle and struck a pillar in the tunnel.  Rees-Jones was the only one to survive the crash.

The Sunday Times – August 31, 1997

Her funeral would take place on Saturday, September 6, 1997 at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Sunday Times – September 7, 1997

Related – 

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

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/

Video the funeral of Princess Diana – C-SPAN – https://www.c-span.org/video/?90558-1/princess-diana-funeral

Throwback Thursday – Then, Then, Then and Now

Throwback Thursday – Then, Then, Then and Now

Over the years the east side of the 1900 block of North Main Ave in Scranton has seen some changes.

In 1873, a three story brick building would be built along on the block. In 1877 the building was home to a recruiting station for a local militia that would see action during the labor unrest in Scranton that year.  Fenner and Chappell would open their “ready cash” store in the structure in 1880. The third floor of the building was home to dance room called Panooka Hall.  This building would be destroyed by fire in January 1903.  

The east side of the 1900 block of N. Main Ave., Scranton at Providence Square as it appeared in 1907. Photo Courtesy of the Lackawanna Historical Society

The building was rebuilt. This time as a two story structure. Chappell Ready-Pay Store would reopen. 

Chappell would operate until 1935. During their years of operations, Chappell was largest general store in North Scranton. It was known for their extensive toy department. 

The Chappell Building, 1900 block of North Main Ave, Scranton, was gutted by a four alarm fire on Nov. 1, 1947. Times-Tribune Archives

The Chappell Building, 1900 block of North Main Ave, Scranton, was gutted by a four alarm fire on Nov. 1, 1947. Times-Tribune Archives

In 1947, the former Chappell Building was now home to Scranton Sportswear, Inc., a manufacturer of apparel and plastic clothing storage bags; Archie’s Market and an Endicott-Johnson Shoe Store. On November 1 of that year, the building was struck by a four-alarm fire.

The fire was so large, that 16 of the 17 Scranton fire companies were called to put the fire out and to stop it from spreading to neighboring buildings such as the North Scranton Bank and Trust Company and the Providence Methodist Church.

Fire companies battle the blaze until the next day. In the end the building was gutted. Scranton Fire Superintendent Thomas Evans said at the time the cause was to be determined by a state police fire marshal. It was later determined that the fire was caused by heaters in the building.  

1900 block of North Main Ave, Scranton, cicra 1957. Times-Tribune Archives

1900 block of North Main Ave, Scranton, cicra 1957. Times-Tribune Archives

Following the fire, area businesses and civic groups made pleas for the structure to be torn down. Finally in February 1951, the owners of the building were ordered by the city to demolish the burned out structure. Through negotiations the building was saved and was purchased F.E. Grayek in April. Grayek, owner of the Park Theater on Prescott Ave, said he plans to convert the building into a theater with apartments. Grayek would do some rehabilitation work on the building but the theater never came.

In 1957, the North Scranton Bank and Trust Company purchased the Chappell Building and the adjoining Benn’s Shoe Store to make way for a parking lot and drive-thru window for the bank. The only business operating in the building at the time was the Alpha Restaurant.

1900 block of N. Main Ave., at Providence Square in Scranton. Times-Tribune File Photo

Today, not much has changed on the east side of the 1900 block of North Main Ave since the Chappell Building was torn down to make way for a parking lot.

North Scranton Bank and Trust Company would later become PNC Bank. The bank would close in early 2016. The bank building is currently for sale.

Throwback Thursday – Bike Race

Throwback Thursday – Bike Race

In late July 1976 a first for Nay Aug Park took place, a Bicycle Race. The Scranton Bureau of Parks and Recreation organized bike race for July 24. In addition to the races, the event featured disco and folk music which led to dancing throughout the park.  

Scranton Bureau of Parks and Recreation presents its first Bicycle Race on Saturday, July 24, 1976 at Nay Aug Park. From left: Ray Bulger, Jane Mappi, Harold Huester and Bob Maloney. Times-Tribune Archives

The winners of the races (first and second place, in order) were – Tricycles (ages 4 to 8) – Todd Senofonte and Jeff Czankner; Bicycles (ages 8 – 10) Mark Senofonte and Chris Toscano; (ages 11 and 12) Mark Kovac and David Lettieri; (ages 13 to 15) Edward Burke and Peter Muchinsky; (ages 16 to 18) Bob Crawford and Lee Kohn; (ages 18 to 30) Earl Trygar and Timothy Shean; (ages 30 and over) Michael Antosh and Larry Karkinksi.  

To join in on the fun, WELJ Radio challenged local broadcast personalities to participate in a special one-mile race during the event.    

Radio and television broadcasters from Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties exchanged their mikes for bikes on Saturday, July 24, 1976 to take part in a challenge race at Nay Aug Park. WEJL issed the challenge and the response was good. The race was conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Recreation’s bike races at the park, which included everything from a 75 yard dash for youngsters to a 10 mile race for more experienced bike riders. Times-Tribune Archives

Here is the list of personalities who participated – From WEJL/WEZX: Thom Welby, Joe Silva, Paul McNamera and Norm Avery, from WNAK: Howard Paul, Norm Williams, Bob Neilson; from WWDL: Jack Kraft; from WYZZ: Bob Edwards, James Brozena and Walker Bennett; From WILK: John Bugbee, Jeff Carr, R.J. Harkins, Jill Douglas and Jefferson Kyle; from WICK:: Glenn Kalina, Joe Ghergo and Rickj Merrick; from WDAU/WGBI: Mike Ritz, Derry Bird, John Perry and Steve Homan; from WBAX: Brian Wilensky, and from WSCR: Jim Vanston, Tony Richards and Mike Remish.

Thom Welby, left, WEJL Radio, presents a third place trophy to Bob Edwards of WYZZ-FM, Wilkes-Barre, for his finish in the First Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Celebrity Bike Race which was held on July 24, 1976 at Nay Aug Park. At right is Paul McNamara, WEJL. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday post –

Hanging out by the pool – August 3, 2017

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