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.

Have a slice of Pi

Have a slice of Pi

It’s Pi Day. Pi or 3.14 is the mathematical constant the represents the circumference of circle at it diameter. What better way to celebrate this constant by enjoying a pie.

Here are a few pie recipes from the past few years that have been featured in the weekly Local Flavor: Recipes We Love feature in The Times-Tribune.


Dorothy Riviello-Johnson’s chocolate peanut butter pie for Local Flavor. Michael J. Mullen / Staff Photographer

Dec 11 – Carly Rudzinski’s Peanut Butter Pie 

Oct 5 – Wesley Mech’s Savory Pumpkin Pie


Nov. 18 – Pat Mattei’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie

July 22 – Jasmine Kowalski’s Dessert Pizza 

Feb. 04 – Susanna Haines’ Blueberry-Apple-Peach Pie  read more…

24 years ago, the area was under a blanket of white

24 years ago, the area was under a blanket of white

The area was blanketed with more than 20 inches of snow as part of the Blizzard of 1993 which hit the area on March 13.  I thought we should look back at this momentous weather event in light of the anniversary and of the forecast of a massive snowstorm for tomorrow.

View of pedestrian making their way through the snow on Linden St. in downtown Scranton on March 13, 1993. The blizzard force the postponement of the St. Patrick Parade. Sunday Times File

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Serving Lunch

Serving Lunch

Doing research today, I discovered these amazing photos of the women who worked in the cafeteria of the First National Bank of Scranton at 201 Wyoming Ave in 1950.

Mrs. Anna Kelly, left, Mary Kristof, center, and Lizabeth Channing are setting the counter before the start of lunch service at the First National Bank of Scranton’s cafeteria on Dec. 13, 1950. Times-Tribune Archives

According to the short article that accompanied the photos, the bank provided a free hot lunch to all its 265 employees at its building’s cafeteria. The free lunch program started in 1923 under the leadership of bank president C.S. Weston and vice-president Frank Hummler. Bank officials believed that “one who is well fed works well.”   The images appeared in the Scranton Times on Dec. 13, 1950.

Mary Kristof, dietitian for the bank’s cafeteria, makes a final check of the food that was served to the employees on December 13, 1950. Times-Tribune Archives


Staff members of the bank’s Transit Department are serving themselves while Mary Kristof, behind the counter, is there to offer a helping hand on Dec 13, 1950. From left: Ruth Stein, Genet Hryshko and Jean Moran. Times-Tribune Archives


George “The Animal” Steele 1937 -2017

George “The Animal” Steele 1937 -2017

“I’ll win if I have to eat his forehead off” was George “The Animal” Steele’s comment about his match against World Wide Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion Pedro Morales at the Scranton Catholic Youth Center on August 1, 1972.   Steele died  on February 17, 2017 at the age of 79.

Also wrestling that evening, was a tag team match between Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fugi versus El Olympico and Indian Jay Strongbow. In single matches were Joe Turco, Joe Nova, Black Demon and Arnold Skoland.

During his professional wrestling years, Steele played the villain but outside the ring he was William James Myers who was teacher and coach at Madison High School in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Your will be remembered,


A snowy valentine …

A snowy valentine …

Ron Klocek uses a snow blower to clean the sidewalks in front of his home in the 700 block of South Main Street in Taylor on Wednesday afternoon. Times-Tribune File

Ten years today, snow started to fall and continued to fall and fall and fall. The snow left motorist stranded on the interstates and people stuck in the home.  I put together a photo gallery looking back at this major weather event over at photo blog – Times Captured.

Happy Valentine’s Day,


Vintage Recipes to celebrate Chinese New Year

In a few days billions of people will be celebrating Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.  To help you celebrate this international holiday, we would like to share some recipes from our archives. The recipes appeared in the Scranton Times in 1967 (The Year of Sheep) and 1987 (The Year of Rabbit).

From 1967 – Lotus Blossom Salmon Loaf, Far East Fruit Salad, Beef and Rice and Sweet and Sour Pork

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Final Forecast

Tonight, WNEP’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Clark will deliver his final forecast after 34 years at the station.

Looking through the archives, we found an article from 1983 about Tom and his wife Noreen, also a meteorologist with the station. The articles touches on how both got their start at WNEP and how they meet at Penn State University.

Tom and Noreen Clark, meterologist at WNEP-TV, prepare to tell Northeastern Pennsylvania what Mother Nature has in store for them as they review satellite images and prepare the maps for the Tom's evening forecast in 1983. Times-Tribune Archives

Tom and Noreen Clark, meterologist at WNEP-TV, prepare to tell Northeastern Pennsylvania what Mother Nature has in store for them as they review satellite images and prepare the maps for the Tom’s evening forecast in 1983. Times-Tribune Archives

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Getting into jail for Christmas dinner

Hobo Christmas 1916 cartoon w100 years ago, Lackawanna County Jail was the place to be for Christmas dinner. County Sheriff Ben Phillips announced that inmates will be enjoying a dinner of turkey, potatoes, carrots, soup, bread and coffee. The female inmates would also be receiving gifts of oranges and candy.

Hearing this news, the “hobos and rail pigeons” who were recently released decided to hold an emergency meeting of the Sidedoor Pullman Association to develop a plan to return to their county accommodations.

Times’ cartoonist Jim Walsh imagined  what was discussed at the meeting.

Merry Christmas,