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/
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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.
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.
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.
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Today a little past 4pm, President William McKinley was shot by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY in 1901.
McKinley was taken to the Exposition Hospital that was set up on the grounds. Doctors performed emergency surgery to repair the damage to the president’s digestive system caused by the bullet. During the surgery, the doctors were unable to find the bullet.
Here is the front page of the Scranton Times from Sept 6, 1901.
His condition did improve some after emergency surgery. But he did take a turn for the worst and in the early morning hours of September 14 he died.
His vice president Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president on the afternoon of September 14 in Buffalo.
Here is the front page of the Scranton Times from September 14, 1901.
Once again, Scranton has place in this moment in history. A Delaware, Lackawanna an Western train was sent from Scranton to New York City to pick up a heart surgeon. The train then took the surgeon onto Buffalo to aide the president. After the death of president, D.D. Jones & Son Funeral Home in Scranton lent the use of their horse-drawn hearse for McKinley’s funeral procession. The hearse was describe as having hand-craved ornamentation, fine draperies and upholstery.
Scrantonians felt the city needed a memorial to the late president. Money was raised to hire sculptor William Cooper to created a bust of McKinley. The bust was unveiled and dedicated on June 24, 1904. It was originally located at the corner of Washington Ave and Linden Street.
As part of celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the federal court system, the McKinley bust was restored and moved the duly named McKinley Plaza on the grounds of William J. Nealon Federal Building and Courthouse in Scranton. A ceremony was held on May 4, 2001 with U.S. District Judge James Munley giving a speech and U.S. District Judge William J. Nealon unveiling the restored statue.
McKinley signed the legislation creating the Middle District on March 2, 1901. U.S. Rep. William Connell of Scranton pushed for the creation of the Middle District with the headquarters in Scranton.
To learn more about McKinley and the assassination, check out these sites –
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge William J Nealon becomes the longest serving district judge in history of the federal judiciary. His life and career were profiled this past Sunday by staff writer Jeff Horvath. You can read Jeff article here – https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nealon-to-become-longest-serving-federal-district-judge-in-u-s-history-1.2378432
Images of Senior U.S. District William J. Nealon, –
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died this morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76.
On March 28, 2002, Franklin performed at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. Below are two images from that performance.
You can read the preview and review of the concert –
Two is sometimes better then one. In the case of two heads, it is hard to say. But finding a second two-headed calf photo in our archives, is kinda of cool.
Faithful readers may remember the story we posted here on the blog back in May 2016 about the two-headed calf of Honesdale. That calf was born in 1912.
Well some two years later, I turned up second two-headed calf story in our archives. This calf was born on a farm near Montrose in September 1955.
According to the report, the calf was born on Mrs. Peterson’s Farm, which is two miles outside of Montorse, on September 23, 1955. Eleanor Peterson found that one of their Holstein cow’s gave birth to a set of twins. The calf was fine – one head. The other twin had two heads, four eyes, two mouths but only two ears and one brain. A veterinarian said that both calf have a good chance of making into maturity.
According to a BBC article from October 2016, if a gene called “Sonic Hedgehog” or SHH is strengthen during the development of the animal it could result in the development of two faces on one head. The article said if the gene is weakened during development the face will develop into a cyclops. The article hypothesis that the occurrence of this gene mutation in animals my be the basis of many of the monsters of ancient myths such as the Hydra of Lerna.
Images from the Vans Warped Tour over the past 12 years at Montage Mountain
and be sure to check out today’s Time Warp article on the first Warped Tour at Montage in 2005 and Gia Mazur’s interview with the band Motionless in White who are performing at this year’s Warped Tour.
Kenny Zupp of Harrison Ave and Steven Smith of Wheeler Ave both went under the clippers and to get the best “free” haircut in town on July 20, 1955. The haircut was the Davy Crockett – a short haircut with the back cut to resemble the tail of a coonskin cap. The cap was made popular by actor Fess Parker who portrayed the “King of the Wild Frontier” in several Walt Disney films.
The boys got this hairdo to help promote Frontier Night that was taking place in the Petersburg section of Scranton on July 21, 1955.
Here is the article about the “Crockett” and Frontier Night –
Images of Zupp and his friend Steven Smith –
Learn more about Davy Crockett –
Davy Crockett – Congressional Biography
Davy Crockett – Texas State Historical Association
Davy Crockett – Tennessee Encyclopedia
Short video of Davy Crockett’s birthplace at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone, Tn
Last Saturday, you may remember reading in 50 Years Ago in the Times-Tribune a short article dealing with a motorcycle gang causing a bit of trouble on Adams Ave in Scranton. Well as I was researching today’s piece, the paper ran images from the gang’s appearance on Adams Ave.
Here are the images that appeared in July 14, 1968 edition of the Times
and the article that appeared a week earlier about the gang’s wild ride in downtown Scranton.