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 – 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

McKinley Shot By A Lunatic

McKinley Shot By A Lunatic

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.

Judge William J. Nealon unveils the restored bust of President William McKinley at the new McKinley Plaza, located at the William J. Nealon Federal Building on May 4, 2001. Times-Tribune File

 

To learn more about McKinley and the assassination, check out these sites –

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum 

William McKinley – The White House

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site 

Judge William J Nealon

Judge William J Nealon

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 1942 – 2018

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.

Aretha Franklin on stage at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa on Thursday, March 28, 2002. Times-Shamrock File Photo 

 

Aretha Franklin on stage at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa on Thursday, March 28, 2002. Times-Shamrock File Photo 

You can read the preview and review of the concert –

The Reigning Queen – Scranton Times  – March 23, 2002

Franklin legendary at Kirby – Scranton Times – March 29, 2002 

Two Headed Calf of Montrose

Two Headed Calf of Montrose

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.

Mrs. John Peterson, owner of a farm two miles south of Montrose, is shown feeding a two-headed calf that was born on the farm on September 23, 1955. Times-Tribune Archives

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.

Sindey Button, right, holds the two-headed twin calf born on September 23, 1955 at the farm of Mrs. John Peterson near Brewster’s Pond, two miles south of Montrose. Mrs. Peterson’s daughter, Eleanor, hold the calf’s twin. She found the calves in a field on the farm. Times-Tribune Archives

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.

Over the Years – The Vans Warped Tour

Over the Years – The Vans Warped Tour

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. 

Images in the gallery can be purchase at our online photo store.

 

I’ll have the Davy Crockett

I’ll have the Davy Crockett

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 –

Steven Smith, of Wheeler Ave., received the Davy Crockett cut by barber Charles Mayer on July 20, 1955. Kenneth Zupp, standing facing the camera, also received this stylish haircut meant to resemble Crockett’s coonskin cap. Times-Tribune Archives

 

Steven Smith, back to camera, and Kenneth Zupp, facing the camera, are sporting the “Best Haircut In Town” – The Davy Crockett – on July 20, 1955. The boys received the free haircuts to help promote Frontier Night in the Petersburg Section of Scranton. Times-Tribune Archives

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

Davy Crockett birth place

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Motorcycle Gang on Adams Ave

Motorcycle Gang on Adams Ave

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.

Sunday, July 7, 1968 – The Sunday Times