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.

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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.

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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.

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Previous Throwback Thursday Posts: 

October 25 – Mid Valley Chess Club

October 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975