1953 – 63 Years Ago
In 1953, the Sunday Dispatch Inquiring Photographer posed this dangerous question to some area gentlemen. See if you agree. “Would you say that today’s housewives are spoiled by the modern appliances and household conveniences now in use, such as automatic washing machines, stoves, irons, dishwashers, etc.?” Charles Raymond of Pittston answered, “Yes, I think they are. Everything is going mechanical today. They don’t know what it is to do hard work today.” Frank Mattern of Pittston stated, “I don’t believe housewives are spoiled, but thanks to modern conveniences, homes are cleaner, women can prepare tastier meals and still have time to make themselves look prettier.”Alfred Gubitose, Pittston added, “In this day and age I would say no, because the women of today are not used to working as hard as women of yesteryear. Housewives work more but not as hard as their mothers did, because as these automatic machines are operating they can be free to do other housework.” James Rosenbaum of West Pittston stated, “I don’t think any housewives are spoiled by using them. I know I’ve been married for 20 years and my wife and I are still looking for more appliances.”
A movement to form a third fire department in the city of Pittston was underway. Two of the existing companies, Niagara and Eagles, rejected the possibility of housing the Community Ambulance Group at their facilities. A third fire company would legally be formed as an emergency group and would house the ambulance. The new company was scheduled to be named Pittston Fire and Ambulance Company.
1963 – 53 Years Ago
Over 800 children attended an Easter party at the American Theater sponsored by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. Cartoons were shown as kids received balloons and munched on candy and treats distributed by union members.
Expected to cost a total of $100,000, excavation commenced for the Pittston swimming pool located just off of Market Street. The complex was set to include, a wading pool for small children, a bathhouse, pumping station and the Swimming Pool Association headquarters.
Avoca Mayor James McLane became the new proprietor of the Harvey Manufacturing Company. His employees welcomed him with a party at Boyer’s Cafe in Dupont. McLane, who purchased the business from Mr. And Mrs. Hyman Reich, planned on changing the name to McLane Sportswear. Those who attended the party were Rosemary Shimkoski, Katy Lesko, Matilda Sevec, Regina O’Hara, Diana Snopkowski, Julia Komski, Jean Plona, Helen Haduck, Helen Mihalko, Anna Lokuta, Matilda Viercinski, Wanda Jasczak, Stella Lesko and Mary Golya.
1973 – 43 Years Ago
Luzerne Avenue Elementary School students had to hit the books and utilize an atlas and encyclopedias to find cities across the United States that bore the names of famous people. Their project was to write to each postmaster to obtain the postmark from that city. Forty-eight of the 50 postmasters replied, some enclosed personal notes to the students. The children prepared a brief report on each famous person and posted their findings on a map in their classroom.
Pittston native Sharon Pool traveled the world as she worked as a mathematician with the Navy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University, she joined the Navy as a scientist for the Naval Oceanographic Office and served aboard the U.S. Naval ships Silas, Bent, Kane, Wilkes and Keathley.
1983 – 33 Years Ago
Not only was the Susquehanna River rising from heavy rains and melting snow, but at 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 1983 the round house at the Coxton Yards broke out in flames. Stored inside the structure was a highly flammable material used in making plastic bags. Over 150 firefighters battled the blaze while watching the flood waters inch toward them. The area became flooded by midnight and firemen had to take their trucks and themselves out of harm’s way. From a distance, firefighters pointed three large-stream hoses toward propane tanks and other out buildings to keep them cool. Paul Komensky, the Germania Hose Company fire chief, said he expected remnants of the fire to burn for the rest of the week. During that week a record five inches of rain fell in two days, topped off by 3.9 inches of snow.
With 18-inch biceps, a 28-inch waist, 50-inch chest and 26-inch thighs, Sam Parente of Pittston beat 29 other competitors to win the Mr. Pennsylvania Bodybuilding title. How did Sam obtain those dimensions? He worked out for many hours a day and regulated a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet.
Did you know these facts about Pennsylvania?
During the Revolutionary War, The Liberty Bell was moved from Philadelphia and hidden in the Zion High German Reformed Church of Allentown until 1778.
In 1807, Pennsylvania native Robert Fulton built the first steamboat.
After Philadelphia was captured by the British in 1777, Lancaster was named the capital of the United States for one day. The Continental Congress then moved to York.
During the years 1712 to 1726, Hannah Penn governed Pennsylvania while her husband, William, recovered from a stroke and then again after his death.
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