This week in local history

First Posted: 1/14/2015

Do you ever wonder what was happening 20 years ago on a given day? Fifty years ago? A hundred?

Do you find yourself reminiscing of times past, thinking of your old high school crush, wondering what became of him or her? Remembering your first car, first date, first kiss?

Do you ever wish you could go back in time, just for day, to visit the past?

So do we.

The Abington Journal may not own a time machine, but it’s got the next best thing: archives.

Starting this week, each new edition of The Abington Journal will feature a trip into the archives, back in time, for a glimpse of what happened that week in a different year in local history. This week’s journey takes us back to the week of Jan. 18, 1962, the year when gas was 30 cents per gallon, JFK was president and The Beatles released their first single.

Here are some pieces of news from that week 53 years ago in The Abington Journal:

• The Clarks Summit-Abington High School Basketball team reached a record of 11 wins and one loss. A front page photograph showed the six senior members of the team: Dave Harris, John Arcangelo, Doug Kile, Jack Gerrity, Jay Stanton and Bill Davis. Bob Dipipi was the team’s coach at the time.

• Paul “Pop” Davis’s rifle collection was spotlighted in a feature article. “The old story of going far to find something which all the time was at your own doorstep is exemplified today right here in the Abingtons,” the story began. “Lodged in a private home among the Waverly hills is one of the most fascinating collections of rifles to be found outside a museum.”

• The then chief of police in Clarks Summit, William Weight was shown in a photograph on page one entering the borough’s brand new police car, an “up-to-the-minute vehicle,” that was “fully equipped with apparatus for the regular and emergency services expected of it.”

• Local schools advertised appetizing lunch menus, including items such as turkey in gravy on potatoes, spaghetti and meat sauce and even cherry cobbler.

• A brief titled “Dog Story” noted that, on school days, around 8:30 a.m., between 20 and 30 “well behaved children,” arrived on the corner of Hill Street and Layton Road, accompanied by four or five dogs, to wait for the bus. Then, shortly before 3 p.m., the same pets would arrive at the same spot to greet the children when they arrived home. “Strange,” the piece mused, “how the dogs know just when to come to meet the bus.”

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