This week in local history: Football, fire and Forham’s Farm made past news


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



1968 Abington Comets co-captains Ed Hunter, left, and Frank Dermody.


Abington Journal file photos

Members of the Abington Pony Club in 1961, from left, on horses, Linda Vass, Barbara Benjamin, Arlene Graham, Linda Furneaux, Joe Thomas, Dodie Fordham, Stephanie Ellison and Jeff Pratt. Standing, Mrs. Stuart Hunter, Matt Collins, Mrs. Gregory Littell, Kathy White, Cynthia Smith, Patty Furneaux, Michelle Ritter, Mrs. Walter Fordham, Nancy Paar, Gary Pratt and Gail Pratt.


Abington Journal file photos

1961 – Members of the Abington Hills Pony Club, formed early that year, included young equestrians up to the age of 17. They received instruction in riding and jumping from Mrs. Walter Fordham, Mrs. Sally Hunter and Mrs. Gregory Littell Jr. They rode at Walter Fordham’s Connemara Farm, Lake Manataka.

1967 – A fire hit State Street in Clarks Summit, spreading rapidly through three buildings, which housed the Davis Variety Store, Quiggs Confectionery, Mary Morris Realtor and living quarters above. Power lines at the rear of the structure also caught fire and broke, sending blue and white flames snapping and crackling across the parking lot.

“It appeared that the fire might be a major event in Clarks Summit because of the location on the main business street and the apparent fact that it would destroy what has been the main business street ‘look’ for many years,” read an article in the Abington Journal.

1968 – Forty-six athletes turned out for the Abington Heights High School football team.

“Almost 2,000 pounds of muscle will face opponents of the Abington Heights Comets when the varsity football team takes to the field Sept. 14 against Dunmore,” read a Journal article. “The local team is now following a rigorous schedule to tone up for the season’s opening game, which will be at Dunmore.

Thomas Vaxmonsky was head coach, with John Wastak Carl Klach and Robert Gutshall assisting him. Co-captains were Frank Dermody and Ed Hunter.

1968 Abington Comets co-captains Ed Hunter, left, and Frank Dermody.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0902-1968.jpg1968 Abington Comets co-captains Ed Hunter, left, and Frank Dermody. Abington Journal file photos

Members of the Abington Pony Club in 1961, from left, on horses, Linda Vass, Barbara Benjamin, Arlene Graham, Linda Furneaux, Joe Thomas, Dodie Fordham, Stephanie Ellison and Jeff Pratt. Standing, Mrs. Stuart Hunter, Matt Collins, Mrs. Gregory Littell, Kathy White, Cynthia Smith, Patty Furneaux, Michelle Ritter, Mrs. Walter Fordham, Nancy Paar, Gary Pratt and Gail Pratt.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0902-1961.jpgMembers of the Abington Pony Club in 1961, from left, on horses, Linda Vass, Barbara Benjamin, Arlene Graham, Linda Furneaux, Joe Thomas, Dodie Fordham, Stephanie Ellison and Jeff Pratt. Standing, Mrs. Stuart Hunter, Matt Collins, Mrs. Gregory Littell, Kathy White, Cynthia Smith, Patty Furneaux, Michelle Ritter, Mrs. Walter Fordham, Nancy Paar, Gary Pratt and Gail Pratt. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal

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