This week in local history: Scarecrows and fashion shows


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



A scarecrow sits ‘reading’ the Abington Journal in 1963 in front of the Stead home in Montdale.


Abington Journal file photos

Participating in the 1962 Abington Juniors Fashion Show, from left, Mrs. Robert Thorne, Mrs. Russel Preston, Mrs. Benjamin Weber, Mrs. Kenneth Kelley, Miss Betsy Young, Miss Carol Nichols, Mrs. Thomas Williams, Mrs. James Connolly, Mrs. George Becker, Mrs. John Brazen, Mrs. James O’Donnel and Mrs. Patrick A. Calvey, Jr.


Abington Journal file photos

1962 — Fur was undoubtedly the fashion, as evidenced in a photo of that year’s Abington Juniors’ Fashion Show. Dressed for afternoon bridge, a cocktail party or the theater, the majority of the one-dozen area women posing in the picture were adorned with fur wraps or coats.

1963 — “Even pumpkins read the Journal,” read a headline, under which was a photograph of a scarecrow holding a copy of the paper.

“A little weary from sitting there for a week awaiting tonight’s Halloween celebrations, but ready to watch the children as they parade around in their costumes, this unique creation sits on the front steps of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stead in Montdale,” read the caption. “When the picture was taken, he had just been whiling away the time reading the Abington Journal.”

The scarecrow was made by two of the Stead daughters, Debra and Rhonda, who were at the time students at Scott High School.

1964 — Famed MLB player and manager Michael McNally paid a surprise two-day visit to his sister-in-law and her husband Thomas Perry in Clarks Summit.

At the time, he was helping Hoot Evers direct the Cleaveland Indians’ farm system. Among his exploits as an athlete, was a World Series first: stealing home and winning the game for the Yankees in 1921.

A scarecrow sits ‘reading’ the Abington Journal in 1963 in front of the Stead home in Montdale.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1028-1963.jpgA scarecrow sits ‘reading’ the Abington Journal in 1963 in front of the Stead home in Montdale. Abington Journal file photos

Participating in the 1962 Abington Juniors Fashion Show, from left, Mrs. Robert Thorne, Mrs. Russel Preston, Mrs. Benjamin Weber, Mrs. Kenneth Kelley, Miss Betsy Young, Miss Carol Nichols, Mrs. Thomas Williams, Mrs. James Connolly, Mrs. George Becker, Mrs. John Brazen, Mrs. James O’Donnel and Mrs. Patrick A. Calvey, Jr.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1028-1962.jpgParticipating in the 1962 Abington Juniors Fashion Show, from left, Mrs. Robert Thorne, Mrs. Russel Preston, Mrs. Benjamin Weber, Mrs. Kenneth Kelley, Miss Betsy Young, Miss Carol Nichols, Mrs. Thomas Williams, Mrs. James Connolly, Mrs. George Becker, Mrs. John Brazen, Mrs. James O’Donnel and Mrs. Patrick A. Calvey, Jr. Abington Journal file photos

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

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

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

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