This week in local history: Thanksgiving observance, Christmas traditions remembered


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



The American Machinery and Foundry Company presents a watch to Izzy Templeton for her 279 bowling score, recorded in 1962 at Abington Lanes. From left, Dick Gannon, proprietor; Jack Sutton, president of the league; Templeton; Al Mayo, treasurer of the league; and Angie Drazba, secretary of the league.


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1965 Abington Heights cheerleaders are, from left, first row, Debbie Zavacky, Donna Hall and Mari Gross. Second row, Christine Rose, Linda Griffin, Cindy Stauffer, Kathy Jordan, Mary Jo Sorg and Diane Smith. Absent from photo were Karen Jordan, Dale Jewett and substitutes Diane Sheridan, Diane Nole and Georgia Whalen.


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Dalton School head teacher Richard Williams talks with fourth and fifth-grade students during a Thanksgiving observance in 1971.


Abington Journal file photos

1962 — Izzy Templeton was presented with a watch at Abington Lanes for scoring the highest game on record for a lady bowler in the Scranton Woman’s Bowling Association to that date. She bowled the 279 game on Sept. 21 of that year and the presentation was made by the American Machinery and Foundry Company two months later on Nov. 23.

1965 — “Blue, white, dynamite! Yeah, team, fight!”

The Abington Heights High School cheerleaders were featured in an Abington Journal article, which highlighted the squad’s hard work throughout the year. Donna Hall, team captain at the time, said that was the first year the cheers were set down on paper. Before that time, the bulk of the Clarks Summit cheerleading literature was handed down orally from year to year.

1971 — Students and teachers of the Dalton School dressed in “pilgrim and Indian” costumes for a “you are there” Thanksgiving observance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Davis, North Turnpike Road.

1990 — A new holiday tradition began in the Borough of Clarks Summit when officials decided to forego a live Christmas tree, decorating the downtown instead with a “tree” of lights, strung from the top of the flagpole on the island at the bottom of Highland Avenue. The new tradition replaced an old one which had been in place for more than 35 years.

The reason for the change was twofold: visibility and invisibility.

“In other years, the tree stood between the Tennant Building and the clock tower, and people would come up to me and ask, ‘Where’s your Christmas tree?’” explained Robert Thorne, borough manager at the time. “The tree was hidden between the old building and the clock tower and people couldn’t see it. We’re hoping this one will show up a lot better.”

But why not just put a real tree in the new location?

That was the original plan, but PennDOT put a stop to it for the safety of the intersection, as a large tree in the middle of the island could block drivers’ views and become a traffic hazard.

“PennDOT allowed this year’s tree because motorists can see through it,” explained the Journal article.

The American Machinery and Foundry Company presents a watch to Izzy Templeton for her 279 bowling score, recorded in 1962 at Abington Lanes. From left, Dick Gannon, proprietor; Jack Sutton, president of the league; Templeton; Al Mayo, treasurer of the league; and Angie Drazba, secretary of the league.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1125-1962.jpgThe American Machinery and Foundry Company presents a watch to Izzy Templeton for her 279 bowling score, recorded in 1962 at Abington Lanes. From left, Dick Gannon, proprietor; Jack Sutton, president of the league; Templeton; Al Mayo, treasurer of the league; and Angie Drazba, secretary of the league. Abington Journal file photos

1965 Abington Heights cheerleaders are, from left, first row, Debbie Zavacky, Donna Hall and Mari Gross. Second row, Christine Rose, Linda Griffin, Cindy Stauffer, Kathy Jordan, Mary Jo Sorg and Diane Smith. Absent from photo were Karen Jordan, Dale Jewett and substitutes Diane Sheridan, Diane Nole and Georgia Whalen.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1125-1965.jpg1965 Abington Heights cheerleaders are, from left, first row, Debbie Zavacky, Donna Hall and Mari Gross. Second row, Christine Rose, Linda Griffin, Cindy Stauffer, Kathy Jordan, Mary Jo Sorg and Diane Smith. Absent from photo were Karen Jordan, Dale Jewett and substitutes Diane Sheridan, Diane Nole and Georgia Whalen. Abington Journal file photos

Dalton School head teacher Richard Williams talks with fourth and fifth-grade students during a Thanksgiving observance in 1971.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1125-1971.jpgDalton School head teacher Richard Williams talks with fourth and fifth-grade students during a Thanksgiving observance in 1971. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled 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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