This week in local history: Waverly schoolboy Peter Tierney received letter from President Nixon in 1970


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Workers saw up a large elm tree which crashed onto College Avenue in Factoryville during a bad wind storm in 1980.


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Young Dalton Community Library patrons prepare a shipment of books in 1990 to send to troops in Saudi Arabia.


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Peter Tierney, president of the 1970 Student Council of Waverly Elementary School, displays a letter he received from President Nixon.


Abington Journal file photos

1970 — A Waverly schoolboy received a letter from President Richard Nixon.

Peter Tierney, of Clarks Green, president of the Student Council of Waverly Elementary School, got the congratulatory correspondence, thanks to the gesture of Willis Jones, a member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and neighbor of the Tierney family, who arranged for the letter through Rose Mary Woods, secretary to the president and a personal friend of Jones’.

The letter stated in part, “It is good to know that you and your classmates had the privilege of seeing democracy in action as you campaigned and voted for the candidate of your choice. I hope you will all continue to be good citizens who are actively concerned with the welfare of your school, your community and your country…”

1980 — The weather got the best of Factoryville when high winds split a tall elm tree, crashing it into a garage and four vehicles parked on College Avenue. One of the cars was crushed under the impact.

The tree also brought down wires and a utility pole, causing a phone and electricity outage to residents in the area.

1990 — The Dalton Community Library sent a collection of paperback books to U.S. military troops serving in Operation Desert Shield. The library gathered the books from its own shelves, as well as donations from the community. A group of young patrons helped pack up the books to send to Saudi Arabia.

Workers saw up a large elm tree which crashed onto College Avenue in Factoryville during a bad wind storm in 1980.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-LH-120915-19801.jpgWorkers saw up a large elm tree which crashed onto College Avenue in Factoryville during a bad wind storm in 1980. Abington Journal file photos

Young Dalton Community Library patrons prepare a shipment of books in 1990 to send to troops in Saudi Arabia.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-LH-120915-19901.jpgYoung Dalton Community Library patrons prepare a shipment of books in 1990 to send to troops in Saudi Arabia. Abington Journal file photos

Peter Tierney, president of the 1970 Student Council of Waverly Elementary School, displays a letter he received from President Nixon.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-LH-120915-19701.jpgPeter Tierney, president of the 1970 Student Council of Waverly Elementary School, displays a letter he received from President Nixon. 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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