This week in local history: Apple awards, basketball in bloomers and swimming scores


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Howard D. Miller holds a basket of the Northern Spy apples which won him a prize award at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg in 1963.


Abington Journal file photos

Mrs. George Hutchinson guards an unidentified teacher while playing basketball in bloomers for the Waverly PTA in a 1966 benefit game.


Abington Journal file photos

Members of the 1968 Abington Heights swim team, from left, first row, Jeff Aronsohn, Jeff Hammerman, Jack McAllister, Jeff Herrmann, Jim Hesson, Rick Mercer, Richard Klinkle, Scott Grill and Jim Nicholas. Second row, Greg Miller, Frank Calvey, Steve Geist, William Mueller, Coach Art Wilson, Glen McLaughlin, Doug Holmes, Dale Faraday, John Szymanski and Fred Seagard. Third row, Frank Priscaro, Brad Smith, Don Adams, Bob Reidmiller, Howard Wheeler, Deke Smith, Marc Morris, Jim Lavelle and Pat McGowan.


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1963 — Howard D. Miller, Edella Road, won two prizes for his apples at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg: third prize in the Northern Spy plate and second prize in the Red Spy plate.

“A sidelight of the prize-winning is the fact that the apples were grown on land which has been in Mr. Miller’s family for 150 years,” read the Journal article. “The land was occupied as a wilderness clearing by Mr. Miller’s great-grandfather Stephen Miller, to whom in turn it has been given by his grandfather. Stephen moved to the site from Hughestown, Luzerne County, where he was born, in 1812. Since then the farm remained in the possession of his descendants, many of whom are buried in the family cemetery on Fairview Road nearby.

“First produce of the farm was taken to Wilkes-Barre, a long, arduous journey, but the only community in that day offering a market.”

The farm still exists today, known as Miller’s Orchards Farm Market, Inc., at 1421 Fairview Road.

1966 — Members of the Waverly PTA played basketball wearing black bloomers in front of 1,200 spectators at the Abington Heights High School gym.

The game was a fundraising event to finance a skating area next to the Waverly school and to pay for tennis instruction for Waverly school children that spring. The PTA played against the elementary school teachers, who beat them, 31-15.

1968 — The Comets celebrated a victory over Scranton Tech and Scranton West at the then-new high school pool.

“The Comets won all 11 events, scoring 94 to Tech’s 25 and West’s 48,” read the Journal article.

“Wednesday’s meet was also parents day and all but seven parents of varsity competitors were on hand to see the win.”

Howard D. Miller holds a basket of the Northern Spy apples which won him a prize award at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg in 1963.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0120-1963.jpgHoward D. Miller holds a basket of the Northern Spy apples which won him a prize award at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg in 1963. Abington Journal file photos

Mrs. George Hutchinson guards an unidentified teacher while playing basketball in bloomers for the Waverly PTA in a 1966 benefit game.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0120-1966.jpgMrs. George Hutchinson guards an unidentified teacher while playing basketball in bloomers for the Waverly PTA in a 1966 benefit game. Abington Journal file photos

Members of the 1968 Abington Heights swim team, from left, first row, Jeff Aronsohn, Jeff Hammerman, Jack McAllister, Jeff Herrmann, Jim Hesson, Rick Mercer, Richard Klinkle, Scott Grill and Jim Nicholas. Second row, Greg Miller, Frank Calvey, Steve Geist, William Mueller, Coach Art Wilson, Glen McLaughlin, Doug Holmes, Dale Faraday, John Szymanski and Fred Seagard. Third row, Frank Priscaro, Brad Smith, Don Adams, Bob Reidmiller, Howard Wheeler, Deke Smith, Marc Morris, Jim Lavelle and Pat McGowan.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0120-1968.jpgMembers of the 1968 Abington Heights swim team, from left, first row, Jeff Aronsohn, Jeff Hammerman, Jack McAllister, Jeff Herrmann, Jim Hesson, Rick Mercer, Richard Klinkle, Scott Grill and Jim Nicholas. Second row, Greg Miller, Frank Calvey, Steve Geist, William Mueller, Coach Art Wilson, Glen McLaughlin, Doug Holmes, Dale Faraday, John Szymanski and Fred Seagard. Third row, Frank Priscaro, Brad Smith, Don Adams, Bob Reidmiller, Howard Wheeler, Deke Smith, Marc Morris, Jim Lavelle and Pat McGowan. 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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