This week in local history: Local produce, eggs were auctioned Tuesdays in Nicholson


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Auctioneer Herb Ross auctions off eggs and produce from Wyoming County farms as Mrs. Ethel Evans, the auction clerk, keeps track of the bids at Nicholson Sales Company in 1965.


Abington Journal file photos

Three-and-a-half-year-old Darlene Hurd displays a sign advertising the Abington Dance Center’s third annual Winter Time Dance Festival in 1968.


Abington Journal file photos

1965 — Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Herb Ross, of Kingsley would wedge his microphone through a trap door in the counter of the auction gallery at the Nicholson Sales Company and start the lively bidding for Wyoming County produce and eggs.

“Potatoes, nice and white, do I hear one-fifty?” he was quoted in a front page Journal article.

“Last week $486 worth of apples, potatoes, squash, cabbage, mangoes and small lots of eggs were knocked down to weekly shoppers who have found this sale an inexpensive way to fill their food hampers,” the article reads.

“Some of the produce, trucked in from farmers’ storage cellars, brings ridiculously low prices. For example, acorn squash brought only thirty cents for a half bushel basket and several baskets of cabbage were sold for forty to sixty cents a basket. Apples ranged in price from a low of sixty cents a bushel for slightly wilted MacIntosh to $1.75 for bright cheeked Baldwins.”

1968 — Area youngsters were preparing for the Abington Dance Center’s third annual Winter Time Dance Festival, held at the Abington Heights Senior High School to benefit the Chinchilla Hose Company. About 80 students participated, one of whom was 3 1/2-year-old Darlene Hurd, whose photo was prominently displayed on the Journal’s front page that week, in promotion of the event.

1969 — In honor of George Washington’s birthday, students from Ruth M. Easley’s fifth grade class at the Grove Street School composed their ideas of an ideal president of the United State of America. Here are just a few of the pieces:

• “If I were President of the United States I would stop war. I hate war and some of you hate it too. I would try as hard as possible to convince the other countries that we are fighting to stop and be peaceful.

“If they stop we will become very good friends and will be very loyal to each another. If we come to another case of war we will stop it immediately. There is no need for war. Young people get hurt and some killed.

“I think if we can help one another the world would be better off and not as many people will die.”

– Donna Vieira

• “If I were president I would take away the privilege of drinking, L.S.D., marijuana because it would save more lives and accidents. I would shut down bars and if anyone hid any bottles of this stuff they would be put in jail for a week. It would be more pleasant to see healthy people than crazy people walking down the street.”

– Cindy Sue Jacobs

• “If I were president I would give the poor people better homes and food.

“I wouldn’t electric chair anybody who stole or killed.

“I would make better schools and churches. The people that littered would be put in jail so we can have a clean country.”

– Don Houseal

Auctioneer Herb Ross auctions off eggs and produce from Wyoming County farms as Mrs. Ethel Evans, the auction clerk, keeps track of the bids at Nicholson Sales Company in 1965.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-0217-1965.jpgAuctioneer Herb Ross auctions off eggs and produce from Wyoming County farms as Mrs. Ethel Evans, the auction clerk, keeps track of the bids at Nicholson Sales Company in 1965. Abington Journal file photos

Three-and-a-half-year-old Darlene Hurd displays a sign advertising the Abington Dance Center’s third annual Winter Time Dance Festival in 1968.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-LH-0217-1968.jpgThree-and-a-half-year-old Darlene Hurd displays a sign advertising the Abington Dance Center’s third annual Winter Time Dance Festival in 1968. 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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