This week in local history: Gov. and Mrs. Scranton’s 25th anniversary party was top news in 1967


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com



The final class to graduate from the Newton-Ransom High School in 1964 before the school’s merge into the Abington Heights Jointure.


Mary and Gov. Scranton, along with a canine friend, sit at a press conference before their 25th anniversary party. The terrace faces Lily Lake Road and just to the right of this setting was the dance pavilion.


Mary DeWitt, owner, aboard A-OK, her U.S. champion horse, in 1968.


A home in Falls is completely collapsed and torn from its foundation by swift-moving water during the Agnes Flood of 1972.


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com

The final class to graduate from the Newton-Ransom High School in 1964 before the school’s merge into the Abington Heights Jointure.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0708-1964.jpgThe final class to graduate from the Newton-Ransom High School in 1964 before the school’s merge into the Abington Heights Jointure.

Mary and Gov. Scranton, along with a canine friend, sit at a press conference before their 25th anniversary party. The terrace faces Lily Lake Road and just to the right of this setting was the dance pavilion.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0708-1967.jpgMary and Gov. Scranton, along with a canine friend, sit at a press conference before their 25th anniversary party. The terrace faces Lily Lake Road and just to the right of this setting was the dance pavilion.

Mary DeWitt, owner, aboard A-OK, her U.S. champion horse, in 1968.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0708-1968.jpgMary DeWitt, owner, aboard A-OK, her U.S. champion horse, in 1968.

A home in Falls is completely collapsed and torn from its foundation by swift-moving water during the Agnes Flood of 1972.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0708-1972.jpgA home in Falls is completely collapsed and torn from its foundation by swift-moving water during the Agnes Flood of 1972.

1964 — The Journal ran a photograph of the Newton-Ransom High School Class of 1964, the final class to graduate before the school became part of the Abington Heights jointure.

Class members include Keith Eckle, Walter Jascoviez, Robert Keller, Dale Kresge, Ralph Lytle, Thomas White, Lee Courtright, Edward Golishka, John Green, Dale Klipple, William Kreinberg, Joseph Lehman, Ronald Maas, Dennis Petty, Joseph Rosencrance, Wayne Sherman, Gary Zeiss, Lynn Grover, Delores Hrobuchak, Dareene LaCoe, Shirley Lasher, Dale Lubeck, Darlene McNulty, Rosemary Pawlikowski, Pamela Reeves, Shirley Robacker, Joan Wandall, Eleanor Buranich, Mary Ann Degilio, Diane Scott, Claudia Ord, Nany Pardue and Karen Winters.

1967 — The Abingtons area was abuzz with excitement over the Scrantons’ 25th anniversary party, held at Marworth, the family home built parallel to Lily Lake Road. Every room at Nichols Village Motel was booked by Gov. and Mrs. Scranton’s guests. Even those not invited to the party lingered nearby to see what they could see.

“A night watchman said later that the Lily Lake Road and country lanes near the Scranton home had become populated with sightseers rubbernecking to see the brightly-lit Scranton house and grounds,” read the Journal article.

The tone of the party, according to guests, was “elegant” and “impressive.”

1968 — A-OK, a Morgan horse owned by Mary DeWitt, of Stonecroft Farm in Dalton, was rated tops by the American Horse Show Association, competing against 300 to 400 other Morgan horses from across the country. The competition was based on accumulation of points in individual horse shows and, in A-OK’s case, was won by nearly all first places in a dozen shows the year before.

1972 — The Journal ran a 20-page section of photographs that summed up the “Flood of ‘72,” which left the Northeastern Pennsylvania region devastated after Hurricane Agnes swept through from June 14-25 of that year.

The headline across one page read, “50% of Homes in Falls Wiped Out.” Another page was dedicated to images of graves unearthed by the waters of the Susquehanna. In one shot, the top of a skeleton pokes up from the muddy earth. Pages of photographs show homes, businesses and entire streets destroyed by the historic disaster.

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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