This week in local history: Glider flew from Toronto, Canada to Ransom Township in 1968


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com



Oskar Boesch, of Toronto, Canada, stands by his glider, which landed in a Ransom Township field in 1968.


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Enacting a Muppets wedding during the Dalton Carnival Mummers Parade in 1984, from left, Charles Moore (officiating), Animal (Evelyn Reese) as maid of honor, Miss Piggy (Cindy Moore) as the bride, Kermit the Frog (Barb Sturdevant) as the bridegroom, Fozzie Bear (Linda Antoine) as best man and Bert (Chris Reese) and Ernie (Steve Reese) as attendants.


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1966 – A dry spell resulted in a major loss of crops for local farmers, leaving many discouraged and some considering a farming exodus.

Nicholas Halowatch, then chief of the Soil Conservation Service, told the Journal the land was so dry his surveyors found “absolutely no moisture at all.” The situation was the most serious he had ever seen.

“If we don’t get rain soon, there won’t be any crops at all,” he said.

One unfortunate example came from produce farmer DeWitt LaCoe, who said his corn harvest was a “total failure,” with just 25 ears harvested out of two acres of corn.

1967 – A chicken almost came before the egg in Factoryville.

Earl Gowe, a farmer on Dalton Road, killed a three-year-old white leghorn, that for the three months prior was laying soft-shelled eggs. While dressing it, he discovered a shell-less egg with a chick.

“What makes the discovery ‘darn rare’ says County Agent Tom Jurchak, is that all chicks are entirely formed after being laid and hatched by the hen sitting on it for at least 21 days,” read the Journal article. “Or the process can be done artificially by incubation, but either way the egg must be laid first.”

“But for some reason, the hen was unable to discharge the egg and it stayed in the body, probably for about two weeks, Mr. Jurchak believes.”

1968 – Bald Mountain residents played last minute hosts to a Canadian who flew in on a glider, landing in a Ransom Township field owned by William Coolbaugh.

The pilot, Oskar Boesch, a Toronto real estate man, landed the glider over 300 air miles from home, with no immediate way of getting back. He went to the neighboring LaCoe household, where he made a phone call to his son and a friend, who drove to meet him there.

The flight was part of a glider contest, in which contestants were on course to Elmira, New York, planning to then see how far they could get after that. Boesch didn’t have maps for the area below Binghamton, so when he landed, he didn’t know where he was.

“I could have stayed up another two more hours and probably gotten to New York, but I had no idea how far from New York I was,” he told the Journal.

1977 – The Hopkins Family, of Indian Oven Farms, Falls, discovered ancient native American artifacts, left behind by the Susquehannock tribe, which camped along the riverbeds in the summer and moved into the hills into rock shelters during the winter.

It was after heavy rains that Ed Hopkins, his wife, Helen, and their two daughters, Cathy, 21, and Helene, 15, found hundreds of spear points and sinkers, exposed along the sandy riverbed topsoil at the 300 acre farm.

1984 – A highlight of the Dalton Carnival Mummers Parade was a Muppets wedding, which included characters from the television series “The Muppet Show.” Charles Moore officiated, Animal (Evelyn Reese) was maid of honor, Miss Piggy (Cindy Moore) was the bride, Kermit the Frog (Barb Sturdevant) was the bridegroom, Fozzie Bear (Linda Antoine) was best man and Bert (Chris Reese) and Ernie (Steve Reese) were attendants.

Oskar Boesch, of Toronto, Canada, stands by his glider, which landed in a Ransom Township field in 1968.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-729-1968.jpgOskar Boesch, of Toronto, Canada, stands by his glider, which landed in a Ransom Township field in 1968. Abington Journal file photos

Enacting a Muppets wedding during the Dalton Carnival Mummers Parade in 1984, from left, Charles Moore (officiating), Animal (Evelyn Reese) as maid of honor, Miss Piggy (Cindy Moore) as the bride, Kermit the Frog (Barb Sturdevant) as the bridegroom, Fozzie Bear (Linda Antoine) as best man and Bert (Chris Reese) and Ernie (Steve Reese) as attendants.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-LH-729-1984.jpgEnacting a Muppets wedding during the Dalton Carnival Mummers Parade in 1984, from left, Charles Moore (officiating), Animal (Evelyn Reese) as maid of honor, Miss Piggy (Cindy Moore) as the bride, Kermit the Frog (Barb Sturdevant) as the bridegroom, Fozzie Bear (Linda Antoine) as best man and Bert (Chris Reese) and Ernie (Steve Reese) as attendants. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@civitasmedia.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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