This week in local history: Abington Lanes, library auction remembered


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Amy Baldwin, then three, sits with her dog aboard a Western horse, preparing for the 1967 Dalton Horse Show.


Abington Journal file photos

Auctioneers move bids up on a school desk doll at the Abington Community Library’s Children’s Auction in 1968.


Abington Journal file photos

1962 — Abington Lanes held its formal opening on Aug. 17, featuring a facility that was “completely new from top to bottom” with air conditioning and the “most modern 14 lanes in the area,” according to a two-page advertisement spread, which ran in the Abington Journal that week.

1965 — The first half of the month was a rainy one, with a total of 3.44 inches, exceeding the total rainfall of the previous two months, with 1.3 inches in July and 1.22 in June. Normal rainfall in this area for the entire month of August was 3.58 inches, according to the Weather Bureau at Avoca, as cited in the 1965 report.

1967 — Area equestrian enthusiasts were preparing for the Dalton Horse Show. The two-day event was first held four years prior, with a bit of a slippery start.

“The first show went off in the rain and mud with people falling off horses, mud up to their ankles and one horseman riding straight through the ring,” read a Journal article.

1968 — The talk of the town was the Abington Community Library’s annual auction. Up for sale and bid were various books, baked goods, toys, art, antiques and more. The event, which drew a large crowd of both children and adults, raised approximately $3,500 for the library that year. It was featured in a two-page spread of photos in the Abington Journal.

Amy Baldwin, then three, sits with her dog aboard a Western horse, preparing for the 1967 Dalton Horse Show.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0812-1967.jpgAmy Baldwin, then three, sits with her dog aboard a Western horse, preparing for the 1967 Dalton Horse Show. Abington Journal file photos

Auctioneers move bids up on a school desk doll at the Abington Community Library’s Children’s Auction in 1968.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0812-1968.jpgAuctioneers move bids up on a school desk doll at the Abington Community Library’s Children’s Auction 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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