1966 — A new gas station had just come to town: Bud McVay’s Sunoco. The Journal ran a 1915 photograph of the location, taken during a Memorial Day parade. The photo shows a refreshment stand, Northern Electric Railroad and the Finnerty’s Hotel, which, in 1966, was McDonald’s Pharmacy.
1967 — Bob Phillips, a young middleweight from Dalton, was readying for his first appearance as a professional boxer on Sept. 30 at the Catholic Youth Center. Sporting what he believed to be a “cracked nose,” the Abington Heights grad told the Journal he would have to knock his opponent, Angel Morales, of New York, out in the first round, because when hit in the nose, Phillips’ eyes would water.
1968 — Rebecca Naylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Naylor, of Factoryville, was selected to represent Lackawanna County in the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Contest. The then-18-year-old and Lackawanna Trail graduate had quite a resume, according to the Journal article.
“Aside from being historian and treasurer of her class, Rebecca also was chairman this past year of the Scranton Guild Youth Drive, was a participant in the Miss Endless Mountain Contest, a 4-H recipient of the state Citizenship Award, was chosen outstanding girl in the 4-H for Pennsylvania and attended the National Conference in Washington, D.C.,” read the 1968 article. “Rebecca also won the Freedoms Foundation Award as an outstanding Teen-ager of America.”
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