This week in local history: Remembering the days of card catalogs


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Firemen hose down the smouldering ruins of several apartments at the Fairview North Complex in South Abington Township in 1976.


Abington Journal file photos

Leslie Heller and Ashley Smith prepare to toboggan down the streets of Clarks Summit after snow and ice storms in 1977.


Abington Journal file photos

John Sharpe searches through the card catalogue at the Dalton Community Library’s new home on East Main Street in 1979.


Abington Journal file photos

1976 — A fire destroyed nine unoccupied two-bedroom apartments at the Fairview North complex in South Abington Township. Between 60 and 70 men fought the blaze, using a fire wall to help contain the fire and keep it from spreading to the remaining apartments in the complex.

1977 — The smiles of two area youths, Leslie Heller, of Claremont Ave., Clarks Summit, and Ashley Smith, of Fords Pond Road, Glenburn, brightened the Journal’s front page. The girls’ photo was taken as they prepared to slide down the snowy streets of Clarks Summit in a wooden toboggan after snow and ice storms hit the area.

1978 — At the close of their Saturday games, five teams in the Abington Basketball League remained undefeated: Salon 500, Butler Sunoco, Magistrate’s Court, Rotary Club and Abington Lions Club, each with a record of 3-0.

“In the ‘AA’ Division, Salon 500 remains as the only undefeated team, as it dumped Third National Bank, 40-26,” read the Journal article. “Novick Chemical earned their second win by turning back Mastercraft 36-31. Davis & Jones Insurance was forced to battle down-to-the-wire before earning a 50-47 win over Jake’s Barber Shop. That Steak Place beat Bart Earl Builders by a 49-28 tally.”

1979 — The Dalton Community Library celebrated the first week in its new building on East Main Street. One of its features was a new card catalog, filled with the titles of many new books.

Firemen hose down the smouldering ruins of several apartments at the Fairview North Complex in South Abington Township in 1976.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0113-1976.jpgFiremen hose down the smouldering ruins of several apartments at the Fairview North Complex in South Abington Township in 1976. Abington Journal file photos

Leslie Heller and Ashley Smith prepare to toboggan down the streets of Clarks Summit after snow and ice storms in 1977.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0113-1977.jpgLeslie Heller and Ashley Smith prepare to toboggan down the streets of Clarks Summit after snow and ice storms in 1977. Abington Journal file photos

John Sharpe searches through the card catalogue at the Dalton Community Library’s new home on East Main Street in 1979.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ABJ-LH-0113-1979.jpgJohn Sharpe searches through the card catalogue at the Dalton Community Library’s new home on East Main Street in 1979. 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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