This Week In Local History: Painting, library auction, horse show in past headlines


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Mrs. Natalie Browning, shown in 1965, took up painting after the death of her husband in 1959.


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From left, Peter Adams received an advance copy of “Early History of Clarks Summit” by the late David M. Singer from the author’s sons, Alden and Marshall Singer, before the Abington Community Library’s auction in 1969 at the train station.


Abington Journal file photos

Lisa Whalen guided I Am I Say over a jump en route to a winning performance in the Limit Open Jumper Sweepstake category at a horse show in 1975 in Dalton.


Abington Journal file photos

1965 — Mrs. Natalie Browning, then 77 and a widow for the last six years, was featured in a photograph and article in Journal, celebrating her new-found painting talent.

The piece stated she took up the hobby “probably because her mother had trained in art at Elmira Female College but had never applied her art, except in raising a family of four.”

“When Mrs. Browning’s husband died in 1959, she moved in with her sisters in the home of Harry Beam, 410 Harwood Street, where she has her own studio,” read the article. “There she first touched brush to canvas. Since then she has covered the walls of her studio and the Beam living room with examples of her work that show more than average ability to transfer concepts permanently in oil paintings.”

She also gave many of her paintings away to friends, who in turn, assisted by giving her brushes and other art supplies.

1969 — The Abington Community Library held its annual auction and children’s auction at the railroad station.

Unusual and unique items donated for the fundraiser that year included an antique cider press from Mr. and Mrs. John Radkiewicz, old strap-fashioned ice skates from Gertrude Janssen, a decorated milk can from Mrs. James Hutchman, a Canton Chinese cup and saucer from Mrs. Joseph Manning, four Victorian-style antique chairs from Mrs. Henry Null III, an old holder for ice cream cones from the former Hill’s Candy store, which operated from 1904 to 1962.

1975 — Lisa Whalen was the top rider at the Equilibrists Club’s Open Horse Show at the Golden Eagle, Dalton. A photograph of her guiding the horse I Am I Say over a jump appeared, along with the show results, in the Journal that week.

The show was judged by Mrs. Charles Coffin Jr. and Michael Grady.

Mrs. Natalie Browning, shown in 1965, took up painting after the death of her husband in 1959.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0622-1965.jpgMrs. Natalie Browning, shown in 1965, took up painting after the death of her husband in 1959. Abington Journal file photos

From left, Peter Adams received an advance copy of “Early History of Clarks Summit” by the late David M. Singer from the author’s sons, Alden and Marshall Singer, before the Abington Community Library’s auction in 1969 at the train station.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0622-1969.jpgFrom left, Peter Adams received an advance copy of “Early History of Clarks Summit” by the late David M. Singer from the author’s sons, Alden and Marshall Singer, before the Abington Community Library’s auction in 1969 at the train station. Abington Journal file photos

Lisa Whalen guided I Am I Say over a jump en route to a winning performance in the Limit Open Jumper Sweepstake category at a horse show in 1975 in Dalton.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0622-1975.jpgLisa Whalen guided I Am I Say over a jump en route to a winning performance in the Limit Open Jumper Sweepstake category at a horse show in 1975 in Dalton. 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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