This Week In Local History: Milk production, racing, store fire were top news in past


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



This photograph of Angelo Carpenetti weighing milk in 1965 Nicholson was part of a photo story published in the Abington Journal on July 8, 1965.


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1960 Abington Heights High School graduate Bonnie Davis won second place in the 11th Lake Erie Invitational Sports Car Championships in 1967, driving her 1962 Daimler.


Abington Journal file photos

Martin’s, the only store on Lake Sheridan, was put out of business by a fire in 1969.


Abington Journal file photos

1965 — A photo story by Bill Herron, of Nicholson, illustrated the milk production process, from cow to market.

“With the Northeast entering its fourth year of severe drought, the production of liquid milk depends on cows getting adequate pasturage and drinking water,” read the text. “Every step in the transfer of milk is today carefully supervised, from the surge milking through the modern production plant of the Great Bend Creamery, Inc., Nicholson, to pumping the homogenized milk into tank trucks, on its way to customers in the Philadelphia and New York watersheds.

1967 — Bonnie Davis, 24 at the time, a former Dalton resident and cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, took second place as the only woman driver in the 11th Lake Erie Invitational Sports Car Championships in Warren, Ohio, beating 124 men.

The 1960 Abington Heights High School graduate drove her 1962 English-made Daimler, while her mother, Mrs. Millie Davis, served as chief cheerleader and helped during tire changes. Miss Davis was backed up by an all women crew of three co-workers of the technicians staff at the hospital.

1969 — A fire destroyed the only store at Lake Sheridan, a mom and pop shop known simply as “Martin’s.”

The business, which was located between Factoryville and Fleetville, served about 200 cottagers. It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Branaskas in 1950.

Mrs. Branaskas, an aging widow at the time, was on the front porch, when a neighbor passed by on the way to work and saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building. Within 20 minutes, the Factoryville Fire Company was on the scene and quenched the flames, but it was too late for the building and its contents had been destroyed. An estimated $2,000 worth of merchandise was lost in addition to the building.

This photograph of Angelo Carpenetti weighing milk in 1965 Nicholson was part of a photo story published in the Abington Journal on July 8, 1965.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0706-1965.jpgThis photograph of Angelo Carpenetti weighing milk in 1965 Nicholson was part of a photo story published in the Abington Journal on July 8, 1965. Abington Journal file photos

1960 Abington Heights High School graduate Bonnie Davis won second place in the 11th Lake Erie Invitational Sports Car Championships in 1967, driving her 1962 Daimler.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0706-1967.jpg1960 Abington Heights High School graduate Bonnie Davis won second place in the 11th Lake Erie Invitational Sports Car Championships in 1967, driving her 1962 Daimler. Abington Journal file photos

Martin’s, the only store on Lake Sheridan, was put out of business by a fire in 1969.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0706-1969.jpgMartin’s, the only store on Lake Sheridan, was put out of business by a fire in 1969. 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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