This Week In Local History: Remembering the the Stephen Parker barn: 1827-1971


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



The Stephen Parker barn was built one section at a time, starting around 1827.


Abington Journal file photos

Bob Lawless, Tim Chase and Betty Stark helped unload some of the many books in preparation for the 1976 Abington Community Library auction. Items of all sorts were sold at the annual fundraiser.


Abington Journal file photos

1971 — The loss of a solid piece of local history was mourned, as a vintage barn was set to be razed to make room for modern suburbia.

“The Stephen Parker barn was built one section at a time, starting around 1827, and for years, it housed prized herds of Holsteins. Then, around 1965, its doors were closed for the last time by the fourth generation of the family.

“One of the oldest barns in Northeast Pennsylvania is about to be razed, as more and more dairymen sell their registered herds, and as highways, new suburban homes and country clubs take over farmland,” read the articles.

“According to Mrs. Stephen Parker, whose Heritage home adjoins the old barn, the first families from Windham, Conn. moved into what is now Abington Township of Lackawanna County about 1800. They had acquired their land from the Susquehanna Co., under a conflicting grant that Charles II had also given to William Penn. The original settler from Connecticut, a Stephen Parker, had to re-buy the lad he cleared of hemlock, oak and beech from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

1976 — The 14th annual Abington Community Library auction brought in about $8,500.

“General chairman Linda Schuller said Monday that final figures are not available until all expenses have been paid, but it appears that the auction has netted approximately $8,500, or $4,000 more than last year’s event,” read the article.

The main auctioneer for the fundraiser was Atty. Larry Kelly, who was assisted by Richard Sands and WARM radio announcer Harry West.

A front page photograph showed volunteers Bob Lawless, Tim Chase and Betty Stark unloading some of the many items donated.

The Stephen Parker barn was built one section at a time, starting around 1827.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0824-1971.jpgThe Stephen Parker barn was built one section at a time, starting around 1827. Abington Journal file photos

Bob Lawless, Tim Chase and Betty Stark helped unload some of the many books in preparation for the 1976 Abington Community Library auction. Items of all sorts were sold at the annual fundraiser.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0824-1976.jpgBob Lawless, Tim Chase and Betty Stark helped unload some of the many books in preparation for the 1976 Abington Community Library auction. Items of all sorts were sold at the annual fundraiser. 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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