This Week In Local History: Clarks Summit fire caused $150,000 damage in 1967


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Walter J. Hartman was named school patrolman by the Clarks Summit Borough Council in 1962.


Abington Journal file photos

Fireman Stephen Pikulski of Scranton directed a high-pressure hose onto Davis Variety moments before nearly falling from the 40-foot ladder when the hose got out of control. A safety belt saved him from being hurled to the pavement below during the fire in 1967.


Abington Journal file photos

Warren Rozelle slid home against city Little League’s catcher, with David Ostroski standing in background, during an Abington Little League county championship game in 1968.


Abington Journal file photos

1962 — Walter J. Hartman, then Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 160, was named school patrolman by the Clarks Summit Borough Council.

“He has commenced his duties which find him for the most part at the corner of Grove and State during the school rush hours,” read the Journal article. “The morning period coincides with the business rush period, making it particularly important for close traffic supervision at that time.”

1967 — A raging fire spread rapidly through three buildings on State Street in Clarks Summit. The Davis Variety Store, Quiggs Confectionary, May Morris Realtor and some living quarters above the buildings were “a sheet of flame” within minutes, according to the Journal article.

Insurance adjusters totaled the business’ losses at $150,000.

1968 — F. Smith & Co.’s Abington Little League team won the county championship.

Walter J. Hartman was named school patrolman by the Clarks Summit Borough Council in 1962.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0907-1962.jpgWalter J. Hartman was named school patrolman by the Clarks Summit Borough Council in 1962. Abington Journal file photos

Fireman Stephen Pikulski of Scranton directed a high-pressure hose onto Davis Variety moments before nearly falling from the 40-foot ladder when the hose got out of control. A safety belt saved him from being hurled to the pavement below during the fire in 1967.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0907-1967.jpgFireman Stephen Pikulski of Scranton directed a high-pressure hose onto Davis Variety moments before nearly falling from the 40-foot ladder when the hose got out of control. A safety belt saved him from being hurled to the pavement below during the fire in 1967. Abington Journal file photos

Warren Rozelle slid home against city Little League’s catcher, with David Ostroski standing in background, during an Abington Little League county championship game in 1968.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0907-1968.jpgWarren Rozelle slid home against city Little League’s catcher, with David Ostroski standing in background, during an Abington Little League county championship game in 1968. Abington Journal file photos

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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