This Week In Local History: Remembering the music of ‘The Galloping Ghost of the China Coast’


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



The probable starting lineup (as predicted in the paper the day before) for the Comets opening game against Blakely that year. From left, first row, D. Cody, P. Manning, B. Phillips, M. Jewett, D. Harrington, B. Houseal and T. Addis. Second row, R. Mangan, J. Meikrantz, S. Lipisko and K. Creamer.


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Kenneth Davies, of Clarks Summit exhibited the Shetland pony he donated as a prize for a fundraising event for the Lackawanna United Fund in 1965.


Abington Journal file photos

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Abington Journal file photos

1963 — The Abington Heights football team took the top front page headline, which read, “Comets Open Season at Blakely Friday,” above a photo of “The Blue Squad,” the probable starting line-up.

1965 — A Shetland pony, donated by Kenneth Davies, of Clarks Summit was the gate prize at the hunter trials and races, held on the farm of Dr. and Mrs. Walter Fordham, Jr. Lake Manataka in Benton Township. Proceeds from the public event went to the Lackawanna United Fund.

1968 — Cpt. Frank Zam of the Clarks Summit Police Department, a.k.a “The Ghost,” as he was nicknamed in the First Division Marine Band, announced the formation of a new teen band, which was to include a concert band, marching group, dance band and a combo.

“The sounds of ‘The Galloping Ghost of the China Coast’” are being heard across the Abington area and, if plans progress, they will get louder and stronger until they are heard throughout northeastern Pennsylvania,” read the Journal article.

“Capt. Zam, while he was a child growing up in Throop, dreamed of being a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Band. An illustrious career in the Marine Corps saw this dream fulfilled.”

The probable starting lineup (as predicted in the paper the day before) for the Comets opening game against Blakely that year. From left, first row, D. Cody, P. Manning, B. Phillips, M. Jewett, D. Harrington, B. Houseal and T. Addis. Second row, R. Mangan, J. Meikrantz, S. Lipisko and K. Creamer.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0914-1963.jpgThe probable starting lineup (as predicted in the paper the day before) for the Comets opening game against Blakely that year. From left, first row, D. Cody, P. Manning, B. Phillips, M. Jewett, D. Harrington, B. Houseal and T. Addis. Second row, R. Mangan, J. Meikrantz, S. Lipisko and K. Creamer. Abington Journal file photos

Kenneth Davies, of Clarks Summit exhibited the Shetland pony he donated as a prize for a fundraising event for the Lackawanna United Fund in 1965.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0914-1965.jpgKenneth Davies, of Clarks Summit exhibited the Shetland pony he donated as a prize for a fundraising event for the Lackawanna United Fund in 1965. Abington Journal file photos

Zam
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0914-1968.jpgZam 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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