This Week In Local History: Elections of different kinds were top news in past years


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Participating in the Abington Heights High School’s 1964 senior officers elections, from left, Jeff Mears (partly shown); Jef Wise, candidate for secretary; Tom Makalusky; Jim Mooney and Roger Shay, candidate for class president.


Abington Journal file photos

Richard Nixon at a campaign rally in 1968 in Avoca.


Abington Journal file photos

1964 — It was election time at the Abington Heights High School for the senior officers, and the students held an all-out convention, complete with banners, horns, noise-makers, parading and shouting.

A front page photograph in the Abington Journal showed some of the campaign managers surrounding a large sign with that read as follows:

Trustworthy

Reliable

Independent

Unique

Matchless

Powerful

Honest

“As the acrostic on the party’s name indicates, they will not turn the clock back, repeal the past, veto the future, or, on the other hand travel down the road to socialism, spend and spend, elect and elect,” read the caption. “They stand for the virtues of American life in the mainstreams.”

1968 — Richard M. Nixon’s campaign stop in Avoca was the news of the week. A large front page photo of the then-presidential candidate, arms raised in a classic campaign pose in front of a red, white and blue background at the airport rally, was accompanied by a full two-page spread of pictures in the Abington Journal.

1976 — Early elections were held at the Keystone Junior College (now Keystone College), with a “mock presidential debate.”

Three political science majors – Arthur Mayer, of Scranton; Susan Taylor, of Clarks Summit and Frank Piechocki, of Factoryville – spearheaded the event.

Issues covered during the debate included defense expenditures, welfare, foreign policy, foreign aide, proliferation of nuclear weapons and inflation and unemployment.

Participating in the Abington Heights High School’s 1964 senior officers elections, from left, Jeff Mears (partly shown); Jef Wise, candidate for secretary; Tom Makalusky; Jim Mooney and Roger Shay, candidate for class president.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1012-1964.jpgParticipating in the Abington Heights High School’s 1964 senior officers elections, from left, Jeff Mears (partly shown); Jef Wise, candidate for secretary; Tom Makalusky; Jim Mooney and Roger Shay, candidate for class president. Abington Journal file photos

Richard Nixon at a campaign rally in 1968 in Avoca.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1012-1968.jpgRichard Nixon at a campaign rally in 1968 in Avoca. 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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