This week in local history: History of the Chinchilla Thimble Club featured in 1964

Mrs. Nane Krebs, founder of the Chinchilla Thimble Club, at 75, with a puppet.

Lisa Lisk, at age 17, was the Journal Girl of the Week for the week of June 2, 1982,

1961 – The newly-opened Evans Hall at Keystone College was dedicated to Waverly resident Cadwallader Evans, Jr. during commencement ceremonies.

Work on the building began in 1959 and it was put into use in early 1961. It was designed by Cadwallader Evans and Jesse Booth, of Clarks Summit, using a basic plan devised by Architect Hyung Chung, a Keystone graduate, as a result of suggestions originally made by former college president Blake Tewksbury.

During the ceremonies, Evans conducted the laying of the cornerstone. Among the objects placed inside was the Thursday, June 1, 1961 edition of The Abington Journal.

1964 – The history of the Chinchilla Thimble Club, which, at the time, was planning its 65th anniversary luncheon, was outlined in a Journal article. The club was founded in 1899 by Mrs. Nane Krebs, who lived on Shady Lane Road.

Krebs was described in the story as “skillful at sewing and needlework” and “an unusual woman of many talents.” She formed the club for her neighbors and friends, many of whom were farm wives and descendants of early settlers who came to the area from New England.

“Besides needlework, she wrote poetry, sang solos in public and loved to plan shows for local groups,” stated the article. “She died in 1943 at the age of 92. Her niece, Mrs. Leland Greene, tells that at the age of 84, Mrs. Krebes put on a show at the Clarks Summit High School Auditorium to obtain money so that the senior class could take a trip to Washington. On the night of the performance the hall was packed.”

Her performance was a two-hour, one-woman (and ventriloquist dummy) show that “entranced the audience.”

1982 – Lisa Lisk was named Journal Girl of the Week.

Then 17, Lisk was a student at Abington Heights High School. Her main interests were swimming and twirling. A photo showed Lisk near the AM-PM mini market in Chinchilla, where Glenn Tucker of Virginia was selling stuffed animals. Lisk posed with a Smurf, which Tucker said was one of his most popular items.

1989 – With a paper full of graduation news, the Journal asked area residents what they remembered most about their own graduations for the weekly “word on the street” feature.”

Harold Sweet, of Newton Township, answered, “Wanting to get out and get on with my life.”

For John Steele, of Clarks Summit, it was “Going to a Van Halen concert.”

Nicki Valentine, of New Milford, said, “How much easier it was to prepare for mine than going through my son’s.”

Joe Ferraro, of East Benton, explained he did not graduate, due to having to work on the family farm, but later took his GED.

Lou Wolfe, of Chinchilla, said he mostly “wanted to get it over with.”

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