Peeking into the past

June 27th, 2015 1:46 am

First Posted: 7/30/2013


in 1948, in what way did the Williams and Walsh families lead all others in Greater Pittston?

1948 – 65 YEARS AGO

No one was really sure who was responsible for the upkeep of the veterans monument in Duryea. Borough officials argued the veterans were responsible for the monument falling into disrepair and veterans countered the borough was at fault. Residents of the community maintained that someone should take responsibility and find a solution to the upkeep of the monument.

The American Legion Hall in West Pittston was tightly packed with teenagers enjoying the first dance sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Larry Wayne’s Orchestra, directed by Sam Baldo of Wyoming, entertained the young men and women. JayCee committee members Ben Anselmi, Sam Zanta, Arnold Embleton, Sheldon Sickler, Carl Weimer, Sandy Pennica, Paul Bianco, Peter Lello, William Bellus, Jack Williams, Steryl Searfoss, Jack Stein Chris Addimanda, Bernard O’Brien and Erminio Cefalo planned to have summer-long social events for the teens.

1968 – 45 YEARS AGO

It’s called the “Dream Game” and the first time that Pittston Area and Wyoming Area football players would be on the same team. Thirteen players from the 1967 PA and WA football squads were set to appear in the Scranton Lions Club Annual Dream Game Classic. In 1968, the two schools played in the Big 11 Conference and joined Tech, West, Central and Dunmore to form the city team. Mike Martin, Eddie Booth, Richie Rava, Charlie Graziano, Sal Montagna, Mike Mecadon and Joe Martinelli represented Pittston Area and John Stanchak, John Sammon, Lou Berti, Pat Donahue and Charlie Piatt represented Wyoming Area.

Bernard Pepperling, Exeter police chief, was tired of hearing of persons charged with disorderly conduct becoming repeat offenders after paying a minimal fine,. Pepperling proposed to borough council that the maximum fine for such behavior be raised from $12.50 to $100. He also proposed that the fine be publicized so everyone would be aware that causing any kind of disturbance in Exeter would be an “expensive venture.”

1978 – 35 YEARS AGO

Wyoming Area cheereleaders Jeanette Smith, Donna Chintala, Robbi Balent, Sharon Manganiello, Sue Severnak, Sherry Howe, Maureen Gildea, Anita Ninassi, Debbie Jones, Margaret Bright, Barb Bolis and Diane Rooney were awarded first place at the USCA Cheerleading Camp in Reading. The team was named first for overall performance and received two second-place ribbons for individual events. The girls were scheduled to travel to Lansing, MI for further competition. If anyone knows how the girls fared in Lansing, call me at 602-0168.

A major tragedy was averted by some very observant Pittston Township children. The muffler of a 1969 four door sedan containing a driver and four passengers fell off the car as it crossed over the D&H Railroad tracks on Norman Street in the Cork Lane Section. After the driver stopped the car on the tracks to retrieve the detached muffler, children playing nearby yelled warning the driver of the oncoming train. The driver managed to get everyone out and stand clear of the car as the diesel locomotive struck and pushed it 240 feet down the track.

1988 – 25 YEARS AGO

President Ronald Reagan, presenting the prestigious Presidential Rank Award to Pittston native John M. Golden and several other top level federal workers stated, “as public servants, you have maintained high standards of excellence and integrity befitting the trust your fellow citizens have placed in you. The agencies and departments you manage perform tasks that affect the lives of Americans in countless ways and your performance has helped to ensure those tasks are accomplished with fairness, sensitivity and efficiency. ” Golden, Director of Personnel and Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., was among several men and women who showed “exceptional competence and character and made enormous contributions in service to the country.” The DOC was originally created as the United States Department of Commerce and Labor on Feb. 14, 1903 to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans. It was renamed the Department of Commerce on March 4, 1913.


With 7,722 listings, 600 more than in 1947, Williams topped the number of families listed in the new telephone directory at 50. Other prominent names in the directory were Walsh, Miller, Evans, Jones, Smith, Brown, Burke and Davis. With the increased listings, Bell Telephone announced provisions to handle all new subscribers. The number of U.S. landlines, which peaked at 186 million in 2000 according to US Telecom, has declined rapidly over the past decade. It is estimated that by 2014, only 25% of U.S. households will still have copper landline phones. Mantoloking, N.J. was nearly wiped off the map by Superstorm Sandy and the town’s electric and communications infrastructure was destroyed.It was decided by Verizon not to replace copper-wire telephone lines, making Mantoloking one of the first communities to abandon traditional phones altogether.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” - Attributed to Carl Bard