1948 – 68 Years Ago
Where residents lived and traveled to in the region determined if they arrived early, late or right on time. A person leaving their home at 8 a.m. could arrive in a nearby town a half hour before the time he or she left home. Or a store could already be closed in a neighboring town, leaving customers unable to stop after work for supplies. Pittston, Pittston Township, Jenkins Township and Dupont, as well as several other communities were all on different time schedules during months when Daylight Savings Time was in effect. Area businessmen argued in favor of the time change, with unions wanting to stay on Standard Time. According to timeanddate.com, from 1945 to 1966 there were no uniform rules for Daylight Saving Time in the United States. In 1966, the Uniform Time Act was established by Congress, stating Daylight Saving Time would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states could pass an ordinance in order to be exempt from the time change. Currently the schedule follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Today, Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
It was reported in the Sunday Dispatch that residents of the Pittston area consumed 255,175 bottles of liquor in 1947 at a cost of $1,012,700.17. Although it was also reported that the state liquor stores sold 39,000 bottles less in 1947 than in 1946. According to dollartimes.com inflation calculator, the cost of liquor sold that year would equate to $11,140,877.55 today.
1958 – 58 Years Ago
As the final credits rolled for the film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution,” screened at the Comerford Drive-in, the audience heard a voice requesting, “The management of this theatre suggests that for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture, you will not divulge, to anyone, the secret of the ending of ‘Witness for the Prosecution.’” The movie starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton.
“Peyton Place,” starring Lana Turner, played at the American Theatre.
The Pittston Kiwanis Club sponsored its 17th annual Guidance Clinic at Pittston High School with approximately 1,200 junior and sophomore students in attendance. Vocational guidance and counseling in various trades and professions were presented to the students during the day-long event.
The American Legion Post 657 in Dupont held a testimonial dinner honoring Commander Michael Healey, who served as post commander for 26 years.
1968 – 48 Years Ago
Members of the Pittston Area High School Glee Club, Kathleen Cunard, Louis E. Loquasto, Richard Walsh, Joseph Oprendick, Jackie Zack, Ed Murphy, Louis J. Loquasto, Mary Lou Dominick, Tony Testa, Susan Kaporch, Salvatore Licata and William Brogna rehearsed for the school’s annual variety show. The Showtime program was performed for elementary and high school students during the day, and again in the evening for adults.
Members of the famed Oregon section of Pittston Red Sox baseball team held their first reunion in 30 years at the Gramercy Restaurant. Attending were Thomas Loughney, general chairman; Angelo Russo, toastmaster; Frank Valeski, humorist; Anthony Deluca, historian; Joseph Romanski, Frank Skechus, Hank Markowski, Joseph Noto, Jerry Coyne, Tony Valeski, Joe Moore, Tony Luongo, Sam Scalzo, Sam Alu, Ray Clark and Edwin Kern.
The fifth annual Debutante Ball sponsored by the Fourth Degree Assembly of John F. Kennedy Council 372 Knights of Columbus was to be held at the Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter. The following young ladies were presented: Marion Ursula Burke, Margurita Ann Brogan, Sharon Ann Patrice Dructor, Mary Ann Jean Madrak, Claire Ellen Marie Conroy, Eileen Ann Korpusik, Kathleen Bernadine Tramontana.
1978 – 38 Years Ago
Members of the eighth grade Catholic League Northern All Star basketball team were named. The players included Mike Girman, Tom Sepela, Joe Rizzo, Mark Cleback, Ron D’Elisio, Jim Fitzpatrick Don White, Jim Kosik, Pete Lieback and Fred Ostrowski. Bob Kaluzavich and Charles Pahl were team coaches.
Winners of the Wyoming Junior Women’s Club arts and crafts contest were Dorothy Sleboda, general sewing; Mary Dervinis, child’s sewing; Andrea Endrusick, needlepoint and Gay Stahley, knitting.
1988 – 28 Years Ago
The Pittston Tomato Festival committee announced a decision was made that the upcoming festival parade would include floats sponsored by area businesses and organizations. Themes for the floats could promote products, services or memberships.
Seton Catholic High School, known as “one of the smallest schools in the region,” won its second straight Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A District 2 basketball championship. Teammates Jim Thomas, Stan Exeter, Mark Valeski, Kevin Azaravich and Mike Bohan celebrated their win while Coach Mike Hopkins received the championship plaque.
This Date in History
1852 – “Uncle Sam” cartoon appeared for the first time in N.Y. Lantern weekly.
1868 – The Senate began President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial.
1930 – Clyde W. Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet Pluto.
2012 – The Encyclopedia Britannica discontinued its print edition after 244 years.
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