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Peeking into the Past: Duryea Plectrummers welcomed spring with a concert in 1980

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Presented at the Fourth Degree Assembly to President John F. Kennedy Council 372 Knights of Columbus ball in 1970 were, from left, first row, Karen Ann Cumbo, Margaret Dooley, Rita Gerosky, Mary Beth hart, Celestine Kelly, Kathy Kelly, Lois Komensky. Second row, escorts James Lemongelli, Edmund Traigis, Edward Skechus, Otto Felice, Walter Stocknich, Ned Richards and Charles Davenport.

The Duryea Plectrummers performed at the second annual spring festival. From left first row, are Rev. Cieslaw Kuligkowski, Brenda Mikiewicz, Bryan Wescott, Martina Jacobs, Michelle Rubel, Kimberly Schiavo, Charles Masters. Second row, Lucy Kaminski, Delbert Voight, Michael Dubinski, Pat Dubinski. Third row, Brian Doran, Robert Reed, Sandra Kuniegel, Julia Kristula, Rose Mary Thornton, Stanley Kaminski, Stella Mustinski, Stanley Kuniegel, Jr. Fourth row, Charles Swantkowski, Edna Kuniegel, Ilona Burbich, Mary Farrell, Jule Pernot, Frank Wudarski, Bernice Grochowski, Mary Kuniegel.

Question:

The Laurel Line Railroad was the principal form of transportation in the early 1900s. On July 30, 1923, what happened aboard the train that brought the line to national attention?

1960 – 55 years ago

Many boroughs and towns formed committees for the Cancer Crusade Initiative. The groups helped to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Members of the Dupont committee were Nellie Romanoski, Helen Tibel, Harriet Barkowski, Catherine Williams, Clara Vida, Irene Kleynowski, Nellie Kociolek, Agnes Golla, Josephine Golla, Claudia Orlowski, Lois Sionina, Mary Grace Sheridan, Jean Roszko and Olga Bryk. Members of the Duryea committee were John Moss, William Rupp, Mrs. William Balchune, Mrs. Walter Pokorney, Mrs. Joseph Belaski, Mrs. Joseph David, Mrs. Bernard Ryzner, Rose Marie Bichler, Mrs. Michael Shedler, Mrs. Alfred Zaborowski, Mrs. Samuel Nardone and Mrs. Harry Davies. During the 1960s, success of the use of chemotherapy as a cure for the disease showed promise. Through those efforts of the crusaders, cancer research became more of a priority and by 1971 the federal government passed the National Cancer Act, increasing the budget of the National Cancer Institute to $1 billion a year.

At a cost of $112,000, completion of the new Stephenson Street Bridge was set for the middle of May. Local residents waited five years to once again cross the Lackawanna River at the point of the bridge. The old structure was demolished during Hurricane Diane in 1955.

Luchetti Auto Sales in Exeter advertised a brand-new Rambler American 2-door deluxe sedan for $39.25 per month. Leeds in Pittston offered suits for $12, sweaters and blouses for $3. Vullo Brothers in Pittston sold 3-T nylon Good Year tires for $12.95.

1970 – 45 years ago

Seven young ladies were presented at Fourth Degree Assembly to President John F. Kennedy Council 372, Knights of Columbus Debutante Ball. They were Karen Ann Cumbo, Margaret Regina Dooley, Rita Victoria Gerosky, Mary Beth Hart, Celestine Ann Kelly, Kathy Kelly and Lois Teresa Komensky. Their escorts included James Lemongelli, Edmund Traigis, Edward Skechus, Otto Felice, Walter Stocknich, Ned Richard and Charles Davenport. According to “Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia,” the custom of presenting young who were coming of age was a right of passage as far back as the 15th century. In the U.S. modern debutante balls are held to reflect the traditions of a heritage or social organization. To see a photo of the young women and their escorts, log on to psdispatch.com and click on Peeking into the Past.

Wyoming Area would defend its 1969 PIAA District 2 Golf Tournament win, as over 100 high school golfers from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties would compete for individual and team honors. Coached by Joe Satkowski members of the squad were Richard Mazar, Paul Nichols, Frank Wascalis, Eugene Chiavacci, George Prywara and Joe Liberati.

1980 – 35 years ago

The second annual spring sing-along festival and concert was presented at the YMS of R Hall by the Duryea Plectrummers under the direction of Charles Masters. Members of the group were Rev. Cieslaw Kuligkowski, Brenda Mikiewicz, Bryan Wescott, Martina Jacobs, Michelle Rubel, Kimberly Schiavo, Lucy Kaminski, Delbert Voight, Michael Dubinski, Pat Dubinski, Brian Doran, Robert Reed, Sandra Kuniegel, Julia Kristula, Rose Mary Thornton, Stanley Kaminski, Stella Mustinski, Stanley Kuniegel, Jr., Charles Swantkowski, Edna Kuniegel, Ilona Burbich, Mary Farrell, Jule Pernot, Frank Wudarski, Bernice Grochowski and Mary Kuniegel. To see a photo of the group, log on to psdispatch.com and click on Peeking into the Past. Plectrums or “picks” can be made of plastic, metal, ivory or wood.

Spec 4 Charles J. Rydzy was presented the Army Commendation Medal in Okinawa, Japan. Awarded for meritorious service, it represented the fact that Rydzy demonstrated skills and dedication far above the average. On Nov. 5, 1945, it was recommended that an Army Commendation Ribbon be established. The recommendation was approved by the Secretary of War and the ribbon was established on Dec. 18, 1945.

1990 – 25 years ago

The Pittston Area High School senior class participated in a spring and summer fashion show that included skits, star look-a likes, dance routines and of course fashions. Fashions from over a dozen area stores were featured. Modeling the latest fashion trends of 1990 were Maria Augustine, Gail DeFazio, Melissa Triboski, Maria Lizza, Lori Pace, Maureen Brady, Ronda Rinaldi and Amy Klush.

Answer:

In 1923, the Laurel Line Railroad shot to national attention due to a deadly train robbery. Aboard the train on the morning of July 30, paymaster Arch Henshall and three guards accompanied a metal case containing more than $70,000. As the train left Scranton, several men jumped from their seats to commandeer the train, shots rang out, leaving one man dead and four injured. The robbers ran from the stopped train and made off with a payroll en route to the West End Mining Co. in Mocanaqua. It was reported two captured gang members were tried and executed. One gang member killed himself. The remaining four were never apprehended.

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