This Week In Local History: A fire, a closing and a birthday

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com | March 20th, 2017 3:56 pm

1967 — A fire ruined $100,000 worth of parts stored in a Dalton Equipment Company warehouse.

“A spectacular blaze that lit up the sky between Dalton and LaPlume late Saturday night destroyed two of four bays of a warehouse off Route 6-11 north of Dalton,” read the Journal article.

“Firemen were frustrated in their attempt to fight the fire when lines continually froze in the below-zero weather.

“The building was used as a warehouse for electrical transformers, generators, switchboards and other power equipment by Louis Cohen and Sons, Dunmore and Wilkes-Barre, and by Medico Industries, Pittston.”

A photo caption also states the building formerly served as Northern Electric car barns.

1977 — The Cinema North theater on South State Street closed its doors for good when Sports Service Inc., which owned the movie house, sold the property. The last film screened there, according to a photograph of the business’ marquee, was “Pink Panther Strikes Again.”

1987 — Mary Sprague Delevan, who lived the majority of her life in Waverly, turned 90 on March 25, 1987. Her family celebrated with an open house at the Waverly United Methodist Church.

“I can’t remember when I came to Waverly,” she told the Journal that year. “My father did day work. He had no trade. He came this way to do day work for farmers in the area. He worked for Harry Seamans.”

“Mary married the late Roy Delevan in 1916,” the article continues. “They were married by a justice of the peace in Scranton where they got the certificate and were married the same day. They were married for 41 years.

“They had one child, a son, Glenn Sr., who was born the day the cornerstone was laid for the Waverly Community House in 1919.”

Dalton Equipment Co. at the height of a blaze which ruined transformer and generator equipment in 1967.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0322-1967.jpgDalton Equipment Co. at the height of a blaze which ruined transformer and generator equipment in 1967. Abington Journal file photos
A marquee announced the closing of the Cinema North theater on South State Street in 1977.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0322-1977.jpgA marquee announced the closing of the Cinema North theater on South State Street in 1977. Abington Journal file photos
Delevan
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0322-1987.jpgDelevan Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

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