This week in local history: Charlie and Hilda’s Diner remembered

June 16th, 2015 3:30 pm

Charlie and Hilda Davidson opened Charlie and Hilda’s Diner in 1961 at the Dalton intersection of Lackawanna Trail and Routes 6&11.
A 1961 view of the counter inside Charlie and Hilda’s Diner at the Dalton intersection of Lackawanna Trail and Routes 6&11.
This photograph of an unknown trainer, paused beside the old Tennant Hotel in the early 1900s, was published in the June 17, 1965 edition of the Abington Journal.
Elephants help put up a tent with the Clyde Beatty — Cole Brothers Circus in 1985.

1961 – Charlie and Hilda’s Diner held its grand opening at the Dalton intersection of Lackawanna Trail and Routes 6 and 11. A full page advertisement congratulating owners Charlie and Hilda Davidson advertised homemade rolls and pies, full course meals and sandwiches, at the 24-hour establishment.

Businesses that pitched in for the ad included Swep’s Garage, Factoryville; Chermak’s Garage, Clarks Summit; Firestine Bros., Tunkhannock; Esso Service Center, Factoryville; Shadow Brook Dairy, Tunkhannock; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Baldassari Amusement Co., Scranton; Kehrli Oil Co., Factoryville; Millet and Lyons; Crandall Supply Co., Inc., Binghamton, New York; and W. H. Coon, Scranton.

1965 – The Journal ran a photograph dating back to the early 1900s, with the headline “Off To The Races.”

The caption read, “High on a sulky behind his trotter, an unknown trainer, paused beside the old Tennant Hotel (Now the Vogelbacker Building on Depot Street) for early photographer Arthur L. Miller to dive under his black cloth and take his picture. He didn’t pause beside a cocktail lounge, merely a good, old-fashioned barroom. (See what the girls in the back room will have.)”

1975 – Basketball player Charlie Thraen, of Clarks Summit was notified of his nomination for basketball’s Hall of Fame. The athlete was known in the area as “Top from Topps.”

1985 – Elephants were talk of the town when the Clyde Beatty – Cole Brothers Circus swept into the area one night. By the next morning, a photo caption states, “these powerful pachyderms had the tent up ready for the next two days of performances complete with Arabian tumblers, Mexican acrobats, French jugglers, bands, clowns, dancing dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and helium balloons.”


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