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60 Years Ago - Twenty Thousand People Attended The Armed Forces Parade In Scranton

May 16, 2019 GMT

May 16, 1959

Thousands attend downtown parade

The streets of downtown Scranton were filled with 20,000 people to witness the 10th annual Armed Forces Week parade. The annual parade was the capstone to a week of lunches, dinners and programs that all celebrated the Armed Forces.

The parade had 5,000 marchers that came for a total of 112 organizations. Col. Walter Unley of Dalton, commanding officer of the 109th Infantry, was the parade marshal with Maj. John McDonald, 109th regimental adjutant, serving as parade chief of staff.

Phones out in part of Wayne County

Homes in the northern portion of Wayne County were without telephone service due to the financial collapse of the area’s telephone provider.


Progressive Telephone Co. of Northern Wayne shut down May 15 at 12:01 a.m. due to financial problems stemming from an ice storm that damaged its lines. At this point, the shutdown had affected 200 families in the communities of Lake Como, Equinunk, Starlight and Lakewood.

The Public Utility Commission asked Bell Telephone to cover operations due to the emergency. Bell had not responded yet to the request, but informed the PUC that it would install telephone booths at the Lake Como Post Office and Nelson Doyle’s Store in Lakewood.

The commission was also concerned that if service was not restored soon, the number of people without phone service would grow to 50,000. This section of the county had 14 large summer camps and numerous summer homes and cottages.

At the movies

“Some Like It Hot” at the Comerford, “The Naked Maja” at the Strand, “Watusi” at the Rivera, “The Tempest” at the West Side, “Rio Bravo” at the Mid Valley Drive-In and “The Sound and the Fury” and “Alaska Passage” at the Comerford Drive-In in Dupont.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.