50 Years Ago - Water And Electric Problems Plaguing Scranton Residents

July 20, 2018

July 20, 1968 Water, cable services nearing normal On the morning of July 19, a 30-inch water main broke at Ash Street and Adams Avenue that caused water problems for residents and businesses in parts of downtown Scranton, Green Ridge, the Hill Section and West Scranton. The water main was repaired by the morning, but the water to the line would not be turned on until the concrete used to fill the hole had time to settle. The water company expected that water would be turned back on sometime on July 21. One of the 10 underground cables that fed electricity into downtown Scranton also failed. The failure of the cable didn’t cause an outage, but Pennsylvania Power and Light asked customers to try to conserve power as much as they could to avoid the other nine lines from overloading and possibly failing. Crews were still working on repairing the failed line. Poch Post 948 wins first half South Scranton’s Major Edward Poch Post 948 team won the first half of the American Legion Baseball League by defeating West Scranton’s Kosciuszko Post by a score of 2-0. The team’s two runs came from pitcher Hank Bunnell’s home run in the second inning and Bunnell’s single in the sixth forced Ned Holmes home. On the town At the clubs: “Gas Co.” at the What’s Happening A Go-Go, “The Kents” at the The Triple M, “The Doodletown Pipers” and Comedian Gene Baylos at Mount Airy Lodge, “The Furness Brothers” at the Weldwood. At the movies: “Custer of the West” at the Comerford, “The Green Berets” at the Strand, “How Sweet It Is” at the West Side, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Cinema North and “Planet of the Apes” and “I Deal in Danger” at the MidValley Drive-In. 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.