1974: Little Brown Jug’s new look

Henrietta Baldwin displays the new look of the "Jug."

Henrietta Baldwin, widow of the late Martin S. “Marty” Baldwin, flanked by then-Stroudsburg High School athletic director Wayne Hulsizer and East Stroudsburg counterpart Jack Kist, is shown in 1974 (right) holding the Little Brown Jug. The trophy had been recently refurbished.

Marty, who died in August ’74, originally donated the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the annual Stroudsburg-East Stroudsburg South football game.

Marty Baldwin, center, is brought to tears as he is recognized in 1963 for his years of community service and coaching.


To revamp the Little Brown Jug, varsity clubs members at each of the schools raised funds, enabling a large pedestal to be added to the trophy. The longer stand would offer space for additional engraving of the winners’ names.

The refurbished Jug was rededicated in Marty’s memory during halftime of the 1974 Battle of the Boros.

Marty, who was the founder of Olympic Athletic Equipment Reconditioning Co. in East Stroudsburg, was also the donor of the Old Oaken Bucket trophy for the winner of the traditional football game between Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East high schools.

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Photo gallery: Little Brown Jug – past games

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Doughboy statue stands tall

In 1919, a fund was created to raise money for a monument that would honor Monroe County residents who served in World War I.

Five years later, on Aug. 11, 1924, the monument – the Doughboy -  in Courthouse Square was dedicated with three-year-old George N. Kemp unveiling the statue.

Monroe County veterans paused to remember their comrades during a 1982 Veterans Day ceremony at Courthouse Square.

In 1924, the Doughboy statue was dedicated by the Jacob Stroud chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Courtesy of Monroe County Historical Association)



The face of the statue, depicting all Monroe County WWI servicemen

Floyd L. Treible of North Water Gap was the first Monroe County Doughboy killed during WWI; he died in action in France in 1917. (Pocono Record file photos)












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A salute to veterans

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1975: A ghouling good time

Vampire Chuck Cirino waves to the crowd.


As he rides a float down Main Street in Stroudsburg, this vampire gestures to the folks – young and old – who had lined the way to watch the 1975 Pocono Mountain Halloween Parade.

While it may appear that the scary fellow, usually known as Chuck Cirino, a Pocono Mountain Jaycee, is searching for someone’s blood suck, he really was promoting the Halloween horror house in East Stroudsburg sponsored by the Jaycess.

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1965: Out with the old, in with the new – Ehrlich’s

In April 1965, residents of East Stroudsburg witness a passing of an era as the old Ehrlich’s Market building at 107 Washington St. was razed, making way for the expansion of the East Stroudsburg Saving, Building and Loans Association.

A year earlier, the market had been moved to 112 N. Courtland St., the site of the former Abeloff Auto Exchange.

Ad for Ehrilich's Market published in The Daily Record during the early 1960s.

The new modern and spacious market had ample and easy accessible parking facilities, according to advertisements published during 1965 in The Daily Record.

The old Ehrlich's Market was razed in 1965.

Prior to the demolition of the former market, the vacant building was used by community organizations for events such as rummage sales.

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Old Beakleyville Baptist Church

Founded in early 1800s, the congregation of the Beakleyville Baptist Church first attended worship services in a barn. When land was donated, it became possible to build a church – a small white structure along today’s Route 447 in East Stroudsburg.

Beakleyville Baptist Church building is shown in this undated photo a number of years before it was razed. (Pocono Record file photo)

Hannah Barry Van Vliet, of East Stroudsburg pioneer stock, was just one the folks who helped form the history of the Beakleyville Baptist Church.

Her life and contributions to the community and church – she was the church’s janitoress for 27 years, missing only three services - were remembered in a 1975 article published in The Pocono Record:

“Today’s women are not the only ones who have had to assume the role of bread-winner for their families, see their sons off to an unpopular war and their daughters follow their mates to what was, in their day, the ends of the earth. Hannah Barry Van Vliet could probably give NOW members a few pointers. …”

Also known as Grandma Hanna, Van Vliet died in 1897.

Although the church's building is gone, the graves of those buried at the site, shown in 2011, remain. (Pocono Record file photo)

In 1925, the Rev. William H. Playfoot, who had been pastor of the church from 1891 to ’92, made everlasting history when he was kicked by his horse as he prepared to leave for church in Elmira, New York.

He died a month later from his injuries at the age of 73.  The circumstances of his death were published in the local newspaper.

One recorded highlight in the church’s history reveals the story about 100 plus people attending the seventh annual Easter sunrise service on April 21, 1946.

During the service a walnut cross was presented to the church by Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Stright in memory of their son, Edward Stright Jr., who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

The church’s past was remembered again on Oct. 11, 1953, when Beakleyville Baptist Church congregation began a week-long celebration of its 110th year of service.

The original church building, built in the 1840s, is shown in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Monroe County Historical Association)

About 10 years later, on Nov. 1, 1964, a new Sunday school room, which was an addition equal in size to the original church building, was dedicated during a special service.

According to the church’s pastor at the time, the Rev. Wiley S. Young, the church had come a long way since it was founded more than 120 years earlier by a handful of settlers who worshiped in the barn.

The Rev. Young died Feb. 25, 1969, at the age 72. He had served in the ministry for 51 years, the last seven years as pastor of the Beakleyville church.

The congregation vacated the old church building during the 1990s, moving to a nearby location, 1 Fawn Road.

Halterman’s Auto Ranch now occupies on the church’s former site. Although the building has been razed, its graveyard remains.

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Find out who’s buried in Beakleyville cemetery.

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From mansion to office building

From majestic Kitson House to modern Kitson building

The old Victorian home that once stood at 745 Main St. in downtown Stroudsburg had had its share of identities — the mansion of a wealthy family, a diner, Mexican restaurant and a nightclub — before being demolished. Although the exact date of construction of the building is not documented, it is known that the house was built during 1800s, according to a 2006 Pocono Record article.

Referred to as the Kitson House, it was the home of manufacturer and financier Thomas K. Kitson and his family. Kistson died in 1920.

Colonial Diner on Main Street, Stroudsburg, shown in 1985, when the restaurant was listed for sale. (Pocono Record file photo)

In 1938, the facade changed drastically with the installation of an addition – a diner – to the front of the house. Known as the Colonial Diner, the restaurant flourished for years as a downtown attraction and meeting place.

The Colonial was sold in the mid-1980s, and reopened as Charlie’s ’50s in March 1986. Soon after, Marita’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant, opened in the old section of the majestic house/diner building in the section where Athens By Night was once housed.

Charlie's with the old Kitson House towering behind. (Pocono Record file photo)




By mid-1988, the diner had become a nightclub-style business. In September of that year, the club and cantina were put up for sale.

New owners took over the business in the late 1980s, keeping the ’50s nightclub idea intact.

Just a few years later, plans were announced to abandon the ’50s-style nightclub. The new venture was called Hoola-Hoop, featuring a dance-club theme. The Hoola-Hoop eventually phased into The Hoop, closing in 2005.

Hoola-Hoop was an adult nostalgia nightclub on Main Street. (Pocono Record file photo)

In 2006, the odd combination of Victorian House and diner was demolished, making way for a new three-story brick “Kitson” building.

Marita’s and Starbucks were opened in the new building in 2007.


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1990: Prom night, a moment captured

For at least one night there was magic in the air. (Pocono Record file photo)


Seniors Eileen Wackley and Tory Van Why of Stroudsburg High School share a moment at the beginning of prom night on June 2, 1990.

On this special night, all four Monroe County public high schools held proms.

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View a photo gallery of the county-wide prom night.

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1979: Season’s first snowfall

Looking back: East Stroudsburg Train Station

Snow-laden power lines gave out under the stress of heavy snow as the season’s first snowfall hit the Poconos on Oct. 10, 1979, leaving parts of the Slate Belt, Delaware Water Gap and Shawnee-on-Delaware without electricity for several hours.

The station, built in 1864, eventually was remodeled and became known as the Dansbury Depot restaurant, opening for business in the 1980s.

The half-inch snowfall mirror the Oct. 19, 1925, snowfall as the earliest measurable snow in Stroudsburg, to date, during the 20th century.

Shown in the photo to the right is East Stroudsburg Train Station as falling snow from the storm blurs the view.

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An early morning fire on Oct. 26, 2009, damaged the train station, then known as Dansbury Depot. In the aftermath of the fire, the historic structure was still standing but the inside was gutted.

Follow the history of the depot’s comeback, search the poconorecord.com, using the subject: Dansbury Depot.

More photos at “Dansbury Depot remembered.”

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1979: Summer madness

Mike Rath, riding a large inner tube, shoots over a Stroudsburg waterfall.


Searching for kicks on a free Friday afternoon, Aug. 31, 1979,  Mike Rath of Stroudsburg – surrounded by an appropriately sized inner tube – took a plunge, falling five feet over a waterfall at the Stroudsburg Municipal Water Authority plant.

Splash down


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1988: Stroudsburg High renovation continues

Although the ongoing renovation of Stroudsburg High School was continuing at a good pace during December 1988, the start of the school year had looked bleak.

In 1988, as construction at the Stroudsburg High School continued, the school's auditorium started to take recognizable shape after long resembling a heap of rubble.

Doubts circulated whether the school would begin on time as construction crews dominated the site.

However, the fears were unfounded; temporary classroom space was set up in alternate parts of the building, allowing student and crew to coexist.

Stroudsburg High School's new - at least new in 1988 - auditorium. (Pocono Record file photos)





While the exterior of the school remained a testimony of the extensive project, the interior – although still under construction – had taken shape.

Areas that had been completed included a new wing that housed administrative offices, new business classrooms, new industrial art shops, improvements allowing handicapped access to the building and a new main entrance.

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Learn more about the most recent remodeling of Stroudsburg High, which began in June 2010 and ended four years later.

2013: “Stroudsburg School Construction” photo gallery

2013: Renovation photo gallery

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