1966: YMCA membership drive

The Pocono Record, Feb. 9, 1966

New programs equal new members

Shown in this 1966 photo are Mrs. James Walter, Don Cramer (center) and Joe DeRenzis as they make plans for the YMCA’s membership drive.

The group is checking out the listing of new programs being offered by the Y, which would be used as an enticement for new members.

Walter was a former president of a YMCA group known as the Gradale and Cramer had recently joined the YMCA as member.

DeRenzis was the longest-term member of the local chapter, who had belonged for 15 years at the time the photo was taken.

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Learn more about today’s Pocono Family YMCA.

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1973: Advertisements, a glimpse of yesteryear

Penn Stroud Hilton Inn



Turn the pages of The Pocono Record back to page 6 of the Aug. 24, 1973, edition and you’ll discover a full page of advertisements, promoting the local hotpots.

Here’s a look at some of the ads (click on ads to enlarge):


Stumble Inn

Pocono Gardens Lodge

Swiftwater Inn

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Pocono Playhouse built on farmland

Born in Morenci, Michigan and graduating from the University of Michigan, Rowena Stevens, founder of the Pocono Playhouse, performed in and managed USO shows overseas during World War II.

June 14, 1966, The Pocono Record

It was this experience with the USO that led her to build the summer theater.

She selected the Pocono Mountains as the site for the new venture owing to the region’s central location between the Lehigh Valley and  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to a 1966 article in The Pocono Record.

Being near the resort businesses was an additional factor.

Her theater would be constructed on farmland in Mountainhome, and the building style would be similar to that used for USO shows during the war in Europe.

Stevens had learned the usefulness and adaptability of those buildings while touring with the USO and adopted the idea for her theater, the article reveals.

The 500-seat playhouse opened in 1947 with a small company of resident actors.  It developed into a major theater, producing plays and musical shows that were headlined with stars of stage, screen and television.

Stevens died in 1975 at the age of 69. Her once beloved theater left in ruin after a fire in 2009.

Photo Gallery: History of Pocono Playhouse”

Read: Ralph Miller’s mark: 21 years of failure and fire

“Miller sentenced to 30 months in prison”

The original 1966 article

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Michael Jackson performs at Pocono Raceway

The year was 1973 and the country was embroiled in the Watergate scandal, Tony Orlando and Dawn topped the charts, and Michael Jackson played a concert in the Poconos.

The site was the Pocono Raceway, and the occasion was the Pocono State Fair.

Michel Jackson in concert with the Jackson Five at Pocono Raceway. (Photo courtesy of Pocono Raceway)

 For 10 days, from July 20 to July 29, 1973, leading performers entertained crowds at the Long Pond speedway.

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Read the complete story, originally posted July 1, 2009


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East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower

Built in 1908, the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower remains the last wooden tower still standing along the Lackawanna Rail Line, which was originally part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

In its glory days, those in the tower controlled the switches and signals on the main tracks between Broad and Federal streets, according to the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower Society website esrrtower.org.

Today, the tower is a museum. For information, visit the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower Society website, esrrtower.org.

Operators are seen peering out from the tower during its former years.


The tower is shown about 40 year ago as the sun sets in East Stroudsburg.





Learn more, check out Stacy Brown’s story “A piece of East Stroudsburg railroad history.”

Photo gallery: East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower, last of a kind





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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 be able 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

Also, check out  Turkey Day Game 2011








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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)












Learn more about the Doughboy statue.

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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Check out other 1975 Jaycess Halloween parade photos.



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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 schoolroom, 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, the church’s graveyard remains.

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Find out who’s buried in Beakleyville cemetery.

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