1914: NCOs of Company G


Non-commissioned officers from Company G, 13th Reg. N.G.P. in full-dress uniform.


Company G, 13th Reg. N.G.P.

On Feb. 1, 1914, the non-commissioned officers of Company G, 13th Reg. N.G.P., East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, posed for a photographer, whose name was given only as Knox.

Five days later, the photo appeared on the front page of The Morning Press, the local newspaper of the time. The soldiers were not identified.

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A glimpse at some of the historical events involving Company G:

• May 22, 1914: More than 200 guests attend the “very pretty dance” at the military opening of the new armory in East Stroudsburg. Members of Company G, who attended the event, wore full-dress uniforms, and the women were dressed in “very elaborate gowns,” The Morning Press reported.

Aug. 14, 1916: For the first time in its short history of three years, troops from Company G left town under a different commander other than Capt. George A. Dunning, its founder and head. Dunning’s commission had expired at midnight. He had been was disqualified by “the stern regular army surgeons because of his light weight in proportion to his height,” according to the daily newspaper.

July 9, 1925: The “boys” of Company G, 109th Infantry, were busy at the armory on Washington Street in East Stroudsburg, preparing for their annual training at Mount Gretna in Lebanon County.

May 1, 1928: The final drill of Company G was held in the “Old Armory” when roll was called and the troops went to work moving equipment to storage.  A contractor would soon start tearing down the old building to make the site ready for the construction of a new building. By fall, the new armory would be ready for “the company to march into their fine new home,” The Morning Press reported.

March 7,  1940: Pvt. Nelson Berger of Company G, 109th Infantry, was presented with an award during the regular drill session at the East Stroudsburg Armory for his fine representation of the company at the first 109th indoor field meeting held in Scranton.

April 6, 1940: Monroe County’s own Company G, 109th Infantry displayed its well-ordered fighting force at the East Stroudsburg Armory during an impressive Army Day celebration, which coincided with a nationwide display of armed forces.

May 5, 1946: During a meeting of the Society of the 28th Division at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cmdr. Howard Mount went on record in favor of the formation of a new Company G.  Members were also anxious about some kitchen equipment that was missing from the armory.

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Remembering past winters

Remember when
winds and overwhelming inches of snow
disrupted power, mail service and daily life?
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Several weeks of heavy snow during February 1978 had buried this car at Pocono Plaza. It emerged from the melting snow as crews cleared the aftermath of the storm.

A pedestrian makes a path through the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1996.


For wintery stories and photos of the past, check out:

“Blizzard of ’78″ and “Remembering past winter storms”  photo galleries.

• Twenty 20 inches of snow fell on Main Street, Stroudsburg, during Jan. 14-16, 1945. Read about those days in Chad Smith’s 2011 article “They didn’t need snow days in 1945.”



• Also check out Howard Frank’s 2010 story “Storm will rank in top five.”

Cold weather in the 1990s didn't stop this little one.

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Parking & walking in the Stroudsburgs

Nuggets of history

• In 1895, John Springer of Stroudsburg tripped and fell on uneven sidewalk, which the “council so kindly laid down” for South Stroudsburg residents, according to The Daily Times, a local newspaper of the time.

The Pocono Record's photographer Rod MacLeod, never one to allow foul weather to hinder his search for the best in newspaper pictures, became a victim in 1969 of slippery sidewalks just as fellow photographer, George Arnold, with camera in hand, happened to be passing by.

• The penalty in 1902 for spitting in a public place, which included sidewalks and trolley car floors, was $5 to $25 or imprisonment.

• In 1916, Stroudsburg residents were to shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes within six daylight hours after the snow had stopped falling or face a fine of not less than $2.50 and not more than $10.

• During the early 1900s, traffic signals along Main Street from Ninth to Second in Stroudsburg consisted of a row of pedestals on which red lanterns were placed. It was the duty of the local police officers to light the lanterns. Careless drivers, first those of horse-drawn vehicle and then of automobiles, would frequently crash into the pedestals, knocking the lanterns off their stands.

A study by Kimberly-Clark claims that parking meters, such as this meter in Stroudsburg shown during 2011, are among of the most highly microbe contaminated everyday items.


• The first parking meters were install in Stroudsburg in 1939, just four years after the world’s first meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

• In 1975, parking meters – 11 of them – were erected on lower Main Street from North Third Street to the Interborough Bridge in Stroudsburg, where parking used to be free.

• Police Chief Charles McDonald opened an envelope during an 1975 East Stroudsburg council meeting and poured about 30 aluminum soda can rings onto the table in front of him. Earlier, a police officer had spend two to three hours removing the rings from the borough’s parking meters. “We find 20 to 30 of these jammed into the parking meters every day,” McDonald told the council.


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Check out the 2011 article “Yuck! Dirtiest surfaces you shouldn’t touch, but do every day” published in the Pocono Record.

Photographer Ron MacLeod died Oct. 19, 1973. Read the newspaper’s report about Ron.


Want to purchase a reprint of a Pocono Record photo or have the image transferred to a key chain, mug or T-shirt? Then visit the Pocono Record Photo Store.

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Gas pumps from a bygone era

Pumps at the old Cresco garage.



Gap pumps sitting outside of what was once the Cresco garage attracted attention as far away as Japan, according to the 1992 caption on this photo.

When a Japanese film crew was shooting in the Barrett Township area, they stopped for a look.


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Matteo Dave delivering the goods

Matteo Dave, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the well-known owner of the Stroudsburg Italian food market at 344 Main St., which carried his name.

Portrait of Matteo Dave published Aug. 10, 1933, in the Daily Record

Born in Italy, Dave came to the United States in 1912, settling in Stroudsburg. Three years later, he started his business, a house-to-house service, delivering goods using a horse-drawn wagon.

When his adopted country entered World War I in 1917, Dave joined the U.S. Army, serving until after the armistice.

In 1919, Dave, who became a U.S. citizen in 1920, bought the market of Tony Torzillo at 418 Main St., Stroudsburg.

The business grew, and, in 1922, Dave moved the market to 344 Main, a property which he had purchased or would soon purchase.

The popular grocery was known for its specialties: spaghetti, imported oils, anchovies, salami and Italian bread. A complete line of seafood, fruits and vegetables as well as imported and domestic groceries were also available to shoppers.

Matteo Dave ad published June 6, 1966, in The Pocono Record

Dave credited his success to his customers, stating that he was most appreciative of the local patronage that had made possible his progress, according to a 1933 Daily Record article.

The article also revealed that with careful attention to his business, he made himself a “substantial citizen” of the community.

He also served four years as president of the local Italian Mutual Benefit Association, having previously serving six years as vice president. He was a member of the Stroudsburg Lodge of Eagles 1106 and of the Stroudsburg Moose Lodge.

Dave and his wife, the former Rose Panza, along with his three children lived in the same building as his Italian grocery and deli.

He was described, in the newspaper article, as as being married to a “fine wife,” who assisted him in the operation of the store.

In 1962, he retired, turning the business over to his son, James. Dave died in 1972. He was 78. His wife in 1983, at age 80.


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1977: Farmer pays off 51-year-old debt

“It’s very likely the hospital saved my life.” – Dawson Gillem

Read about "Daws" in this article published Dec. 23, 1977, in The Pocono Record.

Dawson Gillem, a honest West End Farmer, who paid a long-overdue bill to Pocono Hospital, made front-page news in 1977.

The bill’s origin can be traced to 1926, when “Daws” and his daughter were admitted to the hospital in East Stroudsburg, suffering from typhoid fever, according The Pocono Record.

After a three-month stay, father and daughter were released. But  the Gillems could not pay the bill, the article reveals.

As the years passed, the debt was forgiven or forgotten, but Gillem remembered, paying $3,000 in 1977 to the hospital to settle his account.

Daws, a New Jersey native, moved to the West End in 1925. He died in 1985.

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Read Dawson Gillem’s obituary, originally published in the Pocono Record.

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Pocono Gardens Lodge

Workers, along with owner Peter Rossi, paused for a photo.

During the late 1940s and early ’50, Peter Rossi, founder and owner of Pocono Gardens Lodge in Paradise Township, along with his workers drilled a new well near the resort’s main building (right).

In the years that followed, Rossi expanded ownership to include family members and Pocono Gardens prospered.

The resort was sold in 1971. And after a period of decline, the failing lodge was closed in 2000.

Vandals took a toll on the property, damaging guest rooms and tagging the main lodge and several outbuildings with graffiti.

When the roof over the indoor pool began leaking, a mosquito hatchery was born.

The fire-damaged building at the abandoned Pocono Gardens Lodge in 2007.

Once part of a trio of resorts that included Mount Airy Lodge and Strickland’s Mountain Inn, the three properties were split up in 2004 when businessman Louis DeNaples purchase two of the resorts for $25.1 million.

In 2007, fire ripped through an abandoned building at Pocono Gardens (left). The damaged building was later torn down.

Read more:

DeNaples buys defunct Pocono Gardens Lodge in Paradise Valley

No Garden of Eden in Paradise


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From “Middle” to “Intermediate Elementary”

 Forty years of education

The philosophy of the one-room schoolhouse took on a modern motif when the Stroudsburg Middle School opened in 1974. Now, 40 years have passed since the first classes were held in the new open-concept school.

In 1993, Eastern Monroe Public Library officials asked voters to support a property tax that would help fund library services. Stroudsburg Middle School students took up the cause, showing their support at school pep rallies. The tax was eventually adopted by voters.

Journey back through time with the Pocono Record as reporter Christina Tatu and photographer Maria Horn take a look at the history of the school, now known as Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary, in their Aug. 7-8, 2014, stories.

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View the photo gallery:

“Through the years: Stroudsburg Middle School.”


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Looking back: West End Fair

Interesting facts about the West End Fair

• Country singer Loretta Lynn belted out one hit after another before 5,500 fans during two shows at the 1991 West End Fair.

• Joe Anewalt, a former director of the West End Fair, celebrated his 89th birthday on Aug. 24, 1971, which was also the first day of fair for that year. Anewalt, not only was a driving force behind the fair, he helped start the West End Fire Co. and was a lifetime charter member.

George P. Brodhead of Snydersville was the youngest owner and exhibitor of livestock at the 1939 West End Fair.

• 1985, five members of the Neola Needles and Busy Hands 4-H Club entered the new West End Fair category “Vegetable Creatures.” Entries included a gourd sporting tiny cherry eyes, a cabbage head with a tomato tongue, and an eggplant with corn silk eyebrows and Italian sweet pepper arms.

• One of the oldest exhibits at the 1936 West End Fair was a chair shown by Justice of the Peace J. Davis Weiss of Brodheadsville. He said the 100-year-old chair was an exact copy of those brought to this country by the Moravians.

• The West End Fair, now a multi-thousand dollar business organization, began in 1920, operating with a budget of little more than $500.

• Two well-known West End residents, Berlin Serfass of Brodheadsville and Frank Moyer Sr. of Effort, were overcome by the heat at the 1928 fair. “They fell to the ground, but were picked up and hurried away, where they were soon revived,” reported the daily newspaper.

• Ruth Berger won first place and Clair Kresge second in the button sewing contest at the 1926 fair.

Melanie Johnson, employee at Pizzaland & Sub City in Brodheadsville, eyes the elephant ears she helped make. The ears were new to the West End Fair in 1983.

• The team of May Wagner of Pen Argyl, Sarah Shafer of Glibert, Clair Kresge of Brodheadsville, Rachael Dotter of Wind Gap, Mildred Snyder of Cherry Valley, May Shafer of Gilbert, Olive Shafer of Gilbert, Margaret Arnold of Gilbert, June Snyder of Snydersville and Blanche Frantz of Gilbert won the Ladies Tug of War contest  at 1926 fair. “The women pulled lustily for a minute and a half,” according to a newspaper report.

• In 1963, Alden Fetherman of Long Island, New York, with his wife and children attended his first West End Fair. Fetherman, better known to the local people as “Red,” is remembered as the “flashing” quarterback of Stroudsburg High School’s 1952 football team.

• A warning published in the 1981 West End Fair supplement of the Pocono Record: “Make your baked goods from scratch — mixes aren’t appreciated.”

• Maurice C. Andrew of Saylorsburg, a veteran under the Veterans Administration vocation agricultural training course, was presented with a purebred registered Guernsey bull calf  — “Pohopoko Senator” by the Pohopoko Farms in Effort during the 1946 West End Fair.

• Country singer Charley Pride performed two shows at the 1989 fair. The shows yield fewer than 4,000 fans.


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Can’t get enough West End Fair photos?

Check out the photo gallery A Night At The Fair, depicting scenes from the 2009 fair, or the gallery of opening day of 89th West End Fair and the 2012 photos of West End Fair Bunnies.

 There are more photos of the highlights of past years, scenes from the 1981 & ’82 fairs and the opening day of 2013 fair.

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The 2014 West End Fair will held Aug. 24-30.

Gilbert, Pennsylvania



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1991: Book heaven

Friends of EMPL 1991 book sale

Book sale on Main Street

When this photo was snapped, Regina Treanor of the Bronx, New York, a regular library patron, was browsing the offerings of the 1991 annual book sale at the Eastern Monroe Public Library.

At the time, the library was housed in the venerable home at 913 Main St., Stroudsburg, where it had been since 1954.

In 1996, the library was moved to its present location at 1002 North Ninth St., the former Stroud’s Jewelers and Distributors building.

The Main Street site now houses the Monroe County Bar Association.


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