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First appearing during the 1940s in The Daily Record, this photo re-emerged on June 4, 2000, in the Pocono Record as an “Old-Tyme Photo,” a Sunday feature that is now known as “Yesterdays Photo.”
Readers, recognizing the firefighters’ training session, identified the scene and shared their memories, which in turn were published in the newspaper the following week.
Although some of those readers have since died and age has taken its toll on others, their memories will live on.
Here’s some of what they had to say in 2000:
When this 1940s photo was taken, the firefighters from Stroudsburg Fire Department (Phoenix Co.) were participating in a drill at the ball field next to the Worthington Mower Co. on North Second Street in Stroudsburg, wrote Robert W. Philips, who had been a member of the fire department since 1945.
It was a Monday night during the summer and the firefighters were practicing with their “new” Power On Fog Nozzle, donated to the department by Pennsylvania, Power and Light, now PPL.
East Stroudsburg resident Hotsy Bergman recalled that the Worthington Mower, also known as Worthing Mower, left, manufactured lawnmowers for golf courses. The tall structure in the background is the old Stroudsburg Brewery, added Harley D. Fish Sr.
Bergman also recognized the brewery and remembered the company’s product – kegs and bottled beer – were delivered to local taverns in horse-drawn wagons. Also identifying the building were long-time Monroe County residents Murray Abeloff and Robert Miller.
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Photo credit: Daily Record photographer Leslie B. Carlton