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1964: President Johnson’s daughter at Buck Hill Falls

During February 1964, Lucy Baines Johnson attended a weekend-long religious conference at The Inn at Buck Hill Falls with about 400 other teenagers. The presence of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, oddly enough, did not create much confusion. However, one reportable event did occurred during the event’s closing service when it was announced that a [...]

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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. Journey back through time with the Pocono Record as reporter Christina Tatu and photographer Maria Horn [...]

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1991: Book heaven

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 [...]

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1900: Shafer’s School House

Note:  On the corner of Shafers Schoolhouse Road and Business 209, just outside of Stroudsburg, sits Grace Chapel. Also known as Shafer’s School House, a name held over from its past, the chapel has a prominent place in Monroe County history. In 1900, John S. Biesecker of Brooklyn took a look at the early history [...]

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A room with a view: Pocono privies

Where’s the plumber? A lone toilet, right, sat on top of its pipes after a building was demolished in 1999 along Route 115 in Brodheadsville.       The “squatters” Also in 1999, a new attraction at the West End Fair in Gilbert, which had “women crossing their legs and holding it,” was installed for [...]

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Patriotic wedding anniversary

 75 years of celebrations On July 4, 1976, Mary and Kenneth Meixell of East Stroudsburg, wearing colonial-period dress in honor of the nation’s bicentennial (1776-1976), greeted churchgoers at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg. The patriotic couple were also celebrating a significant wedding anniversary, having been married 40 years earlier on July 4, 1936, in [...]

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1989: Strolling Main Street, Stroudsburg

  Long past its heyday, the Sherman Theater of 1989 (above) had lost some of its original character and charm. Today, the 1920s grandeur of the Sherman Theater at 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, has been reclaimed and the theater has a new place in the borough’s history. By 1989, the trolley cars were long gone [...]

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Watching a historic moment on a store’s TV

On Aug. 8, 1974, shoppers in the W.T. Grant’s store in East Stroudsburg joined an estimated 130 million people watching television as President Richard Nixon announced his resignation to the nation in a 16-minute speech. As Nixon spoke, he became the first U.S. president to resign from the office. Acknowledging that the Watergate scandal had [...]

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Ever wanted to run away to join a circus?

What was it like to live and work with a circus in 1976? Looking back almost 40 years, if you were not one of the stars, it was long hours, long trips and little pay. After the first show of the Sells and Gray Circus in Stroud Township ended on July 7, 1976, Ricardo Morales, [...]

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Stroudsburg’s “new” Power On Fog Nozzle

♦ ♦ ♦ 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 [...]

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