Only Yesterday: Institution for Defective Delinquents in Jackson Township almost complete in 1958

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post
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20 YEARS AGO — 1998

The Johns Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth, IAAY, recently honored hundreds of students from throughout the state of Pennsylvania for their outstanding verbal and/or mathematic abilities. Dallas Middle School students who received recognition are Joe Bednash, Adam Morgan, Steven Losh, Jessica Roberts, Mike Swartwood, John Gilligan, Matt Katyl, Francis Shovlin and Maria Stevens.

The Dallas Elementary winners of a AAA coloring contest each won a Disney movie and stuffed animal recently. The contest was to promote Disney Animal Wings. Winners are Shana Weinstock, second grade, and first graders Amy Polachek and Katie Confer.

30 YEARS — 1998

Area residents and tourists will have a unique opportunity to see a Shakespearean play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed and directed by professionals trained at the National Theatre of Great Britain and other recognized institutions when College Misericordia introduces Theatre-on-the-Green in late August. Members of the community advisory board planning the program are Charles Bufalino, Scott Parkhurst, Walter Kelly, Carol Wall, Mary Bevevino, Sr. Regina Kelly, Dr. Bruce Wilson, Tom O’Neill and Sr. Marie Turnbach.

Dallas athletes played a key role in the West’s upset victory over the East in this year’s Unico All-Star game. Dallas gridders who played in the game were: Eric Olsen, Ben Kern, Mike Koprowski, Kyle Boudreaux, Tom Charney, Dave Cooper and Eric Moore.

Returning home recently from Russia where he spent two weeks teaching Russians how to play baseball, Scott Francis of Shavertown says that he would enjoy visiting Russia again, “but for a week, not two weeks.” Francis and 16 of his baseball teammates from Johns Hopkins University went to Russia to teach the Soviet team how to play baseball.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

Suzanne William, of Dallas, was crowned Lehman Horseshow Queen at last Friday night’s opening ceremony. In the show parade, The Riding-Ho 4H Club showed off their eye-catching float and members of Mrs. George Yatsko’s Brownie Troop sat under an oversized replica of the Brownie toadstool on their attractive float. On Saturday afternoon, Bill Barrall, Jackson Township, won first place in the youth division of the barrel race.

Charlotte Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Richards, Dallas, was selected as this year’s Miss Schaefer 500 at the beauty pageant conducted June 21 at Gus Genetti’s Hotel, Wilkes-Barre. Miss Richards is a senior psychology student at Wilkes College and hopes to become a school psychologist. Joni Pillets, Dallas, was first runner-up while Kathy McManus, also of Dallas, was 2nr runner-up.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Linda Brongo and Peter Davies were presented with the American Legion School Award as the outstanding boy and girl in the eighth grade of Dallas Junior High School. It is an annual award, given by Daddow-Isaacs Post 672 of Dallas.

The new dock at Wildwood will be dedicated on Saturday at 3:30. The Girl Scout dock and swimming area replaces the boat house which once occupied the area on the lakefront, the former Weckesser property. Penns Woods Girl Scouts have used the camping grounds for years for overnight and day camp purposes. Total cost for the dock was $14,000, financed by cookie sales.

Mr. Edward S. Augustine, Dallas Senior High School Mathematics teacher, has been selected to attend the State University at Buffalo’s Summer Institute in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers, June 24 to August 2. The Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation and is part of a sequential program leading to degree of master of science in the field of mathematics.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

The State’s $13,500.00 Institution for Defective Delinquents in Jackson Township will require another year before it is completed. The institution is not a hospital, but a prison for defective delinquents and is one of the first of its kind in the country. It is designed to house 1,000 men who will be in individual 6 by 10 foot cells.

Dallas Kiwanis Club will sponsor its second annual variety show and dance at open air pavilion, Irem Temple Country Club, Friday, July 25. Jerome R. Gardner, chairman, is being assisted by Donald Weeden, Thomas Hinckley, Merle Faegenburg and William Guyette.

Marlene Cease, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Cease, Ceasetown, will instruct dance classes beginning Monday at Back Mountain Y.M.C.A., Shavertown. Classes will be in a series of one-hour sessions for ten weeks and include Baby Tap, Ballet, Teenage Ballroom, Adult Beginners Ballroom, and Adult Latin American Ballroom.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

Great news for every Back Mountain boy is the announcement that Trucksville Firemen will conduct a soap box derby in connection with their annual fair on July 22, 23 and 24. This will be the first time a soap box derby has been held here and members of the Derby Committee headed by Dr. George Flack and Thomas Shelbourne are confident that more than 100 boys between the ages of 9 and 14 inclusive will take part. Dr. Flack warned that all boys who plan to enter should get a copy of the official rules before starting construction of their cars.

Earl Richards was chosen president and Herbert Goodwin vice president at the alumni banquet of Beaumont High School held at the school cafeteria last week. Other officers: secretary, Bessie Ross Brace; treasurer, Carl MacDougall.

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Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post

The Dallas Post is 130 years old. Information here is reprinted exactly as it first appeared.

The Dallas Post is 130 years old. Information here is reprinted exactly as it first appeared.