100 Years Ago - Scranton To Be Hub For Proposed Aerial Highway System

May 9, 2019

May 9, 1919

City to be hub

for aerial highway

The Government and Manufacturers Aircraft Association announced the Scranton area would be home to an aviation field that would be able to handle commercial, military, postal and private airplanes. The cost for the airfield was estimated to be $200,000.

The airfield would be one of many terminals in an aerial highway system the association had planned for the country. The details of the aerial highway system were being hammered out by the Postmaster General, the secretaries of War, the Navy, the Interior, Agriculture and Forest Service, and several aircraft manufacturers.

The airfields would be maintained by the city, but during a time of war, invasion or a riot, the federal government would assume control of the airfield.

More 109th members return home

Members of the 109th Field Artillery and the 28th Division from Pennsylvania returned home when their transport ships arrived at 6 a.m. May 9 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The soldiers, many from Luzerne County communities, were greeted by many familiar faces when the S.S. Mongolia docked. Former Pennsylvania Gov. John Tener, representing current Gov. William C. Sprout, was on hand to greet the returning soldiers at the docks as well.

Sale at Lansing Hardware

Three-burner white enameled stove plates for $10.25, cabinet combination range for $64.80, 4-quart ice cream freezer for $5, electric vacuum cleaners priced between $29.50 and $39.50, porch swings for $2.50, 4-foot porch gate for $1.50, ice tongs for 20 cents, 14-inch Imperial lawn mower for $13.40.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.