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50 Years Ago - Fire Hits The 300 Block Of Adams Ave

July 14, 2018

July 14, 1968 Fire hits 300 block of Adams A three-alarm fire hit the 300 block of Adams Avenue the evening of July 13, causing heavy damage to three businesses. The fire was believed to have started in Ted’s Army & Navy Store, spreading to the Scranton Hobby Center and D’Oro Bros. Barber Shop. Firefighters responded to the first alarm at 8:30 p.m. The fire was under control by 9:15. The adjoining Thomas Leonard Building was saved from the flames by the firewall between the two structures. But the Leonard Building, also home to the Knights of Columbus hall, sustained smoke and water damage. Scranton backs Rockefeller Former Gov. William W. Scranton released a statement of support for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for president. He said, “in short, for the future of the free world, for the solving of the internal problems of America, for Pennsylvania, and for the Republican Party, I am supporting Nelson Rockefeller for president. He would be an excellent president and he can win.” Church to mark 100 years St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Taylor Avenue and Ash Street in Scranton, announced plans for a parish picnic July 21 as part of the celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary. Families were asked to bring a covered dish to the party. The Rev. Peter W. Thomson, pastor of St. Peter’s, was the chairman for the event, with assistance from Trudy Hoffman, G.A. Walter, Mrs. Edwin Waltz, Mrs. Ralph Alexander, Mrs. Kenneth Clabough and Lynne Moir. 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.

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