85 Years Ago – Courthouse Square’s model home to open | Local History



Oct. 5, 1935

Model Home set to open on square

After weeks of work, the Model Home on Courthouse Square was set to open its doors on Oct. 7.

Alfred Hagen, regional director of the federal housing administration, turned the keys to the model home over to Mrs. Harold Scragg, general chairwoman of the woman’s division of the Better Housing Committee of Scranton and Dunmore. The members of the women’s division would serve as hostesses when the model home was open for visitors.

The model home was an old cottage that once stood in Dunmore. The building was relocated to Courthouse Square in June. Contractors and building goods suppliers renovated the cottage into a modern home.

The furnishings and decorations for the home were put together by Harriet Seifert, of Stoehr & Fister; Dorothy Peck, of McKelvey and Bolling; Lee Donnolly; and Howard Wilkins.

The landscaping around the home was done under the direction of Miss A.L. Descancon.

The home would be open Monday through Saturday until Thanksgiving.

Sunday service

Area ministers gave a preview of their sermons for services for Oct. 6. The Rev. Dr. Henry Crane, pastor of Elm Park Church, said his sermon for Sunday morning would deal with the first murder to take place in the Bible, and the evening service would deal with good that could be found in the bad individuals in the Bible.

The City Rescue Mission was slated to kick off an evangelistic campaign in the evening of Oct. 6. The Rev. John Carrara of New Jersey would be leading the campaign. Carrara was known for his singing and would be leading the choir as well.

The sermon from the Rev. C.A. Hallenback, pastor of John Raymond Memorial Church, Universalist, would be about the significance of solitude. The sacred music for the service would complement Hallenback’s sermon.

At the movies

“Top Hat” at the Capitol, “Call of the Wild” at the Strand, “Storm over the Andes” at the Ritz, “The Virginian” at the State, “Sanders of the River” at the Family Theater, “Two for Tonight” at the Riviera and “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” at the West Side.

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.

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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