1960 Block Party

The 1960 Block Party was held August 15th thru August 20th.

Diamond Jubilee
75th Anniversary Celebration

A gigantic Diamond Jubilee Celebration was held in the West Boro Park from Monday, August 15th through Saturday, August 20th to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Liberty Hose Company No. 2.

In connection to the event, a Memorial Service was held in reverence of those departed members who during the previous 75 years organized and helped compile the status of the voluntary firemen's association of Lykens, known as Liberty Hose Co. No. 2. The service was held in the Lykens High School auditorium on Sunday, August 14th at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Lloyd E. Beamesderfer, chaplain of the Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen's Association, conducted the services and the public was cordially invited.

Memorial Service

PRELUDEMrs. Marlin Eshenour
INVOCATIONRev. Joseph Heiney, Pastor
Christ United Church of Christ
HYMN - "Beautiful Saviour"
SCRIPTURE READINGFred Hartman, Chaplain
Liberty Hose Co. No. 2
PRAYERRev. H.R. Bauers, Pastor
Grace Methodist Church
MEMORIAL ADDRESSRev. Lloyd Beamesderfer
Chaplain, Dauphin County
Volunteer Firemen's Assoc.
HYMN - "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
BENEDICTIONRev. Beamesderfer
POSTLUDEMrs. Marlin Eshenour
A Queen contest was held and a Queen and two attendants were chosen to reign over the week-long celebration. The judges were Mrs. Ann Kutzer of Tremont PA, Mr. William Troutman of Millersburg PA, and Mr. Victor Crump of Stratford, Connecticut. Miss Darla Klinger was chosen Queen. Darla was the sixteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Klinger of 310 North Second Street. Darla's hair and eyes were dark brown and she was five feet tall. She enjoyed swimming and dancing. The chosen Queen's Attendants were Miss Dianne Hoover and Miss Eleanor Engle. Dianne was the seventeen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hauck of 308 North Second Street. Dianne's topmost blond hair measured 5'4" from the sidewalk. She had blue eyes and her favorite pastime was swimming. She was a graduate of the Lykens High School class of 1960 and was a majorette in the Liberty Hose Company Band. Eleanor was the eighteen-year-old daughter of Mrs. Edwin Strohecker and the late Lawrence Engle, a casualty of the second World War. She was a brunette with dark brown eyes and was 5'4" in height. She enjoyed hiking and dancing. Eleanor was interested in the work of a beautician and was employed by the Lykens Dress Company. Darla and Dianne, friends and neighbors, were two of the loveliest waitresses ever to don the colorful nylon uniforms at Trotter's Restaurant, and both were interested in Secretarial work.

The festivities for the week started on Monday, August 15th. The entertainment that night was Virgil Neal and the Oklahoma Travelers. Tuesday's entertainment was by the Sable Sisters, and also Lloyd Morgan's unicycling, juggling, and bells. Bobo and His Clowns Band performed on Wednesday night. Friday's entertainment was New Dominion Barn Dance starting at 8 o'clock p.m. Then there was a Firemen's Ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Boro Park Ballroom, with music provided by Joe Stanton, including eight pieces and two vocalists. The public was invited to the ball. General admission was 75¢. Also on Friday, at 10:30 p.m., the Coronation of the Queen was held on the entertainment platform. Past queens were present and Barbara Harmon, Queen of 1955, crowned the newly-elected queen. The Queen's two lovely attendants were also in the program.

On Saturday, August 20th, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the Wissahickon Fire Company of Ambler, Pa., put on a 50-foot aerial ladder demonstration on the south side of the West Boro Park swimming pool. The demonstration was a spectacular sight to observe as the high ladder men showed top ladder rescue work, a climbing exhibition, and comic stunts on the aerial ladder.

A gala firemen's parade was also held on Saturday, at 4 o'clock p.m. The parade formed east and west on South Street off Market Street and at Glen Heights. The parade moved north on Market Street to South Second Street, west on South Second Street to Edward Street, North on Edward Street to Main Street, east on Main Street to Spruce Street, north on Spruce Street to North Second Street, West on North Second Street to Arlington Street, where the parade disbanded between Division Street and Arlington Street. The Queen and her attendants passed in review on a float. There were 99 units in the parade and it took two and a half hours to pass the reviewing stand. An estimated 1,700 people participated, who represented 40 fire companies from eastern and southern Pennsylvania and surrounding states, and included nineteen bands and drum and bugle corps. One of the largest crowds of people ever seen in Lykens witnessed, according to all comments, the biggest and most colorful parade ever seen in this area.


First Place, $700 - Undine Fire Co., Bellefonte, Pa.
Second Place, $300 - Citizens Fire Co., Palo Alto, Pa.
Third Place, $100 - Goodwill Fire Co., Myerstown, Pa.

First Place, $250 - Sahler Sedan Cadets, Coatesville, Pa.
Second Place, $150 - Bangor Yellow Jackets, Bangor, Pa.
Third Place, $50 - Hershey Drum & Bugle Corps, Hershey, Pa.

First Place, $325 - American Hose Co., Tamaqua, Pa.
Second Place, $150 - Berwin Fire Co., Berwyn, Pa.

First Place, $250 - Yellow Springs Bermudians
Second Place, $150 - Roebling Volunteer Fire Co., Roebling, NJ
Third Place, $50 - Friendship Fire Co. Band, Sunbury, Pa.

First Place, $100 - Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1, West Fairview, Pa.
Second Place, $75 - Rainbow Fire Co., Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
Third Place, $50 - Berwyn Fire Co., Berwyn, Pa.

First Place, $50 - Wissahickon Fire Co., Ambler, Pa.
Second Place, $25 - West End Fire Co., Pottsville, Pa.

First Place, $100 - East Penns Valley
Second Place, $100 - Wiconisco High School Band
Third Place, $75 - Williamstown High School Band

Thank You for your support at our celebration! The splendor of the town's decorations, the gay laughter of the children and the smiling countenance of their parents, the participants at our carnival, the cooperative efforts of our Mayor, Town Council, industries, organizations, businessmen, and the volunteer firemen striving with every talent at their disposal to successfully justify the spirited support - how could we be otherwise than proud of the community we serve. May our future service in a small way compensate for your ever-proven reliance.

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