1935 Block Party


The 1935 Block Party was held July 31st thru August 3rd.



The American Legion and Liberty Hose Company teamed up in 1935 to stage a jubilee week packed with entertainment and games. The event took place on Market Street, between Main Street and North Second Street.

To start off the event, a game of Donkey Baseball was played in the West Boro Park on the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd. The donkeys were brought in from Island Park, in Harrisburg. The Lykens firemen took the American Legion for a ride in the Burro-Ball game, with a final score of 5 to 3. It was a scream from start to finish.

On Wednesday evening, July 31st, the Lykens High School Band, under the direction of Professor Henry Nelson, music superintendent of Lykens Public Schools, gave concerts at 7:30 and 9:30. Also that evening, and every other evening of the jubilee, Ed Gratz presented "Rex" The Wonder Dog. Though not a show dog, "Rex" entertained by performing tricks and stunts in true circus fashion. Comrade Harvey Kelley's Little German Band opened the Thursday night show with a concert at 7:30 and later closed the evening with more musical numbers. Between concerts, the Travitz Sisters, of Tower City, performed a contortion and dance act. Those two young ladies of unusual talent have performed in all the larger cities throughout the state and their program was exceptional. Friday was "Wiconisco Night". The Wiconisco High School Band, under the direction of Professor Loric, presented two concerts: one at 7:30, and one at 9:30. The fifty piece organization presented a snappy program of popular music. As an added attraction, Mary, Margaret, and Lois, the "Terrible Tumbling Trio", appeared in an acrobatic tap dance act. Miss Dorothy Watkeys had been training the sixth-grade trio and they were at the peak of perfection when they appeared on "Wiconisco Night". On Saturday, August 3rd, the Williamstown "Internationals" were the musical organization which entertained. The various members of the band, each playing an instrument characteristic of a particular nation, dressed according to the country they represented. The real treat for the entire Jubilee was when our own "Chollie" Beckler returned to the old home town with two new acts of ventriloquism and magic for our pleasure. "Chollie" was booked for the entire summer, and only by special arrangement was it possible to secure him for the Legion and Hose Company Jubilee.

Besides the splendid special free attractions, mentioned above, there were games of skill and chance to entertain all. There were two Bingo games, for both young and old. There were wheels of fortune, shuffle tables, jingle boards, and chuck o'lucks where one could win souvenirs during the gala week of fun and frivolity.

Entertainment List

Wednesday, July 31st   7:30 p.m.  Lykens High School Band
  8:00 p.m.  "Rex," The Wonder Dog
  9:30 p.m.  Lykens High School Band

Thursday, August 1st
  7:00 p.m.  "Rex," The Wonder Dog
  7:30 p.m.  Little German Band
  8:00 p.m.  The Dancing Travitz Sisters
  9:30 p.m.  Little German Band

Friday, August 2nd
  7:00 p.m.  "Rex," The Wonder Dog
  7:30 p.m.  Wiconisco High School Band
  8:00 p.m.  Terrible Tumbling Trio
  9:30 p.m.  Wiconisco High School Band

Saturday, August 3rd
  7:00 p.m.  "Rex," The Wonder Dog
  7:30 p.m.  Williamstown High School Band
  8:00 p.m.  "Chollie" Beckler
  9:30 p.m.  Williamstown High School Band
10:00 p.m.  "Chollie" Beckler


Other Year's Block Parties

Block Parties, Carnivals, or Street Fairs of some kind have been held by Liberty Hose Company for more than one hundred years. Listed below are the ones for which we have information available online.

1935

1960

1969

1971

1975

1999

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