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.
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.
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.