BRIAN FULTON’S DAY IN HISTORY: 100 YEARS AGO
A new home for zoo animals
The 25 animals at the Nay Aug Park Zoo were moved into their newly constructed accommodations at the park. The new H-shaped building cost the city $16,000. The building was not heated, but park officials said two stoves would be placed inside to keep the animals warm during the winter. The city planned to install permanent heating when funds became available.
Voter registration may beat 1913
With the primary election slated for Sept. 19, the voter registration commission of Lackawanna County released the preliminary numbers on people who registered to vote in Scranton. With figures from 58 of the 69 voting districts, 19,286 people registered. The party breakdown: Republican, 13,060; Democrat, 5,769; Washington (or Progressive), 1; Prohibition, 142; Socialist, 101; and Noncommittal, 213.
In the election of 1913, only 20,699 people registered to vote. Commission officials felt that once the remaining 11 voting districts were tabulated, the 1913 total would be eclipsed.
City Bicycle Club holds clambake
Members of the Scranton Bicycle Club enjoyed an afternoon of food and games at Ford’s Pond near Clarks Summit. The dinner was prepared over hot stones and served to guests along the shore of the pond.
Game winners included Forest Decker, first place, 100-yard dash; E.A. Fuller, first place, pipe race; H.S. Seamans, first place, sack race; and Dr. E.B. Lecher, first place, nail-driving race.
The Scranton Times, Sept. 17, 1917