The Park entrances had stone pillars at the entrances off State Road and Route 30. Initially it was protected by gates which Lohr “opened the first day school was out and closed on Labor Day,” according to Allshouse.
“If you look closely at the pillars, there are metal appendages sticking out of each part of the pillar,” Craig Miller, full time resident, noted. “Something might have been there.”
Not everyone recalls the gates. “I never saw or heard of gates on the front or back,” Harwig said. “It might have said ‘private property’ but Lohr was interested in selling lots.”
Harwig recalls he and other youth used to sit on the stone pillars when they were in the Park.
Before street signs were installed, people identified cottages by names—some descriptive, others imaginative. Kinsey’s grandmother’s cottage was “Spruce Lodge” while Harwig’s was “Rockfern.” Harwig still has the original sign in his attic.
Allshouse claims his cottage was the only unnamed one. However, his mother referred to it as “Ye Old Hole” because, he said, every time you turned around it was raining inside. “The year we rented it rained thirty days in June,” Pete said. “The sun began when we packed up to go.”
A sign that used to hang on a Maple Street cottage, “Striffler’s Middle Age Spread,” is self-explanatory. The sign hanging beside the Scott’s front door, “Frogmore,” is also descriptive.
“We had a lot of little toads and frogs our children were always picking up,” Dorothy Scott said. “One time we had just finished planting geraniums. When we arrived home (from work) the kids came running to us with a box filled with geraniums and with two young frogs looking at us through the flowers. Also, in 1971, our kids won first place for their frogs in a Park pet show.”
Click on LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH HISTORY 1-A to read the first installment of Laurel Mountain Borough’s history. To continue reading Laurel Mountain’s history, click on:
To read interesting posts located in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine or at www.carolyncholland.com click on the following: