LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH NEWSLETTER
Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania
Carolyn C. Holland, editor
LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH HISTORY PART 1-E
In 1940, when the Park was pretty well built up, Lohr asked people to “buy him out,” said Foster. The sale, including the pool, tennis court and roads, created Laurel Park, Inc.
A small cottage on the corner of the recreation area was rented out by Laurel Park, Inc. for revenue, Kinsey said. This was the cottage Craig Miller’s family rented between 1949 and 1956. Now gone, Miller noted that the vestiges of the stone walkway are still visible.
The Park community’s unique character evolved through the years.
When the Allshouse family investigated what lots were for sale by Hegan and Darr in 1934, they saw a copperhead. “My father said he expected that if he was coming to the mountains,” Allshouse related. “He said it wouldn’t scare him off.” Another lot had an outhouse. “There were (some) outhouses until World War II came,” Allshouse said. “Then there were septic systems. We built our place with flush toilets.”
Most of the cottages had Alladin or kerosene lamps, and candles in all the bedrooms, reported Allshouse. “My father fought for electricity,” he said. “It came in the late thirties, ten years after we built our cottage.”
He said his cottage was heated with a fireplace, and its kerosene water heater had only a six-gallon capacity. “By the time the second or third person in my six-person household needed to shower, it was a ‘cold one,’” he noted. “Most of the time we heated kettles of water for baths.”
Click on LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH HISTORY 1-A to read the first installment of Laurel Mountain Borough’s history. Watch for Part 1-F to be posted…