The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Around Montgomery Borough: 1940-1990 from local author Joan Wheal Blank. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Although the borough of Montgomery and its surrounding townships may epitomize the phrase “small town,” there is nothing small about the character of its residents. During the 1940s, while many families in the Montgomery area endured losses of property and faith, their neighbors reached out in support. The following decade saw the growth of local businesses and continued community involvement, as evidenced by the borough’s diamond jubilee celebration in 1962.
After the area was hit by a devastating flood in 1972, a revitalization of the borough soon commenced to prepare for a yearlong celebration of the American bicentennial in 1976. Disaster struck again with a killer tornado in 1985, but once again the spirit of this community revived to host its 100th anniversary celebration in 1987.
Highlights of Around Montgomery Borough: 1940-1990:
• Rare photographs from the past, including Montgomery Lions Club members selling brooms and mats door to door in the 1960s.
• Celebrations including Montgomery’s 75th anniversary in 1962 and centennial in 1987.
• Reptiland owner Clyde Peeling, who has made numerous appearances on national television, is featured during his presentation at the borough’s 1987 centennial.
• Also featured are images of local musicians, members of fire fighting departments, Sunday school classes, and sports teams as well as school alumni reunions.
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