June 12, 1939
King and queen depart Hyde Park
King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, departed after spending time with President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at the president’s family estate in Hyde Park, New York. Before arriving in Hyde Park, the royal couple visited Washington, D.C., and New York City. This visit was the first time a reigning British monarch had visited the United States.
During the royal couple’s visit to the Hudson Valley, they were treated to a small dinner party at the Roosevelt estate, Springwood, and a traditional American picnic at Top Cottage, another home on the Roosevelt property.
The 150 guests at the picnic enjoyed such items as hot dogs, baked beans, ham, turkey, cakes, doughnuts, beer, iced tea and soft drinks.
During their visit, the royal couple also attended Sunday services at St. James Episcopal Church with the Roosevelts. Despite a request for a low church service, the service still had three ministers, the Rev. Frank R. Wilson, the church’s rector; Bishop Henry St. George Tucker, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in America; and the Rev. A. Raymond Smith, rector of St. Anne’s Church in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada.
It was reported that people started lining up outside the church as early as 2 a.m. on the morning of June 11 to catch a glimpse of the royal couple and the Roosevelts.
Following their departure from Hyde Park, the royal couple returned to Canada to continue their tour of the provinces.
Man’s face slashed in brawl at bar
A brawl at a North Scranton bar overnight ended with a man being sent to the hospital with a gash on the left side of his face. According to Scranton police, the fight broke out at the D’Aqunio Club on Providence Road. When they arrived, police discovered Anthony Marinucci with a large gash to his face. He was taken to the State General Hospital, were he received 37 stitches to close the wound.
Police later picked up Nicholas Mangieri of Dunmore as the suspect in the assault on Marinucci. He later posted bail on the charges.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast