July 25, 1951:
Four-hundred people were on hand for the official opening of the Thaddeus Kosciusko School (No. 44) Playground on a pleasant evening in July.
The opening ceremony was held following the completion of improvements to the school and playground that included the paving of the playground. The Technical High School Band and 11-year-old guitarist John Margis entertained the crowd.
Scranton Mayor James T. Hanlon delivered a speech to mark the opening of the playground that also featured a wading pool.
The playground was under the direction of Joan Green with assistance from Lou McIntrye.
Because of declining enrollment, the Scranton School Board voted in August 1960 to close the Kosciusko school. Only 16 children were enrolled at the four-room schoolhouse on Wilbur Street at the time of the vote. In May 1984, the school board agreed to sell the grounds of the Kosciusko school to Eugene and Joanne Foley for $5,100.
A native of Poland, Kosciusko moved to North America and played an integral role in the military campaigns of the American Revolution. He died in Switzerland on Oct. 15, 1817, at 72. A memorial to Kosciusko sits on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
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