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Gary Serhan Gary Serhan from Harrisburg PA wrote on May 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm:
I was born in 1946 and from that year I grew up at Harveys Lake on Ash Street, near Hansonโ€™s Park. We lived one block from the Pine Grove Hotel. The hotel would open every spring. The Lake came alive with people coming for the summer, renting cottages and camping. Traffic around the Lake, especially on weekends, was steady. After Labor Day, vacationing at the Lake came to an end and cottages closed the Lake became quiet again. There was very little if any traffic after Labor Day. Back in the 1950โ€™s and 1960โ€™s and even into the 70โ€™s there were very few families that lived year round at the lake as we did. Fall was a beautiful time at the Lake. On a still morning the fall colors of the trees on the surrounding mountains reflected off the Lake. On the calm water just a few fishermen, trolling very... Read more
I was born in 1946 and from that year I grew up at Harveys Lake on Ash Street, near Hansonโ€™s Park. We lived one block from the Pine Grove Hotel. The hotel would open every spring. The Lake came alive with people coming for the summer, renting cottages and camping. Traffic around the Lake, especially on weekends, was steady. After Labor Day, vacationing at the Lake came to an end and cottages closed the Lake became quiet again. There was very little if any traffic after Labor Day. Back in the 1950โ€™s and 1960โ€™s and even into the 70โ€™s there were very few families that lived year round at the lake as we did. Fall was a beautiful time at the Lake. On a still morning the fall colors of the trees on the surrounding mountains reflected off the Lake. On the calm water just a few fishermen, trolling very slowly for large lake trout, crisscrossed the Lake. We knew who they were because they trolled out there for years and told us the best fish stories I ever heard. When the Lake would freeze over we would see what appeared to be villages of ice fishermen huts and at night it was amazing to see them all lit up. Ice needed to be cut around the docks creating moats to avoid damage from the ever expanding ice. During the winter months we would go sleigh riding down Pine Street across the Lake road down the dock steps, over the dock jumping the moat ( water surrounding the dock after the ice was cut) and out onto the ice. When we didnโ€™t make the jump, we would retrieve our sleds from the water in the spring. We ice skated a lot and we occasionally burned a tire and wood fire on the ice and stayed out for hours into the evenings. We also jumped the moats by skating as fast as we could to leap and grab onto the dock. There were times we didnโ€™t make the jump and paid for it every time when our parents found out what we did. Although I don't hold the record for failed jumps, I went into the moat three times in my professional childhood moat jumping careerโ€ฆtwice by skatesโ€ฆ once by sled. Spring would bring the first day of trout season and my friends and I along with thousands of fisherman would line the Lake shore and docks fishing for the daily limit of eight trout. My friends and I always got our limit. Every summer since I was thirteen I worked at Hansons Park. Sweeping and general maintenance, running the kiddee rides, working the food concession stand and running the Tilt-o-whirl. I hated working this ride because people had a good tendency to get sick. This was the only Park ride that had a mop and a bucket of water on site. Mopping up after people in the summer heat was far from pleasant. The scariest job, and by the way not a pleasant Lake memory, was the oiling of the Hansonโ€™s Park roller coaster tracks every Sunday morning. Four of us would get into the first car, Joe Volley the foreman, another full time employee, me and another kid not much older than me. The other kid and I would stand in the first car holding glass quart bottles full of automobile oil. Just as we got to the top of the first dip, each of us would bend over the front of the car holding the oil bottles upside down a few inches over each of the coaster tracks. We were tightly held by our waists by the two men sitting behind us. In the two seconds it took for the coaster to speed down the first dip the bottles were empty. Each time I was glad that it was over and not once did I ever look forward to the next Sundayโ€™s oiling of the tracks. We knew the Wintersteens well. Mr. and Mrs. Wintersteen owned the Dodgem (bumper cars) and Merry-Go-Round Park rides. Their sons, Bob and Barry Wintersteen , my brother and I grew up together. Bob showed me how to grab three rings on one pass of the Merry-go Round giving a greater advantage to grab the coveted brass ring for a free ride. I was only allowed to do that on days when the Park wasnโ€™t busy. Water skiing, boating, quiet early mornings when the lake was so still it looked like glass, sunsets, fish jumping, skipping stones, swimming, jumping off the forty foot tower at Hansons Park beach and each winter with my friends nervously ice skating across the Lake at night are very vivid memories. The great memories of the Park dances with Eddie Day and the Starfires is another subject left for another time. I can write much more about wonderful people I knew when I was growing up including life saving summer heroics by some very courageous, anonymous people. But I will end this by saying this internet site obviously took me back to many memories that are important to me. Your site includes much historical content and lure that I know or I heard older people talk about when I was growing up. Thank you for such a fine site.
debi cappellini debi cappellini from pld forge pa wrote on April 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm:
dear charlie this is really a great site .. so many warm memories of the lake ,,my greatest memory is of the ice fishermen who used our dock to fish on the lake and how beautiful to look out my window and see they villages ... and their lights blazing at nite in the cold cold winters... thanks for the memories
dear charlie this is really a great site .. so many warm memories of the lake ,,my greatest memory is of the ice fishermen who used our dock to fish on the lake and how beautiful to look out my window and see they villages ... and their lights blazing at nite in the cold cold winters... thanks for the memories
Dave Toys Dave Toys from United Kingdom wrote on April 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm:
Great site. Keep up the good work.
Great site. Keep up the good work.
Rich Rich from Lebanon, PA wrote on April 22, 2008 at 12:55 am:
I wish all of this incredible history was not actually history. This world needs the return of a little nostalgia. Bring back the days of family's going to the park on a weekend afternoon, eating lunch, and conversing in a socially acceptable manner. I wish I could have seen the day.
I wish all of this incredible history was not actually history. This world needs the return of a little nostalgia. Bring back the days of family's going to the park on a weekend afternoon, eating lunch, and conversing in a socially acceptable manner. I wish I could have seen the day.
James McGinn James McGinn from Ft. Lauderdale wrote on April 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm:
Charles, Great job on the website. Harveys Lake is like no other place in the world. I enjoyed all the times at the Lake and look forward to more to come! Thank you. Jim
Charles, Great job on the website. Harveys Lake is like no other place in the world. I enjoyed all the times at the Lake and look forward to more to come! Thank you. Jim
Thom Greco Thom Greco from Wilkes Barre wrote on April 14, 2008 at 11:19 am:
Charles, So glad to see you updated site with the Harveys Lake Amphitheatre sponsored by Bud Light. Thank you for recognizing it as part of the history of the lake. As time permits, I will supply some additional pictures and information to complete the picture and history. You did an amazing job with great accuracy. Thom
Charles, So glad to see you updated site with the Harveys Lake Amphitheatre sponsored by Bud Light. Thank you for recognizing it as part of the history of the lake. As time permits, I will supply some additional pictures and information to complete the picture and history. You did an amazing job with great accuracy. Thom
David Misiewicz David Misiewicz from Ridgewood,NJ wrote on April 13, 2008 at 11:11 pm:
I spent the summer of 1962 at Harvey's Lake. I was 8 years old, and it was the best summer of my life. I have never returned to this beautiful place so I was thrilled to find this very excellent site.
I spent the summer of 1962 at Harvey's Lake. I was 8 years old, and it was the best summer of my life. I have never returned to this beautiful place so I was thrilled to find this very excellent site.
C. Charles Ciesla C. Charles Ciesla from Mountain Top, PA wrote on April 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm:
Charles: Thanks very much for the excellent web site about Harveys Lake. It is easy to use, fast, colorful, and comprehensive. I consider it "another job well done" by the Petrillo Family. Keep up the good work. The Wyoming Valley Area is deeply indebted to you for preserving its history. Thanks again. C. Charles Ciesla
Charles: Thanks very much for the excellent web site about Harveys Lake. It is easy to use, fast, colorful, and comprehensive. I consider it "another job well done" by the Petrillo Family. Keep up the good work. The Wyoming Valley Area is deeply indebted to you for preserving its history. Thanks again. C. Charles Ciesla
Wendy Wendy from Lewisburg PA wrote on April 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm:
I didn't check here first, and regret it, but I just listed an album/scrapbook on ebay which belonged to Vernon Rood in 1924. After looking here, I see that his family and he and his brother were part of the history of the lake. I apologize for not checking with any of you first, but this book has many pictures from HArvey's lake and is of Vernon's Keystone Academy days. The link is: http://cgi.ebay.com /ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V iewItem&item=15 0234220716 if this doesn't work, my seller name is pgarden3
I didn't check here first, and regret it, but I just listed an album/scrapbook on ebay which belonged to Vernon Rood in 1924. After looking here, I see that his family and he and his brother were part of the history of the lake. I apologize for not checking with any of you first, but this book has many pictures from HArvey's lake and is of Vernon's Keystone Academy days. The link is: http://cgi.ebay.com /ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V iewItem&item=15 0234220716 if this doesn't work, my seller name is pgarden3
PVE PVE from Plains Twp wrote on April 3, 2008 at 6:30 pm:
Signed back in to post the following URL. It's an ad from a very early Sunday Independent for a picnic at the lake by the Wilkes Barre Degree Team on Decoration Day, May 30. Copy/Paste, then scroll at - [Editor's Note: The link supplied didn't work well with our online guestbook. As an alternative, we've supplied below the link to the online archive of the Sunday Independent where you will find the ad noted in this post. Sorry to create additional steps, but we appreciate the link to this important resource.] http://www.accesspa digital.org
Signed back in to post the following URL. It's an ad from a very early Sunday Independent for a picnic at the lake by the Wilkes Barre Degree Team on Decoration Day, May 30. Copy/Paste, then scroll at - [Editor's Note: The link supplied didn't work well with our online guestbook. As an alternative, we've supplied below the link to the online archive of the Sunday Independent where you will find the ad noted in this post. Sorry to create additional steps, but we appreciate the link to this important resource.] http://www.accesspa digital.org
PVE PVE from Plains Twp wrote on April 2, 2008 at 7:22 pm:
The photos I have of my brother & me in the water, with him holding a dead fish, an another of us with our mother, on the road outside the cottage she rented at Harvey's Lake (with lady friends - summer circa 1939/40) have taken on another dimension for me after surfing your site. Likewise those taken on a after-Plains-High-S chool-Class-Day-Eve nt June 1948 drive taken to the "lake" present a different view for me now. Delighted to have read of the URL in the past Sunday Times Leader.
The photos I have of my brother & me in the water, with him holding a dead fish, an another of us with our mother, on the road outside the cottage she rented at Harvey's Lake (with lady friends - summer circa 1939/40) have taken on another dimension for me after surfing your site. Likewise those taken on a after-Plains-High-S chool-Class-Day-Eve nt June 1948 drive taken to the "lake" present a different view for me now. Delighted to have read of the URL in the past Sunday Times Leader.
Warren "Renny" Liem Warren "Renny" Liem from Covington, GA wrote on April 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm:
What a wonderful tribute to Harvey's Lake. Growing up in Trucksville, I spent many days and nights of my youth in and around the Lake. It was a great place to vacation or just go for the day. Hanson's for pizza, swimming and dancing. Movies at the drive In. Just to drive around the lake on a beautiful fall day. Many fond memories.
What a wonderful tribute to Harvey's Lake. Growing up in Trucksville, I spent many days and nights of my youth in and around the Lake. It was a great place to vacation or just go for the day. Hanson's for pizza, swimming and dancing. Movies at the drive In. Just to drive around the lake on a beautiful fall day. Many fond memories.
Trisha Berberich Trisha Berberich from Pennsylvania Lumber Museum wrote on March 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm:
Charles, thank you for the letter about this site. I will put the information in the Woodchips newsletter.
Charles, thank you for the letter about this site. I will put the information in the Woodchips newsletter.
WAYNE KIWAK WAYNE KIWAK from CELEBRATION, FL wrote on March 25, 2008 at 6:49 pm:
really enjoyed the site, esp the section on Hanson's. i was at that last auction and really wanted the old claw machine but it went into the $1000+s. Just a footnote, the carousel which had been in the park for 70 years and is still owned by the Wintersteen family has just gone up for auction on April 23rd in Auburndale, FL. to be sold complete only, no parting of the animals. Check it out on www.nortonauctionee r.com/upcoming.htm
really enjoyed the site, esp the section on Hanson's. i was at that last auction and really wanted the old claw machine but it went into the $1000+s. Just a footnote, the carousel which had been in the park for 70 years and is still owned by the Wintersteen family has just gone up for auction on April 23rd in Auburndale, FL. to be sold complete only, no parting of the animals. Check it out on www.nortonauctionee r.com/upcoming.htm
Webmaster Webmaster from Online wrote on March 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm:
That diving helmet story is true. We recount that in our "A Century of Drownings," which can be accessed from the Drownings link on the home page. Below is a snippet from that story: "The drowning of Joseph Bradbury, age 20, a graduate of Luzerne High School, on June 27, 1934, was especially tragic. Bradbury was experimenting with a homemade diving helmet."
That diving helmet story is true. We recount that in our "A Century of Drownings," which can be accessed from the Drownings link on the home page. Below is a snippet from that story: "The drowning of Joseph Bradbury, age 20, a graduate of Luzerne High School, on June 27, 1934, was especially tragic. Bradbury was experimenting with a homemade diving helmet."
Nick Nick from Harvey's Lake wrote on March 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm:
I've been living at Harvey's Lake for about 12 years now and I have just discovered this site. I didn't know anything about the Lake's history and now I do. I find it so interesting. I love living at the lake and I think anyone who has never been to the lake should deffinintly visit...you'll love it!
I've been living at Harvey's Lake for about 12 years now and I have just discovered this site. I didn't know anything about the Lake's history and now I do. I find it so interesting. I love living at the lake and I think anyone who has never been to the lake should deffinintly visit...you'll love it!
Karen Ann Eike /Swetland Karen Ann Eike /Swetland from Carbondale, Pa wrote on February 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm:
My Brother and i growing up as kids every summer went to harveys Lake with my NANA & BEBOP they rented a cottage on the Lake and i was younger then my brother and my brother used to go skiing on the lake with a famous water skiier that water skied at a water garden in Florida, i do beleive last name was Davis, i as a kid used to love to go to hansons park and go on the merry go round to catch the brass ring and win a free ride on the merry-go-round and i used to love the wooden roller coaster there as well, alot of happy moments there in Harveys Lake, its a shame all that still cant be there.
My Brother and i growing up as kids every summer went to harveys Lake with my NANA & BEBOP they rented a cottage on the Lake and i was younger then my brother and my brother used to go skiing on the lake with a famous water skiier that water skied at a water garden in Florida, i do beleive last name was Davis, i as a kid used to love to go to hansons park and go on the merry go round to catch the brass ring and win a free ride on the merry-go-round and i used to love the wooden roller coaster there as well, alot of happy moments there in Harveys Lake, its a shame all that still cant be there.
Madelyn Eike Pietrucha Madelyn Eike Pietrucha from New Jersey wrote on February 28, 2008 at 8:14 pm:
My sister forwarded this site to me and I'm glad she did. It is great! I spent summer vacations at The Lake as a child and well into my teens. One story which I heard from my Dad was about the man who made a diving helmet out of a boiler. The story went that he was dropped down in the lake with a weight attached and when they pulled him up he was dead. My Dad said a group of people tried to revive him, but it was too late. He said that he was there and was rubbing his feet to try to get his circulation going. I have seen a newspaper article on this, but wondered if anyone else remembers this story. Dad also always talked about the "Grand Daddy" trout that got away many times. He was bound and determined to catch it and claimed he... Read more
My sister forwarded this site to me and I'm glad she did. It is great! I spent summer vacations at The Lake as a child and well into my teens. One story which I heard from my Dad was about the man who made a diving helmet out of a boiler. The story went that he was dropped down in the lake with a weight attached and when they pulled him up he was dead. My Dad said a group of people tried to revive him, but it was too late. He said that he was there and was rubbing his feet to try to get his circulation going. I have seen a newspaper article on this, but wondered if anyone else remembers this story. Dad also always talked about the "Grand Daddy" trout that got away many times. He was bound and determined to catch it and claimed he lost his line and pole to it one early morning. We have lots of stories and fond memories of days gone by at Harvey's Lake. We'd love to have a family reunion there someday. Does anyone know of a place we could rent?
Kay-Ann Eike-Coviello Kay-Ann Eike-Coviello from New Jersey wrote on February 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm:
Thank you for this wonderful trip back in time! Our family spent every summer at the Lake. We rented a cottage, and my sister Madelyn and I have beautiful memories of our childhood and teen years. Our Mom and Dad, Katheryn and Harold Eike loved the Lake and had many friends there. Please keep up the good work and thank you for memoralizing Harvey's Lake and Hanson's!
Thank you for this wonderful trip back in time! Our family spent every summer at the Lake. We rented a cottage, and my sister Madelyn and I have beautiful memories of our childhood and teen years. Our Mom and Dad, Katheryn and Harold Eike loved the Lake and had many friends there. Please keep up the good work and thank you for memoralizing Harvey's Lake and Hanson's!
Donald J Savage Donald J Savage from Shavertown wrote on January 13, 2008 at 1:47 am:
Congratulations on this wonderful site for those who love Harveys Lake. Many would appreciate a second edition printing of Charles' book on HL history.
Congratulations on this wonderful site for those who love Harveys Lake. Many would appreciate a second edition printing of Charles' book on HL history.