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Frank Davis Frank Davis from Orlando wrote on January 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm:
I am Dr. Benjamin Davis's grandson. http://harveyslake. org/pages_drownings .htm I remember spending time at the lake as a youngster back in the late 50's/early 60's. I was surprised a handful of years ago when visiting Old Town in Kissimmee and happened upon the Merry Go Round from Harvey's Lkae...small world.
I am Dr. Benjamin Davis's grandson. http://harveyslake. org/pages_drownings .htm I remember spending time at the lake as a youngster back in the late 50's/early 60's. I was surprised a handful of years ago when visiting Old Town in Kissimmee and happened upon the Merry Go Round from Harvey's Lkae...small world.
Carol McDaniels Carol McDaniels from Plymouth wrote on January 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm:
This is wonderfull to have this site online. Brings back so many exciting memories. There was a spot where the girlscouts would go to camp...both day camp or over night... well I did both. I remember the one day I missed my mom so much I got out of a swimming class to go & call her back at the cabin we were staying in .. I got such an erie feeling I peed my pants right there on the phone ...lol I could'nt wait to get back to the other scouts. I also went to Jones Pancake House quite a bit with my Uncle & his girlfriend..I just loved their pancakes... so yummy ...Sandy Beach was the best !! it often reminded me of one of the beach party movies...lol ... I had gotten second degree burns though one time cause me & my sister did'nt wanna leave...ouch that... Read more
This is wonderfull to have this site online. Brings back so many exciting memories. There was a spot where the girlscouts would go to camp...both day camp or over night... well I did both. I remember the one day I missed my mom so much I got out of a swimming class to go & call her back at the cabin we were staying in .. I got such an erie feeling I peed my pants right there on the phone ...lol I could'nt wait to get back to the other scouts. I also went to Jones Pancake House quite a bit with my Uncle & his girlfriend..I just loved their pancakes... so yummy ...Sandy Beach was the best !! it often reminded me of one of the beach party movies...lol ... I had gotten second degree burns though one time cause me & my sister did'nt wanna leave...ouch that hurt I tell ya...lol...our Dad came & got us after he was finished working on one of the lovely homes that was close to the beach ... good thing cause it could've been 3rd. degree burns instead of 2nd. degree. It was all great & alot of fun...but there were scarry times too ... after I had gotten married...uhhhhh... I think I was 23 or 24... my son almost drown in the lake. He was only 2 years old. Myself & my husband went fishing ...right at the spot where you enter the lake ...I believe Grotto's Pizza is there..well that's where it happened...my son lost his balance & fell in. I was frantic..he bobbed up & down 3 times.. my husband had'nt gotten a good grasp of him til he went to go down the 4th. time. ..once we got my son out of the water..we wrapped him up & got out of there quick. We went straight home & I layed with my son & thanked God we were able to save him. From then on we only visited the lake to see our relitives ....all in all I have to say Harvey's Lake is one wild & mysterious place. I'm sure glad I had the opportunity to meet this wonderfull lake... the memories will last forever...
ROBERT BROWN ROBERT BROWN from FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA wrote on January 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm:
I REMEMBER DAVE PUDIM AND I ALSO ATTENDED LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM 1967 UNTIL THE END OF 6TH GRADE IN 1973. MY MIND HAS LOTS OF MEMORIES OF THE AREA AND MY FRIENDS BRUCE MYERS AND DAVE HANSON WERE GOOD GUYS TO HANG AROUND WITH.
I REMEMBER DAVE PUDIM AND I ALSO ATTENDED LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM 1967 UNTIL THE END OF 6TH GRADE IN 1973. MY MIND HAS LOTS OF MEMORIES OF THE AREA AND MY FRIENDS BRUCE MYERS AND DAVE HANSON WERE GOOD GUYS TO HANG AROUND WITH.
Judy (Smith) Brendel Judy (Smith) Brendel from Crossville, Tn. wrote on January 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm:
I lived every summer at Harvey's Lake with my brother "Punch" and my grandmother, Nettie Hughes. We were from Luzerne originally. I was, I believe, the only female who dove from the tower at Hanson's Amusement Park. Don and Bob Hanson used to take pictures of me and use them for advertisement to entice people to visit the park from other states. I loved diving. I lived there from 1945 until 1956. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers those days.
I lived every summer at Harvey's Lake with my brother "Punch" and my grandmother, Nettie Hughes. We were from Luzerne originally. I was, I believe, the only female who dove from the tower at Hanson's Amusement Park. Don and Bob Hanson used to take pictures of me and use them for advertisement to entice people to visit the park from other states. I loved diving. I lived there from 1945 until 1956. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers those days.
Jon May Jon May from Dallas, TEXAS wrote on December 19, 2009 at 1:39 am:
Forgot to mention, the lake did largely close down after Labor Day, but on Labor Day weekend, the Yacht Club would tie all the sailboats together and tow them around the perimeter of the lake with their sails up and red flares on each side illuminating the sails. Many others with boats would follow the flotilla around the lake, it was usually cold on the lake by Labor Day, but a great way to close out the season.
Forgot to mention, the lake did largely close down after Labor Day, but on Labor Day weekend, the Yacht Club would tie all the sailboats together and tow them around the perimeter of the lake with their sails up and red flares on each side illuminating the sails. Many others with boats would follow the flotilla around the lake, it was usually cold on the lake by Labor Day, but a great way to close out the season.
Jon May Jon May from Dallas, TEXAS wrote on December 19, 2009 at 1:31 am:
I'm surprised I didn't run into some of the people posting comments, we ran on the same ground. In the 50's and 60's we had a summer cottage on Ridge Ave, at the top of Hillside. Use to ride our bikes down to Puterbaugh's each morning (Remember Ellenor, with the bright red hair? She's still alive) You could ride down and up Hillside on a bike, but Carpenter Hill was suicide downhill, impossible uphill. There use to be a merry go round just north of Joe's Pizza and the Bingo Hall. Use to get free pizza dough at Joe's and use it for fishing bait. There was an arcade around the building from Joe's Pizza. We had a ski boat we docked at the Sunset docks. Remember the swimming area at Hanson's where they had the logs you could roll on? Try that with liability issues today! Rode horses at... Read more
I'm surprised I didn't run into some of the people posting comments, we ran on the same ground. In the 50's and 60's we had a summer cottage on Ridge Ave, at the top of Hillside. Use to ride our bikes down to Puterbaugh's each morning (Remember Ellenor, with the bright red hair? She's still alive) You could ride down and up Hillside on a bike, but Carpenter Hill was suicide downhill, impossible uphill. There use to be a merry go round just north of Joe's Pizza and the Bingo Hall. Use to get free pizza dough at Joe's and use it for fishing bait. There was an arcade around the building from Joe's Pizza. We had a ski boat we docked at the Sunset docks. Remember the swimming area at Hanson's where they had the logs you could roll on? Try that with liability issues today! Rode horses at the Mohawk Stables which got me into horses, and is now my profession, creating TV programming on horse breeds. All my best memories growing up in the 50/60's are of the lake. Now it's kind of depressing, seems the Memories are better than the reality of it now.
Barbara Zilly Barbara Zilly from Tennessee wrote on November 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm:
I spent every summer visiting my aunt and uncle in Harvey's Lake. It was always the best part of my summer. From 1964 to the early 70's
I spent every summer visiting my aunt and uncle in Harvey's Lake. It was always the best part of my summer. From 1964 to the early 70's
Debbie Greene Debbie Greene from Delaware wrote on November 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm:
my one Aunt lived at Harvey's lake and another Aunt had a summer house there, I loved visiting my uncle had a boat and would take his girls to water ski, but I almost drowned in the lake - just couldn't swim. I do still have cousins at Harveyslake.
my one Aunt lived at Harvey's lake and another Aunt had a summer house there, I loved visiting my uncle had a boat and would take his girls to water ski, but I almost drowned in the lake - just couldn't swim. I do still have cousins at Harveyslake.
Betsy Ross Montileone Betsy Ross Montileone from Sellersville,PA 18960 wrote on October 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm:
My parents had a small cottage on Annabelle Avenue in Sunset from about 1958 until 1961. Our cottage was at the end of the unpaved road on the right and was the only cottage turned sideways. It was one of the "states" cottages. We thought it was great because we had indoor plumbing and hot water. We spent many happy hours at the lake with our friends and family. I remember, Joe's Pizza, the frozen custard stand, the Jones Pancake House (if you had 35 cents you had a great lunch), the diving shop, Hillside Avenue, Puterbaugh's (where we purchased the newest comic books), every weekend was party time the lake would get so crowded, going to the riding stables on the old lake road, swimming at Sunset and diving from O'Brien's cement wall, waterskiing and on rainy days playing cards and board games (no television then). I remember trying... Read more
My parents had a small cottage on Annabelle Avenue in Sunset from about 1958 until 1961. Our cottage was at the end of the unpaved road on the right and was the only cottage turned sideways. It was one of the "states" cottages. We thought it was great because we had indoor plumbing and hot water. We spent many happy hours at the lake with our friends and family. I remember, Joe's Pizza, the frozen custard stand, the Jones Pancake House (if you had 35 cents you had a great lunch), the diving shop, Hillside Avenue, Puterbaugh's (where we purchased the newest comic books), every weekend was party time the lake would get so crowded, going to the riding stables on the old lake road, swimming at Sunset and diving from O'Brien's cement wall, waterskiing and on rainy days playing cards and board games (no television then). I remember trying to ike around the lake, we made it halway and called for a ride home. My girl friend lived on Hillside Avenue. She now has a summer place at Warden Place. Loved seeing the photos and reading about a place that gave me a great place to spend my entire summer vacations.
Jack Lombardi Jack Lombardi from Shirley, NY wrote on October 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm:
Thanks for evoking great memories. When I was a child, up through age 7 or 8, we spent every summer at Harveys lake. My grandparents, mom, sister & I stayed in a rented bungalow. Dad stayed in Brooklyn because he had to work but came up every weekend, and no matter what day of the week, he was there on my birthday, August 8th. My fondest memories were the speedboat rides. Those boats were beauties, with their high gloss mahogony wood & chrome accents. I loved the "Pretzel" ride. We called it the "ghost train." I guess i liked the way the car twisted & turned, kind of unpredictaly, at least to a young kid. My absolute favorite was the Dodgem cars. I think it was my last summer there when I rode those cars quite alot because the folks we rented from were somehow connected to the park. Don't... Read more
Thanks for evoking great memories. When I was a child, up through age 7 or 8, we spent every summer at Harveys lake. My grandparents, mom, sister & I stayed in a rented bungalow. Dad stayed in Brooklyn because he had to work but came up every weekend, and no matter what day of the week, he was there on my birthday, August 8th. My fondest memories were the speedboat rides. Those boats were beauties, with their high gloss mahogony wood & chrome accents. I loved the "Pretzel" ride. We called it the "ghost train." I guess i liked the way the car twisted & turned, kind of unpredictaly, at least to a young kid. My absolute favorite was the Dodgem cars. I think it was my last summer there when I rode those cars quite alot because the folks we rented from were somehow connected to the park. Don't remember who they were, too many years ago(nearly 60.) They had two boys, roughly my age, named Bobby and Barry. They took me exploring through old indian grounds and caves and we always got rides on the cars. I went from a novice, spinning in circles, knocking people about, to an expert, able to catch & bump whomever I wanted while avoiding those chasing me. I remember the train ride but far more enjoyed the train ride in the amusement park on the other side of the lake because it went through the woods and along the lake shore rather than just around the paved park area. Don't remember much else about that other amusement park. Wish it was all still there.
Bob Ronky Bob Ronky from Whitehall, PA wrote on October 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm:
I read with great interest your stories on Harveys Lake. I spent every summers there from 1955 to 1968. I wanted to comment on your story on Hanson's. It says that J.L. Garrahan put a small ferris wheel there in the late 40's. This may very well be true but the Ferris Wheel at the park when it closed came from Sans Souci Park at a later date. It too had been owned by my Uncle Jack and was sold to the park when he severed ties with Sans Souci. I have many fond memories of the lake and still spend 8 to 10 week ends there a year.
I read with great interest your stories on Harveys Lake. I spent every summers there from 1955 to 1968. I wanted to comment on your story on Hanson's. It says that J.L. Garrahan put a small ferris wheel there in the late 40's. This may very well be true but the Ferris Wheel at the park when it closed came from Sans Souci Park at a later date. It too had been owned by my Uncle Jack and was sold to the park when he severed ties with Sans Souci. I have many fond memories of the lake and still spend 8 to 10 week ends there a year.
Dennis W. Mundy, Sr Dennis W. Mundy, Sr from Millstone TWp. NJ wrote on September 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm:
Im 59 and Oh the memories as a child at both the Lines House and boat house on the lake and also our own vacations there. The boat rides, fishing, the Amusement Park I would love to go back and see what it looks like today
Im 59 and Oh the memories as a child at both the Lines House and boat house on the lake and also our own vacations there. The boat rides, fishing, the Amusement Park I would love to go back and see what it looks like today
dave r dave r from hazleton,pa wrote on August 26, 2009 at 12:02 am:
i grew up in plymouth, and was at the lake like my second home, i just wish it wasn't as private as it is now. but all in all this is a great site. there was a place there called links and tyhey had some strange fish that were pulled out of the lake over the years, nice to get pictures of them, thanks dave r.
i grew up in plymouth, and was at the lake like my second home, i just wish it wasn't as private as it is now. but all in all this is a great site. there was a place there called links and tyhey had some strange fish that were pulled out of the lake over the years, nice to get pictures of them, thanks dave r.
Jill Funck Jill Funck from Palmyra, PA wrote on August 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm:
Fasinating website. We have friends that live by the Lake year round and we visit yearly. We love seeing our friends, sharing some family time and playing in the water. I was very interested in the history of the lake and was pleased at all the great things that are posted here.
Fasinating website. We have friends that live by the Lake year round and we visit yearly. We love seeing our friends, sharing some family time and playing in the water. I was very interested in the history of the lake and was pleased at all the great things that are posted here.
Jackie Scrofini Mazzatosta Jackie Scrofini Mazzatosta from Plains wrote on August 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm:
What a great web site! The pictures of Hansons brought back so many memories. I spent every summer as a child at our cottage on Ridge Ave. Those were some of the best years of my life.
What a great web site! The pictures of Hansons brought back so many memories. I spent every summer as a child at our cottage on Ridge Ave. Those were some of the best years of my life.
Dave Pudim Dave Pudim from Ohio wrote on August 10, 2009 at 1:11 am:
I went to Lake Elementary School from 1968 (Kindergarten until 6th grade. I have many great childhood memories of my friends and teachers at that school. Those were the good old days! I would love to know how my friends are doing now.
I went to Lake Elementary School from 1968 (Kindergarten until 6th grade. I have many great childhood memories of my friends and teachers at that school. Those were the good old days! I would love to know how my friends are doing now.
Daniel J. Tobin Daniel J. Tobin from Wilmington, Delaware wrote on August 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm:
My grandparents lived at Harveys lake for a long time. They rented boats there, dredged the lake at one point and had a business called Lake front Lawn mower repair. It was a gas station and a small store just up the street from hansons. I want to say the best times of my life was spent there. Watching the people on the lake, Fishing and going to hansons. We even saw Chuby Checker there.... a long time ago. Love the lake.... wish I coukld live there now.
My grandparents lived at Harveys lake for a long time. They rented boats there, dredged the lake at one point and had a business called Lake front Lawn mower repair. It was a gas station and a small store just up the street from hansons. I want to say the best times of my life was spent there. Watching the people on the lake, Fishing and going to hansons. We even saw Chuby Checker there.... a long time ago. Love the lake.... wish I coukld live there now.
noah z noah z from pittston pa and pole 285 wrote on August 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm:
great times at the lake and now i know the history of the lake
great times at the lake and now i know the history of the lake
pamela fishberg shulder ripinsky pamela fishberg shulder ripinsky from south setauket, new york wrote on July 31, 2009 at 8:01 pm:
i spent many summers in the early 50's at harveys lake. i remember sandy beach and the drive in theater. the merry go round at the amusement park was my favorite ride. also, i loved the pizza at the pizzaria . i hope to return and see what changes have taken place. from what i have been told by my neighbors who came from there that there are some magnificent homes along the lake. just remember that i learned to swim in the lake too!
i spent many summers in the early 50's at harveys lake. i remember sandy beach and the drive in theater. the merry go round at the amusement park was my favorite ride. also, i loved the pizza at the pizzaria . i hope to return and see what changes have taken place. from what i have been told by my neighbors who came from there that there are some magnificent homes along the lake. just remember that i learned to swim in the lake too!
Michael Michael from Puerto Vallarta, Jal., MX wrote on July 19, 2009 at 7:09 am:
Trying to find a copy of the book. Are any available?
Trying to find a copy of the book. Are any available?