teacher at Crestwood High School, and a group of students formed the club as a way to pursue and archive the history of Mountaintop. Oral reports were taken from different lifelong residents and documented. From those stories came the first of several books about the town and not only students but people of all ages joined the group.
Seven books in total were written, by member Joe Kubic, and the club also has a DVD and postcards printed. Another member, Jim Cornelius, is pictured as a boy on one of the books and, Scott added, he is also an extremely knowledgeable mountain native. “You could ask him anything about Mountaintop and he’d be able to tell you,” Scott said.
Over the years, however, membership in the Historical Society dwindled as members either lost interest, became involved in other areas, or simply passed away. Scott joined the group almost a decade ago when he met then-president Redmond Lines at an estate sale. The two struck up a conversation as Scott was purchasing an artist’s rendition of the old Triangle restaurant.
“I’d always hung around with the older generations,” Scott related. “I liked hearing their stories.” He joined the Historical Society then and, in 2016 when Redmond passed away, Scott was made president. Now finding that locals have
renewed interest in the Historical Society, the club has 14 members and hopes to grow. “We’re looking to find new members and to just keep it going and keep it alive,” Scott said. “We’re dedicated to preserving the history of the past for future generations.”
From the timber industry in Mountaintop, to the various methods of transporting coal through town, from Ashley to Hazleton, to the notable guests of the Mountaintop hotel, like several U. S. presidents, Scott noted, “There’s a lot of neat, interesting things that happened in Mountaintop that people don’t know about.”
One of the club’s first endeavors will be to try to get the Mountaintop landmark sign moved to the top of the mountain, at the entrance of town, rather than where it currently stands in the middle. The Historical Society would also someday like to find a place to house its relics, perhaps even creating a small museum. Many members have various Mountaintop antiques, from old books and family photos to railroad lanterns and Glen Summit jugs, but nowhere to display those items.
Anyone interested in the Mountain Top Historical Society can attend the Jan. 22 meeting or visit the group’s Facebook page, “Mountain Top Historical Society.”