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SCRANTON

Scranton, Iowa

Scranton, IowaScranton is located on the west edge of Greene County, with a population of 604, it is a community with great pride and people.

The Scranton community supports its own public library with a great selection of books, periodicals and movies. It also has several computers with internet access for patrons.

Scranton has its own fire department and rescue unit. It is home to the Jefferson-Scranton 3-5 grade elementary school. There is a congregate meal site in town which also serves morning coffee and donuts.

There are three churches in Scranton – Church of Christ, United Methodist, St. Paul's Catholic.

Scranton boasts of its own "Lost Lagoon" located on the southwest corner of town where there is a pond for fishing and an amphitheater. Pathways allow walking throughout the small park.

There is also the Scranton City Park, located on the west side of town, right off Highway 25, and just north of the overpass. Visitors will find a shelter house with electricity, and a playground.

The third park in Scranton is Gazebo Park, located in the business district at 1107 Main.

The Scranton Betterment Committee is an active participant in many Scranton functions. It works diligently throughout the year to raise funds to help many Scranton projects. The following events are organized and planned by the group - and supported by the entire Scranton community.

  • Fall - Pancake Supper
  • December - Christmas in Scranton
  • Spring - Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • Summer - Fun Night

 The Scranton Betterment Committee donates funds raised back to the community by:

  • Sponsoring a swimming bus to pick kids up in Scranton and take them to the Jefferson Pool three times a week during the summer.
  • Sponsors the Scranton Little League program by paying registration fees.
  • Donated a basketball hoop for locals to use at the school tennis courts.
  • Help in fixing and painting several area homes.

Perhaps Scranton's real claim to fame is their historic water tower - it's the oldest water tower still in service in Iowa, and is tied for 9th oldest water tower still in service in the United States.

It was in 1897 when Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel designed and built their first steel elevated water tank. The Scranton water works system paid $4,026 to Jackson & Moss of Des Moines for the tank and its installation. The tank has a capacity of 48,0000 gallons and stands 148' high.

Today, it's a real landmark treasure in Scranton, but in 1897, it wasn't a smooth sailing installation. According to the Scranton Journal, on September 23, 1897, "The citizens who are opposed to the water works tower on the site selected near the town hall have subscribed the sum of $200 to be used in defraying the expenses of moving the tower to another place . . . The Council telegraphed to Des Moines for one of the contractors to come to Scranton and furnish an estimate as to the cost of erecting the tower in another place. Mr. Moss, one of the contractors said it will cost about $1,125 to move it to City Park; about $800 to erect it on a site west of the creamery; and about $560 to place it on lots south of Carson and Gibson's livery stable. . . the Council will meet tomorrow evening for the purpose of forming a proposition which will be made to the citizens. . ."

The paper later reported, "The Council at its meeting this (Friday) evening submitted the following proposition to the citizens: If they raise $385 in cash, and purchase and donate the land to the town and secure the consent of all property owners adjoining, the Council will cause the tower to be erected on the E.J. Black lots south of Carson and Gibson's livery barn. If the citizens will not accept the proposition, the tower will be erected on the site selected by the unanimous consent of the entire Council, and the world will continue to move."

The tower, by the way, was erected near the town hall, the Council's original site location.

It was in February 1907, when "one of the most unusual circumstances in Scranton's history occurred, when the water tower caught fire!" As reported in the Centennial edition of the Jefferson Bee and Herald:

"In February, 1907, the town of Scranton was without water for several days because of frozen water in the mains. A solution seemed to build a fire under the tank and melt water – until the fire got out of control and flamed around the water tower. Three men climbed to the top with buckets to throw water down toward the fire, but could not because of the extreme subzero weather. They fell into the ice in the water tower and were too weak to help themselves with the ropes which were extended to them. It was then that Howard Butler of Scranton, then 21 years old, lowered the men to the ground, and became the hero not only of Scranton and Greene County, but the State of Iowa."

When visitors come to Scranton, they'll find a whole lot of friendly people and one water tower – still standing very close to City Hall.

SCRANTON BUSINESSES

ACCOUNTING
Wittrock, TM

AUCTIONEER
Mobley Auction Service
Ron's Auto Parts

AUTOMOBILE REPAIR SERVICES
Winger Body Shop

BANKING
People's Trust & Savings

BEAUTY SALONS
Cutting Corner

BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Pride Construction
CS Construction

CABLE TELEVISION SERVICES
Scranton Cable T V Company

CAR WASHING
Rudy's Service & Detail

CONTRACTORS - GENERAL
CS Construction
Messer Serves
Owens Construction

CONVENIENCE STORE
Casey's General Store

DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION
Hoyt Construction Backhoe & Tiling Svc
Pemble Digging & Drainage Svc

EMBROIDERY
McLaughlin International

ESCAVATION
Pemble Digging & Drainage Svc

FARM EQUIPMENT REPAIR
Walker Sales & Repair

INSURANCE
MacDonald Insurance Agency

LUMBER - RETAIL
Schon Lumber Company

MACHINE SHOPS
Scranton Machine Shop

NEWSPAPERS
Scranton Journal

PAINTING CONTRACTORS
Speckle's Inc.

REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT
Water Source Supply Inc

SEED DEALERS - AGRICULTURAL
Sailer Farm Store

SEWER CONTRACTORS
Hoyt Construction Backhoe & Tiling Svc

TAX RETURN PREPARATION
Wittrock, TM

TELEPHONE COMPANIES
Scranton Telephone Co.