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20 Years Ago (1997)

A ceremony is planned for Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at the courthouse which was unveiled Oct. 19, 1897, to honor residents who served in the Civil War.

The unemployment rate in Wyoming County has dropped from 8.3 percent in July to 7.8 percent in August. It had been 10 percent at the end of 1996.

Kurt Danysh, 19, of Nicholson pleaded guilty to third degree murder of his father on April 25, 1996.

The International Quilt Association has announced that a work of Deborah Grow of Factoryville is a finalist for the ‘Quilts: A World of Beauty Show” in Houston, Texas.

Ron Andrews, president of Deer Park Lumber Inc. of Tunkhannock, was elected new chairman of the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturer’s Association of Pennsylvania.

Army National Guard PFC Jeremy J. Clark has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He is a 1996 Tunkhannock Area grad.

Bill Owens, 67, of Mehoopany was part of a 15-man skydiving aerial formation that set a world record recently in Southern California.

Lackawanna Trail student Katie Bower won the Drum Major Award at the Pocono Mountain Band competition.

Tunkhannock Area High School is celebrating Computer Learning Month in October.

40 Years Ago (1977)

Tunkhannock Borough Council rejected a request from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the borough to assume responsibility of plowing and cindering 2.6 miles of state roads within the borough.

United Penn Bank has applied to the regulatory authorities for permission to relocates its banking facility in the Meshoppen area.

On Nov. 4 and 5, the Elk Lake drama department will proudly present the Broadway musical hit ‘Gypsy.’

Fantastic turnout was realized last week at the 15th Annual Antiques Show and sale sponsored by the Tunkhannock Auxilians to Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Monroe Township 1937 graduating class held its 40th year reunion recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Moyer, at Evans Falls.

Congratulations are in order for Earl Crispell, of Noxen, who has retired and is taking life somewhat easier. Crispell owned and operated the service station in the Village of Noxen, starting at the present site way back in 1927.

PennDOT continues extensive patching throughout Wyoming County.

In service with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Oakley. Patti Jo and Clyde began their service on Aug. 28 in York, Nebraska.

60 Years Ago (1957)

Judd Miller Fitze, 76, prominent Tunkhannock businessman, suffered a heart attack at his home late Tuesday afternoon and died almost instantly.

According to Dr. Arthur B. Davenport, Wyoming County Medical Director, there is no evidence of ‘Asian Flu’ in this area despite the prevalence of numerous cases of respiratory infection.

The 10th anniversary of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club was observed Monday night.

The third annual Career Day was held at Tunkhannock High School, under the sponsorship of the local Kiwanis Club and the guidance department of the high school.

The Jenningsville Methodist Church will mark its 75th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 19.

Mehoopany: Miss Linda Lou Miner went with a party of girls from Tunkhannock to Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital to tap dance for the veterans.

Joint Elementary School notes—Miss Zurine’s room won the banner for buying the most defense stamps last week. We bought ten dollars worth of stamps.

Mr. Robert A. Harding, son of Mrs. M.L. Harding, has been elected to the position of teaching English and Guidance in the Tunkhannock Junior-Senior High School.

Mehoopany: Dr. and Mrs. Boone are planning to leave their Mehoopany home to make their new residence in Laceyville.

80 Years Ago (1937)

Miss Elizabeth Salter entertained a number of little friends on Tuesday at a party in honor of her seventh birthday anniversary.

One-cent-a-word ad: “Wanted-Good fat hens. Will pay 19 cents a pound, live weight.

School News: The chief aim of Glee Club singing is to open the ears, the feelings and the intelligence to the nature of music.

Lovelton: The first heavy frost of the season came on Friday night. Farmers are busy picking their apples. Everything is in abundance. Let us all be thankful.

Laceyville library was dedicated on Monday evening. The program was rendered in the fireman’s hall.

Edward L. Moodie, 35-year-old commercial and naval aviator, was instantly killed Saturday about 9 p.m. when his Stinson cabin monoplane crashed into the hillside field of Percy Lyman near Lynn.

A representative of the Remington Arms Company will put on a gun show at the Gay-Murray Store all day on Saturday, Oct. 16. This will include a free movie Saturday evening.

More than 80 people from Lemon, Avery and Tunkhannock attended a variety shower Wednesday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford in the Marcy House.

Norma Fassett entertained the Mehoopany Presbyterian Church ladies at her Forkston home.

100 Years Ago (1917)

The second contingent of Wyoming County’s drafted men left on Train No. 8 Friday last for Camp Meade. There were four in number. M.C. Clayton, E.M. Pinnock, R.C. Carey and N.H. Kester.

The funeral of the late George P. Dersheimer was held at the residence of Putnam Street, Saturday.

The Nicholson Record has been reduced to folio form, due to the high cost of newspaper making.

The domestic science class in Meshoppen high school has been canning peaches and tomatoes as a part of its instruction.

The coldest night of the season thus far occurred Tuesday, things generally being quite severely frozen yesterday morning.

A new concrete bridge now being erected on the state road at Brick Chapel, two miles from Meshoppen, will eliminate a bad curve.

P.E. Bacon of Nicholson, sold five Holstein cows for $1,000.

G.G. Miller brought us a section of cornstalk grown on the Charles M. Bunnell farm, now owned by H.F. Brunges. The stalk grew to a height of 15 feet and an ear of corn plucked off weighed 2-1/2 pounds.

Misses Sallie and Minnie Bannatyne have broken up housekeeping and taken rooms at Hotel Graham for the winter.

By an order from the Postmaster General at Washington, D.C., beginning Nov. 2, the rates on postage for first class matter will be three cents.

120 Years Ago (1897)

Safety gates should be placed at the Bridge street crossing of the Lehigh Valley. The erection of the new mill close beside the track will make the place more dangerous than heretofore.

A Noxen correspondent says that Stephen Heddy, a 12-year old boy, killed a bear weighing 500 pounds at Rock Cabin a few days since.

Mirth and pathos, music and song will blend harmoniously and artistically at Piatt’s opera house to-morrow.

Large numbers of apple barrels are arriving at the depot.

The extension of North Putnam Street is being graded this week.

Forests are resplendent in crimson and gold.

The soldiers’ monument arrived last Thursday night and the work of getting it into position has been busily going on since.

Contractor Platt, of Scranton, who represents the company to erect the electric light station, was here Monday, contracting for poles of Theodore Cooper and F.D. DeWitt.

Ziba Billings reached his 75th birthday Tuesday.

Prof. Mark C. James, principal of the Meshoppen schools, is a fine musician and composer as well.

The Jennings Milling and Lumber Company of North Mehoopany, shipped a carload of corn meal to Venezuela a few days ago. It goes to New York by rail and thence by steamer.

The tannery gong now sounds at 5:45 p.m.