20 Years Ago (1998)
PennDOT is to address a $28 million Tunkhanock Bypass project set to start work in June at a March 16 borough council meeting.
Students at St. Michael’s School got an upclose look at what drug and alcohol abuse can do to a person when Luzerne County prisoner Joe Casey shared how drug possession literally took control of him.
To help families of children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems, a new support group known as NAMI-CAN will hold its first meeting March 26.
Airman Dustin Cokely has graduated from the security apprentice course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Tunkhannock Area High School’s upcoming production of ‘Annie’ features a talented 10-year-old Roslund student Claire Roman in the title role. Some 70 other students vied for 11 orphan roles.
Sherri Lee Anderson and Kevin Kukuchka of Tunkhannock have announced their engagement and impending marriage.
Honorary ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’ chair Tom Henry notes there is still time to enter a team for a good cause on Mar. 21.
Elk Lake senior Amber Swope became the school’s first District 8 champion in three years in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Ed Brewer will give a talk on Gettysburg hero Joshua Chamberlain at the March 18 Wyoming Valley Civil War Rountable.
40 Years Ago (1978)
The Northrup barn, in Mehoopany, was burned Sunday night. The burning is suspicious and police believe arson may have played a role.
Republicans James Adams of Harford and Frank O’Connell of Kingston will face off for the 20th senatorial district seat while Thomas Lehman of Kingston and John Pitcavage of Shavertown will do likewise on the Democratic side for the May 18 primary. Gerald Grimaud of Tunkhannock was to run for the seat but withdrew seconds before the deadline citing concerns of splitting the rural vote.
Cindy Lee showed off some souvenir items she brought back to the U.S. after her half-year stay in Japan. Cindy is a 1977 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School.
The board of supervisors of Mehoopany Township voted on March 2 to take a loan for $10,000 from United Penn Bank in order to cover the final payment of the new municipal building.
In spite of the falling snow, members of the Tunkhannock Tree Association have started planning the spring program of installing and planting window boxes along Tioga Street.
Stanley Markunas has been named 1977 ‘Man of the Year’ by the Nativity Holy Name Society.
Officers of the Noxen Federal Credit Union are Gilbert Boston, president, Jacob Miner, secretary and Mrs. Les Kocker, treasurer.
Jean King of LaPlume has been named to the new post of career planning coordinator at Keystone.
60 Years Ago (1958)
The Bocar and Rowker Manufacturing Companies have been closed since March 5 as a result of a strike by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bullock of Tunkhannock have announced the birth of a son March 4 at Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston.
The long-sought answer to the Monroe Township school problems may be found next Thursday night at a meeting of 50 members of the Tunkhannock Joint School Board. At that time, the board will consider Monroe’s request to become affiliated with the local jointure.
Craige Hill: Our roads are finally all opened. Much thanks should be given Ralph Bunnell for his untiring labor with his snow plow.
Pvt. Wesley Askew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Askew, of Mehoopany, recently graduated from the 101st Airborne Division’s Jump School at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Some 189 people attended the congregational dinner of the Tunkhannock Methodist Church in the high school cafeteria Sunday Evening.
After having spent the weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Faux of Falls, Russell returned to Millersville State Teachers College, where he is enrolled in the industrial arts course.
80 Years Ago (1938)
The ladies of Eaton Baptist Church are having a roast pork dinner for the Tunkhannock Methodist Church building fund tonight and Eatonville Methodist will have a roast beef dinner for the same cause next Thursday.
Bertha Bailey announced that the soda fountain at the Antiquarian has been removed to make way for more tables.
A brief review of the achievements in the public schools of Wyoming County reveals progress in nearly every aspect of our educational program.
Austin Comstock has bought the Martin Singer place near Laceyville and will move there soon.
The Fairmont Ice Cream Parlor will be reopened this week.
The Monday Club met this week with Miss May Keithline on Putnam street
Oxbow Lake: A number are absent from Wallace Hill School due to measles.
Lake Winola: Miss Ann Gibbons, a returned missionary from Japan, spoke in the M.E. pulpit here on Sunday morning in a very interesting manner.
North Mehoopany: Born to Mr. And Mrs. Floyd Maybe Wednesday, Feb. 23, an eight and one-half pound daughter names Marlene.
Gay-Murray Co., Special refrigerator value! 2 Model GL-31 Westinghouse $84.50: 2 Model E-60 6 Cu. Ft. Westinghouse $149.50 with 5-year guarantee.
100 Years Ago (1918)
The senior class of the high school will have graduating exercises this year, instead of going to Washington on a sightseeing trip, as the graduates have done for a few years past. The class consists of 20 members: Dorothy Dietrich, Vera West, Helen Robinson, Margaret Gallagher, Edna Sterner, Mabel Martin, Louise Barber, Sarah Luce, Mary Allen, Anna Place, Cora Remley, Helen Stark, Mary Place, Walter Jarvis, Herbert Keller, Llloyd Miller, Raymond Fowles, Wilford Drake, Bert Wall, and Alvin Day.
On account of the war conditions, the health board has modified the order excluding pigstys from the borough limits and citizens may now keep pigs by getting a permit.
The main engine at the tannery was completely wrecked a few days ago by water getting into the cylinders.
First Lt. Delmar J. Stocker writes. “Arrived at some port in France, Feb. 17. We had a rough voyage most of the way, but this noble ship came out of the heavy storms all right.”
H.C. Wilcox, the photographer, has been at Washington, D.C., for some time, where he holds a position as photographer in the Department of Agriculture.
The outside laborers at the tannery have had a raise in wages to $3 and $3.10 per day.
120 Years Ago (1898)
One hundred names pledging support to the new railway project were obtained, and on Monday a meeting of the citizens was held at the courthouse.
The cannons, which have been lying hors du combat at the foot of the monument ever since their arrival, were put in position yesterday. Tunkhannock, like all the other strategic points in the U.S. is fortifying itself.
Alleged new maple syrup has reached the market.
F.H. Pratt suggested two surveys, one to Nicholson and one to Factoryville. He mentioned an engineer he thought could cover either route in three days.
Meshoppen is to have a Young Men’s Christian Association.
A party of youngsters were playing with a toy cannon over near the sandbanks a few days ago, when Arthur Evans, who acted a chief of artillerists, had his face blown full of powder and narrowly escaped disastrous results.
The reduction in price of electric lighting has had a marked effect in the increase of lights taken. Stores, halls and dwelling houses are now being wired and the plant will hereafter run to some purpose.
A party of nine farmers from Overfield Township contemplate going to Indian Territory about May 1, when they hope to each preempt a land tract.