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20 Years Ago (1996)

Plans to buy out the flood-ravaged homes in the Lazybrook Development in Tunkhannock Township are scheduled. More than 80 homes were damaged or destroyed in January when flood waters from the Tunkhannock Creek rushed through the development

The Wyoming County Cooperative Farmers Market Association elected Harry Hopkins as president.

A program May 30 marked the closing of the Mehoopany school with remarks by graduates and later teachers Hazelle Allen Brooks and Dorothy Henning Cavalier.

Susan Russell, MD, has joined the Geisinger Medical Group-Factoryville and Gary Russell, MD, as an associate in Family medicine.

Excavation began this week on the final phase of Factoryville’s sewer project. When completed, nearly every home in the borough will be connected.

TAHS teacher Del Rosemergey was honored by the Tunkhannock Kiwanis for his 10 years of service as Key Club adviser.

Fred and Jeanne (Furman) Kintner will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 22.

Winners of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School Law Day essay contest were Christine Stroka and Brittany Casterline.

40 Years Ago (1976)

The Tunkhannock High School band and marching unit have been invited to participate in the 1976 Luzerne County Bicentennial Parade.

A bicentennial skit was presented by grade school children from Laceyville as part of the annual Homemaker’s Day.

Charles Bros. ad: Fisher Boy one pound box fish sticks, 69 cents; Skippy 28 ounce jar peanut butter, $1.49; Crisp California lettuce, 3 for #1.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald James will host an open house at their home in Meshoppen on June 10 to introduce the Rev. Bruce Cleasby and his family.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Colegrove, Laceyville, announce the birth of a son, May 27, in Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Mental Health is conducting a 19-week training program to enhance the skills of working with the family and counseling.

Miss Susan J. Cobb, a senior at Lackawanna Trail High School, has been accepted at Bauder Fashion College, Miami, where she will major in interior decorating.

60 Years Ago (1956)

Dan Holod and Leo Stroka, two well known young men of this community, have purchased the business of Chester W. Aten located just outside the borough line on U.S. Route 6.

The Tunkhannock Joint Schools commencement program will be held Tuesday evening, June 5.

President Dwight Eisenhower sent a personal note of congratulations to Retired Admiral Harold Stark of Lake Carey and Wilkes-Barre after having a science building at Wilkes College named after him.

Fitze’s ad reads: See them on T.V. B.F. Goodrich “P-F” canvas shoes, $2.95, washable!

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Squier, of Nicholson, announce the birth of a daughter on May 24 in Tyler Memorial Hospital, Meshoppen. Mrs. Squier is the former Miss Marilyn Edwards.

Gay Murray ad reads: New 1956 Frigidaire Food Freezer-Refrigerator Now only $329.95. Big Family Size Food Freezer-Refrigerator 9.5 cu. ft.

The sixty-fourth annual commencement of the Meshoppen High School was held Friday evening in the Meshoppen Methodist Church.

There’s a new idea in vacationing that promises to bring tourist trade and vacation promotion right into Wyoming County. It’s called Farm Vacations and it is the idea of a two-year-old Pennsylvania Farm Vacation organization.

Henry Ferris quietly celebrated his 94th birthday anniversary on Thursday, May 24, at his home on Franklin Avenue.

80 Years Ago (1936)

Fred Kissell, of Laceyville, fractured his pelvis recently in a fall when his team ran away.

Contractor A.B. Cole, of Meshoppen, has dismantled the old iron bridge crossing Tunkhannock Creek at Billings Mill and is this week removing it to Forkston, where it will be erected across the Mehoopany Creek to replace the bridge washed away during the March flood.

The lowest type of vandalism was indulged in last week when flowers and potted plants were stolen from Sunnyside cemetery.

Misses May and Martha Tompkins, of Eatonville, will soon occupy a part of Mrs. P.C. Herrick’s house, corner of Putnam and Harrison streets.

West Nicholson: Children’s Day exercises will be held Sunday, June 14.

A lot of favorable comment was heard from visitors at the cemetery around Memorial Day time. The grounds are well kept and present a good appearance.

Shook Hardware Co.: You are invited to a Special Demonstration of the wonderful new Coleman safety ranges.

The Marytha Class of the Methodist Church are planning a strawberry tea in the church parlors on Wednesday.

The many friends of William Hodgson regret that he has suffered the loss of his new barn by fire recently.

100 Years Ago (1916)

Pity the poor summer resort landlords, the amusement managers and the ice cream cone vendors. The spring has been so cold they haven’t had half a chance.

Electric alarm signals have been put in by the Lehigh Valley company at the grade crossing in Laceyville.

A new bridge is to be erected across Meshoppen creek at Meshoppen by the Lehigh Valley Railroad company.

While Miss Mabel Ruger was bringing her father’s Overland car from the barn on Saturday, her foot slipped off the brake pedal and the car lit out for keeps down the steep grade.

Dr. F.J. Bardwell has been in bed this week with grip. Whether he took his own medicine we know not, but he at least learned how his patients feel.

For the first time in 43 years, no public exercises were held in the cemetery here on Memorial Day. The omission was due to the ban which the Board of Health put upon public gatherings on account of scarlet fever.

Forkston: Floyd Burgess and Edna Hope, two popular young people of this place, were married last week in Tunkhannock.

Pastime Theatre: (Because of scarlet fever) If we are allowed to open on Saturday night, we will have Mary Pickford in “The Eagle’s Mate.”

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phelps welcomed a little son to their home on Monday morning May 22, named William Booth.

120 Years Ago (1896)

A balloon ascensionist interested a large crowd at South Montrose a few days since.

The Lehigh Valley company is advertising for bids for painting a number of stations along the line.

Children’s Day rehearsals are going on at the churches.

The New York Cash store has a handsome new delivery wagon.

The residences of F.H. Kram and Mrs. R.R. Borden have each been brightened with new paint.

The Tunkhannock and Eatonville telephone wires are strung across the river bridge, and the conversation of people crossing the bridge is audible at either end of the line. This seems strange, since there is no transmitter at or near the bridge, nothing but the wires passing overhead.

The last proposed electric light scheme has gone the way of all others, and the town will be lighted by electricity only when we have a thunder shower.

H.F. Metcalf is digging a cellar back of his old residence on Harrison street, and will move the house further back from the street.

Wanted – A competent girl for general housework in small family. Wages $2.50.