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20 Years Ago (1998)

For the first time in the three decades that a Tunkhannock bypass has been under discussion, there is an exact date on the highway’s timetable. Aug. 6, 1998, is the date when bids will be awarded for the construction of the eastern half of the bypass, running from Rt. 29 to just east of the Rt. 92 intersection.

Meshoppen Borough Council is looking to ways to curb vandalism at the Meshoppen ballpark. Mayor Bob Hayward said that about $1,100 had been spent in repairs so far this year.

A Greenways plan is being eyed for the Tunkhaannock Creek from its South Branch in Clarks Summit to where the main stem joins the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock.

The foundation for the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association’s new garage has been started and the project should be finished by September.

Jason Eisenhower, 20, of Scranton, was sentenced to 5-10 years in state prison for homicide by vehicle while DUI in the 2017 death of Helen Dunlap.

Robert Adonizio, of Tunkhannock, and Jamie Thomas, of New Albany, have been chosen for the Governor’s School for Teaching at Millersville University, July 5-Aug. 8.

Donald and Louise (Tewksbury) DeWolfe marked their 50th anniversary June 26, and the following day hosted more than 130 family members at an open house.

40 Years Ago (1978)

U.S. Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., spoke to a group of Wyoming County residents at Shadowbrook last week about a looming recession this fall, welfare reform and higher interest rates.

With heavy rains, Old Glory flapped briskly in the morning wind, and parade lovers huddled in doorways and porches off Rt. 87 in Mehoopany, for the annual Fourth of July parade Tuesday.

George and Ruth Gay celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary July 4. Congratulations.

As soon as the new truck is delivered and after the current contract ended, Tunkhannock Borough will begin to pick up and haul its own garbage.

Rev. Thomas Crogham reported 17 members in this year’s first communion class at Blessed Sacrament Church, Center Moreland.

‘Noxen Days’ start tomorrow and will continue through Sunday under the auspices of the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company and other community groups.

Tunkhannock Jaycees have announced Bill Ball won the Supermarket Sweep and will get three minutes this Saturday to gather up to $250 in groceries at the A&P in Rt. 6 Plaza.

Spec. 4 Vicky L. Gill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Miner of Tunkhannock, has been assigned as an Army finance specialist at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Julia Denmon retired after 23 years in the Noxen Dress Factory.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Meshoppen youths Francis Johnson, 10, and Donald Gacha, 11, were injured Thursday in an explosion at the Meshoppen Firemen’s Carnival.

A severe electrical storm early Sunday afternoon did extensive damage in this area. It was accompanied by a torrential rainstorm and winds, which forced the water under doorways and through open windows, causing unusual damage.

Rev. Francis Corcoran, ordained to the priesthood May 31, has begun his duties as assistant pastor at Church of the Nativity, Tunkhannock.

The Dietrich Theater features Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable in ‘Run Silent, Run Deep’ and James Stewart as Lucky Lindy in ‘The Spirit of St. Louis.’

Ground will be broken Sunday for a new Catholic chapel at Lake Carey. Rev. John McDonough is principal speaker with the Seminarians’ Choir of Camp St. Andrew providing music.

Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Norman Harvey and son, Alan, recently returned to Madrid, Spain, after a motor trip through Europe.

Ruth Unguereit announces the opening of Ruth’s Floral Shop in the Pyrofax Gas Building, 203 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. She has taken over Berry’s Floral Shop.

Mrs. Ira Bell of Mehoopany attended the Fred Waring Music Workshop at Delaware Water Gap last Wednesday.

80 Years Ago (1938)

Mrs. Maude Blume of Mehoopany, has been invited to become a member of the National Advisory Committee on Women’s Participation, which will have a voice in the planning and operation of the New York World’s Fair next year.

Street Commissioner James Wynd and his crew of helpers expect to begin resurfacing the borough streets next Monday.

Jerry Dietrich went to Clarks Summit Monday to act as a pallbearer at the funeral of Arthur B. Young, a Scranton Tribune photographer who was killed in a plane crash.

Fred Arnold, of Laceyville, who has recently celebrated his 90th birthday, spent the weekend with his daughter, Mrs. Alberta Platt.

John Trakimas, of Meshoppen suffered deep lacerations over the left eye and body bruises on Saturday when he fell from a hay wagon on his farm.

The Mehoopany Dairymen’s League will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kasson of Forkston Tursday evening.

Miss Grace Sheridan of Meshoppen left Saturday for Philadelphia, where she has a position in a baby hospital as a dental hygienist.

A wedding of interest to many was solemnized June 25 when Miss Carolyn DeWolfe became the bride of J. Benson Chambers.

Another wedding of interest happened Saturday when Hazel Traver became the bride of Walter D. Reese of Forty Fort.

100 Years Ago (1918)

It was not only a good-sized crowd that came to Tunkhannock to celebrate July 4, but an orderly crowd, and no accidents, drunkenness or fights marred the day.

A bull owned by W.A. Kittredge and which was in pasture with a colt owned by Dyer Taylor, of Lynn, attacked the colt and gored it to death.

A new Elliot-Fisher book typewriter with a roll-top case that can be converted into a table has been placed in the office of Register and Recorder William Connell. It has all the latest improvements of office equipment.

Wyoming County stands sixth in the list of counties in this state in the amount per capita of thrift stamps sales, having pledged $8.06 for every man, woman and child.

Miss Olive Billings has gone to Massachusetts to take a course at summer school for mechanical drawing.

Two large Army trucks, all hooded over with canvas after the fashion of an old prairie schooner, and containing a party of U.S. Soldiers, drew into town about 10 p.m., Monday. They were sleeping out to inure themselves to Army life.

Richard Leighton, son of James G. Leighton, enlisted in the Marines this week and was called to Philadelphia yesterday. He is the youngest of Mr. Leighton’s five boys, all in the service. Frank and Bruce graduated at the U.S. Naval Academy. Herbert and Delmar are in France.

120 Years Ago (1898)

The Fourth of July was quietly spent in Tunkhannock. The business places were mostly closed, and a number of people went to the lakes or other places of amusement. In the evening, there was a lively battle between opposing crowds on Tioga Street, in which fireworks were the weapons used.

The arrangements for taking the river bridge from the hands of the bridge company were perfected Thursday by county commissioners, and the bridge was thrown open to free travel shortly after noon.

The post office is now lighted by electricity.

People who were out as late as 10 p.m. Tuesday say that the earth was lighted for a moment by a brilliant meteor which sped across the sky, leaving a track of light which lasted for at least five minutes.

The creamery that has been doing a thriving business in Factoryville for the past 10 or 12 years has been abandoned by the Scranton Dairy Company, on account of its establishing a condensed milk plant at LaPlume, two miles south.

Frank D. Miller and Albert Northrop went to Dalton on their wheels Tuesday.

Fire broke out in Platt’s tin shop at Laceyville on Saturday, but the flames were soon extinguished and the building saved.

More rain fell during last month than in any June since 1889.