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20 Years Ago (1998)

Residents of the Falls and Lake Winola area will have a chance to give their views at a meeting July 28 on a proposed merger of area fire companies.

About two dozen people attended a forum Wednesday to discuss new park plans for the former Lazybrook housing development that flooded in January 1996.

Tunkhannock Mayor Norm Ball said the Tunkhannock Area school board “out and out lied to us” when it said Franklin Avenue would not be shut down with the new middle school under construction. School officials said they had no choice.

PennDOT has approved a pedestrian tunnel as a means of access to Riverside Park when the Route 6 bypass is built.

Richard and Jeanmarie (Weir) Harding marked their 40th wedding anniversary June 21.

Abigail Wilson, a TAHS sophomore, was crowned the Lackawanna-Wyoming Counties Dairy Princess recently.

The Endless Mountains Antique Power Association held an antique tractor show at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Meshoppen.

Rev. Patrick McDowell was honored with a farewell dinner after 16 years of service to St. Joachim’s-St. Bonaventure parish.

Leon Ace was elected president of the Lake Winola Lions and his wife Caroline as president of the Lake Winola Lioness Club.

40 Years Ago (1978)

For the first time in six years, there has been a decrease in the amount of crimes reported to state police, new Tunkhannock barracks commander William Gilhooley said.

The Sugar Hollow Bridge, the victim of rough weather, heavy traffic and old age and the site of a potential accident, got a new support and a new foundation from PennDOT. Work will be completed on the bridge this Friday.

The Tunkhannock Area School Board officially gave its ‘stamp of approval’ July 13 to naming the new elementary school on Rt. 29 Evans Falls.

A Wyoming County man, posing as a self employed contractor allegedly defrauded more than $700 for job material costs from two area residents during June, before he fled the region.

Some parts of the county had hail Sunday while others had power blackouts.

Starlite Drive-In: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... ‘Star Wars.’

Mr. and Mrs. John Vieczorek, of RD6 Tunkhannock, have announced the birth of John Edward Jr. at Tyler Hospital on July 8.

Dr. Leon Ellman and Dr. Arnold Feder announce the opening of their new office in Tunkhannock for the practice of podiatry.

Concerned Citizens of Wyoming County are petition for Proposition 12, the state’s version ofCalifornia Proposition 12 to limit real estate taxes.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Wyoming County’s Albert G. Slocum was elected president of the Pennsylvania Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court Association last week.

Possibly the largest parade ever held in Tunkhannock moved through town Saturday night from the new elementary school through the business district to Pine Street and back on side streets in conjunction with the Triton Fire Carnival. It was the first such event here since 1940. Luzerne Fire Co. had the largest men’s marching unit. Winners of savings bonds given away free each night of the carnival were to Marie VerBryck, Elaine Shupp and Loretta Treat.

Beauty, personality and achievement will determine the winner of the Poultry Queen Contest at Tunkhannock.

Howard Culver, of Russell Hill, is new manager of Tracey’s Paint Center, at 18 East Tioga St.

Mr. And Mrs. William Baltrusaitis of RD4. Tunkhannock, will observe their 30th wedding anniversary July 18.

A flurry of mail is expected before the cost of a first class stamp moves to four cents per ounce on August 1.

Roger Coolbaugh has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB and will be headed to Sheppard AFB in Texas for an aircraft and engine maintenance course. He is a Tunkhannock High School graduate.

80 Years Ago (1938)

Albert B. Bush, of Nicholson, has asked the State Department of Public Assistance to discontinue his $30 a month pension. He explained that he now received an adequate railroad retirement pension, his wife is dead and he has no dependents. Mr. Bush’s request was the first of that kind ever received.

The federal government is photographing Wyoming and a dozen surrounding counties for use by the Department of Agriculture.

Lynn: There was not so large a crowd at the ice cream social..

Lovelton: Jesse Hulbirt had the misfortune to be bitten by a rattlesnake the Fourth of July, but is improving now.

The 42nd annual reunion of the Robinson family was entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Otten at Forkston. Ninety-two registered for dinner.

B.B. Crompton and R.C. Decker, who have been handling feed for the GLF for some time at Mehoopany and who have served the farmers well, have resigned due to Mr. Crompton’s health. The Kintner Milling Company has taken over.

Members of the Montrose Garden Club enjoyed a tour on Wedneday to Tunkhannock and visited the Metcalf Museum and Lewis flower garden.

Officers and directors of the Wyoming Producrtion Credit Association will attend a group directors conference at State College next week.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Huckleberrying parties are numerous.

The street commissioners has been trimming the trees around court house square and removing some that were becoming decayed or where they stand to closely together. These trees were planted more than half a century ago, many of them by the Late Sherman D. Phelps and Carl Henninger.

C. Elmer Dietrich, proprietor of the Savoy Theatre has taken the lease of the Pastime moving picture house, also, which recently was relinquished by Frank E. Crawley.

A heavy hailstorm bombarded this section on Sunday afternoon, shooting holes through tender vegetation, but doing little permanent damage. No wind accompanied it.

Measles and whooping cough are prevalent among the youngsters, and many homes are quarantined on account of one or the other.

Mrs. Sarah Smales, widow of William Smales, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Byron Aldrich, of Kirkwood, N.Y., on June 27.

Born July 11 to Dr. and Mrs. Walter Tewksbury, twin babies, a boy and girl.

Miss Whiting, of State College, will give a canning demonstration at the East Lemon Church on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Daniel Stonier and Foster Beebe have been inducted into government service. Elwood Morgan left Saturday for Fort Slocum, having enlisted in the cavalry.

120 Years Ago (1898)

Meshoppen’s military company has been mustered in.

Several cottages at Lake Carey, when they came to open their houses this season, found that they had been broken open during the winter and the contents carried off.

Spitting on the floor of the passenger coaches on the Montrose Branch is forbidden, notices being posted to that effect.

Some unknown, but ill natured individuals bombarded P. Marks’ clothing store with eggs Monday night. The motive probably can be ascribed to the fact that Mr. Marks refuses to join in a concerted effort for early closing of the stores. The perpetrators of the act apparently intended to bring him into line by intimidations.

A frost which injured buckwheat and other vegetation visited several parts of the county Sunday night.

The west-bound mile train struck the team of George Rogers, of Thurston Hollow, at the Bridge Street crossing Tuesday forenoon, killing one of the horses instantly but no injuring the other wagon.

The war revenue bill is expected to drive the Lehigh Valley back to paying its employees in cash. The employees, now being paid by check, should be satisfied soon as the bill provides that a duty be paid on every check.