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20 Years Ago (1998)

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life wound up over the weekend at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Meshoppen.

The Department of Environmental Protection presented its Hammer Award to Shane Kleiner of the Wyoming County Conservation District; Ed Patchcoski and Kevin Rohe of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Mike Gravelle, erosion and sediment technician.

William Margarido, a 1998 TAHS grad, is headed to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for basic training.

Rev. Joe Ziobro took over the pastoral responsibility for Nativity BVM Church from Father Joe Sica.

Elected officials at Exeter, Falls and Overfield townships have given the green light for fire companies at Falls and Lake Winola to merge.

Endless Mountains Water Company said that drilling for a well to serve new restrooms at the Tunkhannock Area High School football field has not damaged the former’s water quality.

The Elk Lake Volunteer Fire Company will observe its 25th anniversary Aug. 8.

Alan and Julie Loch are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Inez, on June 8, at Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Albert and Alice (Root) Bitler are marking their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Mehoopany United Methodist Church.

40 Years Ago (1978)

Tunkhannock is not among the six communities in the 10th Congressional District to be approved for grants under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Cities Community Development Program.

The long-awaited bridge across the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock is becoming a reality as workmen begin framework for pier one.

Lake Winola: Angela Margaret, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gerstemeier, was baptized July 23 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church by Rev. John W. Casey.

Edward Pitcavage was called to the presidency of the Tunkhannock branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The Tunkhannock Assembly of God has voted to add a 2-story addition directly behind its present Sunday school area.

Six volunteer fire and ambulance companies in Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties received loans under Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Loan Assistance Program. These are 10-year loans with an annual interest rate of two percent.

Lloyd and Beverly (Jayne) Benscoter marked their 25th wedding anniversary recently with an open house.

George Urbanis is the new owner of Johnnie’s Bar on Warren Street, Tunkhannock, carrying on a nearly 30-year tradition from previous owner John Kukuchka.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Rev. Joseph J. Nallin, pastor of the Church of the Nativity, Tunkhannock, broke ground last Sunday for a $25,000 Catholic Chapel to be located in the Flow Pond section of Lake Carey.

James Wynd Jr., of Eaton Township, was re-elected secretary-treasurer of the Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Yurksza of Shupp Hill announce the birth of a daughter, Ann Marie, at Tyler Memorial Hospital on July 19.

Shadow Brook Dairy will be the site of a mammoth horse show on Aug. 3. It is sponsored by the Tunkhannock Kiwanis as a benefit for the underprivileged children’s fund.

Miss Mariel Lutes, of Tunkhannock, was among the many educators who attended the sixth annual 10-day Mathematics Institute held at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

A vote of thanks goes to the Naylor Brothers, who own one of the largest farms, yet still find time to help their neighbor, Murray McGavin, by bringing their hay crimper to use on his clover to hasten the drying.

The Dietrich Theater is featuring Nat King Cole in ‘St. Louis Blues’ and Fred MacMurray in ‘The Forest Rangers.’

Tunkhannock street commissioner Arch Miller suffered the loss of a portion of a finger on his right hand as the result of an accident Monday.

80 Years Ago (1938)

The first Future Farmers project tour and picnic for Wyoming County, sponsored by the vocational supervisors, will be Aug. 1, county vocational adviser S.C. Hulslander announced.

Aromatic Alley, connecting Bridge and Warren Streets south of the business places on Tioga Street, received its first treatment of stone chips and tarvia last week.

The Department of Health has opened a clinic for expectant mothers to be held monthly at the state clinic rooms.

Heavy rains Friday night and Sunday brought the streams up, the river rising about two feet and becoming very muddy.

Mehoopany: The Brent summer home, formerly owned and occupied by the late Mrs. Mary Brent, is for sale at a very low price.

Eight girlfriends of Barbara Coughlin were camping at the Oxbow Lake this past week.

We have on display a gorgeous basket of gladioli which were a gift from Mrs. G.E. Sterner. Mrs. Sterner is famous in this vicinity for the beautiful flowers she grows.

Miss Dorothy Evans was thrown from her horse Sunday morning while riding near her home in Factoryville.

State Highway Supt. Frank Strange announced that Alvin Day has been appointed asst. supt., succeeding R.B. Ganley. Elwood Morgan succeeds Day as foreman of WPA works.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Another contingent of boys leave for Camp Lee today.

Pvt. Arthur Simrell, 22, died of wounds received in action on the French battle front on June 7. He leaves a widow, the former Nellie Hodgson, of Bardwell.

Only three pounds of sugar amount per capita is allowed now, except for canning purposes. The merchants have less than a week’s supply on hand at any time.

A quiet wedding took place July 14 in Mansfield between Mabel Robbins and Wyoming County Farm Agent John Jaquish.

Shupp Hill: Dana Shupp, Peter Miller, Arline Shupp, and Mrs. James Ball were on a huckleberrying trip to the mountains Saturday, bringing home a nice lot of them.

More than 9,000 troops passed over the Lehigh Valley road in a single week recently.

Theodore Streeter is doing his bit in the way of food conservation by raising one of the finest gardens in the vicinity. He even sacrificed a part of his lawn for the raising of more vegetables.

The days have shortened 32 minutes already since the summer solstice.

The public spirited farmers and businessmen at Nicholson have raised about $1,000 to improve the road between that town and Glenwood.

Red Cross reports a fine donation of $12 from the Shupp Hill Sunday School.

120 Years Ago (1898)

A houseboat, occupied by a party from Elmira, N.Y., was moored on the west side of the river, just below the bridge, yesterday when the terrific thunder shower came up. The tempest hustled the canvas off the boat in short order and nearly capsized the outfit into the river.

The M.E. Church at Russell Hill was struck by lightning yesterday, doing considerable damage.

Elmer Hibbard, of Auburn Township, died Tuesday from injuries when a hay fork fell and struck him in the abdomen.

Will Sampson will enter the University of Pennsylvania this fall for a course in medicine. Walter Tewksbury will also return there to complete his course in dentistry. Samuel Stark goes to college at Columbus, Ohio.

For trotting his team on the river bridge, a township resident was summoned by the county commissioners on Tuesday to appear before Justice Kutz.

Three Wyoming County boys are at Chickamauga: Charles Lake and B.S. Winnie of Meshoppen; and John Jay Swetland of Mehoopany.

Z. Welles Reynolds, of this place, is getting some war experiences. He is paymaster on the monitor Miantonomah, which, with the Puritan and Amphitrite, have just been ordered to Cuban waters.

The woodcock season has opened and hunters are numerous along the flats and islands on the river and Bowman’s Creek.