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20 Years Ago (1998)

Republican Don Sherwood and Democrat Pat Casey wasted little time mixing it up in the first full scale debate during this year’s campaign in the 10th congressional district.

Charlotte Lillian Freeman Corby of Factoryville is to be honored on her 100th birthday this Saturday.

Paul and Flora (Gardner) Spangenberg marked their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 11.

Deborah Albert-Heise was installed as president of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women recently.

Pastor Brian Hill said he and the congregation of the Eaton Baptist Church were happy to be welcoming the community Sept. 20 to share in the church’s 175th anniversary.

Col. Bill Johnson, 2nd Lt. Joe Rossi and Col. Joe Ferko Jr. who served on Heartbreak Ridge Hill, Korea in 1951, attended a reunion in Iowa recently.

Six persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in a brawl in Noxen last December.

A 30-year investment in Girl Scouting, including the last six as executive director of the Scranton Pocono Girl Scout Council will come to an end soon as Virginia Brauer of Mehoopany has announced her interest in stepping down.

The Back Mountain Regional Land Trust has preserved a 37-acre parcel of Betty Davies along the Mehoopany Creek.

40 Years Ago (1978)

Two 50-year members of the Wyoming County Medical Society - Dr. P.J. Morgan and Dr. William Llewellyn - were honored for their service recently.

Anyone who drives into downtown Tunkhannock on a regular basis realizes that the borough has a traffic problem. During peak commuter hours, vehicles can be backed up almost a mile.

Wyoming County Planner David Guinnup was dismissed from his job on Tuesday.

Meshoppen Borough Council voted to establish a 10 p.m. curfew for persons under 18.

Martin and Lois (Thomas) Weisgold are proud to announce the birth of a son, Marc Thomas, on Sept. 4 at Tyler Memorial Hospital.

The Lake-Lehman School Board has decided to close the Noxen Elementary School and file for an extension on variance to close Lake Elementary School.

Unless Tunkhannock Borough Council makes a decision before the end of the month to approve a change from residential to commercial zoning, a proposed shopping center will be constructed entirely on adjacent land in Tunkhannock Township.

A ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Municipal Building at Falls took place on Saturday.

Rev. and Mrs. Paul Jones marked their 50th wedding anniversary in Lakeland Fla. He formerly served Presbyterian churches at Tunkannock and Nicholson.

60 Years Ago (1958)

One of the real landmarks of Lake Carey, most lately known as Towner’s Lake View Lodge, was destroyed by fire which was discovered Sunday at 6 a.m.

Special services commemorating the founding 135 years ago of the Eaton Baptist Church will be held Saturday and Sunday.

The class of 1953 of Tunkhannock High School recently held a reunion at Windy Valley Inn, Forkston. Thomas L. Atherholt Jr., was master of ceremonies. Mrs. Barbara Hudock read the class prophecy.

Ralph Sheldon Jr. has completed a U.S. Army tour of duty in Germany. ‘Brownie’received his honorable discharge. He returned home Wednesday and is associated with his father’s Bridge Street garage.

Sgt. John W. Boyes, 23, of Center Moreland, recently participated with the Third Infantry Division in combat efficiency training tests in Germany.

The mraching band at Tunkhannock will be performing during Wilkes College’s Homecoming Oct. 18.

The marching band of Falls-Overfield High School has accepted an invitation to parade at the Bloomsburg Fair Sept. 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Van Dyke will travel to New England where he will attend the National Association of Photo Lithographers.

80 Years Ago (1938)

Dr. Charles J.H. Kraft of Archbald has taken over the medical practice of Dr. K.M. Taylor of Meshoppen.

Mr. and Mrs. William Daniels announce the birth of a son, Robert Frank, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Aug. 31,

Misses Helen Tewksbury, Jean Horlacher and Kathryn Connell and Robert Lathrop and Alvin Tilley on Tuesday enrolled in the Scranton Lackawanna Business College in Scranton.

Mildred Titus, county homemaking educational adviser, states that all county high schools now offer a course in vocational home economics. Miss Titus teaches in Noxen, Beaumont, Factoryville and Mehoopany. Virginia Street is at Meshoppen; Clio Sharpe at Laceyville; Charlotte Hildebrant at Tunkhannock; Ruth Chamberlin at Mill City; and Catherine Wheelock at Nicholson.

Every woman, when she visits a filling station and watches the alert attendant polish her windshield crystal clear and leave it without a streak, secretly wishes she had a husband who could do that at home.

Thomas Jenkins is managing the Fassett 5 and 10 Cent Store in Laceyville. He is commuting from Montrose daily.

Miss Edna K. Dana of Eaton Township left Sunday for Odessa, N.Y., to be vice principal there. Her vacation was spent at Syracuse University.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Nicholson people will erect a flag pole 65 feet high and hang a large flag to the breeze on Sept. 28, the day the next liberty loan drive is to start.

Bryan Lee of the U.S. Navy visited his parents at Whites Ferry last week.

Howard Baker, of Dixon, who was sent to France recently, is reported as among the wounded.

Hon. J.F. Ogden has been appointed superintendent of volunteer police in Wyoming County. It is their duty to round up slackers and arrest deserters.

Percy E. Newell of this place is one of seven brothers who registered for duty with Uncle Sam last Thursday, while two others were registered before, making nine in all.

Preparations for making the registry of those who come under the new draft law are being made throughout the county. The net catches a large number of businessmen, clerks, mechanics and labor men here in town, and a lot of them are wondering what will become of business if they should be called.

Hon. William Hill, of Binghamton, N.Y., former resident of Tunkhannock, has been serving as a state senator and has just been nominated for Congress in the 34th District of N.Y.

School is underway at Lynn, with Robert Smales as teacher.

The old Riverside Hotel at Meshoppen has been remodeled into a double dwelling house.

120 Years Ago (1898)

The pocketbook, minus the $129 and mileage book, which was lost by ex-sheriff Charles S. Knapp on the day of the Grange picnic found on a Lehigh Valley train and returned to the owner.

The fog factory is still running nightly.

Farmers are delivering pressed hay at the railroad for $6 per ton, the lowest it has been for several years.

While Charles Dietrich was driving down the river road with his spirited horse Friday morning, the animal became frightened at the cars, turned about in the road and started up town, post haste.

Peter A. Overfield, of football notoriety, who has been doing duty with Battery A, of Philadelphia at Puerto Rico, is visiting his mother at Meshoppen.

The second fatal accident in the history of the Montrose Railroad occurred Monday evening when Paul McCracken, 22, fell under the cars and his life was crushed out.

When the Lehigh Valley express train No. 2 arrived at Coxton at 1:20 this morning, the train hands informed the night yardmen that near Tunkhannock a gang of tramps had ‘held up’ the train, but the train hands had drawn their revolvers and compelled the intruders to run.

Mrs. Rose Carey of Forkston had a rag-bee Saturday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Alpheus Adams, in Bowman Hollow.