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20 Years Ago (1998)

A former Lackawanna Trail student, Ryan David Matushin, 18, who threatened to blow up the school and shoot students earlier this year will be spending 2-3 months in prison for terroristic threats.

Plans for turning the former Lazybrook development into a recreational complex are on their way to get state and federal approval, according to Glenn Shupp.

Congressman-elect Don Sherwood was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Veterans Day observance at Lackawanna Trail.

Tunkhannock Borough Council Thursday night approved construction of a pedestrian tunnel at the end of West Street under the bypass.

Army Reserve Pvt. James T. Philmeck has graduated from the light-wheeled vehicle mechanic course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Tunkhannock Community Ambulance will soon be using its new garage on Bridge Street. Its former building was destroyed by fire in September of 1996,

Elk Lake performed ‘Grease’ with Will Zukowski as Danny and Jennifer Higgins as Cha-Cha.

J.R’s Hallmark in Towne Plaza - started by Janet Shoemaker and Rachael Raker- marked its tenth anniversary with an open house.

Harold and Marian Page Manning of are marking their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10

40 Years Ago (1978)

Tunkhannock Area School District officials are predicting needed repairs to bring school buildings into compliance with state and Labor and Industry standards will cause “a big increase” in taxes in the district next year.

Stan Seitzinger has been chosen as planner for Wyoming County at the Northern Tier Regional Planning Commission.

P&G employees have donated $63,948 to the Wyoming County Fund.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in the area earlier to conduct tests to determine the strength of the Lake Carey Dam.

By a 5-3 vote last week, the Tunkhannock Borough Council approved a zoning change to allow construction of a shopping center on 4.673 acre site within the borough.

Pennsylvania Electric Company will begin monthly billing next week for its residential customers who have been receiving their bills once every two months.

The land known as the Montrose Railroad is being sold.

Marjorie Frantz and Thomas Christian Walters, both Elk Lake grads from Meshoppen, announced their engagement.

Rev. Hugh and Alice (Vinton) Klinetob of Noxen observed their 40th wedding anniversary Oct. 31.

Band seniors honored on parents night at Lackawanna Trail were Craig Stout, Greg Ellsworth, and Dan Bryer.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Possible sewage disposal improvement in the Tunkhannock Borough which would cost in excess of a half-million dollars will be discussed at a public meeting called for Sunday afternoon.

Borough’s population has increased over 66 percent in the past 40 years, according to information contained in the sewage system survey recently completed by Albright & Frie Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walton Jr. of Factoryville, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kathryn Ann Walton to Leon Stencel, of Norwich, Conn.

Robert Dempsey, owner of Dempsey’s Jewelry, Theatre building, Tunkhannock, was elected president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis for 1959.

Firestine Brothers advertised pork butts at 45 cents a pound, boiled ham at 89 cents a pound, and ground beef at 55 cents a pound.

The average coffeemaker in 1958 got 63.9 cups per pound, compared with 49 cups in 1949.

The Falls-Mill City Unions of the WCTU met at the Mill City parsonage Thursday. The hostess, Mrs. Brown, served dessert consisting of ice cream, cake, and tea and coffee.

Mrs. Bertha Robinson and Mrs. Louis Martin accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seltser to Scranton.

80 Years Ago (1938)

October was a month of lovely autumn weather, with lots of sunshine and warm weather.

Friday Nov. 11, being Armistice Day, the local stores will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed for the remainder of the day.

Friday, Nov. 11, is the normal dedication of Tunkhannock’s new armory, the home of Battery B 109th Field Artillery.

John Woolsey, tenor, Laceyville High School senior, has been chosen to represent Laceyville in the Northeastern Chorus.

Among those who entertained their card clubs this past week was Mrs. William Johnson, Mrs. Henry M. Lewis, Mrs. John Genter, Mrs. James Wynd Jr., Mrs. Robert Steele, Mrs. Clarence Boston, Mrs. Herbert McKown, Alice Ruth Fowles, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeWitt, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Chambers, and Mr. and Mrs. Ned DeLong entertained at Halloween Parties, while Eleanor Sturman and Lorraine Steele were guests of honor at birthday parties.

Rev. John Robinson officiated at funeral services for Mrs. J.M. Champion, at Forkston, Thursday.

Judge and Mrs. Edward B. Farr spent the past week on a motor trip through Virginia. They were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Athur Dana, in Swarthmore.

The Holly Ten Quilters arrived with well-filled baskets, at the home of A. Ray Brooks Thursday.

100 Years Ago (1918)

It was reported late last week that the Ottens’ eldest boy Raymond was killed in France during a brutal attack by Germans.

Another contingent of 21 boys is ordered to go to camp next Tuesday, with five going to Camp Meade and the rest to Camp Crane, Allentown.

The local barbers have raised the price of Saturday haircuts to 50 cents.

Cider making seems to be the order of the day.

The Health Board met Saturday and decided to allow the schools to open Wednesday, which was done, but the situation still being bad, they met again yesterday afternoon.

Notwithstanding the order of the State Health Commission closing all public drinking places the past two weeks, there has been more drunkenness in Tunkhannock during that time than usual. Of course, all bars in Wyoming county were closed by judicial decree long ago, but topers who wish to indulge could run down to Pittston easily and bring home a supply for themselves and their friends.

Judson Cleveland, son of Parcy Cleveland, died of pneumonia yesterday. He was a brother of John Cleveland, who died at Camp Lee recently.

Mrs. Howard Wiggins of Dixon is very ill with influenza. Dr. I.D. Havery is attending her case.

Rev. M.V. Williams preached to a large congregation at Vose last Sunday.

120 Years Ago (1898)

Laceyville claims to have the first frame building erected between Tunkhannock and Towanda. It is probably the oldest frame building now standing in this or any adjoining county.

The youngsters enjoyed Halloween night to the fullest extent that their inventive wits and the vigilance of the special officers would allow.

There was considerable romping and bean throwing but the morning’s light showed but few signs of disorder of a malicious sort.

While returning from the football game at the fair grounds Saturday, some boys carelessly throwing stones accidentally brought down one of the Wilkes-Barre players named Walker. The stone hit him on the head, producing unconsciousness, and narrowly escaped a fatality.

Hunters are scouring the hills in all directions, but the price of beef remains firm.

Dr. Clifford, the Tunkhannock dentist, makes the best set of teeth for $5.

Nearly all the children in the Thurston Hollow are afflicted with whooping cough.

Extensive preparations are being made by manager DeWitt for the band Fair to be held at Forkston next week. Nine visiting bands are expected to be present.

Guy Pressman returned to his home in Meshoppen from Brooklyn Sunday morning and will move his family to that place.