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20 Years Ago (1999)

The first major winter storm of the season brought more than five inches of snow to the county.

Nicholson Borough Council expressed concern that the old elementary school, abandoned since 1991, poses a safety and fire hazard.

Charles and Terry (Shalata) Greenley of Tunkhannock will mark their 25th wedding anniversary Jan. 23.

Navy Seaman Erik Crisman, son of David and Patsy Crisman of Noxen, recently completed a 6-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS Supply.

Prisoner boarding, an item that brought in nearly a half million dollars to Wyoming County in 1998, is in danger of becoming an expense item.

The Wyoming County budget approved for 1999 is 5.6 percent higher than that for 1998, but includes no tax increase with mill levy remaining at 13.85.

A ‘Tyler Community Health Care Vision Task Force,’ chaired by Betty Lou Woods, immediate past president of Tyler Memorial Hospital’s board of directors, is exploring the future of health care across Wyoming County.

Lackawanna Trail’s school board is mulling whether to let home-schooled students to use district facilities or participate in extracurricular activities.

Wilbur Sordon, past president of the Lake Winola Fire Company, died Jan. 6.

40 Years Ago (1979)

We are proud to announce that today’s issue and all future issues of the New Age and Trail Examiner have been combined into the New Age-Examiner.

The rain, sleet and snow storm which hit the area over the week-end caught the PennDOT crews off guard.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Trauger of Lake Winola were married 60 years ago in1919.

Work has stopped for the winter on the new Susquehanna River Bridge in Tunkhannock, but construction goes on at Tyler Memorial Hospital where heavy plastic encases the wings and protects the workers from the wind.

Sunday’s mixture of rain, snow and sleet left the area lakes and ponds impossible to skate on, but icy roads were enough to give the students their first snow day of winter.

Jean B. Swartz submitted her resignation as Falls Township secretary on Monday night.

Navy Seaman Apprentice David R. Burr, of RD1 Tunkhannock, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Fla.

Petitions against the ban of studded snow tires with more than 17,000 signatures, were presented to Rep. Carmel Sirianni.

Tunkhannock students look forward each morning to preparing ‘Tiger Talk’ that has aired on Blue Ridge Cable for the past four years.

60 Years Ago (1959)

College students who received only first semester grants from the Tunkhannock Scholarship Loan Fund for the current school year can now breathe easier. The fund has nearly $2,500 in the bank, enough, it is believed, to meet second semester needs.

The curved bar in homemaking was recently awarded to Girl Scout Nancy Benninger of Meshoppen.

Timed perfectly to coincide with the most dangerous fire season of the year, some 300 students in the Tunkhannock Elementary School became Junior Fire Wardens shortly before the Christmas recess.

On Monday of last week, Donald and Russell Davis entertained a few friends at a Christmas party at their Maple Lane home.

The FWM fire truck was called to the home of Harold Fassett around 7:30 a.m. Monday when they became alarmed over a bad chimney fire and such terrific wind.

Residents of the Meshoppen Area are asked to discontinue calling Tyler Memorial Hospital to learn the location of fires. Although the hospitalis adjacent to the firehouse, such calls are a nuisance to the busy nurses.

Janice Bartron, of West Tioga St., Tunkhannock, was crowned ‘Snow Queen’ at the recent Christmas dance sponsored by the senior class of Tunkhannock High School.

80 Years Ago (1939)

The Wyoming County Republican Committee has completed arrangements with the Greyhound Bus Company for chartered buses to Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when Arthur H. James will be inaugurated Governor of Pennsylvania.

Mill City: Scarlet fever has broken out in the school. Hope it has receded over the Christmas vacation.

Invitations to a dinner to be held in honor of Dr. O.W. Warmingham of the National Youth Foundation to be held in the Mill City United Methodist Church Tuesday evening.

John G. Hahn, 73, cashier of the First National Bank in Meshoppen, was instantly killed Monday evening when struck by a motor truck as he was walking on the highway.He had been with the bank for more than 40 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Dana Swetland and daughter Mary, of Noxen, are making theoir home at the Dana residence in Eatonville for the present.

Work on the new Methodist Church has been progressing rapidly. The brick work is practically completed, except in the tower. The western end of the building is very beautiful and dignified with the framework set in for the chancel window.

Mrs.Lewis Chambers is ill at her home on Susquehanna Avenue and she has dismissed her kindergarten for the remainder of the week.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Winter made a sortie on Sunday morning and drove the mercury several points below zero.

Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt passed away at his home at Oyster Bay, N.Y., Jan. 6.

A tractor school to be offered by the International Harvester Company will be at the Grange Hall, Tunkhannock, Jan. 17-18.

The Dairymen’s League has eight local branches in Wyoming County with 799 members and controlling 5,435 cows.

Thomas Robinson, a Civil War veteran, died at his home on McCord Street Jan. 2, at age 74.

Last Monday all tannery employees here were put on an 8-hour schedule; with the same pay as when they worked nine. The new arrangement is in accord with the company.

Edward Barrett, who has been in service “over there” for some time, has returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Barrett. He has not been mustered out yet.

The class play at Noxen entitled ‘Mrs. Tubbs Does Her Bit,’ which was given a short time ago, netted the senior class $50.

Forkston: A new baby made its advent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams recently.

Noxen: Work on the tannery is progressing rapidly. In order that more mechanics and carpenters might be procured, a special train is run up from Wilkes-Barre every morning and back every evening.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The failure of the electric lights to shine on the streets Sunday night for Jan. 1 was the result of the failure of the council and company to amicably settle upon a contract for 1899.

Thermometers which do not register 20 below zero were not in it Sunday night. Thermometers about town on Monday ranged from 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Beaumont: Since the first day of January 1899, our post office is a money order office. It will be greatly appreciated by a good many.

Harrison Green, of Bunnell Hill, was passing through Doolittle this place dehorning cattle a few days since. If you want a good job done on short notice, call on Harrison.

Dr. Clifford, the Tunkhannock dentist, makes the best set of teeth for $5. All dental operations performed, including gold crown and bridge work.

Burgess W. Dean Sampson has been confined to the house with the grippe during the past week.

The stone mill of Adolph Semon at Meshoppen has been sold to an English syndicate. It will be operated in full force and Mr. Semon will have supervision.

The old song,’There were Ninety and Nine, will be appropriate to remember when dating youngsters pick out ‘their’ song.

Ground is being broken for the handsome residence Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Sittser are about to build at the corner of Putnam and Clay streets.