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20 Years Ago (1999)

Wyoming County Commissioner Bill Reid has announced he will not be a candidate for election to a third term; but Commissioner Ron Williams has announced he will seek a fourth term.

A fire destroyed the Lake Paper Products factory at Lake Winola on Tuesday.

Marine Sgt. Kimberly A. Foster, daughter of Tracy and Barbara Oakley of R.R. 3 Nicholson, was honored for her work in Marine Aviation Logistics at Camp Pendleton, Calif. She is a 1991 graduate of Lackawanna Trail.

A recent firing of part-time police officer George Andras at Wyalusing has people in Laceyville Borough concerned.

Mayor Norm Ball is concerned after PennDOT removed guard rails from a bend on West Tioga Street.

Fleetville Fire Company elected officers recently with Tony Saxton succeeding Ed Hendrycy as president.

Jeff Tylutki, Carlee Fitzsimmons, Keith Gajeski, and Carl Schmidt were selected to participate in the District 9 Band at Mountain View.

Catherine Warner of Tunkhannock has been named Employee of the Month at the Penn State Geisinger Health Group at Tunkhannock.

Country singer Randy Allen St. Clair, son of Eugene and Carol St. Clair of Nicholson, has just finished cutting his first CD. He performs with the group, Nashville Kats.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Nicholson Mayor Ernest King appointed acting police chief Leonard Schwartz as police commissioner with James Jumper, Judy June and John Nauroth serving as part-time policemen.

The Falls river bridge, built in 1919, has been placed on high priority on the critical bridge list put out by the federal government.

The Lake Winola Cottagers Association inaugurated its 68th year with an officer installation Jan. 18. William Johns is president. Charles Kenney is past president.

Feb. 11-17 has been declared ‘National Homemakers Week’ with Elk Lake and Tunkhannock FHA clubs joining with schools across the nation in celebration.

Five generations of the family were in attendance Sunday afternoon at the dinner held to mark the 67th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Miller of Falls.

Mrs. Fannie Mulnix of Bowmans Creek was honored at a 90th birthday party at her home on Saturday.

Charles E. (Jerry) Dietrich Jr. died Sunday after suffering an apparent heart attack while driving near Laceyville. His father was a U.S. Congressman.

Cub Scout Pack 681 met Saturday in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. The space derby races were run on the new launcher built by Joe Cresko. Jeffrey Pugh was the pack champion.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Tunkhannock Borough Council said Thursday night it expects to spend $20,000 on its streets this summer. Council is also looking at possibly hiring a ‘meter maid.’

Gretchen Shoemaker has been named Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Tunkhannock High School.

Three Tunkhannock High School students will participate in the Pennsylvania Northeastern District Orchestra: Carolyn Clark, bassoon; Nancy Wynd, trumpet; Robert Barziloski, oboe.

James Strunk, Plymouth and Chrysler dealer of Tunkhannock, announced that Joseph Labar has been named a Master Mechanic.

Girl Scout cookie sales will be used locally to pay off the loan on the swimming pool at Camp Onawandah.

Carl Carter, of Laceyville, a World War I veteran, died at Robert Packer Hospital on Feb. 5.

Jean Howe Laurie, of Dalton, a part-time English instructor at Keystone Junior College, is going full-time this semester.

Rev. Jason P. Hollopeter has been appointed pastor of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church.

Robert Noone of the Tunkhannock Business Association has called a meeting for Feb 12.

Classified ad: “For Sale – Roosters for meat. 75 cents each. Burr’s Poultry Farm.”

80 Years Ago (1939)

C. Norman Kester, of Eaton Twp., and LeRoy Baker, of Tunkhannock Twp., attended the state convention of road supervisors held in Allentown last week.

A team of Tunkhannock High School girls (Edith Rowe, Bertha Stroka, Vivian Wynd and Marjorie Skovronsky) took sixth place at the State Farm Show for a Home Economics skit while a boys’ team (Leonard Katkavich, Edward Layaou, Harold Henning and Joe Gaval) took second for a Vocational Agriculture skit about eggs.

Suspects in the Barham clothing store hold-up last Wednesday are being watched, but no arrest made as yet. The hold-up occurred when a young man entered the Warren Street store and hit Mr. Barham, 80, on the jaw with a gun, knocking him unconscious where he lay for four hours.

It has been announced that the Wyoming County Bar Association has passed a resolution endorsing Judge Albert A. Valentine to succeed Governor Arthur H. James as Superior Court Judge.

Only memory remains of the witch hazel plant which for many years stood at the corner of Franklin and Pennsylvania avenues. Its charred remains have been completely removed.

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Davenport announce the birth of a son in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Monday, Feb. 6. This is the Davenports’ second son.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Among the first contracts for state bridges to be let in more than a year because of the war was that for Laceyville.

Candlemas day dawned dull and cloudy, but the clouds broke and the sun came out about noon. You can make your own guess as to what the weather will be for the next six weeks.

The water company is preparing to place meters on the pipes at hotels, restaurants, printing offices and all places where water is used in unusual quantity.

While ice of eight or 10 inches in thickness is being gathered on the ponds back among the hills, little or no ice has been cut here. Tunkhannock has practically no still water, and ice forms upon streams only in rather severe weather.

The price of milk was dropped by local dealers back to 12 cents per quart, on Feb. 1. It had been at 14.

Laceyville: Influenza broke loose here again on Saturday. The young people attended a social at Indian Hill school house and came home with the ‘flu.’

The following DAR delegates will attend the Continental Congress in April in Washington, D.C.: Mrs. Sara Farr, Mrs. Lydia Russell, Miss Blanche Prevost, Mrs. Martha Cooke, Mrs. Ella Billings, Mrs. Ella Reynolds, Mrs. Clara Fields, Mrs. Harriet Bliss, Mrs. Bertha Brown, Mrs. Angelique Stark, Mrs. Lenora Clifford and Mrs. Lou DeLong.

120 Years Ago (1899)

Small pox exists in 11 towns of the state.

William M. Piatt of Lafayette College spent Sunday with his parents here.

Baseball enthusiasts will be interested in the news that a manufacturer is introducing an aluminum bat.

Miss Virginia Loomis has resigned as superintendent of the city hospital of Williamsport and will remain with her parents at Lemon for some time.

Meshoppen boasts one of the finest orchestras to be found anywhere. Prof. Mark C. James is the leader and has been untiring in his efforts to bring it up to a high standard.

Teams crossed the Mehoopany bridge yesterday for the first time, although people had been allowed to cross on foot for some days before.

“Wanted: a lady of intelligence and over 18 years of age, to undergo training as nurse in the Pittston Hospital. Apply by letter or in person to Dr. MacCreary, Superintendant.”

Another terrible sleet storm came on Friday, coating everything with a glaze of ice. There is an ancient belief that such storms are harbingers of a good fruit season.

Dimock: it is reported the creamery will open April 1.

Jonothon Farr of Black Walnut preached an excellent sermon at the Forkston Methodist Church Sunday night.