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20 Years Ago (1999)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III Director Thomas Majusiak was on hand with Congressman Don Sherwood as ground was broken Saturday for a new Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock Township.

Raises in a new administration salary package approved by the Tunkhannock Area School Board mean that seven school officials now make more than $70,000 a year.

The shutdown of Procter & Gamble’s pulp mill, started in March 1998 should be wrapped up by May 3.

Both sides of a dispute about whether to construct a pedestrian tunnel that would go under the bypass leading to Riverside Park were aired Tuesday during a Public Utility Commission hearing Tuesday in Scranton.

Air Force Airman Jason A. Stroede has graduated from the munitions system materials apprentice course at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He is a 1998 TAHS grad.

Sarah Billings Titman will celebrate her 105th birthday on May 21.

The Elk Lake High School drama department is putting on ‘The Mousetrap’ with cast that includes Vicki Gundling, Jon Allen, Ben Hardic, Nicole Bishop, Alan Bisner, Kurt Liebegott, and Jillian Seavey.

John Grigas, a pharmacy student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, was named to the fall dean’s list.

40 Years Ago (1979)

A week-old truckers’ strike is beginning to be felt by area businesses which are finding it increasingly difficult to get the goods they need.

Miss Virginia LaFrance who taught for 40 years in Meshoppen and Elk Lake died April 3 at Tyler. She was 79.

Financially crippled GSF Inc. moved this week toward coming up with a proposed plan for paying off its creditors.

During the first term of former Gov. Milton Shapp, the Tunkhannock bypass was one of the state’s top construction projects. Then slowly, support and interest in the bypass eroded and the dream – so near to becoming a reality – vanished from the top.

A new ordinance was adopted by Tunkhannock Township supervisors Friday requiring anyone who builds a home or makes extensive repairs to a present one to buy a permit to do so.

Tunkhannock High School guidance counselor Ernest Holdredge has announced that Sam Kelly, a member of the junior class, has been selected to attend the Penn State Scholars Program on June 21 and 22 at University Park.

THS senior William Kupchunas has been selected as a member of the PMEA Eastern State Orchestra.

Rebecca E. Stark of Tunkhannock has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and will report to Lackland Air Base in Texas.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Miss Joan Vogrin was coronated as Queen of the annual Tri-County FFA dance last Friday.

At 134.87 bushels per acre, Walter Robinson was named county corn growing champion at a banquet held recently in Harrisburg.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanley Reinheimer of Dallas marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Mrs. Charles Goodwin of Beaumont has received word that her son M.Sgt. Robert Goodwin arrived safely in Iceland where he expects to finish out a 20-year hitch with Uncle Sam.

April 9, was Spring Arbor Day in Pennsylvania. Each year it is celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, who is known as the ‘Father of Pennsylvania Forestry.’ This year marks the 120th anniversary of his birth.

Mehoopany students will be presenting an operetta, ‘A Little Bit of Holland’ on Friday. The school extends a hearty thanks to everyone who helped.

Jack Hegedty, future farmer at the Falls-Overfield schools, won the area public speaking contest for Susquehanna and Wyoming counties with a talk, ‘This is for the birds.’

Plans are underway to honor Rev. William Burchill’s 25th anniversary of his ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood. A mass will be said May 31 at St. Bonaventure’s Church.

80 Years Ago (1939)

A very few farmers have started plowing. Unless we get better weather soon, we will have a very late spring.

THS senior class will present its annual play, ‘Nothing but the Truth,’on Friday, Apr. 21.

Mrs. Pauline Crapser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Titus, is on a trip through the Orient and attended Easter services at Christ’s tomb in Palestine.

The date for the dedication of the new Methodist Episcopal Church has been set for June 18.

The Methodist ministers left for Conference which is held at Endicott, N.Y., this year.

“Stagecoach”, one of the year’s big important pictures, aflame with lusty adventure comes to the new Dietrich Theatre Monday and Tuesday. It stars Clair Trevor and John Wayne.

Miss Louise Barber, of Tunkhannock, has been appointed official stenographer for the Court of Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court, Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail Delivery, and Court of Sessions of the Peace of the state’s 44th Judicial District of Pennsylvania which includes Wyoming and Sullivan counties.

Laceyville: There are many changes in residences and a number of families are looking for suitable locations in town. The housing problem is becoming serious.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Winter lingers in the lap of spring. On April 1, the thermometer was down nearly to 20, the ground was frozen and snowflakes were flying in the air.

The Atlantic Refining Company which has had distributing headquarters here for a long time will spend $20,000 in building a new station and yard this summer.

An alarm of fire was sounded at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the blaze being located in the ice house on the lot near the depot where the Packer House recently burned.

Two troop trains, one of eight cars, one of 12, filled with soldiers from overseas bound for Camp Grant in Illinois, passed over the Lehigh Valley Railroad Thursday at 4 p.m.

W.H. Keller, passenger conductor on the Montrose branch, carries a United States Lafayette dollar, put in circulation at the time of the Paris exposition of 1900. Probably there are others in the country.

Stork’s Visit: Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Wynd, a daughter.

Frank Gay was appointed a supervisor in Nicholson Township to fill a vacancy.

Floyd Brown has opened the hotel at Factoryville formerly conducted by Andrew Kehrli, but which has been closed since losing its license.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Capwell are rejoicing over the return of their son, Corp. Dana E. Capwell from overseas.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The Republican put itself firmly in the corner of county superintendent of schools Frank H. Jarvis in his bid for re-election. It said: “Prof. Jarvis is pre-eminently an honest man, clean in his social life and one in whose hand the educational interests of the county are safe.”

It was announced there would be 10 graduates from Beaumont High School

The new Susquehanna River bridge at Mehoopany was to be officially opened over the weekend. Arrangements had been completed for good speeches and a general celebration.

It was reported two morning trains would be added to the Lehigh Valley in May. The trains are much needed for local accommodation and we hope they may be put on.

The Meshoppen Fire Company is defunct as an organization, and the old men of the town drag the cart to the fires. The only fire alarm is a steam whistle, which is only available in the day time when the steam is up.

The Denison telephone exchange has been transferred to the confectionery store of F.B. Jennings. A sign above the Jennings’ Store states that “phone service will be sweeter” in that establishment, supposedly the work of area pranksters.

George Bannatyne of Mehoopany has purchased the furniture of George Decker and will combine it with his barbershop.