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20 Years Ago (1999)

Congressman Don Sherwood has unveiled a new Internet worldwide web home page to give citizens access to info on governmental agencies.

Elk Lake Educational Support Personnel Association has filed an unfair labor practice against the district for withholding pay raises for more than two years.

The entire Tunkhannock Planning Commission registered its intent to resign, citing lack of support from the supervisors.

The Tunkhannock Library has closed on a 2.467-acre parcel on which will be built a new library just outside the borough line.

Those retiring in 1998 from Tyler Hospital who were recognized recently included Irene Shemanski, Judy Lencoski, Mary Stone, Dot Watkins and Helen Learn.

Nellie Baker Luce, who taught in area schools, including Elk Lake, died Tuesday. She was 91.

Lyle and Grace Sturdevant of Mehoopany will mark their 25th wedding anniversary on April 20.

Officials plan to recognize ‘Spankout’ Day April 30 noting a kiss is the only smack your child needs.

Navy Fireman Sean P. Bunney recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 1998 TAHS grad.

Pete Bovine resigned from Tunkhannock Area School Board Thursday.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Wyoming County Planning Commission gave its final okay Wednesday for a $4.8 million shopping center along Rt. 6 in Tunkhannock Borough and Township.

A petition to have all properties on Route 6 between Maple and Philadelphia avenues in Tunkhannock zoned for business was given to the Tunkhannock Borough Council Thursday night.

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

Henry and Ruth (Miller) Obert of RD2, Tunkhannock, will mark their 58th wedding anniversary April 21.

Eugene Trowbridge II of Elk Lake has been accepted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Meshoppen potter and ceramist Virginia Sheret is currently displaying her craft abilities at the Penn State Library in Dunmore

Among Tunkhannock Area Middle School top spellers were students who received ribbons for the third consecutive year, including Patti Holden, Sue Price, Andrea Kelly, Renee Ransom, Joanne Marabell, Rosella Kupchunas, Sandy Titus, Terry Puterbaugh, Vicki Inglis and Mary Bercham.

U.S. Air Force Sgt. James LaMorte Jr., a 1974 Trail grad has been transferred from Alaska to Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

60 Years Ago (1959)

A caravan of Dodge power giants will be on display at the garage of Ralph B. Sheldon and Son, Bridge and Harding streets, tomorrow. The showing should be of general interest, and will include tractors, trailers, tandems, 4-wheel drive trucks, and a 66-passenger school bus.

Stricter but more humane enforcement of the dog laws in Tunkhannock Borough can be expected as a result of the creation of a dog pound for the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Wilson of Lymanville observed their 45th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 8, at their home.

Lake Winola: Mrs. Ella Jacques, who will be 91 on Tuesday, was given a surprise birthday party at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William Carpenter, with whom she resides at Lithia Valley.

Winner of the Tunkhannock Junior High spelling contest was Donna Hains with Ruth Smith runner up.

The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club changed leadership recently with Ernestine Passmore taking over as president.

Miss Carol Story, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Story of Center Moreland, has been chosen as ‘Girl of the Month’ for April.

Boy Scouts of Tunkhannock Troop 681 began a sale of young trees last week.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Friends of Rev. Fred B. Newman learned with regret Thursday that he had tendered his resignation at the Presbyterian Church where he had served since 1911.

Carpenters started work yesterday remodeling the American Store, which will be transformed to an Acme Super Market of the self-servicing type. The new store will include the room occupied for many years by Paul Billings & Company, whose office has been moved to the second floor of the building.

Lymanville: Ralph Loomis is having a new chicken coop built, and also some repair work done on his house.

William H. Mosier died at his home Wednesday. Coming to Wyoming County in 1885, he started work as a clerk in area general stores. In 1914, he sold his business to Bonham & Fitze and retired.

Center Moreland: Clayton Rasmussen, who has been suffering for the past two weeks, had a relapse and was taken to the hospital last Monday night.

Donald Stonier of New York City has bought the Jay Lane farm, north of the borough. Extensive work of remodeling the house has already begun.

W.G. Wheelock has opened his new filling station on North Bridge Street, opposite the graded school building. The Sinclair station solicits the patronage of the public.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The trucks under the tender of the Montrose passenger engine broke loose as the train neared the crossing at the Hitchcock farm on Sunday morning, delaying the train practically all day and necessitating the bringing out of the wrecking crew with the big crane.

A service car used by the workmen at the Vosburg tunnel took fire late Saturday afternoon, probably by coals dropping out of the stove.

The defunct plant of the Belmont Hardware Company, which stands at the west end of River Street, offers a good situation for manufacturing of some sort.

The Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Store, which was located in the Gray Block, closed up business Saturday night and moved to Dunmore.

C.P. McKown received a carload of Fordson Tractors this week and D.L. Ross a carload of Chevrolets.

Dr. Van C. Decker, who has been in hospital service in the Panama Canal Zone for some time and now carries the title of Major, has been honorably discharged and expects to return to his medical practice at Nicholson.

Seven Methodist churches in Wyoming County have voted an increase in pastors’ salaries for this year: Falls, Tunkhannock, Noxen and Meshoppen, $200 each; Center Moreland $100; Mehoopany $75; and Skinners Eddy, $50.

120 Years Ago (1899)

A new steamer has been placed on Lake Winola in anticipation of summer visitors.

On Monday evening the store of F.I. Wheelock and a barn of W.A. Dana were afire. A number of Tunkhannock men went to the scene and joined a bucket brigade in superhuman efforts that saved other homes and the Methodist Church. A horse was rescued from the Dana barn, but a hog was burned.

Another rash of fires hit the area, the first occurring on Thursday night when a store and dwelling in Noxen owned by W.F. Brown was destroyed, along with goods owned by C.D. Bishop.

The Kasson Brook correspondent reported: “Anyone who goes fishing here has to carry an ax to cut ice so as to get a hook in the water.”

People along the Bowmans Creek Branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad are petitioning for better train service.

Sgt. Walter Colvin, an artilleryman in Battery C, has returned to his home at Factoryville. He was present at the bombardment of Morro Castle by Admiral Simpson.

Judges Dunham, Eastman and Vaughn held license court on Monday, when 32 applications for liquor selling permits were granted.

Meshoppen schools will close May 11. Quite an elaborate affair is being arranged for commencement night. There are four graduates.