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20 Years Ago (1999)

Three Tunkhannock Area High School students, all juveniles, were arrested for threats of violence against the school over the past two weeks.

Unionized teachers at St. Michael’s School in Falls Township walked of the job last Thursday rejecting what they consider an unreasonable counteroffer from the Diocese of Scranton.

Dorothy Colbenson has been named the 1999 BPW ‘Woman of the Year’ for her contributions to the Wyoming County Historical Society.

The Lackawanna Trail School District SADD Club in partnership with the Dalton Police Department and Wyoming County Coroner staged a mock car crash last week to remember the victims of drunk driving.

Carl and Sydney (Adams) Carey of West Nicholson will mark their 40th wedding anniversary May 8.

The Area P Special Olympics were held at Tunkhannock Area High School last week.

For the second year, TAHS will host a US FIRST robotics competition with schools from all over the northeastern United States.

The Lackawanna Trail High School drama department will be performing ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ May 6-7.

Marine PFC Robert Gohsler, son of David Gohsler of Factoryville, has reported for duty at the Naval Aviation Training Center in Pensacola, Fla.

40 Years Ago (1979)

County Commissioners are considering abolishing the personal property tax which has been levied since 1913 and provides approximately $19,000 each year.

Tunkhannock Area School Superintendent Roger Place will be looking for a consultant to study the potentially severe overcrowded situation at Tunkhannock High School.

Three students from Lackawanna Trail were selected to attend Regions 4 Chorus at Cowanesque High School in Westfield. They are Craig Stout, Sal LaRusso, Nancy Houck and alternate Mary Stark.

TAHS senior Mark Ignatovich of Falls will attend Marywood College where he expects to major in music education.

Linda Rice, who was seriously injured in an accident Feb. 5 at the intersection of Bridge and Tioga streets, walked for the first time in 13 weeks with the aid of a walker.

Candidates in Wyoming County and across the state must file their first detailed campaign expense report by May 7 thanks to a new state law which was enacted late last year.

Overfield Township residents are concerned about inaction from PennDOT over a stretch of Lake Road called ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ because four people have died on it over the past five years.

Announcement is made of the engagement and approaching marriage of Gail Noreika of Lake Winola to Willard Sickles II of RD2 Dalton.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Mrs. William Eggleston, of East Harrison Street, miraculously escaped death on Saturday as the family automobile passed over her body from head to foot in a freak accident.

The first-of-the-week rain, which was greeted distastefully by most area residents, proved to be a blessing to harried volunteers of Triton Hose Company, who up until Sunday, had answered 14 alarms during April.

All Eaton Township children of kindergarten age may attend the borough kindergarten provided that parents furnish their own transportation.

‘Gigi,’ that new Hollywood musical in color, which was the recent winner of nine Academy Awards and judged best picture of the year, will be at the Dietrich Theater tomorrow and Saturday.

J. Wesley Heller, 89, of Laceyville died Tuesday after a long illness.

David Sechrist accompanied 9th grader Peter Cashin, 10th grader Ruth Barziloski, and 11th grader Robert Daniels to the 6th Annual Penn State University Science Fair.

Judy Heitsman won first place and Delores Stelma second in the senior high school spelling contest. The word which enabled Miss Heitsman to emerge as the winner was “infallible.”

Marine PFC Robert R. Lott, of Meshoppen, is serving with the Third Marine Division taking part in ‘Operation Sea Turtle’ in Pohang, Korea.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Alvah Reynolds, Orin Jaquish and ‘Buddy’ Kromelbein had a narrow escape from serious injury on Sunday when a Model T Ford touring car, owned by Reynolds and his brother, Harland, went down over the bank at the end of North Putnam Street.

The State Motor Police and Burgess Griffith Jenkins ask the cooperation of motorists for the next two months in keeping Bridge Street, between Tioga and Harrison streets, open to accommodate the heavy traffic diverted because of the detour.

The pupils of the eighth grade of Forkston School will receive their diplomas Tuesday. The eighth grade pupils who are leaving this year are: Roger Otten, Mildred Fassett, Alice Lewis, and Emma Miller.

‘Aromatic Alley,’ which connects Bridge and Warren street, had been cleaned up so that it no longer deserves the name it has carried so many years.

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Miss Natalie Hallock will entertain members of the Book Club on Thursday afternoon at her home.

At Friday’s meeting of the Tunkhannock Rotary, Edwin H. Kehrli was elected president.

Rev. Morrison Rider of Syracuse, N.Y., will occupy the pulpit of the local Presbyterian Church on May 7.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The Atlantic Refining Company has not yet decided upon a site for its proposed garage and oil station, as suitable places are scarce.

Sheep shearing demonstrations were held at the farm of M.C. Gay in Eaton Township Tuesday, and at Clarence Henning’s, Mehoopany, yesterday.

John P. Rice, grave digger at Sunnyside Cemetery, reports that he has found not to exceed three inches of frost in the ground this winter. This is in marked contrast to last year, when the ground froze to a depth of four and a half feet.

‘Stub’ Gregory is home from overseas. Fenton has been “over there” doing his bit and we all are glad to see him home again.

The bull in the china shop was not in it with the bull in the baggage car. It did not appreciate hen fruit any more than the proverbial bull did the chinaware.

To every dollar donated to the Laceyville Free Library, C.B. Whipple agrees to add 10 cents. This very worthy institution is in need of funds and our citizens should give as freely as possible when Clare is in the mood.

Edson A. Stark and Guy Titman have purchased the wholesale business of Jennings & Stark, confectioners, grocers, and tobacconists, and will assume charge of that branch of the business the first of May.

120 Years Ago (1899)

William Osterhout is now the owner of a Columbian bicycle, which he will use going to and from his farm in LaGrange.

Town council should look after the matter of riding bicycles on the sidewalks. If there is no ordinance forbidding this, one should be enacted at council’s next meeting.

It was reported that Day’s ice wagon had begun making trips around town and that a very successful Dewey social was held in the basement of the Tunkhannock Methodist Church, with ice cream and cake being served at the regular prices.

Former Tunkhannock resident Frank Hart from Weatherly was in town engaging men for the bobbin factory, of which he was foreman.

The telephone line from Meshoppen to the Gregory & Overfield quarry in Auburn Township is now in operation. Several subscribers along the line will be supplied with new phones during the next two weeks.

McKown Bros. Store, James Deubler’s residence, Hotel Graham and the Packer House are all being connected with the telephone exchange at Jennings’ Confectionery Store this week.

Charles Dietrich, the granite dealer, presented the marble cornerstone for the Evangelical Church at Ransom, which is being erected upon the site of the one that recently burned.