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20 Years Ago (1999)

Future plans for the Tunkhannock Public Library were unveiled at the home of Dave Whipple on May 8 by architect Thomas Horlacher. Whipple serves as Phase One chair and is reaching out to present and former trustees before approaching the community.

A committee organized to evaluate the viability of Tyler Memorial Hospital has determined that the hospital needs community help to survive.

A surprise drug raid at Lackawanna Trail High School last Wednesday has resulted in no hard evidence found.

Threatened with the possibility of losing their jobs, 14 teachers at St. Michael’s School agreed last Wednesday to end a two-week-old strike for a new contract.

Harold and Christine May returned from Florida to find a large portion of the backyard at their 32 Putnam St. residence gone- apparently because of the work of excavators working on an expansion of the P&G Federal Credit Union facility on Warren Street.

Raymond Bedell, former president of the Falls-Overfield Fair Association, died Friday at Tyler Hospital. He was 89.

Steven Mock, son of Frederick and Elaine Mock, of Maple Lane, has signed up with the U.S. Air Force’s Delayed Enlistment Program.

Ravi Roth and Amanda Molnar were the leads in Lackawanna Trail’s staging of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’

40 Years Ago (1979)

Only 68 votes separated the winner and the loser in the race for the second GOP slot for Wyoming County commissioner with Willard Baker and Albert Slocum emerging as the winners, as Slocum nudged out Bob Barziloski. Democrats nominated Harold Grow and Robert Dempsey.

With gas prices up to 77.9 cents a gallon for regular fuel, Texaco station owner Dick Nichols said, “The situation is getting worse and there’s just not enough gas to go around.”

Tunkhannock Area School Board gave preliminary approval to an $8 million plus budget for 1979-80 and if adopted would mean a 4.6 mill increase in the tax rate.

Residents of Lake Winola and Overfield Townshop have been waiting since last year for PennDOT to take a survey of the roads around the lake.

Bears are being spotted all over Wyoming County. The most entertaining was hanging in a tree near the Pink Apple Restaurant last week. When he couldn’t reach the bird seed in a bird feeder hanging on a limb, he sent the feeder flying with a swing of his paw.

Clarence D. and Martha (Shotwell) Parks of Noxen will mark their 45th wedding anniversary March 18.

Col. John W. Keeler, USAF Ret., will make the Memorial Day address at the Veterans monument in the town square in Meshoppen. It follows a Memorial Day parade at 1:30 p.m.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Emerson Montross knocked off incumbent GOP commissioner Richard Crock on Tuesday and joins Cecil Brown on the November ballot against Democrats Bryan Lee and Ernest Pinnock. Eaton and Forkston Townships turned down propositions to have legalized intoxicant sales.

Ted Fowles Tastee Freez at 200 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, will have its grand opening May 23.

A severe thunderstorm with large hail stones at Lake Winola last Thursday came as no surprise. It caused the loss of two cows and a horse from lightning on the farm of Armand Frisco on Post Hill.

Ruth Underwood and seven men will be ordained as elders in the Wyoming Conference at Wilkes-Barre. Underwood lived in Tunkhannock when her father, Rev. George Underwood, was pastor of the local church.

Admiral and Mrs. Harold Stark came up from Washington to spend 10 days at Lake Carey.

Sgt. First Class Gerald St. Clair has just returned from Germany and is spending leave time with his parents.

Henry Ferris of Franklin Avenue will observe his 96th birthday May 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Perle Goodwin announce the birth of their daughter Janice May 14 at Tyler Hospital.

Explore Scouts Post 681 assured themselves a camping trip to Canada by washing 54 cars and pumping gallons of gas.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Rev. Peter K. Emmons, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Scranton, will be the speaker at an international tree-planting program at Tunkhannock High School. In furtherance of the Sixth Object of Rotary, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club has sponsored the unique plan of obtaining a package of soil from each of about 30 different countries.

Commonwealth Telephone Company expects to have its new dial system in operation on June 1.

The motion picture showing the Life of Christ, presented at the courthouse on Monday evening, was well attended.

The Vose School, taught by Mrs. Austin Kile, and the Union Hill school, taught by Miss Jennie Jackson, finished their year’s work last week.

Mehoopany school news: The ninth grade recently went on an all-day tour of Tunkhannock. We wish to thank, in particular, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Metcalf for showing us through their museum and home with its beautiful furnishings.

Following a long illness, Mrs. Eva Tague, widow of Isaac Tague, died Sunday night in Scranton.

Robert Space of the U.S. Army at Carlisle has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Space.

At the present time, there are but two inmates of the Wyoming County Jail.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Meshoppen people are forming a library association. A free public library has been in existence there for years, but has been allowed to languish.

Thirteen hundred members of the 77th division from overseas service went up the Lehigh Valley road Sunday morning, en route to Buffalo to be demobilized.

The heavy rains brought the river up to full rafting stage the first of the week.

Centermoreland: Because of the “flu,” the village schools were closed for nearly four months. The question, “when will the term end?” is now a bone of contention between the school directors and the teachers.

Apple orchards in this section have not blossomed freely this year, especially the tenderer kinds.

Alva Tompkins, one of our oldest and most esteemed residents, died at his Eaton Township home on May 14. He was 92.

A D.W. Griffith masterpiece, ‘The Greatest Thing in Life,’ is at the Savoy Theatre Monday and Tuesday.

D.G. Decker has rented the Red Front store, recently vacated by the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, and is opening a grocery store there next week.

William M. Ball, 48, of the Fourth Ward was killed by a fast milk train at the Rummerfield Station. He leaves a widow, three children, and a brother, Scott Ball.

120 Years Ago (1899)

Samuel Jobsin, 79, died at his home in Noxen. In 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army and served until 1865, passing through “many bloody battles.” He assisted in the capture of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis and was present when Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. Grant.

Word was received that Gov. Stone had granted a respite for 60 days in the case of James Eagan and Cornelius Shaw, who were to have been hanged in Montrose for the murder of Andrew Jackson Pepper. It gives the Board of Pardons time to consider an application for clemency.

A Lehigh Valley fast freight was wrecked by the breaking of a car wheel near Falling Springs, north of Coxton Yards. Several cars were thrown down a bank, one going into the river. The rails were torn up and severely twisted.

Squire Sampson will sail from New York on the steamship Coleridge for Brazil where he goes to look after business matters.

A tramp astonished Meshoppen people a few days ago by asking for soap. He alleged he was looking for a job and wanted to wash up.

Dr. C.L. Boston, of Center Moreland, has gone to New York City to take a post graduate course in medicine and surgery.

Factoryville has seven boys who helped to fight the Spaniards. They are John Cook, Godfrey Schmidt, Walter Colvin, Ziba Hinds, Charles Evans, John Reynolds, and Sammie Reynolds.