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20 Years Ago (1999)

Retiring County Commissioner Bill Reid, a prisoner of the Germans in World War II, is this year’s Memorial Day speaker in Tunkhannock.

Incumbent Tony Litwin and newcomer Judy Mead won the GOP nomination for commissioner; while Ron Williams and Michael LaRusso won on the Democratic side. Upsets were the order of the day in the Tunkhannock Twp supervisors’ races, with incumbent James Cashmark beat by Ernie Reich, and Carl Gable outtallied by Randy White.

Also after it was on the ballot for the sixth time in the last half century, Eaton Township residents will now allow liquor licenses in their township.

Fifth grader Henry Sick travelled to Washington, D.C., after claiming top prize in the Pennsylvania Daughters of American Revolution essay contest about ‘A Naval Hero in the Early American Republic.’ He is the son of Joe and Barbara Sick.

Garry and Teena (Shaton) Thatcher will mark their 30th wedding anniversary May 24.

Donna Yarasavage of Tunkhannock and Dee Dailey of Factoryville will exhibit their artwork at Sue Hand’s Imagery in Dallas, May 27-31.

The Pallis family was seeing triple recently in military tradition as Leonard J. Sr., a World War II veteran; Gerald E., who served in Vietnam; and A.B. Jere E., now stationed at Sheppard AFB in Texas gathered.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Evans Falls Elementary School was dedicated Sunday, May 20. Planning began in 1975 and it was completed on Sept. 12, 1978, at a cost of $2.48 million.

Tunkhannock Area Superintendent Roger Place is attempting to get the school board to hire a consultant because the high school which was designed to accommodate 1,150 students may be called next year to have between 1,270 and 1,300 students.

The countdown begins by all school teachers and students with less than a month until school is out.

Recognized recently for 50 years in medicine are Dr. Hollis Russell, Dr. Helen Beck, and Dr. Arthur Davenport.

Keystone Junior College conferred associate’s degrees on 220 students at Brooks Auditorium Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lyman of R.D.1 Meshoppen are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Esther, to Lorne Paul Clarke of Toronto, Canada. They have a June 23 wedding day planned.

The design phase of the new sewer treatment plant in Factoryville is almost completed, and residents of that borough are still up in arms about the cost of the plant.

On May 6, Curtis Goodwin, of Beaumont, graduated from the Indiana University School of Optometry. He graduated from Tunkhannock in 1971 and plans to start a practice in Dallas.

60 Years Ago (1959)

The Memorial Day address here on Saturday will be given by David Patton. All Tunkhannock stores will be open Friday night until 9, but closed for the holiday on Saturday.

Nellie Goodwin Freer, the North Mehoopany correspondent for the Republican and New Age for nearly half a century, died Monday. She was 89.

The new Setchell Carlson unit-ized hi-fidelity television set is now available locally only at Horlacher & Sick.

Jean Marie Zeme became the bride of Leland Shupp on April 25 at Nativity BVM Church, Tunkhannock.

Horace and Esther (Herman) Wright of Nicholson marked their 30th wedding anniversary May 17.

One of the most colorful events of the graduation season was Friday night, when half the town turned out for the Senior Ball. Carol Jean Davis was crowned queen.

Army 2nd Lt. Ronald L. Bellows, son of Mrs. Eleanor Bellows of East Tioga St., completed the primary 17-week flight training at Camp Gary, Texas. He is a 1958 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The Lake Winola Methodist Church was filled to capacity Sunday when the new memorial organ was given a consecration service.

Star-Lite Drive-In Theatre has Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in ‘At War with the Army.’

80 Years Ago (1939)

The congregation of the Tunkhannock Methodist Church will meet Sunday, June 4, in the new church edifice. Although the Methodist people are looking forward with the keenest anticipation to once again having a church home, they have not forgotten the kindness of the County Commissioners and others in the past two years and on Sunday when the last service will be held in the court house, Rev. Fred Church will preach an appropriate sermon.

After waiting for two or more years for the state highway department to hard surface Lathrop Hill, one of the main arteries to Nicholson from the rich farming sections of the Northwest, the toughest piece of highway in all Wyoming County, is nearly completed, as a WPA job.

Who will be the winner in the ‘Battle of Wits’ on Friday evening? A panel of six contestants: Victor M. Avery, Alvah Fassett, Robert W. Trembath, Robert M. Shoemaker, Mrs. Alfred Sturman, and Mrs. Richard Ridgway, will demonstrate their abilities.

Mehoopany Grange has purchased the Decker Hotel property at North Mehoopany, and after alterations and repairs have been made, will move there from its present location over Hennings Hardware.

Lightning struck two houses on Bridge Street during the hard storm on Sunday afternoon, those of Mr. and Mrs. James Ayre, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Shadduck.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The town was practically deserted on Tuesday with very many people going to Wilkes-Barre by train or car to witness the parade of the 109th Regiment.

A cylinder head blew out on the Montrose passenger engine Tuesday morning as the train reached the foot of the mountain near the Hitchcock farm. It was necessary, of course, to come back and get another locomotive.

Automobile owners are asked to volunteer their service to take children and veterans to the cemetery. The owners of automobiles have always responded to our request.

Laceyville will have a homecoming celebration for its returned soldiers tonight.

Wales Arthur, the ferry man at Skinners Eddy, was taken suddenly ill with ptomaine poisoning after eating canned meat. Dr. Beaumont was called; the patient is improving.

An ordinance authorizes the grading, curbing and paving of East Tioga Street, in the borough of Tunkhannock, from Pine Street to the eastern borough line.

Two fine Guernsey heifers arrived here by express from Madison, N.J., Tuesday morning, consigned to Manning S. Taite of South Eaton.

Some sneaky thief took two tires off a car standing in the yard back of McKown’s garage late Saturday night or Sunday morning.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The first hand organ of the season made its appearance on the streets of Tunkhannock Monday morning. The organ was accompanied by a man, a boy and a monkey. It is a question still undecided as to which was the more decrepit, the man or the organ.

The Knights of Honor paid Mrs. George K. Hechman the sum of $2,000 being the full sum of her husband’s insurance in that order.

At the hardware shore of A.P. Williams, business was said to be moving right along. Mr. Williams was paying for the old scrap iron and iron stoves.

Triton Hose Company of Tunkhannock awarded a contract for furnishing its new uniforms to John Townsend, local tailor.

County surveyor F.V. Sickler, Ed Furman and Mason Stark viewed a proposed new road in Eaton Township. The old road leading, from S.J. Harding’s to Frear Hill was quite steep and always had been objectionable on that account.

The West Nicholson Cornet Band was planning on ice cream social to be held on Decoration Day.

Dr. Albert H. Murray, a graduate of Philadelphia-Medico Chirurgical College, opened an office in Tunkhannock.

P.D. Overfield of Meshoppen, center and rusher of the University of Pennsylvania football team, was here looking after a cottage at Lake Carey.