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20 Years Ago (1999)

Procter & Gamble announced last Wednesday it would eliminate 15,000 jobs worldwide as a part of restructuring. Officials believe there will likely be little effect on the Mehoopany plant.

Pennsylvania Superior Court last week reversed the 1997 murder conviction of Stephen Scher accused of killing Martin Dillon.

William Owens, a postal worker for 29 years when he retired as Factoryville postmaster in 1985,

Participating in new member orientation at the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce were Ronnie Place, Peggy Loomis, Mike O’Neil, Joe DeMarco, Cheryl Carnright, Dale Howell, Ken Patton and Howard Frisvold.

Tunkhannock resident Jami Layaou graduated from Central Connecticut State University where she received a presidential citation for significant service to the campus.

Benjamin and Marjorie (Culver) Bartron of Tunkhannock will mark their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19.

Ninety-two alumni and former students of the Mehoopany School were present for the annual reunion June 5.

Tina Bevan of Carpenter Care Center, Tunkhannock was among the top 30 certified nursing assistants employed by Beverly Healthcare.

Dick Holton, 78, has retired after 14 years as a school crossing guard in Tunkhannock Borough.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Work is progressing at the Samuel Bailey Memorial Apartments being constructed in Nicholson. The target date for grand opening of the elderly housing units is Aug. 11.

Members of the Lake Carey Welfare Association met Monday and hired Charles Givler as a consulting engineer after the Pa. Department of Environmental Resources rated the flow pond dam as unsafe.

The helicopter pilot who flew over Lake Carey was apparently attracted by the ice cream at Harding’s ice cream stand on Route 29 and landed his helicopter behind the building.

Jay Morgan Swisher, grandson of the late Selden Swisher of Tunkhannock, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida on May 26.

A group of County residents met recently to form the Wyoming County Christmas Bureau to make the holidays more enjoyable.

Barb Fabiani, a TAHS senior headed to Marywood where she expects to major in interior design, recently showed off a one-man art display.

Joesph and Amelia (Nietz) Lincoln of Tunkhannock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Dr. A.W. Sherwood will be recognized June 24 at an open house honoring his past 10 years service at the St. Michael’s School.

60 Years Ago (1959)

The Prince Hotel has received recognition in the newest Duncan Hines ‘Guide to the Middle Atlantic States.’

On June 28, the first Roman Catholic mission chapel at Lake Carey will be opened with Bishop Jerome Hannon officiating.

Parents, school representatives, PTA officers and others interested in education gathered to honor thirteen students from the Tunkhannock High School at the first annual Scholarship Banquet sponsored by the Tunkhannock Joint School’s Parent-Teachers Association.

Position Wanted: Boys 9-11 would like to live on a farm and help with work this summer.

Mrs. Bertha Sturman, 89, a frequent visitor to Tunkhannock, died at Atlantic City, N.J., June 9.

Ad: Lake Carey residents: We now deliver at Lake Carey and vicinity every other day – Atherholt Dairy, Tunkhannock.

Capt. Lee Baumgartner, of the U.S. Army Reserve, has returned home from two weeks of training at Camp Oglethorpe, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Fassett attended commencement exercises at the University of Miami (Fla.) where their son John B. II, received an LL.B.

Miss Marian Quick, principal for the School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh, arrived home Saturday for the summer to stay with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay B. Quick.

80 Years Ago (1939)

The auditorium and chapel of the new Methodist church were filled to capacity last Sunday morning. This Sunday, Bishop Ernest Richardson of Philadelphia will preach and conduct the service of dedication.

Commencement exercises were held Tuesday evening in Nicholson High School at which 32 students received their diplomas.

The farmhouse and barn owned by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Olswfsky, on the old road between Eatonville and Beaumont, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning.

The first concrete was poured Tuesday on the road construction job on Mile Hill west of town. The first of three lanes will be completed on the lower, or east side of the road, and rumors are to the effect that this will be thrown open to eastbound traffic.

A slight fire occurred on Saturday night in the basement of the store operated by William Connell on East Tioga Street. It was under control before it was necessary to call the hose company.

About 250 guests attended the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Byron B. Blakeslee, which occurred at their home on Warren Street on June 4.

An ice cream and strawberry social will be Mr. and Mrs. William Lutes’ home on June 20 to benefit the Bardwell Church painting fund.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Seventeen-year locusts are said to be thick in some sections of the state.

A proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to permit women suffrage passed the Senate at Harrisburg last week, 41-7. The House of Representatives had previously passed it, but it does not provide the fairer sex the right to vote as yet. In order to accomplish that, the statutes must past both houses again in 1921, and then be ratified by the voters at the polls later.

Scarcity of help is leading farmers to turn more and more to machinery. The use of farm tractors is increasing quite rapidly.

The newly organized Grange at Forkston is steadily gaining new members.

Dr. Walter Tewksbury attended commencement exercises at the University of Philadelphia this week. It is the 20th anniversary of graduation from the dental department.

A Chandler touring car driven by Walter S. Robinson, of North Eaton, was badly damaged Tuesday evening when it went off the road near the Samuel Harding residence.

Clarence A. Boston, after nearly two years service in the U.S. Army, came home June 3. He was with the famous 79th Division that defined the Cross of Lorraine for its defense of France.

Billings Furniture Store advertises: The New Edison, ‘The Phonograph with a Soul.’

120 Years Ago (1899)

The Tunkhannock electric plant was sold at sheriff’s sale to attorney W.E. Little, representing the bondholders, for $8,000. There seems to be no reason why it should not become a paying investment.

Oscar Camp is driving a fine new buggy.

On account of a lack of material, which was lost on the railroad in coming from the east, the bobbin mill had not been running for a week.

Work was started by the Lehigh Valley gravel train, which is headquartered in Tunkhannock while removing a gravel bank near Falls. It was claimed that it would take at least one year to complete the work laid out for the crew.

E.A. Martin announced the grand opening of the Ferncliff Hotel at Lake Carey.

It is now claimed that Laceyville will surely have a river bridge. As the stone work is nearly completed, it seems probable that the structure will be completed before the snow flies again.

A large line of ice cream freezers arrived at the store of A.P. Williams.

Springville will celebrate the Fourth of July in the proper and old-fashioned way. Included in the festivities is a balloon ascension and fireworks.

Nimble: E.E. Easton and wife and Arthur Goodwin went over to Scottsville to pick strawberries on shares, coming out with about 20 quarts apiece for a half-day’s work.