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20 Years Ago (1999)

A Mehoopany man, Roger Glahn, was injured when his pickup truck was struck by a train in Laceyville on Tuesday.

Geisinger announced Monday that it will vacate the office space it rents on the third floor of Tyler Memorial Hospital.

U.S Rep. Don Sherwood announced Tuesday that Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock Township will be the recipient of a $150,000 grant from the Northeast Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forest Program. The money will be used to create an arboretum and nature trails.

The wrecking ball started crashing into the old Tunkhannock Area Middle School on Thursday. The center section was built in 1928 and served as the high school until the current one was constructed in 1966.

Rita Zang of Factoryville was honored recently by the Wyoming County Democratic Women’s Society as its Woman of the Year.

Ralph and Maxine (Rinker) Giberson of Tunkhannock, marked their 50th wedding anniversary on July 7.

Jamie Thomas, of New Albany, a member of Girl Scout Troop 500 in Tunkhannock, and Heather Vodzak, of Dallas, a member of GS Troop 225 in Tunkhannock, have earned scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award.

Navy Airman recruit Thomas Talarico completed U.S. Navy basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.

40 Years Ago (1979)

GSF Inc., parent company for Aldovin Dairy and the retail chain of Louden Hill Farm Stores, has resolved its financial troubles to the satisfaction of the courts.

Borough Council formed a committee to consider the costs of tearing down the old Ring property on East Tioga Street and building a parking lot.

Courthouse Square in Tunkhannock was an open air marketplace Saturday with the Wyoming County Historical Society’s Arts and Crafts Fair.

The Third Annual Homecoming Days of the Noxen Vol. Fire Company will be July 13-15.

Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Slocum and Mrs. And Mrs. Stark Bartron II attended the 64th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Navy Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class William Burger, son of Jack and Maureen McAlister of Factoryville, reported for duty with the submarine Dallas at Groton, Conn.

Eaton Township supervisors voted against hiring a part-time police officer .

William and Mary (Avery) Hubbard of Sarasota, Fla., marked their 50th wedding anniversary June 29 with a reception at the Lakeside Grange Hall, Nicholson.

Monsignor Joseph Kelly, director of St. Michael’s School, has announced William Evans as principal of the school.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Gable’s Bakery, at Stone Crest is the name of Tunkhannock Township’s newest industry. Proprietor is Carl Gable, formerly employed by D.H. Stonier bakery on Long Island.

The Triangle Ice Cream Bar and Service Station has been reopened at Osterhout by Oliver Clark of Mill City. He is trying to establish a respectable place for children to be safe and keep them from the possibility of becoming juvenile delinquents.

Plans are underway for the 75th anniversary of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 23.

Rev. Edward Townsend has been appointed vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Tunkhannock.

The Hitt Pallet Company is now in production in its new plant on the former tannery property in Tunkhannock.

Linda LaFrance and Floyd Newhart Jr. were united in marriage on July 10 in the First Methodist Church in Meshoppen. She is an Elk Lake graduate employed at Jay’s Diner. He is a Meshoppen High graduate with four years of U.S. Air Force service and now employed by A.B. Cole & Son.

A 5-county Women’s Christian Temperance Union meeting was held in the Tunkhannock Methodist Church June 30.

Cadet David F. Lynch of Dalton is engaged in six weeks of Reserve Officer Training at Fort George Meade, Md. He is a 1956 Lackawanna Trail grad.

80 Years Ago (1939)

A force of about a dozen men commenced work last week erecting the REA line in this locality. They are building the electric light and power line up Craige Hill way and will later build the line for the Tallow Hill section.

Admiral Harold Stark of Lake Carey was in Washington Monday for the funeral of Secretary of the Navy Claude Swanson.

Not a single fatality or serious accident from fireworks was reported to the Pennsylvania Motor Police, which is the best possible endorsement for the fireworks ban imposed by the last session of General Assembly.

Morrison Rider of Syracuse, N.Y., was ordained into the ministry and installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Tunkhannock, Friday.

Rev. James Bedford has tendered his resignation as pastor of Springville Baptist Church.

The annual firemen’s carnival will be held at Lake Winola all next week and features a Ferris wheel, scenic railway, ‘whip,’ and a free band concert.

Dan Winans and wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on July 4.

Mr. and Mrs. George Gay have rented the Prevost house on Slocum Avenue and moved there on Monday when they returned from their honeymoon.

Rev. and Mrs. Alva Tompkins and children Mary Alice and Margaret returned to Chicago after spending two months here.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Tunkhannock had a large, orderly and successful celebration for July 4 and also a hearty greeting for the soldier and sailor lads who are home after serving their country in camp or trench.

In memory of the sacrifice of 20 Wyoming County lads, evergreen wreaths were tied at the base of the soldiers monument. Young men so honored were Lt. Delmar Stocker, Harry Smith, Ernest Hoover, Clyde Trowbridge, Carl Parr, William Dixon, Erwin Moss, Eugene Kibler, Sherwood Johnson, Lee Allen, Olin Wheelock, Lewis Babcock, Manley Mullinex, Robert Sorber, Arthur Keiper, Dennis Strong, John Cleveland, Leo Brown, Harry Corby, and Wilbur Gardner.

Cpl. Homer B. Asheld, who recently returned from overseas, has purchased the photograph gallery on Warren Street, owned by Fred Shook, and will be ready to open by mid-July.

Lightning struck the house of Frank Hunter, living just below the narrows toward LaGrange, Saturday night.

Huckleberry season seems to be opening up favorably, though the berries are not very ripe yet. Parties from Noxen are running a store on the mountain, which is very convenient for campers.

Frank Robinson of Forkston arrived home July 4 after nearly a year’s absence. He was in the ambulance corps in France and Germany.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The long distance line is rapidly being completed between Tunkhannock and Factoryville.

Several persons came down from Lake Carey on the Montrose Railway train intending to go to Wilkes Barre on the 11:41 train, but since they were late, that train had gone before their arrival.

Tunkhannock liveryman Peter Ace lost one of his large black horses on the Fourth. His band wagon went to Springville with a load of people, drawn by four horses, with the blacks being the wheel horses.

Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Woodin of Berwick arrived in Tunkhannock by auto after traveling through Clifton Springs, Auburn, Syracuse, Binghamton and Montrose. The Woodins went to Wilkes-Barre on the Lehigh Valley, while their horseless carriage was taken overland to Harvey’s Lake.

Miss Pansy Wrigley, who had been clerking in the register & recorder’s office, was attacked by measles and had to go to her home in Lake Carey.

Walter Tewksbury, dentist, has rented rooms over the Billings & Company office in Tunkhannock.

Parties from Scranton were buying up scrap iron of all kinds and had about 20 tons piled up near the hay scales in West Nicholson.

C.W. Drake tried his new Champion reaper at D. W. Russell’s and noted it works very satisfactorily.