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20 Years Ago (1999)

Elk Lake students returning to school later this month will notice tighter security in a safety push in the wake of fatal shootings at a Colorado high school earlier in the year.

USDA Secretary Dan Glickman made a declaration of a drought disaster in Pennsylvania on Friday making farmers eligible for low interest loans.

Dignitaries broke ground for a riparian project at Christy Mathewson Park in Factoryville on Saturday.

Tunkhannock resident Terry Wertman won a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle in a Commonwealth Telephone employee incentive campaign.

Endless Mountains Council of the Arts opened a new art center and has received a 2-year $35,000 check from Procter & Gamble to finance it.

Norm and Peg (Marcinonis) Ball will mark their 45th wedding anniversary Aug. 18.

Army Pvt. Anthony R. Tyler of Meshoppen has arrived at Fort Benning, Ga., to complete basic military training.

Gerald Pawlukovich, a member of the Tunkhannock Ambulance Dive-Rescue Team since 1994, has earned his Master Diver certification.

Many folks attended the gospel jamboree Sunday at Elk Lake Community Church, which is marking its 100th anniversary. Rev. Charles Bishop has been minister for over 21 years.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Administrators of the Tunkhannock Area School District were given raises between seven and 10 percent by school board action Thursday night. Superintendent Roger Place’s annual salary went from $36,400 to $39,400.

Nicholson Water Authority will ask the Borough Council for a 30 percent increase in water rates for customers.

Tunkhannock Borough Police Acting Cpl. Richard Rosengrant was promoted to corporal, filling a vacancy when Ron Williams left the force.

Factoryville Police Chief Thomas Mecca has resigned.

Frederick Wintermute, 86, a Forkston native and World War I veteran, died July 24.

Gilbert (Ted) and Sarah (French) Sands of RD Mehoopany are marking their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19.

William Starr was elected president of the Lake Carey Welfare Association Monday night.

The Association is exploring the possibility of the village of Lake Carey becoming Wyoming County’s sixth borough.

Area collectors and traders are looking forward to the opening of the flea market at the Star-Lite Drive-In on Saturdays and Sundays.

Laughter, screeches and screams could be heard over the music at the Triton Hose Co. Annual Fire Carnival, as youngsters of all ages enjoyed the week.

60 Years Ago (1959)

It was excitement at the Tunkhannock Post Office as a 6-foot pine snake emerged from a hole in the corner of a package addressed to Jerry Schaefer, a snake collector.

A committee was appointed to inspect the migrant labor camps for the green tomato harvest on farms owned by Mr. and Mrs. George London, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sickler, Center Moreland; and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stonier, Tunkhannock Twp.

Ralph and Beatrice (Ayers) Kresge of RD1 Falls will mark their 25th wedding anniversary Aug. 18.

Mrs. Millie (Capwell) Ball, 91, an East Lemon native, died at Tyler Hospital Wednesday. She was widow of Scott Ball.

Donald Rogers and Leon Stonier Jr. of East Lemon, have recently enlisted- Rogers with the U.S. Navy, and Stonier with the U.S. Army..

Wilbur Kester marked his 90th birthday Aug. 8, with an invocation made by his sister-in-law Mrs. C. Norman Kester, 93, of Frear Hill.

Lackawanna Trail schools open Sept. 1. Among the changes, James O. Clouser will succeed Walter Lippert as supervising principal.

Army PFC Gordon M. Baker, son of Mrs. Euphrasia Baker, of Meshoppen, has qualified as expert in firing the carbine while assigned to the 521st Engineer Group in Germany.

80 Years Ago (1939)

The old covered bridge at East Lemon is worth saving as it is one of the very few left in the state of Pennsylvania.

A group of public-minded citizens with a keen interest in their community recently built a dam three feet high and seven feet wide across the creek at Osterhout for better fire protection. When their project was completed they notified the Lake Winola Hose Company.

Traffic was very heavy over the weekend. In one hour on Sunday between 2:30 and 3:30, George S. Ropes counted 997 cars passing a point on East Tioga Street.

The Meshoppen firemen are holding their carnival this week and it will end on Saturday night. About 25 companies expect to be represented with trucks in the parade.

Almon Baker of Tunkhannock attended the American Legion convention at Williamsport. He was elected commander of the 15th District of Pennsylvania.

The Ball-Shaw Reunion and Old Home Day will be held at East Lemon Church on Saturday Aug. 19. The Ladies Aid will serve dinner: adults 35 cents and children 15 cents. Elizabeth Ball Yurksza, secretary.

Friday only at the new Dietrich Theater: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ with Margaret Lindsey and Ronald Reagan.

A.C. Crompton of Mehoopany is doing carpenter work for his nephew at Forty Fort.

100 Years Ago (1919)

A party of 15 from Keiserville M.E. Church motored to Scranton Monday to purchase pews.

Memorial services for Sgt. Manley Mulinex, who met death on the battlefields of France, were held at Nicholson Methodist Church on a recent Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Koerner and son Reuben of German Hill were made critically ill by eating toadstools in mistake for mushrooms the latter part of the week. They were taken to hospital in Scranton where they are improving.

Shupp Hill: Miss Edith Wagner is employed at the telephone office in Tunkhannock.

Lake Winola is said to be enjoying the most prosperous season in its history. The Winola House has in the neighborhood of 300 boarders, and the Clifton House is also having a good patronage.

Agents for the Government are going about the country buying cattle for shipment to France.

John Luckenbill of Gravel Hill has a tomato patch that is exceptionally prolific. One plant of the Ponderosa variety has 37 tomatoes, and another 27.

Theodore Borden announces that he will open a store for the sale of gents’ furnishings about Nov. 1 in the Day building on East Tioga Street, lately occupied by P.J. Hoff.

Perry Setser and Miss Ethel Morgan were married July 30 at Montrose.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The window of the carriage furnishing store of George Simpson of Tunkhannock was displaying a number of war relics Mr. Simpson and his boys picked up on the Gettysburg battlefield some 15 years earlier. They are interesting to look at.

John Leech, 38, of Scranton, drowned in Lake Winola after apparently suffering from cramps. As of that point in time, his body had not been recovered.

Vernon Allen, 15, of Pittston, was killed when hit by the Black Diamond Express while walking the tracks near Ransom after having been fishing.

The electric light company reorganized with S.W. Eysenbach as president; Henry Ives, vice president; Eleanor Little, secretary, and J.B. Nicholson, superintendent. It was suggested it was up to decide if he could afford electric lights.

Tents were being pitched for the 24th reunion of the Wyoming County Veterans’ Association, to be held Aug. 23-25 at Renshaw Park, Tunkhannock. In addition to renewing friendships with old comrades, there would be parades, races, drills, and campfires. Speakers will include Henry Harding, of Tunkhannock and the Rev. O.L. Stevenson of West Pittston.

It was announced that special trains would be running from Tunkhannock to Dimock Camp Meeting on Aug. 20, leaving at 2:25 p.m. and returning at 5.