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20 Years Ago (1999)

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church was proud to have Rev. Michael Kiju Paul, in Tunkhannock to share a message about helping the people in his homeland, The Sudan, which is in the midst of a civil war.

Massive concrete beams nearly 150 feet in length were delivered to Tunkhannock last week for use on the new bypass bridge.

Wyoming County entered its second week as a disaster area Tuesday due to drought conditions.

Patti and Dave Whipple are serving as co-chairs for the 37th Annual Tunkhannock Auxiliary Antique Show supporting Tyler Memorial Hospital. They are grateful for the support of Auxiliary members Sue Pirone, Grace Lundy, Helen Dewar, Gayle Gipson, and Peg Gravell.

Carol Kiryluk, 53, has been elected executive vice president and chief human resource officer of Ryder System Inc. She is a Lackawanna Trail graduate.

Pvt. David Getts of Tunkhannock recently graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps recruit depot at Parris Island, S.C.

Harry and Barbara (Gill) Holly of Clarks Summit marked their 50th wedding anniversary July 29.

Effective June 1, the Susquehanna County Area Vocational-Technical School changed its name to the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Springs which feed Tunkhannock’s Hill Reservoir have dried up and the town’s water is now being supplied by three borough-owned wells.

Lackawanna Trail school teachers unanimously rejected a 3-year contract Friday night, one week before the school term is to begin.

Thomas Notchick has been named temporary Principal of Lackawanna Trail High School at an annual salary of $19,675.

Tyler Memorial Hospital cordially invites the public to the dedication of the newly completed Kraft Annex Aug. 26. It increases the size of Tyler Hospital to 85 beds.

A recent audit of the Tunkhannock Area School District shows poor bookkeeping practices have resulted in errors costing $93,103 across the two previous years of books.

The future of Old White Mill looks very bleak unless the Meshoppen Historical Society can come up with $15,000 for matching funds.

Airman Jean M. Smales of Meshoppen has been assigned to the Presidio at Monterrey, Calif., for technical training in the U.S. Air Force.

Members of the Lake Carey Welfare Association are preparing for their first annual Lake Carey Day Aug. 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Latosek of Center Moreland marked their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Six Civil Air Patrol ranger teams were stationed at Skyhaven Airport, Tunkhannock, last weekend to participate in the statewide effectiveness test, Operation Deepdark.

Contracts were approved for five teachers by the executive committee of the Tunkhannock Joint Schools: Mrs. Raynold Wilson, James Thurston, Jenkin Williams, Miss Lenora Smith, and Mrs. Marion Lazarus.

George and Lena (Kiefer) Harvey of Auburn Center will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 29.

The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye certainly applies to the stalk grown on the Russell Hill farm of George Dietrich. It was 11 feet tall.

Supervising Principal and Mrs. Clifford Roslund and son, David, have moved into their new home on Maple Lane.

Fall is approaching and we are having lovely weather. The showers have cooled off the air and one can breathe again.

Senator Hugh Scott has been advised by regional officials that the Post Office Department is asking for bids to build and lease to the Department the new Post Office for Nicholson.

Showing at the Dietrich Theatre: The Hangman with Robert Taylor and Tina Louise.

Alvah Watson of Nicholson was promoted to Private First Class in Germany where he is with the 4th Armored Division.

80 Years Ago (1939)

The agriculture demonstration team from Falls-Overfield Vocational High School won international honors at the World Poultry Congress, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tony Ritz spent several days last week attending the Packard dealers meeting. He returned on Friday driving home a new Packard.

Recently appointed dog law investigator Fred Kehrli Jr. states he has 100 reports of unlicensed dogs in Wyoming County.

The house on West Harrison Street owned by E.M. DeLog and occupied by George Rettberg and family was considerably damaged by fire Tuesday.

A joint meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was held at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker on Aug. 17.

About 50 people attended the Ball-Shaw Reunion at East Lemon Saturday.

Mrs. Isabel Hested Trembath, 73, widow of attorney William J. Trembath and a well-known resident of Kingston died Aug. 17 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Dr. Frank Christian, 63, superintendent of the Elmira Reformatory, was stabbed in the chest by two escapees Saturday. His daughter-in-law is the former Miss Helen Dietrich of Tunkhannock.

Forkston is falling in line with an Old Home Day on Saturday, Sept. 2. Come enjoy the day with old friends.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The pier for the Laceyville bridge is now in process of erection, the foundation having been completed.

A raid was made upon the slot machines at West Falls, Friday, and the owners were brought before Squire Detrick.

The cannas on the court house lawn are now in their glory, and were never more beautiful than at present.

The new fall linoleums are in at Greenwoods.

M.C. Gay was unloading his fourth car of tractors yesterday.

Congressman William Hill has resigned as vice president of the company publishing the Binghamton Republican-Herald. Mr. Hill is the son of Rev. J.W. Hill, a former pastor of Tunkhannock Methodist Church.

The reunion of the Isaac Smith family will be held at the home of Isaac Baker, corner of Putnam and Harrison Streets, Tunkhannock, Saturday, Aug. 30. All kin are invited. Isaac Baker, president.

Col. H.A. Mack has a skiff to which he has attached an airplane propeller, driven by a gasoline engine, and he travels up and down the river with ease while the propeller blades fan the air.

Hereafter funerals of persons dying of German measles, mumps, ordinary measles, and whooping cough must be buried privately, according to orders just issued by Dr. Martin, State Commissioner of Health

120 Years Ago (1899)

On Sunday, 2,240 admissions were sold to the Dimock Camp Meeting.

Pittston Hospital is advertising for a male attendant. The salary is $15 a month plus board.

It was announced the Agricultural Society had made arrangements with Prof. George Baker, aeronaut, for two balloon ascensions on each day at the upcoming county fair, with the aeronaut descending with a parachute.

The new acetylene gas light was turned on at the G.E. Space store, showing a clear, white light. Although not as convenient as electric light, it is cheaper and just as brilliant.

O.H. Goodwin disposed of a load of plums in Mehoopany and Scottsville.

Rumor says a new post office may be set at Fox Hollow, a hamlet with a school house, five of six dwellings and a telephone wire running through it. Nearly every patron is a pensioner and the postmaster could make a good salary fixing up pension papers.

Lehigh Valley Railroad is offering a $1.12 round trip fare from Tunkhannock to Montrose during the Susquehanna County Fair.

LaPearl’s Two-Ring Circus appeared in Tunkhannock, drawing a large crowd. The horses were well kept and the menagerie, which included one immense elephant and one small one, was not large, but attractive.