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20 Years Ago (1999)

The new Tunkhannock Area Middle School has been open a week and students, teachers, and administrators are finding their way around the building. “The devil is in the details,” said principal Joe Papi.

The Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair was deemed a near record success last week, topped off with a visit by country music artist Kevin Sharp, whose ‘Nobody Knows’ had topped the charts.

The county burning ban has been lifted although the drought is not over.

Penn State Geisinger Health System’s physicians moved out of their third floor offices at Tyler hospital last week.

Stanley Dymond, 87, who worked 27 years at the Armour Tannery in Noxen, died Thursday at Wilkes-Barre.

Howard and Geraldine (Jacques) Trauger will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 24.

Dorothy Colbenson of Tunkhannock marked her 90th birthday Sept. 9 with a party at the Pink Apple.

Marine Pvt. David M. Getz completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.

The Tunkhannock Area School District through its community education program will be offering ballroom dancing this fall with teachers Jill Wetzel and Nancy Santore.

The Don Arthur Award signifying the best bred and owned Holstein, went to Andrea Garner at the recent county fair.

40 Years Ago (1979)

On the basis of traffic counts taken at the Tioga and Bridge Street intersection in Tunkhannock this spring, Transportation Department engineers are applying to Harrisburg to have left turn signals installed on Tioga Street.

Tunkhannock Borough Council appointed Mauro Forte to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Jay Thompason.

Robert Barziloski’s plans to become a write-in candidate in the race for one of the three Wyoming County commissioners’ posts bring a new dimension to county politics.

The Starlite Drive-In features Roger Moore as James Bond 007 in Moonraker.

Vandals went on a rampage in the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Auburn Township Wednesday damaging 72 tombstones.

Tunkhannock Area superintendent Roger Place said the Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved an adult education program for those who have left the school system over the past two years so they can pass a GED test.

Wyoming County Magistrate Patricia Robinson’s office was nearly destroyed by fire Monday and five burglaries in the borough have local cops more than a bit suspicious.

Work is progressing on a new Pargas building on Mile Hill so construction on a new shopping center west of town can begin.

60 Years Ago (1959)

This year, for the first time in history, over 2,000 children are enrolled in the Tunkhannock Joint Schools, and the first 200-plus class has been recorded.

Craige Hill-Springville: It is reported that the quarry on the Frank Barnes farm that has been idle for many years was opened up again last week.

Charles Kalinowski, Jr., is the only Wyoming County 4-H entry in the fourth Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show, being held in the Farm Show building, Harrisburg.

Ex-merchant Calvin F. Bonham, 78, died Sept. 8 after suffering a fatal seizure while at the wheel of his automobile.

H.E. ‘Pete’ Wiggins, 38, World War II ace, died Sept. 9 at Charleston, S.C.

Tyler Oil Company Richfield Service Station at the intersection of Rts. 6 and 309 in Meshoppen Borough announces the grand opening of their newly remodeled station. During the 3-day celebration patrons can get six bottles of Coca Cola free with every $2 or more purchase of gasoline.

A group of East Lemon youngsters who have been dubbed the Future Citizens of East Lemon staged a clever Labor Day parade in that village. Paraders include Sandra Gabriel, Selma and Thelma Schuster, Delores Zona, Joan and Bud Zona, Betty Jean, Donald and Lou Kinney, Stanley, Joe and Jack Karp.

80 Years Ago (1939)

In Tuesday’s primary, C.B. Tyler won both nominations for commissioner, which assures election of Percy Stark in November. Mr. Tyler and Marshall Squier will be the other members of the board.

Local option for beer and liquor was on the ballot in four districts. Meshoppen Borough, Brintrim Twp., and Noxen voted for it. Northmoreland Twp. voted 137 yes and 139 no.

Claverack is busy surveying and setting poles so that residents of Jenks will soon have this modern convenience.

The 1939 tourist season is drawing to a close and this section of Pennsylvania has had its share of the business. Tourists have spent about $500,000 in Pennsylvania this year, which proves that entertaining the traveling public has joined the ranks of big business in the state.

Fire apparatus was called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley W. Lewis, on Redfield Street, Tuesday when a roast in the oven overheated and neighbors saw clouds coming from the kitchen.

Marcy: Howard Taylor, of RD 4, has the contract for wiring the Zacharius house.

Mrs. Thomas Hahn, of Maple Ave., Tunkhannock, has recently written words for a song which have been set to music and are now in the hands of the publisher. The song, which is a lullaby, is entitled ‘Dear Little Toddler.’

100 Years Ago (1919)

The merchants and businessmen took their last Wednesday afternoon half-holiday for the season yesterday.

The State Highway Department has issued orders that 10,225 miles of state highway be stripped of advertising signs of every description.

A special train of the United States Railroad Administration went over the line Friday after a tour of inspection as far west as Buffalo.

An unusually hard electric storm visited this locality Tuesday evening, the downpour of rain being excessive. Hail fell in considerable quantity in some places.

Miss Christine Carter, who was assistant principal of the Nicholson high school last year, has accepted a position as teacher of English at Bloomsburg State Normal School.

A.M. Shoemaker, who owns a fine farm just across the river, lost a fine thoroughbred Jersey cow a few days ago. It is supposed to have been poisoned by eating leaves of the wild cherry tree, which are deadly to cattle.

Ad: Commonwealth Telephone Company: Wires busy? Yes, for a few moments, at least. And you wanted to talk? All of which goes to show how popular and necessary the telephone is. If you haven’t a telephone in your house or place of business, let us install one at once.

120 Years Ago (1899)

Over in Factoryville there is to be a school building erected sometime in the future. It was proposed to levy a 5 mill school building tax this year. Sheriff Gregory has served an injunction on the borough officials to stop the levy.

Samuel Heeman, who was tried in Bradford County for killing former Tunkhannock resident Jacob Capwell, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

In Tunkhannock the lawsuit of Mrs. Hattie Denman, claiming $15 in damages from James Ellis for his cattle breaking into her garden and eating vegetables, was settled out of court amicably.

No church Sunday evening in Beaumont as Rev. Waltman failed to put in an appearance.

Work has begun on cider mill in West Nicholson.

The Avery Station correspondent reported that the first reunion of Battery H. 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery was spread in the grove and a bountiful dinner was served. It was noted that the oldest person present was Mrs. Beula Vail, 82, a remarkably smart old lady for one of her years.

Shupp Hill: Lella Armstrong is recovering from an attack of malaria.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad has special excursions to Towanda for the Bradford County Fair as well as to New York for a welcome home to Admiral Dewey.