20 Years Ago (1999)
Incumbents Tony Litwin (3,323) and Ron Williams (2,894), and newcomer Republican Judy Mead (2,923) garnered the three Wyoming County Commissioners seats, with Bob Anderson mustering 1,839 write-in votes, and Democrat Michael LaRusso in fifth at 635.
Dennis Montross was reelected to his fifth term as Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds and was also high vote getter in the county with 6,040 votes.
Michael Lester, 47, of Springville, has been appointed assistant state forester.
It will be strictly business at the new Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy opening Nov. 15 with Michael Kerkowski noting professional health care is the focus.
Receiving the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club Most Improved Students of the Year were juniors Kristy Anderson, Brian Veety, and Kathleen Geary.
Tom Stem of Wal-Mart presented Tom Kukuchka with the 1999 Sam Walton Business Leader Award.
Lori and Darren Mislevy of Tunkhannock are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah, on Nov. 2.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Zarcone, a 1995 Elk Lake grad, is on a 6-month deployment that includes the Arabian Gulf aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Chosin.
Gables Bakery marked its 40th anniversary on Nov. 12-13.
40 Years Ago (1979)
Write-in candidate Robert Barziloski came from behind in Tuesday’s election to win the race for Wyoming County Commissioner with 2,730 votes behind incumbents Republican Willard Baker (3,458) and Democrat Harold Grow (3,243) but ahead of Republican Albert Slocum (2,214) and Democrat Robert Dempsey (1,574).
This was Commissioners’ office employee Millie Crawford’s 50th election and the 72nd for former County Commissioner Doc Lee.
Democrats Michael Hudock in Ward 1 and Norm Ball in Ward 3, and Republicans Bruce Shabbuck in Ward 4 and Gerald Morgan in Ward 2 won seats on Tunkhannock borough council.
A portrait of Robert Trembath, who was judge from 1956 to 1972 was dedicated Sunday, and will hang in the main courtroom of the Wyoming County courthouse.
The Tunkhannock Area School District’s Citizens Advisory Council has recommended a gradual phaseout of smoking at the high school.
Ethel Weaver, who with her husband Leo ran the Pontiac and Rambler agency garage in Tunkhannock for 25 years until 1968, died Friday. She was 68.
Stuart and Rachel Herrick of Tunkhannock marked their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 2.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Voted in for county commissioner are Republicans Cecil R. Brown (4,362) and Emerson ‘Jack’ Montross (3,438), and Democrat Bryan Lee (2,977). In fourth was Ernest Pinnock (2,100).
Announcement has been made that while it still needs some work to make it completely ready for use, the new borough dump has been opened on the Minor Burgess farm.
Cora Werkheriser died Sunday night after receiving burns on 90 percent of her body in a kitchen fire earlier in the day.
Electronics Mate 2nd Class John Siperko of Tunkhannock, is a member of the crew of the Destroyer Leader USS Willis Lee, which suffered an explosion injuring seven, but he was not injured.
Dana B. and Bessie (Miller) Swetland of Eatonville will mark their 40th wedding anniversary Nov. 14.
Leland and Jean (Zeme) Shupp of Tunkhannock have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter on Nov. 3 in Scranton.
As a result of a bill signed into law on Saturday, 1960 driver’s licenses will cost $2 in Pennsylvania.
Mehoopany area: A fire broke out in the attic of the tenant house on the Hahn Love farm, but due to the prompt response of the fire company boys, the fire was confined to the attic.
80 Years Ago (1939)
Elected County Commissioner were Cyrus Tyler (5,556), Marshall Squier (4,126) and Percy Stark (2,587).
Wyoming County Pomona Grange will hold a public meeting Nov. 15 on The Evils of Marihuana. featuring Capt. Jos. M. Schmucker of the Williamsport Police Department
Mr. and Mrs. Fiest Mock of Evans Falls announce the birth of a seven and a quarter ound son on Nov. 6.
John Blatter and Roy Ludwig are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the founding of the Shurfine Market in Tunkhannock.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Billings of Clarks Summit, former Tunkhannock residents, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday.
A survey recently conducted by the Association of National Advertisers regarding the day on which Thanksgiving will be observed reveals that 23 states will observe Nov. 30 and 21 states will observe Nov. 23. Texas, a large turkey producing state, will observe both.
Carney: Farmers are busy doing their fall plowing.
Well, at last the much needed work is done and the Jackson Cemetery has undergone a great change in the removal of weeds, sumac and locust trees. In due time, if kept up, it can be made a place worthy of the name of the giver, Hon. John Jackson, who gave the land some 70 years ago.
100 Years Ago (1919)
The election is over and county commissioners elected are George A. Benson, Job H. Hadsall, and H.R. Tague.
John E. Hallock, an esteemed resident of East Tioga Street, died on Tuesday morning from heart trouble.
The mildness of the season is attested by the fact that a beautiful rose was picked in the garden on Thursday last.
A flock of wild geese went southward Monday morning.
Some wretch poisoned a good horse belonging to Bert Bartlett, of East Lemon, this week. Someone entered his barn and carried away his harnesses. A little detective work should be done.
Shupp Hill: Apples seem to be a scarce article here on the hill. Cider will be rather a luxury.
The Methodist Church at Vose is to have numerous improvements made. There is some talk of removing it to a new site.
The addition being put on the Hotel Decker at Mehoopany makes a much needed improvement as our hotel under its genial management has not been able to accommodate the public and at times has had turn patrons away.
Saturday at the Savoy Theatre features Marion Davies in The Dark Star.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Baker have bought the Halsey Babcock house in the fourth ward and a strip of land from Miller Culver where the old ball park was located.
120 Years Ago (1899)
The election proved to be a big victory for Wyoming County Democrats, who won everything but the race for register and recorder, where Republican Shaw defeated Democrat Sickler, 2,036 to 1,912.
Although Republican Robinson was the top vote- getter among the county commissioner candidates with 1,967, he would be joined on the board by two Democrats, Farrer and Vaughn, who had 1,926 and 1,913, respectively.
A team of seven members of Company M. Tunkhannock, traveled to Pittston to shoot against the company team there.
It was announced that L.E. Phillips would be moving his stables and harness store from Pittston to Tunkhannock.
It was noted that C.B. Dymond of Russell Hill had gone on the road as an agent for Woolworth Knife Works, selling nothing but guaranteed goods.
E.S. Handrick had left for the west, where he was interested in a patent right covering the entire territory of Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
Dr. Tubbens of Noxen is seen on our streets very often with his auto, which attracts a great deal of attention.”
Wilkes-Barre Bottling Works ad claims: “A bottle of beer is a good thing to take with your dinner. Aids digestion stimulates and tones up the nerves and makes you feel better all day.”