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20 Years Ago (2000)

Joe Karpov of Tunkhannock Township has the distinction of being the first person to drive over the Tunkhannock bypass on Tuesday.

A serious outbreak of flu and pneumonia cases forced Tyler Memorial Hospital to turn away patients last week.

Wyoming County looks to fill an auditor’s position after Robyn Wiggins who was to be sworn in Monday had taken a Civil Service job and declined to fill the auditor’s post. Judge Brendan Vanston expects to appoint someone to the post.

Because Riverside Park is in a flood plain, the borough must seek a variance to its own ordinance to move a caboose, now standing in the way of a new phase of the bypass, to be moved to the park to be on display.

Lois (Sickler) Dornblazer who worked more than 35 years in area dress factories, died Tuesday. She was 67.

William Rost Walker, M.D., joins Gehred Wetzel in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology at Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Kim Skumanick, an associate broker with Rainbow Realty has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative designation by the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council.

John Antosh received lifetime membership in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, after stepping down as the order’s president.

40 Years Ago (1980)

The management of Fitze’s Department Store in Tunkhannock changed hands Thursday when Dave and Judy Mead purchased the clothing store from Clarence J. Fitze.

Plans to lower the level of the flow pond at Lake Carey by three feet during the winter have been scrapped by the Lake Carey Welfare Association,

Thieves broke into the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Centermoreland recently and stole an estimated $1,300 worth of gold religious articles and an undetermined amount of cash, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The families and businessmen who were burned out of three buildings in downtown Tunkhannock last week are faced with rebuilding and the community is responding with support.

Fisher Stoves of Pennsylvania Inc., of Factoryville, has been designated as “The official wood stove of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.”

The cost of heating and lighting Tunkhannock Area schools has risen by $197,000 or 145 percent over the past seven years and administration officials feel it’s time major corrective measures were taken.

60 Years Ago (1960)

Meshoppen business-men headed by Howard Gould as spokesman are urging the State Highway Department to have Route 6 by-pass the borough’s business district.

Fire of undetermined origin last Thursday destroyed a large dairy barn and damaged two adjacent silos at St. Michael’s School for Boys, at Hoban Heights. The loss was estimated at $100,000.

Several Wyoming County organizations will receive considerable sums of money from the estate of Mrs. Flora C. Walter, who died December 24, 1959, in Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Nine were brought into the local Boy Scout Troop: Stew Casterline, Alton Stark Jr., Perry Setser, Gary Place, Bob Hoffman, Bill Dominick, Gary Coleman, Dick Daniels and Jimmy Solonick. Next week the scouts will be guests of Dr. Bishop who is interested in amateur radio operating.

Mrs. Clara Harvey Hampsey of Meshoppen and Vose Harvey of Walls Corners celebrated their 85th birthday anniversaries on Saturday, Jan. 9, at a party given by Mrs. Hampsey’s granddaughter, Mrs. Doris Underwood, and Mr. Harvey’s son, Robert C. Harvey of Lemon.

J. Mark Robinson has been selected to participate in the White House Conference on Children and Youth in Washington, D.C., in March.

80 Years Ago (1940)

Associate Judge William S. Crock, finding that he could not hold the county office and a Nicholson Borough office, at the same time, resigned as burgess.

Owing to the many contagious diseases in the surrounding cities, St. Michael’s Industrial School at Hoban Heights will be closed to visitors until Easter.

The ladies of Tunkhannock and vicinity still meet every Friday afternoon in the old grand jury room of the courthouse, from 2 to 5 p.m. to sew for the refugees in Europe.

The Susquehanna River has been frozen over about 10 days now and the ice is several inches thick. It has been pretty stiff winter ever since Christmas.

FFA President Roy Greenley and Mr. Aumiller will lead a demonstration team to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Turner of Laceyville celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.

Miss Eva Yarsavage of RD1 Tunkhannock has been appointed clerk in the area office of The United States Census Bureau. The job pays $3.29 per day.

Rev. E.P. Hosier, pastor of the Meshoppen Free Methodist Church, heeding that “It’s not good for a man to be alone” as a personal matter, slipped away on Christmas Day and married a lady friend. She is getting acquainted with church members.

100 Years Ago (1920)

A U.S. Army officer will be in Dr. T.M. Baird’s office on Jan. 10 for the purpose of issuing to discharged soldiers, the Victory Button.

The severe cold weather of this winter is having its effect on the Tunkhannock Water Company in that very many people are permitting water to run at the faucets ostensibly to avoid freezing.

A stormy forbidding night with ice sidewalks lessened the attendance at the Jubilee service at the Methodist Church on Sunday evening to celebrate the going into effect of the national prohibition amendment. The address was given by Rev. F.B. Newman.

Harold C. Jackson, a distributor of the Overland automobile, has rented the Susquehanna Garage on Bridge Street, so long occupied by P.L. Vosburg.

The Commonwealth Telephone Company has distributed new directories. The old directory has become nearly obsolete on account of numerous changes taking place.

The new bridge which is being built for the Lackawanna Trail across the Tunkhannock Creek at this point will be 405 feet long and built in three 135 feet spans.

A new and interesting electrical vault against burglary has been installed by the First National Bank of Nicholson.

John S. Britton, one of Center Moreland’s Civil War veterans, was 80 last week.

120 Years Ago (1900)

Gov. Stone on Tuesday appointed Major H.W. Bardwell to fill the office of Associate Judge of Wyoming County, made vacant by the death of A. Myron Eastman.

J. James Eagan and Cornelius W. Shew, the self-confessed murderers of Jackson Pepper of Rush were hung at Montrose on Tuesday.

This is the time of year when eggs are a cash article. Twenty-four cents for eggs and 24 cents for butter are paid at Mill City’s Wannamakers – D.C. Vosburg and Bros.

While excavating for a well, William Hartman, of Bunker Hill, Clinton Twp., found a vein of pure anthracite coal, it is claimed.

The courthouse interior has long been anything but a source of pride to the people of the county, owing to the dirty and marred condition of the woodwork. It is now to be repainted, the contract having been let to C.Y. Burch.

Forkston – E.J. Shupp has bought a small tract of timber and is putting in a mill for sawing near Wm. Taylor’s near Tunkhannock Creek.

F.I. Wheelock, the Eatonville merchant, is now occupying 82 feet of storeroom. The carpenters completed work for the present being last week.

Orlando Ace, the popular clerk at the store of F.C. Burgess, has rented the Grey Bakery and will take possession Feb. 1.