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20 Years Ago (2000)

Procter & Gamble announced its largest expansion in 20 years at its Mehoopany plant to bring on two new production lines with 500 temporary employees during construction and 350 permanent workers once the lines are ready.

Former New Age-Examiner publisher James Dillon received the Kiwanis Builders’ Club Community Service Award during American Heroes Day at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School.

Meshoppen Mayor Robert Hayward offered to resign over differences with the police chief but borough council rejected the resignation.

The Wyoming County Planning Commission presented its first Certificate of Achievement for Creative Development to The Freez Dec. 15 in Tunkhannock.

Leslie Ellsworth, a 1938 Meshoppen High School grad, and former veterinarian for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Grange National Bank has appointed Phillip O. Farr as vice president. He has served as Mehoopany Township supervisor for the past 14 years.

Col. James May III and his son Capt. Jamie May were honored at the Northmoreland Baptist Church as the first father and son Army chaplains to serve at the same time.

Dr. Maurice Hunting welcomed Dr. Christopher Bereznak into the practice of dentistry.

40 Years Ago (1980)

Six inmates of the Wyoming County Jail assaulted a night guard Jan. 14, and then escaped. Three were captured in Sunnyside Cemetery two hours after the escape, and the other three holed up in a Mile Hill home before finally surrendering

A 90-day trial period allowing one hour free parking in areas of Tunkhannock previously controlled by parking meters will begin Monday.

In a few weeks, one of Tunkhannock’s oldest landmarks will be but a memory. That is the old steel bridge which has carried vehicles of all kinds across the Susquehanna River for almost 80 years.

A central sewage system for Lake Winola got one step closer to reality when the Department of Environmental Resources placed the project on its funding list.

Overfield Township Police Chief William Shaw said he plans to sue the township after it decided to freeze his present salary rate of $4 an hour and change his status from full-time to part-time.

Joseph Morgan, 71, a retired assistant cashier of Citizens National Bank, who was a World War II veteran and former teacher, as well as president of the Tunkhannock Cemetery Assn., died Jan. 10.

Hearty congratulations to Dan and Mildred Decker of Mehoopany, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Jan. 20.

60 Years Ago (1960)

The Lackawanna Trail board of education met Jan. 12 with members of the Benton Twp. board of education to explore a possible jointure between the two districts.

Oft-victimized Gay Murray Company, Tunkhannock, once more was the target of burglars early last Thursday, when guns valued at $750 were stolen from a showcase in the Bridge Street store.

Mrs. Genevieve Connell of Warren Street, whose term as Wyoming County Registrar and Recorder has expired, was honored at a luncheon at Prince Hotel.

Brothers Joseph and Ellis Lair from Lackawanna Trail High School were members of a group of over 80 delegates invited to Washington, D.C., to sing as the Christmas tree was being lit at the White House.

A heavy case load of the County Department of Public Assistance - the highest since the recession preceding the Korean War – may make it necessary to enlarge the present staff.

Army recruit John W. Bell of RD2 Meshoppen completed the lineman’s course at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Connie Adams, 6, of Laceyville, gained some national publicity when an Associated Press photographer took a picture of her with the first calf born at the 1960 Farm Show in Harrisburg.

William Daniels was installed as president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club meeting at the Prince Hotel.

80 Years Ago (1940)

The following THS boys and girls attended the Farm Show at Harrisburg: Dorothy Carps, Helen Anderson, Elma Ayre, Doris LaBar, Doris Wynd, Marie Stefanko, Louisa Phillips, Altheda Kester, Betty Shupp, Joseph Jurista, Joseph Macialek, Edward Layaou, Leonard Katkavich, William Gabriel, Joseph Gavel, and Roy Greenley.

William Overfield was burned seriously when a blow torch exploded while thawing a water pipe.

Motor police said a huge milk tanker, driven by Floyd Newhart of Meshoppen, turned the Lackawanna Trail into a ‘milky way’ when it overturned, spilling some 6,600 quarts of milk onto the highway.

The Stull Ice Co. has a large gang of men cutting ice at Mt. Springs. So far the ice is shipped and later the ice houses will be filled.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams are the proud parents of an 8 and a half pound son on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Keyes are moving from the Fields house on West Street to the Harding house on Susquehanna Avenue formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sinsabaugh.

A case of scarlet fever has appeared in the Springville School with Delia Jane Wademan the victim. Hope it will not spread through the school.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson McMicken celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Monday.

100 Years Ago (1920)

The house of Francis Malloy of Shannon Hill was destroyed by fire with practically all the contents a few nights ago. The family escaped only in their night clothes.

Meshoppen’s winter Chatauqua will be held on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday next.

The bake shop of Jennings & Stark is to be remodeled and enlarged.

Miss Katherine Edwards, who has been engaged by the Red Cross as county nurse, came to her work this week. Besides other duties, she will organize classes of adults or school girls wherever there is sufficient interest shown, for instruction in nursing, home sanitation, and emergency work.

The apartments occupied by A.G. Feldman on the second floor in the Stark block are being enlarged by an addition at the rear. The work is being done by S.F. Goble.

For sale: Neat, handy, one-horse sleigh for $12; pair of two-horse bobsleds for $15; a jumper cutter for $8; heavy two-horse lumber wagon for $25 – all bargains.

Mr. Malloy, census taker, was visiting homes in Mehoopany last week.

C.O. Button and wife of Lynn are rejoicing over a new baby boy.

Mark H. Keeney, son of Miles C. Keeney, of Laceyville, is ill of ‘sleeping sickness’ at the University of Missouri, where he is in charge of the dairy extension department.

120 Years Ago (1900)

Thousands of tons of ice were harvested throughout the county the past week. The ice averaged seven or eight inches thick and was as fine as one could wish for.

Bridgewater farmers are forming a stock company and intend to erect a creamery neat the intersection of Montrose and L & M railroad.

In view of the fact that Sheriff Ahira G. Gregory was about to retire from office and return to Meshoppen, a number of town people gathered at his home on Slocum Street Friday evening to bid him and Mrs. Gregory farewell. A handsome gold-headed cane had been purchased by subscription for Mr. Gregory and a handsome umbrella for his wife.

Nimble: Our school opened Monday after two weeks vacation.

Capt. R.W. Bannatyne has purchased the office fixtures of the late Judge Eastman and will succeed him in the pension soliciting business. He continues in charge of the post office just the same.

Next Sunday at the Baptist Church, Rev. Elkanah Hulley, principal of Keystone Academy, will have charge of the evening service and will speak about higher education.

The canning factory is up and is being readily enclosed. Mr. McKenzie is canvassing among the farmer, getting pledges as to how many acres of peas, beans, tomatoes, and corn each will cultivate for the factory this coming season.