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20 Years Ago (2000)

Several dozen people of all ages marched and carried signs on the sidewalk in front of Gay’s True Value, which offered its parking lot for a rally, on behalf of farmers protesting low milk prices.

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce is planning its Ninth Annual Dinner Auction on Feb. 26 at Shadowbrook.

Nicholson Mayor Mark Novitch told borough council it needed to look at how revitalization funds have worked in other communities, like Wyalusing, to jump start commerce. Twelve businesses had vacated the borough in the past year.

Gladys A. Phillips, a graduate of the Tunkhannock High School Class of 1919, died Tuesday at the Greenley Personal Care Home. She was 99.

Top winners in the Tunkhannock DAR American History Essay Contest were Matt Barkley (5th grade), Henry Sick (6th) and Ashley Yale (7th); taking second place were Thomas Daniels (5th) and Matthew Prusko (7th).

Army Cadet Joseph R. Gorski of Meshoppen made the Dean’s List at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He is a 1998 graduate of Elk Lake.

The Winding River Players will present ‘Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain’ Dinner Theater at Shaffer’s Pink Apple, Feb. 26-27.

Dick and Reva Caswell are marking 50 years of marriage Feb. 19.

40 Years Ago (1980)

Because of the rising cost of gasoline and threats of a fuel shortage, Northmoreland Township residents are pleading to the Tunkhannock Area School District for a change to all-day kindergarten.

Lackawanna Trail School Board voted 6-2 Saturday in favor of constructing a new elementary school building.

William B. Setser, formerly of RD1 Meshoppen, died Sunday at Tyler Hospital It was his 92nd birthday,

Tunkhannock Borough Council borrowed $60,000 from United Penn Bank Thursday night to pay bills until anticipated tax revenue is received.

Organizers of the World Hunger Project set Valentine’s Day as their target date for enrolling one million people in their program to end hunger. That millionth person was announced Saturday as Bill Valentine of Russell Hill. He has been in a limousine to Studio 54 in New York City with 10 of his friends, eaten prime rib at Rockefeller Center, had his picture taken for Time magazine and been asked to make a promo trip to California.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Dellecave, Nicholson, who observed their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8.

Lt. Col. George T. Dietrich Jr., commander of the 529th Bombardment Squadron at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y., is to be promoted to the rank of colonel.

60 Years Ago (1960)

Charles B. Wall, 21, barely escaped death Sunday night when his car skidded off a township road and plunged over a 40-foot embankment and overturned in a creek.

A dance for all teenagers of the community – which may be the first in a series of such affairs – will be held tonight at Mogan’s, Eaton Road.

Forkston: Our area has plenty of snow and high winds and there was a considerable amount of drifting, yet school buses and milk trucks were able to get through Monday morning.

If ever the time was ripe for bringing the idea of forming a union school district in Tunkhannock jointure, it is now.

Clarence Case, a volunteer crew member since the inception of community ambulance service in Tunkhannock, was named last Friday by the board of directors of the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association to fill the unexpired term of the late Arthur Keefer.

Don Watt, poultryman from Jenningsville, has been named census crew leader for Wyoming and Sullivan counties.

Mrs. Effie (Ross) Sherwood died Monday in Nicholson at her son’s home. She was 83.

Around 200 Lincoln Birthday diners heard from George Bloom, chairman of the state Republican Committee, and William Scranton, candidate for Congress, in the Hotel Prince Monday evening.

80 Years Ago (1940)

Admiral Harold R. Stark, chief of Naval operations of the U.S. Navy, and native of Wilkes-Barre, will outline administration policies on national defense at the 9th Annual ‘Hello America’ VFW radio hour over the blue network of NBC.

The new bridge which is being built across the South Branch Creek just south of Arthur Kasson’s farm, is well underway. The old covered bridge is still there and is the last of three that spanned the South Branch.

Monday was a real spring-like day, with the thermometer rising close to the 60 degree mark.

P.L. Eheart has nearly completed alterations to his new store at the corner of Bridge and Tioga Streets.

The state administration has established a policy against hiring married women whose husbands are employed, Gov. James said last week.

Battery B is planning a roller skating frolic in the state Armory on Wednesday with fun events, races and novelties at 30 cents a person.

Death on Friday claimed Mrs. Catherine Kresge, mother of S.S. Kresge who founded the chain of stores. She and her late husband once lived at Bald Mount, Newton Twp.

The Wyoming County Boy Scout Court of Honor and Jamboree held Thursday at Tunkhannock High School was attended by Scout troops from Meshoppen, Nicholson, Noxen and Tunkhannock.

100 Years Ago (1920)

W.H. Palmer has bought the Woodhouse farm near Elk Lake, which will be occupied by his son-in-law, Joseph Dixon, in the early spring.

Mrs. Elliot Crandall died at her 72 Warren St. home about 11 a.m., yesterday.

A snowflake is an insignificant thing, but when multiplied times enough it becomes a formidable obstacle for even a giant locomotive. Railroaders everywhere in the east faced a difficult task during the storm and blizzard the latter part of the week, and on the Montrose branch it took two days and six engines, three snowplows, including the big “flanger” and about 75 five men with shovels to get the passenger train to Montrose and back.

As James Vaughn was passing along the Warren Street side of the Billings hardware store Monday, noon, a huge icicle fell and struck him on the head making a hole in his hat and cutting a gash in the scalp clear to the bone.

Dr. Lou Dennison was in this section looking after patients whom he had been unable to visit for several days on account of the heavy snow.

See Mary Pickford in ‘The Hoodlum,’the picture that broke all records at the Strand Theatre, Broadway. It’s at the Savoy Friday and Saturday, 15 and 30 cents.

Mrs. Fred B. Jemnings has been very seriously ill of erysipelas for days.

120 Years Ago (1900)

The electric lights at the river bridge were turned on for the first time Saturday.

The vacant lot at the corner of Tioga and Bridge Streets, popularly dubbed ‘Burdock Park,’ was purchased by Herrick Brothers on Tuesday, who will take immediate steps to erect a brick-block there on. Though having stood vacant ever since the great fire about a quarter century ago, this lot is one of the most desirable situations in town. The standing price for the lot alone was $4,000.

Peter McGee, landlord at the Warren Street Hotel, died at an early hour on Wednesday.

Tunkhannock Grange, No. 400, celebrated its sixth anniversary on Tuesday.

Winter still holds the Kopjes.

George H. McLeod, the carpet dealer, has a relic in the shape of a piece of metal from the powder magazine of the Battleship Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbor. It was presented to him by a friend.

Wyoming County stone dealers are hoping for the chance of furnishing some of the stone to be used in New York City’s underground railway.

Sidepath commissioners D.W. Stark, of this place; F.D. Bunnell of Meshoppen; and E.L. Day of Nicholson, met at this place on Saturday. They decided to levy the maximum tax allowed by law upon bicycles, which is $1.