20 Years Ago (2000)
Despite a rainbow that promised a dry evening Friday, 242 Tunkhannock Area graduates got a drenching rain mixed in with their diplomas. Valedictorian was Ethan Bancala, and Salutatorian Dorothy Walline.
Some 86 seniors became Elk Lake grads June 13, led by Kurt Liebegott, valedictorian, and Jeffrey Roberts, salutatorian.
Gay’s True Value is looking to mark its 86th anniversary in Tunkhannock with a Founders Day celebration. Visitors to town will get a sneak preview of the soon-to-be renovated Dietrich Theatre/Wyoming County Cultural Center.
A new Burger King restaurant in Eaton Township is slated to open for business June 22.
Wyoming County is among nine counties eligible for $3.1 million in federal, state and local funds to address lead paint hazards.
Angie Podlaski and John Burke are set to tie the wedding knot on June 24.
Recently reelected Wyoming County Conservation District officials are Harold Grow, chair; Dana Dowling, vice chair; and members Tony Litwin, Victor Cappucci, and Milton Tague.
Bryan H. Roy-Smith, a Tunkhannock Area student in the U.S. Army Delayed Training Program, reports to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on June 19, for basic training.
40 Years Ago (1980)
From ruin to resurrection is what has taken place on Tioga Street in downtown Tunkhannock. Property owners and businessmen have virtually restored the buildings burned out in a New Years day fire.
Laceyville Borough Council awarded a $12,637 bid to the Wyoming Sand and Stone Company of Tunkhannock Tuesday night for road improvements on Main Street in Laceyville.
The April rate of unemployment for Wyoming County has dropped slightly to 11.5 percent still way above the state’s 7.3 percent.
As expected, the Wyoming County Planning Commission, Wednesday recommended a proposed Tunkhannock bypass be given top priority in PennDOT’s 12-year highway plan.
Edward A. Freeman, 67, of Beaumont, died Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre. He and his wife formerly operated the Freeman Trailer Court.
Everett and Gwen (Winters) Sickler will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18.
A low-to-moderate income housing project proposed for Falls Township may come one step closer to reality Friday when the Wyoming County Housing Authority meets in a special session.
Deborah Gates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Shupp, has been appointed to U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant at Ramstein AFB, West Germany.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Arthur B. Cole of Meshoppen, owner of A.B. Cole & Son Inc., died Sunday at Robert Packer Hospital. He was 59.
A Hillbilly Jamboree Reunion, with 10 different bands, is set for July 4 at the Trail Inn picnic grounds in Meshoppen. Bobby Zona will be master of ceremonies.
Ray and Jennie (Scheatzle) Hallstead of Lake Winola will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on June 26.
Burgess Walter D. Reese warned local householders this week that garbage and tin cans place at the curb for collection must be in metal containers.
Miss Millie Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Brooks, of Mehoopany, will represent Tunkhannock at the 19th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival, at Wellsboro.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Shebby, of Duryea, have purchased a Lake Winola property from Mr. and Mrs. Edward Powers, of West Pittston.
The quota for Tyler Memorial Hospital 1960 fund drive has been set at $25,000.
Many from throughout this section were at Lake Carey the last few days to see the house boat that the Rev. Richard Teachout is taking back to Africa.
Jack Remakis Jr., a THS grad from 1946 now of Norfolk, Va., has been commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He is Chief on the U.S.S. Orion.
80 Years Ago (1940)
At the meeting of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club on Friday at Hotel Graham, Dr. W.B. Tewksbury led a discussion of the present war and the necessity of our being fully prepared.
Principal Frank T. Dolbear has obtained the first diploma ever awarded by Tunkhannock High School. The diploma was received by Miss Anna Stanton on May 12, 1882. It was signed by John M. Garman, principal, and will be framed and placed in the main hallway of the school.
Fifty years ago this September, Tunkhannock Cemetery Association trustees purchased seven acres of land, naming it Sunnyside Cemetery. Three times since then, more land has been added. On Tuesday, a purchase was concluded whereby the association now owns more than 100 acres from the portion of the T.G. Walter farm north of the Lehigh Valley Railroad tracks.
Ira J. Bell, a graduate of Tunkhannock High School in the class of 1940, has been awarded the state scholarship assigned to Wyoming County.
William Van Gorden, 66, Meshoppen Township farmer, was seriously injured Tuesday when his team of mules that had been harrowing a field, ran away, dragging him beneath the implement.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miner of Eatonville are rejoicing over the birth of a son, Terence, on June 4.
Peter J. Staymets, 75, of Mehoopany, died at his home Monday morning.
100 Years Ago (1920)
Sen. Warren Harding of Ohio, who last week in Chicago, Ill., became the Republican nominee for president, is a relative of the Hardings here. He was in Tunkhannock about a year ago.
The Chatauqua tent was pitched on the baseball ground on Monday and crowds are attending the entertainments afternoon and evening.
Graduating exercises at Keystone Academy scheduled for last week were called off, the institution being put under quarantine because one student had scarlet fever.
The graduating exercises of the Falls Vocational School were held at the M.E. Church at Mill City, but the church edifice being too small, people had to be turned away. The graduating class was four boys and four girls. Salutory by Austin Rogers and Valedictory by Hannah DeWitt.
A.H. Harris, a contractor of Laceyville, was charged with owning the car that ran down and killed 6-year-old Robert White in Dunmore last December.
The Commercial Club of Meshoppen will celebrate the good old Fourth in the good old-fashioned way. Music all day by the James Brass Band of 50 pieces.
Martin V. Keeney, a Civil War veteran of Keeney’s Ferry near Laceyville at 81, is dead, passing away June 11, at the home of son Fred.
120 Years Ago (1900)
A contract for building a stone culvert over Swail Brook, near the electric light plant, has been let to Hiram Cortright. When done, Third Street is to be extended through to the canning factory.
People are much relieved when they discovered that the enumerator is collecting nothing but statistics.
The High School graduating exercises will be held at Piatt’s Opera House, tomorrow evening, followed by a banquet of the alumni.
Among those attending the Republican national convention in Philadelphia are Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Borden and Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Harding, of this place, and Robert Atkinson, Vose.
Hon. A.H. Squier will attend the Democratic national convention at Kansas City.
John Lee, of South Eaton, left on Train No. 1 Tuesday for Cape Nome, Alaska, where he goes in search of gold.
The new National Bank at Meshoppen opens July 1 for business, announcing the purchase of $25,000 worth of government bonds for bank note circulation. The bank is as complete as are those of greater pretentions in larger towns.
Forkston: Saturday evening a baseball rolled under Charlie Adams’ horse while hitched to a post in front of the hotel causing it to jump and overturn the buggy. Boys should stop playing ball in the street before a more serious accident occurs.