20 Years Ago (1999)
Tunkhannock Area’s Steve Fisher finished second in the 50-freestyle event in 21.65 seconds at the state swim meet at Penn State. He also picked up a fourth in the 100 free and helped the 200 free relay team (also including Jim Hudock, David Dussinger and Jason Dobrinski) to a ninth place finish. The 200 medley relay team of Levi Bonnice, Caleb Shiffer, Dobrinski and Dussinger. TA junior Justin Tyson finished tenth in the state diving championship.
Michelle Huff, 19, the all-time leader in women’s basketball scoring at Keystone College was killed in a one-car crash Wednesday.
Elk Lake sophomore Rhi Shingler was named to the Lackawanna AA girls’ basketball all-star team by coaches.
Todd Welker tossed in 18 points to lead Death and Txes to a 55-38 win over Kilmer‘s in the Tunkhannock Community Basketball League.
Trappers John Vieczorek Jr., John Vieczorek Sr. and Wendell Coolbaugh recently caught 25 beaver pelts in the Susquehanna River.
Fishermen are contending with signs posted by Reading & Northern Railroad about river access.
People remembered baseball great Joe DiMaggio, who died March 8, and was especially recalled by Joe Glenn’s son whose dad shared a rookie season with the Yankees in 1936.
40 Years Ago (1979)
In the District 12 Class A semifinals, Elk Lake boys beat Wallenpaupack, 59-54. However, Forest City was ready for the Warriors and beat them, 59-56, last Friday for the District 12 Class A Boys championship. Despite the loss Elk Lake went into the Inter-District playoff competition, and is to face Notre Dame-Green Pond.
In the Class A girls, Elk Lake beat Pocono Catholic, 42-35, led by Jeanette Bronson with 14, but dropped a tough loss to Wallenpaupack, 49-44.
Lackawanna Trail’s girls were defeated early in the playoffs by Wallenpaupack, 65-45.
Tunkhannock’s girls reached the end of the road in the playoffs with a 62-51 loss to Dunmore. Gail Hawk led the Lady Tigers with 17.
Trail sent four grapplers to wrestling regionals at Williamsport with Mike Burak, taking fourth at 98 pounds. Other Lions at regionals included Larry Rossi, Mike Green and Ken Pugh.
Tiger Roger Daniels competed at wrestling regionals at 185 pounds but did not qualify for states. He did earn one win in consolations, which gave him 61 career wins, tying him with a school record set by Jack Penek who held the record outright.
The Tunkhannock High School girls and boys varsity volleyball teams are undefeated in the early 1979 season after downing Blue Ridge and Susquehanna.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Tunkhannock High opened its volleyball season Last Friday night with a hard fought win over an unexpectedly tough sextet Blue Ridge.
Those back from last year’s varsity, which finished second in the state finals, are back for another season. They are: Jimmy Borgeson, Bob Eggleston, Jack Bowman, Frank Miner, Rick Stevens, Lefty Robinson, and Dick Montross. Other varsity squad members are Jimmy Place, Ralp Conrad, Lou Marabell, Bill VanDuzer, Gene Johnson, Bob Daniels, Dick Gregory, and Charley Kovalchick.
In the Tunkhannock Businessmen’s Bowling League, all five men hit over 500, but Penelec missed a new league record by only nine pins. Bill Gaylord contributed a 201, 200-592, and Glen Shoemaker a 201-66.
In Tri-County Women’s Bowling League action, the Tyler Oil Rollettes were led by Helen Titman, Ruth Carter and Ruth Clapper.
Little League baseball registrations will be in Tunkhannock on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21. Boys wishing to play in Little League or Squidget League this summer must appear at Turrell Motor Company between 3:30 and 9 p.m., Friday, or Saturday until 5 p.m. Boys in the area served by the Tunkhannock Joint Elementary Schools and who are at least eight years old and will not be 13 prior to Aug. 1 are eligible.
80 Years Ago (1939)
Dalton High School’s undefeated defenders of the Suburban League, in basketball, captured the District 12 PIAA championship on Monday night with a 45-32 victory over Nicholson, the Keystone League representative, before a crowd of about 900 in the local armory.
Last night Dalton met Williamsport, winner of District 4, in an inter-distrct contest, which game also was to be played in the Tunkhannock armory.
In the summer of 1938, a group of young men in Tunkhannock, interested in horseback riding, formed a riding club which has grown steadily and become one of the major sports of the town. Following the county fair in September arrangements were made with the Fair Association for the horses to be stabled on the fairground. The stables consist of box stalls with feeding troughs and feed boxes, equipment room and electric lights. For a short time the members took turns caring for the horses for a week at a time, but recently a groom has been acquired.
The Happy-Go-Lucky Club held a roller-skating party last Friday evening at West Falls.
Four bears are reported to be making their home in the woods near the large Norris farm in Dimock Township.
100 Years Ago (1919)
The Coleman Memorial basketball team of Sayre was defeated at Laceyville by Laceyville on Saturday night, 19-15
Montrose is agitating the question of building a community house and gymnasium.
The Lake Transit Company, running boats on Harveys Lake, has increased its rates from 10 to 15 cents one way and from 20 to 30 cents round trip fare. Rates for special boats or launches are increased accordingly.
Two large flocks of wild geese were seen in this vicinity Tuesday morning flying northward, and omen of an early spring.
The State Forestry Commission planted seed for about 6 million trees the past year, comprising all kinds of forest timber native to this section, but up to Jan. 1, there had been applications for only about 330,000 seedling trees. This is rather discouraging to the department. There is much waste land that should be re-timbered, and setting trees is not nearly as laborious as many people think.
Wanted: Raw Furs. Highest Market Price. At John Loftus’ bran, Tunkhannock, Pa., every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. H.R. Tague. Bell Phone 87-0, Tunkhannock Exchange P.O., Tunkhannock, Pa., R.D.2.