20 Years Ago (2000)

An historical marker honoring Olympic champion Walter B. Tewksbury will be dedicated in Tunkhannock on July 21. Some 100 years earlier, he won five medals at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

Local race car driver Randall Paxton Jr. is having a tremendous season so far this season on Fridays at PennCan Speedway, and Saturdays at Dunn-Hill Raceway.

Tommy Dempsey, a former assistant coach at Susquehanna University, has been named head men’s basketball coach at Keystone College.

Earning trophies for their outstanding baseball performances during the season just passed, are Jeff Papi, outstanding pitcher and hitter; Brian Noreika, Mr. Hustle; Ryan Crispell, defensive award; Kevin Avery, coaches award; and Mike Burnside, JV MVP.

A number of area girls are enjoying Girl Scout Camp at the Kiwnais Wyoming County Fair Grounds, including Kimberly Martin, Amy Allen, Caitlin Good, Trisha Allen, Amanda Hammer, Stephanie Mahoney, April Tewksbury, and Cassie Ruhf.

The final five weeks of the Cliff Kingston Memorial Softball League will feature divisional games. Logomaster is well in front of the American Division. Only one-loss teams in the National Division are Park Place and Lake Carey.

40 Years Ago (1980)

Local youths are taking to a Moto-Cross dirt track at Keelersburg on the fringes of Tunkhannock borough.

The Tunkhannock Babe Ruth team looking to upset unbeaten Valley Vending had the tables turned Sunday, at the Bocar Field with Tunkhannock suffering a 17-3 loss. Bill Fassett and Mike Roth collected four of Tunkhannock’s eight hits.

Sporting an awesome offensive lineup, Triton Hose Company knocked off the Jaycees, 21-16 in a game leading into the annual fireworks display at Bocar Field.

The Endless Mountain Archery Club hosted the Northeast Regional State Championship target shoot at the club range on Stony Mountain Road. Sixty-three male, female and youth archers from all over the state participated.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will sponsor a new unit of Ducks Unlimited, a national organization that propagates ducks and other species in the United States and Canada.

Although the U.S. will not participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics, the thought didn’t stop Huston ‘Whitey’ Craige of Meshoppen from recalling back in 1928 when he wrestled in the Olympic trials in Kalamazoo, Mich.

At the Lakeland Golf Course in Fleetville, Steve Tacha of Sayre scored a hole-in-one on the No. 7 hole with Mike Hudock and Michele Smichowski witnessing the moment.

60 Years Ago (1960)

Two runs in the eleventh inning broke up a tight pitching duel between Jim Hudock and New Milford’s Lewis as Tunkhannock won a 4-2 Susque-Wyo League decision. UNC basketball teammate of Hudock Doug Moe got two hits, and Hudock collected 20 strikeouts in the marathon contest.

Falls scored freely in the late innings Sunday to defeat Jenks, 13-4, in a Bi-County League game played at Jenks. Mehoopany defeated Beuamont, 9-7, also in Bi-County action with Bill Kintner getting the win.

Donald Harding Jr., Wesley Anderson, and Sam Harding returned home the first of last week from a few days fishing trip to Canada.

Dr. and Mrs. John Cashin have returned from taking their son Peter to Ely, Vt., where he is spending a few weeks at Camp Norway.

Mrs. Stanley Dewitt returned Thursday from Short Hills, N.J. She was joined over the July 4th week by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaw, and they attended a baseball game at Yankee Stadium.

Saturday was Father and Son Cub Scout Day at Camp Acahela and Mehoopany was quite well represented: Gerald Tinna and son Bob; Steve Mowry, Scott and Rick; Art Kasson and Russell; and Edward Farr and Lloyd all attended and reported a most interesting time.

80 Years Ago (1940)

The two yacht races held at Lake Carey on the Fourth of July resulted as follows: Selingo, first; Coon, second; and Fassett, third. In the second race Selingo came in first; Coon, second and Ridgway, third.

Manager George Gay of the local town team reports that Edgar Jones, former Scranton athlete, now University of Pittsburgh standout, will pitch for South Montrose against the locals Saturday at the THS field. He has attracted the attention of major league scouts from St. Louis and Cincinnati.

The softball team at Osterhbout had a wiener roast on the ballfield Tuesday night.

Among those from Tunkhannock who attended the dedication services at the new Camp St. Andrew for Catholic Boys at Oxbow Lake were Thomas Boyce,

Miss Helene Boyce, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard, Misses Ella and Hattie Gilfoy,

James Fields, and Ray W. Greenwood.

A joint meeting of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs was held at the Pittston YMCA boys camp at Vosburg yesterday. The speaker was William J. Peck. Entertainment was provided by Captain Wademan and one of the camp boys. Seven boys on the Rotary’s crippled children list are attending the camp.

Tom Lewis dispatched a prowling rattlesnake near his home in Forkston


100 Years Ago (1920)

The Fourth was properly celebrated in Eaton Township. On the fairgrounds, the Sayre and Tunkhannock ball teams played an interesting game in the morning.

The Noxen ball team came down and played our Eatonville nine Saturday, with Noxen losing, 3-2.

Camp Carey and Camp Pokanoket, at Lake Carey, are both inhabited with boys now, the season for that sort of life being in full swing.

Last Sunday morning George Shippey, and a fishing party from Scranton, whom he had been chaperoning were gathered in by State Game Protector Walter Young and H. Bennett Hale of Dallas. The seven men were brought before Judge Vose and faced fines and costs for fishing on Sunday and outline without a permit.

With a view to establishing a fish and game preserve in Luzerne County, which has none at present, state representatives have inspected the wild land at what is known as Beth Run, along Bowmans Creek in the North Mountains section. Negotiations for the purchase of a tract of 8,000 acres are to be carried on, it is said, with Albert Lewis of Bear Creek, and Arthur L. Stull of Alderson.

John Learn of Mt. Pocono, a constable, was arrested and charged with having retained the teeth of an elk that was killed by a train at Mt. Pocono recently.

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