From Our Early Files
20 Years Ago (1994)
A delegation from Tunkhannock came away from a meeting with PennDOT officials in Harrisburg Tuesday feeling more confident about plans for a Tunkhannock bypass.
Lackawanna Trail School District has announced that this year it will feature a salad bar as a third choice for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students.
Army 1st Lt. Carl Packer, a Tunkhannock Area High School grad, participated in the 78th Nijmegen march in Holland, a 100-mile 4-day walk from July 19 to 22.
Edwin and Marian (Engler) Myers who were married in the Tunkhannock Methodist Church in 1944, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Alexandria, Va. The couple is also planning a September trip to Paris, France.
Harold and Elizabeth (Greenley) Sickler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Meshoppen Fire Hall on Sept. 10.
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair organizers have proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 1, as ‘George Gay Day’ to dedicate the antique farm museum that the 86-year-old Gay has built.
First place winner in statewide individual competition in the recent 4-H Achievement Days at Penn State was Sarah Johnson, a member of the Paws and Tails Dog Training Club.
40 Years Ago (1974)
All schools in the Tunkhannock Area School District will open for the children on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
A tragic note is the first message to appear on the bulletin board which has been erected by the Tiger Booster Club at the entrance to Tunkhannock Area High School. The message asks for cards to be sent to Lee Baumgartner, who was stricken by visiting his son in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ground was broken Sunday by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the congregation‘s first church to be located across from the Pink Apple Restaurant.
A fire Sunday evening gutted the home of Carl Harvey of Lemon Township. The fire was discovered by a neighbor, Irving Witter, who called the fire companies.
Tunkhannock merchants have scheduled their second annual “Sidewalk Sale Days” for Aug. 23 and 24.
Pastor Jay E .Long of the Mehoopany Baptist church was ordained by the Gospel ministry on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl LaBar, Tunkhannock, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4. The occasion was celebrated with a family dinner at the Fireplace Restaurant.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Garinger, Tunkhannock, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Aug. 31, with an open house at their home at Evans Falls, 3-8 p.m.
Mrs. Elizabeth Yurksza and daughter, Ann Marie, of Tunkhannock, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Robinson of Laceyville, have returned after a trip through the Thousand Islands.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Polio struck to young children in Wyoming County during the past few days bringing the number of recent cases to four. These four victims are among those who need your help in the Emergency March of Dimes under way.
The following schools of the Elk Lake Joint Schools will open on Monday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m.: Dimock, Springville, Rush, Meshoppen, Auburn Center, and West Auburn.
The official opening of all schools in the Tunkhannock Joint schools will be Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Nearly 100 attended an open house at the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Griffin, Meshoppen, last Friday.
The barn of William Kuzma, Vernon, burned to the ground, with a quantity of hay and straw.
Miss Naomi Eggleston, has returned home after spending a week with Miss Linda Noll of Allentown.
Miss Dorothy Treible and Miss Jane Richards, of West Pittston, are on a 10-day trip through the New England states.
Mrs. Gladys Solanick and daughter Sherilyn and Miss Peggy Malone, of Meshoppen, spent last week at Clemens’ Lodge, Calabogie, Canada.
80 Years Ago (1934)
“Bigger and Better than Ever” Wyoming County Fair is promoted in the interest of the people of Wyoming County. A free chance on a new Chevrolet sedan will be given away with every ticket Friday night to the holder of the lucky number.
School bells will now ring.
Miss Lenora Hirkey, bookkeeper at the Gay-Murray store, is attending the World’s fair at Chicago.
Miss Marion Ace attended the wedding of Miss Gertrude Yetter, of Powell, on Saturday.
Married at Tunkhannock, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Arthur Dunlap, of Mehoopany, and Miss Grace Higgs, of New Jersey. Congratulations.
Bonham and Fitze, corner of Tioga and Warren Streets, are showing in advance winter fashions, featuring dresses at $3.95 and $4.95 in autumn and winter shades.
Miss Helen Dimmick, Noxen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Dimmick, has accepted a position in Atlantic City.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ellsworth of Wyalusing on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Broadbent, of Washington, D.C., are spending their vacation with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Honeywell.
Don Williams is visiting the Century of Progress.
100 years Ago (1914)
Cecil Ball, who has been driving delivery wagon for W.A. Jones and Co., has taken the civil service examination for mail clerk and passed, and is in line for a job.
During the storm of Wednesday evening last week, the barn on William Lane, Sugar Hollow was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
Earl Lindsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lindsey, was severely burned about the face and hands by the explosion of a can of carbine while working at the cut off.
The class of 1912 of the Tunkhannock High School held its reunion Tuesday in the form of a corn roast, on the edge of the Metcalf woods. Fourteen members out of 20 were present. The chief event of the evening was an eating contest in which Walter Robinson and Almon Baker struggled with supremacy, the laurel finally failing, to Almon due to capacity.
There will be a 10-cent social at the Presbyterian Church Aug. 28. All are invited.
Frank Bunnell, who purchased, The Perry Bunnell store at Auburn Four Corners, opened for business Tuesday.
120 Years Ago (1894)
After a long and tedious deadlock, the Tunkhannock Area School Board has finally decided upon a promising candidate for the principal of the borough schools. The successful candidate is F. Stanley Stebbins.
While F.L. Herman and wife were at the entertainment at the M.E. Church last Friday night, their home was broken into by sneak thieves. Keep your doors locked and your shotgun loaded.
Hugh Phinney has fitted up a harness shop in the deserted Chinese laundry building.
Miss Mary Hahn, of Meshoppen, was entertained by Miss Lizzie Broughton, the past week.
Montrose has decided to put in its own electric lights.
S.P. Armstrong, South Eaton, is building a cistern.
Gaylord and Robinson have made a first-class hostelry of the Jennings house.
E.M. Stark has been elected principal of the graded school. Mrs. Eva Denison is to teach the intermediate grade and Miss Bessie Easton the primary. School begins Sept. 17 in Mehoopany.
F.A. Rifenbury and wife, of South Joseph, Missouri, are spending a week at the Fitch Cottage, Lake Winola.