From Our Early Files
20 Years Ago (1994)
A ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of the Procter & Gamble Credit Union’s new Tunkhannock office with the county commissioners on hand, along with Judy Mead of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association, and Chris Strumski, credit union president.
Despite protests, residents of the Lackawanna Trail School District are in for a hefty 15.8-mill tax increase for the1994-95 school year.
The staff of Catholic Social Services announces the official opening of its new counseling office at 101 Warren St. on July 27, with Bishop James Timlin to be on hand.
Floyd and Doris (Newman) Brown of Laceyville will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary July 15.
An ordinance under consideration by county commissioners may not prohibit a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in the county, but they hope it will discourage one.
A turtle owned by John Porter of Mehoopany took first place in the pre-school category of the FWM 4th of July’s turtle race.
40 Years Ago (1974)
Tribute was paid last Thursday to William Schaefer, who retired last July 1 as sales and service superintendent of Northeastern Breeders Association.
Len Edwin Ennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ennis, Tunkhannock, was among 189 graduates who received M.D. degrees at the 150th commencement of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He graduated cum laude and was the recipient of the Lange Medical Publications Prize.
Ground has been broken for the United Methodist parsonage on a lot adjacent to the Lake Winola United Methodist church. The shell will arrive July 12.
Mrs. Amy Skinner returned home Tuesday from a two-week vacation with her daughter, Miss Sally Skinner, in Arlington, Va.
Tunkhannock Municipal authority has received a grant in the amount of $343,500 from the Environmental Protection Agency. The money is to be used for modifications and additions to the existing Tunkhannock Borough waste treatment plant and provide secondary treatment utilizing a contact aeration process.
The opening service for the Lake Carey Union Chapel for this summer season will be July 7. A warm invitation is extended to attend the service and those to follow during this 100th anniversary year of the founding of this chapel.
60 Years Ago (1954)
F.T. Dolbear,s supervising principal of the Tunkhannock Joint Schools, was elected supervising principal of the Clarks Summit Abington High School Monday night.
Last Saturday June 26, marked the 25th anniversary of one of Tunkhannock’s most spectacular fires, the burning of the Old Platt Opera House. Standing at the site of Bridge Street now occupied by the A&P supermarket, the buildings principal occupant at the time was Gay-Murray Company.
Captain Howard E. Wiggins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Wiggins, of Tunkhannock, averted what could have been a serious accident by his skillful and experienced handling of an F-94C jet aircraft, when he brought his plane in for a safe landing with only two gears down.
Firestine Brothers Super-Market is observing the first anniversary of the opening of the Tunkhannock store.
Leslie Turrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Turrell, entertained at a dinner and theatre party last Wednesday in honor of her ninth birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gritman, of Spruce Street, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary last Tuesday by entertaining several friends at the Jones’ cottage at Harvey’s Lake.
80 Years Ago (1934)
The free Methodist Church at Prospect Hill has been sold to Scott McCain and son Howard, who live nearby. The church was built in 1876 on land donated by the late James Flumerfelt, an uncle to Mr. McCain.
Notice has been received that with the close of business on June 14, the Osterhout post will be discontinued.
Drastic price reductions up to $50 bring Chevrolet to the record low price of $465 for Sport Roadster at Horlacher & Sherwood Inc., East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock.
Miss Helen Welch entertained Miss Jane Reese of Wilkes-Barre at her home over the weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Loomis and daughter Kathryn, took Mr. and Mrs. Claude Schooley and son to Brooklyn on Friday night to a shower for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schooley.
An Old Home Day chicken dinner will be served for 50 cents in the Lymanville Community House on July 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zenger have recently purchased the farm belonging to Mrs. Zenger’s father, Mr. Frank Kunsman.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Dixon, daughter, Evelyn, and son Kenneth, visited Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Walter, at Yulan, N.Y. on Sunday. Miss Helen McCain has been appointed on the executive committee of Keystone Junior College.
100 years Ago (1914)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams, a 10-pound boy.
Meshoppen and vicinity is providing places for 50 Fresh Air children from New York City, who are expected to arrive July 14.
J.D. Whipple, proprietor of the “Cherry Fruit Farm” at Laceyville, has 1,000 fruit trees, 5,000 raspberry bushes, besides gooseberries, currants, grapes and strawberries.
On the Fourth of July, the post office will be open from 9 to 11 a.m.
The speed limit for automobiles in town is 15 miles per hour, and no one should travel at a speed greater than one mile in 2½ minutes. The fine is from $10 to $25.
Married at the M.E. parsonage by Rev. L.E. Sanford June 7, Lloyd D. Farr and Lyda A. DeWolf, both of Jenningsville.
The Rubrights are occupying the cottage of James F. Day at Lake Carey.
H.F. Metcalf has purchased the J.J. Dukas property on West Tioga Street. It will be occupied by his son-in-law, Dr. W.B. Tewksbury, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ball and son, Ivan, have been spending a few days with the former’s sister, Mrs. Willard Long of Lake Ariel. Mr. Ball had the misfortune to fracture his arm while cranking an auto.
120 Years Ago (1894)
The hay crop will be abundant this season.
Oats are selling for 50 cents per bushel.
Fresh ham, nine cents per pound at the People’s Store.
The Georgia watermelon is taking the place of the vanishing strawberry.
The young men who are really in it as to style wear colored shirts, with cuffs to match, but white collars.
The fall and winter term of schools throughout the county will open about Sept. 1, and will be of six months duration.
They say that tea made from rain water is incomparably the best. Many of the fashionable housekeepers keep a stone jar in readiness to catch any chance rain, which, when obtained, is securely bottled and put on ice when needed.
Albert Sickler is home from New York to spend the fourth.
The reduction in money order rates took effect July 1. The minimum cost is three cents for orders not exceeding $2.50. The maximum that can be sent this way is $100 at a cost of 30 cents.