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20 Years Ago (1996)

County commissioners approved a $6.1 million budget for 1997 with a 3 percent increase in property taxes.

After six years of planning and building, the FWM Fire Co. is now in its new home on Rt. 87 in Mehoopany.

A scheduled strike by the support staff of St. Michael’s School in Falls has been delayed because of a health situation.

The local coordinator for the Lazybrook development buyout says Tunkhannock Twp. is looking for specific ideas in how to use the site once all the homes are removed.

Tunkhannock Area High School student council officers for 1996-97 are Matt Wadas, pres.; Sara Slocum, v.pres.; Amanda Switzer, secy.; and Scott O’Neil, treas.

Roy C. and Kaye (Cawley) Lomg of Tunkhannock celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 8.

Weldon and Marilyn (June) Chamberlain, formerly of Wyoming County, recently marked their 30th wedding anniversary in Florida.

Edna Louella Marsh of Meshoppen will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 5.

Elk Lake High School hosted its first-ever forensics tournament with 18 teams descending on the campus. Taking first in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate was Elk Lake freshman Kurt Liebegott.

Eyre Price, president of Wyoming Sand and Stone, was recently elected chairperson of the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association.

40 Years Ago (1976)

The county commissioners approved Blue Cross-Blue Shield coverage for all county employees marking the first time hospitalization is to be provided through county funds.

The need for a joint Lake Winola-Mill City Wastewater Collection and Treatment System was again discussed at the Dec. 22 Wyoming County Planning Commission meeting.

Tunkhannock High School student council president Mike Shipe has been notified of his selection as a Century III Leader state winner by Owen Kierman, executive secretary of the National Association of High School Principals.

The Prince Hotel is acquiring a brand new juke box for its New Year’s Eve party.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold its second annual Christmas Tree burning service on Sunday.

Jerry Marish of Lake Winola left on Wednesday of last week for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he is in basic training in the U.S. Army.

The holiday season was fittingly observed throughout by the residents of the Methodist Manor.

Little Shelly Stage of Lake Winola has been ill with tonsillitis and was unable to return to her kindergarten class.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kilmer marked their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 21.

Area residents who need to visit an Internal Revenue Service office will find the one in Scranton open to assist taxpayers.

60 Years Ago (1956)

A clinic for polio inoculations for eligible children will be held Friday, Jan. 25, above Fitze’s Department Store in Tunkhannock.

The neighborhood Girl Scout meeting held at the Prince Hotel Monday evening was attended by a large number of leaders and committee women. It was announced that the annual Girl Scout cookie sale will be held in March.

Sub-zero temperatures prevailed throughout this area the first two nights of the week. The mercury dropped to 16 degrees below zero on the river banks Sunday night and they quivered at 15 below Monday.

Charles Brothers Super Market ad: Meaty spareribs, 43 cents a pound; center cut pork chops, 79 cents a pound; meat loaf, 39 cents a pound.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob M. Brunges left Tuesday to attend the State Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Mrs. Vincent Bishop entertained members of her bridge club on Monday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Belles, of Russell Hill, announce the birth of a daughter on Friday, January 11, 1957. The baby has been named Chris Ann.

Springville resident Claude Avery reported a reading of 25 degrees below, while Leslie Lockwood at Jenningsville said it was 20 below at his home.

Joe Koshin, a member of the faculty of Keystone Junior College, will speak on the topic of “Defensive Driving” at the Tunkhannock Rotary, in the Prince Hotel.

80 Years Ago (1936)

Mrs. A.D. Tewksbury celebrated her 91st birthday anniversary on Wednesday with a family dinner.

Hon. A.W. Cooke has returned to Tunkhannock after spending the holidays in Washington, D.C.

A recent issue of the Nassau Daily News published an interesting account of Howard Osterhout, whom they credit with having assisted in creating more pioneer aviation laws than any other lawyer in the world.

The Wyoming County Ministers convened yesterday at the M.E. Church. Rev. Frank Abbott addressed the meeting.

Lemon: Clifton Kelly broke his leg for the third time within a year when he slipped on the ice while walking with his cousin in Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

The regular Friday evening meeting of the Forkston Grange was postponed until Saturday.

County Auditors Robert Shoemaker, Russell Holmes, and Floyd Winans, and Attorney H.M. Lewis as clerk, are progressing with the county audit.

Support your hometown merchants.

Mrs. Fred G. Northrop, of Union Hill, called on Mrs. Korah Sands at the Robert Packer Hospital last week.

Evidently Floyd M. Crisman, of Meshoppen, has become tired of seeing the electric light pole on his store corner decorated with sundry posters and bills. Crisman and his clerks have erected a bulletin board which the public is invited to use for any and all public announcements.

100 Years Ago (1916)

Front page ad: The Victrola keeps the children at home and happy. Paul Billings and sons, Corner Tioga and Warren Sts., Tunkhannock.

Ice cutting has begun on some of the ponds and lakes.

A horse belonging to Albert Billings at Lake Winola broke its leg by kicking in the stable and had to be killed.

Meshoppen Borough will hold a special election Feb. 6 to vote on the question of bonding the town for the purchase of the Meshoppen Water Company’s system.

Dimock: Most of the automobiles here are now gone into winter quarters.

Shupp Hill: Jasper Ball has purchased the farm of the late Chas. Freeman.

Bills posted here are calling for help in harvesting ice at Tobyhanna.

The concrete is being poured for the walls of the Lehigh Valley pumping station these days, but storms and cold weather make the work go slowly.

The ditching of a car on gravel near Lake Carey, Friday afternoon, delayed traffic on the Montrose branch for some time.

The sending out of Sunday mail in a sealed pouch on train No. 1 from Laceyville has been discontinued.

Cpl. Edward J. Deichert, who has been with the National Guard in Texas for several months, will return to his former positions at the B.L. Billings furniture store about the middle of January.

The Public Library will be open on Friday this week, instead of Saturday.

120 Years Ago (1896)

Peter Ace is breaking ground for a barn 26x54 feet, to which, when completed, he will transfer his livery business.

The house of Ruel E. Billings on East Tioga Street was badly damaged by fire and water on Tuesday afternoon.

John Conrad, 68, of Avery, died Saturday night, after an illness of considerable length. He was a Civil War veteran.

Miss Lizzie Hefferane, who is taking a course at Wood’s Business College, Wilkes-Barre, is home for holiday vacation.

Harry Morenus and Miss Jennie Barber were married by Esquire Kutz, a few days since.

Hugh Phinney is preparing to put up a two-story brick building on Burdock Park next to the opera house, to which he will remove his harness shop.

Mrs. E.E. Spaulding presented the Baptist church with a new Estey organ a few days since.

William Fox, car inspector at this station, was crushed to death by the train wreck on Thursday night as it was backing up to put a car on the siding.

Alleging that the Standard Oil Company is using a method for taking the moisture out of natural gas which he devised and for which he is receiving nothing, Arthur Squier, of this place, has brought suit to recover.

Miss Martha Lobeck instructs a class in German and music at Meshoppen.