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20 Years Ago (1997)

Relatively few people chose to speak at a public hearing Thursday about the proposed Tunkhannock bypass, but most of those who did had one main concern- noise.

Arlene Corby was congratulated on her last day of work as a postal carrier in Factoryville after 24 years.

Tunkhannock Area High School students including Rebecca Lane and Dan Williams have been busy rehearsing for their upcoming spring musical, ‘Grease.’

Mile Hill Auto Parts is celebrating its 20th year of serving the Wyoming County community.

The former Village Antique Mall is taking on a new look and a new name as the Apple Wagon Antique Mall. New owners are George and Lynne Delano.

Wyoming County has been awarded $150,000 from Gov. Ridge’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program to clean up the abandoned Siltex Plant in Lemon Township.

The last vestiges of a community can be seen at the Lazybrook Development in Tunkhannock Township as nearly all of its 74 modular homes have been removed from the once flood-ravaged area.

The stark white walls of the main hallway at the Wyoming County Courthouse will be transformed into an art gallery with the first art show set to debut April 4 in a show by Martha Sampson and Barbara Kapalski.

40 Years Ago (1977)

The Wyoming County Commissioners have appointed Paul Nulton Jr., Beaumont, as the acting Civil Defense director of Wyoming County.

While two Wyoming County landfills are appealing the Department of Environmental Resources’ order that they must close, individuals residing in the county still face a very real crisis insofar as sites to dump waste are concerned.

An arts and crafts program is offered to Wyoming County special children on the first Friday of every month.

Miss Joy Lynn Tomlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Tomlin, returned recently from a 2-week trip west.

Debra Anne Sheridan, of Lemon Township, has recently been notified of her acceptance as an exchange student in England.

A lapboard party sponsored by the Lake Winola Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will be held Friday.

Tony Adams, planetarium director for the Tunkhannock Area School district, has announced that a spring program has been scheduled for public presentation.

Cleve and Belle (Johnson) Ross of Lenoxville will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house March 27.

A Jaycees chapter to be known as the Wyoming County Jaycees, is being formed under the sponsorship of the Back Mountain Jaycees.

An Eagle Scout award was recently presented to Eugene Trowbridge of Springville, the first such award in 22 years.

60 Years Ago (1957)

Kenny Leslie, 8, of RD4 Tunkhannock, will soon be auditioning for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. He is an outstanding pantomimist.

The Tunkhannock Scholarship Loan Fund has gained national recognition through an article appearing in the March issue of the Kiplinger Magazine.

The Tunkhannock High School band, under the direction of Peter Cortese, will present an assembly concert at the Coughlin High School, in Wilkes-Barre.

Timing his arrival to coincide nicely with the opening of the Tyler Hospital Fun drive, the infant son of Paul and Helen Wells, of Troy, became the 3,000th baby born at the Meshoppen institution when he arrived Saturday night at 11:20.

Patricia Miller and Judy Krewson of Tunkhannock and Janis Huggler of Lake Carey will be making their televison debut on Channel 34 as the dance on the ‘David Blight Show.’ The girls are from the Blight Studio on Warren Street under the direction of Miss Ann Cook.

Farr Hollow has a new Donkey train as an added attraction for Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Lew Robinson is the engineer.

Mrs. Thomas Jacob, Mrs. Donald Williams, Mrs. Alvah Fassett and Mrs. Henry Dunn attended the flower show at Philadelphia Tuesday.

For sale: Team of well-matched good working mules.

The Nicholson Teeners’ Club is sponsoring a supper meeting in the cafeteria of the Nicholson High School. A 10 cent reservation will cover the cost of the supper.

80 Years Ago (1937)

Gay-Murray will conduct its annual party and spring opening next weekend. This event, surpassed only by the Wyoming County Fair, annually draws thousands of persons to Tunkhannock.

Union Hill: Walter Zenger is installing a bathroom in his house.

A measure introduced in the legislature at Harrisburg, if approved, will reduce the driver’s license fee from $2 to $1.

The electric store of Horlacher & Sick is greatly improved by alterations completed yesterday by Wilson Miner, carpenter, aided by employees of the firm.

Triton Hose Company was called to the Fleitz Farms, on the Vosburg Neck, Tuesday afternoon when a grass fire threatened the farm buildings.

Miss Helen Tewksbury, student at Mt. Holyoke College, and Rowland Tewksbury, of Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J., have been spending the spring vacation here with their parents, Dr. and Mrs. W.B. Tewksbury.

Forkston: Rev. Denison has been putting some much needed work on the Root Hollow roads the past week.

No. Mehoopany: Mrs. Pauline Crapser supplied as teacher one day last week for Mrs. Fields.

Old March isn’t so lamb-like these last days of the month.

Lymanville: W.H. Brooks, A.R. Lyman and G.T. Moore and families are enjoying electric lights. Some more families will have them as soon as they get the wiring completed.

Noxen: Miss Affa Blizzard has accepted a position in Wilkes-Barre.

100 Years Ago (1917)

Undertaker George A. Carter, of Meshoppen, has placed an order for a motor hearse for use in his business.

Nicholson High School will graduate seven students: five boys and two girls this year provided they all pass.

Factoryville last year had an increase of $60,000 in bank deposits. Factoryville is a dry town, and not a little of the big increase is attained to its being dry.

Mill City: Hilldale book club will meet with Mrs. D.C. Vosburg Monday afternoon next week for gymnasium work.

The McKown garage has sold over 40,000 gallons of gasoline over April 1 of last year. There are six places in town where gasoline is handled, and if each of the other dealers did as well, it is easy to figure the amount of liquid that has been burned in this section in that length of time.

Track Superintendent John Camp and Henry M. Lewis, notary public, went over the line between Falls and Wyalusing on Friday and swore in all station agents, telegraph operators, section foremen and part of the section hands as deputy sheriffs. This precaution was taken in view of both impending war and a railroad strike.

One school director, to succeed Jas. F. Day, will be elected in Tunkhannock Borough this fall. The term is six years.

A bird house contest was organized in the third, fourth, and firth grades of the public schools by the respective teachers, Miss Lillian M. Childs, Miss Susan Jennings, and Mrs. Adelaide Hawke, who offered prizes consisting of The Cousins books.

120 Years Ago (1897)

An old landmark, one of the ancient willow trees, has been removed from the foot of Putnam Street by Street Commissioner Carpenter.

Mrs. Phebe Squier, mother of our townsmen, W.N. and N.W. Reynolds, has reached the age of 75, and a number of relatives went up to her home at West Nicholson yesterday to celebrate the event.

Painters are busy. Among the blocks upon which they have been working this week are the hardware store of A.P. Williams, the clothing store of P. Marks and the hardware store of the O.S. Mills.

The passenger engines on the Lehigh Valley are being equipped with Crosby chime whistles, which are much better than those used before.

Peep frogs were out the early part of the week.

Eatonville: William Glacier, who is always trying to improve this little town by investing his money in it, is to make a change in front of his home. When he gets through, I think he will have one of the prettiest houses in this place.

Marcy: Once more the ice has gone out of Lake Carey.

J.K. Slawson presented his daughter Mary with a fine chickering piano from the warerooms of L.B. Powell Co. of Scranton.

A week ago yesterday was the 32nd anniversary of the great flood of 1865 in the Susquehanna River. Sixteen of the 18 buildings at Skinners Eddy were swept away by the mad waters.

Nicholson: It is reported that the prospects are that the creamery at this place will discontinue business soon.