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20 Years Ago (1997)

A Friday evening blaze destroyed a Meshoppen Township home on Oliver Rd. owned by veterinarian John Lopatofsky and rented out to Joyce Peterson.

A ‘Meet Your Township Officials’ meeting held in Mehoopany was attended by supervisors Phil Farr, Art Henning and Ed Kintner as well as patrolman Bill Mackiw along with a speaker from Penn State addressing low-level radioactive waste management.

Kiwanis District Gov. Carl Schlapi was in town Saturday as the Tunkhannock club marked its 50th anniversary at Shadowbrook with 230 in attendance. Longtime member John Morgan reminisced about the club’s highlights.

Army Reserve Pvt. Crystal Davis, formerly of Mehoopany, and Army PFC Darrell W. Huffman, formerly of Tunkhannock, graduated from the chaplain asst. course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

The Benjamin Bartron farm in Washington Township was designated a Century Farm recently.

Nan DeMarco was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Wyoming County United Fund.

Peg Ball was chosen as Woman of the Year by the Wyoming County Democratic Women’s Society.

Meghan Smith of Elk Lake finished sixth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Tourney in Selinsgrove.

40 Years Ago (1977)

Wyoming County has made a bid for a $1.7 million public works grant to build a new jail in Tunkhannock.

Residents of Northmoreland Township are invited to a meeting April 28 to discuss a contemplated volunteer fire company for the township.

Ralph Sheldon was elected president of the AAA Motor Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Wyoming County Planning Commission recommended approval of an application for a loan from the Farmer’s Home Administration to construct 24 units of elderly housing in Nicholson Borough last Wednesday evening.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Tuesday morning at the site of the new Beaumont Elementary School, on Route 309, in Evans Falls.

Dietrich Theatre has ‘King Kong’ by the Dino DeLaurentiis Corporation.

Dolores (Miller) and Edward Kapolka of Keelersburg marked their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house.

We really had plenty of rain over the weekend. There were hard thundershowers Saturday evening with electricity being off for about an hour.

Nimble: Lightning struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Brooks Saturday evening, starting a fire in the upstairs.

Forest fire was on the rampage last Wednesday at German Hill, resulting in extensive damage to a large wooded lot.

60 Years Ago (1957)

Samuel J. Price, prominent Meshoppen resident for the past 60 years, died April 19. The Wales native came to this country at the age of 17. He was a partner in the department store of Sheridan & Price, retiring about 12 years ago.

Mrs. Donald Sick has been spending several days with relatives in New York City. Last Thursday, she appeared on the TV program, ‘The Price Is Right’ emceed by Bill Cullen. As a result of coming closest to the price of a $249 sewing machine, sh was awarded it.

Mrs. Alton Stark, of West Street, entertained at a birthday party on Thursday night in honor of Alton Stark Sr.

Lack of patronage has forced the Dietrich Theatre to discontinue Saturday matinee shows. Also Wednesday and Thursday evening shows have been cancelled.

Miss Peggy Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Davis, of Mill City, returned to Marywood College after having spent the Easter vacation with her parents.

Briar Ridge: Traffic was heavy on the scenic route over the weekend.

Lymanville: We’re trying to get used to a rural mail route up this end of the community. The mail boxes are all startlingly new and shiny.

Charles Bros. advertises chuck roast at 29 cents a pound, and Kraft caramels at 37 cents for a one pound package.

80 Years Ago (1937)

A big improvement has been made at the Square Deal Garage on Allen Street, Meshoppen. One of Tyler & Cole’s gasoline power shovels has been operating there and has cleared away the bank.

The Nicholson History Club, which is a member of the Federated Woman’s Clubs of Lackawanna County, will have an all day session on April 29th.

Mrs. LeRoy Proper and Mrs. Francis Shaughnessy entertained at a bridge party.

Jay Evans, of West Tioga Street, severely injured his right arm Monday in a fall when he jumped to avoid being struck by a tractor.

H.E. Hobbs, of Tunkhannock, was delivering Rawleigh products.

Vernon: Douglas Evans has purchased a new Whippet car.

Union Hill: Mrs. B.H. Caldwell and children were calling at the Day and Northrup homes Saturday.

North Mehoopany: George Comstock, who has been staying with his grandmother Mrs. Abbie Comstock to recuperate from his operation for appendicitis, will be returning to school soon.

Mr. Dolbear completed giving the Sones-Harry Achievement Test to the senior class this week.

Ad: American Auto Store-Buy 2 tires for economy, 4.50-20. 2 for $8.50. Liberal Trade-In Allowance on your old tires. West Tioga & Warren Sts.

100 Years Ago (1917)

Frost Burgess has purchased the imported French stallion, ‘Isatis,’ from a syndicate of horse breeders at Nicholson.

The Baltimore Orioles have arrived.

The traffic signs were planted at the street corners Monday.

Ad: Domestic Supply Company- Old false teeth bought, broken or any condition. We pay up to $5 a set, according to value.

Excursionists to the woods are bringing in trailing arbutus blossoms, anemones and violets.

Letters from Miss Alfa Stark tell of safe arrival at Japan on the way to China.

The rumor that the brick-work of the Lehigh Valley pumping station will have to be taken down in order to build the concrete higher was evidently a mistake. The pumping machinery is now being installed.

Louis Ansart, a former Tunkhannock boy, but now employed in the patent office at Washington, D.C., was in town this week.

The squad of National Guardsmen under Sgt. Champion, which has been guarding Vosburg tunnel, will be transferred on Saturday to Lanesboro, where they will watch the stone viaduct of the Erie railroad company.

The Belmont Hardware plant shut down for a few days, awaiting some repair parts for the engine.

A farewell social will be held Friday at the M.E. Church at East Lemon to honor Rev. W.S. German, who moves to Orson.

120 Years Ago (1897)

Arthur H. Barham is breaking ground for a new house at the corner of Bridge and Third Streets.

Strawberries are in the local markets.

School at the Gravel Hill independent district closes tomorrow. Prof. W.M. Wood, the principal, contemplates going to North Urbana, N.Y., to visit his parents immediately thereafter.

Peaches and cherries have been in bloom for several days.

Nicholson Borough School has closed.

The gas pressure at the Lovelton well was tested Monday and found to considerably exceed 500 pounds to the square inch.

Meshoppen: repairs on the iron bridge are nearly completed. The work is delayed for a few days by lack of planks.

Measles are breaking out in spots about the county.

The only butcher at Noxen has been forbidden to keep his market on Sunday.

Among those off to New York to take in the Grant Monument dedicatory services were Col. E.S. Handrick, Newman Fitch, Dr. E.F. Avery and wife, John Alden and others.

Forest fires were burning near Vosburg the latter part of the week.

The cry of the whippoorwill is heard.

Eatonville: Sam Goble is pushing his new house right along. He is assisted by Messrs. O’Dell and Bowman, also by two Wilkes Barre carpenters.