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20 Years Ago (1997)

Pilot Steve Gay and a student pilot escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon after an airplane crash at Skyhaven Airport.

Newly elected mayors at Tunkhannock (Norm Ball) and at Laceyville (Don Ridgeway) plan to get the public’s involvement to make their towns better places to live.

R. Willard Reese has received the George Keller Award from the Luzerne/Wyoming County Bureau of Aging for his work enhancing senior centers.

Meshoppen Borough Council President John Bunnell announced that PennVEST had approved a $963,020 loan for the borough’s new water system.

The Wyoming County United Fund campaign continues toward its 1998 goal of $240,000.

Tech. Sgt. Brenda J. Hall, a 1978 TAHS grad, was named NCO of the quarter at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

Stanley and Margaret (Siperko) Weaver of Tunkhannock will mark their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 12.

County commissioners have declared Dec. 6 as Angela Geary Day as she has been elected to the highest office in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

Lackawanna Trail School board members Donald Leonard, MaryLou Williams, Mark Seamans, David Schweitzer, and George Hayduk were sworn in Monday.

40 Years Ago (1977)

Tunkhannock School Board voted 8-1 to elect Roger Place as the District’s new superintendent at a salary of $36,000 a year.

James Dickson, of RD4 Tunkhannock, has been appointed Wyoming County Director of Civil Defense by Gov. Milton Shapp.

Robert Lobman, 24, of Watertown, N.J., has been found competent to stand trial for the murder of Isabelle Nagy, of Lake Winola, on June 17.

Residents who have signed petitions opposing the construction of a mini bank on the corner of Tioga Street and Maple Avenue and plan to take the issue before the Court of Common Pleas may find that their interests should have been stirred earlier.

As predicted when two landfills in Wyoming County were ordered to close by the Department of Environmental Resources, indiscriminate dumping along county roads has become worse.

Pvt. First Class Debbie Place, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Place of Mehoopany, completed basic training on Oct. 26 from Fort McClellan, Ala.

Laceyville’s oldest house will have its second annual Christmas Tea Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. until dusk

Paul Brotzman, 31, a 1964 Elk Lake grad now serving as deputy city manager of Claremont, Calif., has been elected president of the Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California.

60 Years Ago (1957)

James Turrell was reelected president of Triton Hose Company and Fred Shook was renamed Fire Chief.

The 40th annual dinner meeting of the Wyoming County Agricultural Extension Association was held on Nov. 21 in the all-purpose room of the Tunkhannock Elementary School building.

Charles Decker, of Kingston, sustained fractures last Saturday when he was struck by an automobile while crossing Tioga Street.

Rev. Kermit E. Greene, pastor of the Bardwell Union Church for 27 years and the Walls Corners Methodist Church for 22 years and police chief of Clarks Green, died Dec. 1 of a heart attack at home.

A gala reception is planned for Santa Claus as he arrives in Tunkhannock next Wednesday evening, Dec. 11.

Clarence and Leola (Bannatyne) Treible of Tunkhannock, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 11.

Charles and Ella (Kintner) Filkins will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 14.

Tunkhannock’s Boy Scout Troop had a Court of Honor in the Presbyterian Church Thursday. Those recognized: Douglas Gay, Star Scout; Robert Daniels, First Class; Robert Radle and Robert Miller, Second Class; Thomas Kuffa, Robert Miller, James Corcoran, Leonard Kile, and Edward Wilcox, Tenderfoot.

80 Years Ago (1937)

The first lady physician to open office in Susquehanna County has located in Thompson. She is Dr. Helen M. Beck, a graduate of the Women’s Medical College, Philadelphia, who has practiced in Factoryville for the past five years.

Superintendent Kehrli has been notified of the appointments of Miss I. Mildred Titus and Mr. S.C. Hulslander as advisers of vocational education for Wyoming County.

Miss Lille Gudman has reopened the gas station at Centermoreland formerly owned by the late Jack Judge.

The large barn on Stone’s Mountain View Farm, just below the Narrows on the trail, was destroyed by fire.

Steel reinforcements are nearly completed for the floor of the post office building and the concrete will be poured in the next few days, if weather permits. Photographer H. B. Asheld makes pictures each week, showing the progress of construction, forwarding some to Washington for inspection.

Union Hill: The Misses Marguerite Sheehan and Mabel Decker with Hazelle Allen and Helen R. Fields spent the weekend in New York City.

Mr. and Mrs. John McCarroll of Colley marked their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon during homeroom period, Miss O’Holleran, the county nurse, spoke to the ninth grade on tuberculosis.

100 Years Ago (1917)

As soon as practical after Congress convenes in December, the draft law doubtless will be changed to lower the age limit to 18.

The Bliss Store will inaugurate a cash system on Dec. 15 with only two deliveries a day.

Byron S. Hollingshead, president of Scranton-Keystone Junior College was elected president of the Junior Council of the Middle States Association of Junior Colleges

The electric light company installed its new engine the fore part of the week. The town had to do without electric current while change was going on, but lights are better now.

Percy Miller, son of Jabez Miller, corner of East Harrison and Pine Streets, received his commission as first lieutenant at Fort Niagara this week.

The first real touch of winter came with light falls of snow and a temperature into the teens this week.

Poles are set and wires strung for Meshoppen’s electric street lights.

The Lackawanna Cutlery Company of Nicholson is turning out about 500 dozen knives a week, and employs about 35 hands, men and women.

The firm of Cooper & Rosengrant, which has done a teaming business for the past year or two, has been dissolved by mutual consent.

Wanted: Girl, 16 years or over, as operator at Tunkhannock central office. Permanent position. Commonwealth Telephone Company.

120 Years Ago (1897)

Teachers attending the Institute will find good board and warm rooms at 75 cents per day at Arthur Barham’s.

Marsh and Bill Milliners, especially invite the lady school teachers to come in and see the well selected line of hats and bonnets which will be on exhibition during institute.

The Taylor boys have rented and moved into the Grange building at East Lemon. Mr. Taylor is a good photographer and it is hoped that he will be well patronized.

The light fingered gent who got into the toils here on Oct. 19, the day of the unveiling of the monument, because of the robbery of C.E. St. John, a Wilkes-Barre man, was found guilty by the courts Tuesday.

It has stormed every Monday this month so far.

About an inch of snow fell Monday night, whitening ground, roofs and shrubbery for the first time this season.

The corps which made a preliminary survey for a line to connect Tunkhannock and Williamsport having finished their work.

Eatonville: The brick church is now in condition so that services were held there last Sabbath.

Some schoolboys shouting on the streets yesterday afternoon was interpreted in the court house as a cry of fire, and the court room was emptied of everybody but judge, jury and attorney in a jiffy.