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20 Years Ago (1998)

Don Sherwood claimed a decisive victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary election for the 10th Congressional District and will face in November Patrick Casey who ran unopposed on the Democratic ballot. Incumbent Gov. Tom Ridge and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter also won handily in the GOP primary.

Rumors of threatened violence have prompted tighter security at Lackawanna Trail High School.

Tunkhannock Borough offices are moving back into the Triton Hose Company building less than a year after they moved out.

Community Bank & Trust has announced the appointment of Carol Ames as manager of the bank’s Lake Winola branch.

Donald and Christine (Zabielski) Faux, of Center Moreland, marked their 25th wedding anniversary May 12.

David Gay was honored by the Kiwanis as a Legion of Honor recipient for his 25 years of service to the Tunkhannock club.

Master Sgt. Vera Wheeler, a 1976 Elk Lake grad, is an information management chief with Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.

Tunkhannock Post Office letter carrier Tom St. Clair was recently honored with a 25-year federal service pin.

Retired Col. John B. Henning Jr., 80, died Sunday in Fairfax, Va. He was a former president of the Tunkhannock Rotary.

Eddie Frierson, who portrays Christy Mathewson in the one-man show, ‘Matty,’ is Keystone College’s graduation speaker.

40 Years Ago (1978)

Frank O’Connell finished second in Wyoming County but won the nod district-wide to be the GOP nominee for State Senate (20th) and will be opposed in the fall by Democrat John Pitcavage. Floyd Sands also spoiled a bid by C. Ronald Burr for GOP state committeeman.

John C. Hager was elected commander of Tunkhannock Memorial VFW Posr #2263.

A proposed sewage plant for Tunkhannock Township with service for Lake Carey is being rejected by Lemon Township supervisors Paul Wilson, Smith Johnson and Charles Keefe.

Elk Lake unanimously approved a $3.2 million 1978-79 preliminary budget.

Daniel B. and Alice (Kunkle) Meeker of Beaumont observed their 60th wedding anniversary on May 13.

Blanche Myers received a birthday card this week from the President. Blanche was 81 on May 16.

Newly elected officers of the Friends of the Tunkhannock Public Library are Tina Morawski, pres.; Margie Hovan, program vp; Joan Steele, membership vp; Marcia Ostir, secy; and Helen Vanston, treas.

The annual honors banquet was held at Tunkhannock Area High School with the names of the top four students in each class. Seniors honored were Athur Gable, Douglas Sprague, Sheila Sives, and Joyleen Gaustad.

The minimum wage is $2.65 per hour.

The annual Memorial Day chicken barbecue, sponsored by the Tunkhannock Baseball Association, will be held Monday, May 29.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Electric service was interrupted and a parked automobile was damaged to the extent of several hundred dollars Tuesday afternoon when a heavy limb fell from a tree near the Wyoming County courthouse and crashed into Marion Street.

Robert G. Colbenson, a senior employee, has been named assistant postmaster of the Tunkhannock Post Office.

Robert Barziloski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Barziloski, of LaGrange, was recently informed that he had qualified for the State Band.

Members of the National Honor Socity at THS are Lois Keller, Margaret Stiles, Jean Voitek, Shirley Stone, Penny Farr, Janet Shotwell, George Gay, James Borgeson, Robert Barziloski, James Hudock, Robert Jervis, Robert Fowles, Robert Place and Barbara Crawford.

A white frost, with a temperature of 28 degrees, damaged tender vegetation here Saturday morning.

Chester Ostrowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Ostrowsky, Factoryville, was chosen king of the recent FHA dance. Chet was chosen from a 7-member court, three of whom were not present at the dance.

Members of the Wednesday Pinochle Club were entertained last week by Mrs. Fred Wittmer at her home on Washington Street.

The Dietrich Theatre will feature a special matinee, ‘Bugs Bunny Jamboree,’ next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The May Day coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Lake Winola, May 18.

80 Years Ago (1938)

May 17 marks the time of the first air mail to be picked up from the Tunkhannock post office. On that day a mail plane will land on the Scott McCain farm on Prospect Hill and pickup mail from the local post office.

Miss Ruth Titman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd D. Titman, Tunkhannock, has been initiated into the Bucknell University chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta, honorary sorority for freshman women of high scholastic standing.

Triton Hose Company was called to LaGrange Saturday when fire badly damaged the home of M.S. Jackson.

On Thursday, at 8 p.m., the latest, all-talking, moving picture of ‘Ten Nights in a Barroom,’ will be presented in Tunkhannock High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence J. Phoenix observed the 55th anniversary of their wedding quietly Monday, April 25, on their farm on the outskirts of Noxen.

Mrs. Ruth Reynolds Murray of Coronado, Calif., who is spending several days here prior to sailing for France, sang at the morning service in the Presbyterian Church and rendered several sacred selections in place of the sermon. She plans further study in Europe.

Last week Del and C. Knapp took over the mercantile business of Joseph E. Harding, which Mr. Harding had conducted in Nicholson the past 50 years.

The Wyoming County Women’s Christian Temperance Union will have a county institute at the East Lemon church May 25.

100 Years Ago (1918)

The body of James Traynor, who died in France, was brought to Nicholson, where he was buried with military honors.

The government is anxious to buy all the old black walnut furniture or trees which can be utilized for making of gun stocks.

The Board of Health is handicapped in its work by neglect of citizens in keeping premises cleaned up and in sanitary condition.

First Lt. W.W. Lazarus came home from camp for a 48-hour stay this week.

There was an overproduction of onions as well as potatoes last year, and thousands of bushels of the bulbs were wasted.

Miss Jessie Dersheimer went to New York City last week to visit her sister Florence, who underwent an operation for appendicitis. Reports are favorable.

The senior class of Tunkhannock High School will hold a necktie social at the home of Mrs. Helen Stark on Friday evening.

The Bliss store will handle vegetables grown by the well-known gardener Eugene Schlatter. The Bonham store takes produce from William I. Avery.

D.W. Stark, county food admninistrator, calls attention to the fact that not many food cards are being displayed in the windows and some who had them up a while ago have removed them. He suggests that people who do not display these signs might be called unpatriotic.

Rev. F.B. Newman and John B. Fassett attended a Red Cross luncheon at Hotel Casey in Scranton, Friday.

120 Years Ago (1898)

The price of the American flag, since war was declared by the United States against Spain, has nearly doubled, owing of course to the great demand for the stars and stripes.

There is a good variety of green stuff in the market now. Lettuce is home grown, but the most of the vegetables come from the southern fields.

Preparations for building the toll bridge at Mehoopany will begin at once. It is expected to have the structure up before winter sets in.

Factoryville complains of rowdyism.

An incident fire in George Snyder’s store room at Noxen early Sunday morning was discovered and put out by a bucket brigade just in time to prevent a serious conflagration.

Martin Clifford has purchased the Warren Street Hotel. We understand that it will continue to be run by Peter McGee, the lessee.

A number of Tunkhannock people will travel to Eatonville tomorrow evening to assist in the entertainment to be given to the M.E. Church there. Among the number will be Spencer D. Reed with his new graphophone.

A pole raising took place at Forkston with Hon. John Sittser, George Miller, W.C. Stark and George White attending, and Judge Sittser giving the address.

The Tunkhannock Bridge Company held its annual election of officers Monday with S. Judson Stark being selected as president and D. Billings chosen as treasurer.