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20 Years Ago (1999)

Contract negotiations between Penn State Geisinger Health Plan and Tyler Memorial Hospital broke off Monday morning, which may leave many county residents without local hospital care.

The cause of last week’s death of the CEO of Cornell Industrial Corp, Wallace Griffin Jr., was ruled as hypothermia.

Factoryville’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking grant money to do riparian work along the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek, at Christy Mathewson Park.

A ribbon cutting on Sunday marked the acquisition of the Olde Country House on Rt. 6, Tunkhannock for use as the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts.

Benjamin Osterhout of Boy Scout Troop 518 attained the highest ranking in scouting, the Eagle Scout award, recently.

Louis Burgess, formerly of Tunkhannock died in Hazleton Mar. 11. He was 89, and survived by 181 descendents.

Don and Barbara Capwell of Tunkhannock Township have received the first seeing-eye puppy to be placed in Wyoming County.

Sandy Howard, newly-elected Riverside Park Commission chair recently honored outgoing chair Stan Lane for his dedication.

Commissioners named Saturday Elizabeth Stevens Day to honor the Factoryville resident on her 102nd birthday.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Tunkhannock guidance teacher Karen Boback was crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania in Beaver Saturday night.

The red brick school building on Harrison Street in Tunkhannock, which served as a high school and later a grade school for nearly a century, will now become a museum to house many of the county’s historical treasures.

Dr. Charles John Henry Kraft, one of Tunkhannock’s leading citizens, died March 9 in Tyler Memorial Hospital, the institution he helped found more than 30 years ago.

Francis Heisler, ex-mayor of Factoryville, died Feb. 20 at home. He was 77.

Dorothy Ball’s fifth grade pupils at Nicholson Elementary School showed off a small gasoline engine they dismantled and rebuilt during their studies on heat energy.

Dietrich Theatre: Clint Eastwood will turn you ‘Every Which Way But Loose,’ rated PG.

Minnie Jennings and Nellie Henning of Mehoopany are keeping the art of chair caning alive,

Warren and Eloise (Casterline) Montross marked their 35th wedding anniversary March 12.

Pvt. Debby A. Thomas of Factoryville was assigned to Fort Hood Army base in Texas. She is a 1975 graduate of Lackawanna Trail.

Plans for low-moderate income housing for Falls are on hold until sewage permits are in place.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Candidates for county commissioner in the upcoming primary include Republicans Richard Crock, Cecil Brown, Emerson ‘Jack’ Montross, and Richard Learn; and Democrats Burton Wall, and Ernest Pinnock.

The 25th Anniversary of the GLF Store in Tunkhannock will be marked in gala fashion March 25 with a parade of gifts, bargains and free lunch.

Carl Bedell of Falls has been named editor of the ‘Carontawan,’ the yearbook of Mansfield State Teachers College.

Roy Weiland, former owner of the Meshoppen Hotel and a World War I veteran, died Monday at Moses Taylor Hospital

An incredibly generous proposal was made to the people of Tunkhannock and its surrounding area this week, as the trustees of the William Reynolds estate offered the family mansion, at 68 E. Tioga St., for use as a community center.

Temple Commandery No. 60, Knights Templar, marks its 75th anniversary with a visit March 21 by the Grand Commander at the Masonic Hall.

Raymond Grose, who formerly operated a shop in Laceyville, has moved to the Sholes Barber Shop and Newsstand in Meshoppen.

The Tunkhannock Boy Scout Troop has sold nearly 900 pounds of jelly beans with 2nd Class scout Lee Baumgardner high with 103 pounds.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Tunkhannock would have a pants factory in operation on East Tioga Street by now had the snowstorm not prevented it. It will be run by Joella and Bertucci in the Dietrich building, formerly the Savoy Theatre.

At 11:30 p.m., Saturday, there was a fire on the third floor of the Conrad Hotel in Meshoppen.

More like the work of professionals rather than high school amateurs was the presentation of “Wings of the Morning” by the senior dramatic club at Tunkhannock high school auditorium.

The courthouse addition is progressing rapidly. The cinder block walls will be completed this week, having passed the third-story floor last week.

Mehoopany: Due to the many “slides” along the main road, John Sheehan and road crew have been kept very busy keeping the road open for traffic.

The Hartley road, leading from Mill City to Dalton, is progressing. Started about three years ago, it is three miles long.

Lake Carey: It is reported that the road from the bridge, which is now under construction, will be widened and finished with hard surface this spring and will join the state highway at the Brugler farm.

Come check out the operetta, ‘Crocodile Island’ at Nicholson High School, March 17.

Laceyville seniors will present the play, ‘One Mad Night’ on March 16.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The Internal Revenue Service Bureau is giving warning that severe penalties will be enforced if taxes have not arrived by Saturday, March 15.

The Tannery of the Armour Meat Company at Noxen is nearing completion. It is the latest word in tannery construction and will employ about 300 men.

Delos Cannon, a former Laceyville boy is home from overseas. Delos was wounded twice but is back in fine condition and has had a great experience.

At a recent meeting of Tunkhannock Water Company, J.F. Ogden was elected director to fill the vacancy caused by the death of W.E. Kiefer.

The scrap iron in the ruins of the Packer House was cleared away the latter part of the week. It consists of iron bedsteads, steam radiators, pipes, fire escapes, etc., weighing several tons altogether.

A large aeroplane passing over town on Friday afternoon attracted general attention and no little excitement, especially among school children. At the announcement of its appearance, the junior grades rushed pell mell out of doors and down the street, gazing with open-eyed wonder at the visitor, which was some 2,000 feet in the air and headed in a southeasterly course. The noise of the engine attracted much attention.

Mill City: A fresh outbreak of “flu” has taken hold of several families.

120 Years Ago (1899)

The most extensive fire which has visited Tunkhannock since 1870 occurred early Tuesday morning when the Gray Block was gutted by fire.

A phone is to be put in the courthouse soon.

The death of Miss Minnie, daughter of Wesley France, Meshoppen merchant, occurred yesterday morning.

Mr. William Baker of Bardwell is all smiles nowadays over the arrival of a big baby boy.

Keystone Academy students will be “at home” to all callers this evening, 4-7 o’clock.

The old notion that cold winters are most healthful seems to be getting an upset. The winter has been an exceptionally severe one, yet there has been an unusual number of deaths.

Harry T. Johnson has been appointed postmaster at Laceyville.

There is a new business place in Mehoopany – F.W. Swetland - on Main Street.

Rev. J.W. Romberger of the Tunkhannock and Bardwell Evangelical churches moved his household effects to his new station from White Haven Tuesday.

Alvin P. Miller, the Warren Street artist, has made over 27,000 of the small photos which have been the rage this spring.

A raft of lumber was brought from East Lemon down Tunkhannock Creek on Monday by Shaw brothers. It was the first attempt at rafting on that stream for several years.