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20 Years Ago (1999)

The Tunkhannock Rotary is inviting the community to ‘An Evening with George Gay and Family’ at the fairgrounds on Sept. 29 to honor the man, now 92, who has been a member for almost the entire 75-year existence of the club.

Wyoming County was braced for the full impact, but escaped the wrath of Hurricane Floyd last Thursday. Neighboring counties were not so lucky.

Police are probing charges of drug and alcohol use at Lackawanna Trail.

Dairy farmers, including Arden Tewksbury of Meshoppen, descended on Washington, D.C., last week to push to have the Northeast Dairy Compact renewed and/or enlarged.

Dr. Edward Zurad will be speaking Oct. 1 at the Wyoming County Senior Center on ‘Alzheimers.’

David and Peggy MacCreary, formerly of Tunkhannock and Mehoopany, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 2.

Seaman’s Airport near Factoryville is being advertised for sale with a 2,500-foot paved runway and hangars for 24 planes.

Osterhout Bible Church in Tunkhannock is pleased to announce the appointment of a new pastor, Rev. R. Brian Williams.

Gerard and Betty Lockwood of Kingsley were presented with a $11.7 million check from the Super 6 jackpot of the Pennsylvania Lottery

40 Years Ago (1979)

Sgt. William Gilhooley of the State Police barracks in Tunkhannock said drugs are more prevalent in the county than ever, with one drug overdose occurring during the first week of school at Tunkhannock.

Endless Mountains Treatment Center for Alcohol-Drug Addiction is observing its fifth anniversary this month.

Presiding at the 67th annual convention of township officials, an all-day affair at Nativity Hall, was Eugene Dziak, elected president.

Leslie and Mildred (McKenna) Kocher of Maple Street, Noxen, will observe their 40th wedding anniversary on Thursday, and will mark the occasion with a family dinner.

James Rail of Tunkhannock was recently elected corresponding secretary of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen’s Federation.

Seaman Recruit Randy E. Rowe of Tunkhannock has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif.

Francis H. Faux, 80, treasurer of the Tunkhannock School Board for many years, died Monday at Tyler Hospital.

Noxen supervisors noted Tuesday they are seeking funds to demolish the Armour Tannery.

Rev. Cecil A. Carder, a Baptist missionary to Thailand, will speak on Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Factoryville about his overseas work.

60 Years Ago (1959)

The new telephone number of James Welch, newly appointed agent of State Farm Insurance, is TE6-4921, with offices in his home, 162 Warren St.

Donald Stonier, RD 1, Tunkhannock, was among 23 farmers, canners and associations upon whom awards were conferred last week by Gov. David Lawrence for maintaining superior migratory farm labor camps in the 1959 harvest season.

Improvement and expansion of Tunkhannock Joint Schools language programs, including the possible addition of a foreign language to the elementary curriculum, is being studied. The school currently offers French and Spanish.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Frantz of Meshoppen will mark their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner Oct. 3 in the Dymond Hollow Church.

Mrs. Francis Kalinowski, 54, died Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. She leaves six children, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

John May has been maintained as a special school patrolman stationed at West Tioga St. and Franklin Ave. He replaces Mrs. Harvey Montanye.

Richard Brewer, an East Stroudsburg State student from Meshoppen has begun student teaching at Delaware Water Gap and Stroudsburg.

Check out a magnificent new motion picture at the Dietrich: ‘Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.’

80 Years Ago (1939)

Top finishes in the Sept. 12 primary for County Commissioner were Republican: Marshall S. Squier (2151) and C.B. Tyler (2563); and Democrat: Percy Stark (1031) and C.B. Tyler (221).

James H. Turrell and Robert M. Turrell of Noxen have purchased the Fowles Motor Co., authorized Ford agency and sales room on Bridge Street. They will operate under the name of Turrell Motor Company.

At the new Dietrich Theatre Monday and Tuesday: Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

In the annual Dairy Judging Contest for Vocational Agriculture boys held at the Wyoming County Fair, Falls-Overfield School team placed first.

Roy A. Gardner Jr. has been awarded the county scholarship, which amounts to $100 for each of four years of college training. The scholarship is given as a result of a competitive examination given to seniors in Wyoming County who desire to take the examinations.

The Nicholson High School Orchestra spent Tuesday of last week at the New York World’s Fair, where they played for the Governor of North Dakota, as it was North Dakota Day.

Miss Agnes Brown narrowly escaped injury on Sunday when the car she drove from Binghamton to Tunkhannock skidded on the wet road and turned over.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The death of ex-Congressman J.H. Codding eliminates all the former living congressmen from this district with the exception of Hon. George A. Post and Hon. Wm. B.D. Ainey. Both of these are Susquehanna County men and each served two terms in Congress. Present member Louis McFadden is now in his third term.

B.L. Billings, furniture dealer and undertaker, has bought a Ford car chassis and had it lengthened out to a 139-inch wheel base. By having bodies prepared, he can change it successively into an ambulance, a casket wagon or a truck, making it a general utility vehicle.

Two airplanes passed over town in a northwesterly direction yesterday afternoon at about 2:45. The aviators were flying from 2,000 to 3,000 feet above the lowlands.

The third annual stock judging contest by pupils from the high schools of the county was held at the fairgrounds under the supervision of County Farm Agent J.J. Jaquish and County Superintendent J.E. Morgan.

A fire which occasioned quite heavy loss, occurred at a sawmill owned by W.A. Kittredge on the Mellen farm near Lynn, Tuesday evening.

R.W. Greenwood has purchased the surplus tiles at the McKown Garage and will have a fireproof garage erected at the rear of his store large enough to accommodate his six machines.

120 Years Ago (1899)

While sitting in a carriage near White’s Shooting Gallery, which was in operation at the fairgrounds, George Stroh of Centermoreland was hit in the face by a bullet. The wound, while not serious, was not desirable.

The fair was generally well conducted. The races were all that sporting men could expect in a county fair and the two balloon ascensions were the best ever witnessed anywhere.

The balloons went very high and the Aeronaut descended in his parachute in full view of the watching crowds.

The agricultural exhibits were not what they could have been, but there is no possible way to force a farmer to take his horses, cattle, sheep and fresh produce to a county fair. The decision to limit premiums to stock owned in Wyoming County shut out farmers in neighboring counties who previously had brought their stock to the county fair.

Nimble: M.D. Grow and Stanly McCarroll had been helping E.K. Easton with his buckwheat harvest.

Melvin Wandall has purchased Mr. L.B. Jayne’s bicycle.

Consumers 5&10-cent Store in Tunkhannock was offering sugar at 5 ½ cents a pound if purchased with something else. Reminder: the store is holding a one-day Dewey Day Sale on Sept. 30.

A DL&W train struck and instantly killed Nelson Freeman, 22, at LaPlume Wednesday evening.