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20 Years Ago (1999)

Wyoming Sand & Stone won the bid at $11.8 million for construction of the western half of the Tunkhannock bypass.

The largest single-day concrete pour ever for a bridge in Northeast Pennsylvania occurred Wednesday when 850 cubic yards were laid for the Tunkhannock Bypass bridge near Rt. 92.

The Tunkhannock Borough Municipal Authority is making repairs to its sewer lines that could cost as much as $220,000 over the next month.

Lackawanna State Park is drawing down the lake 22 feet so that major repair work can be done on the dam.

Basil Button, past president of the Elk Lake School Board in the 1970s, died Saturday at Sayre. He was 75.

Harry and Ethel (Gregory) Evans of Falls will mark their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17.

First year 4-H member Ross Cameron won a number of ribbons for his beef steer shown at the recent Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair.

Reigning Wyoming/ Lackawanna Dairy Princess Angela Adams was one of the top seven finalists in the recent Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess Pageant.

Air Force Airman Jessica West, daughter of James and Patricia West of Tunkhannock, graduated from a management apprenticeship course at Shepard AFB, Texas.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Detour signs are posted on the new river bridge south of Tunkhannock, which although paved is not ready for crossing. It is to open in December eight months ahead of schedule.

Tunkhannock Borough Council tentatively ratified a 3-year contract with its police force and agreed to accept an alcohol breath tester allocated by the state.

The PennDOT Deputy Secretary has outlined five stages the Tunkhannock Bypass would have to go through before a projected completion 12 years from now.

A portion of an eastbound Conrail train derailed near Falls early Thursday, left 22 crushed boxcars scattered across 500 feet of track.

Those who traveled to Philadelphia to see Pope John Paul II last Thursday tiredly left the buses at the courthouse square speaking of the day they say they’ll never forget.

Mr. and Mrs. Fenn Wheeler of Meshoppen marked their 60th wedding anniversary at the Pocono Manor.

Louann Gorham has been elected president of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School PTO.

Mrs. Jennie Baumann Pitkus will present a recital of sacred and secular organ music at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church Oct. 14.

2nd Lt. Robert M. Schicktanz, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Schicktanz of Tunkhannock, completed an Army ranger course at Ft. Benning, Ga.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Vandals desecrated Memorial Park during the hours of darkness Oct. 7-8, with goal posts felled and demolished, and the refreshment stand torn open and upset, with Police Officer Stanley Keyes calling it the ‘Work of Scum.’

Lee Baumgartner, of Tunkhannock, has been promoted to Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 1957.

New teachers added to the Tunkhannock Joint School faculty this fall are Alice Ide, Lenore Smith, Mrs. Frieda Sliker, Mrs. Lillian Wilson, and Edward Whitecavage.

William K. Daniels has been elected president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis.

Forkston: A large flock of wild geese, becoming confused or tired of flying, came down on John Reed’s farm pond Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Clarke of Factoryville marked their 35th wedding anniversary.

Fred Lindsey, who served one-term in the state legislature and was also once a principal at Factoryville High School, died Monday. He was 95.

Navy Ensign William R. Ring, son of Vice Admiral and Mrs. Stanhope C. Ring of Tunkhannock, returned to San Diego, Calif., aboard the destroyer USS Bausell.

Millie Perkins in the Diary of Anne Frank is on at the Dietrich Theatre.

Beverly Holton, 5, will be the Tunkhannock performer on the David Blight television show.

80 Years Ago (1939)

A public meeting of great importance to property owners will be held at Triton Hose House Friday evening. The hose company is in a bad way financially and unless assistance is forthcoming immediately, it will be necessary to close the building.

Mrs. Marble Gay, Sr. was given a surprise birthday party at her home on Friday evening in celebration of her 70th birthday.

In our window this week may be seen a large sweet potato grown by A.C. Eastwood, of Eatonville. The practice of raising this vegetable is not prevalent in this section, and we doubt if raising them as large as this is prevalent anywhere, since the potato weighed five pounds when dug.

Vernon: Lightning struck the barn at the Michael Forgash farm last Tuesday night, burning it to the ground. They had a barn raising Sunday and are well on the way to having a new one built.

Lockville: Everyone seems to be having bad colds at this place.

Over 200 people attended the annual Booster Night Celebration at Tunkhannock Grange Hall last Friday.

Bert and Mary (Sterner) Bardwell, of Lyle, N.Y., formerly of Wyoming County, marked their 50th wedding anniversary.

Showing Friday at the new Dietrich, Boris Karloff in ‘The Man They Could Not Hang.’

100 Years Ago (1919)

The many colorings of the forest are a thing of beauty. Soon old Jack Frost will come out and make it a thing of the past.

The barn on the premises of Henry Saxe, in Exeter Township, was burned at about 6 p.m. Sunday, together with about four tons of hay and some farming machinery.

The corn crop was so big this year that many farmers have their silos filled to overflowing and still there is lots of corn fodder going to waste.

Benjamin Bartron has been appointed supervisor of Washington Township.

Our school at Shupp Hill is under the tutorship of Miss Louise Wagner. Also, Miss Gladys Stanton is wielding the rod at the East Lemon School.

Two watchmen, serving 8 hours each, are now stationed at the Bridge street crossing of the Lehigh Valley’s main line between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This is a particularly dangerous place, and numerous accidents and narrow escapes have occurred there in years gone by.

The steam laundry which has been in operation at Laceyville has been closed.

Hints that a moonshine still was being operated somewhere in the upper end of the county caused Deputy Sheriff Fred Ney and attorney James Fields to go out on a still hunt Thursday. They travelled through about two miles of woods but the men had flown before their arrival.

120 Years Ago (1899)

There was considerable rivalry among several citizens of Meshoppen about whose horse was the fastest. It was decided a race would be the proper way to settle the matter. In the presence of a large number of prominent Meshoppen citizens and an equal number from Wilkes-Barre, the race was held at the fairgrounds. The trotter of G.L. Bullard took first place with a time of 3:15.5, followed by the steeds of C.F. Hahn, 3:22, and N.W. Cameron, 3:23.

The Lovelton band fair was a huge success, even though there was no balloon ascension. Shown at the fair was the largest pumpkin in Wyoming County at 106 pounds, grown by C.R. Bennett.

A petition of Lewis Rosefsky of Meshoppen for admission as a U.S. citizen was approved by Judge Robert L. Little of Columbia County, specially presiding, who also administered the oath of citizenship to Rosefsky.

R.E. Bunnell & Co. was offering 23 head of Western horses for sale or exchange for 10 days in East Lemon.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad is offering a special one-day excursion to New York City for a round-trip fare of $6.10.

Dr. Twombly of Boston announced he would be at the Keeler House for one week or until further notice, for painless removal of corns, bunions, ingrown toenails and diseases of the foot, also offering a sure cure for sweaty feet.