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20 Years Ago (1999)

Former Wyoming County Sheriff Edward Brewer died Nov. 24 at Tunkhannock Manor. He was 88.

Shane Montross of Eaton Twp. was on a bus carrying Penn State students back from a day trip to New York City Nov. 20, when it collided with another bus in a dense fog. Although he was not hurt, 100 people were, and two were killed in the collision.

Robert Jurbala has been appointed Lackawanna Trail superintendent, replacing Clyde Ellsworth who retired last week.

Keystone Truck Caps is opening its new location Dec. 1 along Route 6, east of Shadowbrook in Tunkhannock Township.

Rosemary Elick, librarian at Mehoopany Elementary School, was remembered Nov. 16 with a stained glass panel.

Paul Brojack of Rushville was ordained as Deacon in the Diocese of Scranton and has been assigned to St. Patrick’s Church in Nicholson.

Groundbreaking took place Nov. 24 for a picnic/play area on Keiserville Road in Washington Township.

Steve and Tina Henning of Mehoopany represented the Young Cooperator Program of Dairy Farmers of America at the National Milk Producers Federation meeting in Tennessee.

Ryan Phillips, Margaret Castellano, Joe Barry, Bob Byrnes and John Belcher were among the cast at Tunkhannock Area’s production of ‘Harvey.’

40 Years Ago (1979)

The Wyoming County United Fund topped its $112,000 goal last week.

Elderly residents of Tunkhannock who have been trying for some time to expand the Senior Center now at the Moose Lodge, or relocate it, may be in store for a new center near the Susquehanna Apartments.

Sp4 Brent Ransom will return to his hometown of Tunkhannock as a recruiter aide for 30 days after completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then will be assigned to Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Sartori of the local State Police Substation will talk to the Tunkhannock Area PTO Dec. 5 about ‘Parenting and Drugs.’

A four-mill increase has been proposed by the Factoryville Borough Council to make ends meet with the 1980 budget.

Lantern and tree decorations in Nicholson sparkle in the sun and brighten the night and the spirit of the shoppers in the borough. This was the first time in five years that Nicholson hung Christmas decorations on Main Street.

Flags are flying daily in Tunkhannock and other areas of the county in protest of the Iran hostage situation.

Christmas trees are being sold in Tunkhannock and truck loads of evergreens are already being trucked to the cities.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stanton will host an open house honoring neighbor Frank Monsey who will be 90 on Dec. 6.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Gay Murray Inc. of Tunkhannock is one of the 15 organizations in the state to be awarded a special citation for supporting vocational agriculture in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Association FFA.

Donald W. Casterline was elected fire chief of Triton Hose Company at their organization’s annual meeting.

Santa Claus has sent his assurance that, weather permitting, he will arrive in Tunkhannock tonight at 7 and is looking forward to meeting his young friends at the Dietrich Theatre.

Robert W. Place of Mehoopany is now at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado to complete his basic training and attend technician’s school.

Mr. and Mrs. William Race of Center Moreland marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10.

Guy Stevens is completing his 30th year of business in Meshoppen with a bronze plaque from the Chrysler Motors Corporation. He is now concentrating entirely on the Dodge line.

The members of the Wyoming County Rural Letter Carriers Association and their ladies met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dana Swetland of Eatonville.

Pine Edge Jensen Pride Cherry, an 18-year-old Holstein owned by Mrs. Eleanor Jennings of Jenclif Farm, is a tremendous producer and last year at age 17 produced 18,203 lbs of milk and 653 lbs of fat.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Smales of Meshoppen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 4.

Bradley E. Wakemann, Lehigh Valley Railroad agent at Tunkhannock, retires after 42 years at the local station.

The Greyhound bus station was transferred on Tuesday from the Henrie Drug Store to Rettberg’s Confectionary Store. The company objected to having the station located where the buses had to stop on a grade and close to street intersection.

Factoryville High School’s senior class is making final preparations on the play, The Other Ghost, set for Dec. 2. The cast: Adelle Slocum, Anna Mae Freeman, Norma Peterson, Marjorie Corby, Kathryn Noreika, Hazel Cruver, Lillian Chesner, Roberta Richmond, Helen Conrad, and Ethel Gowing.

The people of Jenks are enjoying the electricity that has been made possible by the Claverack Electric Company. The power was turned on Nov. 22.

Ralph Sutton of Lynn and daughter Bette motored to Pittston Friday to make arrangements to bring his infant son home.

Santa arrives Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at Gay-Murray. Toyland opens at 2:30. Santa will also be here at 7:30. There will be music aplenty and Lolly Pops by the hundred.

Veto Barziloski, a student at the University of Idaho, spent Thanksgiving vacation cruising along the coast of California.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The first snow of the season to really whiten the ground fell to the depth of about an inch Saturday night.

County Treasurer Marble C. Gay, agent for the International Harvester Co., has rented the Bunnell Building on Warren Street as a depot and office for the sale of farm machinery.

The sugar scarcity recalled some of the older residents the time when Captain James B. Harding, then a resident of North Eaton, raised sorghum and made molasses and sugar. That was 60 or more years ago.

A goodly number of relatives and friends attended the 50th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Dailey held at the East Lemon church Saturday.

While putting ice in a milk car on Monday morning, Charlie Graham lost his balance and fell from the roof of the car to the ground. He escaped with a wrench in the back and a general shake up.

A blaze that would have needed but a few moments more to become serious indeed occurred at the home of George White, on Harrison Street. The electric light plant being out of commission, oil lamps were being used.

Charles Dietrich erected a monument for the late ex-sheriff, Oliver Easton of Mehoopany.

John Rowe and wife of Meshoppen spent Sunday with their daughter Mrs. Russell Harvey.

120 Years Ago (1899)

Prothonotary W.U. Shaw was on his way to Lake Carey with his family when the bolt holding wagon tongue in place slipped out. The tongue fell on the horses’ hooves and frightened them. They gave a sudden start, breaking loose and running up the road. Mr. Shaw and his son were thrown out of the reach of the wagon, but Mrs. Shaw, holding her six-month-old daughter in her arms, struck the ground with the wagon on top of her and she on top of the little one. Mr. Shaw and his son got Mrs. Shaw and the infant out from under the wagon. Mrs. Shaw was only bruised, but the baby was unconscious and it was some time before they were sure she was not dead. The baby came out all right, the horses were caught half a mile up the road.

Capt. N.W. Reynolds and Lieutenants Mehuish and Lackey of Company M. 13th Regiment, were in Scranton attending officers school and battalion exams.

The Starr Comedy Company, described as one of the best reparatory companies on the road, was at Piatts Opera House for three nights, presenting A Wealthy Widow, What Happened to Booker’s Nephew? and The Prodigal.

Over at Mill City, the boys like a little fun now and then. Richard O’Neill, who lives near that place and who only is about 50 years old, got tangled up in a wrestling match and the result was a badly fractured leg.