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20 Years Ago (2000)

Workers poured concrete this week to a pedestrian tunnel to Riverside Park at the end of West Street in the borough.

A Monday afternoon fire destroyed the home of Bryan and Liz McMahon in the Highfields development in Tunkhannock Township.

The family of Joyce Harding will have to wait a few more months for a trial to start on her 1985 murder, but Larry Robbins, an alleged accomplice in the shooting death, has agreed to testify in Lackawanna County Court against Mark Conaway who is accused of the shooting.

A jury has awarded $1.7 million to the estate of Carol Hall which sued Tyler Memorial Hospital and its former emergency room doctor for malpractice. It is one of the largest such awards in Wyoming County, if not the largest, lawyers said.

Anthony J. Zeme Jr. who directed two plays a year at Elk Lake High School for 30 years, will guest direct this year’s spring drama production at Keystone College of ‘6 Rms Riv Vu.’

Mildred Rogers, once active in the Senior Citizens Center in Nicholson, died Friday at home, she was 78.

A Nebraska man caught with some $50,000 worth of Roy Rogers’ relics has been identified as a suspect in the theft last August of some Christy Mathewson memorabilia at Keystone College.

40 Years Ago (1980)

A consultant for the Tunkhannock Area School District recommends a $1 million addition and renovation of the high school because of overcrowding.

Wyoming County plans to construct an emergency communications center took an unexpected twist that could result in the county pulling out of a federally funded 4-county communications project.

The Wyoming County Historical Society has set a $30,000 fund raising goal to convert the old Harrison Street School to a museum.

Preliminary plans were sent to the Department of Environmental Resources by Wyoming Sand and Stone Company for the operation of a sanitary landfill in Falls Township.

George and Anna (Ford) Christian, of RD1 Laceyville, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on April 5.

Merritt Light, a former principal in the Meshoppen and Elk Lake schools, died Friday. He was 74.

Tunkhannock TOPS 622 named Renee Underhill biggest loser for shedding four pounds.

Pvt. Bradley Cross, of Tunkhannock, recently graduated from basic Army training at Fort Knox, Ky., and is headed to Fort Benning, Ga.

Falls Twp. supervisiors have signed a contract with Overfield Township to provide police protection with George Ulkowski as a part-time police officer pending police chief Robert Carpenter’s approval.

60 Years Ago (1960)

George Kuhn, who opened a bakery in the Oliver building on Warren Street nearly 20 years ago, has passed away in Ohio. He was 87

Superintendent of schools, Edwin H. Kehrli, announces that the state scholarship examination will be held on Friday, April 1. The highest ranking student will receive a scholarship of $200 per year for four years.

Mrs. Harold Taylor, chairman of the Girl Scout cookie sale, reported that 2,110 boxes of cookies were sold in the Tunkhannock area.

A flock of wild geese was seen over Centermoreland Monday morning and, now that the warm weather is here, we can see those new 60 Chevys sported by Joseph Shoonover, John Kadilak, and Miss Patricia Sickler.

Suffragan Bishop Robert F. Wilner, of the Anglican Episcopal Church, a missionary in China and Philippines prior to retiring in 1957, died Thursday, March 24, at his home in Tunkhannock.

Maj. Donald R. Baker, Commander of the 1608th Air Force Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C., has received a 5,000-hour accident-free Flying Safety Award. The Tunkhannock native graduated from Falls Overfield in 1931.

Mildred A. Brooks of Mehoopany has been elected by the BPW as Girl of the Month for March.

James Kernan and family entertained the flu last week.

80 Years Ago (1940)

Congressman Albert G. Rutherford was in the county Saturday afternoon looking after his campaign for reelection.

Eight cars of a 45-car Delaware, Lackawanna and Western freight train were derailed near Nicholson at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. No persons were injured.

A WPA project is in progress between Russell Hill and Meshoppen which includes construction of crushed stone shoulders along the concrete pavement, and replacement of guard rail.

For four days, beginning April 17, Gone With the Wind will be shown at the new Dietrich Theatre, with both matinee and evening performances. It has broken all records for attendance and comes to the Dietrich Theatre in entire length, exactly as shown in New York and other metropolitan cities.

Horace Sick has purchased the W.E. Little estate property on North Bridge Street. This property is better known as ‘The Fountain House.’

Factoryville: Mrs. Mary Place was pleasantly surprised March 20 on her 88th birthday at the home of nephew Morris Swartwood, Falls Township, on the farm where she was born.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker and family were Easter Day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Baker of Bardwell.

The post office at Lake Winola, which was discontinued about two months ago, will be reopened soon.

100 Years Ago (1920)

A marvelous display of Northern Lights was witnessed by people here Monday night.

Joseph Frey, of the fourth ward lost 13 out of 21 colonies of bees this winter. Some that were deeply embedded in snow fared the best. It has been a hard winter for bees.

Shupp Hill: C.D. Shupp has opened up work again on his timber tract and is hustling business right along.

The observation cars are to be put back on the Black Diamond Express of the Lehigh Valley on April 1, according to official information. They were taken out of service when the road went under government control.

Edson A. Stark, of the firm of Stark and Titman Wholesale Grocers, went to Philadelphia last week to interview refiners with regard to sugar, having been unable to get any.

The Colonial Theatre at Meshoppen will open Saturday with the picture ‘Heart of the Hills,’ starring Mary Pickford.

Pottsville parties contemplate taking over Hotel Kennard at Meshoppen and opening it to the public about April 1.

Tunkhannock Cemetery Association held a meeting at the office of secretary B.W. Lewis, and adopted a new schedule of prices: digging a grave for an adult $8, up from $6.50; for a child the price is $4. For vaulting a grave, adult is $20, child is $15. John P. Rice is to be re-engaged as sexton at $4 a day.

120 Years Ago (1900)

Country roads should be laundered and hung upon the fence to dry.

The old hotel at Starkville, formerly known as Pierceville, was burned Saturday night, together with a vacant storage building standing nearby.

Factoryville Methodists held their annual church reunion amid a heavy snowstorm, on Thursday last, hence the attendance was not as large as was expected.

The town council has fixed the tax rate for borough purposes at five mills.

March fully sustains itself. On Thursday last, snow commenced falling and continued gently during the day, increasing toward nightfall. By daylight next morning, there was about a foot on the ground and the temperature was rapidly declining.

Ground was broken yesterday for a building in the alley between the Kutz harness shop and W.D. Sampson’s meat market, which is to be occupied by J.F. Sickler, who keeps a cigar shop.

The local chess club will have a tournament with the Wilkes-Barre club at the Commercial Club rooms in that city tomorrow evening. Home players are ex-Judge Sittser, D. Billings, R.C. Herrick, E.N. Stone, S.W. Eysenbach, T.B. Grenville, L. Hilkowich and others.

According to the assessor’s reports, Exeter Township has 34 voters and 25 dogs.