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Christy Mathewson, 19, of Factoryville is attracting attention 120 years ago this week at Norfolk of the Southern League.

20 Years Ago (2000)

Keystone College marked its 129th commencement including conferring its first baccalaureate degree to Stacy Davis who received a B.S. in criminal justice administration.

U.S. Rep Don Sherwood will be the speaker at the Black Walnut American Legion Memorial Day ceremonies May 29; Sandra Major on the courthouse grounds; and at Nicholson Rev. Garford Williams will speak about two civil engineers who worked on the construction of the Nicholson Bridge.

Clifford Layaou Sr. died at Tyler Hospital May 17 after a long battle with cancer. The 21-year veteran of P&G and president of the Layaou Family Reunion was 62.

Keystone College has been selected to host an Urban Forestry Center that looks at the planning, creating and maintaining woodlands in urban settings.

Second graders at Roslund Elementary School will present their version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ on May 29.

Patricia Pickering, 42, of Mehoopany, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in an April 26 accident along Rt. 6 in Tunkhannock Township that claimed the life of Edward Mazur.

WNEP-TV Channel 16 meteorologist Tom Clark was at Tunkhannock Area Middle School to present a program on severe weather in the region.

40 Years Ago (1980)

About 50 residents of the Lackawanna Trail School District questioned members of the board on the proposed 1980-81 budget and rapped the board for “not tightening its belt enough.”

The annual Memorial Day chicken barbecue, sponsored by the Tunkhannock Baseball Association, will be next Monday.

Joel Turrell resigned last week as solicitor of the Tunkhannock Area School District.

Belated birthday congratulations to Lewis May of Noxen, who marked his 80th birthday April 28.

Kenneth Rogers, retired employee of the Montrose Hanger Factory, died May 15 at Tyler Hospital. He was 73.

Summer Dimmick of Tunkhannock has been promoted to Airman First Class in the Air Force. He is stationed at Oxford, England.

Eugene Dziak has been reelected Wyoming County GOP chairman.

Seven area residents received degrees from College Misericordia last Saturday including Judy Johnson, Lisa Overfield, Hildegard Stevens, Beverly Stelljes, Lisa Briskie and Valerie Noble.

Betty Lou Furman of Mehoopany was named the adult Weekender graduate of the year at Keystone.

Alan Crowther, Benton Elementary School sixth grader, won the 6th and 7th grade spelling bee in the Lackawanna Trail district.

60 Years Ago (1960)

The annual Memorial Day parade begins next Monday morning at 10 with floats and marching units assembling at the Keystone State Shoe factory grounds at 9.

The Wyoming County Selective Service office announced that 15 men had been called this week for pre-induction exams, amounting to the largest call in over a year.

Mrs. Mary (LaFrance) Tuttle of Meshoppen died May 18 at Tyler Hospital. She was 85.

Judy Rosengrant and Tom Fowles were selected as the couple of the week on the TV Bandstand program on Channel 16. Other locals attending were Betsy VanDuzer, Wanda Ford, Judy Bartron, Phyllis Mayer, Judy Krewson, Jerry Frey, Gary Forte, Bob Shefler, Dave Strumski, and Bob Montross.

Henry Ferris, a resident of Franklin Avenue for many years, celebrated his 98th birthday Tuesday at the Marlatt Nursing Home.

In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lewis of Forkston will hold an open house at the Forkston Grange Hall.

Miss Linda Grow of RD1 Factoryville is Girl of the Month for May at Tunkhannock High School.

Robert Barziloski of Stonecrest has been named commander of the ROTC Glee Club at Penn State.

Elk Lake baccalaureate service was Sunday. William Bunnell is valedictorian and Victor Lutz is salutatorian.

80 Years Ago (1940)

Poppy Day will be this Saturday and Dennis Strong Post will do its part.

Tunkhannock High commencement activities start with the senior ball on Wednesday, May 29. Senior vesper service will be Sunday evening and commencement of 56 graduates, June 6.

Michael Zona Sr. died at his home in East Lemon May 16. The native of Hungary was 71 and leaves behind a wife, 5 daughters, 2 sons, and a brother.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Nulton, between Vernon and Center Moreland, was struck by lightning early Monday causing considerable damage.

Much excitement was created Monday afternoon, when the little 4-year-old niece of Leroy Howell took her little doll out for a walk. When found, the tot was nearly two miles from home.

Seven local young men (Kenneth Decker, Richard Crawford, Robert Sherwood, Carlton Rowe, Robert Colbenson, Philip Brundage and Delmar Harding) were apprehended for joyriding May 16 through new lawns at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Carl Shoemaker, our genial barber at North Mehoopany, has added an important sideline to his business. He repairs and sharpens lawn mowers expertly and at reasonable prices.

Alex Stover Jr. of Falls who enlisted in the U.S. Army is stationed at the Hawaiian Islands.

100 Years Ago (1920)

J.W. Reynolds Post of the GAR will hold Memorial services on Monday, May 31. Comrades will meet at the several cemeteries in our district at 10 a.m. to place flags on all graves of soldiers of all wars. Citizens in the vicinity are requested to be present and furnish flowers.

On May 21, the Clyde Trowbridge Post American Legion of Mehoopany has a social dance at Lovelton.

A movement is on foot at Harrisburg backed by the state superintendent of schools and Gov. Sproul to increase the pay of the teachers of this state, to a minimum salary for any school will be $1,000.

Bardwell: Harry Gould had the misfortune to cut his finger quite badly last week while working in the sawmill belonging to Sherwood and Young.

Lewistown, Mont.: The will of the late Stephen J. Harding was admitted to probate yesterday with interment to take place in Tunkhannock, Pa.

The people of Noxen were treated to a surprise Saturday morning when the news was circulated that a young couple disappeared. A note was left by a young lady to her parents saying she and her friend decided to get married. Future address is Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Newell, Noxen.

West Nicholson: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Steele, May 16, twin babies, a boy and girl.

Andrew Dershimer, 76, a Civil War veteran of Maple Ave., died May 13.

120 Years Ago (1900)

It is only the thoughtless people who will plan festivities or games on Memorial Day. The day has no place for dancing, ball playing or pleasure seeking of any sort. If it means anything at all it is significant of dirges and tears.

Christy Mathewson, a Factoryville young man, is winning laurels as a baseball pitcher for the Norfolk team in the southern league.

A.J. Lewis of Avery, an old veteran of the Civil War, was in town Monday. He was captured along with some of the Wyoming County boys at the Battle of Chancellorsville and confined at Bell Isle for a short time.

Bellasylva: Forest fires have been raging and doing much damage to timber and fences, especially destroying young timber. In last week’s fire Jennings Brothers lost over 1 million feet of logs which were skidded in the woods. Everybody here was obliged to fight the fire in order to save their buildings.

The graduating class at the high school comprises of the following students: Marshall Scutt and Patrick Boyce; and Misses Nellie Billings, Minnie Frey, Blanche Dietrich, Bessie Ferris, and Mabel Lewis.

The Schubert Quartette of Meshoppen, composed of M.C. James, T. Lewis Sturdevant, J. Epps Wells, and S.J. Price will give an entertainment in the Laceyville opera house on Wednesday.