20 Years Ago (1999)
Christy Mathewson weekend was a memorable one as three priceless items were removed from an historical display between 10:45 p.m., Friday, and 6:45 a.m., Saturday: a 1906 Giants uniform jersey with Worlds Champions inscribed on it; Christy’s first major league contract from 1900; and a contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 1917.
Top finisher in the Christy Mathewson Big 6K Race was Joseph Fent at 21:30; and top female finisher was Renee Lesnefsky,
New fall varsity coaches named at Tunkhannock Area High School are Heather Quick in field hockey; and Tom Stone in girls tennis. Randy White was appointed assistant cross country coach to assist veteran coach Dick Daniels. Ed Rhinard will assist soccer coach Kevin Baumes.
Four former Tunkhannock athletes won a total of 18 medals at the State Games of America in St. Louis, Mo. They included swimmers Dan Stacknick, Ed Murach and Melissa Davis; and Teena Thatcher who won a gold medal in the 5K road race.
Congratulations to Bob Skovronsky who got a hole-in-one on Shadowbrook’s 156-yard eighth hole.
Chris McGee of Laceyville, a former Elk Lake baseball standout, was recently named as Mansfield University’s male spring athlete of the year.
40 Years Ago (1979)
Some 138 avid canoeists took part in the 18th annual Kiwanis Downriver Canoe Race sponsored. Top times by class included Norman Ludwig and Richard Rankinen, 1:29.45, in C2 Mens Competition Cruising; Bob Bennett and Bettie Bennett, 1:32.28, in C2 Mixed Competition Cruising; Dana Leet, 1:36.16, in Kayak; Emmett Mead and Jim Goochee, 1:37.02 in C2 Sr. Aluminum; J.D. Raub, 1:37.35, in C1 Competition Cruising; Jeff Patton and Jerry Patton, 1:41.18, in C2 Senior and Junior; Ray Garman and Jim Whitmen, 1:42.20, in C2 Masters Aluminum; Rob Gross and Jeff Gage, 1:45.22, in C2 Jr. Aluminum; Joe Ervin and Herb Neuhaus, 1:46.09, in C2 Standard Canoe; and Tana Gaustad and Lois Raub, 1:47.35, in C2 Womens Competition Cruising.
Just two weeks away, the Tigers are ready for their football opener at North Pocono; and the Lions at Susquehanna.
William Felker, fireman recruit at the U.S. Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill., took first place in a July swim meet there.
Ten communities in Wyoming County will benefit from a new parks development program with grants from the state Dept. of Community Affairs: Borough of Nicholson, Factoryville, Meshoppen and Tunkhannock Boros; and Exeter, Falls, Forkston, Mehoopany, North Branch and Windham Twps.
60 Years Ago (1959)
On the very brink of being eliminated from the Susque-Wyo League playoffs, Tunkhannock came up with four big runs in the eighth inning Sunday at Memorial Park to even the semi-final series against Montrose, 4-3. A third and deciding game will beat Montrose on Sunday.
Nicholson turned back Springville for the second straight time and will play the Tunkhannock-Montrose winner for the league championship.
In Bi-County League action, Silvara knocked off Jenks, 12-4. The lone home run in a 21-hit slugfest came off the bat of Jenks’ Alvie Cook.
Tunkhannock Rotary and Kiwanis clubs will do battle in a softball fundraiser at the Little League Park.
Officials of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission and outdoor writers took a 60-mile float from Sayre and scouted eight potential public access sites. The commission already has two public access sites: one at Sayre and the other near the NEPA grounds at Tunhanoock.
Two boys baseball teams – the Citizens Bank Squidgets and the Tri-County Teeners League All-Stars - are planning trips to Philadelphia this weekend to see the Phillies-Giants match-up at Connie Mack Stadium.
Clarks Summit-Abington High School is shopping for a new football coach.
80 Years Ago (1939)
Henry Bruning, 28-year-old racing driver from Carbondale was fatally injured Saturday afternoon in a spectacular 3-car crash on the track at the Wyoming County Fair Grounds.
Fairdale knocked off Tunkhannock, 7-2, in the first playoff game of the Saturday afternoon league. George Frempter and relief hurler Custer spoiled the winners shutout by driving across two runs in the ninth.
The game scheduled between Meshoppen and Camp Susquehannock at the Meshoopen park was rained out and will be played there next Wednesday at 3 p.m. Meshoppen did beat Laceyville on Saturday, 12-6; and on Sunday they beat Noxen, 6-1.
The 1939 hunting season will be more liberal than for a number of years and sportsmen for the first time in four years will enjoy a full month of hunting for most kinds of game, and larger bag limits for a number of species.
The Tunkhannock Borough School District has developed a plan for fencing and rearranging its athletic field which comprises all the ground west of the junior-senior building and bounded on three sides by Harrison, Pennsylvania and Franklin streets.
John Setser and Alvin Bonner left last Tuesday for a bicycle trip to Sayre, filling a requirement for Boy Scout work.
100 Years Ago (1919)
A new season for blackbirds is created by Gov. Sproul’s approval of amendments to the game code. It is made lawful to kill these birds Aug. 1-Nov. 30. The protection has been taken off squirrels entirely. The non-hunters license bill provides a fee of $5 for such licenses. The closed season for skunks or muskrats has been set from March 1 to Nov. 15, and the use of chemicals, smoke or dog in hunting them is forbidden.
Gov. Sproul has approved the general amendment to the fish code which takes the size limit off brook and brown trout and limits the bag to 26 in one day.
While Mrs. Eleanor Dunn and her two children were at Lake Carey on Tuesday, the son Henry met with a painful accident. Some boys were fishing with pole and line along the shore, and as Henry was passing, one of the fishermen swung his pole for a cast, the line having several hooks on it. Two of the hooks caught in the boy’s cheek and one near the corner of the eye. It was necessary to have a surgeon remove the hooks.
The Farm Bureau Field Day on Aug. 20 at the Harford Fairgrounds will have a ball game between the East and West of Susquehanna County.
Dr. Joseph Kalbfus, secretary, and E.W. Kelly, superintendent, of the state Game Commission at Harrisburg met death when a train struck an auto near Warren.