20 Years Ago (1999)

Wyoming County Commissioners plan to raise property taxes by 1.5 mills when they pass the 2000 budget of $7.94 million at the end of the year.

An 18-year-old Tunkhannock student grabbed a classmate in school and said he wished he had “a high-powered rifle to shoot him.”

The Wyoming County United Fund has reached over 94 percent of its $240,000 goal.

Almost nearly four years after the Lazybrook development was destroyed by a flood, construction crews are leveling ground that will be part of a recreational park. Nearly 80 families lost their homes in the 1996 flood.

Al Zick of Clinton Township is the latest dairy farmer to say that next year because of unfavorable conditions he is getting out of the dairy business his family has been involved in since the 1940.

Clarence Turner, who worked in the Armour Tannery at Noxen for 40 years, and also served on the Noxen School Board, died Sunday. He was 97.

Lt. Col. Gary Carney, son of Russell and Joan Carney of Tunkhannock, became the Tooele Army Depot’s 30th Commander in Utah.

Debra Gay has been appointed branch manager of Community Bank and Trust, Eaton Twp. office.

A new youth classical music ensemble will make its debut Sunday at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

40 Years Ago (1979)

The Department of Environmental Resources said Monday that recent tests done on drinking water supplies at Lake Winola proved that a majority of the sites tested were found to be polluted.

Tunkhannock Area School Board released estimates showing that student enrollment could grow from its present 4,100 to 4,400-4,600 by 1983-4.

A TA School Citizens Advisory Council has recommended tough new penalties to go along with its proposed phase out of smoking at the high school.

Lackawanna Trail School District has announced an extensive study that could include consolidating its elementary grades and a remodel of the high school.

The gas crunch has just about eliminated touring the country to see the many beautiful Christmas decorations, but those who have a chance to do night shopping will be dazzled by the display.

Kenneth and Ama (Sutton) DeGraw are marking their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 16.

Ethel (Porter) Custer, 85, of Prospect Hill, died Thursday at Tyler Hospital. She leaves behind three sons.

A fire destroyed the Baptist Church in West Auburn, Dec. 2.

Three Bradford County men were arrested Saturday in connection with the theft of a semi-trailer loaded with Pampers disposable diapers from a local truck lot in October.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Skovronsky gave a surprise birthday party for the former’s mother, Mrs. Joseph Skovronsky, who celebrated her 70th birthday anniversary with a large cake and an abundance of beautiful gifts.

Ad: Gay-Murray Co.: One stop shopping Christmas Wind-Up Sale! Plastic skating rink 16 ft. to 32 ft. $9.75 and up. For back yards or inside buildings. Needs only 1 ½ inches of water. Keeps the kids home.

Jacob Wruble, our cattle buyer, of Craige Hill, was up over the hill buying fresh cows during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Ide have purchased the John Leek home on Philadelphia Avenue and are making extensive renovations to the building.

Don Fredd, a June graduate of Tunkhannock High School, is serving with a Naval air technical training unit at Lakehurst, N.J.

On Dec. 19, Rev. Edward P. Townsend will be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood at St. Peter’s Church on Second Street in Tunkhannock.

Leo and Ethel Bannatyne Place of Meshoppen observed their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday.

‘Do Unto Others,’ a 13-minute movie sponsored by the National Polio Foundation, is available to area groups, according to Mrs. George Vernooy, county chairman of the March of Dimes.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Though strictly informal and one hundred percent home talent, the dedication program of Wyoming County’s new courthouse addition was most impressive.

Ross Harvey of Marcy has taken a lumber job of 200,000 feet at Nicholson.

The town is taking on considerable appearance of Christmas time. The colored lights, trimmed with evergreens, have been strung up in the main business section, and many residences and stores have erected outside decorations.

Sadie Hawkins Day was held Tuesday. The race took place in activity period. No one was allowed outside the fence around the athletic field. The boy escorted the girl that caught him to chapel and the cafeteria. At night she brought him to the dance. Prizes were given for the funniest costume and the one which looked the most like Daisy Mae.

Miss Lois Heitsman is driving a new Hudson car.

The play, ‘The Old Crab’ was given by the senior class at Springville Friday and Saturday to a full house both nights. The actors did their parts well.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vandermark marked their 50th wedding anniversary at Sugar Hill on Monday.

Everyone who has a hog is butchering because of the high price of feed.

Bruce G. Leighton wife and daughter Janet have arrived in the U.S. after a very pleasant trip across the Pacific Ocean in the China Clipper.

100 Years Ago (1919)

The public library notes that 681 books were loaned during November and 11 new borrowers registered.

All ex-servicemen of Tunkhannock and vicinity are requested to attend a meeting at Triton Hose House on Friday evening, Dec. 12, at 7:30, for the purpose of organizing Post 457 of the American Legion. Every eligible man should be present and become a part of this organization. -W.W. Lazarus, chm., pro-tem.

At the Savoy Theater Monday and Tuesday is the event of the year with Mary Pickford in ‘Daddy Long Legs.’ Children under 12, 17 cents; adults, 33 cents.

The Kinney School House, about one mile from Skinners Eddy, has been sold to a farmer, who will tear it down and move it away. School was abandoned there some time ago.

William Allen, a Lehigh Valley trackman, was hit by a passing engine a few days ago and knocked about 20 feet. He stood beside the track and thought he was far enough away for clearance. He was only slightly injured and returned to work next day.

Harold Jackson has taken the agency for the ‘Overland’ automobile and is ready to give demonstrations to any possible customers.

N.S. Davies, a native of Wyoming County who served as superintendent of the Lackawanna County schools, 1881-1893, died at his Clarks Green home. He was 66.

120 Years Ago (1899)

Thomas Kresge of Falls is hustling with his new gasoline thresher and is doing all the farmers’ winter threshing in this vicinity.

The Ladies Aid event at Joseph Shupp’s was well attended.

E.N. Farr is going to school in Fox Hollow. He also froze his mustache off during the recent cold spell.

The Laceyville Bridge Company commenced collecting toll on Tuesday.

Dr. Biles, who opened an office in Mehoopany about two months ago, has moved his family there.

The following were elected to office in Temple Lodge, No. 248 F. and A.M. Monday evening: James W. Piatt, Aaron Brown, E.C. Thomas, B.W. Lewis, F.H. Piatt, Charles E. Terry, J.S. Stark, Harry Billings and B.H. Shook.

Several of the sportsmen in town are organizing a gun club and will hold weekly shoots on the ball grounds. Among those interested in the project are Spencer D. Reed, E.N. Stone, George Dersheimer, W.H. Morris, J.F. Wiggins, and L.E. Meade.

The second tournament between the Wilkes-Barre Chess Club and Tunkhannock players took place at the Packer House Friday night with a decided victory for the home players: John A. Sittser, Fred Ostrerhout, C.O. Dersheimer, D. Billings, R.C. Herrick, L. Hilkowich, James Smalley. S.W. Eysenbach, and James F. Day.

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