20 Years Ago (1989)
In the recent Keystone State Games, Wyoming County did very well. Marc Marini was the unofficial MVP in open baseball as the Pocono Region won its first ever gold medal. He was joined by Tigers Mike Grohs and Joe Nally and Trail standouts Tate King and Todd Crock.
In the five mile run, Mehoopany's Robin Robinson won a gold in the 30-34 age bracket and Keystone's Mike Mould in the 50-59 age bracket.
In other track and field events, Mindy Alexander defended her titles in the female shot and discus competition. Jennifer Lupinski took the 100-meter low hurdles and also won gold in the 400 meter run. She also won a gold in the 4×100 meter relay, along with TA's Melanie Brown. Adria Schwartztrauber took first in the scholastic female 3,000 meters. And, in the junior male category, Alan Srebro captured the high jump gold.
In swimming, former TA star Dave Kalinowski won a gold in the 50-yard freestyle, and in wrestling Chris Thatcher also took a gold.
Tyler Hospital's Eighth Annual Harold E. Shaffer Memorial Golf Tournament at Shadowbrook attracted a record 144 golfers in July, with Don Haines of Dallas capturing top honors with a score of 71, and Betty George of Berwick top women's honors with a score of 87. Sadly, two weeks after the tourney, Haines was killed in an automobile accident.
40 Years Ago (1969)
In spite of 124 yards gained through the air by Tunkhannock quarterback Jim Valvano, the County proved no match for the City in last Friday's Dream Game in Scranton, taking a 23-12 beating. The County offensive unit presided over by Tunkhannock coach Charlie Shaw, included Tigers Carl Smith and Bill Bowers at the tackle posts and Trail's Chuck Feiser and Jack Callahan. Walt Frankowski, also of Trail, saw limited action as quarterback. TA's Lowell Philips was the middle guard on defense.
Dempsey's Jewelry became the champion of Tunkhannock's Squidget League for the second straight season by defeating Bartron Supply, 6-5 at Art Keefer memorial Park.
With physical exams now in progress, the issuance of equipment is all that remains to be done before Tunkhannock begins its pre-season practice next Monday.
Although the Bi-County Baseball League season was to have finished this Sunday, it may take as many as four weeks to determine the championship, thanks to rainouts and forfeits which have left a state of confusion. Falls, Towand and Jenks still have shots at winning it all.
To help young hunters meet new requirements for obtaining hunting licenses, a 2-class hunter safety course will be held Aug. 18-19 at the Dept. of Agriculture building in Tunkhannock. Prospective hunters under 16 must attend both classes.
60 Years Ago (1949)
Another tragedy weighs heavily on the local bowling world. William Mogan, proprietor of Mogan's Diner just below Tunkhannock, was killed this past week in a head-on automobile collision in New York state.
Frank Newhart, the Auburn boy who was so badly overworked while serving as a relief pitcher for the Wilkes-Barre Barons last summer and who hurled for Montrose for several weeks this year, has completed his lighting work at the Lawton park and was to place it in operation Saturday. He will lead an all-star aggregation that is to play its home games at the Lawton field.
George ‘Duke' Bunnell, back in town from an Atlantic City vacation, called his THS football hopefuls together yesterday to discuss the upcoming season. The Tigers- or maybe we should call them the ‘Owls' now that they play their home games at night- will open their campaign Sept. 16 against Lehman.
Mrs. Louise Hislop, wife of the proprietor of the Tall-Ho Tavern in Dallas, was bitten by a snake near the Hislop summer home one mile south of Lovelton. She and her daughter had been swimming in the North Branch Creek when the reptile struck Mrs. Hislop.
June Sickler, 14, of Riverside, N.J., formerly of Falls, drowned Thursday in a creek near her home. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theron Sickler attempted to save the life of a boy who shouted for help while swimming, and lost her life in the attempt.
80 Years Ago (1929)
J. Frank Davey, 56, of Factoryville lost his life while fishing in the Tunkhannock Creek about 2-3 miles downstream of Nicholson. His body was discovered by three or four boys who went to the creek to swim.
S. Don Avery sent in a note from Camp Acahela noting that Tunkhannock's Boy Scout troop had 10 scouts in residence, three of whom were sent by the Rotary Club, and had won more honors than any other tent in camp.
The Mount Greenwood Kiwanis Club will visit Camp Onawandah, the Girl Schout Camp at South Eaton today.
According to postcards received by friends here, county commissioner J.A. DeWitt is sporting down by the sad sea waves at Atlantic City this week.
Carl Marweig of New York City was a guest of Prof. Ralph Newing at the Methodist parsonage over Sunday. Marweig was captain of the cross country team at Swarthmore Preparatory School when Newing was coach.
The renowned Helkvists, Sofie and Niles, will bring their thrilling sets of acrobatic, novelty and trick diving to the Wyoming County Fair next month.
For the Grange Picnic coming up soon, Dr. Tewksbury and William Comstock are on the athletic sports committee, and organizing special challenges like climbing a greased pole or chasing a greased pig. Harry Ross is canvassing the county's Granges for a baseball team against a businessmen's team. Its manager Al Tench is using the Connie Mack system of silence.
100 Years Ago (1909)
The LaGrange baseball team has ‘done up' the Thurston aggregation of ball tossers to the tune of 16-5. Baker, the first baseman, and Osterhout, the pitcher, each had home runs.
The Centremoreland baseball team was a victor over the Orange team, 16-10.
The Jenks baseball team was defeated at Beaumont on Saturday, 13-8.
Melvin Watkins and Robert Reynolds of Factoryville have gone on a fishing trip on the Susquehanna River.
A party from Mountain View went to Pond fishing on Saturday.
A large buck deer and a doe have been contentedly lounging around the herds of some farmers in Franklin Twp., Susquehanna County. It is supposed that they escaped from a park in Binghamton.
Riverside Park is the name given the picnic grounds which have recently been fitted up at Mehooany. A large force here have been at work clearing off the old grove on the riverbank. This is a delightful place for picnickers and campers.
Three bicycle riders were brought before the burgess in Tunkhannock on Thursday for riding the wheels on the sidewalk.