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20 Years Ago (1987)

Fourteen persons were arrested Monday morning in the second largest drug bust in Wyoming County history. At a press conference, Wyoming County District Attorney Brendan Vanston said the arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation that began several months ago and more arrests may be made. Drugs involved included methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Wyoming County Auditor R. Willard Reese has announced he will be a candidate for county commissioner. Reese said his experience as auditor gives him a different perspective on the workings of the county. “From where I sit, I have an excellent overview of things that happen in the county,” he said.

The first man in the U.S. elected to lead a state paraoptometric association is John Hildebrand of Hildebrand Eye Associates, who will become president of the Pennsylvania Paraoptometric Association. “A paraoptometric is basically an assistant to the doctor (optometrist),” said Hildebrand. Hildebrand who has been working as a paraoptometric for five years now, says he learned mostly on the job with his brother (Dr. Gerard Hildebrand) providing the training as well as additional training from seminars conducted by PPA.

40 Years Ago (1967)

James H. Turrell, local Ford-Mercury dealer, has been appointed Tunkhannock Mayor, to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Mayor Walter D. Reese. Turrell brings a wealth of experience in municipal government to the task, having served for many years as borough council president. The appointment was announced by council president, Donald Harding, Jr.

A new tenant for the former Tyler Memorial Hospital building in Meshoppen is the Ken-Mar Home Furnishings store owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Price, who have purchased the former hospital structure. Also to be moved into the hospital building is Mr. Price’s Insurance offices.

60 Years Ago (1947)

Mogan’s Diner is to be the name of the new building being constructed along Route 309, one mile south of Tunkhannock. Mr. and Mrs. William Mogan are owners and will personally operate the establishment upon its completion in early March. The Mogans are experienced restaurateurs, having operated in Maine before coming to Lakewood Club several years ago; also having previously been connected with the Hollywood Beach Hotel, Fla., Buckwood Inn, Shawnee, Pa., and Skytop, popular in Pocono resort.

Clifford Kuback, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kuback, received a fractured leg while coasting on Sunday near the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mikulski at Lake Winola. Clifford is a first grade student in the Tunkhannock schools.

In honor of her ninth birthday anniversary, Marilyn Wittmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wittmer, entertained at a party Monday afternoon at her home on Court House Square. Her guests included Marion Coliskey, Pam DeWitt, Linda Brown, Lucile Cassedy, Ann Coliskey, Jennie Shibley, Joan Walters and Sandra Shaddock.

80 Years Ago (1927)

O. B. Miles, druggist, has purchased the Dornsife Building, vacated by the Merchants Telephone Company at the time of the merger with the Commonwealth Company, and will move his stock there April 1. In the meantime, Contractor A. T. O’Dell will remodel the building.

The ice-gathering industry ha been active the past few days and thousands of tons of ice have been stored throughout the county.

William Barber has the cellar dug for a new house on Bridge Street, which he hopes to complete the coming summer.

River Street residents reported a temperature of 18 degrees below zero Sunday morning.

G. J. Ennis, manager of the Hotel Graham reports business good around the hostelry these days.

C. P. McKown, chairman of the Tunkhannock Roosevelt trail Club, has received word from Scranton that a Roosevelt Trail Club will soon be formed at Meshoppen.

Miss Harriett LaFrance, a Meshoppen High School student, received honorable mention in a prize essay contest inaugurated by Nature magazine

100 Years Ago (1907)

A petition will be presented to the borough council asking that a nice avenue be opened along the river bank from the river bridge to the western limits of the borough.

Miss Nettie Gardner, assistant matron of Florence Crittenden Mission in Scranton has been visiting relatives in Elmira and Factoryville.

Meetings at the M. E. Church are continued nightly this week, the pastor, Rev. Dr. Place being assisted by Rev. S. B. Murray of Eatonville.

G. Dow DeWitt has purchased the farm of Sittser and Piatt on East Tioga Street and will move his sawmill from the river bank to that place.

Widespread sympathy is manifested for Lewis B. Herman, of Eaton Township who lost his barn and nearly its entire contents by fire last week.

Nicholson has had three cases of appendicitis within a week.

C. M. Honeywell of Dallas has been appointed deputy grand master for the Granges of Wyoming and northern Luzerne Counties.

Meshoppen has formed a Merchants’ Protective Association, which includes not only dealers in that town, but surrounding places.

— Compiled by Barb Christ