20 Years Ago (1990)

Meshoppen Borough Council approved its 1991 budget last week without raising taxes.

The Kiwanis Wyoming county Fair is selling some of the land it obtained for a new fairgrounds in Meshoppen Twp. Attorney Joseph Gorman, who is handling the sale for the fair corporation said three parcels of land on the north side of Route 6 will be offered for sale. The fairgrounds will be located exclusively on the south side of the highway he said.

Lois Noreika has opened a new beauty salon, Cutter’s Cove in the building of the Lake Winola Beverage Co., across from Williams Variety Store.

40 Years Ago (1970)

Grand Opening specials at Bricks’ Market: Pork Sale; Center Cut Pork chops 77 cents per pound; Rib End Pork Loin 35 cents per pound; Sliced White Bread 10 cents per loaf; Walnut Meats $1.07 pound pkg.; Maxwell House Coffee, 59 cents 1-lb can with $10 order and coupon.

The Lee Barbers, of Jenks received a telephone call from their son, Ronald, in Cheyenne, Wyo., informing them of the birth of their first grandson on Dec. 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mahoney, of Eaton Terrace, Tunkhannock celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 6. In observance of this event, their daughters, Carol and Laurie Jo, held an open house at their home on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Mahoney is employed by Dairylea in Scranton while Mrs. Mahoney is employed part time at Dempsey’s Jewelry Store.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCain announce the birth of a son, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Tyler Memorial Hospital. Mrs. McCain is the former Nancy Coleman, of Tunkhannock. The baby, who has been named Jeffrey Scott, was born on the fourth anniversary of his brother, Michael. Both boys were born on the same date as their great-grandfather, the late Scott McCain.

60 Years Ago (1950)

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rogers of Tunkhannock have received official notification that their son Pfc. George A. Rogers was wounded in action in Korea on Nov. 28. He was serving with the 1st Marine Division at the time.

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Robinson of Russell Hill have announced the birth of a son, named Danny James, on Nov. 29, at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen.

In honor of his birthday anniversary, Fred Ungureit Jr., entertained several of his schoolmates at a movie party Saturday afternoon followed by refreshments at the Ungureit home on East Tioga Street.

A four-inch front page item in last week’s New Age, under the heading “Holiday Street Lighting” wins the prize for the editor as the most completely wrong story ever produced. It is the Kiwanis Club, not the Junior Chamber of Commerce that sponsors Tunkhannock’s Christmas street lighting.

Mrs. Anna Vaughn is planning to spend the holidays with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McGoogan in Detroit. She will make the trip by plane.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kehrli and Mr. and Mrs. George Gay returned home Monday evening after spending the weekend in New York City.

80 Years Ago (1930)

A new steel girder bridge over Meshoppen Creek at Brookvale, replaces an old wooden one built 60 or 70 years ago. There are still seven wooden covered bridges left in the county, three of which- one at Noxen, one at Forkston and one at Lovelton- have been taken over by the state.

George Smith who runs a gas filling station and small store near Eatonville, had a call from rough customers Sunday evening. Three young men in a car stopped at his place, went in the store and demanded his money. He attempted to fight the leader off with his cane but the fellow hit him with the butt of a revolver, giving him a black eye and then made off with about $15 in cash, all the money Mr. Smith had. They also took cigarettes and cigars. State police were notified but have no clue to work.

Special Prices on the Old Reliable Dunlop Tire at McKown’s Garage, Tunkhannock; 29×4.40-$5.55; 30×4.50-$6.35; 28×4.75-$7.55; 30×5.00-$8.15 and 32×6.00-$13.30. We are now selling the Genuine 13 Plate Ford battery at $7.50!

The fire alarm sounded yesterday at 3 a.m., bringing out Triton Hose Company to fight fire in a cluster of buildings at the rear of the Republican and New Age office. The old blacksmith shop, a barn, a row of sheds used as garages and some small buildings belonging to the Piatt estate, now Ogden & Ogden were all destroyed. Four second hand automobiles from the Richards garage were also burned. The origin of the fire is unknown and the total loss had not been estimated as we went to press. There was some insurance.

100 Years Ago (1910)

Born Dec. 3, 1910 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ace, of Lemon Township, a 12-pound girl.

Charles Stemples has bought the Eggleston property and will occupy it in the spring.

The Tunkhannock Electric Light Company has reduced the price of electric current from 16 to 14 cents a kilowatt hour.

Benjamin Lott, a native of Tunkhannock, died at Harlem Hospital in New York City a few days ago as a result of the accidental closing of a folding bed in which he and his wife were sleeping. Mr. Lott was born about 58 years ago in a house which stood where the grain elevator of Brown & Fassett now is. At the age of 17 he went to New York and became a civil engineer. He was a brother-in-law of Alonzo Hart the Bridge Street harness maker.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. West very pleasantly entertained a company of friends on Saturday evening in honor of the 15th anniversary of their wedding day. A sumptuous dinner was served at an evening spent in social diversions.

The census figures show that Wyoming County lost 1,643 in population the past 10 years.

Clark Oliver and Miss Hilda Grace Dix, both of Lake Carey, were married by Rev. G.A. Place on Dec. 17.

120 Years Ago (1890)

William Jayne of Russell Hill has returned from Spokane Falls, Wash., where he spent the summer.

Walter Brooks of Mehoopany is preparing to take a business course at the Business College of Elmira.

“Fin” Mack was quite badly hurt on Thursday afternoon by jumping off passenger train No. 9 at the Bridge Street crossing. The youngsters have been in the habit of hanging on trains as they leave the depot and jumping off when the speed begins to get dangerous. Young Mack was badly banged up about the head and one ear partly torn off.

A series of successful revivals are being held at the Evangelical church by Rev. Fosselman, the pastor.

Burson & Carey contemplate making a trip down into Maryland and Virginia with their sciopticon exhibition.

Master Fred Barlow sold 25 tickets for the lecture last evening by Rev. H.M. Crydenwise on his army experiences. Fred hustled them around lively.

Donation parties abound among the churches.