Early Files

20 Years Ago (1993)

Congratulations to pharmacist Joe Lech, who was installed president of the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association.

When Gerry Mattocks dropped to one knee to ask his favorite girl to be his bride, he had a bit of trouble getting up. That should be no surprise, since Mattocks, a resident of Tunkhannock Manor, is 71. His bride, Catherine Evans, claims to be ’39 years old and holding,’ although she admits she has a 49-year-old son.

The tents are up and everything is nearly ready for the start of the annual Triton Hose Co. carnival on Tuesday, Fire Chief Jim Rail said.

Second grade students of Mrs. Nancy Denmon at Roslund Elementary School in Tunkhannock recently presented her with a quilt honoring her retirement from teaching.

U.S. Rep. Tom Ridge, R-Pa., Republican Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, addressed a record-breaking 3,200 people attending Claverack REC’s annual meeting July 24 at Wysox.

Saturday evening was the lovely wedding of Ginger Farr Tinna to Philip Howell at the Mehoopany United Methodist Church.

40 Years Ago (1973)

The Child Development Council of Northeast Pennsylvania is now making plans to begin a day care center for 30 pre-school (ages 3-6) students in Wyoming County. Arrangements to lease the Nativity B.V.M. School, Second Street, Tunkhannock, are now in process; it is expected that the program will begin in mid-August.

A former Tunkhannock resident, Frank Sexton, was among 38 persons who died Monday in the crash of an Ozark Airlines F-27 in St. Louis. He was the brother of Maynard Sexton of Shadowbrook.

Mehoopany Police Chief John Nauroth has issued a reminder that a speed trap is being set up to enforce the 35 mph speed limit.

Miss Melanie Holdren of Laceyville, and Miss Chandra LaFrance, of Meshoppen, flew on Friday to Albany, Ga., where they are visiting friends.

Staff Sgt. Arthur G. Durland, son of E. William Durland, of Mehoopany, has received his second award with the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Dover AFB., Del., for meritorious service.

Mr. and Mrs. Laird Frantz of Meshoppen were honored on July 22 with a surprise silver wedding anniversary party given by their children at their home on Shannon Hill.

Twins Karen and Sharon Santamaria, of Paoli, are spending several weeks’ vacation at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Parker Wall, and family, Lake Winola.

60 Years Ago (1953)

The dairy barn of Andrew Kuffa, at Lemon was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon together with a tractor and other farming equipment.

The centennial Anniversary of Keiserville Methodist Church was held last weekend. More than 200 out-of-town friends of the church attended the special services and signed the guest book which was given to the occasion by Lucinda Krewson, of Tunkhannock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Luce, and granddaughter of two of the founders of the Keiserville Church, Jacob Luce and R.H. Atkinson.

About 80 guests attended the annual Stonier Reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivor Jones, Lake Winola.

About 30 members of the 1953 graduating class of Tunkhannock High School held a surprise party at Wintermute’s Grove, Saturday in honor of Thomas Atherholt who was due to leave for Army service Wednesday. The guest of honor was presented with a gift.

Mrs. Charles Donovan and children, Robert, Cora, Betty and Ronald and Mrs. Donovan’s sister, Mrs. Jane Rogers and son Donnie of Scranton, left recently to visit Mrs. Donovan’s son Charles and other relatives in Los Angeles, Calif.

Miss Marcella Titman and Miss Marjorie Fitch spent last week vacationing in Atlantic City.

Dale Yarasavage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Yarasavage of Tunkhannock, was discharged from the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, on Saturday after being a patient there for one month.

The Baker-Fuller family reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker at Bardwell on Sunday, Aug. 2.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Special! For a limited time, permanent waves $4.00 at Mrs. Theo Rogers.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Phillips drove to Niagara Falls. They did some sightseeing on both the American and Canadian sides of the border.

With the coming of the annual Granger’s picnic at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 16, it might be appropriate to recall when the custom of holding this festivity began. The first record we have of such a gathering by the Grangers was held in J.W. Wrigley’s Grove at the north eastern side of Lake Carey on August 17. The land is now owned by Frank Cooper.

Samuel Grow’s barn, Mehoopany, with contents was destroyed by fire on Friday during an electrical storm.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cole, of Meshoppen, entertained at their home, for the newly-weds, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Baer.

100 Years Ago (1913)

Noxen is entertaining about 40 fresh air children from New York.

Architects will complete the preparation of plans for the Boys Industrial school buildings to be built on a farm at White’s Ferry, purchased last year by Bishop Hoban. The industrial school undertaking will involve an outlay of about $100,000 and the buildings will be the finest of the kind in the United States.

Our merchant, Mr. Thomas Robinson, and wife have returned from the huckleberry mountain having picked two bushels of huckleberries.

Among the ld soldiers from this place who went to Gettysburg recently are: R.V. Kennedy, J.M. Pruner, John Hartman, J.J. Miller, J.W. Rinker, W.F. Bailey, F.P. Avery, Charles Lambert, James L. Vose, C.A. Hungerford, A.D. Tewksbury, J.P. Harpe, Jerome Welch, George Simpson, A.G. Reynolds, D.C. Graham, Cyrus Marcy, A.L. Avery, James L. Miller, George W. Gaylord, J.W. Stark, Otis McCracken, Charles Freeman, Thomas Adams, William Lane, Stephen Barber, W.E. Lott, John Klein, A.M. Dersheimer, James Squier, Samuel Henry, Thomas Robinson, E.A. Martin, Lou Hart, Joseph Dull, George Wagner, Earl L. Ellis, Perry Carpenter, W.A. Taylor, M.B. Lyman, W.A. Welch and James Bagley.

Harry Steele, aged fifteen years, son of Fred Steele, of Fields, Brook near Nicholson, lost an arm and ran a very narrow escape from death while working in the hay field on his fathers’ farm. The horse young Steele was driving became frightened and ran, throwing him in front of the mowing machine, and his arm was badly cut, that it had to be amputated above the elbow.

120 Years Ago (1893)

Whooping cough is taking a run among the juveniles.

Millard Smith, of Centermoreland, was seriously injured by the kick of a horse last Sunday. Dr. Denison was called to attend.

Charles Clarke, who was visiting his parents at Lemon for some time, returned to DeKalb, Ill., where he is employed with the I.L. Elwood Bare Wire Company.

Fred Wiggins is the originator of a new shaving and dandruff preparation which he calls “Lilac Blossoms.” It is a cool refreshing liquid to apply to the face after shaving.

Miss Edna Carney, Russell Hill, started on Monday for the World’s Fair.

Little three-year old Bessie Carner, daughter of Mrs. Evans Carner, was terribly burned. It is supposed she got hold of a parlor match and in some way ignited it. They had stopped at the home of Mrs. Carner’s father, W.H. Rosengrant, landlord of the Warren Street Hotel.

George Turner has returned from St. Augustine, Fla., and will summer at his father’s home, South Eaton.