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1939 – 70 Years Ago

At local A& P Food Stores, a six pound bag of potatoes sold for 25 cents; a head of cauliflower was 15 cents; jumbo Florida oranges sold for 27 cents a dozen; and a one pound package of Premium crackers was 14 cents.

Mrs. Alfred Bronson of Sweet Valley has been named chairman of a covered dish supper to be held by Dallas Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, to be held at the Odd Fellows Hall, Luzerne. The hostesses are Mrs. Stephen Johnson, Mrs. Emma Shaver, Mrs. Harriet Durbin, Mrs. Gertrude Russ, Mrs. Otis Rood, Mrs. Ross Lewin, Mrs. Harriet Stevens, Mrs. Edna Rebennack, Mrs. Ralph Brickel, Mrs. Margaret Woolbert, Mrs. Loraine Vivian, Mrs. Eunice Norris, Mrs. Gladys Post, Mrs. Edith Adelman, Mrs. Jesse Fine, Mrs. Clara Metz, Mrs. Donald Herbert, Mrs. Bertha Johnson, Mrs. Hazel Ruggles, Mrs. Eliza Arber, Mrs. Minnie Coolbaugh, Mrs. Natalie Adelman, Miss Anne Joseph, Miss Mary Boldt, Miss Bethia Allen and Miss Carrie Wolfe.

1949 – 60 Years Ago

Jacqueline Mahoney, with her many attendants, will reign as Queen at the May Day Festival given by Dallas Township High School Thursday. The event, which promises to be a gala spectacle, was attended last year by nearly a thousand spectators.

Ritter Electric School on Pierce Street, Kingston, which opened its term this week, has been declared one of the “finest and best equipped G.I. Schools in the State” by Veterans’ Administration officials and educators. The school is owned by Phillip Ritter of Dallas, veteran automotive ignition expert, and is established in the former Miller Casket Building which Mr. Ritter recently purchased.

James S. Waters has been awarded the Arthur C. Bigelow Scholarship of $100, outstanding livestock award of the School of Agriculture at Pennsylvania State College. Mr. Waters, a junior in animal husbandry, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Waters, Huntsville Road, Dallas. The scholarship is provided by the “More Sheep More Wool Association of the United States.”

1959 – 50 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Ides recently accepted a $100.00 check from General Electric for first place honors in the West Side Jaycee Christmas Lighting Contest. The Ides were entered in the national GE Corporation Home Lighting Contest where they won fifth place. The Jaycees as the sponsoring organization also won a check for $100.00.

Jean Fleming, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. Robert Fleming, was chosen to represent Dallas Borough Elementary School at the School Patrol Convention in Washington, D.C. The sixth grade student is being sponsored by Wyoming Valley Automobile Association and Dallas Borough PTA.

Three cases against an aluminum siding concern from out of town are in litigation in this area. Better Business Bureau warns residents of the “Model Home Scheme” being worked here by aluminum siding salesmen.

According to reports, a number of residents have already been burned on this deal. Some of them are absorbing their losses, but others are attempting to take legal action.

Under the “Model Home Scheme” the homeowner is persuaded to sign a contract to have his home re-sided on the basis that his home will be used as a “model” or “showpiece” by the company. The homeowner is told that commissions allegedly paid by the company on jobs obtained through showing the “model” will more than pay for the job itself. None of the companies using this approach can prove that any re-siding job was paid for by commissions resulting from referrals.

1969 – 40 Years Ago

Milford “Tiny” Gould of Trucksville won the President’s Cup at Hershey for his prize car, a Dusenberg J101. The car was once the private car of the manufacturer, Frederick Dusenberger, and was the first of its kind ever manufactured. Gould has been offered $100,000 for the car, but will not sell.

Kingston Township’s new Frances Slocum Park, sparkling in its appropriate setting among the shaded picnic areas and clear waters, opened to the public on May 1.

Fisherman will find the peaceful waters stocked with Bull Heads, Channel Catfish, Muskelonge, Black Bass, Wall Eyes and Pickerel.

Dallas Senior High School won second place for Youth Physical Fitness at the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Wyoming recently. Lake-Lehman captured third. (Winner was Northwest Area).

Members of the Dallas team included: James Tupper, David Merithew, Raymond Yagloski, Robert Samanas, Richard Martin and Mark Hicks. Coach of the team is Clinton Brobst.

Boys from Lake-Lehman who participated in the meet are: Jack Davis, Ronald Sorber, Jay Remly, Frederick Case, Albert Agnew and Brent Steele. Their coach is George Curry.

1979 – 30 Years Ago

Mrs. Romayne Williams was named Senior Citizen of the Year at the Seventh Annual Senior Citizens Dinner held at Centermoreland Church social rooms.

Members of the Dallas Junior Woman’s Club visited Dallas Junior High School Tuesday afternoon and awarded prizes to the winners of the art contest sponsored by the club. Winners included: Michael Chismar, first place, 7th grade; Donna Cupinski, first place, 8th grade; Wendy Morgan, first place, 9th grade. Susan Niskey, second place, 7th grade; Kristi Boudreaux, third place, 7th grade; Sean Havey, second place, 8th grade; Scott Calkins, third place, 8th grade; and Cindy Bauer, second place, 9th grade.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that Holly Peters, a student at Dallas Senior High School, has been selected to receive a scholarship in the 1979 Proctor and Gamble Fund Scholarship Program.

Holly is a member of the National Honor Society and Drama Club. Her previous awards include four NEDT Scholastic Certificates of Merit and the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Science Award. Holly will continue her education at Ithaca College were she plans to major in physical therapy.

1989 – 20 Years Ago

Debbie Darling Belenski has been promoted to executive staff at First Eastern Bank, according to a recent announcement by Richard M. Ross, Jr., chairman and CEO.

Four Lake-Lehman athletes have accepted football scholarships to Pennsylvania Colleges. They are: Len Annetta, Bloomsburg University; Chris Engle, Bucknell University; Stan Sims, Clarion University; and Scott Shafer, Mansfield University.

The newspaper staff of the Dallas Middle School recently went on a field trip to the Times Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre. The newspaper’s education director, Ms. Carol Barrone, took the students on a tour of the publishing plant and spoke on the importance of the computer in putting out a daily newspaper.

Participating students included Heather Mead, Marlene Matosky, Carlene Tyrell, Julie Miers, Shannon McDonald, Kristin Gurdin, Karin Wartella, Emily Miers, Heather Brody, Amy Merrill, Nina Mathers and Kristin Kosakowski.

Information for “Only Yesterday” is taken from past issues of The Dallas Post, which is 120 years old. The information is printed here exactly as it appeared in the newspaper years ago.

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