Editor’s note: The Dallas Post is 127 years old. Information for “Only Yesterday” is printed exactly as it appeared originally.
20 years ago — 1996
Alma DeRojas, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Juan J. DeRojas of Dallas, captured first place in national competition in the Introduction to Business Communication event at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in July.
Daddow-Isaacs Post 672, The American Legion will hold its installation of officers this weekend at the Post Home, Memorial Highway, Dallas. Officers to be installed are: Commander, John Tasco Sr.; Vice Commanders, Walter Galka Jr. and Chester Kunigonis; Adjutant, Tom Reese; Finance Officer, Edward Buckley; chaplain, Charles Glasser; historian, Jerry Machell; service officer, John George.
The Luzerne County 4-H Club held its first ever Market Lamb Auction at the Luzerne County Fair. The 4-H members raised the lambs which were judged and then later auctioned to benefit the club. Prize-winning lambs were raised by Richard Joyce, Erin Popek, Sara Stone and Ben Stone.
30 years ago — 1986
Hundreds of men, women and children visited the Third Annual Teddy Bear Contest sponsored by the Overbrook Marketplace, Overbrook Avenue, Dallas, on Sunday. Dozens of bears of all sizes and colors, dressed in various costumes were entered in the contest. Winners in the largest bear category were Michael Lee Roth and Clarice Coyne. Jennifer Kovacs won for Best Dressed Holiday Bear. Michael Lee Roth’s entry was winner of the Smallest Jointed Bear. The Best Dressed Female Bear was entered by Michelle Kline and the Best Dressed Male Bear category was won by Alexis Shipula.
Matt Lipo and Kristen Piatkowski, of Dallas Senior High School, were recently recognized as Commended Students in the 1986 National Merit Scholarship Program.
40 years ago — 1976
Dallas Area Booster and Lettermen Club recently awarded school jackets to student athletes who were members of championship teams. Those receiving jackets are baseball team members Donna Heidel, manager, Chuck Falcone, P.J. Krostag, Vince Sodrosky, Berne Shearin, Jack Bestwick, Jim Walsh, Ray Smith, John Konopki, Ken Charney, Dave Thomas, Steve Skammer, Kevin Rose, John Reese, Brian Sickler, Jeff Supulski, Greg Steele, Matt Shaver, Mark Shaver, Bruce Riefenstahl; wrestling champions Brian Corbett and Frank Hazletine; and track champion John Majewski.
Olympic Sliver Medalist Mike Shine appeared at the Luzerne County Fall Fair last Saturday afternoon at the Lehman Horse Show grounds. He also discussed his track achievements with Dallas Senior High athletes Tim Cross (track), Brian Corbett (wrestling), Scott Neyhard (track) and Bill Kleiner (track).
50 years ago — 1966
Two Dallas young men are serving as Rotary Exchange Students in New Zealand. Arriving at their destination on Friday were Marshall D. Rumbaugh, son of Dr. and Mrs. Marshall U. Rumbaugh, Demunds Road, and John Gager, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gager, Elmcrest Drive. Both were chosen by Dallas Rotary Club to represent this district abroad.
Assistant Chief James Sisco, Kingston Township, was called to 96 Carverton Road, Trucksville, Sunday, with the complainant reporting that a fox was tearing up the swimming pool. Sisco responded and upon reaching the yard had the red fox spring at him, whereupon he shot it. Bill Robbins, custodian at the township building, claims it was his pet fox, which had escaped from its cage on Friday.
Dallas Junior Woman’s Club is planning a fall dance to take on October 29th at the Brother Four in Dallas. This year, in keeping with the holiday, they are calling it, “The Witches Ball.” Mrs. Steven Vrabel, chairman of the affair, has selected the following committee: Mrs. Kenneth Hunter, co-chairman; Mrs. Ralph Fitch Jr., decorations; Mrs. Clifford Parker, door; Mrs. David Stevens, reservations; Mrs. Al Wolfe, games; and Mrs. Joseph Morton, publicity.
60 years ago — 1956
Robert Jewell, Dallas, has been appointed by Luzerne County School Directors to serve as speech therapist for the Luzerne County Schools initiating a speech correction program for students having speech difficulties. He will also work in the school for the physically handicapped at Swoyersville.
In an effort to have all parishioners become better acquainted with other parishioners, Holy Name Society of Gate of Heaven Church will sponsor a Newcomer’s Dinner in November under the chairmanship of Ray McDonald assisted by Jack Lemmel.
Gordon Wolverton, Pikes Creek, will direct the Dallas Methodist Church choir. Mr. Wolverton is well acquainted with public school music as well as church music. For a number of years, he directed the choir at Wyoming Avenue Christian Church.
70 years ago — 1946
The State Aeronautics Commission, following a meeting here, announced approval of construction of the Dallas Airport, Dallas R.D., of which Thomas P. Garrity, of Alderson, is proprietor. Mr. Garrity was an aviator during the war and owns his own ship.
Wyoming Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce first annual model air show at Kirby Park Sunday, saw several models from the Back Mountain area entered. Don Jayne, former Shavertown resident, won first prize in the Class B speed contest. Bob Malkemes, Trucksville, second in Class C speed contest. Floyd Evans Sr. and Floyd Evans Jr., Trucksville, also had models entered.
Stanley Moore, Trucksville, and Mrs. Antoinette Mason of Dallas, have been named committeemen for the Back Mountain region during National Dog Week, this week, according to an announcement from National Dog Week headquarters in New York City.