Only Yesterday: Dallas Kiwanis Club, Back Mountain Businessmen sponsored children’s Mummers Parade in 1966

Compiled by Kim Rollman - | October 12th, 2016 12:13 pm

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

Dallas Senior High School kicked off its Homecoming events this Monday with its annual “Spirit Week.” The purpose of this event is to raise school morale and establish a sense of togetherness as a school by assigning to each day of the week a different theme – Twin Day, Hat Day, Dress Down Day, and tomorrow’s theme, Blue and White Day. Members of the Homecoming Court, chosen by the senior class, are: Marina Knappman, Emily Schwietzer, Francesca Stuppino, Kimberly Karavitch, Mary Ann Selinski, Sandy McCloud and Erin Williams.

Winter Rusiloski was crowned Lake-Lehman Homecoming Queen during halftime of Saturday’s football game.

The Dorcas Society of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Shavertown, will sponsor its fourth annual Holiday Craft Show later this month. Craft items, baked goods, lunch, a silent auction and a raffle will be featured. Committee members are Chairperson Sue Schrlau, Bernice Hill, Elizabeth Fetterman, Marjorie McCarty, Margaret Hislop, Frances Dierolf, Chairperson Betty Glass, Ethel MacAvoy, Hope Beisel, Margaret Johnson and Helen Carey.

30 years ago — 1986

Three Back Mountain residents will be representing the Riding Ho 4-H Club this weekend at the 4-H State Horse Show at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg. They are Brian Wesley of Dallas, showing Cobblestone Corky; Melanie Raspen, Sweet Valley, showing Informer’s Fancy; and Christy Campbell, Sweet Valley, showing Honey Creek Snoopy.

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Auxiliary will sponsor its biggest fund-raising event of the year when it holds its 17th annual Starlight Ball on Saturday, November 22 at The Woodlands. The ball is Wyoming Valley’s largest and most elegant social event, attended by over 800 persons each year. Back Mountain residents on the planning committee include Mary Mohr and Selma Speizman, program chairmen, both of Dallas.

40 years ago — 1976

Nine senior girls were selected by the senior class of Dallas High School as candidates for homecoming queen this Saturday. The entire student body will vote for the queen this Friday. Candidates are: Kim Ross, Joni Pillets, Lynn Wolfe, Kathy Walsh, Terri Brennan, Kim Bonawitz, Terri Janosik, Bonnie Fritzges and Karen Williams.

Coach Charles Preece’s Mountaineer golf team placed second out of 25 teams in the districts held Monday at Wyoming Valley. Two of the Mounts linksmen qualified for state competition, Mike Muldoon shooting a 119 for 27 holes and Brian Corbett hitting 120 for 27 paced fifth and sixth respectively.

50 years ago — 1966

The Muggins Club met recently at the home of Mrs. William Sherksnas, Point Breeze, Harveys Lake. Cards were played and refreshments enjoyed by Mrs. Robert Williams, Mrs. Kay Silvers, Mrs. Stanley Edwards, Mrs. Paul Israel and the hostess.

Lehman WSCS will serve a roast beef dinner in the church dining room on Wednesday. Menu includes roast beef, gravy, whipped potatoes, cole slaw, creamed peas, carrot supreme, apple sauce, biscuits, home made pies and beverages. Mrs. R.E. Wright is general chairman. Mrs. David eddy is in charge of the dining room.

Dallas Kiwanis Club and Back Mountain Businessmen will sponsor the Mummers Parade for the children of the Back Mountain on Sunday afternoon, October 30. Children of all ages are urged to participate and prizes will be awarded for the prettiest, most patriotic, most original, most historic, funniest and best group. Don Anthony is chairman, assisted by Paul Laux, Leo Corbett, Warren Dadurka, George Thomas, Carl Goeringer and George McCutcheon.

60 years ago — 1956

Although the official opening is not until Saturday night, Back Mountain and Wyoming Valley bowlers enthusiastically welcomed the informal opening of Crown Imperial Bowling Alleys on three nights this week. Crowds were so great that the vast parking lots were filled to capacity and the restaurant and soda fountain were unable to handle the thronging customers. Robert Hanson, owner of the Back Mountain Region’s newest recreational facility, said that he was delighted with the number of leagues signed up and especially pleased that girls’ leagues from College Misericordia are considering signing up for afternoon periods throughout the season.

Marie Stocker was elected president and Jane Carpenter, vice president at a recent meeting of the Senior Library Club of Dallas-Franklin-Monroe High School. Other officers: Marie Goodman, secretary and Ruth Clark, reporter.

Donna LaBarr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. LaBarr of Shaver Avenue, was recently elected president of Dal-King Junior Hi-Y Club. Other officers elected were Joyce Oliver, vice president; Roberta Oldershaw, secretary; Doris Whipp, treasurer; Evelyn Frantz, chaplain; and Marlyne Lipfert, sergeant at arms. The group is composed of young women in the eighth and ninth grades of Back Mountain Schools.

70 years ago — 1946

One of the newest and most unique businesses in Dallas is the metal painting studio on Lake Street, managed by Mrs. Lewis LeGrand. Big job of the business at present is painting attractive floral designs on metal waste baskets, but the company hopes to add hand painted trays to its line in the near future.

The public installation of Toby Creek Lodge of Trucksville, Osage Lodge of Lehman and Oneida Lodge of Dallas, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was held in the Kingston Township High School last Friday evening. Incoming officers William Robbins Jr., Noble Grand of Toby Creek Lodge; Edwin Stolarick, Noble Grand of Lehman; and Cletus Sweezy, Noble Grand of Oneida Lodge were installed by Harold Croom, District Deputy Grand of Toby Creek.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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