Only Yesterday: ‘Sloppy Tony’s’ night club perished in 1946 Harveys Lake fire

Compiled by Kim Rollman - | October 19th, 2016 12:31 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

Rebecca Hoffman, an eighth grade student at Dallas Middle School, received notification that her poem, “My Document” was accepted for publication by the National Library of Poetic Expression. The poem was selected in a nationwide contest whose theme was the personal meaning of the declaration of independence and published in a book of verse, Tomorrow’s Dream. Rebecca was awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. The daughter of Mark and Jacqueline Hoffman of Dallas, she plans to go to college to study political science.

Thirteen senior members of the Lake-Lehman Band were honored recently at Lake-Lehman’s “March of Champions” Band Competition, recognized for their hard work and dedication to preserve the finest quality of music in the Lake-Lehman School District. Receiving jackets were: Darrell Hogan, Chris Higgins, Melanie Yakus, Katie Martin, Matt Link, Rebecca Scott, Theresa Doty, Mike Smith, Jeff Ehret, Terry Newell, Danielle Pall, Brian Marsh and Mike Ide.

30 years ago — 1986

Dallas Senior High School will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday with preparations being planned by Student Council. Announcement of Homecoming Queen will be made at halftime of the Mountaineers football game with the Nanticoke Trojans. Candidates are: Lisa Gorman, Leigh Pawling, Heather Nattress, Molly Grasso, Meredith Burke, Meg Gorgone and Tiffany Suggs.

The Back Mountain Memorial Library has received five copies of a new book written by local author, Elma L. Major. These books were presented to the library by the Huntsville Christian Church in honor of Miss Major. The book is titled, “Tips to Parents of the Mentally Retarded” and is published by Carlton Press of New York City. Miss Major has been a teacher, administrator and school psychologist and has worked with mentally handicapped youngsters for thirty years.

40 years ago — 1976

Kim Bonawitz, senior, was elected Homecoming Queen last weekend by Dallas Senior High School students. Saturday’s heavy rain forced cancellation of the GAR-Dallas game and the homecoming activities at halftime, but the queen was named that night at the homecoming dance held at the high school.

Mrs. James Robinson is chairman of the 9th International Fashion Show to be presented by the Dallas Junior Woman’s Club next Thursday. Members of the committee recently made a trip to an Allentown department store to complete plans for the annual event. Honorary chairman is Mrs. Evan Bonawitz, club president, and Mrs. Dwight Nunemacher is cochairman.

50 years ago — 1966

Mrs. Joan John, New Goss Manor, is appearing in the latest offering of Showcase Theatre, Wilkes-Barre. John and several students from Wilkes College make up the cast of “The Heiress” this weekend.

The Life of Kennedy, “Years of Lightning, Day of Drums” an outstanding film on the life of the late President which is appearing at Paramount Theatre will be sponsored by the Dental Auxiliary of Luzerne County. Tickets may be purchased from Mrs. Lester Jordan, Mrs. Carlton Davies, Mrs. Robert Bodycomb. Also at Evans Drug Store, Trucksville Pharmacy and Fino’s at Dallas.

Mrs. Marion Harvey will be installed this evening as president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Florence Davenport was named first vice president; Mrs. Lillian Marsh, second vice president; Mrs. Helen Garbutt, treasurer; Mrs. Shirley Templin, secretary; Mrs. Martha Reese, assistant treasurer and secretary.

60 years ago — 1956

The Harveys Lake Woman’s Club bowling league appointed the following officers on Wednesday night: President, Mary Alice Whitesell; vice president, Marguerite Williams; and secretary-treasurer, Marie Ritts.

Mr. Milton Charnow, Trucksville Gardens, and Mrs. Herbert Weiss, Dallas, are serving on the art committee which is sponsoring the current exhibit of paintings and lithographs by Julius Bloch at the Jewish Community Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Thomas Doughton, delegate to the recent State PTA Convention in Harrisburg, reported Monday evening on proceedings to members of the executive board of Dallas PTA.

70 years ago — 1946

One of the best known night spots at Harveys Lake was destroyed late Saturday when a fire apparently started by an outside advertising sign and fanned by a strong lakeside breeze completely devoured “Sloppy Tony’s” night club at sunset.

Kunkle W.S.C.S. met at the Grange Hall last Wednesday and enjoyed a covered dish luncheon and quilting in preparation for their bazaar this fall. Present were: Mrs. Palmer Updyke, Mrs. Victor Rydd, Mrs. Russell Miers, Mrs. Charles Wertman, Mrs. George Landon, Mrs. Corey Kunkle, Mrs. Stella Isaacs, Mrs. Gideon Miller, Mrs. A.C. Devens, Mrs. Lewis Nulton, Mrs. Harold Hess, Ronnie Hess, Mrs. Owen Jones, Mable and Esther Jones, Mrs. Maggie Ellsworth and Mrs. Fred Dodson.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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