Only yesterday: Noxen native Willard Jones invented safety device for twirlers in 1958

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post
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20 YEARS AGO — 1998

At a recent meeting of the Harveys Lake Lions Club, C. Wesley Boyle, Harveys Lake, was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award is the highest honor of Lions Club International, named for the founder of the club, which is comprised of men and women worldwide who personify the Lions’ “We Serve” motto.

Trucksville United Methodist Church will open its Sunday School on September 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Educational Facilities. The curriculum for the year ahead will be “Scriptures of Our Faith.” The superintendents for the school are Cheryl Roberts and Kim Socash. Teachers are: Kim Reinert, Kim Caffrey, Linda Harding, RoAnn Price, Jen Jury, Deb Jury, Janis Seeley, Tracey Crispell, Linda Rossick, Karen Williams, Kristyn Race, Nadine Young, Doreen Johnson, Deb Blandford, Achina Stein, Tania Reinert, Ned Bessmer, Paul Reinert, Margaret Johnson and Rev. W. Charles Naugle.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

Joe Dwinchek was recently welcomed into the Dallas Lions by past Lion President Robert Fino and his sponsor Tom Reese. As a new member, Joe will join the other Dallas Lions in their efforts to improve the quality of life for the visually handicapped. In addition to their international contributions, the club has provided large print books to the Back Mountain Library, has been a team sponsor for baseball, given an annual book scholarship, provided numerous needy persons with eye examinations and glasses.

The Back Mountain Kiwanis Club recently sponsored area children to attend a Summer Camp conducted by the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at Frances Slocum State Park. The camp, held over a 10 week period, included fishing, boating, swimming, arts and crafts, and other activities. Campers are: Steven O’Malia, Scott Healy, Joe Whipple, Erin Fadden, Chuck Dupiro, Betsy Rosenthal, Tamara Sewell, Christopher Larsen, Danny Shaver, Martin Barrett, Shannon Gaffney, Dan Roup and Guy French.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

The Dallas Kiwanis Club recently held its fifth annual Charity Ball at the Irem Temple Country Club. The club was decorated with a nautical setting with “The Love Boat” as its theme. A sumptuous dinner was followed by dancing by the Diplomats. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Moore were chairmen of the event. Members of the committees are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Pallis, Mrs. Bernard Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Robert Maturi, Mrs. George McCutcheon, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Grabenstetter, Paul Selingo, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kozemchak, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roberts, and Mr. and Mrs. John Luke.

The Lake-Lehman Band Sponsors Association will have a Craft Booth at the Luzerne County Fall Fair featuring beautiful handmade items. The band sponsors raise funds to finance the band’s trips and various activities. Chairman of the Fall Fair project is Sandy Shaw and co-chairman is Joyce Youren.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

The Fernbrook Little League team won the 1968 championship of the Back Mountain Major League when they defeated Trucksville in a playoff for the title, 1-0. Jim Martin, pitcher, and Andy Gallagher, catcher for the champs, were the stars of that final game. Martin held their opponents to 2 hits and was on third base when Gallagher hit a single, driving him home for the scoring run. Other members of the championship team, coached by Paul Kunkle and Tex Wilson, are: Earl Harris, David Konnick, Ted Wilson, Steve Skammer, James Prebola, Louis Burkhardt, Albert Pisaneschi, Eric Menzel, Dana Parrish, Bill Race, David Hunter, Richard Harrison and David Nash.

Catherine Gilbert, Mount Zion, last week attended the Northeast Jurisdictional School of Christian Education and Church Music at Lycoming College, Williamsport. Miss Glbert, choir director at Mount Zion and assistant organist at Carverton Methodist Church, attended classes in organ and choral techniques taught by Dr. David Johnson of Syracuse University.

The Luther League of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Shavertown, held a swimming party Sunday afternoon at the home of Barbara King on Huntsville-Ceasetown Road. Enjoying the pool, supper and games were Margie McCarty, Kathie Beisel, Lorraine Wolverton, Alan Gosart, Ricky McCarty, Karen Kauffman, Judy MacAvoy, Patti Lewis, Richard Amershek, Paul Gula, Alan Cloak, Scott Bayer, Dave Rowett, David Voelker, Lauren Wills, Cathy Wilson, Jeff Seiber, Lance wills, Clifton Dungey and Barbara and Sally King.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Dallas School District will have three new teachers this year. They are: George Dombek, Howard Joseph Shiner and Patsy Reese.

A former Noxen boy now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has invented a safety device for twirlers who throw the flaming baton. He is Willard Jones, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones, and he has a record of many inventions dating back almost to his high school days in Noxen.

Prize winners at the regular September meeting of the West Side Flower Club include Rev. C.R. Frick, who submitted gladioli; and James Kozemchak, a house plant.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

One of the most attractive automobile sales rooms in the county was thrown open for inspection last night when Howard Isaacs entertained Chrysler-Plymouth dealers and officials of Chrysler Corporation in his newly completed building in Trucksville. Tonight the general public, old friends, neighbors and customers of long standing, as well as those who just want to come and see what the new building looks like will be his guests.

His right leg deeply ripped from the ankle to the hip and suffering from minor injuries to the back, Clark Mosier, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mosier of Dallas Township, is making a good recovery at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital. Clark was injured Saturday morning when his overalls caught in a tractor driven by his father and he was thrown and held against the powerful and rapidly rotating power take-off. His father stopped the tractor instantly but not before the vicious take-off had torn deeply into his flesh.

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Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post