Only yesterday: Dr. Charles Kuschel was bitten by rattlesnake in 1968

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

Recently members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council visited Philmont, the National High Adventure backpacking camp, hiking over 75 miles in elevations of 6,000 to 12,000 feet. Participants from the Back Mountain included David Kowalek, Lee Griffin, Andrew Dale, Eric Kowalek and Brian Downey.

Extra! Extra! Read all about Coral Stredny, Cara Symons and Alison Walker. The three Dallas Middle School students helped create The Tudor Times, “a publication written, edited and published by kids for kids.” The Literary magazine is published through the Tudor Book Store, Kingston. Coral, Cara and Alison joined a group of 15 other students that produced two issues of The Tudor Times this summer. They learned about writing, and they came to understand responsibility, cooperation and management skills.

Dr. Joseph Rogan of College Misericordia was recently a guest in the locally-produced public television program, An Apple 30 YEARS AGO — 1988 a Day.” Dr. Rogan, Director of Misericordia’s Alternative Learners Program, discussed how high school students with learning disabilities can successfully complete their college education. College Misericordia has the oldest program in the state for college-bound students with learning disabilities.

Sheila Gionfriddo is proudly displaying her “Welcome Home” quilt for her son, Michael Ross, who was born on July 2, but did not arrive home until September 5, 1988. The 12 blocks in the quilt represent his arrival 12 weeks early. This quilt and approximately 165 others, plus additional quilted articles, workshops, free film and slide presentations will be featured at Quilt Show 88 “Legacy of Quilts” on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the historic Hayfield House, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus, Route 118, Lehman.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

A Shavertown young man recently received recognition from the Regional and Pennsylvania Jaycees for his outstanding contributions to his chapter and community. Robert Bayer, Jr., a member of the Back Mountain Jaycees, was named Jaycee of the Quarter, first quarter of 1978-79, by the Region IV Pennsylvania Jaycees and First Runner-up Jaycee of the Quarter by the Pennsylvania Jaycees. Bayer is the first local Jaycee to receive the award which recognizes his concern for mankind and his outstanding contributions to the community.

Members of the Dallas Junior Woman’s Club bingo party committee met last week to discuss final plans for the party. Committee members are: chairman, Mrs. Larry Storz; co-chairman, Mrs. John Andrusis; publicity, Mrs. Arno Miller; tickets, Mrs. John Krestan; door prizes, Mrs. David Morris and refreshments, Mrs. John Andrusis.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

An Open House for Back Mountain Home-Makers Holiday was held Tuesday morning at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, where the courses will be presented weekly on Tuesdays through November 12. Courses will include creative stitching, sketching, sewing, Della Robbia wreath workshop, bridge for beginners, guitar and dog obedience. At the Open House, the following women modeled wigs: Mrs. James Malkemes, Mrs. Harry Davenport, Mrs. Joan Kuchinskas, Mrs. Richard Neth, Mrs. Peter Williams, Mrs. Evelyn Williams, Mrs. Donald Gavigan and Mrs. Joseph De Stefano.

Rotary Fair-goers late Sunday afternoon got an unexpected bonus while watching in fascinated horror as Dr. Charles Kuschel of Pittston RD1 pulled out one rattlesnake after another from his wire cage, and extracted venom from their dripping fangs. The evil little head of one of the snakes slipped out of Kuschel’s hand and sunk its fangs into his finger. Lehman Township Chief of Police rushed the victim, hand rapidly swelling, to Nesbitt Hospital in the patrol car. The following morning he was reported as doing well.

Rt. Rev. Monsignor Francis A. Kane was given an ovation by his parishioners Saturday night at a dinner in his honor at Gate of Heaven, signifying their delight at his elevation to the status of Prelate of Honor. His investiture had taken place on the preceding Sunday at the Cathedral in Scranton.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Edwin Johnson spoke about hawks and means of identifying them on the wing during migration at the meeting of the Bird Club Thursday evening, as a preliminary to Saturday’s trip to Hawk Mountain. Back Mountain Birders present at the meeting were: W.J. Robbins, Terry Baltimore, Mrs. William Joos, Mrs. W.H. Pethick, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Pierce, Jr., Frank Jackson, Edwin Johnson, W.J. Evans and Mrs. Arnott Jones, president.

Installation of officers of Daddow Isaac Post 672, American Legion, took place September 12. Members of Luzerne American Legion Post 525, composed the installing team, headed by 12th District Commander John Gallagher of Freeland. Officers are: Thomas E. Reese, Commander; William O’Brien, Senior Vice Commander; Lawrence Ide, Junior Vice Commander; Edward Buckley, Treasurer; Paul Shaver, Chaplain; William Moran, Adjutant; Richard Fuller, Sergeant-at-Arms; Hugh Carr, Historian; Sandy McCulloch, Service Officer and Thomas Templin, Sergeant-at-Arms.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

A coming event of Harveys Lake Women’s Service Club will be Talent Show to be held at Lake Township High School auditorium on Friday evening, October 8. Committees in charge are: general chairman, Mrs. Helen Scouten; tickets, Eleanor Humphrey, Mrs. Esther Grey, Bethia Allen, Mrs. Madge McHose, Mrs. Elsie Rauch, Mrs. Virgie Sorber; talent, Mrs. Lorette Nelson, Mrs. Virginia Swanson, Mrs. Martha Price; refreshments, Carolyn Gebler, Edna Miller; arrangements, Mrs. Mildred Garinger, Mrs. Lola Taylor, Mrs. Carrie Rood; publicity, Mrs. Margaret Garey, Mrs. Mary Payne, Mrs. Walt Leinthall, Mrs. Ruth Williams, Mary Delaney.

Mrs. Stanley Shewan has announced that she will shortly open the Shewan Shop in the new Gosart Building on East Center Street, Shavertown. The shop will specialize in nationally advertised infants’ wear, ladies’ lingerie, hose and other wearing apparel. Later men’s furnishings will be added.

Ladies Aid of Kunkle Methodist Church met in the Church Hall last Wednesday afternoon to outline plans for a bazaar and turkey supper to be held November 10. Committee members were Mrs. Lewis Wilson, Mrs. Ann Richards, Mrs. Stella Isaacs and Mrs. Fred Dodson.

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Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post