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20 YEARS AGO

The Dallas High School Soccer Club is planning its annual Craft Show, “Crafts and More” to be held in April at Dallas High School. Committee members include Judy Rogers, Mary Ann Cramton, Josie Reabuck, Carol Burack, Lynn LaFrance, Morag Michael, Cindy Ursiak, Carole Morris and Jane Klimovitz.

The Dallas Junior High School American Experience Class, taught by Mrs. Maryann Storz, recently studied a unit on the American presidency. The concluding class activity was a debate on the question, “Would a woman make a good president?” Extensive research was done on the historical roles women have played in national and world leadership. Participating students were C.J. Clothier, Steven Oliver, Brian Fett, Jeff Mokychic, Lynn Baluh, Stephanie Reese, Eric Paczewski and Willard Whitesell.

Dallas High School’s 1987 varsity baseball team was the recipient of the Frank Pisarchik Sportsmanship Award given annually by the PIAA Wyoming Valley Umpires Chapter to the team exemplifying sportsmanship and good attitude. In eight years, no player or coach was ejected from a Dallas game and it is the second time in the school history that the team has received the award and the first time in eight years since Coach Jack Wolensky has been with the team.

30 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Kim Perrego was first place winner in the recent art contest of the Harvey’s Lake Women’s Service Club.

Five Dallas Senior High School seniors took first place honors in the Luzerne County Federated Woman’s Club’s arts contest held Monday at Gus Genetti’s. First place winners were Debbie Karasek, general sewing; Carolyn Jones, oil and acrylics; Lori Spencer, tailoring; Jean Otto, two firsts in pen and ink and pencil; and Lori Williams, water colors.

Lake-Lehman honored its senior and junior high wrestlers this Sunday, bringing the season to a close and distributing numerous awards. Dana Sutliff was awarded Outstanding Senior High Wrestler and Kevin Bonham was awarded Outstanding Junior High wrestler.

40 YEARS AGO

The pleasant organ interludes during the Kiwanis Music Festivals are played by Diane Davies of Dallas Senior High School. An accomplished pianist and organist, Diane transposes the music into her own style. Diane is going to Chile in August as a Rotary Exchange Student.

Mrs. Murial Slaff, wife of Lyle Slaff of Trucksville, is director of the play, “The Butterfly That Blushed” which will be presented at College Misericordia Auditorium April 5-7. Mrs. Slaff is an instructor of speech and drama at the college.

50 YEARS AGO

Charles Frantz, Jackson Township and Donald Smith, Dallas Township, have been named chairmen and co-chairman of this year’s twelfth annual Library Auction, according to an announcement made this week by attorney Mitchell Jenkins, president of the Back Mountain Memorial Library Association.

One of the midget racers that will be used this season on the quarter-midget track was on display at the Dallas Outdoor Theatre. Two more of the little cars made their appearance in Dallas this week. The first, a DeSoto pace car, is on display in the lobby of Dallas Branch of Miners National. The other, a racer, is being exhibited at Boyd White’s store on Main Street. Whether you are a driver, a spectator, or not even interested in racing, you’ll have to admit that the cars are still just about the cutest things on four wheels.

At the Himmler Theatre, Dallas, Walter Brennan was featured in “God Is My Partner.”

60 YEARS AGO

Fire originating around an overheated room heater in a second floor apartment above Salansky’s Store at Harvey’s Lake caused $700 damage to household furnishings and the building last Sunday morning at 8:30.

Movies playing at the Shaver Theater, Shavertown, included “Fun on a Weekend” starring Eddie Bracken, Priscilla Lane and Arthur Treacher; “Rustlers Valley” starring Hopalong Cassidy; “Lone Wolf in Mexico” starring Gerald Mohr; and “Two Smart People” starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak.

Charles H. Long, Sweet Valley Farm Equipment Dealer, will hold his second annual auction at Sweet Valley on Saturday, March 27. Last year the auction attracted more than 3,000 buyers from all parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania and from as far North as the New York state line. More than $30,000 worth of new and used farm equipment was moved during the day, and this year Mr. Long expects the sale to go beyond that figure.

70 YEARS AGO

Fanned by a brisk wind, flames destroyed a 125-year old grist mill owned by Mrs. Jessie Schoonover at Centermoreland early Tuesday morning. The mill, the oldest building in the Centermoreland section, was built by Stacey Schoonover and has been used recently by George Schoonover for lumber storage. Five thousand feet of lumber was destroyed.

Dave Richards, of Lehman Avenue, Dallas, won two prizes for his singing at the Golden Anniversary Cyonfardd Eisteddfod at Edwards Memorial Church, Edwardsville, on Saint Patrick’s Day. He won first prize of $10 in the baritone solo competition and he also won the competition for bass and tenor duet. A comparative newcomer to Dallas, Mr. Richards is already widely known for his splendid voice.

James R. Oliver of Dallas was elected president of the Dutch Mountain Clay Products Company of Lopez, a venture being sponsored and financed by local men, at a meeting of directors on Monday night.

Information for “Only Yesterday” is taken from past issues of The Dallas Post, which is 119 years old. The information is printed here exactly as it appeared in the newspaper years ago.

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