Only Yesterday: Dozens of youngsters in colorful outfits observed ‘Hobo Day’ at Back Mountain Y.M.C.A. in 1956

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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

Daddow-Isaacs American Legion Post 672 recently presented an award to the outstanding eighth grade boy and girl from the Dallas Middle School. Students were evaluated on the criteria of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. Recipients were Norah A. Krakosky and Seth Linsinbigler.

Recently students of the Dallas Middle School presented a 40-act Talent Show to their fellow classmates, consisting of vocals, dance, instrumentals, juggling, gymnastics, comedy and variety acts. They also gave an evening performance for family and friends. Performers included Tara Dymond, Mike Sabol, Colleen Murphy, Kristen Vodzak, Heather Vodzak, Gabrielle Dzanis, Sarah Martin, Norah Krakosky, Jennifer Roman, Erica Swatko, Jeff Levinson, Erica Harvey, Aaron Bonito and Morgan McOwen.

30 years ago — 1986

The Dallas Area Federated Women’s Club sponsored an art contest recently for the students in the Dallas Area Junior High School. The following students were presented money awards: Seventh grade: 1st prize, Andrea Brinola; 2nd prize, Amy Mannear; 3rd prize, Ray Russin; 4th prize, Andrea Brinola. Eighth grade: 1st prize, David Zachary; 2nd prize, Kerry Burke; 3rd prize, Marcella Bove; 4th prize, Nicole Zannoch. Ninth grade: 1st prize, Lisa Hite; 2nd prize, Stacy McCuen; 3rd prize, Amy Rosentel; 4th prize, Kelly Kavanaugh.

James Kupa, Shavertown, a sophomore at Luzerne County Community College, was recently selected to receive this year’s John F. Kennedy History Award sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Democratic Club. Krupa achieved a 3.5 average in all history and political science courses he took at the college.

Dallas High School varsity cheerleaders have returned home from the Universal Cheerleading Association Camp at Pennsylvania State University where they won the “Key to Spirit” award for the second consecutive year, despite the fact that most of the members of the squad are new. Squad members are: Sue WELLS, Ann Marie Danna, Molly Grasso, Michele Kirchner, Amy Cutter, Meg Gorgone, Shannon Cleary, Erin Cleary, Shaunna Griffin, Kathy Farrell, Tracy Richardson, Lisa Gorman, Tairran Batory and Kimberly Hall.

40 years ago — 1976

Three Back Mountain residents, all students at College Misericordia, performed at the Freedom Train festivities in Scranton Tuesday, singing and playing a series of show, popular and patriotic tunes. Sophomores Brenda Palmer and Carol Evans and Junior Karen Murray performed for the large audience that greeted the bicentennial train in Scranton.

Lake-Lehman Band members have selected Bob Walsh as president of the organization for the 1976-77 school year. Ann Marie Fielding was elected vice-president with Jane Yankowski and Susan Dockeray holding the offices of secretary and treasurer respectively.

50 years ago — 1966

The Little League All-Star team was recently selected from all major teams in the area. The team will be coached by Tex Wilson and managed by Joseph Katyl. Team members are: J. Snyder, S. Goode, J. Wilson, Dallas Rotary; D. Marascio, G. Novroski, Dallas Dairy; W. Lozo, Lehman-Jackson; R. Goeringer, Fernbrook; T. Kaye, F. Summa, D. Naquin, Dallas, Lazarus; R. Menzel, Fernbrook; J. Woychick, Westmoreland; and R. Boylan, R. Considine, Shavertown.

Four members of the Town House Restaurant team placed near the top in the Pennsylvania State Bowling Association Tournament held at State College and Bellefonte. Those placing high in the tournament were Jim Lohman, Ed Carriero, Fred Adams and Chuck Glasser.

Jim McCoog, Trucksville, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 232, was a casualty of the Auction on Saturday evening. Mr. McCoog’s left index finger was badly crushed and torn as the heavy anvil just auctioned off caught his hand as he helped the boys lift it to the block. Taken to Nesbitt Hospital, six sutures were required and a splint placed on it. Like a true Scout he returned to help John Butler and the troop clean up.

60 years ago — 1956

Dozens of youngsters in colorful outfits observed “Hobo Day” Monday at Back Mountain Y.M.C.A. All the children were asked to dress accordingly and they hiked hobo fashion to Norris Glen where they enjoyed their lunch and group games. Prizes were awarded to Betty Hemingway and George and Mabel Swan for being the best dressed of the hobo clan.

Key volunteers for the Wyoming Valley United fund campaign in the back Mountain area are currently engaged in enrolling a corps of volunteer workers for the October health and welfare appeal. According to Mrs. John G. Ruggles, chairman of the west Metropolitan Division, Back mountain chairmen for the campaign are: Mr. H.W. Ruggles, Jr., Margaret Wood, Mrs. William Conyngham and Mrs. John M. Robinson, Jr.

70 years ago — 1946

Men of Lehman community, many of them members of Lehman Volunteer Fire Department, have broken ground for the company’s new firehouse which will be located on ground donated by Dr. H.A. Brown. Plans for the Colonial type fire house and recreational building have been completed by Lacy, Atherton, Wilson and Davis, but bids for construction have been so high that members of the company have determined to construct the building themselves and not employ a general contractor.

At a meeting of the Dallas Rotary Club held at Lundy’s Dining Room on Main Street, the president, John M. Corliss, made the following committee chairman appointments for the coming year: Club service, Dr. F. B. Schooley; Vocational service, Warren Taylor; Sewage disposal, Paul S. Warriner; Publicity, Oswald Griffiths; International Service, Peter P. Jurchak; Schools consolidation, Daniel Richards; and Community Service, Harry Ohlman.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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