Only Yesterday: Chubby Checker, top recording star, appeared at Harveys Lake Picnic Grounds in 1966

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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

Tyler Nolan Morgan, 14, of Dallas, represented the People to People Student Ambassador Program, which helps to achieve the goals of People to People International: “world peace through individual contacts.” Tyler represented American youth in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for three weeks last month. He visited places of historical or cultural interest and had a briefing session at the House of Parliament in England. He will be in the ninth grade at Dallas High School this fall.

The Knights of Lake-Lehman Indoor Colour Guard recently finished an undefeated season and were named the 1996 Novice Atlantic Coast Champion recently in Wildwood, NJ. Indoor guard members are Nicki Julian, Breean Davies, Kelly Adler, Melissa Schoebert, Michelle Nallon, Stacy Kehler, Rebecca Scott, Jessica Milbrodt, Maria Dobinick, Brian Marsh, Melissa Evans, Daisy Boice, Ben Wolfe, Joann Shoemaker and Darrell Hogan.

30 years ago — 1986

The Pennsylvania Quilters met recently at Penn State Hayfield House to discuss plans for the forthcoming Quilt Show ’86 which will be held in October at Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus, Lehman. Jill Space, Audrey Angelella and Clara Slembarski.

Troop and Post 232 of Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, Dallas, held an Eagle Court of Honor at College Misericordia last Sunday. Among the over 20 scouts receiving awards were four who received scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. They were Nathan Kelley, 15, Alan Landis, 15, James Strange, 15, and Robert Skursky, 16.

The Luzerne County Fair Open Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will be held the weekend of the County Fair. Class A and Class B players will compete for the first place trophies and other prizes. The tournament is sponsored by the Luzerne County Fair and under the direction of the Dallas Area Horseshoe Club. Planning committee members include Bernie Snyder, John Urbane, Joe Shurmaitis, Jean Long and Peanuts Long.

40 years ago — 1976

Thomas R. Robinson of Dallas has been re-elected for a third term as president of the Alcoholism Council of Luzerne County. Robinson is the district plant engineer for Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania, and has been a leader in the volunteer effort against alcohol addiction.

Six Back Mountain Girl Scouts attended the second session at Camp Louise, near Berwick, and visited Santa Claus as part of the “Christmas in July” observance held during the week. Campers are Kim Robert, Dallas; Holly Hinkle, Shavertown; Patty Allen, Dallas; Patty Bronson, Dallas; Dierdre Havey, Dallas; and Kim Morgan, Shavertown.

50 years ago — 1966

Chubby Checker, top recording star, appeared at Harveys Lake Picnic Grounds last week as hundreds of teenagers gathered to hear one of their favorite headliners. Mr. Hansen, operator of the dances at Harveys Lake, said the crowd was tremendous. It was Mr. Checker’s first appearance in this area and his friendly personality won him a host of friends.

Mrs. Martin L. Davern moved up to the Librarian’s chair, recently, when retiring librarian Mrs. Richard Dale started on her month of vacation, terminating two years with the back Mountain Memorial Library. Mrs. Davern, assistant and upon occasion acting librarian for the past four years, was elected by the Library Board at its meeting last month.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 281 sponsored by Dallas Methodist Church attended Camp Acahela last week. Merit badges were earned in Camping, Fishing, Basketry, Forestry, Indian Lore, Public Health, Wildlife Management, First Aid and Soil and Water Conservation. Attending camp were: Bruce Davies III, Kenneth Besecker, Edward Boltz, Richard Demmy, Jerry McDonald, Herman Otto, Neal Stetson, Charles and Douglas Wasserott, Douglas Whitehead and Paul Sarnak.

60 years ago — 1956

Third annual Back Mountain Branch YMCA Learn to Swim Campaign, which has just closed, has been one of the most successful “Y” programs in recent years. The campaign wound up with a Parent’s Night demonstration. Ninety-five boys participated. More than 300 mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers crowded the Central YMCA Swimming Pool Galleries to watch the boys go through their tests. Boys who passed their 55-foot test were: Robert Casterline, Howard Dymond, Timothy Dymond, Phil Gallagher, William Hontz, Donny Mathers, John Thomas, Robert Walensky, Daniel Werkheiser and Donald Werkheiser.

Edward W. hall, Shavertown druggist, was elected Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Pharmaceutical Association at last week’s convention in Pittsburgh, placing him in line for the presidency in 1958.

70 years ago — 1946

Kicked in the head by one of a pair of frisky horses he and his brother, Allen, 8, were watching hired men bring in from his father’s pasture early Tuesday morning, Clark Mosier, 6, son of Sheldon Mosier, Dallas Township High School Vocational-Agricultural instructor, is resting comfortably at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital. The youngster was given first aid by his mother who then took him to the office of Malcolm Borthwick where several stitches were required to close the wound.

As in former years, the annual summer fair conducted by Trucksville Volunteer Fire Company will open with a roast beef dinner prepared by the Ladies’ Auxiliary next Friday evening. This roast beef supper has in former years been one of the most popular events given in the back Mountain area. Ladies in charge of arrangements for the supper include: Mrs. J.B. Schooley, Mrs. Dorman Schooley, Mrs. M.M. Lloyd, Mrs. Wallace Perrin, Mrs. Ray Greenwood, Mrs. Jacob Harrison, Mrs. Conrad Orchard, Mrs. Bruce Long, Mrs. Herbert Jenkins, Mrs. George Shaver, Mrs. William Gregory, Mrs. Wilson Cease, Mrs. Harold Yorks, Mrs. Donald Finney, Mrs. Dale Zimmerman, Mrs. Frank Hawke, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. J.D. Hutchinson, Mrs. Samuel miller and Mrs. W.J. Robbins.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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