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Demolition and removal of familiar structure

By Carol Sones Shetler - Reporter | Oct 27, 2020

The structure, originally built as the Captain John Brady Grange, a familiar site on Route #220 near Pennsdale, was removed last week. CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary

MUNCY – Originally built as the Captain John Brady Grange #1355 near Pennsdale, the hall was named for the famed Indian fighter and hero of colonial wars and the American Revolution. Buried nearby, Brady was killed in ambush by Indians in 1779 near the present site of Muncy.

The Grange was organized on June 8,1907 by Frank Porter of Montgomery, a charter member of Eagle Grange #1 and first vice president of the Pennsylvania State Grange at its organization in 1873. Mr. Porter was the most prolific founder of early Granges in the state having organized 41 local community Granges throughout central Pennsylvania over a 34-year period.

Built in 1910, it replaced the former meeting hall at Hall’s Station schoolhouse destroyed by fire.

The new meeting site served the organization until 1988 when members consolidated into West Branch Grange #136 in Fairfield Township, which then merged with Eagle Grange #1 two years ago.

“It was like coming full circle,” said Douglas Bonsell, Pennsylvania State Grange historian.

Earth moving equipment from Steinbacher Enterprises levels the landscape where once stood the Captain John Brady Grange Hall near Pennsdale. The buildings removal reveals a clearer view of the newly built Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic plus a complex under construction by the Geisinger Medical Group. CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary

As time progressed, the building became an insurance agency and was lastly occupied by Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic.

The Clinic built a new complex behind the old structure with Geisinger Medical Center currently in an expansive building project nearby. Removal will allow a better view when accessing Route #220 at the Village Road exit near Pennsdale.

Demolition of the longtime building was awarded to Steinbacher Enterprises of Williamsport. In a short time, all remnants of the structure were removed leaving only the ground to be leveled on the third day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.