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By Staff | Dec 23, 2008

123 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser-Jan. 8, 1886

Mr. William L. Plotts is the veteran shoemaker of the Muncy Valley. He told us, the other day, that he opened shop here in 1838, and has been making and mending boots and shoes ever since.

During the last two years, Miss Emma Ritter, daughter of Mr. C. P. Ritter, has been the general delivery clerk at the Muncy post office. No post master ever had a more faithful or efficient clerk, and when she left the office for the last time, at the end of her term, she had the satisfaction of knowing that she had won the esteem of all the patrons of the Muncy post office.

100 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser-Jan. 7, 1909

Emily Reeder and Helen Goodenow attended a party given by Dorothy Reeder at Chippewa Farm, near Pennsdale, Friday.

J. S. D. Manville, of Boise, Idaho, is visiting Muncy friends. This is Mr. Manville’s first visit here in eighteen years and he says he sees many changes in the old town.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary-Jan. 4, 1933

3 cents

About 3:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, the old bridge at Jersey Shore, which is being used as a temporary structure during the building of a new bridge, collapsed, and carried two men to their death in the icy waters of the Susquehanna River. The men were Hugh Haven, a resident of Bradford County, and Thomas Irvin, who had worked on the new bridge for a time.

Under the Federal deposit Insurance Corporation, all bank deposits in the nation are now covered, up to $2,500.00. This federal blanket insurance was put in effect Tuesday, covering all but about three percent of the banks of the nation.

Rays-In a very pretty wedding last Saturday evening, in the Picture Rocks Methodist church, Miss Genevieve Sprout, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Sprout became the bride of Fred M. Brungard, local theatre manager.

At a very pretty home wedding on Sunday afternoon, Mis Caroline Elizabeth Roller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Roller, of Picture Rocks, became the bride of Miles Stanley Bowen, of Bloomsburg.

George and Robert Wilt left Tuesday by motor, for Champaign, Illinois where they are students of the University of Illinois. Both of the Wilt boys are on the staff of the daily paper published at the University, the one as a sports writer, and the other as proofreader.

Deaths-Milton E. Rogers, of South Williamsport, died Saturday morning, December 30; word has been received of the death of Mrs. H. R. Clarke, widow of the late Henry R. Clarke, of this place, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank G. Rizer, in Baltimore.

Ad-Drumms Dry Cleaning, phone 105A, Hughesville.

50 Years Ago

The Luminary-Dec. 25, 1958

5 cents

The first time you use your telephone on Monday, Dec. 29, you have one important thing to remember-the West Branch Bell service will then be on two-letter, five-digit dialing, and you’ll be required to dial seven times for every local call you make.

A billowing smoke-fire caused by an overheated furnace gutted most of the first floor of the William Messinger home on West Water street Tuesday morning, and made Mr. and Mrs. Messinger virtually homeless for Christmas.

Personals-Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Bower, of near Hughesville, are observing their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 24.

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss June Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller, of near Muncy, to Paul W. Bickel, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bickel, on Dec. 7.

Births-Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kinney, Montgomery, daughter Molly Inge, Dec. 17; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fry, Muncy, daughter Betsy Jean, Dec. 19; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Milheim Jr., son Scott Alvin, Dec. 19; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tallman, Montgomery, son, Dec. 22; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Frantz, Hughesville, daughter, Dec. 19.

Deaths-None reported.

At the Ritz-The Defiant Ones, starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier.

Ad-R. W. Lowe, Clarkstown.

25 Years Ago

The Luminary-Dec. 22, 1983

25 cents

the David W. Pfleegor family expects to spend a normal Christmas, except it will not be in the house the bought in late August. Pfleegor, his wife Christine, and their children, Adam, four months, Ashleigh, 2, and David W. Jr., 5, were victims of last week’s high water. Their home in the Spring Garden section of Loyalsock Twp. had a foot of water on the first floor.

In related news, Harry and Sue Fritz had unexpected overnight guests Tuesday, Dec. 13, when high water in the Loyalsock Creek forced the evacuation of their son Kurt, his wife Beth and golden retriever puppy, Nugget, from their home along the creek. They stayed until the water was almost to the first floor, then had to swim to high ground.

Births-A son, Jeremy, born to Mr. and Mrs. John Irwin, Muncy Valley, Dec. 7; son Ty Edward, to Rev. Edward and Brenda Fritz, Clarksdale, Miss., Dec. 11; son Thomas Boyer II, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith, Muncy, Dec. 17; daughter Jenny Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Campbell, Muncy, Dec. 17; son Noah Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sandmeyer, Dec. 18.

Personals-Marys Jo Litchfield, Muncy, David L. Shultz, Muncy, and Kline A. DeWire, Hughesville will be among graduates of the Williamsport Hospital’s fifth and largest Paramedic Training Center.

Martha A. Rodgers and Leland W. Benson were married Nov. 12 at the Muncy Baptist Church.

Miss Kelly Lynn Lamper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David E. lamper, Muncy, became the bride of Dale Allen McLaughlin, of Montoursville, Dec. 10.

Deaths-Robert W. Mack, Montgomery, Dec. 14; Mrs. Mildred V. Foreman, Muncy, Dec. 15; Frederick C. Kirkendall, Montoursville, Dec. 17; Richard L. Bennett, Montgomery, Dec. 19; Mrs. Laura Alta Bartlow, Muncy, Dec. 18; Mrs. Grace L. Myers, formerly of the Montgomery area and a long-time schoolteacher in the county, Dec. 16; Lawrence I. Watts, Williamsport Dec. 13; donald L. rishel, Millheim, and brother of Mrs. Leona Haugh, Hughesville, Dec. 14; Mrs. Margaret V. Kelchner, sister of Geraldine Blair, Dec. 15; Glenn Sherman, South Williamsport, Dec. 12.

Ad-Ciraulo’s Freez.

10 Years Ago

The Luminary-Dec. 2, 1998

35 cents

For over 15 years, the Son-Light House, a Christian ministry located on Carpenter Street in Muncy, has been responding to the needs of area residents providing them with food and clothing. Recently Lycoming County Career consortium students, who meet for classes at Muncy High School, and two teachers saw to it that one of this ministry’s own needs was fulfilled.

“Our sign was old and tattered,” explained Norman Heincelman, co-vice president of the ministry. “We didn’t have the funds to purchase a new one.: Heincelman approached Mike Davis shop teacher at Muncy High School and Davis agreed to have some of his students work on a new sign for a considerably less sum.

Births-Sheila Boguslaw, Muncy, son, Dec. 8; Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Johnson, Muncy, son, Dec. 12; Mr. and Mrs. Shane M. Stugart, Muncy, daughter, Dec. 15.

Deaths-Doris J. Phillips, Hughesville, Dec. 12; Jane E. Poust, Hughesville, Dec. 19; Dr. Gary W. Berger, Hughesville, Dec. 16; Louise B. Taylor, Picture Rocks, Dec. 13; Lillian E. Myers, Hughesville, Dec. 15.