Peeks at the Past (2/4/09)
123 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser-Feb. 26, 1886
Mr. Baker L. Bowman, who was elected Burgess last week, is, we believe, the youngest Mayor our city has ever had, he being only about twenty-eight years of age.
We noticed briefly, a few weeks since, the effort being made to establish another National Bank here. Many of our business men, and others, have taken stock and the gentlemen at the head of the enterprise say the way is not far distant when the doors of the Citizens National Bank will be thrown open for business.
103 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser-Feb. 15, 1906
H. H. Rutter, who edited the Muncy Democrat, of this place, has become editor of the DuBoise Sun, a daily and semi-weekly paper. He has associated with him his son, Cloyd, and son-in-law, Harry Derr.
A very enjoyable party was given at the home of J. B. Foust on Monday R. D. No. 1, on Thursday evening. Dancing to excellent music furnished by Theo. Hockley and Geo. Anderson and sons, was the principle amusement and all present had the time of their lives.
75 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary-Feb. 15, 1934
The large frame dwelling and office of Dr. I. T. Gilmore, of Picture Rocks was swept by flames early Wednesday morning, causing a loss estimated at $10,000, which is partly covered by insurance.
C. E. Bennett, president of the First National Bank, of Montoursville was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when a gas explosion in his barn wrecked the structure.
Two boys, Howard Dewald and Robert Hays, grandson of Mr. Bennett, were slightly burned as they played near the barn. The explosion occurred as Mr. Bennett lit a match to light an oil stove for heat, and is thought to have been caused by an accumulation of gas from a leak in a main.
A petition is being circulated in town, advocating the widening of Main street for the entire distance through the borough. The object is to relieve traffic congestion, provide greater safety and to make better parking facilities.
Rays- Mrs. Charles Grange will, tomorrow, February 16th, celebrate her 91st birthday anniversary. Mrs. Grange is a real daughter of the Revolutions, being a granddaughter of Henry and Sarah Lebo.
Births-To Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Meeks, at the Muncy Valley Private Hospital, on Saturday, February 10, a daughter.
Deaths-Mrs. Tillie Jane Harman, wife of Samuel Harman, South Williamsport, died last Thursday at her home, aged 75 years six months and twenty days; Mrs. Selinda Dorlesca Swartz, wife of William Swartz, died at her home on Division Street, last Thursday evening.
Ad-BUKETS, the bladder laxative.
50 Years Ago
The Luminary-Feb. 5 1959
The Muncy Borough Municipal Authority stirred up a long-festering sore spot when a letter it forwarded to Muncy Borough Council raised the question of when sewage treatments plants were to be constructed in Hughesville and Montgomery.
The letter asked council to investigate, with the State Department of Health, when Muncy had to proceed with construction of its sewer system and these two neighboring communities has escaped, despite assurances received from the State Department of Health in 1953 that all adjoining communities would be required to construct such facilities.
Personals-St. Andrew Lutheran church was setting for the wedding on Jan. 31 of Miss Joan Elizabeth Heilman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Heilman, and William James Wallis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wallis.
Births-Mr. and Mrs. Charles Glidewell, Mays Landing, N.J., son Christopher Earl, Jan. 30; Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, Millville, son John Lewis Jr., Jan. 30; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Parker, Milton, son Franklin Lee Jr., Feb. 1; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bartlett, Montgomery, daughter, Feb. 3; Mr. and Mrs. William Petteiger, Philadelphia, daughter Susan Ann, Jan. 20.
Deaths-Mrs. Catherine Hill, Montgomery, Jan. 30; Mrs. Mary Louisa Starr, wife of the late Del Starr, former local hardware merchant, Dec. 22, 1958; James Fiester, Hughesville; Mrs. Martha Murray, Bryn Mawr, Jan. 27; Harvey B. Elder, Picture Rocks, Jan. 31; Miss Mary B. Taggart, formerly of Muncy, Feb. 2.
At the Ritz-The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
Ad-G. R. Bennett & Son Hardware Store, 15 N. Main St., Muncy.
25 Years Ago
The Luminary-Feb. 9, 1984
Heinz O. Backhus, an employee of the Sprout-Waldron Division of Koppers Company, Inc., has been named a 1983 winner of the Fletcher L. Byrom Public Service Award for his work with the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Despite last summer’s drought, a local twelve year old farmer has taken first place in a “Muncy-Chief” corn contest for 1983. Wayne Fogleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fogelman of RD 4 Muncy, won first place in the PA one acre contest with a yield of 152.2 bushels per acre.
Personals-Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Hap) Warner, RD 1 Montgomery, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 20, and were honored by their family and friends at an open house at the Elimsport Fire Hall.
BM2 Thomas P. Ritter, son of Mrs. Alida L. Ritter and the late Charles P. Ritter, just returned from two weeks aboard the Jessie L. Brown FF 1089 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Deaths-Mrs. Geraldine C. Rupert, Muncy, Jan. 26; Mrs. Dorothy Gertrude Magargle, Montgomery, Jan. 26; Mrs. Margaret Jean Young, Watsontown, Feb. 1; Miss Bertha A. Wilson, Hughesville, Jan. 23; Charles E. Albertson, Millville, Feb. 1; Paul E. (Red) Bartlett, Jan. 29; Wesley D. Rooker, Sonestown, Jan. 29; Mrs. Tyrella F. Pringle, Titusville, Jan. 29; Harry L. May, Muncy, Jan. 31; Howard L. Barto, Muncy, Feb. 1; Herman Guisewhite, Hughesville, Feb. 5; Lloyd M. Sones, Montgomery, Feb. 4; Mrs. Faye E. Bastian, Hughesville, Feb. 4; Mrs. Doris Maxine Robb, Muncy, Jan. 26.
Ad-Harold F. Sones Plumbing and Heating.
10 Years Ago
The Luminary-Feb. 10, 1999
During the Muncy Borough Council meeting held Feb. 2, the council agreed to create an ordinance prohibiting the use of laser beam devices. The borough has received several complaints from people who were exposed to laser beams.
Personals-Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian D. Hess, son of Charles E. and Victoria D. Thompson-Hess of Muncy, is currently halfway through a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans, and Arabian Gulf, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, home ported in Bremerton, WA.
Births-Mr. and Mrs.David W. Klopp, Montgomery, son, Feb. 3; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Street, Montgomery, son, Jan. 27; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Caldwell, Muncy, daughter, Jan. 20.
Deaths-Max C. Harmon, Montoursville, Jan. 21; Emma K. “Louise” Maurer, Muncy, Feb. 4; Doris H. Bates, Muncy, Feb. 5; Ruth B. June, Muncy, Feb. 2; Russell E. Decker, Northumberland, Feb. 1.
Ad-Ron’s General Cleaning, Ron Gingery, Owner.