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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | Mar 2, 2010

109 years ago

March 7, 1901

W.C. Painter, M.J. Colley and George Rogers attended the inauguration of President McKinley and Vice-President Roosevelt, at Washington, on Monday.

Frank M. Opp, has been appointed teller at the Citizens National Bank in place of Ross McKnight, who recently resigned.

Miss Mazie Trumbower gave a surprise party for Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Heller at their home on So. Market Street, Saturday evening. A number of friends were present and spent a delightful evening.

103 years ago

March 7, 1907

After an illness of only a week, Luke Ellis died at his home in Delaware Township, Northumberland, aged 62 years.

Benjamin Meckk died at Schuylkill Haven, on Tuesday, at 2 o’clock, after a few days illness of pneumonia, aged 73 years.

The borough council was organized on Monday night, and the following officer were elected: President, Harry Corson, Secretary and Treasurer, Fred C. Peterman, Street Commissioner, S. D. Renn.

On Friday, March 1st, Mr. E.B. Smith, the oldest merchant of this place, was seventy-nine years old, and notwithstanding the severe illness passed through during the past years, he is enjoying good health with clear mind.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary March 7, 1935

3 cents

John D. Robb, of Muncy township, was given a hearing before Justice of the Peace Robert B. Burns, Friday evening, charged with breaking and entering granaries and with larceny of wheat in three different cases.

Deaths:Ollie Floyd Schreck, 45, died about midnight Sunday night, from injuries received when he was attacked by a bull, which he was attempting to put in the barn at the Wert farm near White Deer, where he was employed.

Dr. Charles W. Youngman, who was 76 years of age, died at 3 o’clock Tuesday morning following a stroke which occurred on February 14.

Dr. Herman F.W. Flock, aged 40 years, died at the Temple University Hospital at 7:35 last night following a two-weeks illness. Death was caused by streptococci throat infection which spread intracranially and the development of a spreading cellulitis of the face.

C. Brady VanDine, former Justice of the Peace and well known resident of Hughesville, died at 7:00 o’clock Tuesday morning, at the home of his son-in-law, George Poust, at Hughesville. He was 82 years of age.

Thomas D. Dietrich, aged 87, a visitor of Turbotville, from Falls City, Nebraska, died at the Muncy Valley Private Hospital, Feb. 27. Death was the result of pleurisy.

At the Ritz: “Border Town” with Bette Davis

Ad: Use Leonard Ear Oil for Deafness and Head Noises

50 Years Ago

The Luminary-March 3, 1960

5 cents

Ground breaking ceremonies for the new edifice to be built by the Pilgrim Holiness Church just east of Muncy will be held March 6.

Work on construction of a new addition to the A & P Supermarket in Muncy may start sometime in May.

Henry Buck, of Hughesivlle, has purchased the Mercer-Robinson Co., property on Railroad St.

Five area wrestlers attending Bloomsburg State College will participate Friday and Saturday in the Pennsylvania State College wrestling tournament at Lock Haven: Billy Hughes, of Muncy, at 115 lbs.; Dale Sullivan, of Hughesville, at 137 lbs.; Wayne Rider, of Hughesville, at 157 lbs.; Don Poust, of Muncy, at 167 lbs.; and Bob Rohm, of Muncy, at 177 lbs. with a 9-1 record (has lost only two dual meets in four years of varsity competition.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Newman, of near Unityville, son, Joseph Aaron, Feb. 25. Mother former Katherine Moyer; Mr. and Mrs. William Kennedy, of Allenwood, son, Mark Allen, Feb. 25. Mother former Marie Murray; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hampton, of Muncy Valley, daughter, Glenda Jay, Feb. 25. Mother former Betty Jane Bell; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Brown, of Millville, daughter,Debra Ann, Feb. 26. Mother former Jean Moser; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Myers, of Muncy Valley, son Steven David, Feb. 26. Mother former Kathryn Hess; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Freas, of Sonestown, daughter, Sherry Elaine, Feb. 27. MOther former Miranda Pursel; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Balliet, of Muncy,daughter, Sherry Lynne, Feb. 27. Mother former JoAnn Felix; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Peterman, of Muncy Valley, son,March 1. Mother former Connie Rooker; Mr. and MRs. John Houseknecht, of Montoursville, son, Patrick Leslie, Feb. 25, Mother is former Sally Steck; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ciraulo,of Muncy, are the parents of a son, who has been named Stephen Joseph, born Feb. 25. Mother is the former Mary Purpuri.

No Deaths reported:

At the Ritz: James Garner, Natalie Wood in “Cash McCair”

Ad: Feed your skin from inside with WheataVims-Dow’s Pharmacy

25 Years Ago

The Luminary-March 14, 1985

25 cents

Tom Springman is 65 years old and will soon retire. When he closes the door of the Country Store on his last day of work, the Pennsdale Post Office will be come history.

Employees, students and friends of the Ferrell elementary school in Picture Rocks presented “Ferrell Follies” to a crowd of over 200 last Saturday night.

Muncy’s Kevin Strickland after losing to Dave Kennedy from Athens, 6-1, put it all together in winning three in a row to place third in the 126 pound class this past week at Regionals in Williamsport.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan M. (Butch) Winder, Hughesville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Darla M. Winder to Douglas A. Painter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Painter, Williamsport.

Births: A daughter, Brooke Alison, was born to Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Smith on Monday, Feb. 25, 1985, at Geisinger Medical Center. The mother is the former Gail Brooke.

A son, Travis Floyd Starr, born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Perry of Hughesville, on March 7. Mother is former Michele Brown. A daughter, Ashley Nicole, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Montgomery, Hughesville, on March 7. Mother is former Becky Hill. A son, Todd Allen, born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Carr of Muncy Valley on March 9. Mother is the former Debra Heinrich. A daughter, Randi Lynn, born Feb. 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Rice, Tocoma, Washington. Mrs. Rice is a 1983 graduate of Montgomery Area High School. A daughter, Megan Danielle, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Taylor of New Columbia. Mr. Taylor’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Taylor of Montgomery RD.

Deaths: Catherine B. Kelly, 81, wife of J. Harold Kelly, Montoursville, died March 8 at home; Frank E. Isabelle, 61, of Montoursville, died at home on March 10 following a lengthy illness; Harold A. (Dumps) Barnes, 48, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a Williamsport native, died March 10 in the Veterans Hospital in Miami, FL; LeRoy R. Hoover, Sr., 60, of Hughesville, died March 11 in the emergency room of Divine Providence Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack while enroute to Williamsport to settle the estate of his son; C. LaRue (Nimmy) Artley, 87, of Montoursville, died March 6 in Divine Providence Hospital; Charles R. Lose, 63, a Muncy native, died March 7, 1985; Mary B. Geiger, 61, of Watsontown, died March 7, 1985 in Muncy Valley Hospital; Ella Mildred Folk, 73, of Dewart, died March 11, at her home; W. Raymond Hess, 88, formerly of Hughesville, died March 7 at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Ad: St. Patrick’s Day Dance at Hughesville Fire Hall-Music by Alison Wonderband

10 Years Ago

The Luminary March 15, 2000

35 cents

Little Red Riding Hood, played by Becky Reinsel, and the Big Bad Wolf, played by Austin Muffly, is the upcoming Sixth Grade Theater Club presentation of Little Red Riding Hood.

Eric Hartman, a Muncy high school senior studying drafting technologies, has been named the winner in the 1999-2000 Tools for Tomorrow All-American Vocation Student Awards program.

Muncy high school sophomore, Matthew Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Peck, placed first at the Regional PA Junior Academy of Science held at Susquehanna University.

Mr. and Mrs. Doug Alexander of Williamsport announce the engagement of their daughter, Cori, also of Williamsport, to Daniel W. Cotner, son of Richard and Jane Cotner,


Births: Mr. and Mrs. David C. Garverick, of Muncy, announce the birth of a son on March 8, 2000, at the Williamsport Hospital. The mother is the former Penelope L. Baylor.

Deaths: Nelson H. “Nun” Heincelman, 78 of Hughesville, died Thursday, March 9, 2000 in the Muncy Valley Hospital emergency room; Martha C. Sanders, 83, of Hughesville, died Saturday, March 11, at home following an extended illness; Mary E. Stroup, 92, of Hughesville, died March 8, 2000, at her winter home in Sebring, FL; Henry M. Kehler, 87, of Hughesville, died March 7, 2000, in Muncy Valley Hospital; John P. Shaffer, Sr., 48, of Montgomery, died March 7, after being stricken at work.