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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | May 4, 2010

109 years ago

May 2, 1901

On May 16, 1883, six inches of snow fell in this vicinity on gardens that had been made and peach trees in blossom.

Died: Donald M., 11-month old child of Mr. and Mrs. Russel Gortner, died this morning after few days of illness.

On account of the large number of orders on hand, Ring, Eaker & Co., proprietors of the Chilloway Mills, are running their mill night and day to its fullest capacity.

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Edwards, a son, on Friday, April 26th.

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Fahrenbach gave a very pleasant birthday party in honor of their daughter Lena. A number of her little friends attended and a most enjoyable time were had by all.

103 years ago

May 2, 1907

Married: On Tuesday at noon, in the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church,Danville, occurred a very pretty but quiet wedding when Miss Katura Regetta Berninger and William Henry Orner, both of this place, were united in the bonds of matrimony.

Fannie Heller, the young daughter of S.D. Heller became seriously ill Saturday morning, the result of eating the heads heads off some matches on Friday. Dr. J.R. Ranking was called, and as she grew continually worse, it was thought form some time it would prove fatal.

The Young Indians defeated the Young Americans in a game of baseball on Saturday by a score of 3-2. Batteries were Hilbert Houseknecht and William McCarty for the Indians and Eugene Noon and Joseph Trumbower for the Americans.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

May 2, 1935

3 cents

The graduating class of 1935, composed of 27 boys and 31 girls, of the Muncy-Muncy Creek High School will hold their commencement exercise on May 31.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson Valiant, of 117 Stiles street, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Eloise, to Ray Alex Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Long, of Muncy, PA.

William H. Banzhaf, aged 74, prominent baker and ice cream manufacturer of this place, died about 4:00 o’clock Friday morning, April 26th, of a heart condition.

Mrs. Alverna Mae Johnson, age 56, of Muncy R.D., ended her own life Friday morning by hanging herself with a wire clothesline in the attic of her home; Grace Walton Brewer Soars, wife of John H. soars, Sr., died at her home on Market street, Muncy, age 75 years and 11 months; Jacob Per, prominent retired merchant and director of the First National Bank of Hughesville, died suddenly Friday morning at his home, aged 67 years; Geraldine Phillips, aged 20, daughter of MR. andMrs. Thomas Phillips, of Opp, died early Friday morning in the Geisinger Hospital, the second victim of a typhoid fever outbreak in Moreland township; Monroe Smith, lifelong resident of Moreland township, died Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Norman Nichols, of Opp, after a short illness of pneumonia; Mrs. Alice Stugard, aged 64 years, widow of Charles Stugard and former resident of Muncy, late of Hughesville, died Saturday afternoon, at the home of her daughter.

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50 Years Ago

The Luminary-April 28, 1960

5 cents

The annual May Day activities at Muncy High School featuring the crowning of Connie Hall as May Queen, will open at 1:45 p.m. Friday April 29 on the football field.

“Custard’s Last Stand,” located at the “Y” on the Muncy-Hughesville Highway, will open for the summer season. The stand will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Daniels.

The following were entertained at a party by Mrs. Judy Gansell: Mrs. Florence Gansell, Mrs. Joan Campbell and Mrs. Robert O’Connor; Mrs. Edna Courson, Mrs. Betty Ann Sullivan, Mrs. Ruby Barto, Mrs. Marie Girton of Hughesville; Mrs. Rodger Lupold and Mrs. Naomi Gansell, of Muncy.

Charles M. Gardner, of Muncy, recently made an initial purchase of four registered Ayshires from Stewart Farms, williamsport.

Word was received in Muncy of the death in Pittsburgh on Monday of 14-year old Carol Page, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Page, former Muncy resident. The girl died of a glandular disorder.

Deaths: Martha Frey, wife of Robert Frey, Muncy grocer, died April 23 whose age was 53; George W. Harris, 91-year old retired Muncy area farmer who died at Muncy Valley hospital on April 22; John S. Simpson, Sr., 76, died suddenly on April 21, while visiting the Wellivers in Muncy.

At the Ritz: Doris Day and Jack Lemmon in “It Happened to Jane.

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25 Years Ago

The Luminary-May 9, 1985

25 cents

Vance McCoy, Muncy Elementary’s potter, artist-in-residence, has just completed construction of a pit kiln outside the elementary art room.

Ronald Woodling, 40, of Muncy, was sentenced on Wednesday to a term or not less than one or more than three years at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, PA.

John Zalonis, Montgomery, high school biology teacher, is one of nine PA teachers who were commissioned by the PA State Education Associ. to research and make recommendation s regarding educational excellence.

Personals: Bambi Lynn Confer and Billie Dean McKee were married on May 4 in the Presbyterian Church, Muncy.

Miss Linda Diane McLean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. McLean, was united in marriage to Todd P. Donnelly, son of Mr. James Donnelly and the late Anne Donnelly of Littlestown.

A graduation dinner was given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert McManigal in honor of their daughter, Jane McManigal, Pennsdale, who graduated from Lycoming College.

Births: A daughter, Jennifer Ann, born to MR. andMRs. James Smith of Muncy on May 1. Mrs. Smith is the former Anny Myers; a son, Timothy Nicholas, born to Ludrica Bartlett of RD 3 Muncy on May 6, 1985.

Deaths: Samuel A. Long, of Muncy, died May 6, 1985; Kathryn E. Wagner, 76, of Watsontown, mother of Mrs. Nancy Foresman, Muncy, died April 30, 1985; Adeline Pfeiffer, 71, of Muncy, died May 2, 1985.

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10 Years Ago

The Luminary

May 10, 2000

35 cents

Residents are now required to obtain a demolition permit from the Muncy Borough office prior to undertaking any demolitions within the borough.

PA Dept. of Environmental PRotection Regional Director Robert Yowel announced recently that the Sel-Lo-Oil Co. Inc. of Altoona, will clean up gasoline contamination in Muncy Creek Township, under the Ridge administration’s award-winning land recycling program.

Amidst rumors of sales to to her grocery chains as well as Geisinger Medical Center, Joan Lantz, co-owner with her husband, Joe, of Lantz Market on North Washington St., Muncy, has confirmed that the grocery store is for sale.

Big Lots, a closeout retail chain operated by Consolidated Stores Corporation, celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Muncy on May 7.

Birth: Bobbi L. Wallis and David Crum, of Muncy, announce the birth of a son on April 29, 2000, in The Williamsport Hospital.

Deaths: Sandra J. Redmond, 60, of Montgomery, died May 1, 2000, at the Williamsport Hospital; Charles L. Sherwood, 62, of Montgomery, died May 6, 2000, in the Williamsport Hospital; Iona Bean Hart, 92, formerly of Montgomery, died March 27; Robert Penrose Sykes, 87, of Hughesville, died May 5 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Muncy; Joseph Van Bellanca, 70, formerly of Muncy, died Friday; Reba Beatrice Becht, 87, of Muncy, died May 1 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.