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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | Sep 28, 2010

109 years ago

Sept. 26, 1901

Died: Oliver P. Ritter, one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens died at his home Tuesday afternoon, aged 65 years four months and 23 days after an illness of but two days.

Sprout, Waldron & Company’s band attended the Hughesville fair in a body last Thursday afternoon and made a neat appearance.

Among those from tis place who left for the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo last week were Dr. and Mrs. H.N. Laird and daughter, Miss Victoria, and Ray Poust, Harry Rogers and Howard Worthington, accompanied by Harry Derr and Martin, of Montgomery, who also left for the “Pan” last week.

103 years ago

Sept. 26, 1907

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Clark and daughter, Alina, of Picture Rocks; Mrs. Maggie Emery and son, Howard, of Wilkes-Barre and William Bly, of Washington, D. C. spent Sunday with Henry Clark and daughters.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Keefer and daughters, Lena and Julia, of Montgomery, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hess and son Charles, of town, spent Sunday with Oscar Confer and family, on Muncy R.F.D. 3.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

Sept. 26, 1935

3 cents

A donkey baseball game will be played at the Muncy Athletic Field MOnday afternoon, and will provide Muncy fans with some of the funniest entertainment ever to hit Muncy in a long time.

The Annual Lycoming County Fair will open at Hughesville on Oct. 2 and continue the end of the week.

The reopening of the Muncy Woolen Mills by a new company seems more certain each day as representatives of the new company continue to conduct extensive experiments with the machinery at the mill.

Engagement was announced of Miss Martha Colley and Robert Frey, Muncy.

Mrs. Minnie F. DeWald, of Philadelphia and William F. Bitler, Sr., of Muncy were married Saturday afternoon.

Deaths: Cora Sevison, aged 65 years, died at the Muncy Valley Hospital after a lingering illness; Ruth Sitler, age 34 years, of Hughesville, died on Friday evening at the Williamsport Hospital following a major operation.

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50 Years Ago

The Luminary

Sept. 22, 1960

5 cents

With a parade featuring 24 floats and three bands touching off the gala fair being sponsored by the Elementary PTA on Sept. 23, festivities will wind up on the school grounds where patrons may literally buy everything from “soup to nut” with at least a half dozen amusements prepared as entertainments.

An exciting time of the year for automobile enthusiasts is just ahead, as local dealers are busy with preparation s for the showing of the 1961 modes.

The engagement of Miss Evelyn Ruth Shaner to Paul Edward Myers has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Shaner, of near Hughesville.

The dirt track championship race of Hughesville and Berwick will be held at the Hughesville track on Sept. 25.

Deaths: Edith V. Swisher, longtime area resident, died at the Williamsport hospital on Sept. 16, her birthday anniversary; Margaret M. Hauck, 82, of Hughesville, died on Sept. 17, at the Boone nursing home.

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The former Nancy Elaine Snyder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Arwood Snyder, of near Muncy, and Mr. Springman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Springman, also of near Muncy, were married on Sept. 10.

At the Ritz: Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”

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Oct. 10, 1985

25 cents

At borough council meeting Oct, 8, Supervisor of Public Works Garmen Zehner said that several leaks at the water reservoir are getting worse. He recommended that a reservoir liner be installed.

Jennifer Lundy, a junior in the East Lycoming School District, left New York in August to spend a school year in Mexico.

A 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated recently by Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Boston of Center Street.

Births: A daughter, Krystle Lynn, born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Pearson of Hughesville on Sept. 30, Mrs. Pearson is the former Kay Simpson; A son, Nathan Lynn, born to Mr. and Mrs. David Reese, of Hugehsville on Oct. 4. Mrs. Reese is the former Chao Huang.

Deaths: Brady r. Gardner, 86, of Muncy, died Oct. 5 in the Millville Health Center; Esther M. Miller, 76, of Montgomery, died Oct. 4, in the skilled nursing unit of Muncy Valley Hospital; Maynard R. Lyons, 68, of Muncy, died Oct. 2 in the emergency room of Muncy Valley Hospital; Harold L. Criswell, 63, of Hughesville died Oct. 3 in Muncy Valley Hospital; Edna R. Budman, 75, of Allenwood, died Oct. 1 in Divine Providence Hospital.

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10 Years Ago

The Luminary

Oct. 4, 2000

35 cents

A vector carries disease to people and Muncy native Dr. Stephen Frantz, specializes in finding ways to circumvent those plans of the rats, bats, mice and roaches which he studies.

Celebrating with his wife their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary, marking his ninetieth birthday on Oct. 3 and being guest of honor at the local homecoming game as one of two survivors of the first-ever Muncy-Muncy Creek HIgh School football team of 1926, Cummings has been busy.

Construction will soon come to an end for a new bridge in Montgomery over Black Hole Creek.

The Muncy High School Marching Band performed in a Tournament of Bands at Painter Stadium in Lock Haven and earned a first place trophy with a score of 71.4.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Shawn M. Wilson of Hughesville, a son on Sept. 20 at the Williaimsport Hospital. The mother is the former Melissa K. Hans; Rose M. Terry and Jamie L. Miller of Hughesville, a son on July 28 in Williamsport Hospital; Mr. and Mrs. David L. Bender of Picture Rocks, a son on Sept. 23 in Williamsport Hospital. The mother is the former Melinda L. Eck; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Magyar of Hughesville, a son on Sept. 26 at Williamsport Hospital. The mother is the former Christine M. Barto; Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Bletz of Montgomery, a son on Sept. 26 at Williamsport Hospital. The mother is the former Dawn Miller.

Deaths: Hester Houseknecht, 88, of Muncy, died Sept. 29 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Muncy Valley; Charles I. “Skip” Pardoe, 59, of Pennsdale, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 200, in a hunting accident in Sullivan County; Kenneth R. Bortz, Jr., 59, of Montgomery, died Oct. 2 at home after an extending illness; Leslie Kathleen Confer, formerly of Pennsdale, died Sept. 25.

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