Peeks of the Past
109 years ago
Oct. 24, 1901
Mrs. Ann Repasz Gowers, wife of the late George Gowers, died Saturday night at 11 o’clock at the home of her son, Preston, on South Market street, aged 84 years.
L. G. Wattsw, S.D. Renn and H.L. Albright, were on the river Monday morning huning wild ducks, and in a short time succeeded in bagging six fine specifments.
George H. Rogers family enjoyed feast off five pheasants last Saturday. It took three of the male members and two assistants to caputre that number on a shooting excursion.
A delightful party was given at the home of Miss May Barbaour, on Friday evening, in honor of her guest, Miss May Fullmer, of Picture Rocks
103 years ago
Oct. 24, 1907
While B.W. Harris was tying his horse in front of B.R. Grange’s store last Thursday morning, a barrel of sweet potatoes rolled down the steps, frightening the animal, which tore loose and ran away.
While the engine of freight No. 71 was shifting a car on the Muncy Manufacturing Company’s siding yesterday the whistle was broken off by striking on a new trestle which was too low.
Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Dimm, Mr. and Mrs. George Stoltz and son, Leonard, and Mrs. Emma Stoltz and son, Bruce, spent Sunday as the guest of MR. and Mrs. Maurice Stover in Montgomery.
75 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary
Oct. 24, 1935
Fire about 2:30 o’clock Wednesday morning destroyed the large barn on the farm southeast of Muncy known as the Gundy Wolf farm, with an attending loss of $8,000, which is not covered by insurance. The property is owned by Harvey D. McCarty.
Tuesday evening a variety shower was given for MR. and Mrs. Charles Wood, in the social room of the Presbyterian church by members and friends of the church and Sunday school. Many useful and beautiful gifts were received by the young couple.
Each Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 a radio program of special interest to parents is broadcast over the N.B.C. network. This fifteen minute program is sponsored by the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
John L. Bruch, of the Muncy Water Supply company, stated today that the water supply is at the lowest ebb it has been since the severe drought of 1930.
Max Murray, local high school student, suffered a severe gash on the nose requiring five or six stitches when the car in which he was riding in company with Lee Barnes and Edison Frey upset at the curve near Wolf Run bridge, north of town, about 1:30 Tuesday morning.
Deaths: Sarah R. Bertsch, aged 85 years, a former resident of Muncy, died Monday morning at 12:40 o’clock at the home of her son, Samuel, 55 East Third Street, of complications following a fall down a flight of stairs; J. Brady Bigger, of Hughesville, former sheriff and resident of Sullivan County, died suddenly Saturday morning of a heart attack.
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50 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1960
Approximately 350 employees of Modecraft Co., Inc. were listed this week when they refused to report for work on Monday following expiration of their union contract with the company at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 16
As the oldest continuous business firm in the borough of Muncy, Harter’s Drug Store this month is observing its 100th birthday.
Officials of the Muncy Little League organization this week were studying the possibility of acquiring the lot owned by the Muncy firemen on Green street as a future L.L. field.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Edgeworth have issued invitations to the wedding of their daughter, Mary Ann and Matthew D. Fortado.
Miss Beverlie Ann Sheets, daughter of MRs. Edna Sheets, of Picture Rocks, and Clifton Sheets of York, became the bride of Lyle C. Bitler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max S. Bitler, of near Muncy on Oct. 14.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gary Adams of McEwensville, a daughter Robin Theresa, Oct. 12. Mother former Helen Maust. Mr. and Mrs. William Moyer Sr., of Montgomery, a daughter, Oct. 16. Mother formerly Betty Gray. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shaylor, of near Hughesville, a daughter, Janel Lynn, Oct. 10. Mother former Joan Burkhart; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Farrar of Williamsport, a son, Gregory Todd, Oct. 10. Mother former Sallie Richart; Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Leech, of near Muncy, a daughter, Lorrie Ann, Oct. 11. Mother former Betty Louise Zimmerman; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Leech, of near Muncy, a son, Oscar Leory Jr., Oct. 12. Mother former Elsie Zarr; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wise, of near Montgomery, a son, John Scott, Oct. 12. Mother former Freda Miller; Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider of Muncy, a son, Mark Andrew, Oct. 13. MOther former Bethel Jacobs; Mr. and Mrs. William Zeisloft of near Muncy, a son, Patrick Lynn, Oct. 13. Mother former Vivian Crist.
Deaths: Mrs. Hazel Shaw Zerbge, 74, Muncy, who died at her home on Sunday, Oct. 16.
At the Ritz: “13 Ghosts”
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Oct. 31, 1985
Mayor Richard Thomas Jr. announced that he is not running for re-election for the office of mayor, but that he is in the running for borough council.
A surprise 60th wedding anniversary party was held recently at the Mt. Zion social hall, Hughesville, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harold P. Fry, Muncy.
The engagement of Miss Michele Ann Burkholder to Mark D. Couch has been announced by the bride-elect’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Burkholder, Middletown. Mr. Couch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Couch, Muncy.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sherman Sr., Montgomery, were recently honored at an open house at Eagle Grange #1 on Oct. 19 at their 50 wedding anniversary.
Michelle Blackburn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Blackburn of Muncy and Aaron Harman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harland Harman, Hughesville were married on Oct. 26.
Helen Bieber and other relatives and friends in the Muncy area were visited by retired Commander and Mr. and Mrs. Gene L. Bieber and daughter, Gina Marie, from Winter Haven, Fla.
Births: A son, Donald III, born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Warner Jr., Ogden, Kan. on Sept. 11. Donald is the son the Mr. and Mrs. Donald Warner, Muncy; A daughter, Melanie Marie, born to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Adam, Muncy, on Oct. 18. The mother is the former Dody Worthington; A daughter, Robyn Renee, born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Youmans of Hughesville on Oct. 22. The mother is the former Susie Schultz; A son, Nathan Howard, born to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Charles, Hughesville on Oct. 24. The mother is the former Betsy Bitler.
Deaths: Marcella R. West, 80, of Picture Rocks, died Oct. 28, in Divine Providence Hospital; Robert L. Miller, 53, of Montgomery, died Oct. 24 in Evangelical Community Hospital; Sandra R. Haueisen, 39, of Unityville, died Oct. 24, as a result of injuries suffered in a traffic accident near Danville.
At the Ritz: “Fright Night”
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Nov. 1, 2000
Jacqueline Suzanne Newcomb, 17, a senior, died when the hunting cabin located near Muncy Valley in which she was staying was destroyed by fire in the early hours of last Sunday. A Hughesville youth, Donald A. Charles, 18, also died in the fire.
As predicted, four foot snowflakes will soon appear along Main Street in Muncy.
Hammer in hand, Robert Murphy, of Muncy, travelled to Plains, Georgia in September to aid in the construction of eight homes on property donated by former president of the U.S. Jimmy Carter.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Curt Matthew Houseknecht, of Muncy, announce the birth of a daughter on Oct. 16. The mother is the former Brooke Heather Pryor.
Wilburn M. “Web” Snyder, 87, Watsontown, died Oct. 30, at Kramm’s Nursing Home; Mary Olive LaForme, 95, formerly of Montgomery, died Oct. 27, at Manor Care North; Helen F. Colley, 77, died Oct. 15, at Valley View Nursing Center; Donald A. Charles, 18, of Hughesville, died in a cabin fire on Oct. 29, in Davidson Twp. Sullivan County; Jacqueline S. Newcomb, 17, of Muncy, died Oct. 29 in a cabin fire on Oct. 29, in Davidson Twp., Sullivan County; John L. Ferrell, 88, formerly of Muncy Valley, died Oct. 23 in Muncy Valley Hospital; Kenneth L. Anderson, 80, formerly of Muncy and Watsontown, died Oct. 25, at Kramm Nursing Home; Robert Reuben Swisher, 82, of Montgomery, died Oct. 29, in the Muncy Valley Hospital Skill Nursing Unit; Charles L. Barto, 54, of Hughesville, died Oct. 26, in the Muncy Valley Hospital emergency room after being stricken at home; Florence U. Ujhazi, 72, of Montgomery, died Oct. 26 at home after an extended illness.