Peeks of the Past
109 years ago
Nov. 7, 1901
William H. Wallis, who has been with Mr. H. Michael for the last 10 to 12 years, received a fine new hearse last week, and is now starting in the undertaking business. He is a first class embalmer, having graduated from the U.S. School of Embalmers in New York City.
A very pleasant Halloween party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Womer on Thursday evening honor of their daughter, Ada. The house was decorated in autumn leaves and Jack-O-Lanterns.
The announcement has been received by Muncy friends of the marriage of Harvey Blakeslee, a former resident of this place to Miss Evelyn Giddings, of Erie, Pa. Their future home will be at Pittsburgh.
103 years ago
Nov. 7, 1907
The main building of the Robinson Manufacturing Company’s plant is nearly completed, and a PHiladelphia firm is putting on the patent gravel roof. Work is being hurried on all the other buildings.
Tillman Weiss, of Bryan Mills, while working in Osler & Eldred’s Woolen Mill at that place, spilled a quantity of sulphuric acid on one of his feet, and before the course of the fiery liquid could be stayed it had eaten entirely through his foot.
The property on North Washington Street, owned by Mr. Tinsman, of Williamsport, and recently vacated by Hervey Plotts, has been purchased by George Batdorf.
Thomas Lockard, DeLa Lloyd and Perrin Camp returned home on Monday evening from a hunting trip at Spring Mills, Bradford County. Mr. Camp’s home. They had good luck and a fine time.
75 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary
Nov. 7, 1935
The Muncy Schools are cooperating with the newly created Will Rogers Memorial commission, headed by the Honorable John Nance Garner, vice-president of the United States.
Mr. Wilbur Harmon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harmon, of Hughesville, and Miss Marie Keebler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Keebler, of Seeger Station, were united in marriage Friday morning, at the home of the bride’s parents.
Deaths: Friends of Mrs. Elizabeth Renn, aged 84 years, were deeply grieved on Sunday morning to learn that she had departed this life at 3:30 o’clock that morning. One of the oldest women of this community; Mrs. Clara Jane Plotts, aged 77 years, widow of Harvey M. Plotts, died Friday morning at 10 o’clock at her home on North Market Street; Word has been received here of the death of Hurlbut C. Bowman, 66, a former resident of this place, Chicago representative of two furniture companies, died this morning at his home after a long illness.
Edward Rife, prominent farmer on Muncy R.D. 1, was the victim of an unfortunate accident requiring the amputation of his right foot at the Muncy Valley Hospital, where he was taken for treatment.
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50 Years Ago
Nov. 3, 1960
Tuesday is E Day: Nixon or Kennedy.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at Mt. Carmel for Francis Ferdinand Smith, 60, manager of Weldon Manufacturing company’s Muncy plant, who died Saturday, Oct. 29, at Geisinger hospital, Danville.
A new sports venture for the area is being announced this week by the Highland Ski Area, division of Vadco, Inc. On or about Dec. 10 a new and conveniently located family ski area at Inland Farms, just east of Huntersville and eight miles north of Muncy will have its opening.
An old fashioned torchlight parade, complete with torches, band, political candidates and party faithful, will be held in Muncy Friday night to climax the Republican campaign in lower Lycoming county.
Deaths: Walter L. Barto, retired employee of the First National Bank, Hughesville, died on Oct. 27, in the Muncy Valley Hospital; Miss May L. Kilgus, of Hughesville, 83, died at the Muncy Valley Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 29; Mrs. Margaret K. Turner, wife of Dr. W.E. Turner, of Montgomery, 69, died at her one on Oct. 30 after a prolonged illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gray and son, Richard Edward, of New Orleans, La., are guests of the first’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Gray, and daughter, Denise.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bartlow, of near Hughesville, daughter, Patricia Ann, Oct. 25. Mother former Maybell Snyder; Mr. and Mrs. Milford Carpenter, of Shunk, daughter, Regina Marie, Oct. 26. Mother former Catherine Little; Mr. and Mrs. frederick Newhart, of Hughesville, son, Stephen Armstrong, Oct. 27. Mother former Linda Armstrong; Mr. and Mrs. Helmet Fischer, of MOntgomery, daughter, Angela Jo, Oct. 28. Mother former Joanne Shultz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day, of Picture Rocks, daughter, Charlene Marie, Oct. 28. Mother former Margaret Boatman; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lyons, of Hughesville, daughter, Oct. 29. Mother former Beatrice Moran; Mr. and Mrs. Warner Mattern Sr., of Montgomery, a son, Steven Lee, Oct. 29. MOther former Betty Wertz; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carpenter, of Laporte, daughter, Christine Dianna, Oct. 30. Mother former Ruth Batsford; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fraley, of near Muncy, son, Oct. 30. Mother former Lois Woodling; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Corson, of Muncy, son Oct. 31. Mother former Sara Hoover.
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Nov. 14, 1985
While he was artist-in-residence at the elementary school in Muncy, Vance McCoy made a wolf mosaic which is now being shown at Penn State University.
Army Pvt. Michael W. Rhone, son of Wayne and Sharon Rhone, Allenwood, has completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and specialized AIT training at Ft. Knox, Ky.
Airman William H. Zimmerman V, son of William H. and Dolores J. Zimmerman of Hughesville has been assigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Ill, after completing Air Force basic training.
Births: A son, Nathaniel Christian, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Elser, residents of Hughesville, presently residing in Brazil, on Oct. 5. The mother is the daughter of Mrs. Myron L. Fiester, Hughesville and the late Mr. Fiester. Mr. Elser is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin K. Elser, Hughesville.
Deaths: Leslie A. Berger, Jr., 61, Montgomery, died Nov. 9 in Williamsport Hospital following a lengthy illness.
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Nov. 15, 2000
Guests panelists at the Muncy Historical Society meeting last Sunday included these WWII veterans who shared memories of their time in the service: Jack Hitesman, John Vermilya, Eugene Pauling, Muncy Mayor Anthony Rizzo, and Norman Heincelman, all of Muncy.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard O’Neill of Pennsdale, observed their 30th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17.
Army Pvt. David M. Shively, a 1998 graduate of Montgomery High School has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Palmeter of Hughesville, a daughter on Oct. 29. The mother is the former Gabrielle R. Krause; Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Pequignot of Muncy, a daughter on Oct. 31. Mother is the former Crystal Roupp; Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Bryson, of Muncy, a son on Nov. 4. Mother is the former Danielle M. Klees; Mr. and Mrs. Jason Woolcock, of Hughesville, a son on Nov. 5. Mother is the former Bobbie Baker; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Bailey of Montgomery, a son on Nov. 6. Mother is the former Michelle L. Shaffer.
Deaths: Maria G. Johansen, 72, of Hughesville, Nov. 11, at Muncy Valley Hospital; Floyd Ernest Weaver, 80, of Athens, died Nov. 11, at the Day-Way Nursing Home; Judith V. Staivisky, 57, formerly of Hughesville, died Nov. 7, at Manor Care Health Services.
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