Peeks of the Past
The Muncy Luminary
March 21, 1936
Headlines: Flood 14 Inches More Than 1889-Entire Lower Half of Borough Submerged As Turbulent River Inundates All West Branch Valley; Traffic and Communication Is Cut Off-Muncy Red Cross and Churches In Town Unite to Shelter and Feed Flood Victims-With the waters of the Susquehanna receding, Muncy today began taking stock of the damage done and the task of cleaning up the debris in the flood devastated area.
Highlights: Death toll reaches 200 in 11 flooded states. Harrisburg, Williamsport,Wilkes Barre and Sunbury worst hit in last three days of terror. Sunbury entirely flooded with people stranded in second stories. Town completely cut off with no food or light. Bull pen in prison yard only dry spot. Martial law prevails in Williamsport where broken windows leave stores unprotected. Highways are closed and sightseers are warned to stay away from the city.
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50 Years Ago
March 16, 1961
Muncy high’s basketeers, enthralled with their first PIAA merry-go-round ride, now are grasping for the brass ring.
Mrs. Edna McCarty, veteran Muncy elementary teacher, submitted her resignation at the monthly meeting of the Muncy Joint School board on Monday night.
Twenty-four years after she opened the doors of a new business venture, Mrs. Helen P. Cawthra has decided she’s had enough of a good thing and thus will finally close those doors of “The Town Shop” come April 1.
A rash of burglaries of Muncy business houses which occurred March 2 through 5 was believed ended with the apprehension of three Montgomery youths last Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Woodley, of Muncy, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jean Ann, to Edward C. Sherwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sherwood, of near Hughesville.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Minnier, of Clarkstown, are the parent of a son born March 7 at the Williamsport hospital; A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. T. Justin Myers Jr., of Hughesville on March 9 at Divine Providence. The mother is the former June Miller; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Laurenson, of Hughesville, a son, March 8. The mother is the former Betty R. Norton; Col. and Mrs. John D. Edmunds of Missouri, a son, March 11. Mother is the former Jean Heyl; Mr. and Mrs. LaMarr Pentz, of near Montgomery, a daughter, Pamela Jean, March 9. Mother is the former Helen Delaney; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Michael, of Muncy, a son, Frank Charles, March 9. Mother former Connie Girton; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Seese, of near Watsontown, a son, David Lee, March 11. Mother former Dixie Harrison; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bitler of near Muncy, a daughter, Andrea Linn, March 13. Mother former Phyllis Reese; Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hill, of near Hughesville, a son, Michael Andrew, March 13. Mother is the former Sandra Ackerman; Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Cotner, of Montgomery, a daughter, Edna Ellen, March 13. Mother former Mary Heiges; Mr. and Mrs. William Hoffman, of near Turbotville, a daughter, Debra Colleen, March 13. Mother former Carolyn Thompkin.
Deaths: Eva E. Watts, county native, died March 7 at the home of her son in Turbotville; Clara Danley Smith, 75, widow of Robert Smith, a guest for three years at Lysock View, died March 11.
At the Ritz: “Swiss Family Robinson”
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April 3, 1986
Philip McGunnigle and Donald Goold were approved by Montgomery Borough Council as full-time officers at an annual salary of $14,500 each.
Announcement has been made by Mrs. Carol Adams, Muncy, and Edward Adams, Bloomsburg, of the engagement of their daughter, Miss Rita L. Adams to Troy R. Fry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Fry, Elimsport.
Deaths: Leona B. Farley, 75, formerly of Allenwood, died March 30; Ruth Gottschall, 83, a resident of Lysock View, died March 28; John H. Reuther, 75, formerly of Muncy, died March 31; Minnie A. Brown, 99, a Unityville native, died March 30; Iona D. Ranck, 80, of MOntgomery, died March 31; Donald P. Hill, 72, Muncy, died March 29; Harold W. Larned, 88, Muncy, died March 31 in Muncy Valley Hospital; Clarence R. Magargle, 55, of Muncy, died March 31 in the intensive care unit of Geisinger Medical Center; Milton R. Opp, 90, formerly of MUncy, died March 30 at his home.
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April 4, 2001
The filming of “The Last Raft” documentary, which began last Tuesday on the river bank in Muncy will include eye witnesses and descendants of persons involved at the scene of its crash on a cool and windy Sunday, March 20, 1938.
Former Muncy resident, Florence Leiby Smith of MOntgomery, returned to the Reading railroad bridge at Muncy last Tuesday to recount her memories of the crash of the “Last Raft” for the film crew in town to produce a documentary on the subject.
Joshua Strickland, son of Kevin and Brenda Strickland of Muncy and Stacey Strickland of Hughesville, has earned the Arrow of LIght Award from Muncy Cub Scout Pack 24.
Randy Ryder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Ryder of Muncy, was recently promoted to the rank of detective within the Riverside Police Department, where he is a 19 year veteran police officer.
Naomi Green, 79, of Hughesville, was killed in what police are calling a freak, unfortunate accident. Last Wednesday at about noon, Green stopped her car in Blackberry Alley near her home to unload groceries. The car was left idling and it is thought that park may not have been engaged correctly and the car drifted backward pinning the woman under a wheel where she died.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Steve Poust of Hughesville, a daughter, March 12. The mother is the former Lisa A. Converse; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Heller, of Hughesville, a son on Feb. 2. The mother is the former Heather Saulsgiver; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Newman, of Hughesville, a daughter on March 23. The mother is the former Rachael Moore.
Deaths: Tracy E. Barto, Muncy, died March 29 at the Williamsport Hospital following a brief illness; Christopher Joel Wenzel, 33, of Hughesville, died March 31 at his home; Janet L. Miller, 72, of Montgomery, died March 31 at Muncy Valley Hospital; Naomi C. Green, 79, of Hughesivlle died March 28 at her home; Harold H. Benion, 83, of Milton died April 1 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease; William H. Hicks, formerly of Montgomery, died March 31 in Florida; F. Mitchell Taylor, 96, formerly of Montgomery, died April 1; Mary Alma Pentz, 81, a resident of Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit, died March 31.
Peeks of the Past
Peek at the Past-1961 Muncy Cagers Win First District Championship–Parlaying a tenacious defense into a great offensive weapon, Muncy high school’s exciting basketball team won the school’s first district four championship in all PIAA history. A howling, frenzied mob of more than 1,000 persons watched with utter amazement as Muncy routed West Snyder, 52-40, which had beaten them early in the season.