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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | Apr 26, 2011

Luminary History

170 years ago

April 17, 1841


The House was industriously engaged all day yesterday in considering Mr. Johnston’s Finance, Improvement and Bank Bill. Amendment upon amendment was offered to it, many of them by the Loco-focos for no earthly purpose than to impede and endanger the passage of the Bill. The loco-focos have one object in view – that is, to encumber it with a batch of crude and undigested amendments, and the endeavor to frighten our friends from their propriety, by inducing them to vote against it on its final passage. We hope they will be met in this nefarious design in the right spirit.

It is to be hoped that the Bill will be finally enacted upon as speedily as possible.

– Daily Chronicle.

109 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

April 17, 1902

Clinton Tule, clerk in C.B. Vandine’s hardware store, and Miss Lillian Edwards, both of this place, were married Tuesday at the home of the bride on South Main street.

A quiet wedding took place at the residence of R.R. McMichael in East Muncy, Saturday evening. The contracting parties were Miss J. Mabel Banghart and Verus C. Weaver.

100 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

April 20, 1911

Herbert Quinn, tailor on the U.S.S. Michigan, is home on a few days’ furlough. He lately returned from a trip to France. When the old battleship Texas was recently used as a target Mr. Quinn was an interest spectator of the spectacular event.

Muncy Borough has nine residence in Uncle Sam’s service, eight in the army and one in the navy as follows: Wilbur Lockard, Calvary; Latimer Bybert, Infantry; Patrick Frey, Infantry; Eugene Renn, Cavalry,; Ben Renn, Coast Artillery; Dennis Lockard, Infantry; Cleon Frey, Infantry; F.L. Hamilton, Infantry; Herbert Quinn in the Navy.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

April 16, 1936

3 cents

A double wedding ceremony in which a brother and sister married a brother and sister took place at Hagerstown, Saturday morning. Miss Marion G. Laurenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Laurenson, of Carpenters street, and Harold B. Kilgus, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Kilgus of Green street were united in marriage.

James E. Brass, 31, of this place, employed at a meat market in Sunbury, was fatally injured Wednesday morning in an automobile accident.

Muncy residents were deeply grieved on Saturday evening to learn that Fred S. Funston, aged 34, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Funston and partner in the Funston & Son trucking firm of this place, had succumbed to the effect of injuries received in the wreck of the “Williamsporter” at Sunbury January 30th.

Died: William R. Black, aged 65 died last week; Mary Swartz, wife of William Swartz, died last Friday morning at her home; Walter J. Litchard, formerly of Muncy, died Sunday morning of blood poisoning contracted through an injury of the hand sustained several days earlier while working on a neighbor’s farm.

Ad: Itching Scalp-Glover’s Mange Medicine

50 Years Ago

The Luminary

April 13, 1961

5 cents

Miss Sandra Moore, a sixth grader, will represent Muncy Elementary school in the county spelling bee to be held April 17 at South Williamsport high school.

Two new elementary teachers, Walter Boyer of Williamsport and Miss Noreen Van Tuyle of Bloomsburg, were elected for the 1961-62 school term by the Muncy Joint school board.

Tom Taber received the accolade as “outstanding Jaycee of the year” when nearly 100 Muncy JC’s and their ladies and guests gathered at Ashurst on Saturday for the annual installation banquet.

Miss Helen Smith is spending some time with relatives in New York City.

Miss Ann Myers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Kenneth Myers, of Hughesville, was married April 9 to Wayne W. Rider, of near Muncy, in a pretty spring ceremony in Hughesville Methodist church.

Two fellow workers at Divine Providence hospital were married in a pretty early spring wedding solemnized Saturday, April 8, in Church of the Resurrection when Alyce Jean Parsons became the bride of John Edward Stahlnecker.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis E. Guisewhite of Muncy recently received word from their son, A/lc Paul E. Guisewhite of his engagement to Agatha Schulte of Germany.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Max Reeder, of near Muncy, a son, Robert Dale, April 5. Mother former Sandra Feigles; Mr. and Mrs. William Booth, JR., of Eagles Mere, a daughter, Diane Yvonne, April 5. Mother former Peggy Munsell; Mr. and MRs. Donald Stroble, of near Montoursville, a daughter, Linda Ann, April 6. Mother former Beverly Hall; MR. and MRs. Elvin Fry, of near Allenwood, a daughter, Kathryn Suzanne, April 7. MOther former Nancy Delsite; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wargo, of near Hughesville, are the parents of a daughter born April 11.

Deaths: Brady M. Secules, 84, of Hughesville, died April 7 at Muncy Valley Hospital. He had been seriously ill for about a month.

At the Ritz: “The Grass is Greener” with Cary Grant

Ad: Combination Steak Sale-only 59 cents lb.-Valley Market

May 1, 1986

25 cents

Don Martin, a former Muncy man, runs the Boston Marathon.

Muncy Pack 24 District Pinewood Derby winers are Nathan Bigelow, Blaine Stiger, and Michael Pentz.

Action on appointment of an acting high school principal was tabled by the East Lycoming School Board following an executive session during the meeting MOnday night. The Junior/Senior Prom of 1986 Montgomery will be held on May 10 at the Quality Inn in South Williamsport.

Deaths: Sara S. Schreffler, 55, wife of Dean E. Schreffler, Hughesville, died April 24 following an extended illness; Hazel L. McCarty, 84, Montgomery, died April 25 in the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit; Roy K. Harriman, 71, Muncy, died April 27; Patricia Marie Brown, 30, died April 26; Elzada Dora Bartlett, 82, Montgomery, died April 26 at her home; Raymond C. Long, 83, Muncy, died April 24; Dorothy M. Girton, 78, Muncy, died April 23; Allen L. Brennan, 61, Montgomery, died April 25; Joseph E. Sweeney, 77, formerly of Unityville died April 22; David Allen Green, infant, died April 25 of natural causes.

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May 2, 2001

35 cents

A group of professionals from India, part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by Rotary Club International, are spending a month in the U.S., including a week’s stay in Muncy. Gary Peck of Hughesville coordinated the local tour.

A house on East Water Street, Muncy, was damaged by a fire last Thursday morning which investigators ruled was electrical in nature. Joseph and Tina Girardi and their five children were the only inhabitants and no one was injured.

The cradle and bell was placed in the tower of the Eight-Square school in preparation for the open house.

In anticipation of Hughesville’s 150th birthday, the East Lycoming Historical Society will publish a book commemorating the town’s proud past.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Terry A. Cuddeback, of Montgomery, announce the birth of a daughter on April 28. The mother is the former Rebecca Bower; A son to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sampsell of Muncy, on April 17. The mother is the former Krista Yanney; A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Garry S. Thompson II of Hughesville on April 25. The mother is the former Amanda Steigerwalt.

Deaths: Marty Jo Newman, 22, of Hugehsville, died April 24; Genevieve W. Fowler, 95, formerly of Muncy, died April 29; Barbara Ann Newscomer, 71, formerly of Montgomery, died April 25; Edith V. McClintock, 95, formerly of Hughesville, died April 28; Thomas P. Bodnar, 69, of Hugehsville, died April 29; Nelson R. Cameron, Sr., 68, of Monrgomery, died April 23; Mary Circaulo, 92, of Muncy, died April 24; J. Alvin Walton, 91, of Muncy, died April 27; Alta M. Koch, 94, formerly of Hughesville, died April 24.