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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | Jun 1, 2011

109 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

May 28, 1902

Viola Taylor, the 14-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Taylor, had a narrow escape from drowning on Saturday in the river while trying to save a pet dog which had fallen in the water.

Ferrell Snook, son of Ward Snook, who is suffering with blood poisoning is slightly better at this time and hopes are entertained for his recovery.

A delightful surprise party was given Mrs. Jacob Dimm at her home on South Market Street, Saturday evening. It was a complete surprise for Mrs. Dimm and all present had a pleasant time.

100 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

June 8, 1911

James Brittain and Grantham Painter, tow of Muncy’s expert tennis players, went to Williamsport Saturday, expecting to play tennis with a team from the high school. The rain, however prevented their playing.

Died: Katherine M., wife of Russell Gortner, of this place, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wolfinger, in Milton, on Sunday, aged 30 years.

Sherman J. Orner, formerly of this place, is in jail at Meadville, charged with killing his wife, on Memorial Day. The remains were brought to Muncy and services held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Martha Beeber, with interment in the Muncy cemetery.

Burglars blew the safe in the postoffice at Muncy Valley early Sunday morning securing $300 in cash and postage stamps, and about $800 in money orders, checks and notes.

75 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

June 4, 1936

3 cents

Sporting a coat of tan that would arouse the envy of any person, Dr. W.R. Petrie on Saturday of last week returned from a five-week hunting trip in Mexico, where he succeeded in bagging a splendid specimen of mountain lion.

The marriage of Miss Mary Jane MacMillan, daughter of Robert F. MacMillan, will marry Melvin L. Long, son of W.R. Long, of this place, on June 19th.

On Monday evening, Robert Bower, of Muncy, fell of a tractor, when he reached back to pull a corn stalk, and was severely injured, the rear part of the machine passing over him.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rothfuss announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Elizabeth Rothfuss and Max R. Feigles, son of Mrs. Pearl Feigles, both of this place. The couple was married on May 23 in Maryland.

Died: Edward Pysher, of this place, died Saturday, aged 67 years; Ernest Biddle Karschner, aged 25 years, died at his home Friday night; James M. Scott, of Farragut, died Sunday morning after a two-weeks illness. He was 69 years of age; Rachel Fisher,aged 31, formerly of Muncy Township, died at her home on Sunday morning.

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50 Years Ago

The Luminary

May 18, 1961

5 cents

George Houseknecht resigns as Muncy High School basketball coach.

Mrs. Glenwood Crist, of Montgomery, has been appointed to teach the first grade next term at MHS.

Rev. Harold Washburn,former pastor of Muncy Baptist church is returning to Muncy as speaker at the Baccalaureate of the Muncy high school class of 1961.

Wanda Lee Stroup, Muncy, and Donna Gray, of Hughesville, are members of the Geisinger Memorial Hospital School of Nursing who will be graduating.

A full evening’s entertainment was given by the 1960-61 Gymnastic team of Muncy School Friday evening.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison, of near Muncy, son, Ronald Wayne, May 10. Mother former Alice Schick; Mr. and Mr. Leonn Knopp, of near Muncy, son, Craig Eugene, May 11. Mother former Judy Barrett; Mr. and Mrs. William Betz, of near Watsontown, son, William Allen, Jr., May 11. Mother former June Rovenolt; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beaver, of near Watsontown, son, May 14. Mother former Loretta Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McCormick, of near Muncy, daughter, May 15. Mother former Vivian Michael; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Bennett, of near Montgomery, daughter, May 15. Mother former Elizabeth Hakes.

Mrs. Mac Bitler was a guest of her mother, Mrs. Norman Noble, at Philadelphia, recently.

A party was held for the ninth birthday of Miss Joan Puderbach with the following guests: Nancy O’Connor, Cheryl Campbell, Betty Fischer, Karen Myers, Larry Chamberlain, Mark Stugart, Bonnie O’Conner, Ellen Kirby and Gail Puderbach.

At the Ritz: “Village of the Damned:

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June 5, 1986

25 cents

Former Mayor Paul Geringer and Muncy businessman Alfred Poff were appointed to the Muncy Borough Council.

Montgomery borough is down to one police officer again because of allegations made against Roger Brown have caused his suspension without pay.

The engagement of Marcia Maslanka of Nazareth to Anthony N. LaRose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony N. LaRose of Muncy.

The engagement of Connie Marie Metzger of Watsontown to James E. Winter, of Muncy.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ott celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 27.

Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. David Burgett of Muncy on May 30. Mother former Jacqueline Haldeman; A son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schupp of Benton on May 30. The mother is the former Audrey Fry of Muncy; A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Flook of Muncy on May 29. Mother is the former Sally Reynolds; A son to Mr. and Mrs. David Solomon of Watsontown on May 29. The mother is the former Sylvia Nissley.

Died: Velma A. Perritt, 94, of Broad Street, died April 28; Lester G. Meixell, 43, a Montgomery native, died June 2; Susan A. Friant, 79, of Hughesville, died June 2; Carlton J. Rohm, 70, of Muncy, died May 29.

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June 6, 2001

35 cents

Muncy native ILT Regan Campbell, now stationed in Kosovo, is asking his hometown to help children with school supplies and clothing.

The Ward L. Myers sixth grade class created a Memorial Award in Jessica McElwee’s name.

The engagement was announced of Kristen Daily, formerly of Muncy, to Matthew Williams.

Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Williams, of Unityville, on May 23. Mother is the former Carla D. Poust; A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David P. Croucher of Hughesville on May 24. Mother is the former Jana L. Yoder; Kimberly Kinney and David A. Erb of Montgomery, a son on May 29.

Deaths: Sybil R. Harriman, 78, Muncy, died June 2; Bertha M. Gardner, Unityville, died May 31; Anthony Liuzza, Muncy, died June 2.