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Peeks of the Past

By Staff | Nov 20, 2012

109 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1903

Henry Leachy, the genial barber, who has been working at his trade in the western part of the state for some time, has returned to Muncy. During his absence Henry took to himself a wife, who is at present residing with his parents in Muncy Hills.

A very pretty wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gowers yesterday morning when their daughter, Miss Nettie H. was united in marriage to Henry C. Manny of Youngsville, N.Y.

J. W. Shaw has organized an orchestra of Muncy talent consisting of five places, and a dancing school has been opened. Thursday evening the school was opened for the first time and forty two couples were on the floor.

Nelson Hall has started a coal oil wagon in Muncy. His wagon will make daily trips and he already has secured a large number of customers.

The first heavy snow of the winter fell yesterday, over 12 inches of the beautiful fell, and it will make good sleighing.

100 Years Ago

The Muncy Luminary

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1912

William Slee is one of Muncy’s most enthusiastic young hunters. Saturday morning he secured a rabbit and pheasant, being in the woods only a short time. He can give many of the older gunners tips on the hunting business.

Half of Uncle Sam’s solders will wear hose made in Milton this year. The West Branch Hosiery Co. recently received an order for 425,000 pairs of wool socks, and another order on hand for 225,000 pair. One hundred thousand pounds of wool yearn; costing $75,000 will be used to complete the job.

Frank Gortner shipped a trio of prize winning rose comb Rhode Island Reds to Victoria, Texas, where they will be on exhibition at a poultry show.

75 Years Ago

The Luminary

Thursday, Dec. 9, 1937

The Community Christmas Party sponsored by the Muncy Rotary Club, to be held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Miller, of Bloomsburg, were badly injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Railroad undergrade crossing, near here, when their light sedan delivery truck skidded on ice and crashed headlong into a truck operated by Calvin Bayley of Picture Rocks.

Ground was broken Monday at the State Industrial Home for Women at this place for $303,000 in expansion projects at the institution to which all long-term women offenders between the ages of 16 and 30 are sentenced.

An interesting item for Muncy people is the fact that the words of the song hit, “Once in a While” (last week’s and the week before No. 1 hit on Radio’s Hit Parade”) were written by Michael Edwards of Pottsville. Mr. Edwards is the brother of Mrs. Frank Gowers of Muncy.

Died: With profound sorrow the Directors of the Muncy Borough Public Schools record the death of one of its most earnest and zealous friends, Israel B. Wells; Maud Nobel McMichael died Dec. 3; George W. McCarty, aged 78, of Muncy R D 3 was found dead in bed Sunday afternoon by ;his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Confer.

Harry Fornwalt, age 84, of Hughesville, died Sunday afternoon, from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car.

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50 Years Ago

The Luminary

Nov. 8, 1962

5 cents

Hi-Way Cleaners, located just west of Muncy on the Muncy-Halls Station highway, changed ownership this week.

Dr. Margaret Corson plans to close practice in Hughesville on Dec. 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sprout have returned to Wilmington, Del. have spent the summer at their home here in Picture Rocks.

Died: Miss Mazie Murray, 85, of Muncy, died Nov. 4; Myrtle Grammatic, 76, born in Pennsdale, died Nov. 2; William C. Sterrett, of Pennsdale, died Nov. 7.

Miss Mildred Marie Gentzler of New Jersey and Frank Swetnam also of New Jersey were married on Nov. 7 at the home of the bride. The Rev. J.W. Gentzler, of Muncy, father of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Thomas Wood, Jr., of Muncy, was her sister’s honor attendant.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Hall, Montgomery, a son, Todd William, Oct. 31. Mother former Sylvia McLaughlin; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reese, of Muncy, a son, Amos Charles, Nov. 4. Mother former Mary Glidewell; Mr. and Mrs. Jon Lawton, Millville, a son, Jon Bradley, Nov. 5. Mother former Elaine Feigles; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Livingston, Muncy, a daughter, Nov. 5. Mother former D. Joanne Schoch; Mr. and Mrs. James Bullock, of York, a son, Edward Ray, Oct. 27. Mother former Betty Jane Rothfuss; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Fry, of Muncy, a son, Nov. 6. Mother former Patricia Chambers; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kepner, Hughesville, a son, Todd Edward, Nov. 2. Mother former Anne Marie Schooley.

At the Ritz: Birdman of Alcatraz with Burt Lancaster

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25 years ago

The Luminary

Nov. 11, 1987

30 cents

The Penn Hall building at the northwest corner of Main and High street in Muncy was sold on Monday to a newly formed non-profit corporation, Penn Hall Preservation, Inc., for $50,513.50.

Montgomery Overpowers Muncy: Captures Mid-Penn Crown-Old Shoe to Montgomery-It was standing room only as the Red Raiders and the Indians vied for the Old Shoe in last Friday’s game.

The Muncy School Board named Charles A. Ranck of Montoursville to the position of assistant high school principal.

Mr.and Mrs. Paul W. Ryder of Muncy held a birthday party in honor of Mary A. Fry, 89, and Emily E. Murray, 87 on Nov. 8.

David and Joanie Wallis, of Muncy, took their daughter, Corey, a sophomore at Muncy High School, to visit William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA this past weekend.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vining, Jr., Montgomery, a daughter, Oct. 30. Mother former Marjorie Elensky; Galene M. Castlebury and James S. Schoch, II, Muncy, a son, Nov. 4; Mr.and Mrs. John Ingham, a son, Nov. 4. Mother former Susan O’Hern; Mr.and Mrs. Joseph Cusson, a son, Nov. 6. Mother former Betsy Boyles.

Died: Mary E. Williams, 40, a city native, died Nov. 1; Grant P. Barto, 71, of Picture Rocks, died Nov. 8; Larry P. Smith, Sr., 46, Muncy, died Nov. 4; Geraldine C. Topping, 68, Montgomery, died Nov. 7; Mary A. Stine, 68, Muncy, died Nov. 5.

At the Ritz: “Hamburger Hill”

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10 years ago

The Luminary

Nov. 20, 2002

35 cents

Area resident serving our country-Air Force Airman Joshua S. Messinger has graduated from basic military raining at Lockland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

Wendle Taggart of Muncy was recently among five finalists for The Governor’s Silver and Gold Award for Excellence in Volunteer Services sponsored by the Dept. of Aging and Journal Publications.

An agreement with Montgomery Area School District for cooperative sponsorship of high school co-ed golf and field hockey, and junior high field hockey and soccer for the 2003-2004 school year was approved at the Nov. 18 Muncy School Board meeting.

Andrew Finck plays Joseph, while Jennifer King and Tara Steinbacher will serve as narrators in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to be presented at Montgomery High School.

Rebecca Eck and Robert Haueisen Jr. have announced their plans to be married June 7, 2003.

Cheryl Grove, daughter of Rosalie and Dennis Grove of Muncy became the bride of Jeffrey Russell on Oct. 5.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Coppes, Muncy, a son, Nov. 7. Mother former Nichole Noviello.

Died: Margaret Hall, 79, Pennsdale, Nov. 18; Phyllis J. Manna, 81, formerly of Muncy, died Nov. 15; David Hopkins, 90, of Muncy, died Nov. 15; Mary L. Reese, 64, Pennsdale, died Nov. 15; Melvin D. Myers, 69, formerly of Picture Rocks and Watsontown, died Nov. 17; Roxane K. Arnold, 39, Turbotville, died Nov. 12; David Richard Metzger, Sr., 76, Muncy Valley, died Nov. 13.