PEEKS OF PAST Dec. 11
109 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary
Thursday, Dec. 15, 1904
Last Sunday quite an excitement was caused by the burning out of a chimney at the home of Sexton George Miller, at the cemetery. A fine dinner was cooking at the time and was spoiled completely.
Herbert Bowman of Des Moines, Iowa, and John M. Bowman, Jr., of Philadelphia, were guests of their father, James M. Bowman over Sunday.
Dr. Donald Noble has gone to Punxsutawney where he has become one of the staff at the Railroad Hospital in that city.
100 Years Ago
The Muncy Luminary
Thursday, Dec, 18, 1913
Mrs. I.B. Wells and daughter left yesterday for Brooklyn where they will visit family until New Years.
Mrs. MIldred Frey has returned home on Muncy R.D. after a month’s visit with her sister, Mrs. Wilt in Mifflinburg.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, Dec. 15, 1938
The Luminary has it on good authority that a former Muncy man, now residing on Cheswold Lane, Haverford, is a candidate for the title of meanest man in Philadelphia for 1938. It seems that when the Thanksgiving snow fell to Haverford, this man’s small son, who is a well known help about the place, came out to help his father shovel off the snow, and asked his dad to get him a small snow shovel. And instead of doing that the father told the boy he could do just as well with a dust pan! Which Ned did. And for any one who does not appreciate just what this means we advise them to try shoveling snow with a dust pan.
A linen shower was given for Mrs. William O. Mullen at her apartment Tuesday evening.
A good sized crowd of young people enjoyed the dance Friday night at the school house, sponsored by the P.T.A. Verus Weaver’s Rhythm Weavers dispensed a delightful brand of music.
Died: R. Bruce Petrikin, died at the St. Vincent Hospital, in Billings, Montana, Saturday, Dec. 10, of pneumonia, following an operation for gastric ulcers; Oakley Woodside, of this place, has received word of the death of his half-brother, Herbert Kaufman, of Phelps, N.Y.
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50 Years Ago
Dec. 19, 1963
All roads lead to the Ritz Theatre for Muncy area children when school closes Dec. 20 for the Christmas holiday. That’s the time of the annual Yule party given by the Muncy Rotary club.
Samuel R. Fry, Pennsdale area farmer, was awarded the Muncy Jaycees’ honor of “outstanding Young Farmer of the Muncy Area” at the regular monthly JC meeting.
Connie L. Fry, of near Muncy and Mr. William K. Poust, of near Hughesville, were married on Nov. 30 in the Trinity EUB church of Pennsdale.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. James Artley, Muncy, a daughter, Dec. 11. Mother former Jacqueline Hicks; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Lowe, Muncy, a son, Dec. 13. Mother former Jean Stiger; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Young, Hughesville, a son, Dec. 15. Mother former Marian Chestnut; Mr. and Mrs. James Prokop, Muncy, a daughter, Dec. 15. Mother former Christine Brittain; Mr. and Mrs. James Hess, a son, Dec. 16. Mother former Ann Bennett.
Deaths: John P. Narber, died Dec. 11 at the Muncy Valley hospital. He was 69; Clarence H. Dimm, 85, died Dec. 14; Mrs. Grace Lemon Gilmore, widow of pioneer Muncy industrialist Robert Gilmore, died quietly at her home in Muncy on Dec. 16.
At the Ritz: “Rampage”
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25 Years Ago
Dec. 14, 1988
Three students at Muncy High School will attend the inauguration of President-elect George Bush as participants in The Congressional Seminar, an award-winning program for high school youth across America.
Those students are Todd Bartlett, Cindy Covert, and Harry Fulton.
A borough council meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 6, Mayor Anthony Rizzo recommended that council terminate Sidney E. Gable as chief of police and demote him to the rank of patrolman, effective Dec. 7.
Jane Jackson, of Muncy, dressed in colonial costume served a Christmas punch at the Old Post House last Sunday after the Historical Society meeting.
On Nov. 8, Jamie Brelsford became the fourth generation Brelsford to join Keystone Hook and Ladder Company in Muncy.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Vito G. Ciaravino, Hughesville, a son, Dec. 7. Mother former Melanie Montgomery; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Tomasella, Montgomery, a daughter, Dec. 9. Mother former Margot Bayer; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Newhart, Muncy, a daughter, Dec. 8. Mother former Mary B. Temple.
Died: Robert E. Fry, 52, Muncy, died Dec. 7; The Rev. Bruce E. Gideon, former pastor of the county, died Dec. 9; Robert H. Bartlow, 66, Muncy, Dec. 10; Dorothy M. Evans, 88, Muncy native, Dec. 9; Gladys I. Opp, 86, of Ardmore, died Dec. 6; Ralph E. Hitesman, 51, Muncy, Dec. 6; Earl L. St. James, 56, Montgomery, Dec. 6; Minnie Ashkar, 102, Hughesville, Dec. 12; Edith R. Treese, 79, former Montgomery resident, Dec. 12.
At the Ritz: “Bat 21” with Gene Hackman
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10 years ago
Nov. 19, 2003
Area resident serving our country: Army Pvt. Denny E. Wykoff has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC. The 2003 Hughesville graduate is the son of Curt and Trish Wykoff of Beaver Lake Road.
The Rev. Christopher Coakley and his family were recently welcomed by the PIcture Rocks Baptist Church as their new pastor.
A surprise bridal shower was held Nov. 16 for Collette Augustine of South Hampton, PA, who is engaged to be married to Nathan Bigelow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bigelow of Muncy.
Muncy School District teachers Amy Colonie and Jody Bohart dress up to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary of his film debut on Nov. 18. Students and faculty members were encouraged to wear anything MIckey Mouse.
Died: Colleen R. Baker, 55, formerly of Montgomery, died Nov. 9; Max A. Fraley, 74, Muncy, Nov. 16; Carl R. Keefer, 81, Muncy, Nov. 15; Carol A. Bastian, 51, Muncy, Nov. 10; Ronald E. Barto, 56, Nov. 14; Chester H. Sones, 78, Hughesville, Nov. 13.