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PEEKS OF PAST March 18, 2015

By Staff | Mar 19, 2015

The Muncy Luminary

Tuesday, March 21, 1865

150 years ago

The greatest and most destructive flood within the recollection of our oldest citizens occurred in the West Branch Thursday and Friday last. Mr. d. M. Kreihser and Mr. John Fribley, who live on the bank of the river above the mouth of the creek, suffered severely. Mr. George F. Stolz suffered considerable loss to his property, as did Dr. Thomas Wood, William Cox Ellis and others. We learn that the principal part of Williamsport was overflowed as far back as the railroad, and boats were used on Third street in front of the court house. The old bridge and three spans of the railroad bridge were entirely carried away. AT the mouth of Muncy creek the saw mill of Corson & Fox was moved from its foundation and swung across the bank of the canal. Their loss was estimated at from $10,000 to $12,000. Peter Reebson, on Hall’s island, lost 10 head of cattle, three horses and a colt, all his hogs but five, 10 head of sheep, besides 40 head of sheep in his charge belonging to Matthew Fox.

Died: IN this borough, on the 7th inst., Arabella P. Coder, aged 9 years, less 5 days.

Capt. G.W. Webb, of the Second Penna. heavy artillery, who has been for a time a prisoner of the rebels and under fire of our own guns at Charleston, was released on March 1st, and is visiting his native place.

The Muncy Luminary

Friday, March 19, 1880

135 years ago

L. Clyde Smith fell on the ice while having a friendly tussle with a schoolmate and sprained his leg so badly that he was not able to walk for several days.

Mr. Daniel Clapp was thrown from is sleigh last Thursday and knocked insensible by his fall.

Died-IN Muncy Creek township, on Thursday, March 11, Mr. Peter Michael, aged 72 years.

Married-At the residence of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Mary Shoemaker, Wednesday morning, March 17th, by Rev. F. D. Canfield, rector of St. James’ church, Dr. Alva M. Baldwin, of Groton, N.Y., and Miss Kate M. Shoemaker, of Muncy.

Married-At Williamsport, Pa., on Thursday evening, March 11th, by Rev. J.H. Hopkins, rector of Christ church, Mr. Joseph Grange, Muncy, and Miss Zella Courter, of Williamsport.

The Muncy Luminary

Thursday, March 18, 1915

100 years ago

Tuesday evening while Charles W. Harter was driving across West Water street, his horse and buggy was run into by a horse belonging to the Edwards Hardware Co., which had broken loose from the wagon it was hitched to and stared down Water street on a dead run, throwing Mr. Harter out and badly bruising his body, especially his shoulders and one hip.

Wednesday morning William W. Welsh, R.D. carrier No. 7, accompanied by Brit Ring, while on the top of “mile hill” lost control of his automobile and went over a high bank. The men jumped from the machine and escaped serious injury, but the machine was badly damaged. Welsh collected his mail together and securing a horse and buggy completed the delivery over his route.

Engagement announced of Edna Luella Downing to Mr. Cordeen C. Pfleegor.

Died: Charles M. Derr, Muncy, 69 years, died at his home Sunday evening; Rebecca Sweely, 95, Muncy, died early Monday morning; William T. Lucas, aged 71, Montoursville, died Friday.

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50 Years Ago

The Luminary

March 18, 1965

10 cents

James Artley, Muncy, will begin his duties on March 29 as the newly appointed sewage disposal plant operator for the Borough of Muncy.

Thomas T. Taber III was elected president of the Muncy Jaycees.

Betty Lowry, Muncy, wins the American Legion Auxiliary Essay contest.

Back to the school room in ninth grade of the Hughesville High School is Thomas Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campbell, Hughesville. Tom was seriously injured in a sledding accident near his home on Jan. 31.

Announcement made of the betrothal of Miss Judith May Lynch and William Earl Shaner of Hughesville.

James Fought, Hughesville, has returned from Kansas City where he completed a one-week course in the modern application of agriculture equipment to farms and farm-related businesses.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Shaner have purchased the home of Mrs. Maggie Clark on South Main Street, Picture Rocks.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dunlap, Allenwood, a daughter, March 11. Mother former Linda Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. John Krysick, Muncy, a son, March 12. Mother former Mary Lou Oden; Mr. and Mrs. Roland Nuss, Muncy, a daughter, March 12. Mother former Victoria Young; Mr. and Mrs. James Fenstermacher, Muncy, a daughter, March 15. Mother former Esther Foley.

At the Ritz: Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood in “Sex and the Single Girl”

Deaths: Louisa Narber, 68, Hughesville, died March 16; Sylvia Dewalt, 77, Montgomery, March 12; Ellette Balum, three-month old daughter of Mr. Conrad Balum, Muncy, died March 13; Harriet Harman, formerly of Hughesville, died March 8 after a short illness.

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