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Peeks at the Past 4.1.2020

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

March 30, 1872

George A. Dodd, of Montoursville, was the lucky applicant for a cadetship at West Point.

A rolling mill is to be erected at Milton, by Milton and Bellefonte parties.

A little daughter of John Jones, of Williamsport, was so badly burned by her clothing taking fire from a stove in her father’s shop, that she died in a few hours.

A very valuable mule owned by John Ebner, residing near Montoursville, was seized with hydrophobia a few days ago and was killed.

Northumberland County has two Agricultural societies bearing the same name. John Bird is president of one, and Robert Montgomery presides over the other.

Friday, April 2, 1880

J.B. Welliver has become the landlord of the Parker House, and will hereafter run that well-known hotel.

Henry E. Warner, of Muncy township, who recently sold his farm, will move to Williamsport where he will make his home.

Hughesville, by a large majority, has adopted the local option.

Frank Carl was stabbed at Williamsport early Friday morning by Christain Steiner. Carl will recover.

Friday morning, last week, Andrew Miller, a farmer residing near Jersey Shore, aged 58 years, was found hanging in his own barnyard dead. A short time afterward, George Smith and Miller’s wife were arrested for murder and placed in jail at Williamsport. On Monday night Mrs. Miller broke down and made a confession of the crime to a reporter of the Gazette and Bulletin. Later in the week, John Brown was arrested as having assisted in the hanging of Miller and taken to jail to await trial.

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser

Price 2 cents

Thursday, April 1, 1920

100 years ago

Several days ago when the early morning mail arrived at P.O., Assistant P.M. Harry Banzhof called out to one of the newsboys waiting out in front to step lively and help bring the mail if he wanted to loaf about the P.O. The youngster said, “You will have to excuse me today Mr. Banzhof, I’ve got the in-die-gestion and I can’t pull.”

Jordan Whitmire and Miss Elizabeth Maurer, of this place, were united in marriage on Wednesday last week at the Methodist church parsonage.

LaRue Gortner, of South Brownville, Pa., formerly of this place, and Miss Bertha Murray, of Muncy Creek township, were married at the M.E. parsonage of the Pine street church, Williamsport Tuesday morning.

Clarence Hill, a former resident of Pennsdale, who had been working in the woods near Cornwall, Va., during the past two months, was struck and killed by a falling tree Saturday afternoon.

Died: Mrs. Josephine Winters, died March 22; James William Pressler, aged 12 years, died Tuesday morning.

Ad: Mr. Frank Sevison Announces Opening “Chere” soon. Muncy’s Sunny Spot, Surrounded by Pennsylvania’s Unsurpassed Fountain Products, Delicious Confections, Luncheon, Smokes, Dancing and Champing Music, are some of the features of Chere. -Frank Sevison, Sole Owner.

The Luminary

April 6, 1950

70 years ago

LeRoy S. Gleason, of Muncy, has been given the privilege of the exclusive use of the name “Headacres” as a herd name in registering his purebred Holstein-Friesian cattle. This prefix name is granted and will be recorded by The Holstein-Friesian Association of America. Nearly 1200 prefixes were reserved for breeders in 1949.

Miss Ruth Arlene Houseknecht, of Clarkstown, and Harold E. Akers, of Radford, Va., will be married April 8 in the Clarkstown Lutheran church.

Miss Anna Marie Meck, of Muncy, became the bride of Theodore Irvin MacDonald, of Watsontown, on Sunday afternoon.

Births: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Murray Snyder, Montgomery, March 30; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Miller, Montgomery, are the parents of a daughter born April 1; a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green, Muncy, on April 1.

Died: Thomas Clark Lowe, 85, a former resident of Pine Summit and Hughesville, died April 1; Laura Wilson, 61, died at her home Monday near Hughesville; S-Sgt. Raymond M. Moyer, a former native of Eagles Mere, was killed Oct. 6, 1944, on his 34th mission over Berlin. He left for overseas in June 1944 and was stationed in England with the Eighth Air Force as a gunner and assist radio operator. The service will be held at the Welsh Funeral home, Muncy.

At the Ritz: “Johnny Allegro”

Ad: Golden Rule Grocery-“The Store of Tomorrow”-Muncy, Pa.

The Luminary

March 26, 1970

50 Year Ago

10 cents

When the art contest of the North Central district of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s clubs was held at Shamokin on March 14 Mrs. C. M. Stutzman, Muncy was presented the first award for her oil painting “The Old Barn.”

Linda Wallis, the Hughesville senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wallis, Hughesville, was the recipient of the Lycoming Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution for dependability service, leadership, and patriotism.

The marriage of Miss Mona Rae Smith and Elwood Franklin Bartlett, Jr., took place on March 6 in St. John’s Lutheran Church near Montgomery.

Dr. Anthony F. Quattrone has announced the opening of offices in Muncy for the practice of dentistry on April 6.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Houseknecht, Picture Rocks, son, March 18. Mother former Louise Derr; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hagerman, Montgomery, daughter, March 18. Mother former Connie Burley; Mr. and Mrs. D. Frayer Page, Muncy, daughter, March 18. Mother former Sharon Roadarmel; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bachman, Hughesville, son, March 21. Mother former Mary Shires; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Weikel, Muncy, daughter, March 23. Mother former Phyllis Vandine.

Died: John W. Coppes, 77, Muncy, March 19; John W. Pidgeon, 56, died March 18.

At the Ritz: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”

Ad: Don’t miss the newest thing in Muncy-Easter Flowers at the Opera House-Carrying a complete Selection of Flowers

The Luminary

Wednesday, April 5, 1995

25 years ago

The cause of a consuming fire that destroyed the home and belongings of the Robert Bryson family along Route 405 between Muncy and Montgomery on April 1 is still under investigation.

WNEP-TV Channel 16 brought their Pennsylvania Outdoor Life television show expo to the Lycoming Mall in Muncy.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Reeser, Hughesville, March 29. Mother former Lynn A. Flick.

Died: Thomas Edgar Fener, 32, formerly of Muncy, March 27; Fred M. Huff, 67, Montgomery native, April 1; Frances M. Hawley, 78, formerly of Muncy, April 2.

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