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Peeks at the Past

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

April 27, 1850

We learned that on Tuesday night last the room occupied by Mr. John Smith at Port Penn, near the Borough, as a grocer and confectionary store, was entered and robbed of all its contents. The robber or robbers stripped the room, not leaving a pound of sugar or a mint stick.

In a late charge of the court in a riot case in Northumberland county, his Honor Judge Anthony gave notice that any persons engaging in the common riots at weddings known as belling and who are brought before him will be severely punished.

Saturday, April 27, 1972

The passage of boats on the canal at this point was interrupted from Monday until Wednesday of this week by the caving in of the abutments of a canal bridge in the six-mile level about this place.

A raft 310 feet long, said to be the largest that ever passed down to the market, went down the West Branch last week. It was owned by Bigler & Son and the pilot was Hugh McCabe, of Port Penn.

The Railway Guide says that the Muncy Valley House, at Muncy, is a most excellently managed house and the proprietor, John Van Buskirk, is an obliging landlord and a rare good fellow.

James D. Brewer, of this place, is showing his friends a model of a fishway, so that fish can come up through the numerous dams on the river and other streams.

Friday, April 30, 1880

The “Banner” says Ed Stokes is the most popular man in Muncy.

The Supreme court has decided that farmers have a right to work out their road tax; The mill of D.Clapp & Co. in three days cut 118,000 24-inch shingles on one valentine machine.

After each rain this spring it has always cleared up cold.

Williamsporters are terribly afraid that the census will not show a population of 20,000 for that city.

Dr. Strawbridge, of Danville, performed a slight operation upon John Van Buskirk, of this place, last week.

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser

Price 2 cents

Thursday, April 29, 1920

100 years ago

The House bill increasing pensions of Civil war veterans to $50 monthly and those of widows of veterans to $30 monthly was passed Friday by the Senate and now goes to conference.

He Can Tell-Nicki Funston, of the Muncy post office force, says that he knows without looking when the mail is coming to the post office. He can “tell the bus by its footsteps.”

What Was It? A certain member of a Muncy book club in 1918, commenting upon the selection of another, composed the following for flyleaf of said selection: “If there should be another flood, For refuge hither fly; Though all the world should be submerged This book would still be dry.”

Chums! – A Muncy soldier who was in France tells this one: The servant of a German officer one day was asked how he got along with his fiery master. “Oh fine!” answered the servant, “we are very friendly; every morning we beat each other’s coat. The only difference being that he takes his off to be beaten and I keep mine on.”

Born: Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McCarty, Monday, a son; Mr . and Mrs. Joseph Krimm, Friday, a son.

April 23, 1925. He has been named Joseph.

Died: Robert E. Eavenson, formerly of Hughesville, died at the National Soldiers’ Home at Dayton, OH., from the effects of an attack of influenza, which he suffered last October, and was buried on Saturday; Henry D. Gold, Northumberland county, died at the home of his brother, Horace Gold, near Turbotville, Pa., on April 22, following a ten days illness of Addison disease; John D. Pollock died at his home about two miles south of Muncy, aged 82 years, 2 months, and 9 days; Maynard J. Phillips died at his home at Bloomsburg Saturday; Mary E. Fox died at her home at Hughesville on Wednesday evening of last week.

The Luminary

April 27, 1950

70 years ago

Daylight saving time, more controversial than ever, will go into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 30.

Annual drive for crippled children starts Saturday; Muncy quota $700.

May Day ceremonies on Monday to launch a busy month at Muncy-Muncy Creek schools.

The Muncy fire department was called to the farm of Russell Drick on Saturday morning to extinguish a chimney fire.

Razing of the old Clyde Smith home on Main street was begun last week-end by a Milton contractor.

Marlin Little, outstanding softball performer, basketball scorer, and baseball player, leaves this weekend for a week’s trial in professional baseball. If he makes the grade, Sprout-Waldron will lose a key softball performer.

Jim Egli, a Muncy boy who is making good, comes back to the home town this Saturday when he brings his Langhorne high school baseball team here for a game with the Muncy Indians.

One-A-Day Mail Service Starts May 1.

Births: A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Guisewhite, Muncy, April 14; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Baker, Montgomery, a daughter, April 17; A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Hall, Muncy, daughter, April 20; Mr. and Mrs. John Bonawitz, Montgomery, a daughter, April 20; A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Judd Andrews on April 20; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Buss, Muncy, daughter, April 22; A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartranft, Muncy, April 23; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Clementoni, Muncy, a son, April 24; A son to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Smith, Hughesville April 25; Mr. and Mrs. John Gruver, Montgomery, son, April 25; A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stackhouse, Muncy Valley, April 26.

Died: Ocie Opp, Clarkstown, died Friday; William Guyer, 79, Muncy, died Friday; Sadie Miller, 80, Montgomery, died last Thursday; Erma C. Grow, 50, former Muncy resident, died at her home in Montgomery on April 24; William D. Keeler, died at Lysock View, near Montoursville, on April 23; S. Dayton Bashline, a former teacher in the Picture Rocks schools, died following a stroke it had learned here.

At the Ritz: Danny Kaye in “Inspector General”

Ad: Hughesville Marble & Granite Works

The Luminary

April 16, 1970

50 Year Ago

10 cents

Late Summer Opening Seen For Beltway South of Muncy.

The war in Viet Nam reached into the Muncy area for the first time when an Army chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday told Pamela Martin Rathmell that her husband of less than a year, Marine Lt. H. Porter Rathmell, was killed in action on Sunday, April 12. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rathmell, who reside in the Muncy area north of Pennsdale, Lt. Rathmell was serving with the first reconnaissance battalion of the First Marine Division on a volunteer mission when he was killed.

Miss Anne Coppes, a senior at Muncy high school, was named the county winner in the annual essay contest conducted throughout county school by the Lycoming County Committee for Employment for the Handicapped.

The three speakers for the 1970 commencement at Muncy high school in June were announced this week. They are Joseph A. Bird, Miss Jane A. Hartman, and Miss Jeanne L. McCarty.

Miss Emma Maurer retires after 57 years with Sprout, Waldron & Co.

Muncy H.S. cheerleaders finished third behind Montoursville and South Williamsport in the annual cheerleading competition at Hughesville before a capacity crowd in the high school gym.

William McClintock named Grange Bank Vice President.

The soon to be eliminated curve on Route 405 east of Muncy at Valley Market claimed another victim over the weekend when Bruce Lickfield, N.J., and a student at Lycoming College, was a passenger in this car.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Clark Poust, Muncy, daughter, April 8. Mother former Shirley LaBarron; Mr. and Mrs. Harley Fry, Muncy, son, April 10. Mother former June Robb; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aderhold, Hughesville, daughter, April 10. Mother former Margacetta Millheim.

Died: Clarence O. Burkhart, 90, Hughesville, died April 11; Charles F. Cole, well-known in this area, died in Germantown on April 4; Lillian Barbour, 83, a former resident of Montgomery, died April 13.

At the Ritz: “Johnny Cash” The Man His World His Music!

Ad: A&P-Sweet Peas- 2 10 oz. pkgs. 39 cents

The Luminary

Wednesday, April 26, 1995

25 years ago

35 cents

Vince Shearer, who was a member of the Montoursville 1985 Little League State Championship team, gave a moving speech about his personal experiences in the State Tournament, threw the first pitch to open the 1995 Little League season in Muncy to catcher Robert Haueisen.

Susquehanna Valley Quilters had a meeting last Thursday evening in Clarkstown and displayed quilts that were judged by Peacemakers Guild of Lewisburg. First place winner was Janet Confer; second place, Robin Warburton; third place-Nola Baysore; and unique display-Lola McCarty.

Mayor Anthony Rizzo cut the official “vine” to begin the Earth Day Festival at Lions Park.

Died: Eugene E. Houseknecht, 70, Unityville, died April 20 after a brief illness.

Ad: Rodman’s Clocks-Now Open in Muncy