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Peeks at the Past 5.20.2020

By Staff | May 20, 2020

Saturday, June 1, 1872

C. W. Garman, of Montoursville, was found drowned in the canal at that place, on Sunday morning last.

Rev. Wm. E. Parson, of Washington, D.C., son of the Rev. Geo. Parsons, formerly of this place, has received an appointment as English instructor to the Japanese embassy, now in this country, and that he will make a trip to Europe with them.

Dr. Langdon writes an interesting letter from Worthington, Minn., giving an account of the National Colony, which left this section to settle in the Northwest country, which was published in this issue.

Friday, May 28, 1880

A new military company was organized at Williamsport last Saturday evening.

H. C. LeVan who has been very ill is getting better and hopes to be downstairs soon.

The weather this week has been like summer, the thermometer ranging among the nineties.

P.G. Hill and son, of Lairdsville, caught seventeen dozen trout in Big Muncy creek.

R. H. Edwards is now building for DeWitt, Bodine & Warn, the largest and heaviest sawmill machinery ever put up in this county.

May 24, 1900

The old aqueduct across the Muncy Creek has been removed by the Pennsylvania Canal Company, and all the bridges across the canal will also be removed. This will destroy the towpath for bicycle riding along this route.

L. G. Watt’s driving horse took suddenly sick on Thursday and died a few hours later.

In consideration of an agreement to buy for him a new suit of clothes, a coffin, and a burial place, William Hummel, who killed his wife and her three children, has formally transferred to a theatrical manager the sole right to possession of his body after the execution on June 5. It is the intention of the purchaser to exhibit the murderer’s skeleton in the museums of the larger cities.

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser

Price 2 cents

Thursday, May 27, 1920

100 years ago

On Memorial Day from 12:00 to 12:05 noon flags will be lowered to half-mast and the bells of the churches and schoolhouse will be tolled, during which it is asked all persons to pay a silent tribute to the memory of our heroic dead. Brady Snyder, who saw service overseas, is Chief Marshal for the parade.

George Latimer lost a valuable mule last Saturday. The animal jumped over a fence onto the new state road, near Mr. Latimer’s residence, and was run into and knocked down by a car being driven by Robert Gough, breaking the mule’s neck.

Died: Jessie Clayton Sones died at his home at Eagles mere Thursday night of last week, after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia, aged 21 years and two weeks; Mrs. Margaret Jane Crawford died this morning at her home on East Water street after a three weeks’ illness.

Mrs. Charles Kibbey, aged forty-five, was instantly killed, while her husband Charles Kibbey, aged forty-nine, was very badly injured at Lewisburg on Saturday, when a trolley car crashed into an automobile in which they were riding.

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The Luminary

May 25, 1950

70 years ago

Fifty-three seniors of the Muncy-Muncy Creek high school will be making their debut into the world as alumni next Friday, June 2, as the commencement exercises close out another school term.

The new pastor of the Evangelical church of Montgomery, Rev. John R. Knaul, of Bellville, will have his work cut out for him on his arrival June 1.

Engagement announced of Faye Page to Richard James of Montgomery.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Harrington, Shady Lane, Concord, Mass., are the parents of a son born May 19. Mrs. Harrington is the former Edith Painter of Muncy; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ritter, Hughesville, May 16; Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Fought, Muncy, a son, May 21.

Because of a need for expanded facilities, Barney’s Furniture store in Hughesville will open in new quarters on Saturday, its owners, M. A. and Fay Brosius have announced. The new store is located at 75 North Main street, in the building formerly occupied by Hughesville Cleaners.

At the Ritz: “Cheaper by the Dozen”

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The Luminary

May 14, 1970

50 Years Ago

10 cents

Edgar Alexander, administrator of Muncy Valley hospital, suffered a heart attack while at work in the hospital on Saturday and is now confined to the hospital.

Frederick Neece was elected to the Muncy School District board on May 11.

The Muncy board hired Barbara Dissinger, of Montoursville, for the position of elementary music supervisor. Also named to a newly created position of remedial reading instructor is Mrs. Willard Hutchins, currently a third grade teacher at Pennsdale elementary school.

Drive-in winner: Mrs. Lee O. Temple, of Muncy, arrived at the CBT Muncy Drive-in at the winning pre-determined time, and received a $25.00 paid-up All Purpose Club from Lee Reed. The award is part of CBT’s Drive-in promotion.

Engagement announced of Christine Ann Fruet, of Muncy, to Lt. James E. Chaisson of Massachusetts.

The engagement of Patricia Lynn Girven, Muncy, to Robert William Ault, of Coatesville.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Derr, Milton, daughter, May 8. Mother former Jane Hartman; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harman, Muncy, son, May 10. Mother former Margaret Robb; a son was born on May 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bower, Hughesville. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Fought and Mr. and Mrs. David Bower.

Died: Mae B. Frantz, 86, formerly of Picture Rocks, died May 6; Clyde (Pete) McCarty, 63, lifetime Muncy resident, died May 8; Russel W. Reynolds, 63, formerly of Watsontown, died May 11; Marion May Robb, 85, Muncy, died May 11; Ida C. Geiser, 85, formerly of Muncy, died May 9.

At the Ritz: “Funny Girls”

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The Luminary

Wednesday, May 24, 1995

25 years ago

35 cents

Art-in-the-Park is slated for May 27 in Muncy at the Lions’ Park, next to the Muncy pool.

Muncy Fire Department to Host Open House.

A new boutique shop made its debut recently in downtown Muncy. The grand opening of “Rebecca’s Boutique,” a small shop with a large variety of unusual items, was held last Friday and Saturday on Main Street, Muncy, next to Orlando’s restaurant. Rebecca Noviello is the owner of the unique boutique.

Doug Anderson stepped down from his position as wrestling coach after 21 years, while Bob Wolfe stepped down as head football coach after 26 years.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Meyer, Jr., Hughesville, son, May 16. Mother former Barbara A. Barto; Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Levan, Muncy, son, May 18. Mother former Coreen K. Poust; Mr. and Mrs. Keith D. Bomboy, Unityville, son, May 18. Mother former Cathy S. Swisher.

Died: Kenneth H. Roush, 67, of Hughesville, died May 18; Judith Mendelson, 76, Muncy, May 22; Phyllis May Neison, 80, formerly of Mars, Pa, died May 11; Dr. W. Robert Hess, 72, a former Hughesville resident, died May 16; A. Louise Wallis, 81, Muncy, died May 18.

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