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Peeks at the Past 7.1

By Staff | Jul 1, 2020

June 29, 1872

The freshet in the river carried away a large part of the new Linden bridge about 5 o’clock Friday night.


H. H. App is the father of a bouncing baby boy.

The official census count of the Muncy borough gives our town a population of 1,174, an increase of almost 200 since 1870.

James Ecroyd has sold one-half interest in his famous stallion, Bashaw, for a consideration of $1,000.

During a thunder storm Sunday two cows belonging to Henry Tallman, a farmer living near Montoursville, were struck by lightning and killed.

The hotels at Eagles Mere are doing a lively business this season with new arrivals every week.

Married-At the bride’s home in Muncy Creek township, on June 23, Clinton Geiger and Miss Annie Gray.

On Thursday evening July 1, Daniel Poust and Miss Julie A. Eckman.

June 27, 1901

Henry Ring and Charles Harter, who with a number of other Muncyites were fishing at Beaver Dam, caught a turtle that tips the scales at 48 pounds.

June 27, 1907

Hervey Plotts, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Hervey Plotts, is seriously ill at his home on North Market street. Attending physicians have slight hopes for his recovery.

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser

Price 2 cents

Thursday, July 15, 1920

100 years ago

Oscar D. Rager, of near town, former mail carrier on the Hepburnville rural delivery, who a month ago joined the U.S. Air Service, was badly injured in a recent airplane accident at Aberdeen, Md. While on his first flight the machine got out of control and fell 500 feet, being wrecked in a nose dive. Mr. Rager and the other occupant of the machine were both injured.

A part of Muncy people left this morning for Buffalo, where they will take a steamship for a trip to Duluth, Minn., by way of the Great Lakes.

A bullet-proof glass has recently been invented; designed to make bank cages safe from the bullets of bold bandits.

O’Dell Brothers, contractors of Hughesville, recently awarded the contract for the construction of a concrete bridge over Muncy creek near the site of the old Shoemaker bridge on the road between Hughesville and Muncy, have begun operations.

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Bieber Michael, near town, early Monday morning, a son; to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wood, on Saturday, a son.

Died: Cora M. Opp, aged 70, died Friday evening at the home of her son, George Opp, near Muncy; Ella M. Day, died at her home in this borough Sunday. She was aged forty-one years; Jeanette Buck, aged fifty-nine, died Tuesday evening at her home at Clarkstown.

June 25, 1925

Mrs. S. B. Wilt delightfully entertained a number of friends Monday evening in honor of her husband’s birthday anniversary, the affair being a great surprise to Mr.Wilt. Among the presents received by Mr. Wilt was a beautiful bouquet of onions.

The Luminary

June 29, 1950

70 years ago

Five young men are out on bail of $1,000 each, the result of a disturbance at the Fort Brady Hotel early Saturday morning. They are charged with obstructing an officer in execution of legal process, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

Cap pistols are the only legal type of noisemakers for July 4, reminds Police Chief D.E. Grenoble.

Miss June C. Starr, of Montgomery, will become the bride of Baldwin R. Yarosz, of Williamsport on July 1.

Mrs. C. L. Winder, of Picture Rocks, announced the marriage of Miss E. Klea Montague, Picture Rocks, and Roy Bradley, of Richmond, Ind. on June 21.

Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. George Snyder, of Montgomery, June 14. Mother former Patty Lou Hall; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Snyder, Turbotville, a daughter, June 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nuss, Muncy, June 22; Mr. and Mr. Daniel Weary, Montgomery, son, June 25; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wertz, Dewart, June 25.

Died: James C. Crisman, 91, former Montgomery resident, died June 24; Theresa M. McCracken, 54, Muncy, died June 25.

At the Ritz: Alan Ladd as Captain Carey U.S.A.

Ad: Lundy Lumber Co.

The Luminary

June 18, 1970

50 Years Ago

10 cents

Two Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has certified Richard W. Meckly, of Muncy, and James R. Boose, Williamsport, as Registered Professional Engineers. They are employees of Sprout, Waldron & Company, Inc.

The former Bonnie Jeanne Trexler, of Hughesville and Mr. Charles F. Lawver, also of Hughesville, were married on June 14.

Miss Eloise Marie Smith, of near Hughesville, and Donald Allen Green, of Canton, Ohio, were married on June 6.

Marine Private Terry E. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. King, of near Montgomery, is now serving with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in the northernmost provinces of Viet Nam.

Caught within a 20-minute span, trout fisherman William Bird, caught a 19-inch brown trout and a 16-inch brownie, two of the largest catches in the area this year. The larger one was taken with a white rooster tail lure from Muncy Creek a mile below the road loading to Sky Meadows, and the 16-incher was nailed with the same lure in the dam below Picture Rocks.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fisher, Watsontown, son, June 9. Mother former Judy Troxell; Mr. and Mrs. John Balliet, Muncy, daughter, June 10. Mother former Joan Berger; Mr. and Mrs. Duane Wallis, Muncy, son, June 11. Mother former Jean Shaylor; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hoover, Allenwood, son, June 13. Mother former Helen McAndrew; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vibert, Muncy, daughter, June 15. Mother former Claire Olsen.

Died: Charles L. Winder, 76- year old retired Picture Rocks resident. He died June 12.

At the Ritz: Disney’s “In search of the Castaways” technicolor

Ad: Grants-Known for value-Montoursville Shopping Plaza

The Luminary

Wednesday, June 28, 1995

25 years ago

35 cents

After 15 years as a postal employee, Ken Barnes decided that he wanted to reach out and try something new in addition to the career he had. Barnes decided to try his hand at publishing and marketing the art of new artists becoming an Art Publisher.

Breaking ground for the new wing to be added onto the Skilled Nursing Unit at the Muncy Valley Hospital took place at the Lawn Party last Saturday.

Local businessman and substitute teacher, Ron Ott, Jr., has hiked the Appalachian Train through seven states, covering 1,116 miles-and has completed half of the trial distance. The goal for Ott is to reach Baxter State Park in Maine by Sept. 16.

Miss Lisa Wolfgang, of Muncy, became the bride of Charles H. Snyder, Jr., Muncy, on May 6.

Births: Jillian A. Rooker, Montgomery, a daughter, June 21; Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Hoyler, Muncy, a son, June 21. Mother former Bonnie Herr; Andrew and Erin Kimmel, Shelocta, PA, a son, June 18. Mother is the former Erin L. Poust.

Died: Robert C. McNett, Montgomery, a noted country-western performer, died June 21; Richard P. Driver, Sr., 73, Hughesville, June 22; Helen A. Colabine, Hughesville, died June 20; Dale Derrick, Sr., 44, Hughesville, died June 20; Carlile L. Warren, Sr., a former Muncy resident, died June 17.