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Peeks at the Past 7.29

By Staff | Jul 29, 2020

Saturday, Sept. 3, 1872

Dr. W. M. Rankin left on Tuesday for a trip west.

A car factory is to be built at Watsontown, to cost $30,000.

On Monday last the thermometer marked 90 in the shade.

At the trial of Wm. Castles, charged with stealing the horse and buggy of B. F. Opp from the camp meeting grounds, near Hughesville, several weeks ago, the jury failed to agree upon a verdict.

An attempt was made to set fire to a building in Locust street, in Williamsport, on Monday night last.

The Actives of Hughesville and the Grasshoppers of this place, played a game of ball in this borough, the game resulting in a victory for the local boys by a score of 32 to 20. De La Green was umpire.

Friday, Sept. 3, 1880

L. L. Tate, has given notice that he has retired from the Sn and warns all persons that he will not be responsible for any debts or liabilities contracted by that paper.

The large barn on the farm of Thos. J. Stiebeigh, at Montoursville, was totally destroyed by fire early Monday morning and seven horses and five head of Jersey cattle perished in the flames, besides 1800 bushels of wheat, 50 tons of hay, a large lot of oats and part of his farming implements were also destroyed. The loss will run about $3,000 in which there is an insurance of $30 on the horses.

The Muncy Luminary and Lycoming County Advertiser

Price 2 cents

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1920

100 years ago

Invitations have been received for Muncy people for the wedding of Elsie Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Eben Albright, to Mr. John McIrath Irvin, on Friday, Sept. 17.

Muncy women turned out fairly well on Tuesday and Wednesday to have their names placed on the register list so they could vote at the coming Presidential election.

Died: Mrs. R. B. Tule, of Milton, died at the home of her brother-in-law, Edward Tule, of Muncy, Monday afternoon following a brief illness; Charles Buck died at the Williamsport hospital on Thursday, Aug. 26th, aged 41 years, two months and two days.

Jumping from an automobile when a flash of flame burst from the machine Captain Albert Fisher, Medical Corps, U.S.A., sustained fatal injuries Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred at a point between Canton and Leroy. Captain Fisher suffered a fractured skull, and died six hours later.

Peter Karpoff, the 19-year old Milton boy bandit, who outwitted the authorities of three counties from more than a month after he nearly murdered a State policeman, was sentenced by Judge Cummings in the Northumberland county court to serve twenty-eight years in the Eastern Penitentiary and pay a fine of $500.

The Luminary

Aug. 3, 1950

70 years ago

Glenwood Crist, mathematics teacher at the Muncy-Muncy Creek high school for 10 years, on Wednesday night was elected by the school board to fill the newly created position of principal of the Junior-Senior high school.

Albert (Jim) Baker, Muncy’s veteran flier, died Wednesday at the Muncy Valley Hospital from second degree burns over his entire body as a result of an airplane crash about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. He was 35 years old.

Muncy’s first thoroughly air conditioned building is the Ritz Theatre, owned by Harold Larned, which this week put into service a brand new water-cooled fan unit.

The retail milk price in this area, which jumps around like a Mexican jumping bean, made another change on Tuesday, this time a boost of one cent per quart. The price is now 20 cents, compared to 19 cents.

Miss Helen Cotner, of Muncy, and George A. Martin, of Muncy, were married on Saturday at Zion Luther church in Turbotville.

Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Walker, of near Muncy, were believed to be involved in the Korea fighting this week as word was received that their third son, Robert, an Army Pfc, was leaving Seattle en route to the Orient. Already, the Walkers know that their son John, an air corps sergeant, has been in Korea since July 9, and that son Charles, a corporal in the Air Force, left recently for Korea.

Engagement announced of Miss Ethel Wallis, of Hughesville, to Elwood Guisewhite, of Hughesville.

Gride Smith, 14-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Smith, of Muncy, became Muncy’s second auto casualty within 10 days when he died at 1:12 p.m. Monday following an accident about midnight, Saturday. In the same accident, his uncle William Kolesky, 47, of Mount Carmel, died two hours after he was admitted to the hospital.

Births: A son, who has been named Clifford Roy, was born July 27 at the Muncy Valley hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Feigles. She is the former Esther Bower; a daughter was born July 28 to Mr. and Mrs. George Lupold. Mother is the former Wanda Voneida; Twins were born July 29 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Swain. Mrs. Swain is the former Patricia Dimm of Muncy.

Died: Anna Sheddy, 85, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Heberling, where she has resided for the past 28 years; Anna C. Lyon, 81, Hughesville died Tuesday following a lingering illness; Lester D. Tupper, 62, Montgomery died suddenly Friday of a heart attack at his home; Clinton L. Thomas, 86-year old descendant of one of the area’s pioneer families, died July 27. He came to the Black Hole Valley in 1866 with his parents, who were among the original settlers of that area.

At the Ritz: “My Friend Irma Goes West”

Ad: Bobby Socks-4 pr. for $1.00-Carroll House

The Luminary

July 16, 1970

50 Years Ago

10 cents

Donald Yagel, newest Rotary Exchange student from Muncy, will leave for his year in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Aug. 22. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Yagel and is a junior at Muncy high school.

Muncy Public Library is an imposing sight in its new location on South Main street. Most of the exterior work is now completed with the exception of the parking lot in the rear and all of the interior is finished.

The 100th anniversary of the Lycoming County Air Show is to be staged all next week in Hughesville.

Nearly ready for a grand opening is the new supermarket at Clarkstown being built by Raymond Lowe. Owner and operator of Lowe’s general store for many years, Mr. Lowe will close the present operation and move across the highway in a matter of days. His son, Harold Lowe, will be manager of the market.

Sixteen years ago, an energetic young agronomy graduate of Penn State looked over the scraggly acreage of erstwhile orchards on a large pot of ground just north of the Sylvania plant at Halls Station and decided to take a gamble. Today, Joe Wentzler proudly surveys some 20,000 producing fruit trees that have grown into one of the neatest, prolific and scientifically planned orchards in these parts, known by the simple title of Wentzler’s Fruit Farm.

Engagement announced of Anne Marie McCaffrey, of New York, to Mr. Stephen Edward Rathmell, of near Muncy.

Sharon K. Hauck, of near Muncy, and Gerald E. Reese, also of Muncy, were united in marriage on June 27 at noon.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Crawford, Dushore, son, July 9. Mother former Linda Ryan; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Swank, Unityville, daughter, July 9. Mother former Grace Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ross, Muncy, daughter, July 13. Mother former Barbara Ellis.

Died: J. Monroe (Doe) Phillips, 81, Hughesville, July 8; Leroy A. Anderson, 59, former Muncy resident, died July 11; Harry S. Bieber, Muncy, July 10.

At the Ritz: “Bob & Carol; Ted & Alice”

Ad: Eagles Mere Playhouse

The Luminary

Wednesday, July 26, 1995

25 years ago

35 cents

In Harter’s Drug Store’s window is a display of a piece of radioactive fallout from the first atomic explosion July 16, 1945, at White Sands in New Mexico. Our world was changed forever on that day in 1945.

A pet fair was part of the summer language arts enrichment program at Ferrell Elementary in Picture Rocks.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Steady, Muncy, daughter, July 16. Mother former Alice Sweeney; Mr. and Mrs. Rick E. Fisher, Montgomery, daughter, July 21. Mother former Hettie James.

Died: Paul L. (Whitey) Wallis, 65, Hughesville, died July 19; Myrtle S. Swisher Amy, Millville, died July 23.