History

Gum machine dispensed 1 stick at a time

A Zeno Gum machine, circa 1890, was in the East End Grocery that was in the 400 block of Broad Street in Montoursville from 1880 to 1930. The machine was donated in 2015 to the Gen. John Burrows Historical Society at 19 N. Loyalsock Ave. in the borough by Christina Casselberry Hayes, a ...

Many dead, injured in 1872 church conflagration

In the week before Easter, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, was nearly destroyed by fire. The City of Williamsport faced its own church disaster back in 1872. It occurred on one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. “We are called upon to record the most unfortunate ...

Women helped war effort by knitting socks

The Erlbacher Gearhart Knitting Machine, a sock-making device, was used from 1890 to 1925 and was important to troops serving in World War I. For soldiers, having wool socks and dry feet could combat trench foot, but commercial sock manufacturers could not keep pace with a high demand for ...

The final days of the Balls Mills mill

A Lycoming County landmark which is 158 years old is being dismantled at Balls Mills, four miles north of Williamsport, stated the caption with this photo published April 10, 1969. The mill was erected in 1811 and all machinery in it was made of hand-hewn timbers. Some of the wooden gears are ...

News stories from April 10, 1969

FRONT PAGE HEADLINES Headlines on the front page of the Thursday, April 10, 1969, edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette told readers, “Vietnam attacks lowest of year; U.S. losses 222,” “Harvard students, police clash in protest of ROTC” and “Young Man of Year is William ...

Another victory medal surfaces

MUNCY — Reader Alice Hilkert of Muncy reached out to share that her father, Harry Wilbur Snyder, was one of the Muncy World War I soldiers who received a victory medal from the Muncy American Legion, as featured on the March 27 History page. Her father, Harry W. Snyder, served in the 28th ...

Keeler Co. basketball championship jacket

A basketball league championship jacket from 1950 belonged to Fred Kibbe of South Williamsport. It was donated to the Thomas Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society. Kibbe played basketball in high school for South Williamsport. After he graduated from high school in 1945, he ...

First telephone in Montoursville

This phone is believed to be the first telephone installed in Montoursville in 1910. The phone came from the Peter’s Meat Processing Co. at North Loyalsock Avenue and Peters Alley. Around 1930, Peter’s Meat relocated to Loyalsock Township. The phone was donated to the Gen. John Burrows ...

1989, the year the Mariners came to town

SUN-GAZETTE ARCHIVES The year was 1989 when the Seattle Mariners came to town with an AA Eastern League farm team known as the Williamsport Bills. Mayor Jessie L. Bloom greeted the new team the week of April 3 as they warmed up at Bowman Field. She even threw out a pitch. The Bills were a ...

Readers respond to photos from 1959

Two readers called in this past week with more information about two of the photos on Wednesday’s History page. Both photos were taken during the week of March 22, 1959. Gail O’Brien, of Williamsport said she recognized the picture of men inspecting yarn at an area factory. She used to ...

‘African Landing’ assertion reflects changing views

By VALERIE RUSS The Philadelphia Inquirer BUCKINGHAM (AP) — Marion T. Lane is already a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The plaques and certificates adorning the walls of her Buckingham home, as well as the pins she wears, are testimonials. Two ...