You can’t beat this history, M. Welliver, of the U.S. hotel, while hunting, was struck by a copperhead snake. His heavy woolen pantaloons saved him from injury. That piece of news comes from The Muncy Luminary, Saturday, Aug. 19, 1876.
I enjoy reading the news from the city where I was born. I don’t always get to immediately read the weekly Muncy Luminary when it arrives in the mailbox, but at some point I will sit down and read through it. Just seeing it sitting in the mailbox makes me smile. It takes me back to those simple days of being a kid.
Besides the Peek at the Past column that was referenced above, there is also a column titled World War I Memories. In the August 21, 2016 edition, there was a story of war that showed the effects of war, long after the enemy had surrendered.
As told by the paper in the column titled Loss of hearing cost area veteran his life, Merle Earnest Crawford came back from World War I with a loss of his hearing. During the war, his duties included driving ammunition wagons to the front lines and being next to the cannons as they fired.
The roaring blasts of gun and cannon fire caused him to lose his hearing, which lasted through his lifetime. He moved back to Pennsylvania and married Montgomery native Wilda Bieber, who apparently was one of my distant relatives.
After they were married, Crawford began working at the Lycoming Silica Sand Plant. His job was to drive the sand by train locomotive on a narrow gauge line.
One day, his locomotive rounded a tight curve and collided with another train coming the opposite direction. The other engineer heard the other train coming and jumped to safety.
Because Crawford had lost his hearing in the war, he didn’t know of the danger until it was too late. The two trains collided and he died three days later.
Ironically, the company had already decided to switch from trains to trucks to haul the sand. The-train to-truck switch was already scheduled for 10 days after this crash occurred. A veteran of war whose sacrifice continued, long after the war had ended.
And for pic o’ day I am posting one that might be a bit on the edge. But seriously, he named his boat S.S. Fat Guy! And how can you argue with #17?