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Veteran’s Loss of Hearing

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?


The Power of Persuasion

Food Lion uses a lion to persuade us to buy groceries.

food Lion

Seeing a lion who is casually watching TV is probably more believable to me, then me walking down aisle 9 at the local Food Lion. I guess there are varying degrees of the suspension of disbelief. But I do want to believe in talking lions. It’s their power of persuasion in advertising.

This is a blog on persuasion. I decided to write on this topic when someone remarked that I am in a job of persuasion. I thought about it, and reminded myself that we all live a job of persuasion.


 I negotiate with myself every morning. Before I get out of bed, I tell myself, “how about another 5?”.

When I was about four-years-old, I remember a Chevy dealership car lot that was near my grandparents house. It was the town of Muncy, Pennsylvania. Honestly, I guess that most would be hard pressed to call it a “car lot” because it only had  about 9 or 10 cars on the lot.

That was the charm of Muncy. My birthplace; where the joke was that there was a tree at the beginning of Muncy that had two signs hanging on it. The first sign said “Welcome to Muncy“.On the back of the tree was a sign that said “Thank you for visiting Muncy“. Not really a true story, but it was a small town. That’s why the car lot only had 9 or 10 cars.

In addition to the cars, sat a big farming Combine Harvester. My grandfather had traded it in for a new truck. It sat there with a “for sale” sign, on the car lot, for over a year. Why? Because my “Pop Pop” had persuaded the car dealer that it was in his best interest to sell a truck and trade for that farming vehicle. I often wonder what happened to that Combine. But I saw the power of persuasion by a farmer.

Today is Thursday. You will be faced with opportunities for persuasion. What will you accomplish? The power of persuasion is the greatest of all super powers!

And for pic o’ day, If I believe in talking lions, why can’t I still believe in Unicorns!


Circus News and Claims

Over the weekend (CNN), Ringling Brothers. and Barnum Bailey circus had its last show with the elephants. No longer an elephant in the room for the 145-year-old circus. Yes… they still have the lions! But, when I saw the elephant story, it reminded me of the recent entry from The Luminary, the weekly Muncy, Pennsylvania newspaper.

This might be something that only my dad and I found interesting, but it comes from the section called Peeks of the Past. Here’s the history from April 29, 1881:

135 years ago: Miss Carrie Ort. Robert Barr, of Port Penn, while repairing the canal bridge near the P. & R. depot last Friday, cut himself on the arm with an axe. During the performance at the circus last Saturday night a portion of the seats gave way, injuring a number of persons, the most seriously being George Colley, of East Muncy, whose leg was broken in six places. The management of the circus settled with Mr. Colley’s father by the payment of $82. Some thieves effected an entrance into the clothing store of John H. Roker recently and stole goods to the amount of $100. Thirty Muncy people saw “The Union Spy” in Williamsport Thursday evening.

That little “blurb” has news of a job injury; an injury at the circus; and how much was paid for the negligence of the circus. Plus, you can compare the payment against the worth of the stolen goods at the grocery store. Yep… just some “negligence history” in Muncy!

“If a lion could talk… we couldn’t understand him”- Ludwig Wittgenstein

(Guess you have to be a lion to understand)

And for pic o’ day, I know this feeling!


Selfies Plus

I am in New York City today with an up- and- back flight.    In the meantime, I thought that this “selfie” pic o’ from my Mom was right on point. And, everytime I look at it it makes me laugh.


Which brings me to The Luminary. You can also read it for some hometown feel at  The Paper has a section it calls Peeks of the Past. It’s one of the sections that I always try to read because it reminds me of history as well as some things that never change.

On December 21, 1885, the newspaper noted back then as news that Mrs. S.E. Snook, in an advertisment, calls the attention of the public to her stock of home made Christmas candles, especially clear toys and French mixtures.

Of course, a peek into the past also told us that on December 21, 1877,  the hennery of DeLa Green was was visited by thieves Monday night. Mr Green hastened their departure by pistol shots from his bedroom window. Unfotunately, his aim was faulty.   

In a 1905 edition of The Muncy Luminary, it was noted that Mat Blakeless of this place recently killed two fine hogs. The one dressed 525 pounds and the other 522. Who can beat this? 

And finally, in the December 1917 edition, the community was made aware that William Opp was unfortunate enough on Wednesday to break his right arem when he was struck on the arm while cranking his auto.

There’s something about every day events making the news that grips me. Perhaps it is the reminder of routine that makes it interesting. The interest of life!

And for a Christmas pic o’


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