10 YEARS AGO (1999)
Jessi Perruquet was named Pennsylvania's Class AA best female swimmer at the PIAA Swimming Meet held at University Park. She won a pair of gold medals, bringing her career total to five. Perruquet won the 200 freestyle event for the first time and won her third straight state crown in the 500 Freestyle.
Pictured in The Danville News were Wally Pabst, portraying 'Pappy Yocum,' and Beth Nassef, as 'Mammy Yocum,' at dress rehearsal for the Danville Area High School Drama Club's performance of 'Li'l Abner.' Some of the other students participating in the play were Lee Ann Pochakilo, Laura Mazol, Brett Merrell and Ryan Johnson. (The Danville High School Drama Club will be presenting Cinderella on April 2, 3 and 4.)
20 YEARS AGO (1989)
Tom Blasick, Brian Harrington, David Moser, Todd Moser and Paul Suchecki of St. Joseph School were selected to the Catholic Youth Organization's All-Star team. The boys participated in the CYO all-star tournament at Lourdes Regional High School.
40 YEARS AGO (1969)
The Washington Fire Company of Danville received its new truck, a diesel-operated pumper that had a 1,800-gallon tank and a 500-gallon booster tank. It was built by American LaFrance in Elmira, N.Y., and carried its own portable pump, generator and lighting plant. The new truck replaced one purchased in 1948.
60 YEARS AGO (1949)
According to a report in The Morning News a record of the past four years at the Danville Airport revealed that a total of about 913,280 miles were flown out of the local airfield. That figure represented a total of 37 encirclements of the earth at the equator. There were only four accidents listed on the report.
75 YEARS AGO (1934)
The Clark School Home and School League held its regular meeting at the school. The teacher, Miss Ritter, prepared a program. The song "Alice in Wonderland" was sung by Martha Simington, Jeanette Judy and Woodward Stephens, Jr. offered recitations. Elizabeth Boyer sang "The Old Spinning Wheel." Howard Shade presented music with a guitar and harmonica and Elizabeth Boyer did a tap dance.
The women of Moose observed their seventh anniversary at a chicken and waffle supper at the Mausdale Reformed Church. The evening's events included making scrapbooks for the children's ward at the Geisinger Memorial Hospital and also to be sent to the Pennsylvania Baby Village at Mooseheart, Ill. The evening program began with a blessing by Chaplain Miller and Sr. Regent, Anna Burns, welcomed the members. Mrs. Elizabeth Baker presented a vocal selection, "In the Garden of My Heart." Margaret Murray, Nellie Ryan and Anna O'Brien pleased the audience with songs that "my mother used to sing." Refreshments were served and all enjoyed an evening of fellowship.
100 YEARS AGO (1909)
The contract for frescoing and painting the courtroom, stairways and vestibule of the county courthouse was awarded to the C. Day Rudy Co. of Harrisburg, for $1,000. It specified that the frescoing of the courtroom was to be done in oil paints as per the design in colors selected by the county commissioners. The figure of Justice was to be painted in the wide recess at the rear of the bench. Other allegorical figures were to be placed throughout the room. The company hired expert artists in the field.
A news article mentioned that "Jumbo" the large elk at the Billmeyer farm near Washingtonville had shed his antlers. This event happened annually and always drew quite a crowd to the game preserve to watch as this quite large and imposing animal went through this ritual.