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The Valley, May 2014


Fifty Years Ago May 1964 Effective in early May, Route 76, stretching from Reedsville to the Mifflin-Huntingdon County line, became Route 655. The changeover was made by the State Highway Department in order to save lower numerical designations for future interstate highways. Thus 76, has been temporarily retired until some future time when it will grace the berm of an interstate roadway. Summer yard work is in the offing, and Penn Furniture, Lewistown advertised “Whisper-Cut” Mowers, a 21-inch, 4 cycle Briggs & Stratton with Impulse Starter or a self-propelled 21-inch 3-HP 4-cycle, your choice at $69.95. A smaller 19-inch model with recoil starter was just $39.95. Leacy Motor Co. on Valley Street, Lewistown was the local Renault dealer, boasting a parts department second-to-none! “Buy a 1964 Renault…25% more power…40 miles to the gallon of gas…4 doors…the best heater and six thousand of the best parts in

the world…Driving is fun again! You’re invited to personally inspect our Parts Department…and get into parts up to your ears!” Only $1642, with automatic transmission optional. One Hundred Years ago May 1914 The Lewistown Democrat & Sentinel headlined “Police Raid Blind Tigers” and “Two Alleged Burnham Speak-Easies are Entered and Three Men Placed Under Arrest.” The anti-liquor crusade, which several weeks ago resulted in the arrest of seven Lewistown men charged with “boot-legging,” was extended to Burnham. Over fifty individuals were at the speakeasies at the time, but no other arrests were made, and only a small amount of intoxicating beverages were found on the premises. Mifflin County threshermen and their brethren across Pennsylvania will strike and withhold harvesting services, according to a report in the Lewistown Democrat & Sentinel. The legislature passed a highway bill, bestowing

sole control of Commonwealth roadways to the State Department of Highways. Officials of that department plan to license or withhold licenses on any farm equipment that traverses state roadways, much to the consternation of the agriculture community. “Matter will be laid Before the Highest Courts; Adverse Decision Means Unique Strike,” notes another newspaper headline. Civil War Echoes May 1864 The Pennsylvania Canal was reopened after the winter shutdown. The delay in reopening was due to repairs and replacement of a lock at McVeytown. A Milroy man, member of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry home on furlough, came to Lewistown on his way to return to his regiment when he got among “evil company.” He walked out of a tavern and fell into the canal and drowned. He left a wife and five children. Authorities had his body exhumed a week later to learn if he was the victim of foul play. An

After two years of researching local history, collecting community photos, documenting the findings and reviewing his own experience, Paul Fagley’s book on the history of Derry Township Community Park is available. Entitled “Memories of Kishacoquillas Park,” the book presents the heyday times of this community landmark, which was once a popular amusement park, through more than 300 pages of color photos, illustrations and printed memorabilia. The idea for the book came to Fagley in 2010 after giving a walking tour of the park for the local Boyscout Camporee. “Memories of Kishacoquillas Park” is priced at $32.95 plus tax. Contact the Mifflin County Historical Society at 242-1022 or at Books can be purchased from the Historical Society office, at the Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop in the Historic Courthouse or at Friendship Book Store in the K-Mart Plaza, Burnham.

allegation of violence upon his person was made against another soldier later held under suspicion. An examination of the deceased revealed no injuries prior to death, and the suspect was released. Testimonials were published in the Gazette from local individuals about the efficacy of

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