The Time Machine for April 10, 2013: Back in 1956
- George Jones, the Shamokin Junior Chamber of Commerce president, declared the organization's teenage rodeo had been a tremendous success in public popularity and in teaching young people about safe driving practices.
- The Keystone Fish and Game Association hosted 250 guests at the Moose Lodge in Shamokin, with Ike Fisher as emcee. Among the guests was Andrew Long, of Tharptown. He was the secretary of the state game commission.
- Politics was much in the news, but did not seem to be exciting the local voters too much. In 1956, there were just 55,000 people registered to vote in Northumberland County.
- This was a presidential year, and a lot of people thought, as it turned out, accurately, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower would run again and win again. His challenger on the Democratic side was the same man who lost to him in 1952, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson was, in turn, being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Tennessee Sen. Estes Kefauver, who would succeed only in getting the vice presidential nomination under Stevenson. California Sen. William Knowland was also challenging Ike, but what he really wanted, as many thought, was the vice presidential spot, since it was thought Eisenhower might dump Richard Nixon, his current vice president. Ike seemed to want to do that, but ultimately did not.