The Time Machine for Aug. 21, 2013: Back in 1924
- A delegation of Shamokin American Legionnaires headed west on its way to the state Legion convention in Greensburg, near Pittsburgh.
-Authorities in the coal region were scratching their heads about what to do in regard to teenage boys who were used as beer runners by bootleggers. Federal Prohibition agents would arrest the youngsters and ask them why they were taking risks their grown-up mentors were afraid to take. In most cases, all the authorities could get from the boys were blank looks.
- There was good news and bad news from Gov. Gifford Pinchot in Harrisburg. The commonwealth had paid all its bills and still had $2.5 million left over. The news was bad if you were a state employee; the governor said most of the surplus came from his having cut salaries of state employees by an average of 16 percent.
- Near Lancaster, Peggy Rogers was running into bad luck. She was hit by a car and, though she wasn't seriously hurt, she was disabled enough for cops to arrest her. In the world of crime, she was known as the "Bobbed Hair Bandit" and had been wanted for a long time.
- A group of World War I veterans who called themselves the "Wanderwalls" were in Shamokin. The five young men had banded together in 1918 in Carney, N.J., at an institution for disabled vets. Their idea was to travel the entire nation by car and then write a book and produce a movie about their experiences, all the while supporting themselves by selling war souvenirs.