The Time Machine for Monday, February 11, 2013: Back in 1925
- A rumor was put to rest in regards to one of the main traffic arteries through Mount Carmel. A group of irate citizens went to the transportation department in Sunbury to protest the routing of Highway 161 around the borough. They were told that no bypass of Mount Carmel was on the boards, that 161 would be improved, but that it would still go right through the borough.
- The main topic of conversation in our area and across the world was a mine cave-in at Cave City, Ky. A miner named Floyd Collins had been trapped for 12 days. As the recovery efforts went on, reporters went down into the rescue hole in harnesses and talked to Collins and the entire area around Cave City took on the look of a carnival. The story did not have a happy ending. Collins was pronounced dead a few days later, and efforts to get the body out were abandoned. The story evoked memories for old timers in our area who mentioned "Big Joe" Mastokovich and two other miners who were brought safely out of a mine cave-in at Hazleton in 1891 after 21 days of entombment.
- In Shamokin, Marion Austre, a former New York chorus girl, died and left one of the shortest wills in the area's history. It read, "I give all property in my name to my sister, Helen." Helen and Marion were natives of Shamokin and were inseparable all their lives.