The Time Machine for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014: Back in 1925
- Spanish-American War vets, mainly in their 40s, were gathering in Shamokin at the request of chapter Historian John Shroyer to hear an address by Major Gen. Guy Henry.
- Manager John Higgins of the Majestic Theatre rounded up a group of Civil War veterans, mainly in their 80s, to watch a preview of a silent film called "Abraham Lincoln," for obvious reasons. Higgins provided transportation and all other expenses in the nice promotion.
- Officials of the Eagle Silk Mill proudly revealed that their new dye plant had been erected in just 32 days, a record for the time.
- Coal Township assessors published total valuation of the township for 1924 at $17 million, $8 million of which was coal land figures.
- In Harrisburg, it was announced that the total cost of the 1925 session of the Legislature - this is the total cost including salaries of representatives, senators and staff - would be under $1 million.
- Joseph Ogden, a member of Shamokin High School's Class of 1892, was named district attorney of Wyoming County. Ogden was a Spanish-American War veteran and went on to have a long, successful career as an attorney in Tunkhannock.
- Then, as now, it was January clearance sale time. But the prices were very different 89 years ago. Back then, the Busy Bee store on Independence Street offered a men's silk shirt, pair of linen sheets, a crocheted bedspread, a wool blanket, two pillow cases and a mattress all at a resounding cost of $25.77.