The Time Machine for November 21, 2012: Back in 1936
- It was a year that marked the midpoint of the Great Depression. In those times, when it came to matters of money, tempers ran high in the hard-coal region. In Carbon County, an angry crowd of 2,000 people gathered in Summit Hill to burn an effigy of County Judge W.G. Thompson. The judge had reduced the assessment of the Lehigh Navigational Coal Co. by a figure approaching $2 million. Citizens in Shamokin were enraged when they heard how much taxes would go up because of the reduction, which they considered political. At the effigy burning, they were also told the school district would be rendered bankrupt by Thompson's action.
- Wilbur Foulde, 32, of Trevorton, was killed at a cave-in at a bootleg mine near the Renny Drift south of Trevorton.
- The Shamokin Elks Club was getting set for its annual Thanksgiving dance with the 14-piece Ralph Kaseman Orchestra booked to play at the American Legion building. New York City entertainer-singer Mitzi Groff was also set for that dance.
- Dr. Louis Levitsky, a Wilkes-Barre rabbi, was in Shamokin to address the Community Service Association, which had invited members of the Shamokin Rotary, Kiwanis and Exchange clubs to the event. Levitsky said it was not surprising that so few people were community conscious in 1936, but that so many people were. He said the ideal city would be one where every citizen was willing to work toward the community's general good.