The Time Machine for November 28, 2012: Back in 1928
- Shamokinites were stunned by a Kentucky mine tragedy that killed two local men. A gas explosion at a mine in Himersville killed Mine Superintendent C.D. Schlegel and Richard H. "Dick" Williams. Williams' father, Morris, was president, locally, of Susquehanna Collieries. Schlegel's son, Charles, was a practicing dentist in Shamokin. A third man died, too.
- Economic times were pretty good in Shamokin and the rest of the country in 1928. President Calvin Coolidge, who had chosen not to stand for re-election, was in the mountains of Virginia for Thanksgiving and his successor, President-Elect Herbert Hoover, also a Republican, said U.S. business was at its highest level ever. The stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression would happen one year later.
- Bob Moser, who had been sports editor of the Shamokin News-Dispatch and was now a staffer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, was in town to visit his family. He was the son of Judge and Mrs. Fred Moser, and had come to cover the Temple-Bucknell football game in a day when both were gridiron powers.
- Times were good, but prices were relative. Example? You could buy a 1-year-old Ford Tudor at John Belsky-Hudson-Essex in Shamokin for $300. But if you wanted a top-of-the-line Zenith Radio, the tab was $433. Remember, these were the early radio days.
- At the American Legion Hall in Shamokin, more than 200 couples attended the annual Phi Sigma Rho fraternity dance.