The Time Machine for October 9, 2013: Back in 1937
- During a rainy and cold day in Shamokin, there was bad news and good news. The good news came from Fred Maur, who was chairman of a group called the Committee of 100, whose purpose was to bring new industry to the area. Maur said he had two good prospects: one a brass-fitting firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, the other a steel company based near Scranton.
- The bad news started out that way, but ended up good as well. More than 6,500 miners in Panther Creek Valley were on strike. The focus of the strike was a so-termed "stay in" at Lehigh Valley Mine near Coaldale. There, 37 miners had been down for seven days in the eighth level of the deepest mine in the southern anthracite coal fields. They would stay down 1,252 feet, and on the morning of this day, they said they would stay down until either the strike was settled in favor of the miners or until they died. Gov. George Earle, called Pennsylvania's New Deal Governor, flew up from Harrisburg with a list of concessions from the mine operators and told the strikers that the list was the best settlement they could get, and that they should take it. Thousands had gathered at Coaldale to hear the governor make the offer and present it to the miners underground. The offer was accepted and the miners came up, grimy but safe, to the cheers of the assembled thousands.