The Time Machine for September 27, 2013: Back in 1928
- Thomas Kennedy, the international secretary of the United Mine Workers union, was in Shamokin. He was welcomed to the borough by mine leader Chris Golden. Speaking at the Moose lodge, Kennedy held more than 400 people spellbound as he warned that Communists, men who had never seen a coal mine, were trying to sap the life out of the UMW. Kennedy also said that, although the nation seemed prosperous on the surface, things were not good with the economy in general, and certainly not with the coal region. The Great Depression started the following year.
- At the North Franklin Colliery near Trevorton, officials took six more mules out of the mines, leaving only eight and causing conjecture that the operation was near closing. In Kulpmont, however, the Scott and Pennsylvania mines, which had been shut down since June, were reopened as the cold weather approached, providing jobs for 2,000 men and boys.
- A.C. Carl and his flying partner, A.K. Owen, of Reading, landed their racing plane, "The City of Reading," in Berks County after completing a 6,000-mile air trip from New York to Los Angeles and back. Carl was from Shamokin and had plenty of hair-raising stories to tell about the coast-to-coast race.