Time Machine for Jan. 15, 2014: Back in 1929
- At Salem Reformed Church at Pine and Cedar streets in Shamokin, dedication ceremonies were set for a new Sunday school building.
- In Centralia, all schools were closed as a rampant epidemic of influenza - at the time a killer disease - struck that area.
- In Harrisburg, old-time politicians were amazed at the fact that there would be five women in the convening House of Representatives and much less surprised that there was no longer a single female senator in the commonwealth. There had been one woman senator - Flora Vare, whose brother, William, was a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. She had been a state senator in Harrisburg representing Philadelphia. However, Vare was defeated by a male opponent the previous November.
- This was really the start of the heyday of movies as a national attraction, since talking pictures were a relatively new phenomenon. To show the dramatic difference between the late '20s and the present age of HDTV, DVD and home theatre systems, the Imperial Theater in Kulpmont was set to make its debut. The theater was built at a cost of $145,000. It was designed to hold a thousand patrons and the organ, a transitional holdover from silent picture days, cost $18,000.
- At the Victoria in Shamokin, the feature was "Sunrise" with Janet Gaynor, who would later gain fame as a musical actress with partnerCharles Farrell. Co-starring with Gaynor was George O'Brian, who would find his niche later in "B" Westerns.