Time Machine for Oct. 16, 2013: Back in 1928
- More than 600 local Republicans gathered at the Shamokin High School to hear John Davis, state secretary of labor, give what was then a standard GOP speech. Davis talked about a full dinner pail, high wages, happiness and contentment under outgoing President Calvin Coolidge, and that attack would elect Republican Herbert Hoover the following month. But it would ring empty following the start of the Great Depression a year in the future.
- Ruth Gillinger Troutman, a Shamokin girl, was awarded honors of graduation from the Crozier Nursing School in Chester.
- One of the hot cars of the day in Shamokin was the unfortunately named Studebaker Dictator. Ads for it said it looked and ran like an expensive car, one in the $2,000 range, but you could drive it home for under $1,200.
- Burgess A. G. Shissler, of Shamokin, was complaining about the drastic rise in the cost of paving sidewalks in the borough. He said it cost only about $2 a foot to pave frontage at the turn of the century, but that the cost in 1928 had skyrocketed to an unreasonable $6.
- Speaking of costs, Democrats were shocked to hear that their candidate for president, New York Gov. Al Smith, had spent $2 million on his campaign for the White House. That was an incredible sum during the '20s.
- Locally, all eyes were on the courthouse in Sunbury as a Trevorton woman sued a Shamokin man for breach of promise. The woman, who was married to someone else, was suing the man, who was also married to someone else, for what was then called heart balm.