Time Machine for Wednesday, January 9, 2012: Back in 1959
- Temperatures were in the high 30s as Shamokin State Hospital was celebrating its 47th anniversary.
- In Sunbury, it was announced that Shamokin's Oswald Kramer had been named to a post as court crier in Northumberland County Court.
- A spectacular fire occurred at Reed Station at Paxinos RD. A two-story, 31-room building, which once had been the Mount Carmel poor district home, went up in flames as high as 75 feet. The blaze could be seen for miles.
- Memorial services were held at Lincoln Street Methodist Church for 30 members of Shamokin's five fire companies who passed away the year before.
- Carl Arthur, 32, of Coal Township, was killed in a coal breaker accident near Weigh Scales in a time when fatal accidents in and around mines still reached a surprisingly high level in the hard coal region.
- Gov. George Leader, the York County chicken farmer who had been elected governor in a huge upset, putting the Democrats in power in Harrisburg for the first time in many years, was set to open the annual Farm Show. Officials predicted a half-million people would attend the week-long show.
- Eddie Fisher, who had been a gold-plated night club attraction, had lost a bit of that gloss by 1959. One night club in Las Vegas offered the singer from south Philadelphia a fantastic salary of $35,000 a week for a one-month engagement. The night club wanted Fisher's wife to be at every performance, but his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, did not agree with that.