Places, Southside Stories

The Community House in South Williamsport

In August of 1926, Luther and Mable Larson sold a plot of land on the north side of Southern Avenue at the foot of Sidney Street to the South Williamsport School District for a sum of $3000. In January of 1927, T. R. Adams headed a committee conducting a house to house canvas in the… Continue reading The Community House in South Williamsport


Mountain Beach

An important highlight in many “South Siders” memories is centered at Mountain Beach. An article printed in the 1928 Mummers Parade Program described the most popular sports parks in North Central Pennsylvania. “In March 1928, work was started to develop the site of the former Main Street reservoir into the largest and best equipped swimming… Continue reading Mountain Beach


South Side School Gallery

Enjoy this gallery of historic images of South Williamsport Area Schools.     sw-schools_20181014_0027sw-schools_20181014_0026sw-schools_20181014_0025sw-schools_20181014_0024sw-schools_20181014_0023sw-schools_20181014_0021sw-schools_20181014_0005sw-schools_20181014_0002sw-schools_20181014_0001 Class of 1961 Class of '61 50th Reunion 1961 Classmate Kathy (Stroup) Meier worked and traveled with President Ronald Reagan; he wrote this personal letter to us and it was shared at our 25th class reunion.

Christian Haist at his workbench

Christ Haist: June Kocher Laurenson Remembers

Christ Haist: June Kocher Laurenson Remembers BY NANCY BAUMGARTNER When June Kocher was a little girl she shared lunch nearly every day with her grandfather, Christian Haist. "My grandfather always brought his lunch in a pail and he would sit in a rocking chair facing the window at my house. My grandmother, Minnie, always packed… Continue reading Christ Haist: June Kocher Laurenson Remembers


Susquehanna Canoe Club

The Susquehanna Canoe Club was organized in 1905 and located at the Maynard Street Bridge. In 1928, according to the Mummers’ Parade Program, membership included 125 females and 275 males. Facilities included room for 100 canoes and offered one of the best swimming spots in this section of the state. The article also noted that motorboating… Continue reading Susquehanna Canoe Club

Places, Southside Stories

Museum Devoted to Firefighting

Al Ginoble of South Williamsport was raised in a house that served as the fire house for Citizens No.2 Fire Company in South Williamsport from the late 1800s to 1909, so it seemed natural that he would develop a passion for the fire service and firemen. At age 18 he became an active firefighter for… Continue reading Museum Devoted to Firefighting

Groups, Southside Stories

Mountaineer Hall of Fame Honors Distinguished Grads

South Williamsport High Area School has had its share of distinguished and accomplished graduates. In a move to recognize some of these distinguished graduates a Mountaineer Hall of Fame was established. The Hall of Fame was started in February 2013 as a project of the High School's National Honor Society.  The objective was to recognize… Continue reading Mountaineer Hall of Fame Honors Distinguished Grads

Events, Southside Stories

Mummer’s Parade Older Than Once Believed

Organizers of the annual South Williamsport Mummer’s Parade are reviewing a program acquired at a flea market in the Reading area that shows that were was at least one other South Williamsport Mummer’s Parade before 1945. “Ed Fry, who is a former South Side resident and who puts several antique fire trucks in our parade was… Continue reading Mummer’s Parade Older Than Once Believed

Events, Southside Stories

South Williamsport Community Spring Fling

It's a day of fun, food, crafts and music and entertainment, when the annual South Williamsport Spring Fling is held at the South Williamsport Community Recreation Complex on East Central Avenue. “The Spring Fling is a great opportunity for the people of South Williamsport and surrounding areas to gather as a community and have a… Continue reading South Williamsport Community Spring Fling