Stories of South Williamsport Area

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Preserving History on the Southside

By Scott N. Lowery In the years preceding her passing several years ago longtime South Williamsport resident and Webb Weekly columnist Rosemary Neidig was engaged in a literary project to write a book encompassing the history of the community she loved so well. While she was never able to complete that endeavor, the subject of… Continue reading Preserving History on the Southside

People

Billman and Burlingame

By Scott N. Lowery Mention of the names Billman and Burlingame may conjure up thoughts of a railroad or law firm, but although they are neither the respective family names are firmly imbedded in the early formation of the South Williamsport community. Samuel Billman was a descendent of Hans Bielman who first arrived in America… Continue reading Billman and Burlingame

Groups, People, Southside Stories

South Williamsport Lions Club

The South Williamsport Lions Club formed in 1946 with 52 chartered members, many of whom were prominent South Williamsport business owners and leaders, well-known in the the community. The Club sponsored their first Little League team in the spring of 1948. This team played their games on the field located next to the former American… Continue reading South Williamsport Lions Club

Places, Southside Stories

South Williamsport Schools

Prior to the incorporation of the Boroughs of DuBoistown and South Williamsport, the area from Sylvan Dell to Nisbet encompassed the Townships of Armstrong and Susquehanna. When the Boroughs were incorporated the ownership of the schools within their boundaries was transferred to newly created school districts. The following are photos and a brief narrative on… Continue reading South Williamsport Schools

Places

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

Christian Haist at his workbench
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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

Places

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

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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

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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