Stories of South Williamsport Area

Southside Stories

Sulphur Spring Hotel

This image, downloaded from the James V. Brown Library digital archives, shows Sulphur Springs Road in 1934. Chances are motorists heading south leaving South Williamsport via mountainous Route 554 are most likely oblivious to the historical significance of the landscape flashing by their vehicle’s path. The once prosperous and popular Mountain Beach, a revered swimming… Continue reading Sulphur Spring Hotel

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

News, Southside Stories

Preserving History on the Southside

As published in Webb Weekly in January 2020. 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… 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

Places

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
People

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