Welcome! News of Yesteryear & Historic Williamsport is dedicated to educating and entertaining visitors of all ages with stories and illustrations of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding towns.
Throughout the years, many interesting stories about the people and places of Williamsport and Northcentral Pennsylvania have been published. News of Yesteryear features articles and artwork by recent and historic newspaper reporters and photographers spanning the 200-year history of journalism in Lycoming County. Some of the notable newspapers with origins in Williamsport are the Lycoming Gazette, the Gazette and Bulletin, the Williamsport Sun, and Grit. All of these newspapers have evolved into one, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Many are reprinted here, with permission from the Lycoming County Historical Society, the James V. Brown Library, Little League Baseball, Inc., the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and various individuals. We hope you enjoy your visit.
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Grinding Stone: Part 3
Grinding Stone: Part 2
Grinding Stone: Part 1
Surface Collecting in the Montoursville
‘Lost’ History of Andrew Montour in Perry County
Plum Tree Massacre and Iroquois War on Colonial Expansion
The Widaagh Monument in Antes Fort
Market Square: Postcards of Yesteryear
Lumber Boom: Postcards of Yesteryear
I’m a Grit Salesman – Read the First Issue for Free!
Water Tower Square Once Home to C. A. Reed Paper Products
Andrew Boyd Cummings: Donor of Brandon Park
NCC8 Finds Mysterious Artifact
Lycoming Remembers Muncy Abolition Riot
The National Road by Motorcycle
Revolutionary War Traitor?
Gov. William Packer
West Branch Canal
The transportation of goods, services and people was a rough and inefficient undertaking in the Susquehanna Valley in the early 1800s. This would change with the advent of the West Branch Canal in the 1830s. Colonial and later state officials envisioned the idea of canals as far back as the mid-18th century.
Sum of Its Parts
In addition to Williamsport, Lycoming County consists of a number of important municipalities. A brief history of each, accompanied by historical photos, follows in the first of two parts. The second installment will be published May 22.
American history is filled with rags-to-riches stories of great achievers and great personages, and local history is no exception. Michael Ross, the reputed founder of the City of Williamsport, is one of those stories.
Widow Smith’s Walk
A Heroic Duo
Samuel Wallis and the ‘Great Runaway’
Rewards for American Indian Scalps
During the tumultuous years leading up to the French and Indian War, early settlers in Northcentral Pennsylvania had two choices: They could leave the fertile valleys of the Susquehanna, or take their chances with sporadic AmericanIndian raids during which farms were destroyed and entire families would be slaughtered.
Indians of Susquehanna
Lycoming County: Williamsport Firsts
Birthplace of ‘Grit’
Lycoming Presbyterian: Lycoming County’s oldest church
Joe Lockard: Pearl Harbor Hero
Trolleys: A Williamsport mass transit staple for 70 years
Peter Herdic: Industrialist, Entrepreneur, Innovator
History of Avery $ Drycleaners
The Center: Serving community diversity for more than 85 years
Ten Hours or No Sawdust: Sawdust War of 1872
Daniel Hughes: Giant of Freedom Road
Spooky Lycoming County
Schools Through the Years
Allen P. Perley
Lycoming County, Williamsport Firsts
Plain Talk for a Nation
The Office of the Coroner ~ Then and Now
Williamsport streets paved with wood at one time
Thomas Cooper: A Remarkable Lycoming Judge
The Lycoming County Prison: Then and Now
Lycoming Hangings a Spectator’s Event
Courthouse Bell Rings Once Again
Salladasburg and its founder
Prohibitionism a formidable influence in past area politics
Lycoming United Way: more than 80 years of caring
The Herdic Cab: A variation on a transportation theme
Friends for Freedom in Pennsdale-Muncy
John D. Musser: A Muncy Civil War Hero
James Pollock: ‘In God We Trust’
Early railroads in Lycoming County
When Johnny Went Marching to War
Christmas of 1942
A Renovo Mystery
Henry Johnson: The Soldiers’ Suffragist
Charles A. Rubright
James H. Perkins: Father of the Susquehanna Boom
Presidential visits to Williamsport
D. Vincent Smith
Militia Quells the 1833 Canal Riot
The times of the West Branch Canal from the 1830s to approximately the 1880s contain many interesting and colorful events. One of the most colorful was the "Canal Riot of 1833."