100 years ago
Dec. 28, 1913: A man was killed when he deliberately walked in front of the C&A Limited at Towanda. He is thought to be Joe Maskowski of Chicago. He and another man were jailed the other night in Towanda. It is believed he was drunk when he stepped on the tracks.
75 years ago
Dec. 28, 1938: After the last showing of “Submarine Patrol” and everyone had gone home, burglars broke into the Irvin Theater. They pried open the box office door and tried to crack the two safes. But even though they knocked off the combination knobs, they couldn’t open them.
50 years ago
Dec. 28, 1963: Fire caused an estimated $10,000 loss at the Al Chapman home, 205 Ivanhoe Way. Next morning another fire struck the home of Alonzo Chapman (no known relation) at 1304 W. Taylor St. No injuries were reported in either blaze.
25 years ago
Dec, 28, 1988: Edward Maple was handed a 13-year sentence in the killing of C. Richard Biddle and for setting fire to his house. He apologized to the court for his actions. He blamed the incident on the victim making advances toward him after he had been “drinking a lot.”