Yesterday, I went to go talk to Michael McWilliams about the Fort Augusta model at the Northumberland County Historical Society headquarters, but I was also able to see a stone that offers a unique view of history: a canal stone from the Hummel’s Wharf lock, carved in 1829.
It was donated to the Historical Society in the 1930s and placed in a flower bed, but the stone began to sink because of its weight, and it was buried about halfway up.
Now, the Historical Society has raised the stone and it is able to be fully enjoyed.
It has the engineers on the lock and it is dated.
Pretty cool stuff.
Stop by and see the stone and the Fort Augusta model when you’re in Sunbury!
One thing that fascinated me was the paint-by-numbers concept he’s using to help students and community members get involved. Here’s a look at what the tiles look like after he traces them from a digital file onto a tile and numbers them by color:
Recently, my father brought home an old copy of the News Item he found in his childhood home. It was pretty cool to see how wide old newspapers were and how much things were back in the 1970s – I believe bananas were 9 cents per pound.
Here’s the front page to get a sample of how big that is:
That’s eight columns. Most papers today are six, and a skinny six at that in some cases.
But even though that is cool, we wondered why the newspaper had been preserved. Something special had to have happened that would cause my Mam and Pap to save the paper.
After we flipped the front page over – we didn’t have to guess any longer.
See that handsome devil to the far right? That’s none other than Greg – in his about 16-year-old glory. He was newspaper boy of the year.
And he still looks exactly like that. Just with more gray hair.
So there it is, newspaper preserving these precious memories that would have been lost for all eternity – so that your kids can look back and laugh at you.
Just kidding – we only laughed a little bit…..OK, a lot.