Compiled by Amanda Golden
Information for this column is compiled from The Daily Herald
digital archive. Articles are printed in original form, as they appeared
in the newspaper at the time of publication.
Ten years ago, September 12, 1998
Juniata Kunzler Expansion to produce 30 New Jobs
Work On Former Chunkee Foods Building Continues
The expansion of a Tyrone meat-packing plant could produce 30 new jobs by the year 2000.
David Grazier, General Manager of Juniata Kunzler told The Daily Herald that expansion and improvements to the main facility and the Chunkee Foods Building will “give us the opportunity to expand our business.”
Grazier said the main building will be altered to include a processing area where lunch meat is
sliced and processed. An addition is being constructed on the Chunkee Foods Building that will include office space, an employee break room, a loading dock, dry storage and a mechanical area for the boiler and aircompressor.
An increase in business is attributed to convenience stores seeking pre-sliced meat for
“The meat is custom-made for the stores,” Grazier said, allowing stores to ask for slices of a particular weight.
Grazier said the stores are looking to save their employees’ time and to avoid liability for injuries that may occur when employees slice meat.
“If they can buy that already done for them, it may cost a little
more, but it’s worth it in the time they save and to avoid liability.”
Grazier said the company hopes to see the construction project complete by January, when, he said, ”We’ll probably pick up a few more (employees).”
But the company hopes to expand its workforce to 170 by the year 2000 from the current 140.
Grazier said when the Kunzler family purchased the facility in 1984, there were 40 employees.
Twenty-five years ago, September 8, 1983
YMCA Board Holds Meeting
Tyrone YMCA publicity chairperson Relda Newlin said that the Y’s many activity committies reported during the Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting to have had success with their efforts.
Many improvements to the Y building have been made over the summer months, reported Terry Elder, chairman of the property committee. He said the balcony floor and the hallway behind the gymn were painted, new plumbing installed leading to the third floor, two residential rooms re-plastered and painted, the gym floor resurfaced and repairs to the roof are currently underway.
Elder said funds have been donated for renovation of the gymnasium walls, to install lights under the catwalk and cover some of the exposed pipes. Labor will be provided by volunteer groups and individuals, Elder said.
One hundred years ago, September 11, 1908
The Grange Encampment and Fair
Saturday will be the opening of the Grange Encampment and Fair at Centre Hall. Detailed arrangements are well under way, and there are the most promising prospects for hte largest and best exhibition had in a number of years. Almost every one of the two hundred tents have been leased for the week; the exhibits of machiney, etc., will be larger than for years; the display of agriculture and horticulture will also be elaborate.
Wednesday adn Thursday will be political days, Wednesday having been reserved by the Republican local managers and Thursday by the Democrats. The speakers have not yet been announced, but men of national reputation will speak on both days.
The Encampment and Fair opens Saturday, September 12, and closes Friday, 18.
One hundred twenty-five years ago, September 13, 1883
East Tyrone Items
William Ginter has put himself up a shop on the corner of Fred Kneiss’ lot where he intends to sell cigars, tobacco, candies and oysters.
On Saturday a family passed through our town from Kansas, having left Kansas City on the 14th of July and driven all the way through. They had three horses and one two-year old colt which followed along after the wagon. They moved to Kansas fourteen years ago and are satisfied to stay the remainder of their days in Pennsylvania along the Bald Eagle.
Our town was thrown into excitement Thursday morning last on hearing of another accident caused by a slide in the big cut above the weigh scales, where Thomas McGovern is widening the road bed for two more tracks to the white bridge, to make more room in the yard. An Italian, No. 27, was digging underneath the bank and while thinking of no danger whatever, it gave away an came down over him breaking his neck. No. 22 was covered over up to his breast, but was not much hurt, his most serious injury being a sprained ankle. He will soon be ready for duty again. No. 27 leaves a wife adn five children in the old country; He had been in this country seventeen months, could not talk much English but was one of the best men McGovern had onthe job. His campanions treated him with all due respect, got him a good coffin and burried him in the Catholic cemetery Saturday forenoon.