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Gazette and Bulletin: January 6, 1955 – Schools Closing as Tribute to George C. Lyter

As a tribute to George C. Lyter and in order to permit the faculty members to attend, Montoursville schools will dismiss at noon today. Mr. Lyter served as supervising principal of Montoursville schools from 1918 to 1950, when he retired and moved to Florida. He died in the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital Sunday. Thirty-six of the

As a tribute to George C. Lyter and in order to permit the faculty members to attend, Montoursville schools will dismiss at noon today.

Mr. Lyter served as supervising principal of Montoursville schools from 1918 to 1950, when he retired and moved to Florida. He died in the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital Sunday.

Thirty-six of the 50 teachers in the Montoursville Area School Joint Junior and High School and the elementary schools taught under Mr. Lyter.

Practically all of the teachers plan to motor to the Barners Church, near Liverpool to attend the services at 3 p.m.

The teachers’ group will be headed by Francis McCanna, present supervising principal. Mr. McCanna came to Montoursville in September 1950. McCanna came here to succeed Ralph C. Smith as elementary principal.

A large delegation of members of the Montoursville Rotary Club, the Bethany Lutheran Church and other residents motored to Port Royal for the viewing.

School records show that in 1919 the first graduating class of Montoursville High School under Mr. Lyter, there were eight boys and two girls. The total high school enrollment was between 90 and 100.

Mr. Lyter was also instrumental in the planning of the present stone high school which was completed in 1931.

He was interested in athletics and it was largely through him that basketball and  football was inaugurated at Montoursville schools.

Mr. Lyter also taught part-time in addition to his administrative duties.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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