I have recently read a terrific book, "Hour of Trial," by James Carn. The book tells the story of the only police officer to be murdered in Williamsport. It takes place in 1907. A young police officer is killed by another young man who lived in Williamsport. The story compares the two lives as they grew up in the City and the incidents that drew them together in the final moments of Officer Maloney's life.
Mr. Carn did a tremendous amount of research, including newspaper accounts in the old Gazette and Bulletin.
Many of the current buildings and locations which survive today are part of the story such as the original City Hall on Pine Street, the old jail on the corner of William and Third Streets and the tannery which was located to the rear of the Arch Street BroDart. The home addresses of the characters are given and you become exited as you visualize the City as it must have looked back in 1907.
The book was one I did not want to put down and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of Williamsport or who just loves a good true story.
Donna R. Sortman
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