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"Canusarago" was an aboriginal name for what is now called Muncy Creek
and is the earliest name preserved and handed down to us on good authority. In
1731, Conrad Weiser, the celebrated Indian interpreter and guide, reported this
name as it was pronounced by the Indians of his generation. In proper interpretation
of the syllables of the Iroquoian dialect, he had the assistance of the Iroquois chief,
Shikellimy, who was with him at the time. Weiser's journal was written in German
and later translated by Dr. Muhlenburg, a man of great learning and knowledge
of Indian languages. It then found its way into Schoolcraft's great work and
throughout its many editions, the spelling of Canusarago still conforms to that
In 1755, Weiser again passed this way and upon reaching the mouth of what
is now Muncy Creek, he again called it Canusarago and writes in his journal:
"And as we passed Canusarago, where a town now is," and again, speaking of the
inhabitants, "They were chiefly Showones CShowneesD and Chickasaws. There
are about 20 men in the town when they are all at home." Evidently upon his
first visit the village-site on the rock to the north of the Creek's mouth had been
unoccupied. It was now tenanted by a mixed population from various roving
tribes. While the name of this town in Weiseris day was Iroquoian Cindicating
a previous outpost settlementl it, undoubtedly, was originally a Susquehannock
town with a name now lost to us.
The term Canusarago is from the Iroquois and signifies town on a rock or high
place from the word "Canada," town-"Ar," rock-and "Ago,,' a place-also "Kear-
sarge", the high place. Those acquainted with the character and lay of the land
at "the point" will readily see the application of this description. The deduction
is that the Iroquoian town on this rocky height gave its own name to the creek.
The first surveys were made in the Valley in 1768, at which time the beautiful
name of Muncy was definitely attached, first to Muncy Manor, then to the Creek,
to Samuel Wallis' plantation, to the Fort Muncy, to the Valley, and lastly in 1826,
to the present town of Muncyg and the almost equally beautiful name, Canusarago,
was forgotten. It was not that there was anything in the name Muncy to characterize
any of these except that a tribe of Indians called Muncies, Monseys, or more cor-
rectly Minsies, was found there, temporarily residing, at the time that the pioneers
came. This was not their permanent home. They were here under the direction
and orders of the powerful Iroquoian Confederacy.
T. KENNETH Woon, M.D.
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Hail to Alma Mater dear,
Spread her fame in accents clear,
Shout her glory to the skies,
Tell the praise of dear old Muncy.
May our hearts be ever true,
To the colors white and blue,
Muncy High School, here's to you-
Hail to Alma Mater, Hail.
Here's to our dear old Muncy,
Praise to her colors true,
Junior and Senior High School,
Hail to the white and blue,
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Good times we had about her,
Sad times occasionally too,
But when it comes to good schools
Oh! Muncy we're for youl
History of the Alma Mater
There was in Muncy at one time a physical education teacher who taught in
t is school between 1933-1936. His wife, although not a famous musician, was
an acquired one. One day she sat down and began to compose a song which turned
out to be our Alma Mater. She wrote for us both the words and the music-both
of which are original. Her name is Eleanor Robertsg she is the wife of Steve Roberts.
Our high school is unique in having its own Alma Mater. The music and
words were composed just for the students of Muncy.
Many thanks to Eleanor Roberts.
History of the School Song
Practically every school has a school song as well as an Alma Mater, and we
are no exception. The words of our school song, which are so familiar to all of us
were written by George Palmer, who at one time was a teacher in Muncy. Although
thc words to our School Song are original, the music is not. The music to which
we sing it is taken from the march, "Frat,', which is played by our high school band.
Our sincere thanks to Mr. Palmer for writing our School Song.
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