Gov. Shapp being evacuated from Governor's Mansion
View of area surrounding Governor's Mansion
Hurricane Agnes struck from June 21-23, 1972 and dealt the state its most distructive natural disaster. Flooding was heavy throughout Pennsylvania. There was record flooding on the Susquehanna and other rivers in eastern Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands of residents were rendered homeless. Agnes was dubbed "Hurricane Agony" by Governor Shapp. In three days Agnes left behind 50 deaths and 2.3 billion dollars in damage throughout the Commonwealth.
Harrisburg Baking Co. 1916, Harrisburg, PA - click to enlarge
Arthur T. McGonigle
He used a Pretzel on his campaign pins as he took a pretzel plant in Reading Pa from rags to riches.. he was known as "the man who took the pretzel out of the bar and put it into the kitchen". Arthur T. "Art" McGonigle (1905-1977) was a Pennsylvania businessman and the 1958 Republican Party nominee for state governor. McGonigle was born in Kane, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a Methodist home and gained a reputation as an affable individual. McGonigle attended Temple University and later took a job as a traveling salesman for General Foods. He took an entry level job at Bachman Bakeries in the 1930s and eventually worked his way up to become CEO of the company; he introduced new manufacturing techniques that allowed the corporation to become the world's largest pretzel manufacturer. McGonigle first became involved in Republican politics when he became party treasurer in 1956, as the organization was searching for someone with business experience to clean up a bad financial situation. He caught the attention of party leaders in 1958, and was asked to run for governor as a dark horse candidate. In the Republican Primary McGonigle faced off against a much better-known figure, former Minnesota Governor, University of Pennsylvania President and Eisenhower aide, Harold Stassen. McGonigle, the establishment candidate, defeated Stassen, effectively ending the latter's political career. McGonigle ran an aggressive campaign in the fall and invested a portion of his personal wealth; although he lost by only about 2% points, he was unable to defeat seasoned political veteran David Lawrence.. Succeeded by William Scranton