William Penn Hastings was Editor of the Milton Evening Standard newspaper. He lived here with his wife Emma (Evans) and children in 1910.
From History of Northumberland County, PA 1911 by J. L. Floyd: WILLIAM PENN HASTINGS was born Aug. 1, 1854, in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1887 he moved to Milton and assumed the management of the Economist, which paper was later merged with the Record. This paper was continued until 1909, when it was consolidated with the Standard. In January, 1890, he established the Weekly Standard, which was made a tri-weekly a few months later. In May, 1900, he changed the paper to a daily, and under his management it increased rapidly in circulation and influence. The Hastings Printing Company was located at 11 Broadway.
Mr. Hastings had an attack of paralysis on Monday, Feb. 27, 1911, while at his office, but though he seemed to rally at first he passed away the following Thursday evening, March 2, 1911 at his home on North Front street.