Archive - Nov 11, 2012
BIG RUN â VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual ceremony recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day on Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.
The ceremony also commemorated the 65th anniversary of Big Run VFW Post 9044 and honored its four living charter members, Richard Ellenberger, Sherman Hollopeter, Robert Kerr and Eugene North.
The speaker for the evening was Jeff Soliday, who also spoke at the two organizations' recognition of POW/MIA Day earlier this year, which doubled as a commemoration of his late father, Jim Soliday.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Sunday was a beautiful, warm day at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, as the veterans who now reside there were honored.
The Veterans' Day program was started five years ago by Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director.
Having recognized that many of the veterans living at Mulberry Square couldn't get out to any of the other memorials, she decided to have one for them there.
"I feel they need recognition" said Amundson.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
September 23, 1896
An Armstrong County Girl
A dispatch from Laporte, Indiana of recent date says, "Edith E. Rylatt, of Armstrong county, PA, answered the matrimonial want notice of Alexander Rhines, of Fulton county and has become his lawful wife.
Betty A. Shirley, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Mrs. Shirley was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Walston, a daughter of the late Gustave W. Burkholtz and Lula Mae (Salsgiver) Burkholtz.
She was married to Ronald E. Shirley, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Shirley was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
She worked many years at Loree Footwear before retiring.
She was a member of the Punxsutawney Senior Center and former president of the Grandmothersâ Club.