Archive - May 2014
James Dale Wells, Sr., 78, of Nassau County, Florida, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014.
He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in DuBois, a son of the late Fred and Ida L. (Johnston) Wells.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia June Wells, on Dec. 19, 2013.
He was a member of the Gateway to Life Church in Hilliard, Florida.
He owned and operated numerous restaurants in his early years.
The past 30 years, he owned J.D. Wells Auto Sales in Hilliard, Florida, and enjoyed working on cars and going to car auctions with his son, J.D. Wells, Jr., who now operates the business.
On Monday, representatives of The Spirit visited the local schools to present this yearâ€™s Punxsutawney Spirit Teachers of the Year.
Pictured here is Emily Skamai (front, center), a teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, being presented with the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, a gift certificate to Maryâ€™s Place and balloons courtesy of Walmart by Spirit representatives Bridey Shawgo (to Skamaiâ€™s right), Tracy Smith (to Skamaiâ€™s right) and Zak Lantz (back, far left).
There were several injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 a.m. Monday on Route 36 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 driven by Judith D. Jones, 44, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 36, while a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by Jesse D. Scott, 32, Timblin was traveling north, when Jones allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line of the roadway and impacted the left side of Scott's vehicle.
Irene Pearce, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at AM-PM Personal Care Home in Adrian.
She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Clair and Clara (Powell) Martz.
She married Clyde R. Evans, who preceded her in death.
She then married Harold R. Pearce, who died April 25, 2014.
She was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
INDIANA â€” Three Indiana residents died following a mobile home fire that broke out early Sunday morning at 105 Keystone Dr., according to Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr.
Shawn Marsh, 28, Nicole Novak, 27, and Gabbriella Novak, 9, all lived in the Indiana mobile home and all perished in the fire, according to a release issued by Overman.
The coroner pronounced the victims dead at the scene at 5:08 a.m. Sunday.
The cause and manner of death for all three are pending autopsies, which are scheduled for today at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center on Sunday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building that houses it.
Originally completed in 1914 as a post office, the building was abandoned for several years, then purchased by a group of concerned citizens who developed it into the remarkable education center that it is today.
Current Postmaster General for Punxsutawney John McBee (right) and current Postmaster General for Anita Maragaret Hudock pose alongside a display in the Weather Discovery Center's lobby that commemorates the building's original purpose as a post office.
(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.)
May 30, 1888
A terrific wind storm passed over this place last Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock, frightening the inhabitants out of their wits and destroying a good deal of property.
The roof was blown off the tripple at Horatio mines, killing a mule.
A portion of the roof of Hon. J.U. Gillespie's barn in Claysville, was carried off.
Clyde Raymond Evans, 92, of Brookville, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney.
He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Wayne Boyd and Eva (Burkett) Evans.
Mr. Evans was a United States Army Veteran, having served during World War II.
He worked for TW Phillips for more than 30 years.
On June 21, 1981, he married Helen Louise Snyder. She survives and resides in Brookville.
His enjoyments were gardening, refurbishing old cars and welding. He also enjoyed football and baseball.
Judy Lundy, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2014, in Warren, with her family by her side.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1943, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Paul and Mary London.
Judy graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1961 and would go on to work for Lakeview Local Schools, where she was the secretary at Cortland Elementary.
She retired with more than 30 years of service to her community in 2009.
In her free time, Judy enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, knitting, reading, walking her dog, Molly, and watching sports on TV.
Kathryn Virginia Humble, 84, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 28, 1929, in (MacGregor) Dayton, a daughter of the
late John William and Mary Violet (Hinderliter) Beck.
On May 1, 1944, she married John Jay Humble. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1990.
Mrs. Humble was a member of the Grange Church of God.
She enjoyed going to church, being with family, yard sales and watching â€śLittle House on the Prairieâ€ť and â€śThe Waltons.â€ť