February 9th, 2014
Mervin J. Adams, 91, of Dora, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
Mr. Adams was born April 5, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James I. and Florence (Hawk) Adams-Shick.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude (Bush) Adams.
Mr. Adams was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Dora Evangelical Church, VFW in Brookville and the 99th Infantry Division Association.
DUBOIS â€” Approximately 35 occupants of a 10-unit, two-story structure are homeless as a result of an accidental fire that broke out around noon Saturday along 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois, according to Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police.
See details in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a woodshop in Worthville.
For details, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
February 8, 1888
Cold Coke Ovens
About three hundred ovens have recently been shut down at the Walston Coke Works and the usual amount of coal is not being shipped, all on account of decrease in the demand for these articles.
The stagnation in the coal and coke industry is caused by the great strike now in progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you consider yourself to be a fan of the "The Gambler," then you'll want to mark your calendar or smartphone to get tickets to see Kenny Rogers live in concert Sunday, April 27, in the Jackson Theater at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC).
For details, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
On Friday, Jan. 24, six ladies were honored at the boysâ€™ basketball game as a part of the Winter Queenâ€™s Court at PAHS.
But inclement weather that Saturday postponed the dance that was to showcase the court.
So, this Saturday is their night to shine once more, as the dance will be held this evening.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at 5:04 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of East Mahoning Street and Front Street in front of the Central Fire Department.
Two vehicles collided after entering the intersection.
There were no serious injuries.
Punxsutawney Borough Police were assisted at the scene by the Central Fire Department, Jefferson County EMS and South Side Service.
Carl Kearney Wachob, 83, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Brookville, a son of the late Charles and Mary (Parr) Wachob.
On June 13, 1953, he married Joan (Freas) Wachob, who survives.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, where he served as a past elder of the church.
He enjoyed eating and spending time with his family.
He was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1950.
Mr. Wachob served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1949 to 1982 and retired as a 1SG.
Jack L. Lowmaster, 76, of Glen Campbell, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The son of William â€śLeeâ€ť and Vera Hazel (Spencer) Lowmaster, he was born on Oct. 4, 1937 in Banks Township, Indiana County.
Jack was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1955.
He attended the Glen Campbell United Methodist Church.
Prior to moving back to the local area following his retirement, Jack had been employed 42 years as an iron worker foreman.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Joe Presloid.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Joe Presloid is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the pharmacists at The Medicine Shoppe, or perhaps you have seen him around the community.
Presloid was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but was raised in Punxsutawney.