April 8th, 2012
(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 27, 1896)
A STRANGE ACCIDENT
Maxine C. Weaver, 100, Home, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Crystal Waters Personal Care Home.
She was born in 1911, in West Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Clara "Dolly" (Brink) Cornman.
Mrs. Weaver was a member of the Sagamore Community Bible Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and most recently attended the Old Mahoning Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Fox and Coon Hunters' Club and the Dayton Valley Campers' Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, April 6, Elsie Goss reached a milestone that few people ever see: Living to see the age of 100.
For this occasion, Friday, Mrs. Goss celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends â€” as well as cake, decorations and all the traditional birthday favors â€” at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
The Mulberry Square staff also took the time to gather 100 balloons for the special occasion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Helen Caylor has seen a lot in her life, such as the Great Depression, the invention of the TV and the Internet, the assassination of JFK, and many other events. And Easter Sunday, April 8, she will turn 100 years old.
Mrs. Caylor was raised in Grange and is a 1931 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
She still enjoys many hobbies, such as reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, tatting and knitting, but she is most known for her favorite hobby: Quilting. She was taught by her grandmother when she was in grade school.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following a lengthy discussion, the Punxsutawney Area School Board agreed to charge parents/students for all classroom, cyber-school and Behind the Wheel Driver Education classes and receive reimbursement if the student completes the course.
â€śEverything concerning summer school is about students not being able to schedule all their classes and some extracurricular activities, too, during the regular school year,â€ť PAHS Principal David London told the board during a recent meeting.
Peter Gilbert Himes, 78, Huntingdon, Oneida Township, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Huntingdon Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 7, 1933, in Ringgold, a son of the late Paul and Virginia (Smith) Himes.
April 19, 1957, he married Marilyn L. Yeaney, who survives, at the Ringgold United Methodist Church with Pastor Gorman officiating.
Mr. Himes graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1952.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Donald Lee Estep, 83, passed from this life to more life, joining his beloved Nora Lee and leaving behind a strong, extended family who will miss him very much.
He was born May 28, 1928, in the small mining community of Wolfpit, Ky.,Â one of four children to the late Roy C. and Ola A. (Stinnette) Estep.
He spent his youth living throughout the Southern states until, as a teenager, he found his heart in western Pennsylvania.Â
Carl Eugene Himes, 87, Englewood, Ohio, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012.
He was the son of the late Harry and Reba (Harriger) Himes.
For 64 years, he was married to Olive Ruth (Haywood) Himes, who preceded him in death.
He retired from Sohio with more than 35 years of service and later worked for 10 years with the Electrolert Company.
Mr. Himes was one of the founders of the former Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
He was a veteran of World War II, having proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying more than 32 missions in a B-24 over Europe.
Gladys I. Shaffer, 96, Brookville, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born Nov. 10, 1915, in Knox Dale, a daughter of the late Reed Ellsworth and Emma Francis (Meade) Wolfe.
She was married to Carl V. Shaffer, who preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1997.
Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker and had previously worked as a nurse at Brookville Hospital and the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville.
She also worked for the G.C. Murphy Co. in Brookville and the Brookville Glove Factory.
BROOKVILLE â€” Last Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer for Western PA CARES for Kids, said she appreciated the month-long recognition, but reminds county residents that child abuse occurs every day.
â€śI think itâ€™s important that we as a community are watching out for children and are aware that itâ€™s happening all the time,â€ť she said.