November 27th, 2011
(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.)
(April 15, 1896)
John G. McGonagle, 88, Harborcreek, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Shippenville.
He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward and Laura Mann McGonagle.
He married Mary McGonagle, who survives, his wife of 52 years.
Mr. McGonagle had resided in Erie since 1949.
He was an active member of South Harborcreek United Methodist Church.
He was also a past master of Tyrian Commonwealth Lodge No. 362 F&AM and Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Erie.
Harold C. Tyger, 81, Rochester Mills, passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Saint Andrews Village in Indiana.
He was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Canoe Township, Indiana, County, a son of the late Glade Tyger and Hazel (Crawford) Tyger.
Dec. 27, 1952, he married Ruby E. (Wagner) Tyger, who survives, of Rochester Mills.
Mr. Tyger served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He also served two years with the Punxsutawney Branch of the National Guard.
Local hunters Dave Poerio (left), of Punxsutawney, owner of Almost Heaven Outfitters LLC based out of Frostburg, and Robert Wheary (right), of Clymer, tag-teamed bagging this 13-point, 240-pound deer with a 20-inch inside spread last week at Almost Heaven Outfitters' bow-hunting-only eight-square mile lease in Wyoming County, W.V. Wheary was the first to hit the monster with an arrow. Poerio put a second arrow in it, and Wheary finished it off after the two, with help from their friend Frank-Steve Kovash (not pictured), of Nanty Glo, who assisted in finding and landing the buck.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” From a position that rarely earns any attention or honors, Punxsy interior lineman Jake Shiock, a second-team Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference (KSAC) All-Conference player on both sides of the ball last season, was granted the ultimate honor by the KSAC's Big School Football division when the results were released Wednesday: KSAC Big School Lineman of the Year.
HARRISBURG â€” Pennsylvaniaâ€™s only unofficial holiday â€” the Monday after Thanksgiving â€” marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange while canvassing the woods for that trophy buck.
Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2-A, 2-F and 3-B have been added to the split-season structure, in which the first five days are open for antlered deer only, and the remaining seven days are open for antlered and antlerless deer, said Jerry Feaser, Pennsylvania Game Commission public information officer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If your family is looking to begin a Christmas tradition, a good starting point would be with the Home for the Holidays parade followed by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club's traditional lighting of the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square tonight.
2006 was the first year that the Rotary Club constructed the large artificial tree on the bandstand in Barclay Square, said Tom Chelgren, of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.
They had such a great success with the large tree that the Rotary wanted to expand it to make Punxsutawney more attractive during the
Christmas season, he said.
PUNXUSTAWNEY Ââ€” More than any time in her life, Patti Lellock says now, her eyes are wide open, and recently, she completed a book to show readers what sheâ€™s seeing through the lens of a camera and feeling in her heart.
Lellock, who has served as a wish assistant for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 10 years, recently completed and published â€śIlluminated: A Collection of Photographs & Writings.â€ť
Deborah Ann Fetterman, 57, Rossiter, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at her home.
She was born August 19, 1954, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of William and Anna (Roman) Gomola of Punxsutawney, who survive.
April 26, 1976, she married Theodore Fetterman, who survives, of Rossiter.
Mrs. Fetterman was a graduate of Jeff Tech and worked for many years as a merchandiser.
She was a loving wife, mom and grandma who loved time with her grandchildren.
Samuel Haslego, 85, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at his home.
He was born July 13, 1926, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a son of the late John and Mary Haslego.
Feb. 25, 1950, he married his wife of 61 years, Ellen â€śMarieâ€ť (Brady) Haslego, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Urey.
Mr. Haslego served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a motor machinistâ€™s mate.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator for 33 years for IA Construction.