October 24th, 2011
Each year, a number of women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
Madeline C. (Jesensky) McPhee, 92, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
She was born and raised in Punxsutawney.
She was married to her husband, Samuel McPhee, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. McPhee was a resident of Clifton, N.J., for 54 years, was a graduate of SS.C.D. and was employed as a registered nurse.
She was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Clifton, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society.
Ann M. Wehrle, 83, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
She was born March 1, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James and Irene (Kline) McCullough.
June 27, 1948, she married Thomas J. Wehrle, who preceded her in death June 2, 1985.
Mrs. Wehrle was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
She was also a member of Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Altar Society.
SLIPPERY ROCK â€” The Punxsy girls' cross country team traveled to Slippery Rock last Thursday to take part in the Tri-State Track Coaches Association (TSTCA) championship meet held at the Cooperâ€™s Lake Cross Country Course, and despite miserable conditions, the girls performed well, taking 23rd place out of 57 teams.
BRADFORD â€” The Lady Chucks relied on solid defense again, with both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams holding the Bradford Lady Owls to 20 and 18 points, respectively, in a pair of wins Friday in Bradford.
Just because they played well defensively doesn't mean they weren't playing well from the other side of the ball, though.
In the eighth-grade game, Hope Bridge led the way in the scoring category with 16 points, nearly out-scoring the Lady Owls herself en route to a 30-18 victory.
Richard C. Perry, 82, Punxsutawney, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 28, 1929, in Frostburg, a son of the late Antonio and Anna Rose (Bianco) Perry.
March 3, 1948, he married Agnes (Smouse) Perry, who survives, of Frostburg.
Mr. Perry was the owner and founder of Perry Drilling. He was also a life-long farmer. He was a former Boy Scout leader and the former director for Patrons Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
Dorothy M. Reitz, 84, Reynoldsville, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in DuBois, at the home of her granddaughter.
She was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Sagamore, the daughter of the late Robert and Fannie (Knarr) Long.
July 23, 1949, she married Charles E. Reitz, who preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1968.
Mrs. Reitz was a retired employee from Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
She was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in DuBois.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” On the heels of a rash of burglaries in the Punxsutawney area, the Punxsutawney Moose Club, located along Route 436, was burglarized around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police reported that actor(s) entered a rear door of the club by force and removed approximately $1,000 in cash.
In the past few weeks, similiar incidents have occurred at Punxy Phil's Family Restaurant; Neko's Restaurant; Cookie's Caboose; Mary's Place; and Union Drilling.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A Punxsutawney man suffered major injuries in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 a.m. Saturday on Route 536, Perry Township, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Huston K. Yeaney, 25, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Route 536 when the crash occurred.
Police said Yeaney was driving too fast on the wet roads while negotiating a left curve when he drove onto the shoulder of the road.
(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 8, 1896)
Few people have imagination enough to laugh when alone. But why not? If you can think of a good thing when alone, laugh. It is a sign of genius. We once knew a gentleman named James Kyle. He was old when we were a boy, and has long since gone to join the great majority.