BIG RUN â€“ A massive fire may have devastated the business that has been in his family more than 30 years, but Big Run Carpet owner Jeff London said he'll sell carpet from his barn, his garage or a tent if he must.
â€śI have already been on the phone with three sales representatives,â€ť he said Sunday afternoon, just hours after the major fire all but destroyed the business. â€śThey'd better be bringing me samples tomorrow. I'll be selling out of a tent if I have to.
OLIVEBURG â€” A truck in the driveway of a burning house caused responders to fear the worst during a fire early Saturday in Oliveburg.
Luckily, their fears of someone trapped inside the home along Route 36 were unfounded.
"We knew the owner drove a car, and she wasn't in there, but (we initially thought) maybe someone else was in there, " Bruce Baughman, Oliver Township Fire chief, said.
But once firefighters were able to enter the home, he said, they were able to determine that no one was inside the residence at the time the fire broke out.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 4, 1896
IN SEARCH OF GOLD
Two Prospectors from Punxsutawney Go to Alaska