October 14th, 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.)
September 23, 1896
HORRIBLE EXAMPLES OVERWORKED
"Rome, Babylon, Carthage where are they? What caused their downfall? Why have they been wiped off the map of the world?" howled the free silver orator. And the men of various political and social ideas in the audience answered in various ways.
Beatrice "Betty" Evelyn (Blose) Mumau was born in Blose Hollow (near Wilgus, Pa.) on July 13, 1917.
She grew up with 11 siblings and regaled friends and family her whole life with magical tales of goings-on and family reunions â€” especially the famous Blose Reunion â€” in the Hollow.
Living to the ripe age of 95, Betty would often wistfully remark, "I am the last leaf on the tree.â€ť
She was married in 1936 to Robert J. Mumau, who preceded her in death in 1984.
John Lee Heckman, 59, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at home.
He was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Albert Charles and Constance Hope (Teats) Heckman.
He had previously worked at Matson Lumber and Elbelâ€™s Produce Farm.
His enjoyment in life was spending time with his daughter Hope, making homemade soup called â€śDough,â€ť having Sunday dinners and visiting his family and friends.
He loved his dog Lizzy.
He was a content man who enjoyed what he had, and he also liked woodworking and gardening.
ST. MARYS â€“ The distant future of the Punxsy girls' basketball program looks to be promising. Last weekend, the sixth-grade Punxsy/SS.C.D. squad kept its perfect season mark by sweeping three games with a 27-17 victory over Johnsonburg in the championship contest to win the Elk County Catholic Tournament in St. Marys.
Kate Horner led the team which is now 15-0 on the season with 14 points. Cassidy Reed hit for five points, while Emily Griebel and Kylee Shoemaker both added four points apiece.
KARNS CITY â€” In a close game, turnovers can prove to be very costly, and the Chucks learned just how true that fact is on Friday night. Punxsy committed its third turnover of the second half, and Karns City turned it into a Zach Moore 32-yard game-winning field goal with 49 seconds left in the game to give Karns City the 17-14 win in Karns City.
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
ANITA â€” The week of Oct. 7-13 has been designated National Fire Prevention Week, and Friday, firefighters from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company treated the students at Parkview Elementary School to a special program about fire prevention safety.
Six different members from the department â€”Â Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven â€” gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, which some people believe may not have anything to do with them or anyone they know.
That belief, though, isn't necessarily true.
"Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or parents who share biological parenthood," said Suella Himes, counselor advocate III for the Community Action Inc. Crossroads Project.
Himes said instances of acts of domestic violence include:
Members and officers of the Career Womenâ€™s Club would like to invite local residents to donate blood at their annual blood drive Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at SS.C.D.
The representatives pictured here are (front, from left): Mary Molinari, Helen Whitesell, Lois Vanderpool; (back) Diane Neal, Stacy Volchko, Dena Taylor and Lena VanDyke.
Mary M. Shields, 92, of Brookville, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Rosehill, Scotland, a daughter of the late Thomas Frew and Elizabeth Reid.
Mrs. Shields was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in Buffalo, N.Y.
She was married on Dec. 12, 1942, to H. Glenn Shields, who preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2001.
Mrs. Shields was a member of the Brookville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She was active in ministry all her life, leading womenâ€™s groups and mentoring young women.
Donald James Smith, 88, known to his family and friends as Jim Smith, passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, in Carson City, Nev.
He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Juneau, Pa.
He graduated from Rossiter High School, Class of 1942.
Jim was married to Vivian Dunlop Smith, of Rossiter, for 50 years. She preceded him in death.
Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was retired from Minneapolis Honeywell, Inc. after 35 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Masons.