May 6th, 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.)
(June 24, 1896)
A BROAD GRIN
John Andrew â€śSimonâ€ť Meterko, 77, Delancey, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 6, 1934, in Delancey, a son of the late John Andrew and Susie (Pluchinskey) Meterko.
In August 1962, he married the former Adda Louise Biggie, who survives.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
A man of strong faith, with a dedication to his daily prayers, he prayed for many people and causes.
Mr. Meterko was a self-employed carpet installer and a hardworking man who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.
Members of the Groundhog Little League's junior league team, Jefferson Grocery, look on from the dugout during a rain delay in what was scheduled to be a 6 p.m. contest with DuBois' Buriak Painting. Unfortunately, looming storm clouds and lightning in the distance forced the game to be postponed to a later date, and the only game the teams were able to play was the waiting game.
Father and son did it again, as Ray (left) and Ryan Flick each nabbed opening-day turkeys â€” last Saturday â€” at 7:30 a.m. while hunting in Gaskill Township. Ray's gobbler weighed in at 18 pounds with an 11-inch beard, while Ryan's was a 20-pounder with an eight-inch beard.
Karen Arrington poses with her 21-pound gobbler, shot on Filtering Plant Road in the game lands. Arrington's bird had a 9 1/2-inch beard with one-inch spurs.
BROOKVILLE â€” The count of write-in votes from Jefferson Countyâ€™s April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.
Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.
PAHSâ€™ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.
BIG RUN â€” A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.
The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze â€” which was later classified as arson â€” but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.
Captain Philip Furst Carothers Jr., USN, 81, a career Naval Officer with 30 years of active service, died Nov. 10, 2011, at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wash.
He was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Somerset, a son of Philip Furst and Ruth (Goodwin) Carothers.
Captain Carothers' family moved to Cedar Springs, Lamar Township, in 1938, where he attended the local schools and graduated from Lock Haven High School, where he was named "Top Scholar" and awarded Clinton County's State Scholarship in 1948.
Ruth L. (Martz) Pierce, 93, Brookville, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 4, 2012, at Laurelbrooke Assisted Living in Brookville.
She was born May 16, 1918, a daughter of the late W.E. and Alice Martz.
May 16, 1940, she married David M. Pierce, who preceded her in death April 5, 1999.
Mrs. Pierce was employed by the Brookville Sylvania plant for many years and was the bookkeeper for the Gateway Bowling Alley for a number of years.