June 19th, 2011
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
Anna Marie Fairman, 77, Walston, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a short illness.
She was born Nov. 27, 1933, in Petrolia, a daughter of the late John â€śJackâ€ť and Anna Marie (Senott) Sitosky.
Jan. 23, 1960, she married Robert Mark â€śBobâ€ť Fairman, who survives, of Walston.
Mrs. Fairman worked for Sylvania in Reynoldsville and Rollo-Jenson in Punxsutawney. She was a retired cafeteria worker from the Punxsutawney Area School District.
A graduate of Sykesville High, Mrs. Fairman lived most of her life in Walston.
John Paul Felix, 88, DuBois, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Oct 22, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Peter and Anastasia (Kristoick) Felix.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in the European Theater.
Mr. Felix worked for Consolidated Natural Gas Company for 26 years, until his retirement in 1984. Prior to that, he worked in the Kramer Mines and for Rockwell International Manufacturing.
Doris J. Meneely, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Meneely was born May 25, 1919, in Loop, a daughter of the late H. Merle and Edna (Domb) Hoover.
June 19, 1947, she married Clair L. Meneely, who preceded her in death in 1976.
Mrs. Meneely worked for Farmers & Miners Bank and the Punxsutawney Area School District. She was a faithful and active member of the First United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for the Punxsutawney Genealogical Society.
William E. Pounds, 90, Punxsutawney, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Kent, a son of the late Ray Engle and Helen M. (Berquist) Pounds.
July 5, 1988, he married Magdalene E. Lucas, who survives.
He was a U.S. Army Tech 4 from 1942 to 1945, and he worked as a truck driver for Cook Moving Systems Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. Pounds was a member of the Rossiter American Legion and the Teamster Union of Buffalo.
William I. "Bill" Reitz Sr., 75, Brookville, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at his home.
He was born July 7, 1935, in Ringgold, a son of the late Ervin Joyle and Ruth (Buck Pierce) Reitz.
He was married to Sandra L. Depp, who preceded him in death Oct. 21, 1995.
Mr. Reitz was the former owner/operator of Emery's Tin Ship in Brookville.
He was a U.S. Army sergeant in the mortar platoon serving during the Korean Conflict.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For anyone who thinks thereâ€™s no a difference between fighting wildfires and structure fires, just ask Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense, who will conclude his tenure as chief at the end of the year.
Hense, who works full-time for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Forestry, recently returned from battling wildfires in Texas.
He said he was never scared while battling the blazes, but he was concerned.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council has been approved to receive a $400,000 H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the South Main Street sewer project.
Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula, of The the EADS Group, said the total cost for the project is $795,500.
Sekula said in discussions with DCED, the $400,000 could be switched to the West Mahoning Street project, and the borough could receive money for a reduced project for South Main Street.
HOMER CITY â€” The Federation League All-Stars will take on the All-Stars from the Indiana County League 7 p.m. tonight at First Commonwealth Field in Homer City. Both leagues have selected standout players from each of the teams, nominated and voted upon by each leaguesâ€™ players.
All of the proceeds will go to Pennsylvania Junior Legion Baseball regional and state tournaments, which will also be held at First Commonwealth Field.