October 9th, 2011
(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.)
(April 8, 1896)
SHOT IN THE BACK
An Italian's Bold Attempt at
RIDGWAY â€” Despite taking only fourth place out of nine complete teams, the Punxsutawney girls' cross country team took a big step forward Saturday at the Ridgway Invitational as it was just five points behind District IX opponent DuBois and only two in back of perennial favorite Bradford.
Elk County Catholic won the meet with 81 points with DuBois, Bradford and Punxsy all close on their heels.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Chucks trailed by six at halftime, and the defense came out and forced the Clarion Bobcats into three consecutive three-and-outs to begin the second half, but the Bobcats' defense stopped the Chucks offense twice inside the 10-yard line to shut the Chucks out in the second half and earn a 19-7 win Friday night in Punxsutawney.
Because of Punxsy's shutdown defense, the Chucks outdid Clarion on the stat sheet, but the Bobcats bend-but-don't-break style of defense came through for them in the end.
BROOKVILLE â€” The passing game was questionable for the Brookville Raiders during the first half, as quarterback Steve Kennedy was 3-for-10. But in the second half, Kennedy found his arm and his target â€” Sebastian Kerr â€” and the two led Brookville to a convincing 37-13 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions Friday night in Brookville.
The Lions played arguably their best half of football this season, and Brookville had only a 15-13 lead at halftime.
James I. Lewis,Â 82, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and May (Airgood) Lewis.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Lewis owned a convenience store in Cloe in the late â€˜60s and early â€˜70s.
His hobbies were fishing and hunting.
Surviving relatives include a brother, Garland Lewis and wife Maria; a sister, Donna May Wells; and nieces and nephews.
Frances V. Pape Stojek, 83, DuBois, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Galletta) Pape.
Sept. 16, 1948, she married Albert "Snuffy" Stojek, who preceded her in death May 29, 1970.
Mrs. Stojek graduated from SS. Cosmas and Damian High School in Punxsutawney in 1946.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Reynoldsville and a former member of S.S. Cosmas and Damian Church in Punxsutawney and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in DuBois.
Anthony Test, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at UMPC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born June 25, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John P. and Frances (DelPrincipe) Test.
April 24, 1948, he married Grace E. (Motter) Test, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Test was the former owner of the Matterhorn Co. in Punxsutawney.
A veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as a private first class. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Mr. Test was a member of SS. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church, Punxsutawney.
Ruby Elaine Bowser, 90, Treasure Lake, DuBois, formerly of Big Run, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born April 8, 1921, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Earl and Melda (Blystone) Stouffer.
Aug. 17, 1940, she married Arnold Bowser, who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1982.
Mrs. Bowser attended the First Baptist Church in DuBois, and previously, the First Christian Church when she lived in Big Run.
Punxsy's Shaina Reddinger and Anna Monyak (shown here), pictured during a Sept. 1 home match against Bradford, participated in the individual singles district championships Wednesday in DuBois. Reddinger defeated Clearfield's Yashuasui Patel 6-1, 6-0, in the first round before falling to DuBois' Jenna Kirk, 1-6, 0-6, in the second round. Monyak also won her first round match over Clearfield's Jennifer Grenus, 6-0, 6-0, before being eliminated by DuBois' Jenny Reese, 3-6, 3-6, in the second round.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy running back Perry Arrington led his team to victory as he scored two touchdowns, including a 96-yard interception return with 30 seconds left in the game, and the Chucks' ninth-grade squad beat the Brookville Raiders, 12-0 Wednesday night on Brookville's home field.
"(Perry) has had some big plays this year," Punxsy head coach Jason Grusky said following the game. "He's been a leader, and we expect big plays from him, and he delivered again today as he has most of the year."