July 24th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€“ John Seitter couldn't believe the conversation â€“ or argument, as he thought it was â€“ he heard at the Jefferson County Fair late last week.
The young girl was adamant â€“ adamant enough that he could hear her sentiments â€“ that Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart cost Gen. Robert E. Lee â€“ and the Confederacy, in its first and only invasion of the North â€“ the Battle of Gettysburg over those first warm three days of July 1863 in Adams County.
(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 18, 1896)
THOSE GOOD OLD TIMES
Everybody Was Honest, and Even the Saw-Mills Were Upright
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€” A two-vehicle accident involving an Amish buggy and a pick-up truck caused injuries to two Amish boys, one of whom was flown to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of his injuries Friday morning.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred around 8 a.m., when an Amish buggy driven by a 14-year-old Amish boy was traveling south on Johnsonburg Road, Banks Township, when a pick-up truck driven by Charles Pennington, 63, Glen Campbell, also traveling south, came upon the crest of a hill behind the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Farmers taking part in Thursdayâ€™s Farmersâ€™ Market downtown have dealt with the hot weather in varying degrees, but agree on one thing: They need rain ... and more than the area received Friday night.
â€śItâ€™s kind of hard to grow this stuff without rain,â€ť said Royce Sprague, who was selling produce with help from his wife, Charlotte, and grandchildren Nico McDonald, 10, and Tiffany Hand, 14. â€śWe got a little rain Monday, but it was only about 15 minutes.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you think a global positioning systemâ€™s (GPS) only purpose is to point a motorist to an intended destination, youâ€™d be surprised to learn that many people use the device for a high-tech scavenger hunt called geocaching.
Francis and Jeanne Burkett of Punxsutawney presented a program on geocaching at the Lattimer House for the public and members of the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society Tuesday.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Leading 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW All-Stars had to be thinking, "Rain, rain go away," as they saw the storm clouds rolling in, but the game was delayed in the fifth inning due to lightning, and after an hour delay, Philipsburg came back and defeated Punxsy 10-8 in the finale of the round-robin Area 6 tournament.
Punxsy's ace, Brycen Paulinellie, was pitching a gem through five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out seven. But after the delay, Punxsy decided better safe than sorry and brought in a new pitcher.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Do you know how many touchdown passes Ben Roethlisberger threw in the AFC championship game against Baltimore, Jan. 18, 2009, off the top of your head? Well, local Pittsburgh Steelers trivia expert Mike Stello and several of his competitors know, and can recall the information in a lightning-quick manner.
Stello has competed in the McDonald's Steelers Trivia Challenge four different times, with his three-person teams having been selected from hundreds of participants each year.
EDINBORO â€” Punxsy's 10- and 11-year old Little League Softball All-Stars opened its Section 1 tournament Thursday with a 6-5 loss in eight innings at the hands of Harborcreek in Edinboro.
Punxsy automatically won the District 10 bid, because there were no other 10- and 11-year old All-Star teams in the district.
The two teams combined for seven of the 11 total runs in the eighth inning alone.
Punxsy scored three runs in the top half of the eighth inning, but was unable to control the Harborcreek bats, allowing them to score four in the bottom half of the frame to win.
Dorothy J. DuPont, 78, Cochranton, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
She was born March 15, 1933, in Franklin, the daughter of George and Eva Maria Hovis.Â
Aug. 11, 1952, she married the Rev. C. Dale DuPont, who survives.
Mrs. DuPont was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School and a member of the Countryside Evangelical Church in Clarks Mills.Â
She was a homemaker and supported her husband in his many church assignments.Â She also enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Norma Jean (Crissman) Fetters, 82, of Indiana, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Scenery Hill Manor.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Brian Miller and the Rev. Arlene Schweitzer officiating.
Private interment will be made in Smicksburg Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana.