March 20th, 2011
BIG RUN â Even though the Big Run Peepers appear to be a recent revelation â the tiny frogs peep when spring arrives â the method of proclamation is as old as time itself.
Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora was the guest speaker for the annual banquet and said that speaking at the banquet was one of the toughest assignments that could be presented to anyone over the years.
BIG RUN â The Big Run Citizen of the Year Award is much like the Man and Woman of the year in Punxsy â a closely guarded secret â but every once in a while the word gets out ahead of time.
That was the case this year when the Peepers Banquet committee honored Big Run's oldest citizen, Velma Schierer Bowser, at the grand old age of 93.
Bowser said she found out she was going to win because she received a card in the mail congratulating her before the banquet was scheduled to take place.
Bowser said she was shocked when she read it.
(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.)
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(February 12, 1896)
SUED FOR ASSAULT
A School Teacher Tried for
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â His 143 victories were the sixth-most in District IX history and by far the most ever by a Punxsutawney Area High School wrestler. His 92 pins were second-highest in District IX lore, two behind the record holder. He won four district titles, reached the state tournament twice and earned a regional title once during his four-year career.
Though he didn't compete at a school that has ever been associated with the best in the district, Punxsy senior Kody Young just completed a career that ranks up with the best in the area.
BROOKVILLE â Two former Jefferson County Commissioners will remain on the spring primary ballot, despite problems with some of the signatures on their petitions, as well as the circulators of their petitions filed to run for the commission.Â
Two county residents â Alan E. Groves, of Falls Creek, and David C. Hoffman, of Brookville â requested that Judge John Foradora strike the names of Ira Sunderland, of Punxsutawney, and David W. Black, of Brookville, from the ballot for the May 17 primary election.
Richard Decker, 67, Marion Center, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Â
He was born June 21, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Bud and Jessie Decker.
He was married to his wife of 44 years, Tootie.
Mr. Decker served in the U.S. Army, based in Korea, with an honorable discharge in 1963.
Mary M. Wiant, 88, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born May 1, 1922, in Knox Dale, a daughter of the late Joseph B. and Bertha A. (Dinger) Martin.
She was married to Merle Newhouse, who preceded her in death. She then married Frank L. Davis, who also preceded her in death. She then married Arnold Wiant, who also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wiant was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney, and she was a retired store manager, having worked for Artley's, Dora Dale and Fashion Bug in DuBois.
Phillip Paul Pavlak, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at home.
Mr. Pavlak was born April 27, 1918, in Brackenridge, the youngest son of Vincenty Pawlak (Krakow, Poland) and Rosalla (Wojick) Pawlak (Warsaw, Poland).
He was married to Verda Mae (Davis) Pavlak, who preceded him in death April 25, 1995.
He lived the majority of his life in Natrona and Natrona Heights.
Mr. Pavlak was employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel for 46 years, except for time in the service of his country during World War II.