February 27th, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(February 5, 1896)
Death of Little Clara Wells
The papers last week told the sad fact but our hearts crave a few words of fond remembrance.Â
Benjamin W. Kelsey, 31, of, Chicora, Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Butler Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Kelsey was born Jan. 4, 1980, in Punxsutawney, the son of Bryan and Kim (Dinger) Kelsey of Chicora.
He was a 1998 graduate of Karns City High School. Mr. Kelsey attended the Chicora Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.Â He loved the Lord and he would witness to those he talked to online.Â
He enjoyed radio controlled vehicles, drawing, and the company of his family and friends.
Forrest "Skip" Clair Milliron, 75, Warren, passed away peacefully into eternal life Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Cleveland Clinic of natural causes.
He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Perry Township, the son of the late Forrest Clinton and Letha Luella (Vasbinder) Milliron.
He married the love of his life, Lori Hogue, July 13, 1986, and they enjoyed 24 years of marriage together.
Doug L. Sprankle, 55, Rossiter, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Treasure Lake, DuBois.
He was born May 13, 1955, in Punxsutawney, a son of Merle "PeeWee" Sprankle and Sally (White) Sprankle, who survive.
May 30, 2001, he married Melissa (Guidash) Sprankle of Rossiter, who survives.
Mr. Sprankle worked for Davey Tree Experts for many years. He loved life and was loved by all who knew him for his humor and friendship. His two pugs, Lizzy and Willie, were a joy to him.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In commemoration of February as Black History Month, the Punxsutawney Community Center joined with IUP-Punxsutawney campus to host a presentation by Angela Watson.
Through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), Michelle Covert and Theo Turner, both IUP-Punxsutawney administrators, were able to partner with Watson, who was accompanied by dancers and musicians.
Watson, a choreographer, storyteller and former Fulbright Scholar, taught the audience about African-American history through lecture, video and demonstration.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Junior Carl Langley is the top seed at 160 pounds and is one of Punxsy's four heavier weights in position to advance past today's District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Clarion.
Langley is joined by teammates Josh Neal (171 pounds), Tige Woodson (189) and Tyler Titus (215) as the Chucks' upper weights to compete today. All three are top-three seeds, and the top-three place-winners advance to regionals next weekend in Altoona.
Punxsy will not have a heavyweight at districts.
CLARION â€” Brookville sophomore Lanae Newsome saw the path to the rim and knew that she had an opportunity to win the game during the Lady Raiders' game at Clarion High School Friday.
She went around a screen at the top of the key and drove to the rim, sidestepping Moniteau's Amanda Sloan and Katie Brehm in the process, and let her shot go.
It glanced off the backboard and went in with three seconds remaining, giving the Lady Raiders a 42-40 win over third-seeded Moniteau (11-11).
Newsome, who finished with a game-high 21-points, said that she wasn't afraid to take the shot.
Marilyn Atkinson, 80, born and raised in Punxsutawney, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home on South Main Street.
She was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Leroy Charles and Kathryn (Downey) Mitchell.
She was a 1948 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.