(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.)
April 28, 1897
FIRE AT MCGEES
Six Buildings Were Destroyed Invoicing a Loss of $12,000
A disastrous fire occurred at McGees, Clearfield county, last Saturday night, causing a destruction of property amounting to near $12,000.
The buildings destroyed were Davidson's general merchandise store, and barn, loss of $10,000, Squire Iford's restaurant and dwelling, loss $1,000; Evans; dwelling, $750, the Eagle Hall, $500, and the P.R.R. depot, $500.
Insurance not yet learned.
The fire originated in Davidson's barn, and seems to have been the work of an incendiary, although there is not yet any positive evidence to that effect.
Mrs. Davidson was lowered to the ground from the upper story of the store building, in which they had their residence, barely in time to save her life, so sudden and rapid was the conflagration.
Mr. Evans, who lost his dwelling, became so excited over his loss that he was attacked with brain fever, and is now lying critically ill. Station agent G.Y. Halfpenny, who occupies rooms in the McGee residence, which fortunately was saved, had all of his personal effects loaded into a car and ready to drop down towards Mahaffey.
The fire occurred about 2 o' clock in the morning.
May 5, 1897
$25,000 DAMAGE ASKED
Lewis Tasack Wants that Amount from the B. R. & P. Company
The Supreme Court of Rockland county, N.Y., commissioned Squire Jos. W. Wilson, of Punxsutawney, to take testimony in a case where in Lewis Tasack is plaintiff and the B. R. & P. Coal and Iron Co. is a defendant.
The hearing took place last Thursday in Squire Wilsons office, it being alleged by the plaintiff that in the year 1890, he had received injuries while in the employ of the B. R. & P. Coal and Iron Co.
He met with an accident while driving in the mines which resulted in the loss of a leg, and which was due to a defective car upon which he was riding. Four witnesses were examined, which occupied the entire day. Robert Haverilla, the driver who preceded Tasack when the accident occurred, Mr. L. W. Robinson, Gen Supt. of the B. R. & P. Co., Andrew Porack, a companion of Tasackâ€™s since the accident, and Alfred Calloway, the timekeeper in the mines.
The plaintiff was represented by Francis Nekarda, of the firm of Catlin & Nekarda, 300 Broadway, New York, and Geo. A. Jenks of Punxsutawney, and the defendants by Mr. James J. Haven, of Rochester, N. Y.