Way Back When

(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.)

Local Intelligence
June 16, 1897

Death of James R. Winslow
June 5, issue of the Daily Alert, Jamestown, North Dakota, contains an account of the death of James R. Winslow, a native of Punxsutawney, and son of the late Miller Winslow, who died a few years ago in California.

Among the many relatives of the deceased in this town, are, Mrs. J. U. Gillespie, Mrs. J. A. Minish and Mrs. Amanda Wilson, aunts and Mr. R. C. Winslow a cousin.

The "Alert" contains the following concerning his death in part: Mr. Winslow was born in Punxsutawney, Pa., January 24, 1851. He was educated at Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., and there in 1872, married Miss. Rebecca LeVan, who survives him.

Their only daughter, Mrs. Bessie Shurlock, resides in Fargo, but was with her father during his illness.

During his whole life Mr. Winslow was engaged in the lumbering business, in Wisconsin, and then in this state.

In 1879 he shipped his first lumber to Jamestown and since that date has been continuously engaged in that business here.

Mr. Winslow was of genial disposition, sympathetically cheerful, an indulgent father and husband, a loyal friend and good business man, and had a wide acquaintance and many sincere friends, who extend their sincere condolence to his bereaved and bereft family.

The remains will be taken to Williamsport, Pa., Sunday for interment, accompanied by the bereaved widow and Mr. and Mrs. Chas Shurlock, of Fargo.

School Directors Meetings
At a meeting of the school directors last Friday, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: president, Wm. Fairman; secretary, Geo. R. Bell; treasurer, J. E. Pantall.

The contracts for repairing the old boro school house was let to the following parties: plumbing, Geo. C. Brown; carpenter work, J. C. Boucher.

It was also decided to excavate under the building and place therein, the heater, closets, etc.

The Smead heating system, the same as used in the new school house, will be placed in the old building.

It is the intention of the directors to make the old edifice as comfortable and convenient as any of the modern structures of that kind.

The Smead heating system has proven entirely satisfactory and is about $200 cheaper that some of the more recent systems, but none the less effective.