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June 23, 2013

(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 23, 1897

Material Signs of Prosperity

Now that he tariff bill is nearing the President's desk and capitalists and corporations are satisfied that the bill will become a law, it is not to be wondered at, and in fact is a consequence, that they are beginning to prepare for a period of greatly increased activity.

Everyday the conditions become better for an expansion of the employment of labor.
The trade reviews, the metropolitan newspapers and many of the interior publications have published the joyful news that the great industries of this country are being put in operation and men by the hundreds and thousands, that have been idle or nearly so for the past two or three years, are now to be found marching in the bucket brigade.

Punxsutawney is going to have her share of it too.

The Punxsutawney Iron Works have received an order for enough pig iron to keep the plant in operation more than a year.

The R & P coal and iron company is having all of the idle coke ovens repaired and ready for use in the near future, which will make in all, including those now fired, near 1600 ovens.

The glass factory matters are being put in shape to be operated on the cooperative plan.

The Street Railway company has adjusted its difference with the town council and have begun to improve their road all along the line, sixteen hundred feet of our main street is being substantially paved besides numerous other improvements of smaller consequence but none the less significant, are being prosecuted or contemplated.

With the operation of the Iron company's works and the increase in coke the extension of the B. R. & P. R. R. becomes a necessity and that too can be included in the category of improvements in this section.

Punxsutawney will not celebrate the Fourth of July with fire crackers, but near that time we expect to darken the skies with smoke from hundreds of coke ovens, make the earth tremble with blasts from the furnace and pierce the air with a ten pound shot from the G. A. R.'s mountain howitzer.

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Joe Logan, from Driftwood, is working around Punxsutawney, for the Enameline people, under Mr. Notnaglo, and every town from DuBois to Punxsutawney looks as if it had the yellow fever.

You can’t see anything but yellow Enameline signs.

Joe says it is no snap putting up signs and talking stove polish.

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