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December 8, 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
November 24, 1897

The Fire Department
It is of vital interest to the people of this town that our fire department be kept up to the highest possible standard of efficiency. A successor to the late chief of the company, W C. Torrence, who resigned
three weeks ago, has not yet been appointed, and it is doubtful if the right kind of a man can be induced to service without compensation.

There should be somebody to take care of the hose and trucks and it would be well for the chief to have telephone connection with the pump station, so that the engineer could be notified at once when a fire broke out and begin pumping into the line.

New School Teacher Elected

Miss Nettie Gorman, of Grant township Indiana County, was selected by the Punxsutawney school board last Saturday night to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss. Lillie Flickinger, of Braddock.

Miss. Gorman is a graduate of Indiana Normal; and has had four years experience in teaching. Miss. Flickinger, whom she succeeds made many warm friends while here who will be sorry to see her leave.

Fine Holiday Confections
D. Raffetto has the finest assortment of fruits, candies and nuts ever brought to this town. They are all of the very best quality. He also has a beautiful assortment of ornamental wax candies for Christmas decoration. When you come to buy your holiday confections, remember that Raffetto's stock is the finest.

December 1, 1897

Family Reunion
A family reunion was held in the home of Mrs. Livana Riddle, of this place, last Thursday, at which a very enjoyable time was had.

Those present were Adam Litterington, of Oklahoma, brother of Mrs. Riddle; Mrs. Leek, of Brockport, Pa.; H. Long and wife of Indiana.

The following named daughters were present: Mrs. Alice Maken, of Ebensburg, Pa., Mrs. Maggie Fulmer, of Rathmel; Miss Irene Riddle, of Mahaffey and Mrs. Edith Swartz of Punxsutawney.

Besides members of the family a number of friends from the town were present. A sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner was given, and all spent a delightful day.

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