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
July 27, 1888

Another Railroad

It is not pleasant for us to raise the hopes of our people by vain promises of coming railroads, of air lines and through lines, and then being forced in the end to admit that it was all gush.

We have it from first class authority, however, that the present intention of the projectors of the Beech Creek railroad is to come to Punxsutawney.

They have their eye on a large body of coal land in this neighborhood, and if they succeed in securing it and getting their rights of way, of which there is little doubt, we may look for the locomotives on the Beech Creek road to some thundering along here about the time the roses come again.

July 27, 1888

The Cattle Plague Again

The farmers of Snyder township, this county, have been considerably puzzled for the past few days to know what caused the death of so many of their cattle, and attributed it to poisoning.

But upon making a post-mortem examination they were convinced that the
disease was pleuro-pneumonia, and accordingly telegraphed the proper authorities at Harrisburg to that effect. Proper precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the contagion.

He Used a Knife
Emery Mahaffey, of Mahaffey, Pa, was seriously stabbed last Saturday night. He got into a quarrel with a man named Tozier, and had succeeded in flooring his man and was proceeding to pummel him when Tozier drew a knife and began slashing Mahaffey in the back, inflicting several severe wounds.

Tozier, we understand, was taken to Clearfield jail.

August 1, 1888

The Coming Fair

Workman are now busy repairing the damage to the fair ground buildings caused by the late storm, and will have everything in excellent shape by the 18th of September, the day set for the commencement of the exhibition.

The managers are taking a more active interest and are beginning earlier to prepare for the fair this year than previously, and the prospects for a successful exhibition are very flattering.