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December 18, 2011

(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
(April 22, 1896)

Setting a Good Example

Henry Wingert, of Marchand, is having built at Sutter Bros. wagon shop in Clayville the first wide-tired wagon that will be seen in this community, and will receive the reduction in road taxes allowed by law to all those using such wagons. The tires will be four inches wide, and the wagon will be heavy in proportion, although this does not necessarily follow. Mr. Wingert wanted an extra heavy wagon.
With tires four inches wide, and the front tracks six or eight inches narrower than the hind ones, this wagon will smooth off eight inches of road on each side as it passes along, instead of cutting it up, as the present narrow-tired wagons do. Mr. Wingert says he is going to set the example for his neighbors, and if they do not follow it, and thus help to make better roads, it will not be his fault.
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Frank Campbell, of this place, is the most promising young baseball player in this part of the country. As an infielder and batter he is phenomenal. He is in the twentieth year of his age, rather short, but solidly built, and a natural born baseballist. With some good practice Frank is certain to prove a first-class player. He will prove a prize for any club that gets him, and if he continues to play ball for a year or two under favorable conditions, we confidently believe that he will prove one of the very best ball players that this part of the State has produced, and it has turned out some good ones.

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