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January 3, 2012

(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)

Clayville School Commencement
The first annual commencement of the Clayville public school will be held in the Welsh Baptist Church, Friday evening April 24th at 8 o'clock.
The names of the graduates are: Martha Leila Simpson, Wilda Belle Blose, Leila Edna Sutter, Edna Jean Long, Cora Louise Thomas, Siddney Amanda Porter, Edith Blanche Parsons, Carrie Eldora Redding, Martha Belle Means, William Henry Blose, Frank Vernon Stiver, Waldemar DeGontard Parsons.
An admission fee of 15 cents, or 25 cents per couple, and 10 cents for children, will be charged, in order to defray the necessary expenses attending commencement exercises. The class will be pleased to have their friends and all others present.

He Had Been Worrying About It
Frank J. Black, proprietor of the McConnell House, Reynoldsville, was in town last Friday. He said, "I came over to see whether your brother Sid ever gave you that cent that the late Archie Campbell allowed you out of the three cents he paid for cleaning out his stable that time."
We assured him that not only the cent, but the whole, entire three cent shinplaster, had been generously handed over to us, brother Sid having rejected it with lofty disdain. This information seemed to afford Mr. Black great relief, for heaving a sigh that indicated that a great burden had been lifted from his mind, he rushed down stairs, vaulted into the saddle like a Knight Templar setting out for the Crusades, and was soon well on his way homeward.

David Trainor's Specialty
David Trainor, who has been heard from again. We had occasion to speak of him in these columns a few months ago, but it is now quite probably that he will retire to Riveside and give us a rest. Last winter when Frank Laughlin of Leatherwood lost a horse buggy and a neighbor lost his wife, it was at once concluded that Trainor was the lad who had taken them away. Just what disposition he made of the property is not yet known, the supposition is the Trainor probably realized a little more than first cost to him.
Trainor's mania runs to horse and buggies, but it said a good ox is not despised by him.He is a slick one and no end of charges are made against him, most of them rightfully and probably some without much foundation. For the present, he sits in his cell at Brookville and thinks of good time in the past and the dark days ahead. — Clarion Jacksonian.

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