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 22, 1896)

An Aged Man Ends His Life Through Sickness and Despondency

James Buckley, a coal miner at Shawmut, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday morning. He had been in poor health for a year or more, and it is thought became despondent over his condition and while in that frame of mind ended his life.

The deed was committed sometime between the hours of 1 and 5 o'clock in the morning. Buckley who was afflicted with asthma, was in the habit of getting up in the night to smoke when unable to sleep.

Some of the family heard him about 1 o'clock, but thought nothing of it. At 5 o'clock one of the boarders got up and went to the kitchen, and in the dim light ran against the body of Mr. Buckley, who was hanging suspended from a joist above. The unfortunate man was immediately attended to, but life was extinct. — Brockwayville Record

A Large Timber Deal
Alfred Graham and W. A. Porter, of this place, closed a deal last Saturday with Robert S. Stewart, of Surveyor Run, Girard Township, whereby they became the owners of 3,000 acres of land the consideration being $40,000.

The tract is underlaid with coal, and besides the improvements, consisting of a large saw mill and other out buildings, there is a large lot of sawed lumber. On the piece there is 12,000,000 feet of hemlock, 6,000,000 of white pine, 2,000,000 of white oak, 1,000,000 of red oak, besides some 70,000 railroad ties. Messrs. Graham and Porter are both experienced lumbermen and they no doubt have a fortune in this deal. The timber will nearly all be run to Williamsport. — Clearfield Republican

They Collided
Two bicycle riders met on the corner of Mahoning and Findlay streets last Sunday. Robert McCreary was one and the other was a Reynoldsville man. McCreary turned the corner, and the Reynoldsville man, thinking he was going on up street, turned out to the left to let him pass.

They came together. Both bicycles were more or less damaged, and the Reynoldsville man was damaged considerably himself, although not seriously. He struck the earth, however, with great poteney, and for a time wore a very woeful expression.