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November 18, 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
September 30, 1896

The Business Men's Picnic
Tomorrow at Mariposa Park a business men's picnic will be held. John Wannamaker, the great Philadelphia merchant and Ex-Postmaster General of the United States will be present and deliver an address. Large delegations from Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Punxsutawney and elsewhere are expected to attend.

An Old Resident Gone
Solomon Shetterly, of Henderson township, died at the residence of his nephew Jacob Rudolph, on Monday, September 21, aged about seventy-eight years. The remains were interred in the Rhoads cemetery in McCalmont township last Wednesday. The deceased was one of the oldest settlers of that community and was well known and highly respected.

The Brookville Fair
The Brookville Fair was quite a success as fairs go in this country. There was a large crowd on the grounds on Thursday, and the races were close and exciting. The exhibits of agricultural products and stock were very creditable; and to a person who takes delight in looking at fine specimens of fruits, vegetables, cattle and swine, there would be much that was interesting.

The game of baseball between DuBois and Brookville on Thursday forenoon was exceedingly interesting. It was a well played game on both sides and resulted in a score of 10 to 8 in favor of DuBois. Frank Campbell, of this place covered himself with glory, making a home run, a two bagger and a single, and playing an excellent fielding game.

On Friday the Punxsutawney club played a game of ball there and was defeated by a score of 8 to 6. It was also a nice game. Orin Williams who has just returned home from Oil City and Pittsburg was in the box for Punxsutawney and pitched a fine game, as he always does.

It Was Not Diphtheria
The cases of James Murray and Lottie Wingert, who died recently of what was reported at the time to be diphtheria, was not, it appears, diphtheria at all. A portion of the membrane taken from Mr. Murray's throat was sent to the pathological laboratory of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, and submitted to a microscopical examination.

No Klebs-Loeffler bacillus, which is always present in diphtheria was discoverable, and cultures on fresh blood serum remained sterile. We are informed that Mr. Murray died of acute laryngitis and Miss Wingert of acute capillary bronchitis.

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