(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.)
Sept. 9, 1896
ELDERS' AND DEACONS' CONVENTION
An Elders' and Deacons' Convention was held at Pleasant Grove on Thursday, September 2. The convention was called to order by Rev. Hartman, of Punxsutawney, and Rev. H. G. Teagarden, of Oliveburg, was elected chariman, and T. M. Sadler, secretary.
Devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. Hartman, after which the regular program was taken up and discussed.
The "Best Method of Raising Church Funds" was discussed by Rev. Vanhorn, after which the meeting adjourned until 1:30 o'clock.
The "Relation of Giving to the Spiritual Life" was discussed by Rev. Teagarden. Rev. Hartman talked on the "Duty of Church Officials Inside the Church."
"How to Secure New Membership to the Church" was opened by Mr. Hineman, followed by Rev. Teagarden. "The Ideal Sunday School and How to Make It," was opened by T.M. Sadler, followed by H.S. Carr. Rev. Van Horn, Mr. Cotwell, Robert Hunter, John Huschinson and Rev. Teagarden.
"The Duties of the Deacons to the Poor" was discussed by Robert Hunter, of Anita. "General Benefits of the Prayer Meeting" by H.S. Carr and Mr. Caldwell. "The Elders' Duty in the Entire Church" was discussed by Mr. John Evans.
"What do to with members who will neither pay, pray nor repent," was discussed by Mr. John Hutchinson.
The convention closed with some interesting remarks by Rev. Van Horn on "How to secure attendance at all of the Church services." No place was definitely settled upon for the next meeting. T.M. SADLER, Sec.
There is but little change in our markets from last week.
The millers are paying 60 cents for good wheat and 20 for oats.
They are not buying rye and are selling corn at 40 cents. They sell brand at $12 the ton and corn and oats chop at and dollar a hundred. The grocers are paying 14 cents for butter and 10 for eggs.
For potatoes they are willing to pay 20 cents a bushel, but don't want apples at any price.
They will pay 50 cents for onions and 2 cents a pound for good solid cabbage.
Delaware peaches are retailing from stores at 50 cents a pock and Jersey sweet potatoes at 35 cents and southern at 25 cents.
Roasting ears were bought from wagons yesterday at 8 cents a dozen. — Messenger