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
August 4, 1897

July 28, 1897
The Oldest Knight Dead
Charles E. Paul, father of Mrs. J. A. Stadler, of Findley street, died yesterday of general infirmity, aged eighty-seven years. The deceased was a member of the order of the Knights of Pythias, and was the oldest one in the State. His remains were taken to Lancaster, his former home, this morning for interment.

The New Game Law
Under the new game law it is unlawful to kill or catch by any device whatsoever,any song-birds, and no game bird can at any time be sold or offered or sale. The time for hunting woodcock, quail, pheasants, grouse or wild turkey is from the 15th day of October to the 15th day of December, inclusive.

And no Mongolian, English or Chinese Pheasant may be killed for a period of five years from the approval of this act. No Elk, deer or fawn may be killed except during the month of September.

The use of dogs is prohibited, and it is unlawful to sell deer, or for any transportation company to carry them to market. Squirrels and rabbits may be killed from the 15th day of Nov. to the 15th day of December. It is illegal to hunt with a ferret or to own or control one of these animals.

The penalties for violations of the act range from $10 to $50 fine for each offense, together with imprisonment.

Plenty of Huckleberries
Squire Joe Wilson returned last night from the mountains of Clearfield county, where he has been since last Friday in quest of huckleberries. They are abundant, he said. He got all he wanted. He wanted two bushels.

He also got all the rattlesnakes he wanted. He only wanted one rattlesnake.

He procured a very pretty one, three feet and a half in length, and took off its brilliantly mottled hide. He will have a neck-tie made of it, a beautiful four-in hand that will be the envy of everybody that admires snake-hides.

Harvey-Nickeson went along to the mountain. Hiram Rees and John Baughman were there, but returned last night. They also had all the berries they wanted.

John Baughman says there was an old lady picking berries out there. She could not see very good, and when a rattlesnake rattled its warning, she couldn't see it and would have walked right onto it, but her faithful dog jumped right in front of her and received the reptile's sting. The dog was bitten three times, and in a few moments swelled up and died.