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 11, 1897

Struck by Lightning
The storm which swept over this part of the earth yesterday did very little damage in proportion to its ominous appearance.

It looked very black and sullen, and frowned a fearful frown, frightening the women and children and causing strong men to tremble in their boots.

But all the damage resulting, so far as we have learned, was that the wind blew down about thirty converters for the Electric Light Company, and lightning struck the barn of Daniel Doncaster, just outside of Lindsey, and the house of Dr. Bell in Punxsutawney. In both
cases it knocked large holes in the roof.

Won the Prize
Several weeks ago the H. J. Heinz company, of Pittsburgh offered a prize of $75 and $25 for the first and second best advertisements of their baked beans.

A. L. Lowe, the photographer of this place, submitted a design from a photograph representing a little boy, sitting on a box of Heinz’s baked beans, with a large dish of them on his lap, shoveling beans into the open mouth of a little girl at his side.

A profusion of cakes and candy lay all about, scorned and neglected. On the card appeared the words, “Some folks don’t know what’s good.”
The design was entered in the name of Mr. Lowe’s little daughter Florence, and she was awarded the second prize of $25.

A Silver Medal Contest
A Demorest silver medal contest was held in the C. P. Church last night. There was a fair audience present, and the applause was extremely liberal.

The contestants were Frank Frampton, Bessie Simpson, Lesca Sadler, Murray Hunter, Annie Porter, Vernon Carr and Florence Lowe.

All did so well that it was difficult to decide between them. At first each one of the three judges. R. S. Van Rensalaer, William Fairman and Mrs. Charles Jenks, each picked out a different person as the winner. But a decision was necessary and they finally agreed upon Miss. Annie Porter, who was given the medal. The exercises were interspersed with excellent music by a union choir.

Solos by Mrs. W. W. Miller and Charles Jenks were highly appreciated.