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 18, 1897

A Mountain of Ore
The Punxsutawney Iron Company is putting in an immense quantity of ore. A little mountain of it is piled up on the grounds containing about 50,000 tons, and the company expects to have as much more there before navigation closes on the lakes.
No definite time has been fixed to start the works, but it will be very soon after the present miners strike is over.

A Big Steam Roller
The borough council has ordered a large steam road roller. It weighs ten tons and will cost $3,000.

It may be that this is a good investment, and it may be that this is not a good investment.

If it is the means of having the side streets filled up with slag from the furnace and rolled out smooth and solid, it may prove a great boon. But should the roller be permitted to lie idle throughout the long, glad summer days, and be put on exhibition only three or four days in the year, it would prove a mighty expensive luxury It will be useful at least in preparing the streets for brick paving.

Pennsylvania Day of Chattanooga
The old soldiers entitled to receive transportation to Chattanooga on the occasion of the dedication of the monument erected to Pennsylvania soldiers there are as follows:

Survivors of the 27th, 28th, 29th, 46th, 75th, 77th, 78th, 79th, 111th, and 147th volunteer infantry, 9th and 15th regiments cavalry, and Mushler's and Knapp's batteries.

The dedication will occur on October 11th. Applications for transportation should be made to Adjutant General Thomas J. Stewart, Harrisburg, Pa.

Harvest Home Picnic
An old fashioned harvest home picnic and festival will be given in Sylvan Grove, one fourth mile from Marchand, on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, under the auspices of the United Evangelical church.

Among the numerous attractions will be an ox roast, camp fire and bean roast. There will be speech-making by prominent orators, and a display of fire works at night.

Two brass bands will agitate the air with tuneful vibrations, and there will be an abundance of stuff to eat.