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
(February 5, 1896)

Death of Little Clara Wells

The papers last week told the sad fact but our hearts crave a few words of fond remembrance. 

How short Clara’s life here!  Only two years, two months, and eight days. Yet how much influence there was in that brief life! How much she is missed! Not alone to parents and near relatives, but also to neighbors and friends, she was as a light in a dark night.

She seemed to belong to all who knew her. She was happy herself and she made many other lives brighter and better. She was the special friend of her grandmother Hauck with whom she spent much time each day. 

Now she has gone from us. The little candle shines no more on earth and there is darkness and sorrow. How deep the sad gloom of loving hearts is known only to Him who says: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.”  “Take heed that he despise not one of these little ones.” “It is not the will of your Father which is Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

“Faith tells us, and it tells us not in vain,
That we shall meet our Clara yet again.”
Truly she is---”A treasure but removed---
A bright bird parted for a clearer day
Ours still in heaven.”

The kindness of many friends in such an hour of need must not be without recognition. Both here and at Smicksburg, where the little body was laid to rest, warm hearts of sympathy and ready hands of help were freely given. The kind Master will reward.  

Punxsutawney, PA., Feb. 4, 1896.

His Head Cut Off

B. J. Syks, of the firm of Sykes Bros., lumbermen of Newtonburg, was in town last Friday evening to secure a coffin for Adam Litzsky, a Slav in their employ, who was killed on the branch railroad that runs to their mill that day. 

He and a number of men were riding on the rear end of the tender, with their feet on the the first car, when the coupling pin came out and the train parted from the engine, causing Litszey to fall off. He fell with his neck across the rail, and the wheels passed over his head, completely severing it from the body. The remains were interred in the Catcholic cemetery at Clayville.

Orra A. Baldwin representing C. H. DuBois, of Bradford, placed a beautiful Foster & Co. piano in the Belnap house last week and one in the home of Mr. H. S. Belnap the week before. The one in Mr. Dillman’s hotel is of antique quartered oak of exquisite finish and excellent tone. Mr. Baldwin knows how to manipulate the keys as well as how to sell an instrument! He expects to make several sales before leaving the town.