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
December 1, 1897

Dr. Grube Will Wed
Mr. and Mrs. David Hutchison, of Pittsburgh, have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter Miss Minnie Newkirk, to Dr. John Grube, of Braddock. The wedding will take place on Thursday, December 9, and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Mansell, of Hazlewood.

Dr. Grube is a native of this community, and until recently practiced medicine here. Miss Newkirk is also known here, having been employed during last season in Miss Torrence's millinery store.

New Miners Organization
The miners convention, held in Altoona last week resulted in the formation of a State organization, to be affiliated with the United Mine Workers of American.

Patrick Dolan, President of the Pittsburgh district and William Warner, secretary, will act as president and secretary of the organization until the general state convention is held, not later than February 25, 1898, when permanent officers will be chosen.

Public School Day
County Superintendent R. B. Teitrick, having designated Thursday, December 2, as Public School day, the teachers of the Punxsutawney schools take this method of extending a cordial invitation to patrons and citizens to spend a part of that day at least in visiting the different schools.

It is suggested that all visitors enter the different rooms without any formality. H.D. Condron, Belle Henry, J.M. Cook. Committee.

December 8, 1897
A Third-Rail Trolly Line

We have it from reliable authority that the P. & N. W. Railroad Company is contemplating the introduction of a third-rail trolly system on their Elk Run branch from Punxsutawney to Anita to accommodate the traveling public. Cars will be run every half hour. Instead of the overhead trolly the electric connection will be made by means of a third rail, placed in the centre of the track.

This move on the part of the railroad company is probably due to the fact that there has been some talk of extending the Punxsutawney street railway to Anita, in which event a large proportion of its traffic between these points would be lost.

Closing Out Sale
Having decided to quit the millinery business, we will dispose of our entire stock at and below cost. Persons wishing bargains in millinery goods should call and examine our stock and get prices, as everything must be sold to close out.