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
January 12, 1898

A True Bill Found

Constable McKeon, of Falls Creek, in making his returns to court at the recent sessions, made complaint against the tannery at that place, claiming that it was a nuisance, insomuch that it polluted the streams and the circumjacent air in that vicinity. The grand jury returned a true bill, and the tannery people stand indicted for maintaining a nuisance.

The officials say they will make no defence, and if declared a nuisance by the court, will simply quit and transfer the business done at Falls Creek to some one of their other numerous tanneries.

Killed in the Mines
Thomas Jones, son of William T. Jones, of Horatio, was killed in the mines of Eleanora on Monday forenoon, by a fall of rock. He was carried out of the mine in an unconscious condition and died in a few moments.
His injuries were internal.

The unfortunate young man was twenty-two years of age, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. He had worked at Eleanora only three weeks, and spent Sunday with his parents in Horatio. The remains will be interred in the Horatio cemetery this (Wednesday) afternoon.

A New Store
Ed. A. Murray, until recently with John B. Bair, and Albert Jordan of this place, will open a store in the Davis building between February 15th and March 1st, and will carry a line of dry goods, notions, and shoes. Both are substantial and reliable young men.

Mr. Murray has had an extensive experience in the dry goods and notion line, and is known to be a hustler and thoroughly up-to-date in the mercantile business.

Compulsory School Law
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Solt, and Mr. and Mrs. George Harkless, of this place, were arrested yesterday by Truant Officer C.E. Palmer for refusing to comply with the terms of the compulsory education law which requires all children between the ages of eight and fourteen years, to attend school.

The hearing was set for this evening. The fine for the first offense is $2 and costs, and for each subsequent offense $5 and costs. Officer Palmer says he was selected to enforce this law, and he intends to enforce it.

Card of Thanks
J. B. Eberhart and family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the people of Punxsutawney for the loving services rendered them in their late bereavement, the death of their little son.

The many kindnesses and expressions of sympathy on the part of the people here touched them deeply, and they wish to thank them with all their hearts.