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
March 8, 1888

Fearful Tragedy at Bradford
About eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon a man named Kimball entered the First National Bank in Bradford, sprang over the counter and shot the cashier. He then ran out and started down the street, followed by a crowd of excited citizens. A butcher who attempted to head him off was shot and instantly killed.

The crowd, which increased in numbers as it proceeded, kept up the pursuit, and finally the desperate man, seeing that there was no hope of escape, placed his revolver to his mouth and fired, dropping dead in his tracks.

Upon examination the dead criminal was found to have two suits of clothes on, and between his two pairs of pantaloons seventeen hundred dollars in greenbacks was found. It is not yet known how he came by the

The theory is that the man was insane, as no one but a madman would have
attempted so desperate and hazardous an enterprise. All three of the parties who were shot are now dead.

Birthday Party
Wednesday, February 29 being the fifty-second birthday of Mrs. Johnston Welchons, and considering that it only comes once in four years, her friends and neighbors conspired together and agreed to meet at her residence on that date and give her a pleasant surprise.

After enjoying ourselves for an hour or so in a social manner we were called upon to take part in that species of legerdemain by which turkeys and chicken and all kinds of sweet meats are made to disappear as if by magic.

After dinner a table was spread with many beautiful gifts which were presented by Mrs. James Timblin.

The party was then ably addressed by T.T. Adams, Esq. followed by a neat little speech by J.A. Timblin in behalf of Mrs. Welchons, and all departed wishing the genial hostess many more such happy birthdays. GUEST.