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
April 11, 1888

Arrested for Stealing an Ox

David Trainor, of Walston, was arrested here last Friday evening by Policeman Kirk Patrick, charged with stealing an ox from Frank Ferringer, who resides near New Maysville, Clarion county.

It appears that Trainor happened to be in Clarion county last Monday and seeing an ox that struck his fancy, he brought it along home, butchered it and sold the meat and hide, realizing a very handsome profit.

After spending a night in the lock-up here Trainor was taken to Clarion jail by Mr. Ferringer to await trial.

He was also accompanied by the ox hide, which will be marked as "Exhibit A" and used in evidence against him.

April 18, 1888
Repair Shops
We learn from what we consider a very reliable source that the Bell's Railroad Company is contemplating the removal of its repair shops from Bellewood to Punxsutawney.

The officers having this matters in charge were in town a few days ago looking over the ground with such an object in view.

If the design is consummated the shops will be located somewhere on the company's property in the East End.

Hendricks Body Found
A dispatch from Brookville this forenoon conveyed the intelligence that the body of Thomas A. Hendricks who was drowned in North Fork below Litch's dam, on Friday evening, April 6, had just been found below the railroad bridge, near the old depot.

A reward of seventy-five dollars was offered for the recovery of the body by the Brookville Lodge of Odd Fellows.

April 28, 1888
Shot an Eagle
J.W. Pierce, of Rayne township, shot a bald eagle the other day while it was cleaving the clouds at a distance of eighty yards above his head. It measured almost six feet across its expanded wings. Another bird of freedom gone.

Carpets, Carpets
We are offering this season a magnificent line of carpets. Life is too short to describe the bewildering variety of patterns found in our immense carpet room. Our carpet department is under the charge of Mr. Frank Zeitler, one experienced in matching and cutting carpets and who will match, cut, sew and put down carpets as desired. North & Miller.