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
June 6, 1888

Indiana County Primaries
The Republican primary election of Indiana county took place last Saturday and resulted in the nomination of E. E. Allen, of Blairsville, and Dr. W. L. Reed, of Jacksonsville, for Assembly.

Following is the vote: Allen, 1,440; Reed, 1,337; T.C. Ramey, of Indiana, 1,287; S. J. Craighead, of Young township, 1,220. Dr. J. L. Hazlett, of Indiana was nominated for Jury Commissioner. For Congress and State Senate Hon. A. H. Fulton and Hon. G. W. Hood had no opposition.

"Home Sweet Home"
"Bobby" Burns, the poet of the Susquehanna, contributes the following to the literature of home. Bobby can write feelingly on this subject, as he knows what it is to be homeless, from very sad experience:

Outcast we are and all alone,
No love-light beams from home, sweet home,
Of highest joys that free abound,
Elsewhere on earth can not be found,
What sad reflections while we roam,
To think we have no home, sweet home.
The prattling ones that erst did play
Have sank to silence — gone away,
The tales they told in childish glee
Are only left to Memory.
But when the shades of night appear
Their pat'ring feet we seem to hear,
And bitter recollections come
Of vanished joys at home, sweet home.
There are perhaps a dozen more stanzas of the poem, and we consider it one of "Bobby's" best efforts, but the above will serve as a sample of the whole.

Charles C. Weaver
Charles Clark Weaver, son of George Weaver, of Perry township, died last Sunday of typhoid fever, in the twenty-third year of his age. He left home on Monday, May 21, for the back woods of McKean county, where he has a contract. After working one day he became ill and started home, arriving on Wednesday. He continued to grow worse until Sunday, June 3, when he expired.

Mr. Weaver was an industrious, straight going young man, whom everyday liked, and his death was sincerely mourned by all who knew him.
His mortal remains were laid to rest in Zion church yard on Monday at 10 o'clock, in the presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends, Rev. Crebs was the officiating minister.