Way Back When

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported inpast issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
Local Intelligence
February 19, 1896

The celebrated Dr. Talmadge says very truly that "I might as well preach against a very busy ant or beehive as to declaim against secret societies, or to cry out against the existing of things. Association is a divine arrangement. Men are made for companionship. No life is or can be, absolutely self existent. We depend upon each other. Secrecy is largely true of both secular and sacred things. Council or lodge hall is not a church, but all true and beneficiary orders owe their existence to the spirit of christianity. They are children of the church in the sense that they were born under christian influences. They are auxiliaries to the church in the work of benevolence. They are co-workers in the great sense of humanity is amelioration of the human race and in the promotion of the interests of mankind." 
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Killed on the Track

Wesley Cook, son of Andrew Cook, of Cookport, met a horrible death on the railroad about a mile above Cherrytree Friday night. Cook had been at Spangler during the day and started for Cherrytree on the evening train, but got off at Garman's.  From there, it is supposed he started to walk to Cherrytree, but as had been drinking pretty freely it is thought he either fell and could not rise or lay down and went to sleep on the track, when a freight train struck and ran over him, cutting him in two and mangling the body badly. The accident was not discovered until after the train had passed over the body Saturday morning, and then the mangled form was found by a section hand. The remains were sent to his home at Cookport where the interment took place Sunday. The young man was aged about 23 years. ---Marion Centre Independent. 

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Not long ago since an old lawyer of this place was in a reminiscent mood. He was telling how the attorneys went from one countyseat to another "traveled the circuit" to practice their profession in the early days. "Some very peculiar ideas and customs obtained in those times," said the lawyer. "One of the strangest, I think," he continued,, "prevailed at Brookville, Jefferson county. Fresh meat wasn't to be had in markets in those days like now. Accordingly, at Brookville, when fresh meat was on sale, the inhabitants of the town and vicinity were always notified of the fact by ringing the court house bell."---Westmoreland Democrat