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 15, 1896)

Of Interest to School Directors

A case which will be of interest to our readers was tried in Lawrence county recently. The points in the case briefly stated are: Miss Alice Dunham sued the school district of Sharpsville for wages, the plaintiff having been elected a teacher two years ago but had not articled.

In the meantime the school board got into a dead-lock and resigned, when the court appointed a new one. The new board decided to abandon one room, leaving Miss Dunham without a school, and too late for her to secure one. A verdict in her favor for the full year’s wages, with interest, amounting to $324.70, was rendered. Whether the verdict will stand or not is to be argued by the attorneys of the defense.


Some Old Clocks

In the last issue of the Star we mentioned that R. F. Morrison of Allen’s Mills, had left a clock in C. F. Hoffman’s jewelry store for repairs that had been keeping good time for sixty years. Ninnian Cooper insists that the clock is only 55 years old, and that there is a wooden clock in Mrs. Margaret Cooper’s house to-day that is running and keeping good time that is five years older than Grandfather Morrison’s clock.

Mr. Cooper says that on January 28th, 1835, a clock peddler made his appearance and stopped at their place and that his father bought a wooden clock for $8.00. The cords and pendulum hung almost to the floor.

On November 1st, 1840, after the clock had been in use five years, a Yankee clock peddler dropped in among them from the state of Connecticut, who sold brass clocks. His father bought a 24-hour clock for $30.00 and Grandfather Morrison bought an 8-day brass clock for $50.00, which is just 55 years old. Mr. Cooper says when the brass clock was bought the wooden clock was laid to one side for a few years until his brother William was married, and he took it, got it repaired, and set it in his house and it has kept good time up the present without costing one cent for repairs.
— Reynoldsville Star.


(January 22, 1896)

Don’t lie to candidates.

When a man asks you for your support, tell him the straight facts about it. Then, whether elected or defeated, he will give you credit with being a candid man, and is bound to respect you, even if he does not love you. Many a candidate is lead to spend a great deal of time and money and energy that he might be spared if people were frank and candid. When a man’s hopes are buoyed up by false promises he naturally falls hard when defeated and comes to the conclusion that all men are liars. Every man has the right to vote as he pleases, and no sensible man can find fault with him for it.