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 29, 1896)

Stahle Took the Property
John Stahle bought the other day, for his wife, the Ben Carter property, near the Mager House, in Young township, for a consideration of $450. The property belongs to Thomas Edmonson, of Adrian, and there was a little case before the justice of the peace in which Mr. Stahle was called as a witness to prove the value of the property. He said it was worth $700.
"You would not give $500," said the attorney who represented the other side — "you can have it for $450."
"Draw up your papers," said John. "I'll take it."
And it was accordingly so done.
Mr. Stahle says there are three acres of nice ground, and a fairly good house on it, and he wouldn't take $800 for the property.

Another gas well has been started on the reservation where the fluid is found that supplies this town. This will be well No. 16. A number of the holes which have been pounded into the earth in that neighborhood were nonproductive. One was drilled last fall to a depth of three thousand feet without finding any sand at all. There was not even salt water. Mr. Townsend has spent a great deal of money puncturing the earth out there, and he will keep pounding away as long as the holes give forth any gas.

Attention Company
J. J. Young, commander of the Custer Cavalry Troop, desires every member to be present in Punxsutawney by 10 o'clock, a.m., May 30, to participate in the services of Decoration Day. It is the desire of the old soldiers of this community to pay a fitting tribute to the memory of their departed comrades on the day designated for that purpose, and Custer Cavalry Troop is requested to do its part.

These are the times to plant your onions. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot may waver in the attempt, but those who wade right in, spade up the soil regardless of blistered hands and mangled angle-worms, will have new onions from his own garden while the weary and faint-hearted will continue to dine on the products of Spain and Bermuda.