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
(September 2, 1896)

Two Italians Received a Dose of Lead from Constable Cook

Last Sunday Gostinio and Michael Carino, two brothers residing at Walston, were disputing about a line fence, and fearing that trouble might ensue, Constable Isaac Cook was sent for.

He went to the scene of the trouble, and according to reports, both of them attacked the constable, threw him down, and were proceeding to belabor him when Mr. Cook's son came to the rescue and struck one of his father's assailants over the head with a board.

Mr. Cook then regained his feet, and the Italians started to run. The Constable got hold of his revolver, which he had lost in the scuffle, and ordered the men to stop.

They refused to do so, and he fired at them, striking one of them in the leg and the other in the back. They were taken to the hospital where it was ascertained that one had received a flesh wound which was not at all serious, and the other, who was hit just above the hip, had not been wounded in a vital place, and would likely recover without much difficulty.

Mr. Cook came to town on Monday and made information against both of them for assault and battery.

The Big Mill Shut Down
Monday's DuBois Courier conveys the information that the big saw mill of John E. DuBois at that place, had indefinitely closed down.

It said: "On Saturday evening a report was circulated about town that the jobbers of John E. DuBois had been notified to cease work for the season, that the fires under the boilers at the big mill had been drawn, the mills closed and that the industries which have for years given employment to hundreds of men and support to their families were to be closed down indefinitely and caused misgivings, fear and destrot in the breasts of many other than the above employes of Mr. DuBois.

To ascertain the truthfulness of the above report a Courier representative saw Mr. DuBois yesterday and asked him as to their accuracy. He was told that the report was substantially correct.

He had suspended work in the woods, the mill had been closed down indefinitely and that not another log would be cut this winter, and that he could see no reason why he should go on preparing his product for a market, while, because of existing conditions, no market existed."