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

Sept. 23, 1896


It is with much pain that we express our bereavement over the loss of our friend, J.P. Murray, who died last Monday with diphtheria, after an illness of about ten days.
Deceased was about thirty years of age, was born and educated in Bradford county, Pa, and until recently has always lived there, and in Sullivan county.

In his early manhood he taught school.

Seven years ago he entered the employ of Clark Bros., Lopez, Sullivan county, as clerk in the general store.

After about three years in this capacity, he was given full charge of their store at that place which position he held when he removed to this county, and took sole charge as buyer and manager of Clark, Kizor & Kipp's general mercantile business at this place.

Mr Murray, by his honorable course and bearing won the esteem and confidence of all those with whom he associated.

He had been married just eleven months, and leaves a young wife, Miss Ida B. Schock, his parents, and a number of brothers and sisters, to mourn his loss.

A FRIEND. Cortez, Pa., September 19, 1896.

Nov. 7, 1896


Israel Spencer, of Elbel, and William Barnett, of this town, are hunting in the mountains of Clearfield county.

Last Saturday they sent home two black bears which they succeeded in killings. One was a big fellow, and the other was rather small.

They were sent to Phillilber’s meat market with the intention of supplying the people with bear steak, but the warm weather has played havoc with them.

They were no longer fresh, and the meat was not in a condition to offer to the public.

The hides were taken off, however, and when properly tanned will make a very nice “buffalo” robe.

Somebody who was feeling ugly started the report that on the day following the election, wages were reduced at the Walston mines and on the B. R. & P. Railway.

We have inquired diligently of persons who ought to know, and they say there is nothing in the report.