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 23, 1896

An Armstrong County Girl
A dispatch from Laporte, Indiana of recent date says, "Edith E. Rylatt, of Armstrong county, PA, answered the matrimonial want notice of Alexander Rhines, of Fulton county and has become his lawful wife.

Rhines enjoys the rare distinction of having lived with 11 wives, all of whom in his mania to make further conquests he has divorced within a period of 20 years.

He married his first wife in 1870, and now at the age of 75 has taken unto himself wife number 12."

Excursion to DuBois
Barnum and Bailey's greatest show on earth will exhibit at DuBois on Monday, September 28, afternoon and evening.

The B. R. & P. railway will sell excursion tickets, including admission to the show, at the following prices; Lindsey $1.25; Punxsutawney $1.25; Big Run $1.00; Sykes 80 cents.

Returning train will leave DuBois at 4:37 p.m. Tickets will be good returning in regular trains the following day.

Barn Struck by Lightning
The large barn of A.J. States, of Canoe Township was struck by lightning last Saturday morning and destroyed by fire.

The barn was 50 by 50 feet and contained considerably grain and hay, besides farming machinery, hacks and buggies. Nothing was saved except a hack and wagon.

There was $500 insurance on the barn and $300 on the contents.

The loss would aggregate over $1,200.

The Dayton Fair
The Dayton Fair, which takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week, promises to be the best ever held in Dayton; already famous for its great fairs.

There will be good races, a balloon asceusion on each of the three last days, and a fine exhibition of stock and agricultural products.

A large number of people from Punxsutawney and the vicinity will attend.

Carter Found Guilty
George Carter, of this place, charged with tampering with the ballot, was tried in Brookville last week, and convicted on the charges of perjury and making false return of the votes cast.

Judge White, of Indiana, presided at the trial.

A motion was made for a new trial, and Judge White did not have time to hear the arguments; he set November 11 for that purpose and ordered Carter to enter bail for his appearance at that time.

In the meantime sentence was suspended.

The impression prevails that Carter is not the only one implicated in the matter, but up to this time he has not intimated that he had any accomplices.