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 13, 1897

An Explosion of Powder
An explosion of fifty pounds of powder and several sticks of dynamite, which had been placed near a fire to thaw out, yesterday morning at the new glass works cite at DuBois, seriously injured Abraham Horn, a laborer, aged fifty, and also knocked down and hurt three other men who were working close by.

The injured man was terribly cut about the head and face, and his recovery is doubtful.

Froze to Death
Stauley Soisko, a Polander of Eleonora, attended a christening at Walston on Friday night.

He indulged too excessively in ardent spirits during the performance and had to be taken home in a carriage.

The driver set him out at the gate of his boarding house and drove away.

Solisko was so badly under the influence of liquor that he was unable to arouse any of the inmates to let him in.

The next morning his lifeless body was found in the snow at the edge of the porch.

His hat was found on a bench near the door. He must have fallen asleep and rolled off the porch, and as the night was bitterly cold, froze to death.

Tannery Fire at Curwensville
Fire broke out in the finishing rooms of the big beam house belonging to the Elk Tanning company at Curwensville early on Monday morning, and regardless of the half dozen steady streams of water the heroic fireman turned on it, consumed the entire structure at a loss to the company of about $60,000.

The temperature was eight degrees below zero during the fire and , as everything about a tannery is greasy and easily ignited, it was with only greatest difficulty that the adjourning buildings, belonging to the same company, and other industries of the town situated in same locality was saved from a general conflagration.

Polk Township Has Them
The family of William Dobson, who is now undergoing imprisonment in the penitentiary for the murder of Louis Helman are being maintained by the poor authorities of Polk township.

At the time of the murder the family lived in Springcreek township, Elk County.

As they had no means of maintaining themselves after the arrest and imprisonment of husband and father, they became a public charge.

The poor overseer of Springcreek investigated and found that the family had moved from Polk township a little less than a year from the time they became a charge, and accordingly, bundled them back.

The family consists of the wife and six young children.

Polk township, it is said now has eleven indigent persons to maintain.