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 20, 1897

Expected the Real Thing
A man from one of the rural districts was in town on Saturday and saw the numerous little black flags the Tornado company have stuck up on the telegraph poles to advertise their show.

The inscription above the flag reads "A tornado is coming," and the innocent fellow thought the weather man was using this plan to inform us that a tornado was about to visit this community.

He hurried home and informed his family and neighbors of the approaching storm and advised them all to prepare accordingly.

And they did.

Indiana County's Creamery
The co-operative creamery at Eldersridge Indiana county, owned by the farmers of that vicinity, bought last year 777,586 pounds of milk out of which they manufactured 41,198 pounds of butter.

The patrons of the creamery used 7,021 pounds and the remainder 34,177 pounds was sold in the city markets at an average of nineteen and five-sixth cents per pound.

The enterprise paid a dividend of twenty-four per cent to the stockholders.

Jefferson county has a creamery located at Coal Spring which has just as good facilities for manufacturing butter as the one in Indiana county, but for some reason it is permitted to remain idle while our neighbors are condensing a good deal of lacteal fluid, and are getting rich.

South Side Civil Suits
This side of the county will be interested in some important civil suits that are on the trial list for the February term of court.

Thos Fanning, of South Side, brought an action for damages about a year ago against the boro of Punxsutawney.

He alleges that in July '94 as he was passing over a bad piece of pavement in front of the property of Silas Brady, on the South Side, he fell and sustained some internal injuries from which he believes he will never recover.

He sued for $5000 damages.

This case will interest the taxpayers of the boro.

The boro of Clayville is sued for $500 by Richard L.L. Davis, who claims the authorities placed a sewer so as to empty its contents into his land, thereby damaging it to that extent.

W.F. Wingert of Big Run, has a suit for damages against John Shills, of the same place who alleges some time in March '95 cut a tree which lodged in another close by and then tied a rope to the lodged tree and in pulling it down with a team of horses pulled it onto Julius Caesar Wingert, an eleven-year-old son of the plaintiff, crippling him for life.