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JOHNSTOWN DEMOCRAT
JOHNSTOWN, PA
1865

14 Jun 1865
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


KILLED -- Wendell Meyers was killed in Croyle township, on Monday, the 29th day of May, by being crushed with the wheels of his wagon. The horses took fright at the whistle of a locomotive which was passing on the Penn's railroad, causing the accident.

SUDDEN DEATH -- Robert Gregory, a member of Capt. Mackin's company, returned home a few days ago from the hospital somewhat unwell, and died suddenly on last Friday morning. It is said that he never received a cent of the bounty promised them. This is strange. It is hoped that his family will get it yet.

MURDERED -- Polly Paul and a daughter of Martin Munday, who were living together in the same house, in Croyle township, were brutally murdered on last Wednesday evening. The whole affair is as yet a mystery.

OIL! OIL! Oil has at last been struck in Cambria county, at the depth of 327 feet. -- The well promises to throw out about forty barrels per day. We understand that three more wells are started in the vicinity of the place, which is three miles east of Loretto, at the Gibbon's Springs.

RAIN -- After a long dry spell the clouds poured out a copious rain on last Friday night and Saturday morning, which fact gladdened the heart as much as if the people in the vicinity had struck oil.

IMPROVEMENTS -- The buildings of the Johnstown Mechanical Company, in Woodvale, are going up with commendable speed. The factory building is built of brick, is large and commodious and is now four stories high. Woodvale will, when built up, be one of the handsomest villages in Cambria county.

A CANDIDATE -- We are informed that Jno. F. Barnes, Esq., of this place, will be presented by his friends as a candidate for District Attorney at the approaching County Convention. Mr. Barnes is a sound democrat.

HOME AGAIN -- Capt. Stackhouse's company has returned home.

SOLD -- "May Queen," the winner of the last two races on the Kernville course, was sold a few days since to Mr. Byers, of Pittsburg, for $1,000. She is only five years old, but by her steadiness, bottom, and breeding, had put her feet well down in the tables of the turf. Her driver, Mr. Gore, deserves much credit for the manner in which he has brought her out. We bid farewell to "May Queen," not without a regret, however, but ask for her success in the future as marked as it has been in the past.

IN TOWN -- Mr. A. C. Dibert, of Philadelphia, is here on a visit to his many friends, in connection with his business as salesman. His former companions are happy to meet him. Long may he prosper.

ABSENT -- Rev. A. J. Hartsock will be absent a few weeks to recuperate his health. -- The Rev. S. B. Leasure ofWestmoreland Co., will officiate in the pulpit of the U. E. Church during his absence.

HOWARD'S DRAMATIC TROUPE -- This splendid troupe have been playing in our town a number of evenings, which has been quite a treat to our pleasure seeking citizens.

LAYING THE CORNER STONE -- The corner stone of the English Lutheran Church will be laid on Sunday next at 4 o'clock P.M.

16 Jun 1865
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


THE PAUL AND MUNDAY MURDER -- The details of this horrible affair do not throw much light unpon the simple announcement made in these columns last week. The bloody tragedy happened on Wednesday evening of last week but it was not discovered until Thursday evening. Miss Paul, the old lady was found in the barn with the back part of her head crushed in by a stroke from a club. Miss Munday, the young girl, was found in the orchard, the front part of her head crushed with a heavy blow. Whittled clubs were found near each body. Miss Paul, who lived on a small farm about two miles north of Summerhill Station, was known to have in her possession a large sum of money, and this fact doubtless led to the commission of the horrid crime. Miss Munday was learning the weaver's art with Miss Paul. The former was seventeen and the latter was seventy years old. The house showed that he had been searched for money, but the sum of forty dollars was left in a dress pocket of Miss Paul. How much was taken is not known.

It is thought there were two murders. -- Sheriff Myers has offered a reward of $500 for the apprehension of both, or $250 for either of them. Ream, who is a graduate of Western Penitentiary, is still in custody. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of one Augustine Dimond, charged with complicity in the murder. Up to date, he has not been taken.

VIOLENT STORM -- Perhaps the most violent storm of which the oldest inhabitant of Johnstown has any knowledge, occurred here on Wednesday evening. It was indeed terrible to look upon, and the wonder is that it was not more terrible in its effects. The streets were flooded with rain, the gardens were severely visited, many trees were uprooted, and the crops of grain and grass were leveled to the earth. In town, Mr. Charles B. Ellis lost a fine apple tree; Mr. Adam Fockler a valuable plum tree; a large locust in front of the office of A. Kopelin, esq., was blown down; other trees were stripped of their fruit or suffered amputation of their limbs. In the country, we hear that Mr. Isaac Singer lost a dozen of apple trees. Doubtless other damage was done of which we have yet to hear.

21 Jun 1865
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


A raid was made last week on the chickens of the fifth Ward, by some persons who were engaged in burning bricks. It is said that the raid proved emnently successful and the some two dozen old clucking hens were put out of the way.

A large number of soldiers continue to pass through daily on the cars westward, bound for their homes. On Saturday evening an immense train filled with veterans, passed through.

James Robb, Esq., of the fifth Ward, has the brick works in successful operation. Three immense kilns are up now, one being burned, and preparations being made for several kilns more. Two of our citizens have bespoke one hundred and fifty thousand each, preparatory to building next spring when the Dibert estate comes into market.

The crops of grain and grass in this vicinity took well, the prospects for a bountiful harvest being fifty percent better than last year. The grapes are flourishing and the gardens cannot be excelled.

Along the old Alleghany Portage Railroad after a refreshing shower that lays the dust, and washes away the mud and dirt, one can distinctly see in beautifully receding rows, the "old stepping stones of time".

Hon. Jeremiah Black, formerly of Somerset county, made a most powerful and thrilling speech the other day, before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, convened at Harrisburg, on the unconstitutionality of the bounty laws of this State.

On Thursday last the lightning struck the house of John Boyle, in Prospect borough, and shivered the posts of a bed on which a child was sleeping, without injuring the child.

A WARNING TO BOYS -- A few weeks ago a little boy of Mr. Samuel Sons, of Conemaugh Station, was fatally injured by a railroad train. It appears he got upon a freight train while in motion and fell off, the wheels injuring him so that he died in a fwe hours. There is a wonderful recklessness on the part of boys in this neighborhood, in jumping on and off railroad trains, and it seems almost a miracle that more are not killed.

IN THE CITY -- Mr. John J. Murphy is now in the city purchasing goods, which he will have here and ready for sale this week. Call and see his new goods.


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