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LANCASTER, Pa., Jan. 3--Patrick Burke, aged 70 years, a prominent Providence township drover, died from general debility. When a messenger came to inform his son, James Burke, a local cabman, of his father's death, the son was found dead in his bed. His death was the resulted of a protracted spree.
LEWISBURG, Pa., Jan. 3--Three men were killed by a train on the Philadelphia and Erie division of the Pennsylvania railroad at a crossing about ten miles north of Sunbury. The men were riding in a covered wagon. The victims were Samuel Whitmeyer, William Wensel and Fremont Wolf. Harvey Wensel, a brother of one of the victims, escaped injuries by jumping. The victims left large families.
DuBOIS, Pa., Jan. 3--Mrs. Claude Miller or Ridgway, an invalid and unable to move from her bed, was burned to death.
LEWISTOWN, Pa., Jan. 3--S. B. Bubb, aged 21 years, a clerk employed by the Pennsylvania railroad, was struck by a draft of cars and instantly killed. He leaves a wife and child.
Mr. Ed. Shields, of Loretto, spent a few hours in town on Thursday.
Mr. Leo Luttringer, of Harrisburg, spent the holidays in Ebensburg.
Dr. Walter Shoemaker, of Wilmerding, visited Ebensburg on Christmas.
Miss Maude Shoemaker, of this place, visited friends in Altoona this week.
Mr. Thomas Peach, of this place, spent several days last week in Philadelphia.
Mr. A.R. Longenecker, of Ivison, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.
Miss Mary McCabe, of Philadelphia, visited her parents in this place last week.
Mr. E.B. Kittell who is employed at Spangler, spent the holidays in Ebensburg.
Mr. Andrew Eckenrode, of Carrolltown, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.
Jury Commissioners Alex smelly and D.B. Wilson are at work filling the jury wheel for 1900.
Steward Hughes, of the almshouse, served a turkey dinner to the inmates of that institution on Christmas day.
Mr. Milton Connell, of Philadelphia, spent the holidays in Ebensburg visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Connell.
Mr. Patrick Gallagher, of Youngstown, O., was the guest of the family of Mr. A. J. Darragh, of this place, the past week.
J.T. Klingensmith, formerly P.R.R. agent at Latrobe, has been transferred to Gallitzin where he will have the same position.
Mr. M.D. Bearer, of this place, who is employed with a business firm at Toledo, Ohio, spent the holidays in Ebensburg with his family.
Miss Bessie Shoemaker, of this place, entertained a party of friends very pleasantly at euchre on Thursday evening of last week.
Mr. Daniel Davis, of the East ward, is hauling stone with the intention of building a new brick house on Centre street next summer.
Mr. Owen Rowland, a well known citizen of this place, left one day last week for Iowa, where he will remain for some time visiting friends.
The mercury in the thermometer at Knorr's tannery, three miles north of Ebensburg, got down to 16 degrees below zero on Sunday night.
Mr. Ed. Luther, of this place, left last week for Braddock, where he will accept a position in one of the newspaper establishments of that town.
Rev. J.J. Deasy and A.J. Darragh, of this place, visited Gallitzin on Monday and were at Cresson when the big wreck occurred on the railroad.
Mrs. C.J. Blair went to Pittsburg on Wednesday, being called there by the illness of her sister, Mrs. George Bearer, who is suffering from pneumonia.
A 6-year-old daughter of Joseph McCabe, of Johnstown, was seriously burned at her home Monday afternoon. Her clothing caught fire from a stove.
Mr. Andrew Condon, formerly of Cherrytree, has been appointed agent of the P.R.R., at this place, to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Abel Lloyd, Sr.
The name of Dawson station on the Cambria and Clearfield division, Pennsylvania railroad, has been changed to Syberton. The change to date from Jan. 1, 1900.
Messrs. Leonce Shields, Ed. Bolsinger, Charles Davison, Herschell Evans and Dr. Butler Roberts, of Pittsburg, all formerly of Ebensburg, spent the holidays at their old homes.
Mr. Archie Farrell, an old and respected citizen of Spangler, died at his home in that place on Friday of last week, aged 70 years. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Nicktown on Sunday.
Mr. Christopher Critzman, who for a number of years was a door-keeper in the United States senate at Washington, D.C., and who for several years visited Ebensburg during the summer, died recently in Philadelphia.
Misses Edith Barker and Florence Evans, of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Miss Nellie Lloyd, of Wooster University, Wooster, Ohio, and Miss Mary Connell, of West Chester State Normal School, spent the holidays at home with their parents.
Judge Harry White, of Indiana, made a narrow escape from death last Wednesday at Blairsville Intersection. While crossing the east-bound tracks he was almost run down by Pennsylvania Limited. He escaped on the narrowest kind of margin.
Wesley Schenk, flagmen on the Gallitzin work train, was run over and killed in the Gallitzin yard on Wednesday morning by an engine. Mr. Shenk was an old railroader and his home was at Gallitzin. He is survived by his wife, a son aged 19 years and a married daughter.
Villiam (sic) Seymore, aged 24 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Seymore, of Allegheny township, died at the home of his parents on Sunday evening December 23, 1899, of consumption. his remains were interred in St. Michael's cemetery, at Loretto, on the following Tuesday.
Rev. John L. Ludden, who has been rector of St. Augustine's, St. Augustine, this county, for the past eight or ten years, has been appointed rector of the Church of the Holy Name, in Ebensburg, to take the place of Rev. J.J. Deasy, who as mentioned in our last issue has been transferred to Gallitzin.
The poor directors met at the poor-house on Tuesday and re-elected Thomas J. Hughes as steward of the poorhouse at a salary of $500, the same as he has been receiving, and Mrs. Hughes matron, at $200, which figure is also the same as it was. Evans & Leech, of Ebensburg, were retained as solicitors for the poor board.
It is reported that Mr. J.B. Denny, of the Mountain House, in this place, has purchased the furniture and leasehold of Mr. C.B. Hamn in the Merchants Hotel, in Johnstown, and that he will take charge of that well-known hotel in the near future. We have not learned who will take charge of the Mountain House.
Mr. John O'Hara, of Cresson, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.
Last Tuesday Mrs. Robert Acheson, of DuBois, was probably fatally burned. She was standing before an open grate when her clothing caught fire and she was soon a mass of flames. Attending physicians have little hopes for her recovery.
On Thursday of last week the county commissioners got together and selected D.W. Klinefelter, of Conemaugh, for merchantile appraiser. There were twenty-three of the good and faithful, who were anxious for the job and every one of the twenty-three felt certain he had a sure thing of it.
Mr. Joseph Adams, an aged and respected farmer residing near Chest Springs died suddenly while eating his noonday meal on Saturday. Mr. Adams was a devout member of the Catholic church at Chest Springs, were (sic) a Solemn Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of his soul on Tuesday at 9 o'clock. Interment at St. Augustine.
Dennis McSweeney, of Washington township, Indiana county, met death in a shocking manner a few days ago. He was out driving when his team ran away. He was thrown out over the dashboard and one of his feet caught in the running gear of the wagon and he was dragged for three quarters of a mile. He was death when picked up.
An alarm of fire was sounded in Ebensburg on Friday afternoon but while the people were anxiously trying to discover the whereabouts of the fire, the word came that it was extinguished. it was at the residence of Mr. E.H. Davis, on Ogle street, and originated from a heat conductor from the furnace in the cellar. The damage was slight.
The locomotive shops of the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg railroad at Lincoln, N.Y., are to be removed to DuBois, Pa., adding fully 600 skilled workmen to the army of men now employed at the latter point, and concentrating at that place all the repair and building works of this new trunk line. The site has been surveyed, and work is expected to be begun in a few days.
Valentine Anstead, a former resident of Ebensburg, son of Philip Anstead, of Cambria township, died at his home in Johnstown, on Thursday evening, December 21, 1899, from typhoid fever. The deceased was 26 years of age and is survived by a widow to whom he was married less than two years ago. His remains were brought to Ebensburg and from here taken to Carrolltown for interment.
Pure-Food Commissioner McGregor, of Indiana, crated consternation among hotel and restaurant keepers in Greensburg Saturday. Eight of them were notified that in view of a violation of the oleo-margarine law many would be held to account. The new law includes hotel and restaurant keepers as retailers, inasmuch as the butter, with other items comprising a meal, is sold to the patrons.
The Pennsylvania Railroad company and the City of Altoona have joined in an application to the department of Internal Affairs for a tract of twenty acres of unseated land on the Allegheny mountains. This tract includes the large reservoir which supplies Altoona with water and the picturesqs (sic) Horse Shoe bend. The official survey of Blair county recently discovered that the land was never conveyed from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Hal Hannan, of Johnstown, arrested at San Francisco for the murder of John Craig, at Greensburg, was released on a writ of habeas corpus last week. He was immediately rearrested and is in prison awaiting requisition papers from Governor Stone. Argument was made Saturday at Harrisburg on the matter of issuing a requisition for Hannan's return, but the papers were granted and he will be brought to Greensburg for trail.
Notices were posted on Saturday night at all mines of the Berwind-White Coal Mining company, in the Clearfield coal region, announcing that another advance would be made in the wages of miners and mine laborers April 1st next, and the same announcement has been made at the mines of this company in Cambria, Jefferson and Somerset counties. This assures an increase in wages to the thirty thousand soft coal miners in Central and Northern Pennsylvania.
Searching parties are hunting for Mrs. Martha Leghty, who disappeared from her home in Dunlo, this county, on December 23d, while temporarily insane. Mrs. Leighty is 58 years of age. She has black hair mixed with gray, and at the time of her departure she was dressed in a black wrapper with white dots, wore a small shawl loosely thrown over her shoulders, and tan shoes with black rubbers. On her right hand she had three rings and on the left hand one ring.
Joseph Hogue, Esq., a well-known citizen of Loretto, died at his home in that place from pneumonia. Mr. Hogue was aged 74 years and is survived by a family of grown up children, his wife having died several years ago. Previous to his removal to Loretto, Mr. Hogue resided in Allegheny township and was known as an enterprising farmer and an active intelligent and upright citizen. he was elected county commissioner in 1880 on the Democratic ticket and served one term.
Abel Lloyd, Esq., who has been agent for the Pennsylvania railroad, at this place, ever since the advent of the railroad here some thirty eight years ago, retired on Monday on account of the age limited recently adopted by the company. Mr. Lloyd is hale and hearty and we trust he will serve the company drawing his pension for thirty-eight years more. Mr. James Myers, the watchman at the station in this place, is also off duty and for the same cause and will drawn a nice little monthly pension. We wish many years to them both.
Rev. Wm. H. Williams, of this place, who boards with Mrs. Mary Owens, in the West ward, has been missing small amounts of money from his desk, the amounts being taken at various times when both he and Mrs. Owens were both out. On the evening of December 27th Mr. Williams and Mr. Owens were both out but the latter returned shortly after and found John Kelly, a boy aged 15 years in the house. He had unlocked the door and was unable to give a satisfactory account of his being there. He was arrested and gave bail for his appearance at court.
There is something pathetic about the beginning of the pension system of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, because it puts a sudden end to the services of a large number of old, experienced and faithful employes of the great corporation at the same moment. Nothing of t his sort will happen again, since the retirements hereafter will be unnoticed by the general public. At the same time it is infinitely to the credit of the corporation that it makes a certain provision for the future of these aged employes. There was no obligation upon it to do anything of the sort, but it has set a fine sample to all other large employers of labor. Altoona Tribune.
Captain George C. Gwinner, an uncle of Wm. H. Sechler, Esq., of Ebensburg, died at his home in Tipstore, Mo., on Christmas evening, Captain Gwinner was born in Dauphin county, Pa., and removed in early youth to Blair county with his parents, where he resided until 158 or 1859 hen he went to Blairsville and joiled (sic) his brother (now deceased) in a woolen factory. In June 1861 he enlisted in Company H, 11th Pennsylvania reserves, was captured at Gaines Mills 27th June 1862, with the survivors of the regiment and was taken to Libby prison and Belle Isle. He was discharged soon after he was exchanged in 1863, recruited to a company in Altoona and returned to the army as a Captain. After the war he removed to Missouri. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Sechler, who resides in Altoona.
Grant Bathurst, assistant postmaster at Rote, Lycoming county, was killed, and two other persons were injured by an explosion of dynamite in the weighmaster's office of the Bellefonte Limestone company, at Salona, eight miles from Lock Haven, on Friday of last week. One of the men in the office raked the fire in the stone with a poker, and, while it was still hot, hung the poker on a nail, it fell into a bucket filled with dynamite and fuses, and a terrific explosion followed. The building was blown to pieces. Bathurst had an arm and leg torn from his body, and two other men were injured by flying debris. Bathurst was thirty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and one child.
A new point in the adoption of children has been handed down by Judge Archibald., of Wayne county, in a case before Lackawanna count. He decided that after the child had been legally adopted the court had not the power to revoke the decree of indenture. The original relation of parent and child exists, however, notwithstanding the adopted parentage. The changed name of the old child remains, but there is nothing to prevent the child inheriting from its real parents or they from the child.
A disastrous wreck occurred at Cresson, at 4:30 o'clock on Monday afternoon, in which eighteen people narrowly escaped being killed. It was caused by a runaway freight train, which had been broken into three sections at Gallitzin and collided at Cresson, and wrecked and threw two passenger coaches, intended to run over the Cresson and Clearfield branch of the Pennsylvania railroad, over an embankment. The coaches contained eighteen persons. All were badly shaken up and bruised. The more seriously injured are:
Minnie Ivory, of St. Augustine, injured about the legs and bruised; Bertha Butterbaugh, Nicktown, injured about the knees and bruised about the body; Mrs. P.E. Bowers , of Windber, face burned and body bruised; Sue Gallagher, Allegheny City, injured about the body and bruised; Mitchell Myers, of Lilly, shoulder hurt.
A west-bound freight train was just about to pull away from the station at Gallitzin when it broken into three sections. The engineer to avert a collision pulled away from the second section of the broken train and started down the mountain. At Cresson he was compelled to slacken the speed on account of the crowed condition of the station. Before he could pull away again the second section, in which there were twenty cars, which had attained a high rate of speed, ran into the first part of the train.
There was a loud report followed by the sound of breaking wood and in a minute the cars were piled in the air. Tow passenger coaches, in which were seated eighteen people, standing on the track of the Cresson and Clearfield railroad, were caught by the wrecked cars and toppled over the steep embankment. Their cries brought the people standing about the station to their assistance and in a short time all were removed and assisted to the railroad station, where they were given medical aid.
The tracks were blocked with wreckage and traffic somewhat delayed.
Court was called on Monday morning at eleven o'clock for the purpose of swearing in the new county officials, elected at the November election. The officials sworn in were Samuel J. McClune, who succeeds E.F. Specer as county treasurer, both being Republicans. Abraham Hostetler and Benjamin Jones, both Republicans re-elected to succeed themselves as county commissioners and T.M. Sheehan, Democrat, who succeeds Thomas Hoover, Democrat, as county commissioners. Philip Hartzog who succeeds John Somerville, both Republicans, as poor director. John Gittings and H.A. Hamor, republicans, and F.E. Farabaugh, Democrat, to succeed E.L. Miltenberger and John Gittings, Republicans, and P.M. Lawrence, Democrat, as county auditors.
The county commissioners held a meeting on Monday and organized for the year 1900, electing Benjamin Jones president of the board. John C. Gates was re-elected clerk, and William Davis, Esq., of Ebensburg, was chosen solicitor to succeed himself.
The salary of Clerk Gates, was raised to $1,200, an advance of $600 in appearance but in fact a raise of only $200, as Mr. Gates had been getting $1,000 heretofore, but the amount never appeared in the auditors' report. The commissioners also raised the salary of Solicitor Davis to $700, a raise of $200 for that official. The raising of the salaries was on strictly party lines, Commissioner Sheehan opposing the job.
Barker Bros have their greeting for 1900 in this issue.
Weston speaks of clothing, furniture and sleighs. Miscellaneous column.
Sale of horses, cows, vehicles and personal property at Mountain House, Jan. 10th.
Thomas McDermott has an administrator's notice in this issue.
Thomas McDermott published an administrator's sale.
Pannebaker published his New Year's greeting.
-Administrator of William McCauley to John H. Dougherty, Dean; consideration, $700.
-August Link to Cambria Iron company, Jackson, $257.
-Joseph P. Swope et ux. to Peter M. Swope, Chest, $1,500.
-Annie McMullen to John Durbin, Clearfield, $500.
-Administrator of Leonard Mangold to Samuel E. Hamman, Barr, #3,375.
-Philip F. Callihan et ux to Christena Callihan, Wilmore, $500.
-M.L. Makin et ux to Cambria Iron company, West Taylor, $172.
-Mary A. Burley to Delialah Cunningham et vir et al, Carroll, $1.
-Administrator or Aaron Burley to Fred g. Betts, Carroll, $1.
-Catharine Bearer et al. to Fred G. Betts, Carroll, $1.
-John Entler, et ux, to Mary Glasser, Carrolltown, $500.
-John E. Kirsch, by treasurer of Cambria county, to commissioners of Cambria county, Barr, 45.
-Commissioners of Cambria county to Michael Kirsch, Sr., Barr, $5.
-Guardian of Della Ivory to Henry I. Conrad, Clearfield, $665.
-Susan J McDermitt to Henry I. Conrad, Clearfield, $125.
-Leonard J. Litzinger et ux, to F.S. Burgoon, Ashville, $250.
The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday, January 4, 1900:
-Henry Lansberry, Patton, and Henrietta Pell, Hastings
-Irvin T. Wherry and Susan A. Crumm, Summerhill townshp
-James M. Harner and Annie C. Swartzentruver, South Fork
-Albert D. Wells and Minnie J. Hite, Belsano
-Charles Moore and Elizabeth Ann Booth, Barnesboro
-John Byron and Janet T. Harvey, Barnesboro
-Isaac N. Bolinger, Hastings, and Bessie Pearl Stewart, Elder township
--William L. Drumard, Clearfield, Pa., and Mary E. Lumadue, Patton
-Thomas W. Gates, White township, and Annie G. Cox, Clearfield township
-Andrew Beiter and Annie Boodinski, Portage township
-Herman J. Sharbaugh and Clara Bradley, Carrolltown
-Joseph Thomas and Mary Thomas, Ehrenfeld
-Joseph Souphart and Rosa Delsaet, Patton
-John E. Penrod and Teresa Belle Graffius, South Fork
Mary R., wife of Henry Farabaugh, died at the home of Mrs. Anna Farabaugh, in Allegheny township, December 25, 1899, aged 26 years, 10 months and 8 years. The deceased was a daughter of H.J. and Catharine Dimond, of near Wilmore who survived her as also her husband, one child, two brothers and one sister. During the last years of her single life the deceased was a school teacher and taught several terms in the Bishop school in Allegheny township, where by her gentle ways and kind words she became widely known by all in that community. She was married on June 23, 1896 to Henry Farabaugh, to which union two children were born, the youngest dying about two months ago. Her illness originated from a bad cold which led to tuberculor consumption, from which she lingered ten months and during that time she was patient in her sufferings and never haard (sic) to complain. She was a devoted member of the Catholic church and during her illness had all the consolations of her religion. The funeral took place at Carrolltown on the Wednesday following her death and after a Requiem High Mass in St. Benedict's church, her remains were laid to rest in St. Benedict's cemetery.
The members of the Reese-Hammond Fire Brick company, of Bolivar, with A.E. Patton, E.A. Irwin, and W.F. Patton, of Curwensville, have formed the Curwensville Fire Brick company, and the ground is now being cleared at that place for the erection of a fire brick plant that will employ 250 men and turn out 50,000 brick a day.
The site chosen is well adapted for a fire-brick manufactory, lying between the P.R.R. and B.R.&P. railroads. The clay is the best for blast furnace work, and, as 2,000 acres have been leased, the supply is calculated as inexhaustible. In addition to the clay having all the important requisites, the acres is underlaid with easily accessible beds of coal.
The new works, which will be managed by James A. Hammond, will make the Reese-Hammond company the greatest producer of fire-brick in the country. The total output of the three plants at Bolivar, Fairmont, W.Va., and Curwensville will aggregate 250,000 a day, distancing all competitors.
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3.--William F. Condran, a fireman on the Pennsylvania railroad, was killed near Steelton while flagging a train. Shortly after his body was found his father, who is also a fireman, came along on a local train. He almost fainted when he identified it as his son and his grief was so great that he was prostrated.
Friday, 12 Jan 1900
VOLUME XXXIV, NUMBER 2
Mr. John Schwab, of Loretto, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.
Mr. Peter Long, of Croyle township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Monday.
Girls can whiten their hands by soaking them in dish water two or three times a day.
Andrew Strittmatter, Esq., of Carroll township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Thursday.
Indiana county commissioners have ordered balls and chains, with the intention of working jail prisoners on the roads.
A number of our citizens having ice houses have filled them with ice blocks averaging twelve inches in thickness.
The residence of W.T. Devine, of Johnstown, was damaged by fire Thursday morning of last week to the extent of about $1,500.
Mr. Samuel Shoemaker, of Chicago, Ill., spent several days in Ebensburg this week visiting his brothers, F.A., J.A. and H.A. Shoemaker, all of Ebensburg.
By a careful computation made in one of our stores a few evenings ago, it was found that there are sixty people residing in Ebensburg who are over 70 years of age.
Mr. Frank Walls, of Ehrenfeld, this county, purchased the Adie Moore farm in the Loop, Frankstown township, Blair county last week. The consideration is said to have been $8,500.
Mr. John McGonigle, a mine boss at Hastings, while engaged in making a new opening for coal near Spangler, had one of his legs broken on Monday by being caught by a cave in of earth.
Mr. H.A. Englehart, the well-known clerk at the Mountain House for several years past, will take charge of that hotel as landlord when Mr. J.B. Denny leaves to take possession of the Merchant's Hotel in Johnstown.
Henry C. Kirkpatrick, landlord of a hotel in Carroll township, near the fair grounds, died on Wednesday, January 9th, 1900, after a short illness. Mr. Kirkpatrick was about 68 years of age and is survived by a wife and family.
Henry Clipper, who was employed as a hostler at the Diehl House, in Portage, left on Monday afternoon and with him departed a watch belonging to M.H. Ressler, the bar keeper. A warrant was issued for Clipper and he was captured at Wilmore.
The work of tearing town St. Michaels' church at Loretto, was begun on Tuesday in order to get ready for the erection of a new edifice which will occupy the same grounds. The old building was in bad shape and was in fact, really dangerous.
Robert Fourney, an inspector employed at the car barns of the Johnstown Street Railway company, was badly injured while at work Saturday evening. He was caught between a motor car and a trailer, sustaining a compound fracture of his left thigh.
John W. Cherry, of Altoona, and James Cherry, of Allegheny, two brothers, died at almost the same hour Wednesday. Both were stricken with paralysis last Saturday but neither knew of the other's illness. The brothers had not seen each other for several years.
Edward Darby, an electrician, was almost instantly killed in mine No. 3 at Windber, Somerset county, Thursday evening of last week. He was standing on a motor doing some repair work when a live wire fell on his neck. He was about 27 years of age and was to have been married on January 15th.
Sister Plavia, a member of the order of Sisters of St. Joseph, died in St. Joseph's convent in Ebensburg, at 7 o'clock on Sunday morning. Sister Plavina was known to the world as Miss Ella Quinn and her home was at Gallitzin. A number of people from the latter place attended the funeral on Tuesday morning.
Raymond Allen, aged about 11 years, son of Sherman Allen, of Lilly, was thrown from a horse he was riding, one day last week, and was seriously injured. In falling the horse stepped on his right leg just above the knee, breaking the bone and crushing it until it penetrated through the flesh and clothes, making a bad compound fracture.
On Sunday over 1,000 people residing in Dunlo, this county, or the vicinity thereof, turned out in search of Mrs. Martha Leighty who disappeared from her home in that place about two weeks ago, while temporarily insane. The search proved unavailing, but it is thought her body is somewhere in the forests which surround the town.
Major Alexander Stutzman, once a prosperous merchant of Somerset county, later a member of the bar, and who served three years in the state senate, died in the poor house of that county on the 29th ult., aged 79 years. He had long been an invalid from rheumatism, and the last years of his life had been spent at the institution in which he died.
The courts of Clearfield county have awarded damages of $2,000 to Miss Virginia Beers, a school teacher, who was injured by a fall from a bridge that had no side protections. She was riding a bicycle at the time of the accident. Limestone township must meet the loss of its negligence. It would pay, supervisors, to be more particular about guard rails.
Prof. I.A. Harvey, the geologist, well-known in this county, where he did considerable professional work during the advent of the railroads throughout the north of the county, is now at New Washington, Clearfield county, Pa., engaged in examining the geologic aspects of mother earth in that vicinity. Prof. Harvey understands his business and his services are always in demand.
Johnstown's councilmen are in a quandary as to whether they should build a city hall of two or three stories. Under the roof which would cover two stories all the city offices and council chambers would have room. But a number want a third story so as to have a public hall. It is on this rock that public sentiment has split. One citizen suggests that room be also made for the postoffice.
Charles Parrish, signal operator at South Fork, had his left shoulder dislocated Sunday evening in a runaway accident. Accompanied by a young lady of South Fork, Mr. Parrish was out for a sleigh ride, when his horse ran away. Both were thrown out. The young lady escaped with only a few bruises. The runaway horse was not captured for ten or twelve hours after the accident.
Louis Wirtz, a well-known engineer on the Broad Top railroad, committed suicide in an open field dear (sic-near) his home, in the vicinity of Huntingdon, Thursday night of last week, by shooting himself through the head. His rigid body was found in the snow the on Friday morning. On five other occasions Wirtz had attempted suicide, one time selecting the grave of his daughter to end his misery. He was in poor health.
John Lynch, of Dubois, who was prosecuted by the Clearfield Game Protective association for violation of the game laws in going into the woods on October 14th and killing some pheasants and squirrels, plead guilty last week and paid his fine and costs, amounting to about $50.
William McKenzie, of Johnstown, was badly injured on Monday night while at work in the beam yard of the Cambria company. He fell from a high frame in the yard and sustained a fracture of the left elbow and a painful injury to his hip, besides severe bruises all over the body. He was taken to the Cambria hospital, where Dr. Lowman attended him.
The P.R.R. blacksmith shop at Juniata was entirely destroyed by fire on Friday morning, entailing a loss of about $75,000. The fire is supposed to have had its origin from the electric light wires running through the building, and was first discovered in a corner of the shop near the roof. As a result of the fire several hundred men employed in the building will be thrown temporarily out of employment.
An accident to our press which happened on Wednesday evening while running off our outside, makes us later than usual in getting out our paper this week. In fact, after working several hours in getting our press back into shape, we were compelled to call on Brother Thompson, of the Mountaineer Herald, who kindly offered us the use of his press in getting out our paper this week which we accepted and tender our thanks for the same.
Aaron P. Fry, of Patchinville, recently cut a tree on the Stephenson tract, five miles above Flinton, that made a seventy-foot stick of timber that measured 27x28 inches, and contained 367 cubic feet. From the top of the same tree he cut another stick thirty feet long 19x21 inches, containing eighty-three cubic feet. Also two saw logs, sixteen feet long and the other ten feet long. All this, remember, came from one straight pine tree, which are scarce at this time.
The coroner's jury which sat at Uniontown for several days, investigating the terrible disaster at the Braznell mines, by which about twenty men lost their lives, on Friday evening of last week rendered a verdict placing the blame upon the officials of the mine. The jury declares that the foreman and mine boss and the fire boss were incompetent for the duties assigned to them. It will be decided later whether or not to bring action against the incriminated officers.
John W. Ramsey, a prominent citizen of Ligonier valley, who resides about five miles north of Ligonier, met with a serious accident Wednesday of last week. Mr. Ramsey was looking over some papers in an old bureau drawer when he saw something in a crack of the bottom and began to pick it out with his knife, when it proved to be a nitroglycerine cap which exploded, blowing off the thumb and fingers of his left hand and injuring the right hand and side of his face.
While on the way Friday morning from his boarding house at Bradenville, Westmoreland county, to his work at the Bessemer Coal & Coke company's plant, near that place, Robert Clawson was struck by Western express and instantly killed, his skull being crushed and right leg completely severed. Clawson, whose parents live at Indiana, was aged 23 years and was the only support of a family of four, his father having been invalidated by paralysis several years ago. He is said to have been a model young man.
About 12 o'clock Thursday night the home of Frederick Wesenberg, Lower Yoder township, near Johnstown, was wiped out by fire, together with all the contents. The fire was caused by the explosion of a gasoline stove in the room in which Mrs. Wesenberg and her eight children were sleeping. Mrs. Wesenberg and daughter, Mollie, aged sixteen years, and son, Christ, aged fourteen, were seriously burned while trying to extinguish the flames and carrying the other children in their night clothes from the house.
Mrs. Charlotte Scanlan, a sister-in-law of Mr. John Finn, the restaurant man on High street, was badly burned on Tuesday morning while attempting to carry out a pan of burning lard that had caught fire from the cooking stove in Finn's restaurant. Mrs. Scanlan was up stairs when the lard caught fire and when some one gave the alarm she hastened down and taking up the pan carried it out and in doing so was severely burned about the face, hands and feet. Although her injuries are severe they are not serious.
Mrs. Warnock, relict of William Warnock, who, about thirty years ago was engineer on the Ebensburg branch, and the family were then residents of Ebensburg, died at her home in Avonmore, Westmoreland county, on Sunday, January 7th, 1900, aged about 75 years. The funeral of the deceased took place at Blairsville on Tuesday morning. She is survived by three daughters all grown up, her husband having died at Blairsville several years ago. Mr. M.J. Platt, of Susquehanna township, is a brother of the deceased.
The outcome of the following case will be watched with interest by residents of not only boroughs, but of cities as well. Recently Mrs. Rebecca W. Fowler recovered $1,590 from the borough of Jersey Shore for injuries sustained by falling on a defective sidewalk. The borough has now instituted proceedings against James G. Seeley, in front of whose property the defective walk existed. The borough now seeks to recover from Mr. Seeley the sum of $1,665.58, which amount includes the sum paid Mrs. Fowler and the costs.
Two fatal accidents and one serious one occurred near Greensburg Sunday night. Charles Singer, aged 18, a resident of Derry, fell from a freight train to an oppose track and was ground to pieces by a passing express; Lewis Decker, aged 72, living at Stewart station, attempted to jump from a moving train, fell and met his death under the wheels; Russell Brown, a fireman on the main line and a resident of Derry, while endeavoring to look at the boiler of the locomotive, swung from the cab only to be struck and knocked from the engine by a fence, one of his hands being forced under the ponderous machine and cut off.
On Tuesday, two little sons of Mr. Lester Larimer, of Ebensburg, aged five and seven years, left home and concluded they would try their sled on the hill from the Blair House, down High street. The eldest son, Thomas, was in front and as the sled flew down the street, when opposite the school house, he lost control of the sled and run into an electric light pole. Both children were thrown off and the eldest struck his head against the pole and was knocked senseless. He was picked up and carried into the school building where he soon recovered and was taken home. His face and head were badly bruised but he luckily escaped serious injury.
Mr. John Stewart, an old and respected citizen of Summit, died at the home of his daughter--Mrs. Jennie A. Brown--in Lilly, on Monday, January 8th, 1900, aged 75 years. Mr. Stewart was born in Ireland and came to this county about 50 years ago, located at Summit, where for many years he was engaged in the undertaking business. His wife died about two years ago. He is survived by one son and four daughters, viz; Andrew Stewart, of Chicago; Mrs. Jennie A. Brown, mentioned above Rose, wife of Frank Addlesberger, of Summit; Ella, wife of John Logue, of Pittsburg, and Mrs. Kate Lilly, of Munster. The remains were interred in St. Aloysius' cemetery at Summit on Wednesday evening.
It has been a long time since any otters were captured in Indiana county, but New Year's Day E.H. Gibson broke the record. On Monday while hunting along Yellow Creek, near Coy's Mill, Mr. Gibson discovered eleven fine otters and succeeded in killing one of them. It was a fine specimen and measured four feet six inches from nose to toe.
Monday's Johnstown Tribune says: Michael Moyer the aged resident of Lilly who was injured in the wreck at Cresson last week, has been brought to the Memorial hospital, where he is under the care of Dr. Charles Hannan. Mr. Moyer had no bones broke, but he was badly bruised about the shock to his nervous system was quite severe. He is improving and will probably be all right again in a short time. He was in a smashup on the Ebensburg branch a year or so ago and in a suit against the P.R.R. was awarded damages.
Among the employes of the Pennsylvania Railroad company who were affected by the new pensioning system that went into effect on the first of the year was the venerable George W. Kirby, of Wilmore, who thus loses the distinction he has for some years enjoyed of being the oldest active agent, both in point of age and in years of service, on the entire system. He is 86 years old and had served the Pennsylvania railroad forty-four years and two months up to the first of January, at which time the new ruling went into effect. The new order developed the fact that the Pittsuurg (sic-Pittsburg) division of the Pennsylvania railroad has a greater number of veterans than any other in the system. Among these Superintendent Robert Pitcarin heads the list in point of seniority in years of service, though a number exceeded him in age.--Altoona Times.
Lewis A. Craver, proprietor of the Blair House, in this place, for the past ten years, took suddenly ill on Monday of last week and continued growing worse until on Friday morning at 8 o'clock he breathed his last. Mr. Craver was a native of Susquehanna township and for a number of years was an active and enterprising citizen of the north of this county. About sixteen years ago Mr. Craver went into the hotel business at Cherrytree, Indiana county, removing from there to the south of this county, where he kept a hotel at Whisky Springs, near Johnstown, and from there he came to Ebensburg, buying the Blair House from Colonel John S. Miller. Mr. Craver was in the fifty-third year of his age and is survived by his wife and six children. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at this place at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning.
The Rev. Father George W. Kaylor, pastor of the Roman Catholic church at Ellwood City, Fayette county, died at 8:30 o'clock Sunday night at the Mercy hospital, in Pittsburg. Father Kaylor suffered from consumption and had been an invalid for some time, but did not give up his pastoral duties until a short time ago. He was born in Allegheny township, this county about 37 years ago, and when he became old enough was sent to Rome to receive his education. He was ordained twelve years ago at Baltimore, and his first charge was St. Peter's church, McKeesport. From McKeesport Father Kaylor was transferred to Sewickley, and later to Knoxville. About four years ago he was given charge of the congregation at Ellwood City. Deceased is survived by his mother, who lives in Altoona, and three sisters, Mrs. Tomlinson, of Altoona, Mrs. Little, of Chest Springs, and Mrs. Henry Beck, of Carrolltown, this county. Two step-brothers, James and Joseph Scanlan, of Loretto, also survive him. The remains of Father Kaylor were taken to Cresson on Main Line express on Tuesday morning and from there were taken overland to St. Michael's church at Loretto, where on Wednesday morning the office for the dead were chanted and the remains interred in St. Michael's cemetery.
Judge Harry White, of Indiana, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.
The board of poor directors has assigned the territory to be served by each of the physicians to to (sic) the poor of the county, whose appointment was made a few days ago. The appointment is as follows:
F.C. Jones, the poorhouse, at a salary of $250 per year; J. Swan Taylor, for Johnstown, Dale, Franklin, Ferndale, Rosedale, and all surroundings, as heretofore, at a salary of $300 per year; T.J. Davison, for Ebensburg, Jackson, Cambria and Blacklick townships, and along the railroad to Vintondale; J.V. Mauncher, for Carrolltown, Carroll and Barr townships to connect with Dr. Davison on the south and Dr. Helfrick on the north; T.O. Helfrick for Spangler, Barnesboro and Barr township, to connect with Dr. Maucher on the south and Dr. Rice on the north; D.S. Rice for Hastings, Susquehanna and Elder townships; S.W. Worrel, for Patton, Chest township, and a part of Clearfield township, to connect with Dr. Domerville; W.O. Keefer, to Frugality, along the Coalport road from Dysart to Flinton, including White township to county line; W.S. Ruthrauff, for Glasgow, Mountaindale, and from there to Lloydsville; F.U. Ferguson, of Gallitzin, Gallitzin township, Baker's Mines, Cresson township and Sonman; Harry Somerville for Chest Springs, part of Clearfield township, to connect with Dr. Worrell, Ashville, Allegheny township, and Loretto, to connect with Dr. Keefer at Frugality; J.C. Luke, for South Fork and all other towns along railroad Mineral Point to Wilmore, including Croyle and Summerhill townships; G.R Glass, for Portage, Portage and Wasgton townships, and Puritan, and along the railroad, including Lilly borough; F.J. Livingstone, for Adams township, including Lovett, Lloydell, Dunlo, Salix, Elton and Llynfer.
The salary of all the physicians, with the exceptions of the first two, is $50 each per year.
Assignee of William Byers et ux. to Johnstown Planing Mill company, Jackson, consideration, $975.
David A. Watt, by treasurer of Cambria county, to commissioners of Cambria county, Clearfield, $7.
Commissioners of Cambria county to Irwin Wilkey, Clearfield, $7.
John W. Kephart, master, to Joseph Cornley, Barnesboro, $75.
Emanuel Smith et ux. to James L. Mitchell, Jackson, $427.
Rachl Reith to Tony Wright, Susquehanna, $50.
Frederick Sprengel et ux. to Franklin Rose, Adams, $17.
Della Fronk et vir to Sarah Westover, Susquehanna, $100.
Milton Westover et ux to Sarah Westover, Susquehanna, $100.
John J. Westover to Sarah Westover, Susquehanna, $100.
George T. Gliss to Harbison & Walker company, Dean, $1.
Samuel B. Carney et ux. to Cambria Iron company, West Taylor, $48.
Augustine Yingling, Lilly, $240.
August Lillia, by the treasurer of Cambria county, to J.A. Shoemaker, Morrellville, $7.
John A. Platt, by the treasurer of Cambria county, to J.A. Shoemaker, Susquehanna, $8.
Barbara E. Pringle et vir to Thomas H. H. Watkins, Croyle, $987.
Annie E. Weise et al., by sheriff of Cambria county, to Thomas J. Itell, Gallitzin township, $600.
Thomas J. Itell et ux. to Agnes Charlotte Trexler, Gallitzin township, $900.
Susan Weber et al. to Thomas J. Itell, Cresson, $900.
Jane Jones et vir to M.D. Kittell, Cambria, $2,042.
Thomas J. Sharbaugh to Charles C. Adams et ux, Spangler, $1.
Annie M. Dietrick et vir to P.B. Cosgrove et al, Hastings, $875.
Solomon Wagner et ux. to Adam Shueman, Jackson, $600.
John Dougherty et ux. to Daniel Hanlon, Ashville, $500.
Assignee of Frank McAnulty et ux. to Orrie McAnulty, Barnesboro, $17.
Assignee of Frank McAnulty et ux to Orrie McAnulty et ux. to Orie McAnulty, Barnesboro, $600.
John Lantzy to F.K. Mullen & Company, Carroll, $1.
John McConnell by commissioner of Cambria county to Joseph Dunegan, Clearfield, $850.
Elmer Scott, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Newry McAnulty, Susquehanna, $1.
Hugh McMullen, by commissioners of Cambria county to Timothy M. Sheehan et al, Clearfield, $5.
Francis Shoemaker, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Timothy T. Sheehan et al., Clearfield, $1.
Henry Pheps, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Timothy M. Sheehan et al., Chest, $1.
A. Kratcer, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Timothy M. Sheehan et al., Chest, $124.
William Parker, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Timothy M. Sheehan et al., Chest, $41.
Robert Morris, by commissioners of Cambria county, to Timothy M. Sheehan et al., Jackson, $26.
Executors of John Blum to Catharine Noll, Carroll, $1,000.
Mary E. McCloskey et al. to Pennsylvania Railroad company, Gallitzin borough, $325.
Aaron F. Johns, by sheriff of Cambria county, to Thomas B. McClain, Barr, $1,500.
Charles Swanson, by sheriff of Cambria county, to Jacob Kirkpatrick, Elder, $25.
Levi D. Stiffler et ux., by sheriff of Cambria county, to receiver of Pennsylvania Building & Loan association, Lilly, $1,075.
Jacob Kretzberger et al., by sheriff of Cambria county to receiver Pennsylvania Building & Loan association, Portage township, $740.
The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday, January 11, 1900:
-L.G. Varner and Jennie E. Baldwin, Adams.
-Thomas Maloy and Mary Farrell, Patton.
-James Warner, Cresson, and Josephine Biller, Ebensburg.
-Joseph Warrander and Elizabeth Ann Pierson, Barnesboro.
-David Evans, Johnstown, and Annie Jones, Ebensburg.
-Luther D. Mahoney, Smicksburg, Indiana county, Pa., and Millie G. Johns, Nantyglo.
Friday, 19 Jan 1900
VOLUME XXXIV, NUMBER 3
Mr. Harry Wilbur, of Patton, spent several days in town this week.
Miss Bessie Lovelase, of Indiana, visited relatives in Ebensburg the past week.
Mr. Joseph Rehr, of Barr township, an old and respected citizen, is seriously ill.
Mr. H.J. Krumenacher, of Barr township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Monday.
See "Little Trixie" and enjoy an evening of recreation and fun. At opera house Monday evening, January 29th.
Rev. Father Deasy, of Gallitzin, formerly of Ebensburg, was here on Thursday greeting his many old friends.
Mr. Ed. Sexton, who has been engaged in lumbering at Dent's Run, Elk county, Pa., returned home a few days ago.
Miss Ruth Anderson, of Allegheny township, was the guest of Misses Maude and Bessie Shoemaker, of Ebensburg, this week.
The actual number of employes of the Pennsylvania railroad retired on January 1, under the provision of the pension plan, was 948.
Rev. M. Ryan, former pastor of St. Patrick's church, Gallitzin, has been appointed pastor of St. Bridget's church, Pittsburg.
Messrs. Joseph Urda and Aloysius Skelly have purchased the Anstead meat market on Centre street, and will welcome customers to that old stand.
At argument court on Tuesday the license of the Blair House, in this place, was transferred to Mrs. Theresa Craver, widow of Lewis A. Craver, the late proprietor.
Mr. Lester Larimer, one of the teachers in the Ebensburg schools, is ill with the grip and as a consequence there is no school in the room in which he presides.
Editor E. Will Green, of the Patton Courier, has been appointed postmaster at Patton and his appointment has been confirmed by the senate. We congratulate him.
John D. Sullivan, a traveling salesman, well-known to merchants throughout this county, was killed on the railroad near Sharon, in this state, on Monday evening.
There were 126 application in Clearfield county to sell liquor. Judge Gordon has announced his decision, and 119 were granted and 15 refused. Three were afterward withdrawn.
Mrs. Susan Thomas, relict of the late Lewis Thomas, of Cambria township, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Wagner, in Blacklick township, on Thursday, January 11th, 1900, aged 87 years.
A few days ago George L. Norris was thrown from a load of hay which he was driving through Clearfield. One of his ankles was fractured and he was otherwise bruised. Norris is a resident of Ansonville.
The double frame dwelling house on Boyd avenue, Johnstown, occupied by Abram Brenneman and James Sullivan, was destroyed by fire Sunday night. The total loss is $3,000, partially covered by insurance.
Herman Wills, aged 17 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Wills, of Ashville, died at the Mercy hospital, Pittsburg, as the result of injuries received at the Carnegie Steel works, Saturday. The remains were interred at St. Augustine.
Mr. Daniel T. James, a native of Ebensburg, died at his home at Lilly Lake, Illinois, on December 28, 1899, aged 59 years. The deceased was a brother of Benjamin B. James, of Cambria township, and left Ebensburg twenty eight years ago.
The postoffice located in the general store of the Pittsburg Limestone company, at Ganister, Blair county, was burglarized on Thursday morning of last week, the robbers securing $82.28 worth of stamps, shoes, underwear, etc. The safe was blown open with dynamite and completely wrecked.
Dashiel Jury pleaded guilty in the Blair county court Thursday of last week to murder in the second degree. He was sentenced to seven years and four months' imprisonment in the western penitentiary. Two months ago Jury killed Patrick Sheehan in Altoona by striking him over the head with a neck yoke.
Albert Garland, son of William Garland of Manor, Westmoreland county, was instantly killed Sunday morning at the electric power house of the Carnegie works at Homestead, where he was employed as an electrician, by coming in contact with a live wire. Garland was twenty years of age. The remains were taken to Manor for burial.
Charles, Thomas and Allen Scott, sons of William Scott, were cremated at their home at Coal Run, Somerset county, on last Saturday a week. They were aged 19, 16 and 14 years. They came home from their work early in the morning and retired, leaving the lamp burning in their rooms. It exploded, set fire to the building and they were burned to death.
On Wednesday evening a number of boys and girls were coasting on High street, from the Blair House, west, the hill being in fine condition for the sport. Misses Ethel Thomas and Alma James, both aged about 15 years, unfortunately ran into a horse and buggy near the foot of the hill and both were slightly injured by the buggy wheels passing over them, the latter also being kicked on the head by the horse. Their injuries, though painful, were not serious and both were able to go to their homes.
The Pennsylvania railroad station and the store of J.C Swoope at Petersburg, Huntingdon county, were robbed by burglars on Monday night, about $300 worth of goods being taken in all. The robbers are thought to be part of the same gang which has been terrorizing that section for months.
J.G. Shope, cashier of the First National bank at Hollidaysburg, and Miss Margaret Melvin, started for a sleigh ride Friday afternoon. The horse ran off, upsetting he sleigh and throwing the occupants out. Mr. Shope was thrown violently against a telephone pole and seriously hurt. Miss Melvin escaped with slight injuries. Mr. Shope could not be moved to his home.
The Pennsylvania Railroad officials gave out this week at Altoona official notice of an increase in wages to affect all parts of the Pennsylvania Railroad division. The men affected by the increase are the yardman, viz, conductors engineers, firemen and brakemen. The amount of the raise is two cents per hour. The freight trainmen on the various divisions are not given any direct raise, but have had their hours cut from twelve per day to eleven per day without any reduction in wages. The new order will affect thousands of men, and will cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Robert Kane, 20 years of age, shot and instantly killed Steve Carney, about the same age, in the Hotel Lafayette, at Driftwood on Friday night. Carney was sitting in the hotel office when Kane came in intoxicated. A dispute arose and Kane drew a revolver and shot. The ball took effect in Carey's (sic) head and he fell to the floor dead. Kane fled, but was arrested at his home and is now at the county jail at Emporium.
Several months ago Mrs. Andrew Herschbell, of Altoona, had some teeth extracted, and soon afterwards she felt a sharp pain in her lungs and began to cough. She grew worse and physicians were called in and pronounced the case consumption. Frequently a violent fit of coughing would bring up blood. On Tuesday afternoon while in a fit of coughing, she coughed up a tooth, which evidently had gone down her windpipe and lodged in her lung when she had her teeth extracted. She is now much better.
Frank J. Crook, of Cresson, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crook, of Cambria township, employed as a fireman on the Cresson and Clearfield division of the Pennsylvania railroad, was the victim of a peculiar accident on Tuesday morning, and as a consequence he is at the Altoona hospital suffering from a concussion of the brain and severe lasceration of the head and face.
Crook was engaged in firing his engine as it neared Garway. It was going at a fair rate of speed and in a lurch around a curve Crook lost his footing and was thrown bodily from the locomotive. He alighted on his head and when picked up by the train crew was unconscious.
He was taken to Altoona and admitted to the hospital, where an examination was made by Dr. W.H. Howell. He found that Crook had sustained a concussion of the brain and was badly lascerated about the head and face and bruised about the body. He had partially recovered consciousness on Tuesday evening. No serious results are feared.
The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday, January 18, 1900:
-James W. Luther and Annie M. Dumm, Spangler
-William C. Smith, Glen Glade, Madaline Tasker, Punxsutawney
-E.B. McCardell, Patton, and M.C. Moore, Westover
-Thomas J. McGovern, Thorold, Canada, and Edith R. Leahey, Lilly
-Frank Crish, Barnesboro, and Louisa Wisneskie, Benscreek.
-Andrew Culan and Barbara Cella, Dunlo
-William H. Sherry, Barnesboro, and Nancy Whited, Susquehanna township
-William Knable and Lizzie Gormley, Patton
Davis, Thomas, gentleman, Ebensburg, West ward.
Egan, Thomas, carpenter, Johnstown 6th w.
Flanagan, Edward, laborer, Johnstown 14 w.
Findley, J.S., engineer, East Conemaugh.
George, Palmer, conductor, South Fork 2 w.
Hite, George, farmer, Allegheny twp.
Krug, George, farmer, Cambria twp.
Kring, Lewis, farmer, Adams twp. No. 1.
Lint, Fred, laborer, Johnstown 5 w.
Monahan, M.L., farmer, Washington twp.
Myers, Thomas, coal-dealer, Gallitzin twp.
McBride, Michael, laborer, Johnstown 14 w.
Ott, Wm. F., laborer, Johnstown 1 w.
Overdorff, R.H., clerk, Johnstown 18 w.
Plummer, James H., laborer, Summerhill.
Shaffer, Charles, farmer, Richland twp.
Sherbine, Chauncey, farmer, Summerhill twp.
Strayer, J.J., carpenter, Johnstown 19 w.
Shumaker, J.M., gentleman, Johnstown 3 w.
Thackery, George E., civil-engineer, Westmont.
Thomas, Joseph O., farmer, Cambria twp.
Wagner, George W., farmer, Jackson twp.
Walker, James M., clerk, Johnstown 2 w.
Younker, Thomas, laborer, Daisytown.
Barker, C.H., merchant, Ebensburg West w.
Blickendorfer, John, farmer, Blacklick twp.
Behe, Allen, carpenter, Washington twp.
Berlin, John S., clerk, Johnstown 3 w.
Betts, George E., laborer, Summerhill.
Berkey, D.M., railroader, South Fork 2 w.
Buchanan, Joseph, truant-officer, Johnstown 17 w.
Cassidy, Robert, farmer, Clearfield twp.
Conley, James P., dispatcher, Cresson twp.
Caddy, Wm. J, laborer, Johnstown 12 w.
Canavan, Hugh, laborer, Portage.
Conley, B., laborer, Wilmore.
Davis, George, farmer, Reade twp.
Davis, J. Price, clerk, Johnstown 1 w.
Davis, C.G., mason, Franklin.
Eberley, Aug, merchant, Munster twp.
George, Grant, miner, Lilly.
Gill, Philip, farmer, Chest twp.
Garry, B.F., agent, Johnstown 2 w.
Goughnour, Aaron, miner, East Taylor twp. No. 1
Garman, Peter, farmer, Chest twp.
George, A.M., farmer, Washington twp.
Harrison, Walter S., clerk Barnesboro.
Huey, George, miner, Tunnelhill.
Hughes, Jonathan, laborer, Carroll twp.
Harris, Thomas L., laborer, Johnstown 1 w.
Hochstein, John, gentleman, Johnstown 8 w.
Hahn, Conrad, butcher, Johnstown 6 w.
Kibler, Philip, farmer, Chest twp.
Kaylor, Louis E., farmer, Allegheny twp.
Lulay, Edward, railroader, Johnstown 20 w.
Leventry, H.F., contractor, Johnstown 17 w.
Lightner, Wm., sr., millhand, Johnstown 13 w.
Leslie, John, laborer, Spangler.
Lantzy, Michael, farmer, Barr twp.
Miller, Jacob W., agent, Dale.
McCleester, Hugh, constable, Conemaugh twp. No. 1
McPike, Arthur, contractor, Johnstown 15 w.
Priest, James, laborer, Johnstown 15 w.
Pringle, C.A., teamster, Croyle twp. No. 1.
Pringle, Thomas, clerk, Portage.
Pope, James, mine boss, Patton.
Sperline, John, laborer, Johnstown 9 w.
Sharron, James, farmer, Clearfield twp.
Snyder, Christ, farmer, Jackson twp.
Swanson, Charles, miner, Elder twp.
Skelly, James F., farmer, Summerhill twp.
Slagle, Albert, moulder, Johnstown 17 w.
Troxell, Lemuel, farmer, Reade twp.
Warfel, Paul, farmer, Summerhill twp.
Adams, Gerald, farmer, Clearfield twp.
Boyle, David R., laborer, Rosedale.
Benschoff, David, laborer, Rosedale.
Beiter, Wm., farmer, Munster twp.
Brehm, Fred, teamster, Johnstown 6 w.
Berkley, Norman, time keeper, Ferndale.
Bumgardner, Lewis, farmer, Richland twp.
Bennett, Sheridan, farmer, Carroll twp.
Bannan, H.J., postmaster, Loretto.
Carney, Daniel J., farmer, Allegheny twp.
Conway, Henry, farmer, Gallitzin twp.
Davis, David H., clerk, Johnstown 17 w.
Davis, Cyrus, clerk, Johnstown, 1 w.
Ehrenfelt, Henry, junk dealer, Lilly.
Fox, Joseph, Liveryman, Spangler.
Farren, John, farmer, Cambria twp.
Gray, Wm. A., farmer, Carroll twp.
Grumbling, A.A., merchant, Barnesboro.
Geiser, Wm., carpenter, Dale.
Gill, M.L. constable, Croyle twp. No. 2.
Green, Fred, laborer, Lower Yoder twp.
Habicht, George, laborer, Lower Yoder twp.
Horner, George E., laborer, Johnstown 8 w.
Irwin, George, railroader, Johnstown 18 w.
Jones, John, painter, Gallitzin.
Kennedy, James, laborer, Lower Yoder twp.
Kirkpatrick, Amos, farmer, Carroll twp.
Leitz, George, farmer, Cambria twp.
Little, L.M., painter, Loretto.
Lias, George, laborer, Johnstown 1 w.
Miller, A.C., clerk, Richland twp.
Miller, John D., clerk, Johnstown 7 w.
Miller, James T., farmer, Carroll twp.
McGuire, Wm., farmer, Allegheny twp.
Oiler, Herman, millhand, Dale.
Peterson, Samuel E., farmer, Upper Yoder tp.
Parker, H.C., miner, Richland twp.
Reighard, B.F., janitor, East Taylor tp. No. 1.
Ream, J.D., laborer, Johnstown 8 w.
Rice, F.A., clerk, Hastings.
Repp, Frank, clerk, Dale.
Sweeny, Edward, miner, Lilly.
Smale, Elmer, clerk, Patton
Shartz, Wm., farmer, Summerhill twp.
Smith, James, policeman, Johnstown 17 w.
Stahl, Park, florist, Johnstown 8 w.
Thomas, Walter, millhand, Johnstown 6 w.
VonAlt, Johnstown, barber, Johnstown 7 w.
Witt, Robert, clerk, Johnstown 6 w.
Weston, Joseph, clerk, Gallitzin.
Friday, 26 Jan 1900
VOLUME XXXIV, NUMBER 4
The Lancaster County Jury indicted ex-County Treasurer Emanuel H. Hershey, a fugitive from justice, for embezzlement.
Hazleton, January 22--The steam generating plant at the Trescokow colliery dropped into the mines before the eyes of the two firemen, Manus Gallaher and Martin Meikcrantz, who had a narrow escape from being carried down with the boilers. Only a portion of the tall stack of the boiler house can be seen above the surface to-day. There is every indication of a further cave at this place and trains passing over the tracks nearby are proceeding over the dangerous territory with great caution.
Scranton, January 22--Michael Hart, aged 72 years, one of the oldest miners in this valley, was caught by a falling roof coal this afternoon, in the Hampton Mine, West Scranton. He was rescued by fellow-miners, but was so badly crushed that death resulted just as he reached his home. His wife and several children survive him.
Mr. Charles Langbein, of Carrolltown, visited Ebensburg on Tuesday.
Mr. Martin Leib, of Cassandra, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Tuesday.
Mr. Paul Fenlon, of Philadelphia, visited friends in Ebensburg on Thursday.
Paul Yahner, Esq., an old and respected citizen of Elder township, is seriously ill.
Mr. Joseph Sharp, of Allegheny township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Tuesday.
Mr. James M. Singer, of Jackson township, spent a few hours in town on Tuesday.
Mrs. E. James, of this place, visited her daughter, Mrs. Irvin Stineman, in South Fork.
Mr. Timothy Sheehan, an old and respected citizen of Allegheny township, is seriously ill.
Mine operators refused to meet United Mine Workers at Scranton, and a strike, involving 30,000 men is imminent.
In Bedford county last year $1,700 were paid out for sheep damages. During the same year the tax on dogs amounted to $1,900.
Charles Robinson, at Spruse Creek, Huntingdon county, shot and killed John O'Neill, whom he accused of intimacy with Mrs. Robinson.
The February election is not quite four weeks off and the people of the different townships and boroughs should look for the right men in the right places for local offices.
Mr. Austin Lloyd, of Cambria township, was severely burned on the hands and face on Tuesday morning while attempting to hurry up the kitchen fire with carbon oil.
Rev. Father Cornelius Sheehan, formerly pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church at Hollidaysburg, Blair county, has been transferred to St. Thomas' church at Ashville, this county.
Burglars at Petersburg, Huntingdon county, entered the Pennsylvania railroad office and E.M. Swope's hardware store, from the latter securing $100 worth of revolvers and cutlery.
The Mountaineer-Herald when about finishing up the press work of last week's edition, had the misfortune to break the driving shaft of their large press. They got it repaired in Johnstown.
Mrs. Eliza Jones, of Vetera, had her shoulder dislocated last week by being thrown from a sleigh. Dr. Jones, of this place, attended her, and she is getting along as well as can be expected.
The fourth annual banquet of the Heptasophs, in this place, was held at the Hotel Bender on Tuesday evening, and it is needless to remark that all who participated were delighted with the menu.
The wage trouble at the Altoona Rolling mill has been settled. The company has granted the puddlers an increase of 25 cents per ton, which makes their pay $4.25 per ton. They had demanded an advancement of 50 cents.
The Cambria Steel company, Johnstown, will erected a $1,000,000 addition to their plant, which will double the capacity of the establishment. Plans for this mammoth structure are under way in the office of the company.
Dr. Robert E. Davison, oft his place, will locate at Nantyglo where he will open up an office and practice his profession. We commend him to the people of that vicinity as a courteous gentleman and a skillful physician.
Several weeks ago Robert Fourney, a street car inspector in Johnstown, was run over by a car and sustained a compound fracture of his left thigh. He was taken to the Memorial hospital where, on Tuesday, the leg was amputated.
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Devlin, widow of the late Arthur Devlin, of Jackson township, died recently in the eighty-second year of her age. The deceased is survived by three sons, Frank and James, of Johnstown, and Daniel who resides on the old homestead.
A Quaker social will be held at the Congregational church in this place on Friday evening, at 8 o'clock, P.M. All persons coming late will be fined. Talking, laughing and use of pronouns will be regulated by fines. Supper twenty cents. All are cordially invited to attend.
Marshall Rowland, of Cambria township, while working in the woods on Friday last on a timber job for Eli Jones, had the misfortune to fall upon his axe and cut a large gash in his left hand from the wrist to the thumb. He was brought to Ebensburg where Doctor Jones dressed the wound.
Mary Smith Robbins, who will appear at the opera house on Monday evening, January 29th, in the musical melo-drama "Little Trixie" supported by a strong metropolitan company, is one of the most talented character commediennes on the stage to-day. Her dialect is perfect, her dancing wonderful.
Mrs. Martha Leigaty who disappeared from Dunlo, this county, several weeks ago and was thought to be dead, reappeared last Saturday at the home of the son from which she had disappeared. She remained only a short time and taking another train, left for some point unknown.
Thomas Myers, employed in the frame shop of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, at Altoona, met with a painful and unfortunate accident on Monday morning. He operates an electric saw used in cutting iron in building engine frames, and while sawing a piece of iron the saw caught his right front finger and sawed it off and otherwise injured his hand.
It is said that the deal in which Mr. J.B. Denny, landlord of the Mountain House, in this place, becomes the landlord of the Merchants Hotel, in Johnstown, was closed on Wednesday and that Mr. Michael Stoltz, at present a clerk at the Mountain House, will assume charge of that well known hotel instead of Mr. H. A. Englehart, as stated last week.
The South Fork Record says that about the 10th of February, Dr. G.R. Glass, Jacob C. Murphy and H.C. Stineman will take their departure for Puerto Rico. They go with the intention of seeing the country and learning the customs in that locality. If they are pleased with the surroundings and can decide on what business to engage in they will make some investments, and Dr. Glass, at least will settle there. From what can be learned it is said to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Without a show of fear, and with head erect and features undisturbed, Samuel Peter Meyers, aged 28 years, twice convicted in the Somerset county court of murder in the first degree for killing Michael Kearney and John Lenhart, at Garrett, the home of the murderer and his victims, walked to the scaffold in the county jail shortly after noon at Somerset, Pa., on Wednesday, and at 1:10 it was announced that he was dead and that justice was satisfied. There was not a hitch in the gruesome proceedings.
A farmer named August Rougeous, residing near Saltsburg, is said to have lost a valuable hog last September, and though he hunted high and low the animal was not to be found. A few days ago, however, while working about a haystack, Mr. Rougeous heard a pig grunt. Upon investigation he found his long lost hog underneath the hay stack, the hog having lived for three months on what it could bite off and without water. It was reduced to a skeleton.
The wave of prosperity has struck the Patton Clay Manufacturing company's plant in Patton, as the company has the foundation nearly completed for a three story addition 32x200 feet, which will increase the plant's output about 70 percent. An additional dry and wet pan will be added and several new kilns erected, and the improvements will increase the pay rolls about $2,000.
Al Borland, a well known P.R.R. conductor, who was injured at Altoona some days ago, is getting along well and is allowed to receive callers. It was at first supposed that both feet would have to be taken off, but the physicians have managed to save one of them, which proved to be not so badly crushed as at first thought.
Mr. Frank Krug, of Cresson, who was hurt by falling from an engine on the C & C railroad last week is still in the Altoona hospital in an unconscious condition.
A. L. Ambrose, a freight brakeman on the Pittsburg division of the Pennsylvania railroad, was fatally injured at 1:25 o'clock Saturday morning, at Gallitzin, by falling from his train. He was ground under the wheels and died while being taken to Altoona. Andrews was a member of the crew of Conductor J.D. Gontz, which was bringing a freight train east. The car tops were wet and slippery, the result of the recent rain, and in the performance of his duty Ambrose in crossing them slipped on one and fell between the cars to the rails. A dozen cars passed over his body badly mangling it, his right arm, both hands and left leg being crushed to a pulp, the left hip dislocated and the body badly bruised. Ambrose had passed his 18th year and had been in the service of the company in the capacity of a brakeman but a short time.
While cleaning up his office last week Register and Recorder Edgar R. Horne, of Bedford, discovered a very old document that attracted considerable attention. It is an immense sheet of heavy linen paper and was executed at Canterbury, England, March 30, 1791, and filed May 14, 1796. It is beautifully penned in old English and is headed "Certificate from the Archbishop of Canterbury of England, Primate of all England and Metropolitan, of the Will of Sir Frederick Haldiman, Knights of the Order of Bath and General of the Services of his Britannic Majesty." The document bears the seal of parliament in the shape of a large circle, with Christ on the throne in the center and a disciple on either side. Below this is a five pound English stamp which is fastened to the document by a large piece of German silver. The document is excellently preserved.
Mrs. Margaret Roberts, widow of the late Owen Roberts, of Summerhill township, died at her home on Friday, January 19th, 1900, aged 75 years. The deceased whose maiden name was Tibbott, was born in Cambria township, and after her marriage nearly sixty years ago, located with her husband on a farm in Summerhill township, where she resided up to the time of her death. She is survived by three sons and two daughters: Richard, of Wilmore; William, of Iowa, and Lincoln, at home; Mrs. Jane Howells, of Iowa, and Mrs. Ellen Humphreys, also of Iowa. Her remains were interred in Lloyd cemetery at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, after services at Bethany church by Rev. Rowe.
George Kirchenstein, of Johnstown, an aged employe of the Cambria Steel company, was struck and killed by Mail express at the stone bridge on Friday last. He was 75 years old.
Following is the program for the institute to be held at Carrolltown on Monday and Tuesday, January 29th and 30th:
At 9 A.M. on Monday morning a meeting of the members of the State Board of Agriculture with the local committee will be held in the school hall. The afternoon session will open at 1:30, with the following program: Organization: Music: "What Education does the Farmer need?"--J.A. Woodward; Queries; Recitation, G.E. Hipps; "Equality in Taxation, Joel A. Herr; Queries; Music.
The evening session will open at 7:30 with music by St. Benedict's choir. "Results of Experience with Commercial Fertilizers," E.H. Hess. "Our Natural Resources in the North of the County" John Somerville. Queries. Essay, "How to take Care of House Flowers and Plants," Miss Annie Sharbaugh. Solo. C. H. Hedenburg. "Are Free Text books Beneficial to our Public Schools, Jos. Kaylor. Music.
On Tuesday morning the Institute will open at 9 o'clock with music by Miss Hattie Sharbaugh. "Large and Small Fruit Culture," Joel A. Herr. "Is it Injurious to both Body and Mind of Children to Study branches in our Public Schools that they can not Comprehend, Prof. T.L. Gibson. Queries. "How to make Home Attractive for Children," Mrs. Jacob A. Hoover. Music. "Feeding and Management of Dairy Cattle," E.H. Hess. Queries. Recitation. Music.
The afternoon session will open at 1:30 o'clock with music by Miss Ricketts. "Feeding for a purpose," J.A. Woodward. "The First Settlers of the North of this County," John E. Mannion, Sr. Queries. Essay. "Vegetable Gardening," Miss Elizabeth Sharbaugh. "Why Farmers do not Prosper," J. Ricketts. Music. "Lines and Titles," J. Laird Elder. "Barnyard Manure," Joel A. Herr. "Dehorning Cattle," Jos. Farabaugh. Song.
The evening session will open at 7:30 o'clock with music by St. Benedict's choir. "Good Roads," John Hamilton. "How to Care for Poultry," Dr. Somerville and Alex Grieff. "Does it Pay to Raise Sheep," S.M. McHenry. "How to Succeed in Business, J.J. Thomas. "Strawberry Culture," John F. Thomas. Queries. "Schools for the Children," J.A. Woodward. Song. Essay. "What Constitutes Good Neighborship. Music. Adjournment.
Guardian of James C. McCloskey et al to John C. Beiter, Munster; consideration, $450.
Robert L. Johnston, by the treasurer of Cambria county, to commissioners of Cambria county, Summerhill township, $25.
Robert L. Johnstown, by the commissioners of Cambria county, to Robert L. Johnstown, Summerhill township, $48.
Robert L. Johnstown, by the treasurer of Cambria county, to commissioners of Cambria county, Summerhill township, $24.
Robert L. Johnston, by the commissioners of Cambria county, to Robert L. Johnston, Summerhill township, $24.
Jennie M. Notley et vir to S.B. King, Barnesboro, $9,500.
Barbara Eastman to Ellen Waltz, Carrolltown, $1.
Joseph Hogue to William Hogue, Allegheny, $1,500.
John W. Kephart, master, to Samuel A. Lewis, Barnesboro, $41.
Samuel A. Lewis et ux. to F.H. Barker, Barnesboro, $56.
John Leonard Yeckley to Mary Yeckley, Gallitzin borough, $1.
Administrator of John Kelly, by the sheriff of Cambria county, to F.H. Barker, Jackson, $1,000.
L.A. Schaeffer to F.H. Clement & Co., Barr, $9,000.
Annie Mellon to James Mellon, Paton (sic), $500.
John S. Robb et ux. to Richard Coulter et al, Cresson, $2,100.
Frederick Arble et ux. to Peter C. Noel, Carroll, $145.
John J. Hauk to Peter C. Noel, Carroll, $350.
D.A. Luther, Jr., et ux. to Edward P. Reed, Carroll, $233. (listed twice)
John Price et ux. to Edward P. Reed, Carroll, $233.
John H. Kauffman et ux. to Catharine Humphrey, Upper Yoder, $1,500.
Aaron Stutzman to Mary Stutzman, West Taylor, $2,000.
Robert Dignan et ux. to John J. Saylor, Upper Yoder, $350.
Martha F. Rheam to Jennie Storie, Lower Yoder, $1.
John Clark et ux. to Mary M. Buettner, Johnstown, $800.
Aloysius P. Akers et ux. to Augustine L. Akers, Johnstown, $1.
B. Frank Hoffman to Harry A. Hoffman et al, Johnstown, $5,333.
Samuel M. O. Kinney to William H. Strauff & Co., Johnstown, $400.
Charles Plummer to O.C. Harris, Johnstown, $175.
Condy Gallagher to James Gallagher, Johnstown, $150.
Gallitzin Myers, by the commissioners of Cambria county, to John M. Rose, Tunnelhill, $3.
George Eichenseher, by the treasurer of Cambria county, East Conemaugh, $6.
George Eichenseher, by the commissioners of Cambria county, to William P. Coulter, East Conemaugh, $1.
Assignee of Margaret A. Burk to Annie M. Boley, Cresson, $140.
Assignee of Margaret A. Burk to Annie Boley, Cresson, $155.
Josephine Bimmel et vir et al. to Right Reverent Richard Phelen, bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburg, Croyle, $50.
Heirs of Hugh Gallagher to John Gallagher, Gallitzin township, $200.
John Gallagher et ux. to Augustine Eckenrode, Gallitzin township, $200.
Augustine Eckenrode to Alice Gallagher, Gallitzin township, $1.
David R. Edwards, by the treasurer of Cambria county, to the commissioners of Cambria county, Lower Yoder, $4.
Thomas T. Davis et ux. to J. Earl Ogle, Johnstown, $900.
Annis Bowden et vir to Johnstown Water company, Lower Yoder, $984.
Catharine Humphreys to Johnstown Water company, Lower Yoder, $2,163.
Mrs. R.E. Jones is having a reduction and remnant sale.
C.A. Sharbaugh, the clothier, announces a great clearance sale.
The Forty-third annual statement of the Protection Mutual Fire Insurance company appears in this issue.
Jerry Lloyd buys paper wood. See miscellaneous column.
The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday January 25, 1900:
-Edward Dumm, Spangler, and Maggie Hopple, Barr township
-Daniel R. McAleese and Cora M. Copp, Hastings
-Walter A. Parrish, Loretto, and Maude M. Behe, St. Augustine
-John Labut and Caroline Pitcuk, Hastings
-Simon Alters and Katie Woolf, Jackson township
-Arthur Bassett, West Taylor township, and Gertie Keiper, East Taylor township
-Wm. J. Zirn, Carrolltown, and Agnes A. Kirkpatrick, Carroll township
-William S. Ryan and Annie M. Gallice, Gallitzin
-Joseph Dubrencq and Agnes Hogan, Ehrenfeld