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INDIANA COUNTY ITEMS.
The new Farmers' Bank building, in Indiana, has been completed and is now occupied.
At the recent examinations at the Indiana State Normal, all the Seniors passed successfully except six.
The fox-hunters of Marion Centre and immediate vicinity have rid the country of fifty-one of the sly animals the past season.
The cherry crop in these parts will be light this year, and farmers tell us that one-half of the peach crop is killed. -- Messenger.
Mr. Joseph Cramer and Miss Laura Miller, both of Pine Township, were married on Monday afternoon by Squire James Fenton, at his office in Indiana.
Mrs. James Hamilton, of White Township, is in a critical condition, the result of a severe attack of diphtheria. She is more than seventy-two ears old.
Mr. Gil Stitt, manager of the Saltsburg Rolling Mill Company, denies a statement made several weeks ago that the new plant is to be operated non-Union.
An injury received in falling from a home (?) recently, has resulted seriously with Mrs. Samuel Lewis, of BlacklicK, and on last Thursday she became violently insane.
About three hundred men at Glen Campbell are affected by the general strike. They went out Saturday evening and on Monday, the mines were not operated at all.
Third annual convention of the Young People's Union of the Indiana Baptist Association will meet with the Pine Flat Union, on Wednesday, June 13th at 3 P.M.
A fox hound belonging to S. H. Truby, of Brushvalley, chased a wild animal through the streets of Brushvalley a few nights ago. It is thought the "critter" was a wildcat. -- Gazette.
Mr. Streamer C. Kirkpatrick, of Smicksburg, and Miss Sadie Grove, of Vinco, Cambria County, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's parents on Friday, March 23d.
The projectors of the Young Mens' Christian Association of Indiana have in view the selection of three fine room in the Farmers' Bank building for the use of the Association.
Indiana is likely to have a Young Men's Christian Association. A paper circulated to obtain the signature of those who desired t organize received over a hundred names in a few hours.
CARRELL-SHEELER. -- In Johnstown, Ninth Ward, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, at No. 32 Coal street, on Thursday, April 5, 1894, at 8 o'clock by Rev. F. M. Crissman, of Blairsville, Mr. Charles H. Carrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Carrell of Market street, and Miss Anna Sheeler, daughter of Mrs. Rachael Sheeler, of the Ninth Ward.
PEBLEY-ANDERS. -- In Johnstown, Seventeenth Ward, at the home of Mr. John Bilchew, on Thursday evening, April 5, 1894, by Rev. George O. Cooke, of the Walnut Grove United Brethren Church, Mr. Emanuel Pebley and Miss Maggie Anders, both of this city.
WITT-SHAFFER. -- In the Presbyterian Church, at Cumberland, Md., on Monday morning, April 2, 1894, by Rev. Moffitt, Mr. James E. Witt and Miss Jennie Shaffer, of this city.
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KEIM-LOHR. -- At Davidsville, Somerset County on Sunday, October 21, 1894, at 7 o'clock, P.M., by Justice Wood Swank, Harvey Keim, son of Samuel Keim, and Miss Della Lohr, daughter of Mrs. Daniel Lohr, both of Conemaugh Township, Somerset County.
KOONTZ-WILSON. -- At the home of the officiating clergyman, in Morrellville, on Tuesday evening, November 6, 1894, by Rev. W. H. Spangler, of the U. B. Church, Mr. John Koontz and Miss Maggie Wilson, of Morrellville.
WAIBLE-DOUBT. -- In Brownstown, Lower Yoder Township, on Wednesday evening, November 7, 1894, at 7:30 o'clock, by Rev. Father Edward Trautwelo, pastor of the St. Mary's German Catholic Church, Mr. John Waible and Miss Annie Doubt, both of Brownstown.
THE NEW DIRECTORY.
A force of canvassers has begun work at securing the names and addresses of all the residents of this city and suburbs, for publication of the new Directory, to be issued about January 1, 1895. The aim will be to make this work as nearly correct as possible, and to this end all persons are requested to give the desired information when asked.
Only a limited number of these directories will be published, and parties who desire a copy should leave their order at once with any of the canvassers or at the office of the Herald Company.
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BLOUGH-BLOUGH. -- At the residence of the officiating Alderman, in Johnstown, on Sunday, June 10,
1894, by Alderman Irvin Rutledge, Mr. Elmer Blough and Miss Mary Blough, both of Stonycreek Township.
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BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD.
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad will sell excursion tickets to and from all points east of the Ohio River, within a radius of two hundred miles (but not to and from stations east of Baltimore, Md.), for all trains July 3d, 3d, and 4th, valid for return passage until July 5th, inclusive, at greatly reduced rates.
One Dollar reward for the return of Opperman's balloon. Ascension every evening during the Fest.
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BLOUGH-WERTZ. -- At the home of the bride's parents -- Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wertz -- in Stonycreek
Township, on Sunday, June 17, 1894, at 12 o'clock noon, by Rev. W. J. Swigart, of the Huntingdon Normal
School, Mr. Silas Blough, of this city, and Miss Mary Wertz, of Stonycreek Township.
COLEMAN-LAMBERT. -- At the home of the bride's parents -- Mr. and Mrs. David Lambert -- at
Lambertsville, Somerset County, on Wednesday evening, June 20, 1893, by Rev. Lau, pastor of the Hooversville
Circuit of the Lutheran Church, Mr. John Coleman, of Lambertswille, and Miss Nora Lambert.
DUNMIRE-WAGNER. -- At the home of the groom's father -- Mr. Henry Dunmire -- on Maple street, South
Fork, on Thursday evening, June 14, 1894, Mr. James B. P. Dunmire, of South Fork, and Miss Birdie A. Wagoner,
of Pindleton, Cambria County.
HELD-FREIDHOFF. -- In Johnstown, Ninth Ward, at St. Joseph's German Catholic Church, on Thesday, June
19, 1894, at 9:15 o'clock A.M., by Father Corbinian, Mr. George Held and Miss Ida Freidhoff, both of this
HABERKORN-GALLER. -- In Johnstown Ninth Ward, at St. Joseph's German Catholic Church, on Thursday
morning, June 21, 1894, at 6:30 o'clock, by Rev. Father Corbinian, Mr. John Haberkorn, of No. 114 Feeder
street, and Miss Kate Galler, of Cottage Hill, Tenth Ward.
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BREMER-KURTZ. -- In Johnstown, Ninteenth Ward, at St. Mary's German Catholic Church, on Thursday morning, June 22, 2890, at 7:30 o'clock by Rev. Father John N. Bausch, Mr. William Dremer and Miss Annie Kurtz, both of Brownstown, Lower Yoder Township.
FINDLEY-BENNETT. -- On Thursday, June 22, 1899, at the home of the bride's parents, by Rev. S. M. Illack, Mr. John P. Findley, of Johnstown, and Miss Nina E. Bennett, of West Fairfield, PA.
HASSELBERGER-REED. -- In Johnstown, Second Ward, at the office of the officiating magistrate, on Tuesday, June 20, 1899, at 2 o'clock P.M. by Alderman J. M. Lehman, Mr. Roger Hasselberger and Miss Mary C. Reed, both of Morrellville.
HORNER-LANDIS. -- In Johnstown, Fifth Ward, at the home of the bride's parents, on Franklin street, on Thursday evening, June 22, 1899, at 3 o'clock, by Rev. William Alfred Shipman, Mr. William Horner and Miss Kate Landis, both of Johnstown.
UNCAPHER-APPLE. -- In Johnstown, Nineteenth Ward, at the Morrellville United Evangelical Church parsonage, on Wendesday [sic] evening, June 21, 1899, at 9 o'clock, by Rev. John N. Gardner, Mr. Orlando Uncapher, of West Taylor Township, and Miss Florence Apple, of the Twenty-first Ward, this city.
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KERN-WAKEFIELD. -- At the bride's home, in Nineveh, Westmoreland County, on Wednesday, June 27, 1894, by Rev. M. M. Hildebrand, of the New Florence Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. George W. Kern, of Pittsburg, and Miss Nora Wakefield, of Nineveh.
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There are some seventy-six men in the County Poorhouse, and of this number seventy are users of tobacco in
A man named John Taebold, of Johnstown, was admitted to the Altoona Hospital Wednesday for medical treatment.
Chautauqes Assembly at Ridgeview Park closed Monday, and the camp-meeing services will begin Thursday,
The members of the Evangelical Church of Stoyestown are holding a bush meeting near that place. It will
continue a week or longer.
The Presbyterial Church of Braddock held its annual outing at Idlewild Tuesday. There were over three
hundred people in attendance.
The United Presbyterians of Western Pennsylvania are having a reunion at Idlewide to-day. Fully five
thousand were expected to participate.
Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Gourley, of Lawrence County, Pa., are visiting relatives and acquaintences at Conemaugh,
the former home of Mrs. Gourley.
While hauling logs on a hillside near Conemaugh, a valuable horse belonging to Mr. Ramer was killed yesterday,
by a log rolling violently against the animal.
Mr. Bennett Kauffman, of near Davidsville, son of Mr. Sam Kauffman, brought to this office recently a
"Grindstone" apple that was taken from his orchard early last fall.
The audit of the Isaac Sill estate, mentioned elsewhere, was concluded on Wednesday morning, at the office
of Charles C. Greer, Esq., all claims being satisfactorily adjusted.
Rev. Beale, of Johnstown, is expected to deliver an address at Mostollar Station next Saturday, at which
time Lambertsville Council, No. 413, Jr. O. U. A. M., will place a flag on the schoolhouse at that place.
A few days ago Miss Ella A. Barnett, a granddaughter of Mr. Thomas Gore, of this city, gave an elegantly-
appointed afternoon luncheon at the home of her parents at Hillside, to honor her classmate -- Miss Nellie
Hill -- of Scottsdale.
On Wednesday evening, August 22d, Mr. A. W. Hillegass and Miss Grace Brubaker, of Berlin, Somerset County,
will be united in marriage at the bride's home.
PICNIC IN EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP IN HONOR OF LEWIS WISSINGER AND WIFE
Gathering of the Descendants of Lewis Wissinger
Many Relatives and Friends of Cambria County's Centenarian Spent An Enjoyable Day With Him and His Wife at
the Home of His Son, In East Taylor Township, Taking Presents and Provisions With Them. The Old
Gentlemen Still Able to Earn His Own Living -- A Sketch of His Life
A most extraordinary and pleasant family reunion and picnic was that which was held Wednesday at the home of Mr. Samuel Wissinger, in East Taylor Township, about one mile above Conemaugh, in honor of Cambria County's venerable patriarch -- Lewis Wissinger -- who reached the remarkable age of one hundred and one years on the 21st of last June, and who resides in Conemaugh Township, about two miles above Franklin Borough.
The guests began to arrive early in the morning and continued coming in until about noon, at which time the number had swelled to between four hundred and five hundred persons. A number of large tables were set in the orchard of the aged gentlemen's son Samuel, and about 1 o'clock the guests were invited to sit down to these tables which were fairly groaning under the weight of good things of this life that had been abstracted from numerous baskets and bundles brought along by the guests.
As this remarkable gathering was seated at the tables, doing justice to the good things spread before it, Photographer I. J. Wissinger took the picture of the entire group. After the inner man had been satisfied, Mr. Wissinger and his venerable wife were singled out for the purpose of having a likeness of their features transferred to cardboard; then another photograph of the whole assemblege was taken.
When the photographer was finished his work, the gathering resolved itself into a sort of social convocation, Prof. J. W. Leech, of Ebensburg, acting as master of ceremonies. The Professor, in making a few remarks, said he had tried to bring along with him the oldest person in Ebensburg, but, failing in this, had brought the next oldest -- Hon. A. A. Barker. Mr. Leech said that while Mr. Barker was a very old man, he appeared as a sprightly boy compared to Mr. Wissinger, and it must be remembered that the latter had cast his first vote before the former had seen the light of day, and has lived under the administration of every President of the United States, having been born during Washington's second term.
Rev. W. M. Covert, of the Conemaugh Presbyterian Church, followed Mr. Leech in a brief address, and Rev. R. Sirhowy Jones, of the Ebensburg Congregational Church, sang a hymn entitled, "Going Through the Valley". Hon. A. A. Barker was then introduced, and made a short but very happy speech suitable to the occasion. Prof. Leech then closed the ceremonies with a few appropriate remarks.
Among those present were: Hon. A. A. Barker, Prof. J. W. Leech, Rev. R. Sirhowy Jones, W. Tate, Jr., and Elisha Machau of Ebensburg; D. E. Sell, of Altoona; Miss Sara Hare, of Philadelphia; Miss Lizzie Unangst, of South Easton, Pa.; Miss Maud Huff, of Penn, Pa.; Miss Amanda McGuire, of Braddock; Thomas Wissinger and wife, Ephraim Wissinger, Albert Wissinger, Edmund Wissinger, Franklin Wissinger, Harvey Wissinger, John
Wissinger, Henry Wissinger, Misses Mary Pearl, and Mabel Wissinger, James Wissinger, Robert Wissinger and wife, Mrs. Pugh, Charles Puch, Miss Ida Pugh, Charles Wissinger and wife, Edmund Muller and wife, Irving B. Juller; Misses Olla, Queenie, and Jno L. Muller; Ralph Muller and Plum L. Muller; of Scalp Level; Miss Stella Shearer, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. J. Huff, of Allegheny County; P. F. Custer and wife; Bird Custer, Walter Wissinger, Mary Grove, Lettie Custer, Mabel Custer, Fanny Custer, D. W. Brallier and wife, James Pergrin, Jonathan Custer and wife, Emanuel Custer and wife, Mrs. J. H. Stiffler, Miss Edith Stiffler, Irvin and Roscoe Custer, of Vinco; Mrs. J. H. Bole, Harry Horner, wife, and one child, Jonathan Wissinger, Mrs. Walter and two
children, Miss Belle Walter, Jerry Walter, David Custer, wife, and child, Miss Jennie Colin, Miss June Rose Lenhart, Miss Julia Strayer, Miss Sadie Fyock, Mr. Joseph Masters and wife, and David Teeter and wife, of this city; John Wingard, of Geistown; D. D. Miller and wife, of South Fork; Mrs. L. A. Hildebrand and child, E. J. Burkhart, wife, and two sons -- Blair and Earl -- Mrs. William Heslop, S. H. Burkhart, wife, and two children, Miss Edna Nicely; Watson Grumbling, wife, and two children -- Mabel and Eve -- J. J. Strayer and wife, Eva May Strayer, Miss Lizzie Newman, and Mrs. G. W. Moore and son Howard; of Morrellville; Miss Sadie Hildebrand, Cyrus Sheppart and wife, Miss Cora Kelly, Miss Elva Donmyer, Mrs. C. Wilson, James Ribblett, Miss Stacie Kanuff, Miss Jennie Pergrin, Mrs. Samuel Sensebaugh, Mrs. William Davis, Miss Lizzie Davis, Cyrus Davis, Clayton Custer, Mrs. Murphy, Alfa Murphy, G. J. Wentroth, J. F. McGuire, Myrtle Snowden, Charley Ullery, Mildred Shaffer, J. W. Giffin, Dr. George Martin, J. J. Shaffer, wife and daughter, Louis Block, wife, and daughter, Jacob McCartney, Carl Devlin, John W. Fishell, Miss Zella Forsythe, Miss Kate Kelly, Miss Kate Anthony, Miss Carrie Berkey, Miss Emma Mills, Edward Custer, Harry Miller, Irvin Shaffer, P. B. Noon, Miss Grace Herold, H. Kepple, W. H. Barbour, Miss Anna Storry, J. H. Geer, A. P. Noon, Miss Nettie O'Neil, Mrs. J. McMorran, Miss Mallie McFeaters, Rose Davis. W. S. Plummer and wife, Mrs. S. A. Rock, Miss
Minnie Varner, Miss Grace Varner, Frank Craig, wife, and two children -- Lillie and Wilber -- George W. Smith, C. J. Smith, Milton Good, James Evans, Milton Goughnour, H. C. Stephens, Earl Donmire, Royal Donmire, Mrs. S. J. Smith, Mrs. Mary Ruggles, Alvin Byers, W. G. Giffin, Jacob Zane, Miss Grace Zane, Miss Laura Zane, Miss Marie Kinney, Miss Maud Davis, George Zane, wife, and three children, F. B. Custer and wife, Miss Ida Custer, Miss Mary Zane, Miss Annie Zane, Clara Zane and child, Levi Amigh and wife, Misses Mollie, Gertie, Elsie, Millie, Kate, and Olive Amigh, Elmer Amigh, George Amigh, Mrs. Patrick O'Neil, Harry F. O'Neill, Miss Annie M. Goughnour, Miss Minnie A. Goughnour, Milton P. Goughnour, Miss Mollie Brallier, Miss Viola Brallier, Miss Vida Brallier, Mrs. Ida Kyle and son Willie, William Keiper, Mrs. Louis Keiper and daughter Ida, of Conemaugh; Miss John Hildebrand and child, L. R. Phillippi, wife, and child -- Harry --Benjamin Benshoff and wife, Albert Wissinger, wife, and three children -- Claud, Harry, and Guy -- E. B. Wissinger, wife and two children -- Ralph and Bessie -- Stephen James, wife, and four children -- Olive, Chalmer, Lilly, and Forrest -- Miss Ella Hildebrand, Rev. Stephen Hildebrand and wife, and Miss Maggie Hildebrand, of Rosedale; Mrs. William Cook, Mrs. Pickworth, Mrs. Amanda Heitzel, Miss Stella Snyder, Miss Lizzie Bomgardner, Miss Miranda Bomgardner, and J. M. Miller and wife, of Dale Borough; Miss Daisy Kuntz, Mrs. Nannie J. Moore, Peter Strayer, William H. Temple, Fred Koontz, Charles Horner, Albert Wissinger, M. M. Roudabush, Wilson Roudabush, Annie Baumgardner, Miss Belle Wissinger, Miss Lizzie Wissinger, B__ler Wissinger, Eli Wissinger and daughter Lizzie, Joseph Link, wife, and daughter Gussie, of Walnut Grove; Miss Gertie McFeaters, of Indiana County; A. A. Shrader, wife, and son, and John Bomgardner and wife, and Esther Bomgardner, of Richland Township; Daniel Kauffman and wife, John Kaufman, Lewis Kauffman, Miss Ella Kauffman, and L. J. Wissinger, and wife, of Lovett; Charles Umberger, wife, and two children, Mrs. Lewis Ribely, William Wissinger, Mrs. Daniel Fyock, E. Fyock, Lewis Fyock of Conemaugh Township; H. Si__mons, John Wissinger and wife, Miss Hannah Wissinger, Miss Jennie Wissinger, Walter Wissinger, Blair Horner, Levi Leidy, wife, and one child of Jackson Township; Jacob W. Pringke, wife and two children -- Ella and Lemon -- Mrs. John Good, Miss Fernie Varner, Mrs. W. S. Headrick, John Findley, wife and two children, B. F. Bole and wife, I. C. Bole and wife, Harry Bole, A. Knable, wife and child, Grant Knable, George Knable, Miss Olive Knable, J. B. Keiper and wife, Eddie Keiper, John Keiper, Miss Ida Keiper, Ernest Keper, Hiram Ribblett and wife, Miss Martha Ellen Ribblett, George I. Ribblett, S. G. Sell, wife and child, Gertie Keiper, Miss Etta Neiper, Miss Carrie Closson, Miss Ella Pearson, Miss Sarah Pearson, Miss Susan Vickroy, Emanuel Pearson, wife and three children -- Lizzie, Johnnie, and Harry -- Miss Annie Croyle, Albert Herold, Miss Ella Herold, Mr. Samuel Wissinger and wife, Miss Cevilla
Wissinger, John Wissinger, Miss Elsie Burkhart, of East Taylor Township; the venerable John Ribblett and wife, Mrs. Mary Gillen and daughter Dora, John Teeter, and Mrs. James Michaels and two children, of West Taylor Township.
Lewis Wissinger was born June 21, 1793, on the farm now owned by Abner Griffith, on the Bedford Pike, in Stonycreek Township, about two and one-half miles from Johnstown. His father, after serving in the Revolutionary War, purchased this tract of woodland and moved from Bedford County to this place, which was at that time a perfect wilderness, inhabited by Indians and wild beasts, and he ocntinued to live there until his death, which occurred at the age of ninety years. Notwithstanding the almost insurmountable difficulties and hardships with which he had to battle, he managed to eke out a living for himself, wife, and eleven children, of whom Lewis was one of the oldest and only one now living, the others having died at ages varying from eighty to ninety years.
When about twenty-five years of age Lewis was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Strayer, and for several years thereafter he farmed the old homestead for his father, after which he drove a six-horse team for some time on the Pittsburg Pike, hauling metal from Shade Furname to ittsburg. Mr. Wissinger was considered an expert teamster, as well as an excellent farmer, and was engaged in one or the other of these pursuits for his entire life up until about three years ago, when the task of running a farm became too burdensome for him and he moved into a three-roomed one-story house on the farm of his son Harry, in Conemaugh Township, which was placed at his disposal. Here he and his wife do some gardening and have several cows, from which they still continue to make their own living. Although he was an expert farmer and a hard worker all his life, the fruits of his labors and knowledge in this direction were reaped by some one else, and he was never able to get a farm of his own, but lived on rented ones all his life.
After some seventeen years of married life, during which time the union was blessed with five children, Mr. Wissinger's wife was claimed by death. He mourned her loss for about four years, and in 1839 was married to Miss Margaret Lint, who still abides with him, and is now past seventy-six years of age. To this union were born six children.
The children to his first wife, in the order of their birth, were: David, who was a farmer in Adams Township, and died in 1874; Katie, wife of Thomas Machan, who died about twenty-eight years ago; Sarah, wife of Daniel Kauffman of Croyle Township; Eli, who resides in Walnut Grove, and John, who is engaged in farming in Jackson Township. The children to the second wife, in order of their birth, were: Harry , who is engaged in the lumber, lime, and coal business in Conemaugh Township; Esther, who died in maidenhood, at the age of twenty-three years; Samuel, of East Taylor Township, who is engaged in the butchering business at Conemaugh; Barbara, wife of Peter Keiper, railroad switchman at Conemaugh; Annie, wife of Daniel Fyock, of Adams Township, and Adam, who is in the lime and coal business near Scalp Level.
Mr. Wissinger is a consistent member of the German Baptist Church; having connected himself with that denomination fifty-two years ago. His wife has been a member of that church for over fifty-three years.
Of the eight living children, John, Eli, Sarah, Samuel, Annie, and Adam were present at the reunion yesterday.
There are forty-eight grandchildren, of whom the following named were present: Eli B. Wissinger, Mrs. Mary Gillen, Mrs. Sarah Grumbling, Mrs. Emma Horner, Miss Hannah Wissinger, Mrs. Jerome Wissinger, Mr. Walter
Wissinger, Miss Lizzie Wissinger, Mr. Lewis Kauffman, Mrs. Mollie Umberger, Mrs. Emma Ribely, Mr. William Wissinger, Miss Ida Kyle, Mr. William Keiper, Mr. Jerome Fyock, Mr. George Fyock, Mrs. Sadie Craig, Mr. John Wissinger, Miss Cevilla Wissinger, Mrs. Mary Custer, Mr. Elisha Machan.
There are about forty great-grandchildren, the following of whom were present: Claude, Harry, and Guy Wissinger, Ralph and Bessie Wissinger, Olive, Chal., Lillie, and Forrest James, Dora Gillen, Mabel and Eve Grumbling, Ernest Horner, Lizzie Wissinger, Martha May Custer, Lillie and John Wilbur Craig, William Kyle, Ida Keiper, and Lillie and Myrtle Umberger.
Mr. and Mrs. Wissinger were the recipients of a great many presents, including dry goods, groceries, and provisions, as well as a considerable amount of money. Notwithstanding his great age, Mr. Wissinger looked as well Wednesday -- if not better -- than he did on the day of the celebration of his one hundredth birthday -- June 21, 1893. He shook hands twice around with all present, and seemed to enjoy the festivities of the day very much. He has never been sick in bed a day in his life, and does not use spectacles. His aged wife also enjoys the best of health, and the venerable couple, from present indications, seem to be good for at least a ten or fifteen-year lease of life.
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CELEBRATION OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY
OF HIS BIRTH
A most pleasant family reunion and birthday celebration, which is worthy of more than passing comment, was held at the home of William Pringle, two miles north of Summerhill, on Tuesday. That day was the ninety-seventh anniversary of Mr. Pringle's birth, and as has been the custom for years, the descendants of the venerable gentleman gathered at his home to do honor to the occasion. Representatives of five generations were present at the gathering. There were fifty-nine guests in attendance.
Mr. William Pringle was born August 14, 1797, in Cambria County, on a farm occupied by Mr. John Dunmire, in Croyle Township, only a short distance from his present home, and about eleven miles from Johnstown. He was the oldest son and second child of Mr. Philip Pringle, who moved to this county from Huntingdon County a short time before the birth of William.
At the time the Pringles located in this county it was a howling wilderness, it being a frequent occurrence for members of the family to come home from a day's hunt with a bear or deer. Mr. Pringle can distinctly remember instances while he was yet a boy roaming through the woods when the "Red Man of America" crossed his path, but before he grew to manhood, the Indians had left for more western lands. During all his life Mr. Pringle devoted most of his time to farming but when the weather was such that no agricultural work could be done, he turned his attention so the mountains and streams, which afforded him a most delightful pastime. The aged man, even at this time, has a garden which he delights in cultivating.
His parents died well advanced in years, when he was a middle-aged man. His brothers -- Jacob, Martin, Samuel, Philip and John -- and his sisters -- Margaret, Christina, Susan, Mary and Sarah -- all of whom resided in this county, lived to be aged people. When he was twenty-one years of age, Mr. Pringle was united in marriage with Elizabeth Bolewine, daughter of William Bolewine of Somerset County.
By hard work and economical living he soon acquired enough money to purchase the farm at present occupied by Joseph Reynolds, only a short distance from where he now lives. About thirty years ago, he sold this farm and built for himself, without any help, the four room plank house in which he now resides.
William and Elizabeth Bolewine Pringle were the parents of eleven children: Henry, who died when fifteen years old; John who died several years ago at Fremont, Ohio; Margaret, widow of David Lowman, of New Florence; Elizabeth who lived at home and died about twenty years ago; Alexander of Conemaugh; William who died some time ago at Portage; Isaac and Jacob, twins the former of whom died about four years ago and the latter still
living on a farm near Conemaugh; Christina, widow of Peter Fleck, who is now living with her father; Susan at home; and David W. who was killed in the "Battle of Gettysburg".
Mr. Pringle was, in his youth, a member of the Independent Church, but shortly after his marriage he joined the United Brethren Church, of which he has ever since been a consistent member. His membership at present is with the Pringle Hill United Brethren Church. His wife, Elizabeth Bolewine Pringle, died June 24, 1862, and is buried in Pringle Hill Cemetery.
27 Aug 1894
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Mr. Cyrus Helsel who was very well known in this city and surrounding County, expired yesterday at the Memorial Hospital where he was taken several days ago, of consumption aged about thirty-one years. He was the son of Soloman Helsel, who was one of the oldest residents of Richland Twp.
He was born in the above mentioned Township where he lived until abt. ten years ago. Some eighteen years since he was united in marriage with Miss Emma daughter of Mr. Samuel Hershberger. The newly married couple went to housekeeping in the Richland Twp. in a house which Mr. Helsel built himself, and which at present used as the residents of the family of the late Peter (?)ehman to whom he sold it before removing to the city. While in Johnstown they lived on Bedford Street.
He is survived by his wife six small children the eldest of whom is Lewis Chester Helsel the well known boot-black. Also by his brothers Josiah and Jonathon of near Geistown and two others who reside in Bedford Co. and by his sister Mrs. James Webb of Richland Twp. and Mary who is married and lives in Al(?)n, O. [Akron, Ohio?]
Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been complete.
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BUTLER-FORSHA. -- In Coopersdale, at the Methodist Episcopal Church parsonage, on Church street, on Monday, October 15, 1894, at 8:30 o'clock P.M., by Rev. Latshaw McGuire, Mr. B. Frank Butler, son of S. A. Butler, of No. 62 1/2 Walnut street, First Ward, Johnstown, and Miss Gertrude Forsha, of Coopersdale.
WOODS-HICKS. -- In Pittsburg, in the parlor of the Sixth-avenue Hotel, on Monday, October 22, 1894, at 1:30 o'clock P.M., by Rev. Latshaw McGuire, of Coopersdale, Mr. Jacob E. Woods, of Beaver Falls, and Miss Kate Hicks, of Sheridan Station.
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SLOAN-BLUM. -- In St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church at Carrolltown, Cambria County, on Monday morning, November 5, 1891, at 10 o'clock, by Rev. Father Pryor, F. G. Sloan, M. D., and Miss Regina Blum, both of Carrolltown.
14 Nov 1894
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BOUCHER-CROFTON. -- In Johnstown, Sixteenth Ward, at St. Columba's Roman Catholic Church, on Tuesday morning, November 13, 1894, by Rev. Father John C. Farran, Mr. Patrick Boucher and Miss Maggie Crofton, both of the Fourteenth Ward.
SELF-SMITH. -- In Johnstown, Fourth Ward at Alderman William McKee's office, on Bedford street, on Saturday, November 10, 1894, by Alderman, Mr. Henry Self and Mrs. Ellen Smith, both of Cottage Place, Tenth Ward.
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Contributed by Lynne Canterbury.
CRISSEY-PENROD. -- At Scalp Level, on Sunday evening, November 11, 1894, at 7:30 o'clock, by Justice J. A. Luther, Mr. Robert P. Crissey and Miss Amanda Penrod, both of Somerset County.
GRUMLING-BERINGER. -- At the residence of Reinard Roads, in Adams Township, Cambria County, November 15, 1894, by Rev. H. A. Buffington, Mr. W. R. E. Grumling, of Dunlo, Pa., and Miss Cora Beringer, of Beringer, Pa.
SHUMAKER-LEHMAN. -- At Scalp Level, on Sunday, November 11, 1894, at 7 o'clock P. M. by J. A. Luther, Justice of the Peace, Mr. Christian C. Shumaker and Miss Ida Lehman, both of Somerset County.
22 Dec 1894
Contributed by Doug Hull
APPRECIATION SHOWN A JANITOR
To the Editor of the Johnstown Tribune
SIR: Shortly after the dismissal of school Thursday evening, the Principal and teachers of the Seventh Ward building assembled in one of the rooms and sounded the bell, which brought the janitor -- Mr. Isaiah C. Crissey -- to the room to learn of the cause. He was requested to bring a rocking chair into the room, which had arrived at the building that day, and, on complying with the request, he was ordered to seat himself in it, whereupon Principal Ott made a little speech, in which he presented the chair to Mr. Crissey and expressed the teachers' appreciation of him as a janitor, that care with which he does his work, and the interest he takes in the schools. The recepient, in a few words, expressed his thanks.
TWO MEN INSTANTLY KILLED
AT THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION LAST NIGHT -- W. J. HULL AND JOHN CROWLEY THE VICTIMS.
Last night two terrible accidents occurred at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station, this city. William J. Hull, of St. Clair Township, Westmoreland County, whose home was near New Florence, was killed at 7:50 o'clock, and John Crowley, who boarded at Joshua Griffith's hotel, on Railroad street, met his death about two hours later.
Hull, who was about twenty-seven years of age, came to the city yesterday to purchase Christmas presents for his wife and two children, aged four and two years, respectively. At 7:30 o'clock he started for the station, intending to board a freight for home.
A train was standing on track No. 1, and as he was walking across the three other tracks to board it, second section of the Pennsylvania Limited, west bound, rushed upon him. He was struck by the engine and knocked a considerable distance from the track. After the train passed he was picked up and carried into the baggage room, where he lived about twenty minutes. Dr. W. B. Lowman was summoned, and arrived at the station just as Hull breathed his last. He was struck on the head and his neck was broken. There was a large hole cut in the back of his head.
The second victim was John Crowley, aged fifty-eight years, who was killed a short distance from where Hull was struck. Crowley left this city two months ago for the West in search of work, and his whereabouts were not known by his son Jerre, the only relative he has in this place, or any of his friends.
An east bound freight train pulled in at the station, and Crowley was seen hanging to the side of one of the cars as the train approached. Several persons were standing on the platform in front of the ladies' waiting room, where Crowley attempted to alight from the train.
His coat was caught in some manner, and he was thrown under the wheels of the train, which dragged him to the upper end of the platform, a distance of seventy-five feet.
His remains were horribly mangled. They were placed on a stretcher and carried into the baggage room, where they were laid alongside the remains of Hull. At 11 o'clock they were conveyed to John Henderson's Morgue and prepared for burial.
The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock to-morrow morning from St. John's Roman Catholic Church, of which Mr. Crowley was a member. Interment will be made in the church cemetery at Geistown.
In 1878 Mr. Crowley came to Johnstown from Connecticut, having arrived there some years previous from London, England, and up to the time of the Great Flood he was a wire-bundler at the Gautier Wire Mill.
His wife died in England many years ago. He is survived by two sons, viz.: Dennis, who is a member of the British Army and now in South Africa, and Jerre, of Wyoming street, Westmont. During the time Mr. Crowley lived in Johnstown he boarded with Joshua Griffith, of Railroad street, Third Ward.
Mr. H. H. Ling, of Cramer, Indiana County, was in the city for a few hours today.MINOR ITEMS
Mrs. Harriet Champeno and daughter--Miss Margaret--of the Thirteenth Ward; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Keedy, and Mr. and Mrs. George Gore, of the South Side, and Mr. and Mrs. William Champeno, of Morrellville, were among the attendants at the funeral of their relative--Edward Champeno--which took place yesterday in Braddock.
Mr. Simon Johnson and Miss Eliza Gibbons will be united in marriage on Christmas at the home of the latter's parents, at South Fork. Rev. E. Mona Jones will perform the ceremony.