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28 Jan 1881
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


A special passenger train will be run over the Somerset & Cambria Railroad in the course of a few days, for the accommodation of a number of young folks who propose holding a social gathering at Somerset. President Donnelly states that it will not be very long until a regular line of passenger cars will be placed on the road.

Early next month Harry Slep & Co., of Altoona, will commence the issue of a monthly periodical, to be called the Young Men's Christian Association Notes. This is an awful long name for it, but when we are informed that no patent medicine or catch-penny advertisements will be inserted we sort of reconcile ourselves to the cituation.

The Altoona Sun says that a delegation of Lieut. Stephen Potts Post G. A. R., of that city, will put in an appearance at the grand airing of the three new flags presented to Emory Fisher Post, of this place, recently, on the occasion of the celebration to come off on February 22d. The visitors will be wolcomed with open arms to a hospitable entertainment.


10 Feb 1881
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


WISSERMAN-HERTZINGER. -- On Thursday evening, Feb. 3, 1881, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Conemaugh Borough, by Rev. R. A. Fink, D. D., Mr. William Wisserman and Miss Emma Hertzinger, both of Conemaugh Borough.

McCREARY-AGER. -- At the office of the officiating justice, Isaac M. Patch, Esq., in Morrellville, Lower Yoder, on Thursday, Feb. 3, 1881, Mr. Jackson McCreary and Miss Rebecca Ager, both of Lower Yoder.


6 Jun 1881
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

-- About twenty Germans, and a dozen or more Hungarian immigrants, arrived in town on Way Passenger train last evening, and they will all be furnished with employment at one or another of the manufacturing industries of this place.

-- The entertainment of the Amateur Framatic Company, at Union Hall, Saturday night, was largely attended. The net proceeds arising from the sale of admission tickets will be devoted to the interests of the Irish Land League.

-- One hundred and sixteen tickets were sold at the station here this morning to passengers bound for Ebensburg. The attendance on the opening day of the June term of Court is unusually large, but the throng will thin out materially by this evening.

-- The extension of paving on Clinton street, at Washington street, has been finished as far as the dividing line between Johnstown and Conemaugh Boroughs, and the bad places in the old paving between Washington and Locust streets is now undergoing repairs.

-- The music at the Amateur entertainment Saturday evening was particularly fine, under the leadership of Mr. Emil Roth, violinist, Miss Ducoty, pianist, and Mr. Henry Shay, cornetist. The troupe will give a performance in Braddock next Saturday a week, and a full house should greet them on the occasion.

-- An examination of the body of the young German who was drowned in the Loyalhanna, near St. Zavier's, Westmoreland County, on Tuesday last, develops the fact that there were marks of violence on his head, and when the body was recovered his mouth was found to be stuffed full of grass. The water was about five feet deep.

-- At a special election held in Franklin Borough, last Saturday, Jacob W. Giffin was elected a member of Council to serve the unexpired term of Samuel M. Pringle, who removed from the borough. On account of the contemplated bride across the Conemaugh River, moare interest was manifested than the people of the town generally indulge in at borough elections. One hundred and four votes were polled.

-- By singular coincidence, one of the carriages in the procession to the cemetery at McKeesport, on Monday, contained four ladies who had been engaged to men who went into the army and were killed. --Exchange.

-- And they were all single. We hear of a great many girls who are single now and were old enough to get married in 1861 that had lovers killed in the army. Women who have married since don't mention such things only when they get mad at their husbands.

-- There are twenty-nine cities and towns in this State each having over 7,500 of a population, and the difference in their net debt and per capita rate is most marked. The debt of Johnstown is set down at $37,000, which amounts to $4.42 per capita. Pittsburgh is saddled with a debt of $14, 134,296, and the figure per head is estimated at the neat little sum of $90.38. Carbondale people can pay off by each resident planking up $1.22.

-- Eleven excursion tickets were disposed of at the station this morning to passengers who propose putting in an appearance at the Brethren Convention now in progress atAshland, Ohio. The gentleman and ladies who left for that place reside in the rural districts in the vicinity of Johnstown, Twenty-one in all have taken advantage of the cheap rate of fare from this place -- the round trip ticket costing $8.85. To-morrow evening the sale of tickets will close, but the return trip is extended until June 30th.

-- The entertainment given by the Infant Sunday-School Class in the First M. E. Church, Saturday evening last, for the benefit of the "loan," was most enjoyable to the audience present, and the recitations, songs, speeches, etc., were not only highly interesting, but also very amusing. The little folks were all well up on their respective parts, and they acquitted themselves handsomely. On Thursday evening, Dr. Talmage, the celebrated orator and devine, will lecture in Union Hall, under the auspices of the managers of the Exhibition, and his subject will be, "The Bright Side of Things." A rare literary treat may be anticipated by all who attend.

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Mr. Celestine Blair and Miss Kate Funlon, of Ebensburg, were united in marriage some time ago, but they didn't make any fuss about the affair, and it was only a few days ago the secret leaked out.


Hon. L. D. Woodruff spent yesterday in Stoyestown -- the guest of Senator Grof.

Edward H. Williams was last week appointed postmaster at Bloomington, Clearfield County.

Mr. Samuel Custer, of Stoyestown, and one of the most popular landlords in all Somerset County, was in town to-day.

Dr. A. N. Wakefield has been appointed by the Poor Directors of this county as physician to out-door paupers in Johnstown and vicinity.

State-Senators Boggs, of this city, Groff, of Stoyestown, Somerset County, and Representative Woodruff, of the Third Ward, took their departure for Harrisburg on Day Express this forenoon.

Mrs. Conrad Suppes arrived safely in Europe, on Saturday. She proposes remaining at her former home, under medicl treatment, until October next, by which time it is hoped she will be fully restored to health.

Mr. B. F. Lloyd, the newly-appointed manager of the Western Union Telegraph Office in Pittsburg, assumed the duties of his position to-day. Mr. S. L. Gilson, the retiring manager, will shortly engage in mercantile pursuits.

Mr. Frank H. Bridges, of Braddock, came to town to-day for the purpose of attending the funeral of Mr. William Galbraith, but the remains had been removed on the way to Somerset for interment previous to his arrival.


On Wednesday forenoon last, Mr. E. L. Edwards, the Clinton-street baker and convectioner, made his regular round with his team for the purpose of delivering breat, etc., to his customers, and while leaving a supply as usual at Brinker's store, in the Sixth Ward, four boys crawled into the wagon, and one of them hastily snatched from his money till under the seat a roll of bills containing twenty-seven dollars, beside some small change aggregating four or five dollars. The gentleman did not discover his loss until half an hour afterward, and having strong suspicion that the robbery was perpetrated on the South Side he communicated the facts to Chief Harris. It was not until about 1 o'clock this morning that the trap was sprung on the suspected lads, and so complete was their surprise they all owned up to the theft. The names of the boys are Peter Lamison, Frank Shadow, John Litz, and Jacob Dibert, and they were taken at the residences of their respective parents at the hou slated, when Burgess Rutledge was aroused, who accorded them a hearing, and they were committed to jail, but bail was furnished for their appearance when wanted for trial at the September Sessions. The story they tell is that Litz took the money while Mr. Edwards was in Brinker's branch store and the four of them scampered up the hill-side toward Judge Hamilton's, where they divided the money. That night they concealed their several sums in Litz's stable and slept in Swank's pottery. On Thursday they commenced buying candy, nuts, etc., and by Saturday evening last every cent of their stolen wealth had been expended. Lamison is about fourteen years old, while the ages of the others range from nine to twelve years.


13 Oct 1881
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Mr. Myers, the miner who was shot near South Fork several weeks ago, by one of three individuals who attacked him and his two fellow workmen, and who is supposed to be connected with the Mollie Maguire organization, has almost recovered from the serious wound inflicted, and will soon be able to return to work.

Mr. Joseph And, an employe [sic] in the rail mill of the Cambria Works, was assisting to change rolls this forenoon when the wheels of a truck car, on which one of the heavy castings was being moved, caught his right foot, mashing it badly. He was hauled up to Dr. W. B. Lowman's office, where the injured member was dressed, and then removed to his boarding house, at the upper end of Main street.

Mr. W. J. Stillman recently made a voyage to the island of Melos, or Milo, under sommission from The Century Magazine in order to gather further material for a study of the famous so-called "Vensus of Melos." His article will appear in The Century Magazine for November. Mr. Stillman has has own theories as to the date and origin of the statue, and the place where it was first set up.


10 Sep 1881
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


A correspondent writes: The children and grandchildren of Mrs. Hunt surprised her last Thursday. There was a family reunion at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt, widow of Henry Hunt, in Jackson Township, on the farm now owned by Mr. T. L. Hunt, of Upper Yoder Township.

"Aunty" or "Betty" Hunt, as she is generally called, is one of the oldest residents of that section. She is eighty-two years of age, and, for a long time, has made her home with her son, John. The relatives planned to give the old lady a pleasant surprise and they carried their plan into perfect execution. There were about eighty persons present -- children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends of the venerable old lady.

The children present were Timothy, William, John, and Susie, wife of Henry Varner. One other child, James, who lives in Nebraska, was not present. Among those present from this place were Timothy and family; Jere Barnett, who is married to one of Timothy's daughters, and family; Julius Hoffman, whose wife is also a daughter of Timothy's, and family; Emanuel Snavely, who wife is one of William's daughters, and family; Mrs. Statler, Harry Varner, and Miss Lizzie Morrell, a granddaughter, who stopped to spend several weeks with her relatives before entering upon her course of studies at Vassar College.

Mrs. Hunt was the recipient of a number of valuable presents, and the day was pleasantly spent.


Mr. Frank Tremellon, of the Cambria Electric Light force, who fell twenty-seven feet into an iron car, and lie on his face in one of the blast furnaces last Thursday morning, is on the streets again. At the time of the accident he was replacing a carbon, and the posts on which he was standing sank, they having been burned at the bottom. If the accident had happened ten minutes before it did he would have fallen into a car full of red-hot cinder, but this car had been taken out and another one put in its stead.


Thursday, 8 Dec 1881
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

-- Mr. William A. Elder, foreman in an Altoona carpenter shop, started in a buggy accompanied by a friend, Saturday last, to drive to St. Augustine, this county. Soon after arriving at their destination that evening, the gentleman named was taken suddenly ill and died at 6 o'clock the following morning. Elder was about twenty-five years of age, and unmarried. His parents reside at Nineveh, but he had been making his home in Altoona for several years past, having learned his trade in that city.

-- Mr. Andrew Carnegie, of Pittsburgh, contributed $100 toward the benevolent fund raised for the relief of Mr. and Mrs. Boyle of Cresson, who recently lost their entire household of eight children from diptheria. A great big warm heart beats in the bosom of Mr. Carnegie, and no appeal for worthy object of charity fails to touch his purse-strings. He is erecting a monument for himself which will be as enduring as the everlasting hills, for the record of his munificent bounty will never be forgotten.


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