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Friday, 7 May 1909
Submitted by Mary Bayliss



Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer, died at her home on St. Joseph street, at one o'clock Thursday morning, May 6, after an illness of several months. Her death was caused by an abscess.

Mrs. Shaffer's maiden name was McCalpin and she was born in Scotland, January 3, 1850. She came to this country when 19 years old. She was married to Charles Shaffer in Maryland and 26 years ago moved to Gallitzin. Her husband died May 2, 1907.

She is survived by two daughters, Sarah, wife of Frank Muscavich, of Tunnelhill; and Annie, wife of Ed A. Bradley, of Craig street; and by three sons, James, Joseph and William, all of this place, and by eight grandchildren.

The funeral will proceed to St. Patrick's church, Saturday morning at nine o'clock. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's cemetery.


Catherine, wife of Frank Stein, the St. Thomas street merchant died at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, May 5. she suffered a stroke Saturday and never recovered.

Mrs. Stein was born in Scotland 61 years ago, and her maiden name was Morgan.

Mr. and Mrs. Stein have resided in Gallitzin for the last twenty years.

Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters and two sons as follows: Mary Ellen, wife of Fred Fondelier, of Johnstown; Annie, wife of John Myers, of Greensburg; Margaret at home and Thomas and Frank of Ehrenfeld. One sister and three brothers, Mrs. J. H. Collins and Michael, Peter and James Morgan, all of Pittsburg, also survive as do nine grand children.

The funeral was held this morning at 10:30 at St. Patrick's church. Interment in the church cemetery.


John W. Beale died at his home on St. Joseph street at 8:45 Wednesday afternoon. His death was due to a stroke of apoplexy received about a week ago. He was 60 years of age.

His wife survives him as do one son and six daughters as follows: Mrs Bertha Miller, of Bellwood; Mrs. Emma Mothersbaugh and Miss Regina Beale, of Punxautawney; Mrs. Clara Waite, Mrs. Margaret Sweeney, Mrs. Elsie Stere and George B., of this place and by 14 grandchildren. Two brothers also survive Leonard, of Illinois, and Howard, whose present address is not known.

The funeral will be held this afternoon. Rev. Cogley will conduct services at the house and interment will be made in Union cemetery.


Harris Hunter, who conducted a store on Forrest street, died Friday night of a complication of diseases. He was born in Scotland 60 years ago and had been nearly blind for a number of years.

He is survived by two sons and five daughters, Mrs. Charles McCool, of Belliare, O.; Mrs. J. L. Courtney, of Portage; Mrs. F. W. Boohammer, of Glen White and Mrs. Morgan Harvey and Mrs. William Blackburn, William H., and James H. of Gallitzin.

Funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon two o'clock by Rev. Anderson and interment was made in Union cemetery.


Mrs. Ann Devinney, aged 76 years, died Saturday night at her home at Tunnelhill, after a long illness. She is survived by one son, James, and by the following daughters, Mrs. Mary Adams, of Chicago; Mrs. Henry Suttmiller, of Johnstown; Mrs. P. M. McDonough, of Pittsburg and Mrs. Charles Kuhn of Altoona. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from St. Patrick's Catholic church, Gallitzin.


Dan Bradley had a finger on his left hand smashed while trying to make a coupling at No. 10 Mine Saturday.

T. D. Dingwall has moved into the second floor of the Buck building. Mr. Buck had stored his goods for the present and his family are visiting relatives at Chest Springs.

Joseph, the seven-year-old son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Thomas of Sugar street was burned on the leg by falling against a hot stove Wednesday. His injury while painful was not serious.

James Brennan and William A. Murray have gone into the tinning business and were ready to do roofing, spouting and repair work. They are located on Hemlock street next door to Dawson.

Miss Beatrice Sullers passed the teachers' examination for permanent certificates this week. The examination was held at Ebensburg and Prof. R. H. Biter, Principal of the local schools was one of the examining board.


H. C. Yeager, of Patton, was a visitor to town, Monday.

Thomas Chirdon spent a couple of days this week in the north of the county.

Miss Carrie Sanker attended the commencement exercises at Hastings Wednesday evening.

E. T. Parrish, has returned home after graduating the department of pharmacy of the University of Pittsburg.

William Donnzella stopped at Pittsburg Sunday on his way to Springfield, Ohio wherer he is attending the Christian Endeavor Convention.

You Are Invited

M. Slaven, the local jeweler wishes to extend to all his friends an invitation to attend his marriage to Miss Sophia Slaven, Sunday at six o'clock. The ceremony will be performed in the I. O. O. F. Hall.


Friday, 14 May 1909
Submitted by Mary Bayliss



Miss Sophia Slaven and Mayer Slaven, of this place were married Friday at Baltimore, Md. The Jewish ceremony was performed in Odd Fellows Hall at this place at 6:30 Sunday evening by Rabbi First of Altoona. They were attended by Miss Beckie Slaven, of New York, the bride's sister and Jacob Slaven, of Cresson, a brother of the groom, and also by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Isaacson and Mr. And Mrs. S. Speckter.

The groom is a partner in Speckter and Slaven, the well-known jewelry firm of this place.

The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large number of friends, and immediately afterwards an elegant banquet was partaken of. Rev. First presided as toastmaster and several responded to toasts. A number of telegrams of congratulation from friends at Altoona, Philadelphia, New York and Seattle, Wash., were read.

Among the out-of-town friends present were: Mr. And Mrs. Abraham Klivansky and son, Louis, of Tyrone; Samuel Neiderlender and Mr. Brodie, of South Fork; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kilvansky, Alex Kilvansky, Miss Ida Kilvansky and Miss Gussie Rosenberg, of Altoona; Herman Lifschiz, of Nanty Glo and Harry Gent, of Oil City.

Mr. And Mrs. Slaven will reside in the Maxwell Building on Railroad street. The “Item” extends congratulations an best wishes.


Miss Anna Marie Reichard, eldest daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Reichard of South Bethlehem and Truman Leisenring, of this place were married Saturday evening at six o'clock at the parsonage of Trinity Lutheran church, Bethlehem, West Side.

The bride wore a directoire gown of peacock M----aline, hand embroidered, and carried a shower bouquet of bridal roses.

The groom is a foreman at the Gallitzin Electric Light plant and is well known.

Mr. And Mrs. Leisenring have arrived at this place and will reside on Craig street.


A new porch has been built to the residence of F. X. Beck on Hemlock street.

Myron Purdy, who suffered stroke about three weeks ago is much improved.

Alex Hall who was injured some time ago, is able to be about on crutches.

Ray, son of Mr. And Mrs. F. J. Sanker, of Hemlock street, is ill of typhoid fever.

W. J. Storm is posting the scores in the window at his clothing store these evenings.

P. A. Logue will erect four houses in Maysville. Campbell and Dempsey will do the work.

Louis Isaacson has purchased the Foster corner for $4,000. He will build in the near future.

The Memorial Day window at the Mountain supply store is attracting much attention. The window was dressed by William Brennan.

George E. Platt, who formerly edited the “County Journal” at Glen Campbell has returned to his home at this place and joined the “Item” force.

A horse and wagon belonging to J. E. Jones, the painter collided with a horse an buggy on Main street Wednesday. The wagon shaft was broken and the broken end cut a gash in the horse's side.


B. R. Lloyd, of Hastings, spent Sunday in town.

Mrs. George Basal is visiting relatives in Johnstown.

W. W. Bosworth spent some time this week in Pittsburg.

Albert Becher of Hollidaysburg was a caller to town Sunday.

Regis Conrad, of Wilkinsburg visited relatives in town this week.

E. R. Adams, of Johnstown, visited relatives in town Sunday.

Charles Flaugh, of Altoona, spent a couple days in town this week.

Rev. Father Dukiewicz spent a couple of days in Pittsburg this week.

Raymond Troxell, of Patten, spent Sunday with his mother at this place.

Miss Emma McIntosh, of Newry, spent a couple of days in town this week.

Mrs. Frank McGrath spent some time with relatives in Munster this week.

Rev. Father M.Smith, of Altoona, spent Thursday in town with his mother.

Elias Paul, formerly of Johnstown, but now of Altoona, spent Thursday with his cousin, Dr. J. L. Paul.

Dr. Akers had as guests Thursday, his mother and sister, Mrs. E. J. Akers and Miss Margaret, of Hollidaysburg.

Miss Ray Mettler, who has been the guest of Miss Georgia Weston for several days has returned to her home at Danville.

Fell Under Train

George, the eight-year-old son of Mr. And Mrs. John Kasik was crushed under a train at No. 10 mine on Saturday afternoon. It seems that the little fellow climbed on the train and was jolted off. He was badly cut up.

Undertaker Conrad took charge of the remains and the funeral was held from St. Mary's church Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the church cemetery. A Polish society of which he was a member attended the funeral in a body.


Friday, 21 May 1909
Submitted by Mary Bayliss



James Reilly died at the home of his son-in-law, John Plunkett, Tuesday, May 18, of diseases incident to old age.

Mr. Reilly was born in County Cavan Ireland, eighty three years ago. He came to America when nineteen years old and came to this vicinity fifty years ago. He was employed as a brakeman on the railroad afterwards taking up farming which occupation he followed until a few years ago.

In April 1854, he was married to Miss Mary McElanamy (McAtamany), at Summit by the Rev. Father McCullough. To this union eleven children were born, of whom three survive: Lewis, of Erin, Col.; Barney, of Gallitzin, and William of Gallitzin township.

Mrs. Reilly still survives as do twenty-nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Two brothers John and Phillip reside at Altoona.

The funeral was held Thursday morning at nine o'clock under the direction of Undertaker Stevens of Ashville. After high mass at St. Patrick's church, interment was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.


Miss Margaret Kelly, who was injured several weeks ago, is able to sit up.

The bans of marriage were published for the first time at St. Patrick's church, Sunday between E. J. McCloskey and Miss Genevieve Murphy, both of this place.


Joseph Pearce spent Monday in Johnstown.

Peter Betz, of Summerhill, was in town Thursday.

Miss Alice Ashcroft, of Barnesboro, spent Tuesday in town.

Dan Williams, of Johnstown, was a visitor to town Tuesday.

Miss Sue Conrad, of Lilly, visited friends in town Tuesday.

Mrs. O. J. Watson, of Conemaugh, is visiting friends in town.

Miss Mary Ivory of Cresson, called on friends in town Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mock, of Derry visited friends in town last week.

Miss Marie Farley, of South Fork visited friends in town this week.

William Suter, of Pittsburg, was home Tuesday for commencement.

Miss Ina Piper, of Juniata, was the guest of friends in town this week.

Mrs. Leo Eger of Cresson, was the guest of relatives in town this week.

John Weber and Charles Bucks of Carroltown, were in town Thursday.

Hon. M. Fitzharris, of Tarentum, spent a couple of days in town this week.

Miss Ivy McNellis, of Onnalindu spent a couple of days in town this week.

Miss Stiker, of Barnesboro, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. P. A. Logue.

Misses Bertha and Dora Blackburn of Altoona, spent some time in town this week.

Mrs. M. M. Heitchue and daughter Ester are the guest of relatives at Ebensburg.

Mrs. John Fitzpatrick and son, Gerald, of Glen Campbell, are visiting relatives in town.

Mr. And Mrs. John Simmons, of Bowling Green, Ky., visited relatives in town this week.

Charles Miller and William Hornauer have returned from Lebanon where they were attending business college.

Frank McAnulty, of Barnesboro, candidate for the Republican nomination for sheriff was a visitor to town Monday.

George Ellwanger and daughter, Frances, of Sharpsburg, were the guests of T. J. Stephens and family Tuesday.

Joseph P. Myers and wife and Thomas Myers, of Mark Hanna, attended the commencement exercises Tuesday evening. Also Mrs. Mary Myers and daughter Edith and Josie of Lilly.


At the smoker held by the Rod and Gun club Monday evening, the main bout between Kid Manspeak and Young Gill, both of Altoona, was stopped in the fourth round. Gill broke his left thumb and was unable to finish. The bout was a good one. James Gillen was referee.

The preliminaries were a bout between Young Grenning and Kid Bukrop in which Grenning quit in the fourth round; and a wrestling match between Jim Wilson and Jack Clark. Wilson surprised even his most ardent admirers with his showing.

The program was finished with a battle royal between Hudock, Grenning; Annis and Yingling.

The J. L. Mitchell Band kept things lively.

A large number of sports from Cresson and Altoona helped swell the crowd in attendance.


Friday, 28 May 1909
Submitted by Mary Bayliss



Mrs. Mary Jane Itell Gallaher died at the home of her daughter Mrs. G. Bender, at 7:00 o'clock Monday morning. She has been sick for some time and death followed an attack of heart disease accompanied by a hemorrhage of the lungs. The deceased was born in February 1846 at Loretto and in her infancy her parents Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Itell, moved to Portage township where they resided until their death. In May 1874 she was married to James Gallaher, of Portage township, she being his second wife. She is survived by one brother, James Itell of Portage township and the following step children John and George Gallaher of Portage township and Miss Elizabeth Gallaher, Mrs. Margaret Little and Mrs. C. W. Shyrock all of Wilmore. Besides the above several other relatives survive.

The remains were taken to Wilmore Wednesday morning and interment was made in st. Bartholomew's cemetery.


John Miller of Portage street, has purchased the Storm property on Sugar street.

All members of Sibewan Tribe No. 463 are to be present at a meeting on Wednesday evening, June 2. Important business will be transacted.

The coming marriage of Miss Sadie Boland of the place to Bert Becher, of Hollidaysburg was announced at St. Patrick's church, Sunday.


Walter Frazer, of Nanty-Glo, spent Sunday in town.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bracken, of Johnstown spent Sunday in town.

O. E. Wilkinson, of Ebensburg, was a business caller to town this week.

Miss E. White, of Summerhill, was the guest of friends in town Sunday.

Miss Carrie Gardner, of Glen Campbell, spent several days in town last week.

Miss Iris Hancuff, of Williamsburg, was the guest of relatives in town last week.

Miss Louise Bracken has returned from Greensburg where whe was a student at Seton Hill Academy.

Miss Ullery Graduates

Miss Nellie Ullery, of Altoona, who is well known at this place has graduated from the Allegheny General Hospital at Pittsburg with highest honors. She has been offered the position of head nurse at the hospital.

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