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24 Jan 1880
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


SHAFFER-RIBLETT. -- By Rev. D. M. Miller, Jan. 22, 1880, Mr. David F. Shaffer and Miss Sarah E. Riblett, both of East Conemaugh.


6 Mar 1880
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


MARSH-OLDHAM. -- At the residence of John C. Marsh, in Stonycreek Township, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1880, by Levi Wissinger, Esq., Mr. James A. Marsh and Miss Annie M. Oldham.


16 Jun 1880
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Mr. Oscar Grafe, of the Fourth Ward, was before Burgess Royer last evening, charged with delivering a load of coal to a family in Hornerstown without going through the little formality of having it weighed at the Borough Scales. He did not make any defense, but offered as an excuse for his neglect that he had to attend a pic-nic on the day the coal was delivered last Monday, and that he was his intention to make a report to Mr. Kratzer on the following day. The fine and costs assessed against him amounted to six dollars and fifty cents. Mr. Grafe makes the fifth coal-hauler who has been arrested and fined for skipping toll since Burgess Royer came into office.


JAMES-REIGHLEY. -- On Tuesday evening, June 18, 1880, at the parsonage of the First M. E. Church, by Rev. W. B. Watkins, D. D., assisted by the Rev. W. Pittenger, of New Jersey, Mr. John W. James and Miss Ella M. Keighley, both of Johnstown.


Monday, 21 Jun 1880
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


HOFFMAN-SHAFFER. In Johnstown, on Sunday, June 20, 1880, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. Karl Knortz, Mr. Charles Hoffman and Miss Mary F. Shaffer, all of this place.


29 Jul 1880
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

"Sam" Sanford, the old minstrel man, is a street vender of patent medicine in Bedford.

Dr. J. K. Bowers has removed his office to the Mansion House, near Union Hall, where he can be consulted.


Mr. George Wehn, of Philadelphia, was in town to-day.

Miss Norah McDonald, of Prospect, returned home last evening, after spending a week very pleasantly in visiting friends in Altoona and vicinity.

Rev. A. C. Ehrenfelt, of Indiana, formerly pastor of the Lutheran Church of Johnstown, has accepted a call to the pastorate of Harrold's Church, three miles west of Greensburg.

Frank Gray, the young man accused by Miss Mary Paul, of Parkstown, of being the father of her three-months'-old illegitimate child, was released from the lock-up last evening -- bail having been furnished for his appearance at the September Quarter Sessions to answer. Mary is unmarried, and this is her third child.

Mr. John McKinney will next week move back to the rear end of his lot the frame building which he now occupies on Main street as a clothing store, and as soon as the foundation can be made ready a superstructure of brick, two stories in height, will be erected. He expects that by the middle of October the part which he designs for a storeroom will be ready for occupancy, and in the meantime his stock will be removed to another building.


12 Aug 1880
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


VARNER-CUSTER. -- On Aug. 12, 1880, at No. 123 Somerset street, Johnstown, Pa., by Rev. W. M. Stanford, Sylvester Varner, of Johnstown, Pa., and Miss Mary Ann Custer, daughter of Justice Custer, of East Conemaugh, Cambria County, Pa.


The regular weekly meeting of the Garfield and Arthur Club, of Portage Township, took place last evening, in the lower school house, at Portage Station. The club has a membership of fifty, and will increase it to seventy-five or eighty. In the absence of Mr. Thos. J. Parish, the President, Mr. Noel, called the meeting to order, and Mr. F. J. Burgoon acted as Secretary. Subsequently, Mr. Parish came in and filled the chair.

Cyrus Elder, Esq., and Captain Kuhn made able and very interesting speeches, which were well received by the large audience, as was shown by frequent outbursts of applause. The house was filled with men who fought in the Presidential campaigns of 1832 and '36 who have clear memories of the Harrison and Tyler elections, down to those who cast their first vote last year. There is one thing certain, and that is, that Portage Township will give a larger Replublican vote this year that ever before. The club is composed of the right kind of men; they have enterprise, and are firm in their fidelity to the common causes.

It is the intention of the gentlemen who were instrumental in getting up this organization to make arrangements by which it will also partake of the character of an active marching club, and with this end in view F. J. Burgoon, Esq., the competent Secretary, submitted for inspection last evening samples of caps, capes, etc., from which a selection of uniform and torches will be made.


17 Aug 1880
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Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

The thermometer at noon showed the state of temperature to be 81 degrees - a change of 26 degrees within a space of five hours.

The Cambria Iron Company, at Johnstown, had a locomotive named "Coffee Pot," which it changed to "Portage." Why not make it "Senator Wallace?" -- Harrisburg Telegraph.

The mercury in the First National Bank thermometer indicated the state of temperature at 7 o'clock this morning to be 55 degrees. A dense fog prevailed until along toward 9 o'clock.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerber, who got matrimonially noosed near Pottsville, Schuylkill County, on Thursday, and who arrived in town on Chicago Express yesterday, were serenaded last night.

The three individuals who indulged in disorderly conduct in front of Gaus' saloon, Railroad street, last Saturday, called at the office of Burgess Royer yesterday and paid their respective fines.

Several electricians from Boston arrived in Altoona yesterday, and will proceed to erect at once the electric signals in that city which have been adopted by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

The public schools of Millville Borough commenced yesterday a term of nine months. The Johnstown and Conemaugh Borough schools will open the ensuing session on the first Monday of next month.

On Saturday afternoon next a match game of base ball will be played at the Point between representatives of the force employed at the Cambria Iron Company's machine shop and that at the Gautier Steel Works.

Several young ladies of this place are preparing to give a leap year party in Louther & Green's Hall on the 31st inst.

Mrs. George W. McGary, of the Sixth Ward, is lying dangerously ill.

Mr. George Morrison, of Webb's directory corps, was in the city on Saturday, and reports the work of canvassing for the Johnstown Directory nearly completed. -- Altoona Sun

The School Directors of Cambria Borough have selected as teachers of the public schools of that district, for the ensuing term, Mr. Michael Sweeney, and Misses Eliza McDonald and Ellen Keelan.

On Tuesday, 10th instant, was married in East Liberty, Allegheny County, by Father Kane, Mr. John Biller to Miss Mary Hartsock. The happy bridegroom in this instance is a brother-in-law of our friend, Mr. V. S. Luttringer, of Ebensburg.

A Lady whose home is in Tay Township, and whose name we not learn, was thrown from the horse which she was riding near the "sping" on Benshoff's Hill, while returning to her residence from town, shortly after noon to-day. She was badly but not dangerously hurt.

One of the S & C Railroad employes [sic] was taken in out of the heat this afternoon by Policeman Barkley. The individual was suffering under a fearful load of benzine, and was unable to navigate at the time he was taken to a cell to rest. As soon as he is duly sober he will be sent out in the firection of Scalp Level, where he belongs.

Mr. Passavant, of Pittsburgh, who is now visiting Scalp Level, got a shot yesterday at the wily old fox which for several years has been feasting on chickens belonging to farmers out in that vicinity, but who always manages to keep clear of parties who "lay for him." The ball from Mr. Passavant's rifle wounded him, but he managed to make his escape.


GERBER-KERN. -- In Landingville, Schuylkill County, on Thursday, August 12, 1880, by Rev. Meyer, Mr. Allen G.Gerber of this city, and Miss Olivia Kern, of the former place.

O'DONNELL-GAFFNEY. -- In St. John's Church, on Tuesday, August 17, 1880, by Rev. O. P. Gallagher, Mr. Manus O'Donnell and Miss Maggie Gaffney, all of this city.


19 Oct 1880
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


A blind man named Kerr, who is better known as "Yankee Sampson," is stopping at the Mansion House. His present home is in Pittsburgh, but he is a sort of cosmopolitan, and has for years given musical and slight-of-hand exhibitions in Western Pennsylvania. He is of powerful build, and years ago was connected with Dan Rice's circus as cannonball tosser, etc. He is now over fifty years of age, but states his willingness to fight any professional bruiser in the dark. His flesh is as solid as iron, and his muscles seem as strong as steel. Not long ago Mr. Kerr gave an exhibition in the Court House at Ebensburg. While tuning his fiddle he pretended that one of the strings was broken, and asked if some gentleman in the audience would please fetch him a light. A prominent young attorney of his village promptly seized a lamp and walked forward to the Judge's stand amid the shouts of the audience. He knew well enough that his name sake was blind, but was thrown off his guard for the moment. Old Kerr is jolly, and takes life easy.


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