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Monday, 11 Sep 1882
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


In Dr. William Caldwell's carriage, Mr. George Fockler, wife, and child yesterday morning started to the country to visit a friend. When a short distance beyond Benscreek an axle of the buggy broke, and the occupants were all thrown with considerable violence to the ground. Mrs. Fockler and the child escaped unhut, but Mr. Fickler received several severe bruises and scratches. After a walk of about two miles Mr. Fockler secured another vehicle and, returning to the scene of the accident, placed his wife and child by his side and drove to their destination. In the evening Mr. Fockler returned to town on horseback, Mrs. Fockler and the little one remaining in the country until to-day.


Miss Mollie, daughter of Mr. Emanuel Young, of South Side, met with a painful mishap last evening. A chair upon which she was sitting on the portico of her father's residence was accidentally upset, throwing the young lady to the ground and fracturing her left arm between the elbow and the wrist. Dr. A. N. Wakefield was called and reduced the fracture, and to-day Miss Mollie is as comfortable as could be expected.


Daisyville is the name that has been given to a little cluster of homes that have been built during the past month or two in a field on the farm of Mr. Alexander Cover, in Conemaugh Township, back of Green Hill. The portion of the farm on which these houses have been located is owned by Mr. Theodore Cover, the well-known carpenter, son of Alexander, and their construction was superintended by him personally. The village is regularly laid off in lots and squares, with streets and alleys of proper width. The lots are fifty feet wide and one hundred and twenty feet deep. During the summer Mr. Cover has disposed of thirty lots, and seven dwellings have been erected. The distance from the head of Main street to Daisyville is about one mile, but from the Bedford pike, in the Seventh Ward, the distance to the village is not much more than half a mile. Mr. Cover expects that during next season thee will be quite a number of houses built within the limits of his embryo town, and that in a few years the place will be in fact, as it is in name, a "daisy".


The work of improving the appearance of Sandyvale Cemetery is progressing steadily. A large number of the trees have already been trimmed, and in some instances so many of the branches have been lopped off that the trunks look strangely bare, but it is supposed that the workmen know what they are about and that a few years will make a great change for the better. So far, the cleaning-up process has been confined to those portions of the cemetery which belong to the Horners -- that is, the avenues and walks and the unsold parts. If the lot-owners would now turn in and do their share toward beautifying the cemetery we would soon have a burial ground of which all might be proud.


Mr. M. W. Dickey, of Fourth Ward, today moved his household effects to New Florence, Westmoreland County, where he will hereafter reside. For the past sixteen years. Mr. Dickey has made his home in this place, his daughter carrying on the millinery business on Main street. Recently the house in which she had her store was purchased by the well-known clothier, Mr. L. M. Woolf, who proposes in the pring to erect a fine business establishment there. In the meantime the old building will be occupied by Mr. Woolf as a trunk warehouse, his present quarters being too cramped to permit of storing the large stock of trunks, valises, etc., which, in addition to an immense stock of clothing, he has just purchased in the East.


From written notices posed in public places in the village of Grubbtown, we learn that Mr. J. Percy Smith is a candidate for Burgess of that borough. Mr. Smith solicits the support of his fellow citizens, and promises, if elected, to perform the duties of the office to the best of his knowledge and ability, and with respect to the borough.


BAST - PARKS -- On Sunday evening, Sept. 10, 1882, at the residence of the bride's parents in Conemaugh Township, by Rev. R. A. Fink, D. D., Mr. John Bast, of Conemaugh Borough, and Miss Olivia A. Parks, of Conemaugh Township.


WISSINGER -- In Adams Township, Saturday, Sept. 9, 1882, Mrs. David Wissinger, aged about 52 years.

COOPER -- In Summerhill, Sunday evening, Sept. 10, 1882, Mrs. J. R. Cooper, aged 64 years 8 months and 20 days.

Funeral tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock; interment in the Lutheran Cemetery at Summerhill.

MASTERS -- In Johnstown, Monday, Sept. 11, 1882, Ray Sterling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Masters, aged 1 year 5 months and 14 days.

Funeral tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock; interment in Sandyvale Cemetery.


Mr. Stewart A. Hill, of the shoe department of the Company Store, and wife, will go to Indiana County this evening to visit Mr. Hill's parents.

Howard J. Crum and not Hiram, is the name of the brakeman who was killed at East Conemaugh on Saturday. The deceased and Hiram were brothers.

Henry Kessler's five days' term in the lock-up for disorderly conduct in Conemaugh Borough, and drunkenness, expired yesterday, and he was turned loose.

Mr. Geo. Wissinger, of Stonycreek Township, returned home last Saturday, after spending several weeks visiting one of his sons in Kent County, Michigan.

Mr. Mooney, of Cambria Borough, who fell from the stack of No. 1 furnace on Saturday and was so seriously injured, is still lying in a precarious condition, with small hopes of recovery.

The funeral of Howard J.Crum, the Pennsylvania Railroad brakeman who was killed at East Conemaugh on Saturday morning, took place yesterday. The remains were buried in a cemetery not two miles south of Wilmore.


Peaches at Osborne & Confer's on Wednesday. See advertisement.

Mr. John Fenn's new advertisement in today's paper of interest to the general public.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain will meet in Altoona tomorrow.

It is said by a prominent gardener in this place that there was a light frost on Friday night. No damage, however, was done to vegetation.

Sneak thieves entered the spring house of Mr. Saul Strayer, in Taylor Township, Saturday night, and carried away a lot of butter, bread, etc.

The game of base ball played at Ebensburg on Saturday between the Woodvale club and the Ebensburg nine resulted in a score of six to five in favor of the latter.

A few days ago Mrs. Jane Clay sold her farm in Taylor Township -- the "old Dan Cobaugh" place -- to Mr. Benjamin Stewart, the consideration being $2,600. Mr. C. Good negotiated the sale.

We see it stated that R. F. Myers, Altoona, and the b. m. Ethel Medium suspended by order of the Mahoning & Shenango Valley Fair Association, Youngstown, O., July 18, 1880, have been reinstated, and the claims for entrace money paid or settled.

People on the streets and in public places yesterday manifested great interest in the Star Toute jury and a number visited the telegraph office in the hope of getting some information as to the verdict, but no news had gone over the wires so far as the operator was aware.

A very interesting game of base ball was played at Woodvale on Saturday afternoon between theWire Mill boys and the East Conemaugh club. At the end of the ninth inning the score stood 4 to 8 in favor of the Wire Mill club. This club would like to hear from any mechanical club in Johnstown.

One Man Charged with Flogging His Wife
and Demolishing Furniture, and Another
with Knocking His Mother
Down with a Club.

Another case of surety of the peace and assault and battery which bears a striking resemblence to that of Jacob Crouse, which appeared in the TRIBUNE several days ago, was disposed of by Justice Rutledge this morning. The offender in this instance is a man named Henry Michaels, whose habitation is on an alley off Bedford street, in the Fourth Ward. The police were first notified of Michaels' antics by his daughter, a girl apparently about fourteen years of age, who, on Saturday afternoon, appeared in the Burgess' office and, with tears in her eyes, asked that an officer proceed to her home and take her father into custody. Officer Sharretts accompaniesd the girl to the house, but before they arrived there Michaels had departed.

In the evening the officer returned to the premises and, after searching all the buldings, found the accused in the stable, where he had taken refuge in the hope of escaping arrest. He was taken to the lock up and remained there until this morning when he had a hearing before Justice Rutlege. [article cut off]


25 Sep 1882
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Mrs. George Knable, of Baltimore, is visiting the family of Mr. W. W. Pike in this place.

Mrs. Charles H. Suppes has moved into his new residence at the lower end of Main street.


The Pennsylvania Railroad bridge near the station which is about to be replaced with a new one was yesterday lifted off its moorings by means of jacks and moved ten or twelve feet to the westward. The object of the change is to give the pile-driver a chance to work underneath where the budge stood. The structure was shoved along without difficulty and then the approaches to it at both ends were properly graded. The operation was witnessed by several huncred people, who seems to regard it as a great mechanical triumph.


Webster, a four-year-old son of Mr. Hiram Swank, wandered away from his home on Napoleon street, in the Sixth Ward, yesterday morning. In the afternoon the little fellow was found at the residence of a family on Market street. He had been kindly treated, having sat down to dinner with his host's children, and receiving candy and lots of good things. After he had been taken home he had a great time telling his papa of the many dainties he had received.


Mr. Edward A. O'Brien, the night foreman at the Pennsylvaia Railroad shop at East Conemaugh, has been promoted to the position of Master Mechanic, and will be located on the Southwest Branch. Mr. William B. Norris, of Derry Station, has been appointed to a similar position on the West Penn Division.


Monday, 9 Oct 1882
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Loss Probably $3,000; Insurance, $1,200.

About 11 o'clock last night the barn of Mr. William Rose in Taylor Township, near Mineral Point, was destroyed by fire, together with a considerable amount of grain, hay, etc., and two carriages. The latter were the property respecively of Mr. Henry Middleberger and Mr. Joseph O'Connor, residents of Somerset County, who were paying a visit to Mr. Rose's place. The origin of the fire is not known, but it is thought to have been the work of incendiaries. Including the grain, carriages, harnesses, and other contents of the destroyed building, the loss will probably reach $3,000, on which there is an insurance in the Cambria & Somerset Mutual Insurance Company of $1,200.

Fire In Turner Hall.

On Saturday evening about 7 o'clock when Janitor Julius Wilt and Mr. Charles Hoffman entered Turner Hall they found the atmosphere in the building strongly impregnated with gas. They did not, however, have any idea that it would be dangerous to ignite the burners in the hall, so they set the chandalier ablaze and proceeded to the stage to light the burners there. The janitor bore is his hand a ighted torch and the instant he stepped behind the drapery of the stage an explosion insued and the scenery took fire. The Janitor and Mr. Hoffman leaped from the stage to the gymnasium room and thus, escaped probably serious injury. Shortly after the explosion of the gas occurred several members of the Turner Society arrived and the fire was extinguished. The two drop curtains were consumed, all the scenery was more or less damaged, and it is estimated that $250 will be required to make good the loss. At a meeting of the Society held Saturday night a committee of five members who appointed to investigate the fire, ascertain its ensue, and, if possible, locate the responsibility. It seems that there was either a leak in the gas fixtures on the stage or the person charged with the responsibility of attending to the hall did not take sufficient care to see that the gas was all turned off before lowering the curtain and closing the doors of the building.


Mr. Jonas Peterson, who died this morning in Upper Yoder Township, at the age of about 54 years, was born in Somerset County, where he spent the early years of his life in honest industry. About twenty-five years ago, he was united in wedlock with Lucinda Christman, daughter of the late Elias Christman. He resided in Armstrong County until the year 1872, when he removed to the home of his father-in-law, in this county, where he resided until the time of his death. He was an honest, unobtrusive, industrious man. During the last year of his life he did not enjoy good health, suffering more or less from what was regarded as a cancerous affection. His last severe ilness was of about five weeks' continuance. During his illness he professed faith in Christ, and united with the Evangelical Lutheran Church by baptism. He died in peace and leaves a wife, son, and daughter to mourn is departure.


10 Oct 1882
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Mr. John M. Gore came up from Braddock on Sunday to attend the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Mitchell. He is still in town, but will return to Braddock tomorrow. Mr. Gore is now employed in the warehouse at the Edgar Thomson Works.

Mrs. Catharine Latterner, a former wll-known resident of Ebensburg, died in Altoona yesterday in sixty-third year of her age. Her husband, Mr. Michael Latterner, and six children survive. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning. The remains will be buried in Altoona.

The Misses Graham, of Alliance, Ohio, returned to their home yesterday. Miss Mollie Tefts accompanied them as far as Pittsburgh.

Dr. A. J. Endsley and Mr. George Englebach are suffering from severe attacks of rheumatism. Both say that rheumatism is the worst disease with which man can be afflicted.

J. Simpson Africa, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of Internal Affairs, came to town last evening and spent the night at the Hulbert House. This morning he resumed his travels.

Captain Confer, of Altoona, went out on the Allegheny Mountains, in the direction of Duncansville, yesterday, on a hunting expedition, and last evening returned home with forty-two squirrels, two pheasants, and a deer.


DISHONG-WILLIAMS -- In Morrellville, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1882, by Rev. A. J. Bird, of East Conemaugh, Mr. Perry J. Dishong and Miss Susannah Williams, both of Morrellville.


COOPER -- In Coopersdale, Oct. 9, 1882, William, son of James and Elizabeth Cooper, aged about 44 years.

The remains were interred this morning at 9 o'clock at Sandyvale Cemetery.

CREED -- In Pittsburgh, Oct, 9, 1882, Mr. Thomas Creed, in his 48th year.

The funeral will take place from his late residence, No. 19 Penn avenue, tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

CHAMPENO -- In Allegheny County, Oct. 9, 1882, Mr. John M. Champeno, aged 23 years and 3 months.

Funeral tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock; interment at Sandyvale Cemetery.

FULLMER -- In Johnstown, Oct. 10, 1882, Illy May, daughter of Henry and Susan Fullmer, aged 5 years and 11 months.

Funeral tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock; interment in Sandyvale Cemetery.


30 Dec 1882
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


ARNALD-PRINGLE: On the evening of Dec. 24, 1882, at Wilmore by Rev. G. D. Gross, Mr. A. J. Arnald to Miss Lilah C. Pringle, both of Croyle Township, Cambria County, Pa.

ALLEN-GEORGE: On the morning of Dec. 25, 1882, at Wilmore by Rev. G. D. Gross, Mr. Sherman Allen to Miss Jennie George, both of Lilly's, Cambria County, Pa.

KLEMSTIN-PRITSCH: On the evening of Dec. 28, 1882, by Rev. G. D. Gross, at the bride's home, Mr. Julius F. P. Klestin to Miss Dortha L. Pritsch, both of Lilly's, Cambria County, Pa.

VIEGEL-STUDT: On the evening of Dec. 28, 1882, by Rev. G. D. Gross, at Lilly's, Mr. Charles H. Viegel to Miss Julia E. Studt, both of Lilly's, Cambria County, Pa.

SHEARER-BOLE: At the residence of the bride's parents, in Taylor Township, on Thursday, Dec. 28, 1882, by Elder D. F. Ramsey, Mr. James Shearer, of Franklin Borough, and Miss Catharine Bole.


OSBORN - In the Soldiers' Orphans' School at McAllisterville, Juniata County, on Thursday, Dec. 28, 1882, a daughter of Mrs. Osborn, of Woodvale, aged 5 years.

MORRIS - In the Sixth Ward, Johnstown, on Friday night, Dec. 29, 1882, an infant son of Mr. And Mrs. David J. Morris, aged 1 month.

The remains were buried in Sandyvale Cemetery this afternoon.

BARNET - Suddenly, at Newark, N.J. on Friday, Dec. 29, 1882, Mary, wife of William H. Barnet and daughter of the late Captain S. Wildin.

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