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31 Jan 1908
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


A party of young folks were pleasantly entertained at a card party last evening by Miss Clara Keiper, at her home, No. 619 Pine street, Seventh Ward. There were several musical numbers. Among those present were Misses Clara Deifenbach, Mary Boyle, Laura Harding, Hannah Schaffer, May and Fay Galbraith, Katharine Boyle, Charlotte Keiper, Messrs. John Keiper, Charles Orms, and C. Leroy Dishong.


Orders have been issued by the Pennsylvania Railroad to the effect that but one engine shall be used hereafter in hauling the seventeen-hour train between New York and Chicago, up the eastern mountain slope. The special loses six minutes by using one engine, but this time is made up west of Gallitzin and the train is takeninto Pittsburg on schedule time.


Mrs. Virgil C. Elder and Mrs. Jennie Slater, of the South Side, left Wednesday for Washington, D. C., where they are to join Mrs. Jasper Augustine, of Uniontown, and Miss Myra Ross, of Somerfield, Somerset County, who will accompany them on a trip to Cuba. The party expects to spend about two months on the tropical isle.


Weatherman Lorentz Promises Warmer Weather To-night
Followed by Another Cold Wave.

Weatherman E. G. Lorentz announced this afternoon that it would be much warmer to-night and a heavy fall of snow could be expected in the next twenty-four hours. The snowfall would continue to-morrow, and by night, another cold wave would strike this vicinity. His forecast was as follows: To-night, warmer, increasing cloudiness, followed by heavy snows. For Saturday, heavy snows, possibly turning to rain for awhile, much colder, high winds, with cold wave again Saturday night or Sunday morning.

The cold wave which passed over Johnstown the last two days spent its force to-day. The temperature rose steadily all day. The passing of the cold spell was marked by zero weather early this morning in the central part of the city.At Westmont the thermometer registered a degree below Zero and lower was reported from many places throughout the county. Weatherman Lorentz gave out officially the temperature of 1 degree above zero at 7 o'clock. It remained at __nt for a couple hours. At noon the mercury had risen to 25 degrees. There was a gradual rise for the rest of the day.


29 Feb 1908
Submitted by Doug Hull

Messrs. Berkey and Forney Come Down to Interview Voters.

Two very active visitors to Johnstown to-day were Norman E. Berkey and Frank M. Forney, of Somerset, the former a candidate for the Republican nomination for Recorder of Deeds, and the latter for Assembly. They came to the city to interview Somerset County people who were in town to-day, and met a goodly number of the Frosty Sons.


24 Apr 1908
Page 6
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


James A. McFeaters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McFeaters, of Fourth street, Conemaugh, and a well-known P.R.R. fireman, and Miss Perlie J. Stull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Stull, of Richland Township, went to Ebensburg on Monday without telling their friends about the trip and were quietly married there. They are now at the home of the groom's parents.

Mrs. Elizabeth DeHaven.

Mrs. Elizabeth DeHaven, widow of Wesley DeHaven, died at her home in Altoona yesterday afternoon at 12:50 o'clock, of cancer of the stomach, after an illness since last November. She was born in Trough Creek on August 7, 1837, and for the past twenty years had resided in Altoona. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. John Hughes, Mrs. Robert Crawford, and Albert W. DeHaven, all of Bennington; E. J. DeHaven, of Johnstown; Harry W. James, and Mrs. F. S. Young, all of Altoona. The deceased is also survived by a brother, Henry Kerns, of New Florence, and three sisters -- Mrs. Rachel Treese and Mrs. Hettie Reed, of Altoona, and Mrs. Emma Helse, of Hollidaysburg.

One Other will Die as Result of Early
Morning Fire at Corry -- Origin
Is Unknown.

Corry, Pa., April 24. -- Three persons lost their lives in a fire early this morning which destroyed the home of David Weatherby, at Centerville, near here. The dead are David Weatherby, aged seventy-nine; Mrs. David Weatherby, aged sisty, and Mrs. Albert Lemm, aged forty. Albert Lemm, Mrs. Lemm's husband, was rescued unconscious by neighbors, and is expected to die of his injuries. The origin of the fire is unknown. The occupants of the house had apparently first been suffocated and then burned to death. Lemm was found on the first floor and the others on the second floor.

Services will Be Held on Saturday
Afternoon at Late Home.

Ebensburg, April 24. -- The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Esther Owens, who died at her home on High street yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock of dropsy, will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. They will be in charge of the Rev. T. J. Chilcote, of the Methodist Church, and will be conducted at her late home. Interment will follow in Lloyd Cemetery. Mrs. Owens was born in Indiana County on April 16, 1843. She was married to Richard Owens, of Cambria Township, on May 14, 1884. Her husband died four years ago. Robert Campbell, a brother at Brushvalley, Indiana County, is the only surviving relative.

H. G. George and Golde Delozier United
Tuesday in Cumberland, Md.

Windber, April 24. -- N. G. George, proprietor of bowling alleys and a confectionery store here, and Miss Golde Delozier, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Delozier, also of this place, were married in Cumberland on Tuesday evening. The couple left this town early in the morning, unknown to their friends and relatives, and their marriage was a surprise. They returned to Windber this morning and will go to housekeeping on Graham avenue.


Wednesday, 20 May 1908
Page 5
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Youth Finds Bankbook and Purse;
Hands Them to Police

Chief of Police Mulhollen to-day notified L. N. Zimmerman, of Friedens, Somerset County, that his pocketbook and a bankbook showing deposits in the Stoyestown Nation Bank of something over $1,100 lost in this city Monday night await him at the local Police Station. They were handed to the Chief this morning by Howard Clark, a young man residing at No. 374 Bedford street, who found them on the Thoroughfare. Mr. Zimmerman's theory that he was robbed is not credited by the police.

M. J. Baumgardner Manager of
Albright College Baseball Team.

Special to the Tribune

Myersdale, Pa., May 20 -- At a meeting of the athletic association of Albright College Monday evening J. J. Baumgardner of Elton was elected manager and C. D. Becker, of Lebanon, assistant manager of the baseball team for next season

O. I. Albright of Carlisle, was elected manager and A. W. Kuder of Allentown, assistant manager of the football eleven.

Cyrus Horner Will Not Decide Pending
Outcome of Wife's Injuries.
A Knotty Question.

There has been much talk to the effect that a damage suit will be instituted against the People's Garbage Company as the result of the falling of the big smokestack at the incinerating plant in the Seventh Ward during the storm on Saturday, which severely injured Mrs. Cyrus Horner, who lives near by, but as yet the rumors have not taken tangible form. The suit, if one should be brought, would probably be based upon the alleged unstability of the stack. Although whether or not this would prove sufficient grounds, in view of the severity of the storm which was raging at the time, might provide rather a knotty question to decide.

When Cyrus Horner, the injured woman's husband, was approached concerning the matter, he announced that he had not as yet decided upon a suit for damages and would not until the outcome of his wife's injuries became known. Meanwhile Mrs. Horner is resting well at the Memorial Hospital.


Friday, 22 May 1908
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Miss Katharine Ribblett, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Trimbath, of Franklin Borough, who lives with her grandfather, Paul Wilson, of Main street, Franklin, and Andrew Shandle, of Cherrytree, were married last evening at the home of the bride's grandfather by the Rev. S. E. Winebranner, pastor of the Conemaugh Methodist Church. The young couple will make their home with the grandfather of the young lady. The groom is a P. R. R. fireman running out of Conemaugh.


Miss Katharine Rosenbaum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Rosenbaum, of the Bon-Air Hotel, Conemaugh, and John McGundrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McGunrick, also of Conemaugh, were quietly married last evening about 7:30 o'clock at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church by the pastor, the Rev. Father Fox. The attendants were Miss Emma Rosenbaum, a sister of the bride, and Matthew Hart. A receiption and wedding supper followed at the home of the bride's parents. The young couple will go to housekeeping in this city.

Y.M.C.A. Juniors Will Jog to Field
Back of Westmont To-morrow.

Instead of exercising in the gymnasium as usual to-morrow morning, the Y. M. C. A. Juniors will job down to the Incline, take a car to Westmont, chase over the country a little way to a convenient field, and there take their regular drill under the direction of H. V. Merrill and Physical-Director Jack McClellan. Mr. Morrill is a great believer in outdoor exercise, and the boys enjoy it. too.


Monday, 25 May 1908
Pg. 5
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Elias Paul, of the South Side, left Saturday evening for Indiana, on a visit to Samuel Snyder, father of Mrs. Samuel W. Paul, who is quite ill.

Mrs. C. D. Harvey and daughter, of Philadelphia, came to the city Saturday evening and are with the Akers family, their relatives, in the Franklin building.

Miss Edith Smith, of Indiana, came to the city Friday and is the guest of Miss Bess Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Harris, of Cooper avenue, Twenty-first Ward.

Mrs. Sarah Gibbonely, sister of Johnston C. Akers, of this city, is seriously ill at her home in Altoona. The Gibboney family formerly resided on the South Side, this city.

Mrs. S. M. Miller, of South Side, returned Saturday from Altoona where she had been for several days owing to an accident Mr. Miller's mother met with a week or so ago.

James Moore, of Lincoln street, is home from Wilkinsburg, where he had been for a week with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Moore.

Col. C. T. Frazer and his daughters, Mrs. S. P. S. Ellis and Mrs. A. K. Brown, of East End, Pittsburg, came to the city this forenoon to spend a week at the capital Hotel.

Harry Hay, of Napoleon street, went to South Fork this morning to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, John G. Curnow. Mrs. Hay has been at South Fork for several days.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swank, of the South Side, went to Birmingham this morning to spend the day with their daughter, Miss Anna Jean Swank, who is a student at the seminary there.

Miss LaVerne Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Baker, of the South Side, returned Saturday evening from Roaring Spring, Pa., where she had been visiting the Nason family for a week or so.

Among the Ebensburgers in the city Saturday to see the Johns "skunk" the Senitor were George Kinkead, Harry A. Englehart, J. G. Lloyd, Edward H. ____, District Attorney J. W. Leech, and others.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Buck, of Walnut Grove, will leave to-morrow forenoon for Philadelphia and Atlantic City on a stay of three weeks or a month.

Mrs. Anna Mary Webber.

Nrs. Anna Mary Webber, a native of Germany, and a former resident of Cambria County, died in Altoona, yesterday morning at the age of seventy-seven years. She came to this country when only two years of age. In 1852 she was married at Loretto the John Webber, who has been dead fifteen years. Among the children living are Michael Webber, Mrs. Simon Link, and Joseph Webber, of Carrolltown, and Mrs. Englebert Schilling, of Gallitzin. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock to-morrow morning from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Altoona.


Monday, 15 Jun 1908
Special to the Tribune
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury


Mrs. Mary Duler, aged eighty-one years, a sister of Mrs. Alice Kirch, of this county, died Friday night at her home in Altoona. Her funeral was held yesterday afternoon.


South Fork, June 15 -- Patrick Keelan, aged fourty-two years, was painfully hurt in Stineman No. 4 Mine here on Saturday afternoon. He fell between the cars of a trip on which he was riding out of the mine. Four empty cars ran over both legs, lacerating them, but not breaking any bones. Dr. Reed attended him.


Mrs. Joseph Sloan of No. 982 Fritz street, Eighth Ward, was slightly stunned by lighning yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Sloan was in the cellar of her home where she was shocked by the electrical current. It was several minutes before she recovered sufficiently to walk about. No damage was done to the house.


Monday Evening, 28 Sep 1908
page 6, column 4
Contributed by Gordon Grening


Mrs. Emma McLaughlin, widow of David Gordon McLaughlin, died at 3 o’clock yesterday morning at Dr. Marvel’s private sanatorium in Atlantic City, where she had been for a week or so undergoing treatment. Mrs. McLaughlin’s health had been impaired for some time, but she was able to be about up to the time she entered the sanatorium. The cause of her death was acute dilatation of the heart, superinduced by chronic Bright’s disease.

The deceased, who was about sixty-five years of age, was married twice. Her first husband, Mr. Rich, died many years ago, and some time later she was wedded to David G. McLaughlin, who died suddenly at the Franklin Plant of the Cambria Steel company on October 3, 1906. Miss Ada Rich, only daughter of Mrs. McLaughlin, died in Johnstown in January, 1892. Mrs. Margaret Dubbs, of Allentown, is the only surviving sister of the deceased. W. J. McLaughlin, of South Dakota, who visited here recently, is a brother-in-law.

The remains were brought to Johnstown this morning and were conveyed to the McLaughlin residence, No. 427 Vine street, First Ward, by Undertaker Henderson. The funeral will probably take place to-morrow afternoon, when the deceased’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. C. C. Hays, of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the obsequies. The remains will be laid to rest in Grand-View Cemetery.


Friday, 2 Oct 1908
Submitted by Lynne Canterbury

Descendants of Ludwick Wissinger
Assemble at Maple Park, Walnut Grove,
and Effect a Permanent Organization

At Maple Park, Walnut Grove, there was held on Saturday a reunion of the dependants of Ludwick Wissinger, one of the first members of his family to come to this country from Germany. Every one who went through the gate at Maple Park was given a piece of red, white, and blue ribbon and in this manner 1,426 were counted. The number present at the reunion, however, was greater than this, as some crawled over the fence and did not receive a piece of ribbon. The fence jumpers confided to their friends how they had "beat" the ticket taker and got in free. When told that everybody was admitted free and that no admission was charged at the gate, they had to laugh with the others.

The first names of the two Wissingers who first came to America are not exactly known. One died soon after locating in this country. The other had three children, and one of these was Ludwick Wissinger. An attempt will be made to learn on what date Ludwick's father came to America and hold the next reunion on that date. The Wissinger family is widely scattered and Cambria County has many of its members. They attended the reunion from all parts of the country.

The morning exercises opened at 10:45 o'clock with the singing of a hymn. Then followed Scriptural quotation by Master Harry Wissinger, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wissinger, of Walnut Grove. the Rev. J. W. Wilson, pastor of the Walnut Grove United Brethren Church, offered prayer, and an address was delivered by the Rev. W. M. Howe, pastor of the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren. "Nearer, My God, to Thee" was then sung, the benediction was pronounced by Rev. J. W. Wilson, and _______ was taken for dinner.

The program of the afternoon proved very entertaining was as follows:  Song; address, the Rev. J. Q. A. Curry, who spoke on "Reunion, Reflection, and Anticipation"; duet, Eva and Bruce Lehman, children of Mr. and Mrs. John Lehman; recitation, "Guilty and Not Guilty", Hazel Brown; recitation, "The Little Teacher", Bertha Temple; duet, Nellie Lehman and Ethel Shively; recitation, "In the House of ______ Much Trouble", Walther Repp; "The Last Hymn", Ruth Heilman; the B____link song and "Where Do the Children Go," by twelve children trained by Mrs. Adam Wissinger -- Eugene, Charles, Edward, and Harry Wissinger, Harry Lohr, Roy Constable, M____ Lohr, Marlon Thomas, Jessie Wissinger, Bertha Constable, Elizabeth Rodgers, and Ruth Constable; recitation, "I Want to Go Tomorrow," Elsie Constable; recitation, "Popping Corn", Orville Grumbling; brief historical sketch of the Wissinger family by George M. Wertz; solo, Ruth Heilman; dialog, Arthur and Orville Grumling, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Grumling; recitation, "A Sack of Flour", Pearl Baumgardner; recitation "______ and Honey Bees," Arthur a _______________ instrumental music by _______ Elmer Heilman; recitation "______ Child" Dorris _______________ Age," Jessie ___________ Peter at the ______________.

No preparations had been made for an evening program and an imprompted one was gotten up. Miss Jessie Sharp of Franklin, recited "Nydia, the Blind Girl of Pompeii". Music was furnished(?) by the Conemaugh Glee Club and by a quartet of Dale Council, Jr. F&AM. An address was given by Albert Congleton, of Sheridan Station, and some of those who took part in the afternoon exercises assisted in the evening.

An organization was affected by the election of the following ____ for the next reunion: President _________ Wissinger, of Dale; Vice President, Ephraim J. Wissinger of S______; Secretary, Walter E. Wissinger, Conemaugh; Treasurer, _______ Wissinger, of Dale.

These committees were appointed:   General Committee -- Adam Wissinger, of Walnut Grove; Wil____ Wissinger, of the Seventh Ward; George Thomas, of Wilmore; Lewis Kauffman, of Lovett.

Program Arrangements Committee -- Mrs. Adam Wissinger, of Walnut Grove; Mrs. L. D. Wissinger, of Croyle.



16 Dec 1908
Submitted by Janet Gray

John Wyar, Who Had Just Secured Employment
Has Life Crushed Out By a Large Boulder

To secure employment last evening about 7:30 o'clock at the Caddy Coal Mine on Bedford Street and to be brought out dead half an hour later was the fate of John Wyar of Kennedy Avenue. Mr. Wyar had entered the mine with the intention of finding a place in which to start work in the morning and had just stepped into a room when a large boulder weighing several tons fell crushing him to the ground. His screams were heard by several young men in the mine who hurried for assistance.

The deceased was aged fifty-six years, four months and fifteen days and survived by the following children: John, Frank, Carl, Joseph, Emma, Anna, Cecelia and Florence. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's German Catholic Church. The funeral will probably take place at 9 o'clock Friday morning with interment in Lower Yoder Cemetery.

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