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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Monday, July 26, 1880
CITY AND COUNTRY.
One of our soldiers says that there has been a great many reunions of the old veterans of the late war in different parts of the State, and this is a very good way to bring together the men who at their country's call left their homes and peaceful avocations and risked their lives and fortunes for her preservation. Blair county was not behind in furnishing her quota. At the first call for troops nine companies nobly responded, of which six with three from Cambria and one from Pittsburgh were organized into the Third Pennsylvania Volunteers for three months, and the other three were attached to the Fourteenth regiment, and after serving their term of enlistment with few exceptions formed the nucleus of the other military organizations that were recruited in this county, and many held positions of honors. What we would like to see would be a reunion of all these old soldiers, and all others who would feel an interest in the matter to keep alive the old associations formed under those trying circumstances. Soldiers we are one by one passing away. Soon the last bugle call will be sounded, and all will have passed, to fame's eternal camping ground, but while we are left let us not forget to cherish the memories of those dark days of our country's history, and let us organize to keep alive the solemn memories and grand achievements of the soldiers of the Republic, and pleasant memories of camps and field.
The Virtues of Patent Medicine.
There is a man now lying very sick at a house on Ninth street, east of Eighth avenue, suffering from the use of patent medicine. A few weeks since a loud-mouthed quack from a wagon in front of the postoffice sold a cure-all, of which this man bought the same. He has used it and is now suffering the result. Why any of our citizens will buy from these traveling frauds is a mystery, yet it is a fact that Altoona is one of their best markets, and after every pay day a horde of them may be seen here. If their medicines were worth anything the regular physicians would use them, but as this is very rarely the case they make their living on the gullible.
The partial appropriation made by the last Legislature is almost exhausted in laying the foundations, constructing sewers and completing the water basin. The Board has not determined yet whether the institution shall be conducted on the reformatory plan or not. The act of Legislature specifies that it shall be modeled after the Eastern Penitentiary, in which the prisoners are literally kept in solitary confinement and perform their hard labor in their cells. Several members of the board favor the reformatory system; however, the old plan is very popular in the East and it may finally be adopted. When the Board meets again it will visit the prison at Elmira, N. Y., which is regarded by many as the model institution of the age.
The Fruit and Nut Crop.
From all over the country come reports of the immense fruit and nut crop which has been and will be gathered the present season. The pests of the fruit grower, worms, are very scarce this year, the wet weather having apparently killed them off. Grapes promise to be very abundant. Although frost bitten in some low spots the yield will be a large one and of the finest quality. Apples and pears are in the same condition, only "more so," as the boy would say. As to the chestnuts and acorns the beat was never seen. The trees are fairly loaded with the fruit, and as a consequence fun among the squirrels and wild pigeons may be expected.
Bishop Warren at Cresson.
The Rev. Bishop Warren, one of the newly elected bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, spent an hour or two at the Logan House Saturday afternoon. He has been for a day or two the guest of Mr. Tyler at Cresson, and was announced to preach there yesterday morning. He is on his way west to meet the Colorado and other conferences next month, and is taking in several camp meetings, lecture engagements and preaching appointments along the route.
What the "Cohorts" Have to Say.
EDS. TRIBUNE: The maudlin scribbler who dishes up the tainted meat for the little faction of the Democracy known as the Altoona syndicate, must be hard up for a subject on which to vent his brilliancy, when compelled to drag a business establishment into print quite unnecessarily. There are several stockholders of the Sun corporation in business, but it is not necessary to Republican success to drag the Sunday proceedings in Mr. Good's music store into the public prints. What these "cohorts of Republicanism assembled in Snyder's tailor shop" have done to the drunken traveler of the Sun is unknown, for he has never been known to visit the place to see if they were discussing whether William P. Furey paid his wash, board and whisky bills or not, and for which he has been kicked out of every town where he has resided. When he wants anything more "on tick" he will please call on the TAILOR SHOP COHORTS.
A Disgusting Sheet.
EDS. TRIBUNE: I am a reader of all sorts of papers, but of all the papers I ever read, the most disgusting sheet that ever came before the public is the Altoona Sun. But I supposed the editor of that sheet cannot help it, for I know the Garfield and Arthur pills are very hard for him to digest, and it is well for him to spit out his nastiness in the Sun, for to confine so much foul air in so small a vessel might prove serious. But he should have a little patience. There has not one of those pills been taken for the last twenty years but has gone through all right, and will do so in 1880, and leave the system in good condition. - JOSEPH BENNETT.
EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE.
The Equal Rights League which proposes to meet in Altoona during August has issued the following call:
To the members of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League: Men of Pennsylvania: The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the League will be held in the city of Altoona, Pa., on the third Tuesday (the 17th day) of August next, at 10 o'clock A. M.
The League earnestly urges you to send your truest and best men, that we may consult upon the attitude of the nation towards us, the late enfranchised citizens, and the fate that awaits ourselves and our country should the late rebels and their northern allies get possession of the Government. Two great political parties are arrayed against each other, and the fiercest combat ever waged is impending. Issues of the greatest moment overhang us, and the peaceful existence of the republic trembles in the balance. The Democratic party, with its dreaded antecedents, its crimes and outrages, has cemented a solid South to its interest, for its supremacy, and to secure its perpetuity. Southern treason, southern sentiment and southern tyranny have thrown down the gauntlet, and it remains to be seen whether northern patriotism will accept the gauge of battle and northern men willing to meet their political foes on the vantage ground that through a love of peace they have permitted them to occupy until now they have become masters of the nation. No class of Americans is more deeply interested in the settlement of the issues involved in the struggle than the 75,000 colored citizens of this State, and no class should make greater sacrifices to secure their settlement in the interest of freedom and Republicanism. The triumph of the Democratic party is the death of liberty, and should a Democratic President be elected in November next, then indeed have all our sacrifices, blood and treasure been offered in vain. Come men, come to Altoona, and if you have grievances, present them to the annual meeting. Come from farm, field, workshop and foundry, and let us plan to consolidate our influences, votes and friends, for the preservation of our lives, liberties, public and political rights, for they are now threatened.
The crimes and brutalities of the South, the destruction of the Republican party there, the deprivation of the colored citizens of the ballot, the over-riding of the law made for equal protection by the Republicans and the cruelties that have driven thousands from their homes, are startling the nation.
Come, men, let us consult on these terrible facts, and let us not forget the relentless color prejudices of the North, which in some places tax us to support the white man's children in our public schools, while it shuts the doors against ours. Our sons and daughters are excluded from the trades and the industries, and against this injustice we must battle.
By order of the Executive Board, - A. S. CASSY, Recording Secretary, No. 243 Union street. Wm. D. FORTEM, Corresponding Secretary, No. 336 Lombard street.
The Bennington correspondent was in town on Saturday.
Company C enjoyed a march and drill on Saturday evening.
Eight rolling mill men left here on Friday for Braddocks to take the place of the strikers at that place.
Major Jesse R. Crawford has been dangerously ill for several days, but we are glad to say he is able to be up again.
Hon. Thad. Banks has plenty of big roasting ears on his Sunny Mount farm. They are no new-fangled extra early, but the good, old yellow, hog and hominy kind.
Joseph W. Baronner had presented to him by his father a silver coin about the size of a trade dollar, and although dated 1625 and composed of very soft silver, is as perfect as when coined. It would be a rare catch for a coin gatherer.
A letter mailed on the 23d of September, 1878, was returned to the writer on the 23d of July, 1880, being just one year and ten months in the possession of Uncle Sam's agents, who after all that time failed to find the person to whom it was addressed and returned unopened to the writer.
'Squire Lowry, since he has been commissioned a Justice of the Peace, has been diligently studying the law. The other day he discovered a "difficult passage" which he submitted to a number of legal gentlemen. Their opinion not being satisfactory, the 'Squire is determined to carry it up to a higher court.
John H. Stiffler, at the "white bridge," has a turkey hen and gobbler that hatched out and cared for nine young turkeys. The gobbler sat on and hatched out seven and the hen only two. It is not positively known which layed the eggs as they were in special nests, but the reader may decide for himself; but it is a fact that the gobbler set the allotted time on the eggs and after the young were hatched took the entire charge of them and still seven young turkeys, which are almost half-grown, keep him company, while the old hen turkey and her two young ones catch grass-hoppers together.
The Democratic County Committee met at the Logan House on Saturday, and was a most harmonious affair, as far as Democratic gatherings usually go. After an interchange of opinions, it was agreed to make a quiet fight and burn but little powder during the campaign. A resolution sustaining Chairman Doyle in any thing he may do, and expressing their confidence in his executive ability to general the party to victory was unanimously passed. Mr. Doyle intimated that he was in favor of a quiet campaign, unless the Republicans made a great fuss, in which event the Democrats would "enthuse" and make things lively if it took twenty barrels of whisky to do it.
A 5-year-old daughter of Mr. William P. Smith, fell from a swing at the residence of L. H. Coolbroth on Saturday evening and broke one of its arms.
"AND THEY WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER."
About one thousand persons were in Dell Delight Grove yesterday. The special attraction was to witness the baptism by emersion of four young ladies in the Juniata. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Rodgers, pastor of the Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, who, although filling a Methodist pulpit, believes in one baptism, and that one kind is to go down into the water.
KISSING BY MOONLIGHT.
"The day is for toil and for treason
On Thursday night last a large party of lads and lasses billed and cooed while gently floating on the placid waters of the great Reservoir, and on Friday night a like party enjoyed a moonlight hop and supper between the green trees of Dell Delight. The enjoyment was kept up until the "wee sma' hours."
THAT LOST TREASURE.
An old boatman who read the letter furnished by the Williamsburg correspondent assures us that about the date the keg of gold was stated to be deposited in the three mile dam, it was customary for boats to carry kegs of gold and silver, it being the only way of sending the precious metal to Pittsburgh and the west. He says that he has carried kegs of silver on his boat. The keg containing the money was encased in a common nail keg, and the boatmen supposed they were nails. He says further that he remembers of hearing that two kegs were lost between Huntingdon and Hollidaysburg from a packet or passenger boat, and he is inclined to believe the letter is no hoax.
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, July 26, 1880, page 3
CITY AND COUNTRY.
Cambria County Argument Court will be held August 3.
Mrs. Belle, wife of Clement Hickey, living on Eighth avenue, is lying at the point of death, with no hopes of recovery.
On Tuesday of this week A. Y. M. Lodge of Altoona, No. 490, will picnic at Lloydsville. All the masons and their families are invited and a good time is guaranteed.
Second Lieutenant Millard F. Harman, Fifth infantry, has been transferred to the First artillery (Battery I, Fort Warren, Mass.,) and will report to his regimental commander and join his battery.
The dwelling-house of Mr. Jackson Durbin, of Clearfield township, Cambria county, occupied by Mr. Joseph Wills, caught fire on Monday last while the family were in the act of taking dinner, and was burned down.
A railroader says that Engineer E. B. Trout, of the Pittsburgh division, will have to cut his engine back a little more to catch up with his friend Joseph Blair, on the Middle division. Joseph made the largest savings on the two divisions.
The Carrolltown News stated that Dr. Sloan, of Chest Springs, while on a visit to Altoona a few evenings ago, for the purpose of purchasing some drugs, was waylaid by a number of roughs, knocked down and robbed of his gold watch, worth $125, and his pocketbook, containing $75 in money and a lot of valuable papers. The doctor had his ankle dislocated and was otherwise injured. An Altoona gentleman who saw the performance says that the doctor was lying on Twelfth street, east of the bridge; that he was picked up by some man and helped to Tenth avenue. The man then reared him against the fence and robbed him, but did him no bodily harm.
The Bell's Gap Extension.
For some time past work has been actively progressing on an extension to the Bell's Gap railroad, which will run from Lloydsville for a number of miles further north. The grading has so far progressed that about the beginning of August the work of laying the rails will begin. To lovers of fine scenery it may be interesting to know that the views going down the far side of the Alleghenies are as fine as on this side. One of them especially is exceedingly grand. The eye sweeps the country for fifty miles around and overlooks a great valley dotted with fine farms. The vision is only limited by the far-distant Susquehanna hills melting away in the blue. The extension, when thrown open to travel, will be as attractive as that part now in use.
Decease of William Zerman.
William Zerman, formerly of Carlisle, Pa., died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Martin Gardner, Thirteenth avenue and Fourteenth street, this city, at 1 o'clock Sunday morning of pulmonary consumption, at the age of 49 years. Mr. Zerman's friends had him at his special request moved from Carlisle here on the Saturday week preceding his death. He leaves a large circle of friends here and at his former residence to mourn his death, he being a universal favorite. His funeral will take place at 3 P. M. this afternoon from his sister's residence.
A Painful Bath.
Mr. Philip Berger is employed at the vitriol tubs in the wire works of the Gautier Company, in Johnstown. About 9 o'clock Saturday morning he was stepping between two tubs, when the board which was laid across tilted, and he came within an ace of being precipitated into the acid. By a dexterous movement he managed to thrown himself backward, but both his legs were plunged into the vitriol as high up as the knees. Before he could withdraw them from this painful bath they were scalded in a terrible manner, and his sufferings since then have been most acute. It is not likely he can resume work for several weeks.
The Junior Social Club's Picnic.
On Saturday last the Junior Social Club of this city held their annual picnic at Rhododendron Park, Lloydsville. The day was spent in rambling through the woods and in dancing. Lafferty furnished the music for the latter. The party consisted of about twenty-five couples and was of just the right size to be enjoyable. Dinner and tea were taken under the trees and all present pronounced the occasion a most enjoyable one. They had a delightful ride down the mountain in the evening and arrived home at just about dusk.
Ran Away from Home.
On Saturday evening the company yard police captured two small boys, and had them locked up for trespassing. They were aged but 9 and 14 years respectively, and were bright little fellows. Will Fitzgerald and Joseph Whitaker were the names they gave. They boys said they were Philadelphia newsboys, and were only taking a summer trip. The Mayor telegraphed the Chief of Police that he had the boys, and yesterday received an answer that their parents would be notified.
AN AGED MAN GONE.
Probably the oldest Justice of the Peace in the State of Pennsylvania, died at his residence in Birmingham, Huntingdon county, on Saturday morning. 'Squire John Owens was universally known and respected in this region. For near fifty years he has been the Justice of his native place and at the time of his death still held the office. Last February he completed ninety two years of his life, sixty-eight of which have been spent in his late home. For a long time he carried on the mercantile business, then was elected 'Squire, and it was in this latter office that Mr. Owens was so well known. A prominent jurist once said of him that his opinion on matters of law was as good as that of any lawyer. Deceased was a staunch old Presbyterian, who practiced as he preached, and it is said of him that he never drank, chewed nor smoked and never uttered a profane oath. His father raised a family of six children, all of whom were strong and hearty save John. On account of physical infirmity he was given a good education that he might the better fight the battle of life, and yet he has survived the flock, being the last one cut down by the reaper death. In early life the venerable justice was married to Jane McCoy, who survives him and still enjoys reasonably good health, although probably eighty years of age. The marriage was never blessed by any children, but the worthy couple have raised a number, all of whom have been a credit to them. About a year since Mr. Owens received a severe fall, from which he never recovered, and at times suffered much pain therefrom. It is supposed to have been the cause of his decease. The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o'clock.
Death of J. Gallitzin Lake.
John Gallitzin Lake, Register and Recorder of Cambria county, whose serious illness was noted in Saturday's TRIBUNE, died at his home in Ebensburg that day, after a brief and painful illness. A short time ago he took a trip to Iowa for the purpose of visiting his brother, who resides in that State, and upon returning some two weeks since complained of feeling unwell. He was compelled to take his bed, and his symptoms seemed to improve somewhat up until Tuesday last, when a relapse occurred, and his illness then became of a most alarming nature. He grew gradually worse up until Saturday, when death ended his mortal career. Deceased was born in Loretto about the year 1838, educated at St. Francis College, and subsequently read law and was admitted to the bar. Two years ago he was elected Register and Recorder on the Democratic ticket, and is said to be the first official of the county who died during his incumbency. A wife and two children survive him. The deceased had many warm and sincere friends, and the news of his unexpected demise will be received with sorrow by all. As an officer of the Court he was always courteous and obliging, and his heart overflowed with kindly feelings for those with whom he became familiar.
The Republicans of the First and Seventh wards held a club meeting in the Opera House on Saturday night which was quite well attended. The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, D. K. Ramey. W. F. Taylor was elected Secretary in the place of J. F. Snyder, who declined to serve. Edmund Kennedy was elected Assistant Secretary. The Executive Committee made a very favorable report of its progress. A marching club was organized and quite a large number of names put on its roll. During the evening about twenty-five persons joined the club.
The Fourth ward Democratic club held quite a spirited public meeting at their hell on Thirteenth street and Seventh avenue. Political speeches were made by Messrs. Frank Tierney and William Furey.
A Would-be Murderer Released.
Several weeks ago the TRIBUNE chronicled the fact that in a fight between two Polish laborers of the Bell's Gap extension one of them named Roganic had struck a fellow workman in the side and given him a very severe injury. The man whose name was Roganic was arrested and lodged in the Ebensburg jail, and for some time thought he would be hung. The wounded man, however, recovered and was not so seriously injured after all. A few days since the parties settled the affair amicably and Roganic, who had wasted almost to a shadow, was released. He has gone back to work a wiser man.
A Private House Robbed.
On Saturday morning William Allen, who has a restaurant on Tenth avenue, was robbed of about ten dollars in old coin, five shirts and some other clothing. The articles were in his room. His theory is that man who had been employed by him but was lately discharged came into the house to get some things from his trunk, which was still there, and that he took the opportunity to enter the room and steal these articles, which he passed to a friend waiting below the window. In the evening a young man was arrested as an accessory. He will have a hearing this morning.
Doings at the Mayor's Office.
A Pittsburgh man named Edward Davis, who refused to pay a bootblack and was exceedingly profane in the presence of ladies at the depot, was locked up by the Mayor for seventy-two hours in default of $5 fine and costs.
On Saturday evening two colored individuals began fighting in front of the Logan House. One of them was promptly arrested and fine. The other escaped. A man who interfered was locked up.
A DEAD INFANT.
On Saturday evening quite a little excitement was created in the lower end of the Fifth ward by the discovery of the remains of a child which had been buried in an ash heap. Late in the afternoon an old lady was scratching around pickup up wood off the dirt piles near the crossing of the branch railroad and the plank road. Presently she came across a box which she unearthed. Inside wrapped up in a cloth were the decomposed remains of a young child. An alarm was sounded and numbers of persons soon collected there. Two of the city police came along and after inspecting the box buried it again, but it was scarcely an hour before some of the boys had it unearthed again. Finally late at night Captain Dougherty, under instructions, carried the box containing the remains to Dr. Christy's office. The doctor and Coroner Humes examined them and found hardly enough on which to hold an inquest. The body had the appearance of having been buried about a month. The child was very young at the time of its death. More notice was taken of the box, which was made of poplar boards, and when put together evidently had been made for the purpose for which it had been used. Yesterday the body was given in charge of Undertaker Tipton, and unless further developments are made it will be taken to the almshouse and buried to-day. It is possible that the child may have belonged to some family too poor to bear the expense of burial, and who used the above method to get rid of it.
That Fishing Party.
It was a wonderful fishing party that left Altoona for Flowing Springs on Friday. They returned yesterday with their game. The only fish in the party was one that George Good had plastered on the back of his shirt collar and that was a smoked herring. Theo. Stroh fell into the river and all parties fished vigorously for him for two or three minutes and finally landed Theodore on the bank. "Farmer" Beals rode one of the horses to water, but when he started into the deep part of the stream with nothing but a halter on the beast he did not make his calculations for her taking a roll. He was also fished out. Another of the party bought a bass from a small boy to bring home, but it escaped. Arrangements were made to take Mike Fitzharris' pantaloons, tie the feet up and use them for fish baskets if game had been plenty, but fortunately this was not necessary. Other adventures, thrilling and blood curdling there were which we have not room to mention.
Another Contest in Writing in the Altoona Business College.
Poets are born such; but orators and penmen are made what they are by proper training, faithful and persistent practice. Some of the students in the Altoona Business College, who, a few weeks ago, wrote a very poor hand, have by through drill and diligent practice made great progress, and now bid fair to take the lead in the chirographic art. One week ago Prof. Davis assigned the small letters, a, d, g, q, m and n for the next contest, and all week the pupils practiced faithfully, and although each could not win the prize, yet all made great improvement. The following is the result of the contest: First best, Mrs. Lizzie Redding; second best, G. R. Stiffler; third best, Fannie Howell; fourth best, J. Henry Schmitt and Sigmund Altman; fifth best, Charles McCartney.
Taken for a Dunker Preacher.
At the late firemen's parade in Lebanon, one of our prominent old firemen was in attendance as a spectator. Now this gentleman is of medium stature, portly, and wears a long, flowing patriarchal beard, broad brimmed hat, and plain dress. He stopped at a good hotel, but there was something that did not square up to his notions of the real caravansary, in that he complained to a friend "that it was the driest place he was ever in." Mine host was duly acquainted with his guest's dissatisfaction, and the next day he stepped up to the old visiting fireman and tapping him on the shoulder, said: "My good sire, I declare I took you for a Dunker preacher!" It is said that the caravansary was not so confounded dry after that.
A Very Narrow Escape.
On Saturday evening a train was standing across the Ninth street crossing where it had just been backed in the course of shifting. A small boy about 9 years of age became impatient and jumped on the platform of a box car to cross over. Just as he did so the engine pulled up with a considerable jerk and the boy was thrown down between the deadwoods. If they had stopped so as to allow the cars to come together he would have been crushed to death, and had no one been there he would have fallen. A brakeman happened to be on the same platform and lifted him out of his dangerous position.
Locked Up in a Car.
Word was telegraphed along the Pittsburgh division on Saturday that some tramp was locked up in a freight car in which he was stealing a ride and that he was calling piteously to be let out. He was turned out at Conemaugh more dead than alive.
On one of the freight trains yesterday the car inspectors in the Altoona yard found two men in a freight car who were almost smothered to death. They had crawled into the car at Pittsburgh, and as it was loaded clear to the top with shingles they were right against the roof, which had a hot sun beating down on it all day. They were allowed to depart.
Many of our citizens know the beauties of Rhododendron Park, situated away up on the summit of the Alleghenies, in the heart of the woods and very tastefully arranged for picnic parties. Mr. Ford, the Superintendent, offers it free of charge to all parties and will guarantee that he will do everything in his power to make their stay comfortable. The park is but sixteen miles by rail from Altoona and may be visited in half a day. Tickets will be sold here for seventy- five cents for the round trip to parties of five or more. The beautiful ride over the Bell's Gap railroad is well worth the expense and time. We have taken some trouble to ascertain the trains to take and find the best ones as follows: Persons may leave here at 8:15 in the morning and arrive there is less than an hour, spend the day there and come home in the evening. They may leave here at 8:15 in the morning and have about two hours there, arriving home on the way passenger train at about 2 o'clock. Or if they wish to take an afternoon to the trip they may leave here at 2:50 P. M., arriving at Lloydsville at 4 P. M., have half an hour to look around the park and arrive home on the mail train at 7:15 in the evening. No pleasanter trip can be found for a family or party of friends. During this week there will be a picnic every day at the park, and on Tuesday there will be two.
On Monday, (today), there will be an excursion from Ebensburg.
On Tuesday the Altoona Lodge of Masons, known as Logan Lodge No. 490, with their families, will hold a picnic there. On this day the Rambling Club of Altoona also propose to make Lloydsville an objective point.
On Wednesday the guests of the Logan House, of Altoona, and the Mountain House, of Cresson, will proceed to the park to spend the day.
On Thursday one of the Altoona Lutheran Sunday schools will hold a large basket picnic in the park.
Friday will witness a very large cheap general excursion from all along the Pittsburgh division of the railroad. The excursion will go east on day express schedule, and west on the fast line schedule. A very large company is expected on this day.
On Saturday there will be a picnic from Altoona.
The Logan House Concerts.
Below will be found the programmed prepared by the Logan House quartette under the leadership of Mr. Praetorious. Exercises will begin at 11:30 A. M.:
1. Fatinitza March, Suppe
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, July 26, 1880, page 4
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