News, obituaries, birth, marriage and death notices, by date.
Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Thursday, April 5, 1883
CITY AND COUNTRY.
Ex-Sheriff Daniel Ainsley died in the town of Indiana on Monday morning. He was aged about 45 years.
J. B. Hagerty has been appointed letter carrier to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi Knott.
Mr. William Boyles, formerly a New Bloomfield, Perry county, printer, has been appointed telegraph operator at Birmingham.
Tuesday a 4-year-old daughter of Conrad Suppes, of Johnstown, was bitten on the face by a blood hound and terribly injured.
Robert Chestnut, of this city, has been appointed foreman of a blacksmith shop and handle factory at Waterloo, Juniata county.
Jacob Foose, a Perry county farmer, mourns the loss of two hundred pounds of pork, stolen from his smoke house by some hungry thief.
Mrs. Catherine Killain, wife of John Killain, died Monday morning from malarial fever, aged 56 years. She leaves a large family of children.
On Wednesday Sam Hutchinson of the boiler shop was cut on the back of the hand with a steel spawl. The company physician repaired his injury.
Charles E., son of the late Lewis E. Northwang, formerly of this city, died at his mother's home in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning, aged 20 years and 5 days.
John O'Hearn, a night watchman at the upper shops, was stricken with paralysis on Monday night while on duty in the shops. He was taken home in a conveyance and is now in a dangerous condition.
Our aged friend, Mr. John Miller, of Eighth avenue, we regret to learn is seriously ill from the infirmities of age. He is a member of the Silver Gray social club and is past 78 years of age.
Mr. M. A. Yeager has purchased the Adlum homestead, on Eleventh avenue, paying $7,400 for it. He will in a short time open out his tin store in the room recently occupied by Mr. Shoffner.
Fannie Stitt, daughter of J. R. Stitt died on Monday night at the residence of her parents near Allegheny Furnace, aged 18 months. The remains were interred in the burial ground near that place Wednesday afternoon.
In the case of William M. Lloyd, bankrupt, the nineteenth return of sales of real estate by the assignees was confirmed absolutely Thursday by the United States court. Also, the twentieth report of sales in this county presented and confirmed nisi.
Rev. J. Ellis Bell, pastor of the Hollidaysburg Methodist Episcopal church, reached his new home on Saturday evening and was given a cordial reception by the members of the society. Sunday he preached morning and evening able sermons.
Mr. William B. Householder, of McConnellstown, Huntingdon county, and Miss Jennie C. Nolan, of Blair furnace, this county, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the parsonage of the Second Lutheran church, Wednesday evening, Rev. W. W. Criley officiating.
Mr. J. K. Roush has been appointed foreman of car inspectors, vice Samuel Gathers, who recently resigned, and ex-Councilman Harry Geesey has been appointed assistant foreman. Mr. Roush was assistant foreman and Mr. Geesey was foreman of a track in the company's freight shop.
A Knights Templar commandery was organized in Johnstown on Thursday evening by the election of the following officers: Eminent commander, W. H. Rose; generalissimo, John H. Dibert; captain general, H. H. Kuhn. It is expected that a charter will be obtained in May or June.
The river of mud on Ninth street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, rose above highwater yesterday afternoon and overflowed its banks, the liquid malaria flowing under the sidewalk. Luckily, pedestrians are able to secure passage-way on the elegant boardwalks of that neighborhood.
Maud Gertrude, daughter of Barr and Sadie McDowell, aged 1 year, 2 months and 20 days, died Tuesday about noon. The funeral will take place from her parents' residence, near the Pennsylvania railroad company's reservoir, in Logan township, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Postal Clerk J. L. Benedict, of Howard avenue, who has been confined to the house for the last three weeks with ulcerated sore throat in its worst form, and who was on the eve of recovery was, on Sunday, attacked with inflammatory rheumatism and has been confined to his bed since, suffering intensely.
Mr. Archy McIntosh, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Newry, died at his home between that place and Puzzletown on Sunday, aged 85 years. He was an uncle of Mr. George McIntosh, of Seventeenth street, this city. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Newry on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Samuel Gathers has resigned the foremanship of car inspectors in the Altoona yard, a position he has held for more than twenty years. Mr. Gathers severs his connection with the company for the purpose of engaging in business on his own account. We trust he shall succeed in his new enterprise.
A log dwelling house on the farm of Charles Williams, about a mile north of Schellsburg, was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. There was no one living in the house at the time, Andrew Feicht, the tenant, having removed from the place a short time before. It is thought the fire was of incendiary origin.
On Saturday Mr. William H. Conroy, of Twentieth street and Third avenue, brought to the TRIBUNE office a curiosity in the shape of a large hen egg. It measures 8 inches from one end to the other, is 6 inches around, and weighs 3 ounces. The hen that has the honor of laying it is a large one, weighing seven pound.
Branch No. 30, of this city, is prospering. Thirty-five members have been initiated since January 1 last, and the branch has now 261 active members. The following have been elected delegates to the Allentown convention: James N. Green, delegate at large; delegates, John F. Storm, J. T. Dougherty and John Wantz.
Edward McCabe, father of the young lad who died a few days ago from tetanus, caused by a toy pistol wound on the hand, has renewed the suit brought previous to the boy's death against Philip Custeed, the merchant who sold the pistol. The first was settled in some way, but the boy's death seems to have impelled the father to enforce the law to the full extent.
Mrs. William M. Jones, the estimable wife of one of Ebensburg's citizens, met a serious accident Thursday afternoon. While crossing the back porch she missed her footing, and was thrown over the edge her head striking the steps. The result was the cutting of a large gash in her head. Although the unfortunate lady lost a large quantity of blood and is greatly prostrated by the shock, the attending physician apprehends no bad results.
The new Catholic congregation at Lilly's Station starts under favorable auspices and with a large membership. At the first mass in the new church - St. Peter's - on Tuesday there were six hundred persons present. Rev. Father Davin, of the Summit, was the celebrant. The church will prove a great convenience to a large number of people residing in and near Lilly's, and there is every probability that in a short time the congregation will be one of the most prosperous in the county.
A pleasant and interesting event occurred on Monday evening at the boarding house of Mrs. Henry, 1119 Eleventh avenue. Mr. F. A. Musser, well and favorably known in Altoona as agent for a prominent Philadelphia firm, was joined in the holy bonds of wedlock with Mrs. Emma Henry, of Baltimore, who has been conducting the above boarding house for the past few months. Rev. J. W. Deshong was the officiating clergyman. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Elmer Hewitt, recently deceased. The happy couple have the best wishes of a host of friends in this city.
Additional Facts About the Stabbing of Dr. Bigham and His Son.
We have already referred to the stabbing of Dr. A. W. Bigham and his son John at Alfordsville, Indiana, which occurred Friday week. Thursday we were shown a letter written at Alfordsville, the day after the occurrence, by Hayden Bigham, a brother of the doctor, and addressed to Father Bigham, of New Brighton, another brother. Hayden, who is an editor on the Indianapolis Sentinel and a resident of Indianapolis, was informed by telegraph of the affray and went to Alfordsville immediately. He found his nephew, John Bigham, aged 17 years, a corpse, and his brother, Dr. A. W. Bigham, lying very low with three stabs, two in his side and one in his face, both having been cut by a young man named James Gould, a nephew by marriage of Dr. Bigham and a full cousin of his children. The doctor's eldest two boys, Orville and John, aged 19 and 17 years, respectively, were engaged in a boys quarrel with a young man named Walls when their father interfered and sent his sons home. About this time Gould came out of a store near by, and after using harsh words about the doctor and his boys attacked the former with a knife. The young boy, John, seeing his father attacked returned and running between them received cuts from which he died almost instantly. Gould walked to a justice's office and gave himself up. The doctor was carried to his home, where at last accounts he was hovering between life and death, though there are some chances of recovery. The parents and brothers of Dr. Bigham who live in this city received no additional intelligence yet, and it is supposed on that account that no unfavorable change has taken place in the patient's condition.
An Altoona Lady Dies In Johnstown.
At half past 12 o'clock Tuesday morning Mrs. Mary Jane Ruggles, of this city, died at the Mansion house, in Johnstown, of pneumonia, after an illness of but a few days. The deceased was a widow, her husband having died in the army during the war, and it had been her custom to spend a few months of each year, recently, with Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker, of Johnstown, who were her friends, and to whom she was very much attached. She went there last September and had enjoyed good health up to within a short time of her death. Her daughter, the wife of Mr. C. J. Luckett, a conductor on the Pennsylvania railroad, arrived on Sunday from Altoona and was by her mother's bedside when she breathed her last. Mrs. Ruggles would have been 45 years of age on Friday next. She leaves but one child. Sometime ago her son was killed on the railroad. The remains were brought to this city on the mail train Tuesday and conveyed to the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. C. J. Luckett, No. 1910 Tenth avenue, from where the funeral took place.
Cut In Two on the Bells Gap Railroad.
Harry Imler, a brakeman on the Bell's Gap railroad, was run over and instantly killed in the railroad yard at Bellwood about half past 8 o'clock Tuesday evening. He was employed in Conductor McCauley's crew, and at the time stated he was dropping six cars loaded with coal down the yard when they got beyond his control and were going at a high rate of speed. While attempting to apply the brakes he fell between the cars and was run over by the last two. He was cut in two across the abdomen and both feet were cut off at the ankle. The victim of the accident was aged 22 years and was unmarried. He resided with his father, Conrad Imler, a Dunkard preacher, about one mile from Bell's Mills. Justice Gheer, of Bell's Mills, took charge of the remains and will hold an inquest. The unfortunate victim is described as a quiet and industrious young man of correct habits.
A Hard Working Court.
During the quarter of the present year just ending the courts of Blair county have been in session twenty-nine days, exclusive of the time devoted to judicial work by the associate judges, and there are eighty cases down for trial at the April term. Judge Dean is employed constantly, in trying causes in the three counties now constituting this judicial district, and is scarcely able to keep up with the work. At the rate Blair county is increasing in population it will not be a great while until the courts of the county will have to remain in session one-half of the year. In view of these facts the idea of attaching Huntingdon to this county for judicial purposes, as proposed by the house apportionment bill, seems preposterous and absurd. Our representatives should throw every obstacle in the way of this unreasonable apportionment bill.
Reception of a New Pastor.
The members of the Eighth Avenue Methodist Episcopal church received their newly-appointed pastor, Rev. George Leidy, on Wednesday evening at their church, in large numbers, and were quite hearty in their expressions of welcome. The ladies of the parsonage committee, assisted by some of the gentlemen, had thoroughly repaired the parsonage with furniture, making it look fresh and home-like, and knowing the expected time of arrival, had prepared a very substantial and palatable supper, which was in readiness for the family when they came. Mr. Leidy comes to our city recommended as an excellent pastor and preacher, and we bespeak for him the earnest co-operation of his large congregation.
The annual meeting of the Altoona Fairview cemetery association was held in the mayor's office Monday evening. The secretary's report was read and approved, showing the finances of the association to be in a healthy condition. The following persons were elected officers to serve for the ensuing year: President, A. F. Heess; vice presidents, H. C. Dern, A. H. Maxwell; secretary, A. Clabaugh; treasurer, A. Kipple; trustees, John M. Campbell, John Louden, John W. Smith, Solomon Boyer, H. L. Nicholson, Jacob Wagner, Solomon F. Ramey, D. G. Weidell. A vote of thanks was tendered the mayor for the use of his office.
OUR CITY FATHERS.
The last meeting of the old council was held Monday, beginning at 9 o'clock a. m., President Molloy in the chair. The following members answered to their names at roll call: Messrs. Fagan, H. Geesey, W. Geesey, Griffith, Kiefer, McKiernan, Metcalf, Miller, Rhine, Taylor, Yon and Molloy, president. After the minutes of the preceding regular session had been read and approved President Molloy rose to a personal explanation. He said that his decision ruling out of order the minority report on the Seabrook investigation had been dictated not by personal feeling but in obedience to parliamentary law. He believed he was right at the time, he believed so yet, notwithstanding outside opinions. Any presiding officer in his position would have done the same thing. When the majority report was presented there was no sign from the minority that they intended to submit another report. They should either have presented their report at that time or given notice of their intention to do so and asked for time to prepare it. As they did nothing of the sort they were barred by law from submitting a report to suit their own convenience. Mr. Molloy repeated that he had nothing to regret; he had but done his duty.
Mr. McKiernan read a quotation from Matthias manual to corroborate the president's position. And then that matter was permitted to go to sleep forever.
Unfinished business being in order the secretary read the ordinance providing for the appointment of four tax collectors and defining their duties. Mr. McKiernan said the ordinance had been modified to meet certain objections. It was adopted by an almost unanimous vote, President Molloy being alone in his opposition to it.
The committee on claims and damages reported that Mrs. Clossin, who had a limb broken by a fall on a defective board walk, wanted $5,000 damages. The committee didn't feel authorized to settle with the lady on such a basis and recommended that her claim be referred to the city solicitor. It was so referred.
There being no further business on motion of Mr. Davis council adjourned sine die.
ORGANIZATION OF THE NEW COUNCIL.
Immediately after the adjournment of the old council Secretary Heinsling seized the gavel and announced that the time had come for the organization of the new council and that the first thing in order was the election of a temporary president and a temporary secretary. Thomas Miller, of the Sixth ward, was unanimously chosen temporary president and by a like vote H. T. Heinsling, esq., was selected to act as temporary secretary. The credentials of the eight members elect were called for and all presented promptly save Mr. Robertson's, that gentleman having left his at home. Mr. McKiernan said it was a notorious fact that Mr. Robertson had been elected, and moved that he be sworn in with the other members elect. The motion was unanimously agreed to. Mayor Howard then appeared and administered the oath of office to the new members after which they took their seats. The roll was called and the following councilmen answered to their names: F. M. Davis, Joseph Davis, Fagan, Fields, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, McKiernan, Miller, Molloy, Rhine, Robertson, Smith, Turner and Yon - 16.
The election of a permanent president being in order Mr. Griffith nominated Joseph Davis, of the Second ward and Mr. Molloy nominated Thomas McKiernan, of the Fourth ward. The vote was as follows:
For Mr. Davis - Messrs. Fields, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, McKiernan, Miller, Robertson, Turner and Yon - 10.
For Mr. McKiernan - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fagan, Molloy, Rhine and Smith - 5.
Not voting - Joseph Davis.
Mr. Davis having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared elected president of council and the election was made unanimous. Messrs. McKiernan and Molloy were appointed to escort him to the chair. Mr. McKiernan introduced the new president in a few well chosen words and Mr. Molloy earnestly invoked for his successor the sympathy and assistance of his colleagues. Mr. Davis then delivered the following address:
I desire to thank this honorable body for honoring me with your preference, and I desire to say that as my election to this council was unsolicited, so was this mark of your confidence. I accept, therefore, the honor conferred upon me with gratitude for the confidence that it implies and with a deep sense of the responsibility it imposes. I feel most keenly my unfitness for so delicate and responsible a task, knowing how important, intricate and often embarrassing are the duties of the chair. My knowledge of parliamentary law and the rules governing a body of this kind is very limited indeed; and I feel that I shall need your constant encouragement and support, and shall rely with confidence upon your lenient judgment of any errors into which I may fall. In return be assured of my earnest purpose to administer the rules governing this council in a spirit of absolute fairness; to treat every member at all times with that courtesy and just consideration due to the representative of every ward. I hope that the official and personal relations upon which we now enter will be marked with mutual confidence and regard, and that all our obligations will be so fulfilled as to result to our honor and to the prosperity of the city. I feel with you great solicitude concerning the affairs of our city and the difficulties under which it is now struggling; but to continue to mourn, talk and quarrel over the wrongs and blunders of the past will not help the city out of its troubles and financial embarrassments; will not correct the mistakes made from which it is now suffering; will not replenish its empty treasury, nor restore to the treasury the money so unwisely and recklessly spent; but what is needed now is more harmony and less contention, honest and wiser legislation, honest and more faithful committee work, rigid economy in all the expenditures of the city; not a dollar should be spent for any improvements or repairs to our streets or avenues unless absolutely necessary until the claims against it are paid, its depreciated orders paid off and the credit of the city redeemed. I hope that we all recognize the importance of the work before us, and that we will take special pride in doing that work without jar or discord.
Remember, the citizens are looking forward with great anxiety as to the course this council will pursue; every word we utter, every vote we cast will be criticised by them and the proceedings of this council watched with greater interest and deeper concern than ever before. Let it not be said of council that we belonged to certain rings; that we belonged to certain cliques; that we were bound to certain pledges; that we yielded to certain influences for personal gain and aggrandizements; but rather let it be said that we were honest, wise and faithful servants, true to our constituents, true to the obligations we have taken, and that we discharged all our duties with efficiency, dignity and fidelity.
The election of secretary being in order Messrs. H. T. Heinsling and C. T. Witherow were named. The vote resulted as follows:
For Heinsling - F. M. Davis, Fagan, McKiernan, Miller, Molloy, Rhine, Smith and Yon - 8.
For Witherow - Joseph Davis, Fields, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Robertson and Turner - 8.
There having been no choice the roll was called again with the following result:
For Heinsling - F. M. Davis, Fagan, Fields McKiernan, Miller, Molloy, Rhine, Smith and Yon - 9.
For Witherow - Joseph Davis, Griffith, Geesey, Hardman, Kiefer, Robertson and Turner - 7.
H. T. Heinsling having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared elected secretary of council and the election was made unanimous.
For the office of city solicitor Mr. Griffith nominated William M. Beyer. Mr. Fagan nominated Thomas H. Greevy. Mr. Rhine Dominated Dively & Leisenring. The roll call resulted as follows:
For Mr. Beyer - Messrs. Joseph Davis, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Turner and Yon - 8.
For Greevy - Fagan - 1.
For Dively & Leisenring - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fields, McKiernan, Molloy, Rhine, Robertson and Smith - 7.
There having been no choice a second roll call was ordered. This resulted as follows:
For Beyer - Joseph Davis, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Turner and Yon - 7.
For Greevy - F. M. Davis, Fagan, Robertson - 3.
For Dively & Leisenring - Fields, McKiernan, Miller, Molloy, Rhine and Smith - 6.
Before the result was announced Mr. McKiernan rose and changed his vote to Greevy. So did Mr. Molloy. Then Mr. Miller said he wanted to change his vote too. He would vote for Beyer. Messrs. Fields and Rhine also changed to Greevy and the vote as announced stood:
For Beyer - Messrs. Davis, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Turner and Yon - 8.
For Greevy - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fagan, Fields, McKiernan, Molloy, Robertson and Rhine - 7.
For Dively & Leisenring-Smith - 1.
There was no choice and the roll was called again with the following result:
For Beyer - Messrs. Joseph Davis, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Robertson, Turner and Yon - 9.
For Greevy - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fagan, Fields and Molloy - 4.
For Dively & Leisenring - Messrs. McKiernan, Rhine and Smith - 3.
W. M. Beyer, esq., having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly elected city solicitor.
The election of a city engineer being next in order Mr. Miller nominated W. C. MacDonald for that office. Mr. McKiernan introduced a resolution postponing the election of city engineer for the present. He supported his resolution by saying that it was likely the Pennsylvania railroad company would consent to take the reservoir off the hands of the city and complete it, in which event the company would like to know something about the present state of the work. And who could so well give this information as Mr. Seabrook? Messrs. Miller and Turner argued in favor of electing the engineer at once. The yeas and nays were called on Mr. McKiernan's resolution and were as follows:
Yeas - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fagan, Fields, McKiernan, Molloy, Rhine, Smith and Joseph Davis - 8.
Nays - Messrs. Griffith, Geesey, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Robertson, Turner and Yon - 8.
So the resolution was not agreed to.
Mr. Miller renewed the nomination of W. C. MacDonald and Mr. McKiernan nominated Thomas Seabrook.
The vote resulted as follows:
For MacDonald - Joseph Davis, Fields, Geesey, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Robertson, Turner and Yon - 10.
For Seabrook - Messrs. Fagan, McKiernan, Molloy, Rhine and Smith - 5.
For Gwin - F. M. Davis.
W. C. MacDonald was declared elected city engineer.
For street commissioner Mr. Hardman nominated C. N. Atkinson and Mr. Turner nominated Sampson Taylor. Mr. Taylor said he didn't want the office and wanted to have his name withdrawn, but the president directed the roll call to proceed and it did, with the following result:
For Atkinson - Messrs. Fagan, Fields, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, Miller, Rhine, Robertson, Smith, Yon and Joseph Davis - 11.
For Taylor - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Geesey, McKiernan, Molloy and Turner - 5.
C. N. Atkinson having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared elected street commissioner.
Mr. Molloy nominated John A. Baer for water superintendent. There being no other nominations the secretary, by direction of council, cast the ballot of the body for Mr. Baer.
Next in order was the election of a special officer to enforce ordinance No. 40. Mr. Molloy nominated James Allen, Mr. F. M. Davis nominated George D. Randolph, Mr. Turner nominated George M. Metz and Mr. Robertson nominated Michael Sharkey. At the conclusion of the roll call this is the way it looked:
For Allen - Messrs. Fagan, Griffith, Hardman, Kiefer, McKiernan, Miller, Molloy, Rhine, Smith, Yon and Joseph Davis - 10.
For Randolph - Messrs. F. M. Davis, Fields and Geesey - 3.
For Metz - Mr. Turner - 1.
For Sharkey - Mr. Robertson - 1.
And so Special Officer Allen was re-elected.
It was decided to elect four policemen - as now - and the several candidates having been named the roll was called resulting in the election of the old force - McFeeley, Dotzler, Fettinger and Kimmell.
On motion of F. M. Davis council then adjourned until 7.30 p. m.
A Shop Foreman Resigns.
Mr. James E. Curry, foreman of the brass department of the Altoona lathe shop, has resigned his position with the intention of embarking in the retail boot and shoe business on the east side. Mr. Curry is one of the oldest employes of the Altoona machine shop, and one of the most respected. We trust he shall meet with the success he deserves in the shoe business. Mr. Howard McCormick has been promoted to the position made vacant by Mr. Curry's resignation. Mr. McCormick has been employed in the lathe department for a long time, is highly respected and in every way qualified for the position.
Changes in Teachers.
At a meeting of the school board on Monday evening week the resignation of S. G. Rupert, teacher of the first grammar school, Fifth ward, was presented and accepted. David Williams, who has been teacher of the Allegheny grammar school, was chosen to fill the vacancy. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the Indiana county normal school and is a teacher of approved ability. At the same meeting the resignation of Mr. Kinsel, teacher of the first intermediate, Eighth ward, was also presented and accepted, and a gentleman named Brown elected to fill the vacancy.
An Altoonan Murdered in Mexico.
On Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. Eclaris Thomas, who reside at the corner of Ninth street and Chestnut avenue, received a telegraphic despatch informing them that their son, James L. Thomas, had been murdered at Rodrigues, Mexico, a station on the Mexican National construction company's road. No particulars are given. The victim was 32 years of age and was unmarried. He learned telegraph operating in the railroad office in this city and during the centennial he was employed in Philadelphia. Afterwards he worked as a telegrapher at Erie, Pa., from which place he went to Texas and entered the service of the Mexican construction company. For a long time he was located at Laredo, Texas, but on November 23, 1882, he was appointed passenger and freight agent at Rodrigues, Mexico, which position he was filling when he was murdered. His family have no idea what led to his death, unless the object was to rob him, as he had considerable money. He was a young man of excellent qualities and greatly respected by every person in Altoona who knew him. His only brother, Harry W., is employed in New York state. The date of his death is not yet known, the announcement being very brief, and accompanied with an inquiry as to what should be done with his remains. His family have directed that they shall be buried there.
Powder Explosion at Bennington.
We are indebted to a correspondent at Bennington for the particulars which follow: A terrific explosion occurred at Wood, Morrell & Co.'s store at Bennington furnace on Monday evening at about 8.45 o'clock. Persons living in the vicinity of the store were decidedly alarmed by the jar produced by the explosion, and all were eager to ascertain the cause. In some mysterious manner a keg of powder containing some twelve pounds exploded, tearing the shelving, bursting loose a part of the siding of the room, shattering the glass from the windows and scattering the goods promiscuously around. Strange to say, the clerks, who were all in the room at the time, three of them being within eight or ten feet of where the explosion took place, all escaped injury with the exception of Mr. J. C. Cunningham, who was struck on the side of the face and neck. We are glad to know, however, that he was about on Tuesday morning helping to clear away the wreck caused by the explosion. The store had been closed for the night about three quarters of an hour previous to the explosion, which was probably a fortunate thing, as there had been quite a crowd in the room. Nobody seems to know what caused the powder to go off so unceremoniously. We have not learned the extent of the damage.
Isaac Switzer, a Polish Jew pack peddler, left his home in this city five months ago and has not been heard from since a few days after his departure. Then he was traveling in Clearfield and Centre counties, and had been in Bellefonte and Snow Shoe. He talks English imperfectly, is about five feet ten inches tall, heavy built, and wore no beard, and is about 24 years of age. His wife and one child live on Sixteenth street and Ninth avenue. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his distressed wife. We hope our exchanges will give this circulation.
WILSON - MAIZE. On the 28th Inst., by Rev. George Warren, Mr. Joseph Wilson to Miss Roxie Maize, both of Altoona.
DICK - GITTLEMAN. - On the 29th inst., by Rev. Isaac Heckman, at the bride's home, Ore Hill, William Dick and Laura D. Gittleman.
DICK - HALE. - Also by the same and at the same place (by Rev. Isaac Heckman, at Ore Hill), Frederick Dick to Hannah L. Hale, on the 25th inst.
REED - ANDERSON. - At the residence of the bride's father on Thursday, March 22, 1883, by Rev. W. A. Clippinger, Mr. James Reed, of Canoe Creek. Blair county, and Miss Jennie Anderson, of Petersburg.
The newly married pair will take up their residence in this city and the TRIBUNE confidently expects, as it visits them from day to day to find their home the chosen abode of love and happiness and sweet content. May their life journey be always through pleasant ways.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, April 5, 1883, page 3
A man, like a wolf, is most dangerous when he feels sheepish.
As soon as the supply of snow gives out April showers will be in order.
Harry Ingram the other day sold a chicken raised by his father that weighed eleven pounds and four ounces.
The wife of Isaac Hess, a bar mill roller at the Duncansville rolling mill, died a few days ago at Berwick, Pa.
James L. Thomas, who was recently murdered in Mexico, was a nephew of Mrs. Colonel William Stone, of Gaysport.
Little Willie, son of Rev. H. F. King, who has been ill with whooping cough, we are happy to state is now convalescing.
Seven out of eight witnesses who recently testified to and signed the papers of an applicant for a pension, signed their names with an X.
Daniel, son of Farmer John Delozier, who has been a sufferer all winter with no hopes of recovery, we are glad to note is improving rapidly.
Prothonotary Geesey moves to the residence on Union street, opposite the court house, just vacated by Mrs. Ruth Rea, who has moved to East End Pittsburgh.
Mr. John Lowe has a little Leghorn hen that can discount the Tyrone scribe's hen and not half try. She lays eggs six inches in circumference and don't even cackle over them.
The twelve sheep purchased by Wood, Morrell & Co. from Farmer Tussey, of the Loop, averaged 220 pounds, just 100 pounds each more than our former report made them.
On Sunday morning, April first, the hills were covered with three inches of snow, and the mercury marked 12 degrees above zero, which would be a respectable record for January 1.
Auditor General Lemon went down to Harrisburg on Tuesday. He was accompanied by his son, Charles Lemon, a student of Lafayette college, who was home spending his Easter vacation.
P. W. Snyder, the enterprising druggist, has added to his list of natural curiosities two live alligators, a gift from Mr. Thomas Hemphill, who is at present exploring the St. John's river in Florida.
Frankstown township still leads the world. A Loop farmer on Thursday last discovered a live grasshopper sitting on a snow drift singing "Katy did" as complacently as when the harvest moons are gently shining.
It is the little things that worry us. Three or four boys playing marbles in front of the office will keep a man in perfect misery, while twice the number of big girls playing the same game would only make him smile.
The poor man who finds it a difficult problem to make both ends meet might find solace in the remark of an old gentleman who said: "I have eaten and drank about ten wagon loads more than was good for me in the last fifty years."
At the annual commencement of the Jefferson medical college the degree of doctor of medicine was conferred on H. Hale Brotherlin, of this town. Hale was a student under Dr. Roller, and is a young gentleman who will make his mark.
A gentleman who has been there, and who is a first-class observer of men and things thinks the Roanoke bubble will soon burst. It is easier to purchase lots there now than it is to pay the improvement taxes that have been assessed on them.
Common soda is excellent for scouring tin, as it will not scratch, and by a little rubbing makes the tin look like new. Apply with a piece of moistened TRIBUNE and polish with a dry piece of the same, and you will never want or use any better polish.
Martin Bell, esq., has taken up his quarters in the office lately occupied by J. I. Brotherlin, deceased, while Lawyer J. M. Kyle has gone in with Burgess Lowry, just across the street, and Dr. C. Irvin has taken the office vacated by Mr. Kyle in the McFarland building.
The funny man of the Standard after saying that Hollidaysburg and Gaysport had each saddle and harness makers named G. Lang exclaims "G- lang." He should have added, "O Shaw," as that is the name of another saddler and harness maker doing business at the bridge.
On Sunday Masters John and Sam Lemon, the interesting twin boys, sons of Auditor General Lemon, celebrated their tenth birth-day. It may be many years before they can again enjoy the sport of snowballing each other on their birth-day like they could do on their tenth.
We have it from good authority that the Johnstown company have concluded to abandon the use of Blair county iron ores. The reasons given is that Lake Superior ore yields so much more iron that they find it largely to their advantage to abandon the home ores, particularly, the Henrietta ores. This is not pleasant news, as the mining of ores is one of our principal industries.
On Saturday Mr. James Malone, superintendent of the gas works, while walking along Newry street, captured on the wing a live butterfly, one of the pale yellow kind, that produces the cabbage worm. Although the delicate winged insect had ventured out thus early in the season it was able to wing its way over the "beautiful snow" that covered the ground.
Officers elect of Hollidaysburg lodge No. 119, Independent order of Odd Fellows: John W. Mentzer, N. G.; A. J. McKee, V. G.; L. Leedom, secretary for one year; J. Frank Mentzer, assistant secretary; Dr. J. R. Humes, treasurer; H. L. Bunker, G. W. Sellers, James H. Bell, trustees. For district deputy grand master H. L. Bunker had 16 votes and J. D. Hicks 1 vote.
On the morning of the first day of April Mr. C. D. Bowers arose from his little bed looked out of the window and seeing old winter still flopping all over the lap of spring exclaimed, "now is the winter of my discontent." His little daughter Gertie not yet 5 years of age, pepped out from under the bed covers and added, "Because you has no money to pay the rent." Smart Gertie.
William Vanalman, a well-known farmer in Taylor township, informs us he has a rooster that has been hatching on a nest of eleven eggs for the last two weeks, as contentedly and faithfully as any well- disposed hen could or would do under like circumstances. The neighbors are all interested in the new incubator and are anxiously waiting for the shell to crack and the chick to step out to interview their masculine mother and feminine father. This remarkable fowl is a cross of the Pine Partridge and Buff Cochins.
Mr. David H. Carls, one of the Blair county boys that went to Huntington, West Virginia, has returned to stay, fully satisfied all that glitters is not gold, and the chances for getting the genuine is about as good in little Blair county as in any other part of the country. The same train also brought back three other young gentlemen who but recently departed from our town for Roanoke, Va., expecting to make their fortune. They soon got "malade du pays" as the French call it, and were glad to get back to the dear old home.
About 4 o'clock on Saturday morning a vacant house in Duncansville, owned by Adam Mathews, was set on fire, but fortunately the fire was discovered by neighbors and put out before doing much damage to the building. That the fire was incendiary there can be no doubt, and although there may not be any positive proof for the assertion there are persons who boldly name the incendiary and the object he had for applying the match. The damage done is about $20. The loss is fully covered by insurance.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hancuff, who died at the residence of her son, John Hancuff, near Gallitzin, on Wednesday last, and was buried in the Presbyterian graveyard at this place on Saturday last, was a resident of the Beaver dams, Frankstown township, for many years, and was a lady having superior general knowledge and conversational powers; also, possessing a kindness of heart that made her loved and respected by all. The stranger never passed Mrs. Hancuff's house hungry. She died as she had always lived - a Christian woman. At the good old age of 78 years, 3 months and 5 days she laid down the cross to take up the crown.
Rev. J. B. Shaver, the able pastor of the Hollidaysburg Methodist Episcopal church with his estimable family left Thursday for his new field of labor. During his pastorate here he has not only earned, but has received and takes with him the respect and well wishes of all our best citizens without regard to sect or creeds. By his labor and zeal he has reared a monument to his memory in the shape of a magnificent new and large church building that will in years to come stand as a memorial of the faithful manner he has fulfilled the trust commended to his keeping. While all regret that duty calls him to a new field of labor he can feel strengthened by the assurance that the prayers and best wishes of all our people will go with him.
Matthew Murray, esq., who has spent several months in Altoona at "house decorating," has come back to his old love, Hollidaysburg, and speaks in most complimentary terms of the kind treatment he received by all during his stay in the city. If we wore not perfectly satisfied that Mr. Murray was a confirmed "bach" whose heart is impregnable we might suspect a sweet singer had made an impression, if not actually captured the fort. We must therefore attribute the favorable impression and the enthusiastic praise lavished on the young lady from Pittsburgh who sang in St. Luke's church to be purely a deserved compliment to the lady who has by her sweet voice charmed thousands who have had the pleasure of hearing her sing.
The new borough council, Messrs. C. Howard Porter, John W. Bracken, John H. Law, Dr. G. W. Smith, G. W. Deal and William P. Smith, met in the council chamber on Monday evening. Burgess C. Garber Lowry presided and called the meeting to order, after which the old incumbents were all reappointed for another year, viz: Solicitor and treasurer, A. S. Landis, esq.; secretary, G. A. Dobyne, esq.; high constable, Thomas Wood; water superintendent, C. A. McFarland; collector of taxes, Jones Rollins; chief of fire department, John W. Goodfellow. The following are the committees as appointed: On streets, Messrs. Porter, Bracken and Law; on supplies, Messrs. Porter and W. P. Smith; on water, Messrs. G. W. Smith, W. P. Smith and J. W. Bracken. Complaints were entered against the old building nuisance on borough property, but no action was taken to have them removed.
The never-failing stream of pure mountain spring water that meanders through what is known as the Beaver dams, in the extreme lower end of Frankstown township, if stocked with trout, would soon become one of the most desirable trout streams in this section of the state. The valley through which the stream winds is narrow, a wild tangle of wood-lands hemmed in on all sides by high mountains covered with a second growth of timber, the original forest having been cut down and made into charcoal years ago. The stream is as pure as nature can make it and will never be contaminated by the debris from saw mills or the poisonous waters from coal mines, and is so isolated that pot fishers would not be likely to prove troublesome. In winter it is good hunting ground for bear, deer, turkey and pheasant; in summer a charming camping ground for fishermen. The wonder is that some enterprising club has not pre-empted this desirable camping ground years ago.
FIRST OF APRIL CHANGES.
Our losses - J. Wilson Allen and family move to Orbisonia, Huntingdon county; Rev. J. B. Shaver moves to Curwensville, Clearfield county; Alexander Rutledge moves to Williamsburg, Blair county; George M. Metz and George Barr move to Altoona.
Our Gains. - Mr. Hoopes, from Lancaster, and Rev. J. E. Bell, from Duncannon, to Hollidaysburg; Messrs. J. Deter, from Williamsburg, Westley Robinson, from Duncansville, and George Lang from Duncansville to Gaysport.
Short Flits. - Isaac C. Houck from Wayne to Spruce street; James Condron from Montgomery to Penn street; C. D. Bowers from Walnut to Wayne street; Mrs. I. F. Beamer from Walnut to Walnut street; Miss Ida Hildebrand from Allegheny to Allegheny street; James R. Stewart from Allegheny to Allegheny street; John Denniston from Mulberry to Allegheny street; C. N. Reed from Walnut to Front street; Mrs. Campbell from Gaysport to Walnut street.
Items and Things as seen by Our Correspondent.
Chicken-pox is now troubling the little people in this section.
Mr. John Grazier fills the bill to a fraction in the freight depot.
Guy, a son of Mr. C. W. Colony, is lying quite ill from an attack of pneumonia.
Jennie, a daughter of Mr. W. T. Henderson, is suffering intense pain from erysipelas fever.
F. A. Harris has been appointed agent for the Norwich union fire association, of England.
Two children of Mr. John Eyer, a farmer living near town, are suffering from pneumonia.
An egg laid by a brown leghorn hen, owned by the writer, measures 2 1/8 inches in diameter.
Loaded cars on the Tyrone and Clearfield road are averaging 540 per day, and all trains are making good time.
If all the applications for tavern license are granted we will have the coming year, eight, one more than last year.
Friday's snow was not allowed to come and go without the jingle of the merry sleigh. Cutters were trump.
The attendance at some of the schools of Huntingdon county has been reduced in some instances to from 40 to 4. Measles is the cause.
Rev. Elisha Butler, we are sorry to state is dangerously ill, and with his advanced age, his recovery is quite doubtful. He is in his 85th year.
The number of trips on the coach line between here and Birmingham has been reduced from six to four, and the fare has been doubled.
The mite society of the English Lutheran church have decided to hold a festival about May 15th. This will probably be the first of the season.
Bills were posted yesterday for Robison's circus and menagerie which, according to date of bills, will visit Tyrone on July 23. Somewhat previous.
A man named Elder had his arm mashed at Osceola Thursday while engaged in coupling cars. He is a married man with a family of several children.
Mr. John Sample accidentally fell from an engine a night or two ago in the round house, receiving painful cuts and bruises. He now walks with a cane.
On Thursday evening, at the residence of Mr. David Bauer, Mr. Martin Herzog, and Miss Louisa Bauer were united in marriage by Rev. M. F. Laufer. Congratulations.
Emery Quinn, engineer on the locomotive that was wrecked on the Houtzdale branch, received slight injuries. He is feeling very sore from the general shaking up.
Mr. Joshua R. Cox, formerly engineer on the Clearfield branch, is now knight of the throttle on the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago railroad, with headquarters at Fort Wayne.
With a view to building a new church edifice in the near future which will amply accommodate the large congregation, the Methodist congregation has purchased the lot of ground, 60 x 90 feet, at the corner of Logan and Allegheny streets, for the sum of $2,600.
Monday morning last Mr. Wm. Minary was promoted from brakesman to extra baggagemaster on the Tyrone division. B - oh, we started to say Billy but bethought ourselves in time - William is a good, industrious boy, and will make an efficient baggagemaster. Success.
Sunday the Presbyterian Sunday school celebrated the twenty-fourth anniversary of the school with interesting and appropriate exercises. Addresses were delivered by Dr. Moore, Hon. S. McCamant, S. S. Blair and C. J. Kegel. The singing was fine, especially that rendered by the little folks.
Many of our oldest citizens remark that there was more moving done Monday, than has been known to have taken place on any one day in the history of our town. About 9 o'clock the streets were literally lined with wagons loading and unloading household effects.
Chief Burgess Cutler returned on Tuesday evening from the east bringing with him two fine lively specimens of Florida alligators. They are eleven to twelve inches in length and have been the observed of many of the curious since arriving. Mr. Cutler expects to erect an aquarium in which these queer-looking, amphibious animals will be placed.
It requires but a glance over the catalogue of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school library to satisfy any one of the great care and pains taken up ridding it of volumes containing stories and tales of sickening romance and wishy washy sentimentalism, for which selection the committee deserves to be congratulated.
Wednesday Mr. D. A. Smith, received his deed transferring to him the right and title of the farm recently bought in Antis township, lying about two miles west of Bell's mills, formerly owned by his father, George A. Smith, deceased, for the sum of $3,000. The part of the farm with the buildings thereon was purchased by Mr. Blair Smith. There are also improvements on D. A. Smith's portion.
The wreck at Houtzdale on Monday was caused by the train running over a cow, which threw the engine from the track and down the bank, crashing into the kitchen of the Centennial hotel kept by Mr. George Wooden. Quite a commotion was caused, it being about noon, and the guests of the hotel were at dinner. The damage to the house is considerable, including the knocking down of the flue, and demoralizing things generally.
Mrs. Richardson, relict of Isaac Richardson, who died Friday evening at 5 o'clock at her home in Birmingham, at the age of 75 years, was buried in the burying ground back of her home at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Dever of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she had long been a member. She was a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Burley, of Altoona whose death occurred in January. A nephew named Robert Richardson, who several years ago lost both legs in a railroad accident, made his home with her. She died from old age.
At 2 o'clock Monday afternoon the old council met and transacted the business yet claiming their consideration and adjourned, after which the new borough dads took the oath of office. Chief Burgess H. W. Cutler was made president of council, and Dr. E. O M. Haberacker was unanimously elected secretary having no opposition, as was J. D. Hicks, esq., made borough solicitor. C. J. Kegel was elected treasurer, W. W. Hicks, constable was sworn in as chief of police, H. V. Boecking borough surveyor, and David Irvin lamp lighter. Mr. George W. Harder, of the Neptune fire company was elected chief of the fire department, with John Igou, W. L. Study, Adam Estricker, and J. D. Hicks, assistants. R. V. Stewart was elected collector of borough taxes.
A large crowd of people collected at the station Tuesday evening anxious to see, perhaps for the last time, friends and relatives of the colony who took passage on fast line for far-off Montana. The colony is composed of men, women and children from Milesburg, Julian Furnace, Half Moon valley, and other parts of Centre county. From Sinking Valley Frank Culp, from Warriorsmark George Ribauld, and from Tyrone Mr. Russell Wertz, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Wertz, and Mr. Joseph Rickets and family. The company, which at first was to number from 150 to 200, has been increased to upward of 250. The colonists were in excellent spirits and seemed overjoyed at the thought of going in the direction of the setting sun. We hope that, unlike the dove, they may not only find rest for the soles of their feet but prosper, thrive and flourish as the green bay tree.
Last week Mr. Moore Isett, of Etna, left for Illinois, where he expects to locate.
A new colored barber arrived on last Monday. He will occupy the room under the St. Cloud hotel.
The ore firm at Morrell station, we understand, have closed down for want of sales for their material.
Ed. Craig took his departure for Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday. Mr. Sam'l Cooper, jr., starts for Illinois early this week also.
Look where you will moving and fitting meets your eye. We noticed R. L. Fluke among the number going to his new domicile.
Mr. Carl, of Altoona, moved on to the farm of Mr. Joshua Roller and Mr. Fleck, of Fostoria, to the farm of Mr. George Roller.
Diehl & Co, have their steam saw mill up and ready for logs. It is at Werts' station on Piney Creek branch. Mr. Wm. Lower has his going and reducing logs to lumber at Clover Creek.
The spire on the Presbyterian church has been examined and found wanting - wanting some new timber. It is the intention of the congregation to take immediate steps to have it made safe.
The closed drug store, formerly the property of John Straesser, has been purchased by that go-ahead man, J. R. Mateer. It is in charge of A. C. Baumgardner who is a regular graduate of pharmacy.
Mrs. E. Weaverling, daughter of Mr. Trimbath, was summoned here by telegraph to the death bed of her mother. On Saturday she received a telegram from her husband to come home at once as her mother-in-law was dead. A sorrowful situation for any one to be put in.
Our sick list foots up as follows: Suffering from pneumonia is Mrs. James Johnston, mother of our genial baggagemaster Cal. Johnston. She is reported very sick. Also suffering from the same disease, Mr. Russ Roller. Miss Mollie Ake and mother are both on the sick list but improving.
A bad practice indeed for some boy - jumping on the train as it moves away from the depot and jumping off after it gets under headway. The result will be some one killed or crippled for life and, of course, the railroad company will have to take the blame. Why don't you keep them off? It has been tried time and again. The fathers of some of them look on as though it was all right.
There were comparatively few flittings in this neighborhood on the 2d inst.
Mr. D. L. Wray's eldest son, who was quite ill with pneumonia, is convalescent.
The Rosette festival at Glasgow netted the snug sum of $96 toward procuring a church bell.
Dr. J. C. Thompson is home again feeling like a new man since the removal of his injured eye.
Albert McFarland sold two of his horses Thursday for a nice sum. "Sell, buy and raise," is the farmers' motto.
The select school taught by T. B. Hunter closed a few days ago. It is said that he will open a summer school.
A new enterprise contemplated here is the erection in South Bellwood of a planing mill by the firm of Kifer & Thompson.
Mr. John E. Bell has in operation down at the Forge a steam saw mill which is turning out goodly quantities of bill stuff.
Miss Mary Root, of Sabbath Rest, who has had several severe hemorrhages and was greatly reduced in strength, is regaining her health.
The Bellwood public school closed a very successful term of six months on April 2. Mr. Caldron is an efficient teacher and tries to do his whole duty.
Mr. Ed Fleck, of Fostoria, has moved to Williamsburg. Last spring he rented and moved on Mr. Metzger's farm and during the twelve months has made so many friends that everybody was sorry to see him go.
Mr. James McGlinsey, foreman of a division on the Pennsylvania railroad, is engaged with a gang of fifteen men in repairing the track in the yard. "Jim" understands his business and is a number one foreman.
ROARING SPRING RIPPLES.
The Junior Sons of Veterans are organizing a post at Roaring Spring. The post will be called the Geo. C. Biddle post.
Mr. W. F. Kyle, Harry King, Edward G. Cowen and Sylvester Lower are the new recruits to company C, national guard, all from Roaring Spring. Mr. Kyle was made a corporal.
Candidates for county treasurer are looming up. Roaring Spring has a whole-souled gentleman who is in every way qualified for this responsible position. He is one of the best book-keepers in the county. Mr. Lorenz is a very popular man and will make a very strong candidate. The south end of the county is entitled to a candidate and Mr. Lorenz is our man for this responsible office.
Piney Creek Items.
Snow fell to the depth of ten inches on last Friday.
The people are all pleased to get Rev. Ganoe back again.
A. J. Wilson lost a valuable cow from some unknown disease.
G. H. Mummert, teacher of the Williamsburg grammar school, ended a very successful term on Monday.
Jennie, a bright and interesting little daughter of Mr. John Brumbaugh, died on Monday last after a lingering illness.
On last Saturday evening a festival for the benefit of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school was held at Royer. Everything passed off pleasantly. Financially it was a success.
Two of our best citizens have left Piney creek, Messrs. Snyder and Shoenfelt having moved away. Messrs. Hewitt and Shultz have moved on the farms vacated by Snyder and Shoenfelt.
J. L. Keagy is now a resident of the township.
The burgess, L. W. Port, and members of town council were sworn into office at 10 a. m. on Monday.
Fouse & Brown have erected a portable steam saw mill at the southern end of town. Roll in your logs.
W. A. Nicodemus, Jacob Reed and family are now snugly domiciled at Curryville and in charge of the station at that place.
John T. Shirley and family, Christ Brown and family, Rev. Spanogle, Progressive minister, are among the newcomers in our village. To them we say welcome.
Matters around this village for the past ten days have been such that your correspondent could not come to time, and the readers of our screeds in the TRIBUNE were correspondingly put out.
During the present week Rev. King, Baptist minister, will become a resident of the village. Counting Rev. F. A. Rupley, residing just outside the borough, we now have ten resident ministers.
Isaac Metzker, an aged and respected citizen of North Woodberry township, was thrown from his buggy Tuesday and considerably bruised about the head and shoulders. The buggy was a wreck.
Rev. George Sigler and family left for their new home in Philadelphia on Thursday. His successor, Elder Shoup, took possession of the parsonage on Friday and preached his introductory sermon Sunday evening to an interesting and anxious congregation.
"Would I were a boy again." Well, sir, your correspondent was a boy again on Easter last. We colored lots of eggs, and with pockets full we went forth to pick for keep with the urchins of the village and a jolly good time we had. We lost and won and were happy.
Doctor J. H. Shout and wife, nee Annie Bloom, of Los Vegas, New Mexico, are visiting the home of the latter's friends and scenes of childhood's happy days. The doctor is an affable, social gentleman and Annie is as pleasant and agreeable as heretofore and looking just splendid.
Since our last item two of the township most respected citizens passed away to reap their final reward; Mrs. C. B. Stoner and Fred. P. Hoover. The former, an affectionate mother, and kind neighbor, passed away in the prime of life. The latter was a respected man and old citizen, both leaving a large connection of relatives and friends to mourn the loss.
The National hotel is no more. During the past few days it has been supplemented by the Keagy house, and remodeled and refitted with bran new furniture, &c., &c., from top to bottom, so that now there is not a more complete nor better furnished house in the county. The proprietor, G. W. Hagey, requests us to say to the boys of this village that they will not be allowed to hang or loaf round the premises.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, April 5, 1883, page 4
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