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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Thursday, January 3, 1884


Killed on the Road.


From Thursday's Johnstown Tribune: "Charles Rightenour and John L. Womer left Morrellville together this morning and walked up the Pennsylvania railroad track toward town. They were about half way across the iron bridge west of the station, and were walking on the plank between the tracks, when the New York and Chicago limited express was heard approaching by Mr. Womer, who turned to Mr. Rightenour, he being immediately in the rear, and exclaimed: "Look out, there comes a train!" He then stepped from the plank to the north track, and the train came dashing along onto the bridge. He was about to turn around to look after his companion when, to his horror, the man's body flew past him and fell a few feet ahead, partly resting on the plank walk and partly on the ties of the north track. The train rushed on past, but stopped at the tower and backed to where the man was lying. In the meantime Mr. Womer and some men who were near by, and whom he had called, examined Mr. Rightenour's body and found that life was extinct. In his head there was a frightful wound from which the brains had fallen to the stone pier of the bridge. There were also gashes on his face, and his neck was broken. The deceased was aged about thirty years. He was a widower, his wife having died some time ago, leaving two children. After her death he made his home with his mother. He was a stone mason by trade.


Wedding Bells Near Puzzletown.


Christmas was made the occasion of a very pleasant wedding which took place at the residence of Mr. David Leighty in the vicinity of Puzzletown. The couple married were Mr. William Buckel and Miss Lizzie J. Leighty, of Duncansville. The person by whom they were married was Rev. J. W. Henderson of Newry. The ceremony was performed about 12 o'clock in the presence of a large number of guests. The bride's father and mother honored their daughter by preparing a sumptuous dinner, of which the entire party partook with great enjoyment. A large number of valuable gifts were presented to the happy couple, a list of which and the names of the donors we are compelled to omit owing to a lack of space.


Description of One of Their Newly Built Stationary Engines.


One day last week in company with Mr. M. A. Green, superintendent and part owner of the Altoona car works, a reporter visited that hive of industry and was escorted through the different departments. Mr. Green has been managing these works with great success for several years, and gives personal supervision to every department, being a most thorough mechanical engineer and practical artizan. The works consist of a foundry, blacksmith shop, pattern shop, car shop, planing mill and machine shop, each department containing a full complement of skilled workmen. The works have a sufficient capacity and the facilities for building all kinds of engines and freight and coal cars. The summer cars used by the Altoona street railway company were designed by Mr. Green and built at these shops. Mr. Green called our attention to a stationary engine just completed for the Hollidaysburg iron and nail company, to be used at the nail factory. It is a fine specimen of mechanical skill and deserves more than a passing notice, though we are informed that some engines of nearly the same pattern and probably as perfect have been turned out of these works during the last couple of years. The one to which we refer was designed by Mr. Green and is a 16 x 24 inch engine. He guarantees that it will make 150 revolutions per minute and will give not less than 120 horsepower with 80 pounds boiler pressure to the square inch. The engraving given above is a fair representation of the style of engines built at the works, several of which are in use in the surrounding county and giving entire satisfaction. Mr. Green gave us a description of these engines. The engraving conveys an idea of the massiveness of the bed. It will be noticed as a point of prime importance in high speed engines that a large amount of metal is put about the centre line of the engine, thus transmitting the strain from the cylinder to the bearing in a straight line. It is claimed that this increases the durability and strength and consequently economy of wear, also relieving the engine from the powerful and unequal leverage. The ground plan of the bed is rectangular and the spread upon the foundation very broad. The pillow block is cast to and made a part of the bed, so that any give or variation is entirely obviated. The cylinder end of the bed is turned off and the cylinder head is recessed in the bed and firmly bolted, so that there is no possible chance for the engine to get out of line. The main shaft is made of the best hammered iron, and all the bearings are extra large and long. The crank pin, cross head pin, piston rod, valve stem, and many of the main bolts are made of the best steel. The crank wheel is counterbalanced, which insures a smooth and equable motion so that the engine may be run at a high rate of speed without injury. The connecting rod is forged in one solid piece; each end is then slotted out and fit with brass boxes which are set up by a wedge and screw, forming a solid backing and at the same time admits of nice adjustment, and does away with straps, bolts and keys, making the rod stronger and more durable. The guides and cross-head are of the locomotive style. The piston is as light as is consistent with the strength required and is permanently fixed on the rods. It has a long bearing in the cylinder, its thickness being always one half of its diameter and is packed with two self-adjustable rings; no bolts or springs are used so it requires no attention whatever to make it perfectly safe. The ports are always the same length as the bore of the cylinder which not only enables the taking the steam quick but also gives a free exhaust and does away with the back pressure. The Waters' perfect engine governor is used; it gives a steady motion to the engine and insures safety, as in case the governor belt would part or come off the engine will stop instead of running away, causing damage and endangering the lives of workmen. Mr. Green informs us that they manufacture all sizes of stationary engines from 20-horse power to 300-horse power, and will warrant them to run from 100 to 350 revolutions per minute without knocking and without noise. He claims for them economy in steam and fuel and guarantees them in every particular.


In sending out a new engine a competent machinist is always sent along to set up, start and see that it runs in a satisfactory manner. Under the present management the works are bound to be a success, because the greatest attention is paid to every detail, and good work guaranteed. The Altoona car works, limited, are a credit to the city. We wish we had more such enterprises in our midst.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 3, 1884, page 2




The Bellefonte car works were sold on Thursday to a company composed of Bellefonte capitalists.


Mr. J. W. Curry, of this city, has been drawn as a grand juror in the United States district court for the February term.


Every citizen who is opposed to profanity should see that the boardwalk in front of his dwelling is kept clear of snow.


During a quarrel over a keg of beer Andy Bittner shot and badly wounded Paul Dien, in Johnstown on Monday night.


George, son of George and Elizabeth Heisler, aged 3 years and 3 days, died at the residence of his parents in Collinsville Saturday morning at 6 o'clock.


The store building of Mr. Ed W. Evans, in Barr township, Cambria county, was destroyed by fire with all its contents last Monday evening. The loss is not yet known.


A telegram to the city papers informs us that John Smith, of Huntingdon, was frozen to death last week. The Smith family will not become extinct on account of this lamentable affair.


Friday morning the Ensbrenner hotel and brewery property on Thirteenth avenue was disposed of at public sale by Mr. Tim Donahue, auctioneer. Martin Laubacher was the purchaser and the price paid was $10,000.


The Johnstown Tribune says: "The Altoona Morning Call has starved to death. It was edited principally in New York, and news was a little stale after being published in New York papers the previous afternoon."


The Bellwood school record showed one hundred and forty-nine scholars present before the holiday vacation; forty-seven in the grammar school, sixty-four in the intermediate and eighty-three in the primary department.


Sunday Mrs. James H. Dysart found a large caterpillar crawling on the snow on her premises. A correspondent reported a similar case a couple of days ago. The presence of caterpillars on the snow or ground at this season of the year is quite singular and needs an explanation.


Mrs. Elizabeth Edevane, wife of Mr. James Edevane, died Monday morning at the residence of her husband, on Nineteenth street and Second avenue, aged 53 years and 6 months. The deceased leaves besides her husband two sons and two daughters. The sons are in Roanoke, Va.


George W. Ehrhart, assistant foreman of the freight shops of this city under Andy Kipple, left last week for Roanoke, Virginia, where he will be foreman of the freight shops. Mr. Ehrhart has resided in this city for the last twenty-eight years. He is an excellent citizen and we are sorry to part with him.


On Sunday morning last Mr. George Ferry, of Wilmore, died at the age of 94. Being the oldest and one of the most prominent citizens of the place, the town bell was tolled ninety-four times in respect to his memory. Although he was never married until he was sixty-two years of age, he leaves two grown up children.


We recently published an item to the effect that a lady somewhere had been postmistress of her town for more than a quarter of a century, which reminds a friend that Mrs. Jane Van Tries, of Warriorsmark, has been postmistress at that place for over thirty-four years. Mrs. Van Tries is in her 85th year but enjoys vigorous health.


Mr. Samuel J. Holliday and Miss Lucy Kelly, both of this city, were united in wedlock at the residence of the bride's mother on Tuesday. Rev. W. W. Criley, pastor of the Second Lutheran church, was the officiating clergyman. We join the many friends of the happy couple in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Holliday a happy and prosperous life together.


Squire John Cox, of Johnstown, died from congestion of the lungs at 2 o'clock on Sunday morning. He was born in Ireland in 1832 and came to the United States in 1851. In 1860 he was elected a justice of the peace in Conemaugh borough, and was afterwards elected burgess of Conemaugh and coroner and treasurer of the county. He was a man of considerable character and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.


Mrs. Ann Smith, of Pittsburgh, formerly a resident of this city, has filed a bill in equity in the United States court at Pittsburgh against the Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia railroad company to restrain them from infringement upon a patent ?ark arrester, for which a patent was issued to her husband, Mr. James Smith, now deceased. At the time the patent was granted Mr. Smith was foreman of the western division round house in Altoona.


Fires on Friday.


About 2 o'clock Friday fire was discovered in the second story of the Indian Queen hotel, Ninth street above Eighth avenue, and before it was extinguished the interior of the building was almost ruined, and much damage done to the furniture contained therein. The building is owned by Mr. Philip Dempsey, and occupied and conducted as a hotel by Mr. John P. Wantz. About the time stated one of Mr. [missing text] Mr. Wantz cannot yet estimate his loss. His household effects were insured for $400 and his bar fixtures and stock $600 in the Kittanning company, represented here by ? C. Golden. The building is insured in the Phoenix of Hartford for $1,500. Mr. A. F. Kerr represents the company. This building was damaged by fire about seven years ago.


At a quarter past 11 o'clock Friday night officer Fettinger had reached Eleventh street and Eleventh avenue after having made a tour of the lower portion of the city, when he heard a cry of "fire" further up the street. He went in that direction and saw through the window a bright fire burning in the candy store at the corner of Green avenue and Eleventh street. The officer broke in the front door, but found the smoke so dense that he couldn't enter. Through the window the flames could be seen flaring up from behind the counter, and it is evident that's where it begun. In the meantime the alarm had been struck, and the Excelsior company was first on the scene and, connecting with the plug at the Opera house corner, soon had a stream on the blazing store. The steamers arrived shortly after, but the Excelsior stream had already done the work and they were not brought into service.


The building is a two-story frame one, and is owned by Mr. C. Jaggard, through there is some dispute about the ownership of the ground. The store gutted out was ?rted by a man named Thompson, who also conducts the same business on Seventeenth street near the bridge. Recently he sold out to Miss A. Deckman, who had worked in the store. She seems to be the owner at the present time. Miss Deckman left the store and went to her boarding house, Mrs. Hewitt's on Eleventh avenue, at a quarter ? 11 o'clock, the fire being discovered less than a half hour afterwards. She has insurance in companies represented by Mr. ?out, but declined to tell the reporter the amount or the names of the companies. The stock destroyed may be worth about ?00. In the room above is Mr. Goodman's photograph gallery and in the room next to the candy store Mr. George Metz conducts a cigar store. Neither of these gentlemen sustain any loss.


Death of John A. Reynolds, One of Bellwood's Prominent Citizens.


It is with feelings of sincere regret that we record the death of Mr. John A. Reynolds, which occurred at his home in Bellwood on Saturday. Mr. Reynolds had been a sufferer from consumption for the past three years, and though the assiduous disease worked slowly it could not be shaken off. The sufferer confidently hoped and bravely struggled all the while, against what to his intimate friends seemed inevitable, until the end came. The deceased was born in Danville, Montour county, thirty-three years ago and remained there until grown to manhood. He received a collegiate education, and afterwards obtained a good business training. He married Miss Hattie Deen, daughter of Mr. Perry Deen, one of Danville's most prosperous iron merchants. About five years ago Mr. Reynolds came to this county and engaged in the manufacturing of lumber near Bell's Mills. With his family he boarded at the Logan house in this city for some months and afterwards took up his permanent residence at Bellwood, his business having enabled him to erect three mills, one at Elizabeth furnace, and two at Bear Loop on the Bell's Gap road. By great perseverance and untiring labor, even when his physical condition might have disheartened a less determined man, Mr. Reynolds succeeded in building up a valuable trade. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the term, and though not a prominent figure in society, was what is better - a kind husband and father and a firm friend. He leaves a loving wife and two little daughters.


A Priest Injured in the Altoona Railroad Depot.


On second section of No. 3, Pacific express west, which arrived in this city about half-past 3 o'clock Monday afternoon Revs. James Constantine and William Geoghan, Catholic priests, were passengers, en route from New York City to their homes in Pittsburgh. When the train stopped in the depot both of the reverend gentlemen alighted from the Pullman car in which they were riding, and walked up and down the depot until the train started. In attempting to board the car again Rev. Father Geoghan slipped on the icy pavement and fell almost under the car. Both his feet were crushed by the tread, or outer part of the wheel. He was assisted into room No. 151 in the Logan house where he was attended by the company physicians. It was discovered that the great toe on the right foot and the small bone leading to it was crushed, and that the little toe and outer side of the left foot was in the same condition. The little toe was amputated, but it is believed that both feet will get well without any further use of the knife. The sufferer is a large heavily built man and is aged about 46 years. The two priests continued their journey to Pittsburgh on limited express same evening.


Delayed Pensions.


The commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, after consultation with the commissioner of pensions, has decided to have a list made of all the comrades whose claims have been delayed. The cards upon which the desired information is to be furnished have been prepared by the pension office, and will be sent to every post in the country through the respective department headquarters. They are somewhat larger than a postal card, and are so arranged as to give the name, company and regiment (infantry, cavalry or artillery), or name of vessel and squadron where the service was performed in the navy; the late rank, town, county, and state of residence; name, number and location of post; date of discharge from the service, and postoffice address. Where the comrade served in more than one regiment, a separate card will be issued for each. The cards are to be returned to department headquarters, and will afterward be compiled by states and regiments for convenient reference.


Death of an Estimable Lady.


Mrs. Rebecca Carney died Friday morning at 6.30 o'clock at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Elmer Hewitt, No. 1119 Eleventh avenue, at the advanced age of 79 years. The deceased was an old resident of Hollidaysburg, having removed to that place from Mifflin county many years ago. In June last she came to this city, and had since that time been an inmate of the family of Mr. Hewitt. She had been lingering for the past two years from diseases incident to old age, but about one month ago her affliction took a more serious turn, and finally ended in her death at the hour stated. The deceased leaves five daughters and one son to mourn her death, namely: Samuel Carney, of Hollidaysburg, Mrs. George McKee, of Mifflin county; Mrs. Henry Garvey, of McVeytown, Mifflin county; Mrs. Thomas McFarlane, of Hollidaysburg; Mrs. Elmer Hewitt, of this city, and Mrs. William DeSilvey, of Hollidaysburg.


Banish the Cat.


About nine weeks ago Mr. Jacob Wilt, who is employed as a helper in the company's wheel foundry and who resides in Millville, was scratched on the left thumb by a cat which he was engaged in feeding. The wound refused to heal, and a couple of weeks later the thumb had become so sore that Mr. Wilt was obliged to quit work. Subsequently blood poisoning set in and the condition of the hand became so serious that Monday, it was found necessary to amputate the thumb at the first joint. The operation was successfully performed by Dr. Ross.


Masonic Officers Elected.


At the annual election of officers for Mountain lodge, No. 281, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at Altoona, the following named were elected: W. M., Charles Pimlot; S. W., Amos Davis; J. W., John M. Pressel; treasurer, T. H. Wigton; secretary, T. Davis; trustees, Dr. W. R. Findley, John Hurd and H. B. Kendig; representative to grand lodge for 1884, Dr. W. R. Findley.


Extension of the Gas Works.


The Altoona City gas works are about to be extended. Bids for the construction of a new holder will soon be advertised for. The property of Mrs. Feeny and also the vacant lots of Mr. B. Rooney, on Ninth avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, have been purchased by the gas company, where the large gas tank, or holder will be erected. The holder is to be 90 feet in diameter, and 24 feet lift.


Sons of America.


Washington camp No. 31, Patriotic Order Sons of America, rechartered, was instituted 20th ult., in Odd Fellows' hall by Special Deputy W. M. Doughman, of Camp No. 263, Newton Hamilton, assisted by a number of the members of that camp. The new camp starts with over one hundred charter members, though a few of the number were unable to be present last evening. The officers for the remainder of this term are as follows: Past president, John W. Otto; president, H. Al. McGraw; vice president, W. H. Schwartz; master of forms and ceremonies, Samuel Alloway; recording secretary, M. L. Gibbony; assistant secretary, Jesse B. W. Ickes; financial secretary, M. Emswiler; treasurer, D. L. Peightel; chaplain, Rev. J. J. Kerr; conductor, James A. Weidensall; sentinels, W. W. Yon, A. W. Griffin; inner guard, Denton Ditch; outer guard, John Arble; trustees W. W. Yon, John W. Otto, Samuel Alloway. After the camp had been formally instituted brief encouraging addresses were delivered by Messrs. Morrison, Martin and Doughman of the visitors and McGraw, Otto, Ickes and Schwartz of the home camp.


A Reception to Mr. and Mrs. J. Lloyd Lowther.


Mr. J. Lloyd Lowther and his wife arrived at their home in Bellwood on last Wednesday evening, having enjoyed an extended wedding tour through the east. Thursday they were tendered a grand reception and infair by their numerous friends. About fifty guests, including relatives and personal friends of the bride and groom were present. Hon, J. D. Morrell and wife, of Henrietta, being among the number. A grand banquet was prepared for the party, and the occasion was an exceedingly pleasant one. Mr. Lowther, who formerly resided in Altoona, is engaged actively and successfully in the lumber business at Bellwood. The young lady whom he has chosen for a life partner is possessed of high attainments and graced with the accomplishments most to be admired. The young couple received the hearty congratulations of all their friends, and will always have the best wishes of the community in which they live.


What the Base Ball Association is Doing.


The management of the Altoona Base Ball association is diligently at work perfecting the organization for the season of 1884, and we can announce officially that several players have been signed and that others are being negotiated with. Those already signed whose names may be mentioned are: George Smith, of last year's team, short stop; Joe Ardner, and Charlie Manlove, of last year's team, second base and short stop, respectively, and James Grady, formerly of the Richmond club and August Flower, first baseman. A battery from Cleveland is about to sign and a professional catcher from New York whose name we are not at liberty to announce at present. He ought to be a good one as he has caught the "Only Nolan," Monte Ward, Leroy, Freeman and Walters, all celebrated pitchers.


Rev. Laverty Dead.


Rev. Daniel A. L. Laverty, of the Church of God, Mechanicsburg, died Sunday night at his home in that town, of congestion of the lungs, aged 60 years. He attended the conference of his church at Altoona last October, and went home with an attack of malaria, rendering him unfit for duty. He was well-known and much beloved, and was a prominent man in his church. He leaves a wife and several children.




A Notorious Forger and Counterfeiter in Jail at Hollidaysburg.


About three years ago one William J. Phelas [sic], alias William H. Clark, known as a notorious forger and counterfeiter, forged a draft on the Altoona bank for $800 and obtained the money. At the time the forger was not known, but later very conclusive evidence fixed it on Phelan, though his whereabouts then were unknown. Not many months afterwards he was sentenced to the eastern penitentiary from York county for forging a note on a banking institution there. The officials of the Altoona bank learned of his imprisonment and determined to make him answer for his offense here as soon as he would be released. The case was put in the hands of Sheriff Fay, who deputized Constable P. B. Stern. Deputy Stern went to Philadelphia a few days ago and immediately repaired to the mayor's office. The mayor treated him very kindly, and assigned Lieutenant Jordon, of the Ninth district to assist him in capturing the accused. Without this aid Stern might have been left, as an officer from Kent county New Jersey, armed with a requisition from Governor Pattison, was in the city looking for his victim. On Tuesday evening Deputy Stern arrived in the city with his prisoner, and the same evening Phelan, alias Clark, found shelter in the county jail. The prisoner is about 38 years of age and of good appearance. Mr. Stern is under many obligations to Mayor King, of Philadelphia, and to Lieutenant Joseph H. Franklin for the substantial assistance rendered. If these officers had not lent their aid Phelan, alias Clark, would still be working his little game. His capture is a cause for rejoicing.


Death of an Estimable Lady.


Mrs. Lizzie C., wife of Mr. H. Hawk, died at their residence, No. 1541 Ninth street. Sunday night at 11.30 o'clock, aged 50 years, 1 month and 2 days. She had been suffering for a year or two with a malignant tumor. At times her suffering was terrible in the extreme. She bore it all with much Christian fortitude. She was the daughter of the late Michael Calvert, who removed from Cumberland county, Pa., her nativity, to Blair county in 1845. She had been a consistent member of the church since 12 years of age, and at the time of her death was a member of the United Brethren church of this place. She leaves a husband, one son and three daughters to mourn her death. All who knew her know the virtues of her heart and mind and need no encomium written.


Important to Storekeepers.


The law passed at the last session of the legislature and approved June 20, 1883, requiring all articles manufactured by the employment of convict labor to be branded with the words "Convict Made," with the year and place and when and where made is now in force. Parties interested in the competition of prison labor are sending out circulars embodying the law and its penalties in full. The neglect to comply with the new regulation makes the offender, whether manufacturer or seller, liable to a fine of $500 or imprisonment for six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. The law is very stringent, and innocent dealers having such goods in their possession, not properly marked, might be very easily caught for the penalty.




Elsewhere in this issue appears the marriage notice of F. J. Over, associate editor of the Hollidaysburg register, and Miss Anna C. Bailey, of Sinking Valley. They have been man and wife for so long that our congratulations seem a little late, but that they were not tendered sooner is entirely the fault of the happy couple. We have known Mr. Over ever since he was a boy and have always esteemed him for his many good qualities. Mrs. Over is a lady eminently worthy. We trust their life journey may be a pleasant one, under balmy skies, and ever in the midst of true and constant hearted friends.


Mrs. Paul Sharp After a Short Illness Dies on Saturday Afternoon.


It is with feelings of sincere regret we announce the death of Mrs. Sophia Sharp, wife of the well known passenger engineer, Mr. Paul Sharp. Reference to her illness was made in these columns on Friday and Saturday, and though her condition was said to be serious, her family and most intimate friends were totally unprepared for the sad result. Mrs. Sharp became ill on Thursday, suffering with cholera morbus and cramps, and on the following evening her mind became affected as if from paralysis. She did not recognize her husband or children, and in this condition she remained until five minutes after one o'clock on Saturday afternoon when death claimed her. The deceased was in many respects a most remarkable Christian lady, and enjoyed an extensive acquaintance in Cambria and Blair counties. She was born in Hagerstown, Md., November 8, 1820, and at the time of her death was aged 63 years, 1 month and 15 days. When but a child of 7 years she went to Loretto, Cambria county, with her mother, Mrs. Stimer, and afterwards resided on the line of the Portage railroad till the time of her marriage to Mr. Sharp, May 8, 1855. In the same year Mr. and Mrs. Sharp took up their residence in Altoona, and after remaining a couple of years returned to Cambria county. In 1860 they came back to Altoona and made their permanent residence here since.


Besides her husband the deceased leaves to mourn her loss two children, Annie and Ellwood, the former the wife of Mr. Ed. H. Keyes, and the latter a machinist employed in the railroad shops. About four years ago Mrs. Sharp took from the county almshouse and adopted twin boys, with the intention of raising them, and these are again left motherless, in their last affliction being deprived of one who regarded them with as much affection as a mother could bestow on her own. She was noted for her great charity and benevolence, and was always the light and life of her household, being possessed of a remarkably cheerful disposition. The writer, who has frequently been a guest in her home, gladly testifies to her nobility of character. Her immediate family sustain an irreparable loss and all her acquaintances acknowledge the loss of a lady in whom the Christian virtues were prominent and guided all her words and actions.


Double Wedding.


EDS. TRIBUNE: At Mr. John Sissler's farm house, Etna, Blair county, Pa., there occurred on Christmas evening a remarkable and delightful event. It being the twenty-fifth marriage anniversary of Mr. Sissler and wife, and also the time set for the wedding of their eldest daughter. The ceremonies were conducted as follows: The father and mother, with their attendants of twenty-five years ago, entered the parlor followed by their daughter Ella M., and her affianced, Mr. Samuel F. Foutz, and their attendants; when Mr. John Clark, of Williamsburg, who had entered in advance of the company, in a very neat and felicitous address presented the parents to the Rev. W. V. Ganoe, pastor of the Williamsburg Methodist Episcopal church, who with an appropriate formula for silver wedding ceremony, remarried John and Clarissa Sissler, after which they, with their attendants, stepped to right and left, when with the beautiful Methodist Episcopal church ritual, the daughter was wedded to Mr. Foutz. In conclusion of the ceremony Rev. C. B. Gruver, of the Lutheran church, offered prayer. Then all the large company were led to a bountiful repast, just such as you might expect on such a triple occasion, Christmas, silver wedding and marriage of daughter. There were no silver wedding presents, as the modest and model parents kept it quiet until the company assembled. The daughter and husband, however, received numerous and useful gifts but your exhortation to news brevity forbids details and names of donors. - ONE WHO WAS THERE.


Almost Suffocated.


Our Huntingdon correspondent intended the following for Tuesday's issue but it got left over in some manner: "The family of Jacob Sharrer, deceased, of this city, consisting of housekeeper and five children, were almost suffocated to death on Monday morning in their beds by escaping gas and smoke from a cook stove. George De Huff, a young lad living with the family, arose about 4 o'clock, made a fire in the stove and returned to bed. The chimney, being completely filled with the heavy snow which fell during the night, prevented the smoke from escaping through its proper channel and quickly filled the house with gas and smoke, almost causing the death of the occupants. A neighbor, whose suspicions were aroused by seeing smoke issuing from the windows, succeeded in gaining an entrance to the house barely in time to rescue the inmates from their perilous situation. The children were so nearly suffocated that it was necessary to carry them from the house, and, although for a time their lives were despaired of, they are now considered on a fair way to recovery."


Church Dedication.


EDS. TRIBUNE: Two thousand eight hundred feet above the level of the Delaware bay lies the Schwitz of Blair county, Pa. It is so called after the Schwitz of Schwitzerland. It is settled by a sturdy, honest class of farmers who are noted all over the country for their cash principle, as they will owe no man a cent. They are cash in church affairs and also strictly so in secular affairs. A beautiful church was dedicated to the worship of the Triune God on last Sunday, December 16. It is 50 x 38 feet, Gothic in style, elegantly finished. It is a credit to the Schwitz and to all concerned in its erection. Rev. F. A. Rupley, of Martinsburg, Pa., was master of ceremonies on the auspicious occasion. He delighted all in the way he put things and matters through. The people need to be congratulated for the zeal in which they manifested themselves. To God be all the praise. - W. M. A.


Election of Officers.


At a regular meeting of the Good Will Junior hose company held last week, the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing six months: President, W. Frank Prescott; vice president, James M. Fasick, secretary, Dan. L. Keister; assistant secretary, Dan. W. Ford; treasurer, Gust Klemmert; investigating committee, Harry Kiser, C. A. Sentman, James Rote; directors, Dan. L. Keister, Stanz B. Geesey, George Ehredt, Joseph Tierney, Albert Myers, Daniel Ford, Charles Weston, John Crozier, C. A. Sentman.




On the 24th instant at the residence of the bride's parents near Bellwood, Mr. J. A. Meredith and Miss Della Estep were married by the Rev. W. H. Mattern. Many friends were present to witness the ceremony. The same evening a reception was tendered the young couple which was attended by a large company. The list of presents was large and the articles appropriate and elegant. In starting on their married life Mr. and Mrs. Meredith have the best wishes of all their acquaintances.


Rowdies on a Train Punished.


Losh Dotson and Joe Dibert, two young men who reside in Juniata township, about two months ago raised a racket on Conductor Campbell's train. A few days ago, while riding on Conductor Dent's train, the same party repeated their pranks and broke some of the car furniture. Warrants were issued for their arrest, but they effected a settlement by paying the costs, which amounted to $50. When they go traveling again they will observe more decorum than in the past.


A Hollidaysburg Girl Deserts Her Family and Lover to be a High Kicker.


On Saturday the following telegram from Pittsburgh was published in the Philadelphia Press: "A somewhat sensational example of the manner in which young girls may be afflicted with theatrical fever was developed in Pittsburgh to-night. A week or ten days ago a merchant, named Carroll, of Hollidaysburg, came to Pittsburgh with a young woman to whom he was engaged to be married, but whose name the police authorities refuse to disclose. The object of the visit was to secure a wedding outfit. When the time to return arrived the young lady said she wanted to visit some friends and would remain a day or two longer. Nothing strange was thought of this, but when three days had passed and the girl did not return home her lover and members of her family became alarmed. Letters were written to the friends where she said she intended to visit, but they had not seen her. Then detectives were employed. They discovered to-day that the girl had gone to Steubenville, Ohio, and was engaged to appear at a variety theatre, managed by Harry Weeks. The father was notified, and telegraphed that he would come to the city at once."


The sequel to the above is given in a dispatch from Steubenville, sent out on Saturday. The dispatch states that a man from Hollidaysburg named Emerick arrived in Steubenville in search of his daughter, Anna, who left her home in Hollidaysburg a couple of weeks ago. By means of a photograph which her father showed the officers, Anna was recognized as one of Ida Cerito's female minstrel troupe which stranded in Steubenville only a few days before. She was still in the town and was found by an officer, placed in her father's care, and is presumably at her home in Hollidaysburg by this time. Anna is said to be only 16. Ida Cerito's crowd of high kickers appeared in Hollidaysburg a few days before she took her departure from home, and their appearance probably inspired her with an ambition to appear before the footlights in short dresses. It will require very rigid discipline, we fear, in managing Anna hereafter, as she seems to have developed wayward tendencies quite early in life.


"Gray," "Sphynx," "W. A. Engarde," a Professional Beggar.


Sunday's Philadelphia Press contains a long article under the head of "A Bogus Reporter," which very likely refers to one Gray, at one time connected in an editorial capacity with our contemporary, The Times. The article to which we refer, speaks of him as the head of a family of beggars, and gives his methods and a number of his exploits. Recently he has been trying to raise the wind by saying that he had secured a position on an Altoona paper, but had not the money to reach here. We are told that the only thing certain about this person is his name, which appears in the city directories as "W. A. Engard, reporter." He is known as the "begging letter writer." For years he has clung like a barnacle to the charities of the community. He is an adept at every dodge known to the professional beggar. His favorite dodge is to represent himself as an editor, a reporter, or a literary man in reduced circumstances. He copies old magazine articles and the like, and palms them off as his own productions."


It will be remembered that the Gray who was connected with the Times signed his name with the aliases, "W. A. Engarde" and "Sphynx," and he answers the personal description given of the beggar the Press refers to. Gray has no ability to write, has no sense, and while here was branded as a blackmailer. He is no newspaper man and probably never was, excepting while here.




MYERS - MYERS. - December 25, 1883, at the residence of the bride's parents in Woodbury, by Rev. Isaac Heckman, Mr. D. Porter Myers, of Altoona, and Miss B. M. Lizzie Myers, of Woodbury, Bedford county.


REED - SKYLES. - Tuesday evening, December 25, 1883, at the home of the bride, by Rev. J. David Miller, Mr. John W. Reed and Miss E. Jennie Skyles, both of Martinsburg.


OVER - BAILEY. - In Hollidaysburg, Thursday evening, June 14, 1883, at the residence of James P. Stewart, by Rev. Luther F. Smith, of Mount Union, Frank J. Over, assistant editor of the Hollidaysburg Register, to Miss Anna C. Bailey, of Sinking Valley, Pa.


GIBBONEY - BURNS. - On December 20, 1883, at the Lutheran parsonage in Hollidaysburg, by the Rev. D. L. Ryder, Daniel S. Gibboney, of Duncansville, and Miss Maggie T. Burns, of Eldorado, Pa.


BROWN - REED. - At the residence of the bride's parents, on the 12th inst., by Rev. J. T. Wilson, Orlando W. Brown, of Lock Haven, and Miss Annie E. Reed, of Altoona.


MAGILL - FORSHT. - By the same [Rev. J. T. Wilson] at the Twenty- fourth street Methodist Episcopal parsonage, on the 18th inst., Elmer Ellsworth Magill, of Altoona, and Miss Isabella, of Blair Furnace.


HOLLIDAY - KELLEY - At the residence of the bride's mother, by Rev. W. W. Criley, Samuel J. Holliday and Miss Lucy Kelley, both of Altoona, Pa.


BEAVER - RUTTER - On the 17th of December, 1883, at the residence of the bride's parents, No. 110 Second avenue, by Rev. M. O. Lane, Mr. William A. Beaver and Miss Louisa Emma Rutter, both of Altoona.


AMICH - HENGST. - At the parsonage of Christ Reformed church, this city, by Rev. J. M. Titzell, D. D., Mr. Gibbs B. Amich, of Altoona, and Miss Ann Elizabeth Hengst, of Ore Hill.


BROWN - THOMAS. - December 22, by Rev. J. S. McMurray, William G, Brown, jr., of Ringwood, West Virginia, and Miss Jessie W. Thomas, of Tyrone, daughter of John W. Thomas, esq., at his residence on Main street.


BURNSHIRE - JOHNSON. - December 24, by Rev. M. N. Cornelius, Mr. Henry Burnshire, of East Freedom, and Miss Maggie B. Johnson, of Spruce Creek.


SMITH - SMITH. - On December 25, by Rev. J. J. Kerr, Mr. Jacob O. Smith, of Cocolamus, Juniata county. Pa., and Miss Laura E. Smith, of McAllisterville, Juniata county, Pa.


SHULL - REED. - On Christmas day, by Rev. M. J. Firey, at the residence of Mr. Marshall on Eighth avenue, Mr. James Shull, of New Bloomfield. and Miss Minnie M. Reed, of Altoona.


SHOPE - BRUMBAUGH. - On the 24th day of December, 1883, at the United Brethren parsonage, by Rev. M. O. Lane, Mr. David E. S. Shope, of Huntingdon county. Pa., and Miss Jennie E. Brumbaugh, of Altoona, Blair county, Pa.


ROE - HARE. - On December 25, at the residence of Mr. John Bosler, northeast of the city, by Rev. M. J. Firey, Mr. John L. Roe, of Yellow Spring, and Miss Caroline F. Hare.


THOMPKINS - NORMAN. - On December 24, by Rev. Dr. Bell Mr. William B. Thompkins and Miss Sallie Norman, both of Altoona, Pa.


WILLIAMS - MATHERS. - On December 25, by Rev. Dr. Bell, Mr. Jesse Williams and Miss Lillie Mathers, both of Eutawville, Cambria county, Pa.


SOHN - OSTERLE. - On the 25th of December, 1883, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. E. Dutt, Mr. David P. Sohn and Miss Maggie Osterle, both of Martinsburg, Pa.


GORSUCH - CAMPBELL. - On December 22, 1883, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. E. Dutt, Mr. Justice L. Gorsuch and Miss Alice E. Campbell, both Martinsburg, Pa.




SHINGLER. - December 24, 1883, at Clappertown, Blair county, Pa., Mr. George Shingler, aged 88, years, 8 months and 6 days.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 3, 1884, page 3




William McFarland, one of our oldest citizens, reached his 83d year on Saturday, and is yet in the enjoyment of excellent health.


Mr. William Hart has been appointed janitor of the new school building at a salary of $35 per month and $5 per month during vacation.


Mrs. Ellen Terry, formerly a resident of this place, and a widow, died at Skaneatels, N. Y., on last Tuesday. It is thought her remains will be brought here for interment.


At a special meeting of the poor directors for the consideration of applications for steward of the almshouse, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Campbell, no action was taken. No appointment will be made until the next regular meeting of the board.


Frank J. Over has our best wishes for his future success and happiness. He has succeeded in securing for a life partner one of Sinking Valley's best young ladies, Miss Annie C. Bailey. As this important event took place last June, the secrecy observed is remarkable for Hollidaysburg.


Mr. Edward McGraw, a true blue Hollidaysburger, but who is now living in luxury at Sarah Furnace, is in town spending the holidays. It is the clever old gentleman's boast that the aggregate weight of himself and his four sons, William, John G., H. Al, and James M., is 1,115 pounds.


At their session on Monday the county commissioners made the following appointments: Clerk, vice Joseph Baldridge, resigned, on account of failing health, J. C. Akers; attorney, Martin Bell, esq.; mercantile appraiser, Levi Knott, of your city. We think the board have made no mistake in these appointments. All are excellent gentlemen.


James Wolfe, of Franklin Forge, shot the finest wild turkey which has yet been reported; he weighed eighteen pounds and possessed fine plumage. "Yank" Manning who was the proud recipient of the bird, says his craw was filled with berries, which proves that he was an independent turkey and earned his living honestly.


The West Loop people think they can score one in advance of the rest of the county on their production of fine pork. Jacob Wertz, jr., slaughtered six pigs whose ages were 14 months and average weight of each pig was 390 pounds. J. H. Stiffler boasts of one only 12 months old whose weight dressed 385 pounds.


Mr. William Jones is one of the most active and obliging carriers the TRIBUNE has yet had in our borough, and if our people desire to be served faithfully and well during the year 1884, speak to him at once after reading this notice and tell him you want the paper promptly and your wish will be gratified. We shall endeavor to keep the Hollidaysburg department well filled with all that happens (and if anything appears there that didn't happen blame it on somebody else) during the year. To keep thoroughly posted take the TRIBUNE regularly.


Some of the members of Washington camps Nos. 11 and 62, Patriotic Sons of America, are desirous of organizing the two into one camp. These camps flourished here before and a few years after the war, and there never was an organization which bestowed such lasting benefits upon the young men who took an interest in them as this one. H. H. Bigham, Rev. James Stiffer and W. W. McKinney and others whom we could name point with pride to the days when they commenced public speaking and debating when members of these camps.


D. W. Cox, esq., of the Union county bar, and John Cox, hotel proprietor, were in town Christmas. Mr. John Cox is negotiating with Mr. Daniel K. Ramey for the American house. Mr. Ramey is desirous of retiring from the hotel business and as his successor to the American house we know of no better or more worthy landlord than Mr. Cox. As the manager of the Van Kirk house in Northumberland he sustains a high reputation as being a thorough hotel man and one who always gave perfect satisfaction to the public. It is the wish of every one having the interests of Hollidaysburg at heart, that Mr. Cox may be successful in his negotiations.


Our clever young friend Lee Plummer is hard at work recording a mammoth mortgage which is for the sum of $11,500,000. The mortgager is the Seaboard, Pennsylvania and Western railroad company and the mortgagee the Farmers' Loan and Trust company, or rather this company is made the trustee in the mortgage for the bondholders. The bonds are for one thousand dollars each payable in gold thirty-years after date bearing interest at six per cent. These coupons are payable semi-annually in gold at the agency of the company in New York. The road begins at Pittsburgh and passes through the counties of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Northumberland and Schuylkill, connecting with other lines of the company at Ashland borough. This is the same line which has been spoken of as the Delaware Water Gap and Southwestern.


A council of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, was instituted at Duncansville on Thursday night of last week, by the deputy state councilor, J. A. Parker, assisted by a delegation of the order from your city. These gentlemen deserve thanks for braving the winds and drifting snow of that stormy night, that this young council might be organized. It is styled "Phoenix council" No. 41, and assembles weekly on Thursday night in Funk hall. The officers elected and installed are as follows: Junior past councilor, I. R. Adams; councilor, David R. Gingery; vice councilor, John Ott; recording secretary, William B. Gingery; assistant recording secretary, Landis Funk; financial secretary, Edward Funk; treasurer, D. S. Gibbony; conductor, James Wilson; warden, Robert Nelson; inner sentinel, I. S Joseph; outer sentinel, Samuel Fessler; trustees, I. C. Adams, Samuel Fessler and George B. McC. Holland.


The habit of smoking cigarettes by small boys on our streets and off our streets for that matter, has become so common as to call for remark. Even the very smallest children indulge in it. It is becoming fearful to say nothing of its filthiness. One of our grocery men, in speaking of it the other day, remarked that parents should notify them all not to sell to those small lads, and then it will stop. But as long as one will sell them all feel that they have a right to do so. Boys 5 and 6 years of age, some you would think just out of their swaddling clothes, move along the streets puffing cigarettes. Another bad habit calling for reform is the notion some of our young men have of smoking about the church doors just before and after service, the unpleasant odor of these miserable, no-account, worthless cigarettes, in many instances, pervade the sanctuary, and to many especially delicate persons, the smoke of these things is very offensive.


Here is an old Hollidaysburg happening: The first piano was brought to this place forty-eight years ago and was owned by Miss Charlotte Moore, the brilliant and gay young daughter of Silas Moore, esq., who was then the leading and one of the most energetic business men in this section of Pennsylvania. It was a great curiosity. An instrument of this kind had never before been seen by many of the residents here, and when Miss Moore played the first tune upon it, which was the "Blue Bells of Scotland," the windows and doors of the once famous Exchange hotel, where the young lady and her parents then boarded, were darkened by the crowds who looked and listened with wonder and delight. This piano was a good one and was owned by Mrs. Charlotte Irvine, the lady referred to, until within a few years ago, when she parted with it many sad regrets only to give place to one more modern, but as she thinks not any better instrument.


Colonel A. K. McClure lectured on Tuesday evening in the opera house to a good audience. In his subject, "Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln," it would be a difficult matter to present anything new even though the subject is the speaker's own personal recollections of this great man. The lecturer was suffering from a cold, which obliged him to speak in a low tone, and although he was listened to with the closest attention, much of this interesting lecture was lost to those farthest from the stage. Although many of the reminiscences referred to were known to a large portion of the audience, yet Colonel McClure told all in such a pretty manner, illustrating his passages with appropriate and pleasing expressions, as to make the whole seem fresh and new. It was gratifying to hear from the lips of speaker the most emphatic denial that Abraham Lincoln "was a coarse jester."


Colonel McClure was introduced by A. S. Landis, esq., who thanked the audience in behalf of the ladies' aid society of the Presbyterian church for this liberal response to their request for their patronage.


The cantata on Christmas night was a complete success. This was a performance by the Sunday school scholars of the Lutheran church, and they all did well. They were greeted with a large and good-natured audience and from the respectful attention and good order one could easily see that from start to finish the entire performance was highly appreciated. The singing, recitations by little girls, music on the cornet by Professor Jackson, the skillful manipulation of the keys of the organ by Miss Clara Robinson and the tableaux all gave perfect satisfaction. Our space will not permit of an extended notice such as it is in our heart to give, and we only mention one or two things. Little Bessie Geesey in a pretty solo did remarkably. Those little girls, whose names we could not learn are highly commended for the perfect manner of their recitations in "The Redeemer Will Come." The Lily Song" by Misses Ollie Lemon, Minnie Elliot, Maggie Myers and Ettie McGraw, all of whom were prettily dressed and carried each a small basket of lilies was beautifully sung and the young ladies acquitted themselves throughout very creditably. Those three young musicians were received with much pleasure and surprised every body. Will and Charlie Kelsey, mere midgets, handled dexterously the guitar whilst young James Ritz took the house by storm by playing on the guitar and mouth organ at the same time. Playing simultaneously on two instruments and keeping perfect time on each by a child 8 years old discovers a gift one would think almost supernatural. He is a musical prodigy. He also performed well upon the flute, harmonica and violin. With proper training "Jimmie" will become a distinguished musician and we want it understand that he is a Hollidaysburg production. Prothonotary Geesey and Postmaster Lingafelt deserve much credit for the interest manifested by them in preparing this entertainment. Its success was very largely due to their untiring efforts.


The Christmas festival at the Presbyterian church by the teachers and scholars of the Sabbath school on Monday evening was a complete success. A large representation of the parents and others was present, and everybody's face beamed with happiness and delight. A large, well shaped Christmas tree, whose tops reached the ceiling, stood at the north end of the room, which was profusely decorated with all sorts of glittering ornaments. In addition the tree was filled with handsome Christmas cards bordered with silk fringe of all shades and colors, and the whole brilliantly illuminated with different colored wax candles. The display was beautiful. The exercises began with singing by the school that favorite song entitled, "Joy to the World," after which the pastor, Rev. Dr. Barron, offered an appropriate prayer. A duet was sung by Miss Carrie Bailey and Miss Jennie Coolbroth, which was listened to with much pleasure. This was followed with singing by the infant class. A large table filled with very pretty cornucopias each holding a half pound of choice candies, stood near the tree and as the scholars passed by classes, beginning with the infant class, they each received one and a beautiful Christmas card. This ceremony was perhaps the most interesting of the evening. The children were delighted and their young voices, as they gave vent to expressions of pleasure, amused and pleased everybody. The next on the programme of exercises was singing by three little girls, Gussie Coolbroth, Clara Smith and Jessie Johnston. The superintendent, A. S. Landis, addressed the school in a few well chosen remarks after which all joined in singing "Rejoice and be Glad," when the exercises closed with the benediction.


At the Methodist church the Sunday school room was artistically festooned with evergreens and a handsome Christmas tree, ornamented with everything that was beautiful, and brilliantly lighted with innumerable wax candles, stood upon the platform. In front of a stand erected for the occasion were suspended stockings which was that part of the display intended for Santa Claus. The room was filled with scholars and parents and all were supremely happy. The exercises opened with singing by the school, "Around the Christmas Tree." The school was then led in prayer by the pastor, Rev. J. Ellis Bell. The next was a well rendered and interesting recitation of scriptural passages on the birth of Christ by twelve little girls. Singing by the school, "All glory to God." This was followed by an excellent address well fitted to the occasion, by W. I. Woodcock, esq. Singing by the school. Ten boys and girls dressed in odd style carrying lighted tapers, made their appearance and taking position in front chanted for Santa Claus. That illustrious and clever gentleman whose home is supposed to be in the north land, soon made his appearance, and the stockings before referred to were then filled to overflowing with all kinds of things that are ever so good." This performance was new and the children and every one present were delighted. Next came a quartet, by Misses Emma Goodfellow, Ella Thompson, Mary Fink and Jennie Rohrback, which consisted of interrogatories and answers, entitled, "Christmas Day." Then came the distribution of presents, each scholar receiving a large fancy box well filled with choice candies. After the benediction was pronounced there separated from that church as happy a lot of children as was ever assembled in any Sunday school.


The Sunday school room of the Baptist church presented a scene of unsurpassed gaiety. At the end of the room stood three handsome trees, illuminated with candles and filled with lovely ornaments. In front of these, suspended to a wire, large gilt letters flamed a welcome to the happy throng. Numerous festoons adorned the room, while among the spruce and laurel were Chinese lanterns and beautiful banners, altogether making a pretty display. The following programme was well executed to a delighted and appreciated audience: Prayer, Rev. H. F. King; opening remarks, Superintendent H. M. Baldrige; "Christmas Belle," Fannie Balsinger; "Merry Christmas," Tom Baldrige; "A Search for Santa Claus," Annie McClure; "A Christmas Chant," Frank McFarland; "Your Mission," Jessie Rollins; "The Teacher," George Creamer; "The Conceited Grasshopper," Joshua Hughes; "The Choir and the New Bonnet," Hattie Lewis; "What Adam Missed," Charles Clark; "A Christmas Hymn," Mamie Zeigler; "Christmas Morning," Harry Shay; "Peggy's Trials," Stehley Thompson; Christmas Bells," Jennie Lowe; "The Old Deacon's Lament," Vance Roller; "We've Always Been Provided For," Belle Bunker; closing remarks, Mr. H. L Bunker. These literary exercises were interspersed with appropriate music by the school. Over two hundred fancy satchels filled with choice candies, etc., and as many handsome Christmas cards were distributed. But the climax was the presentation of a large cake to Mr. H. M. Baldrige, the worthy superintendent of the school. Rev. King made the speech which was responded to in a very handsome manner by the recipient. A pleasanter evening was never enjoyed by the children, and those interested felt fully repaid for the trouble and expense.


Christmas Eve at McKee's Gap.


The Sunday school at McKee's Gap held its Christmas service in the Methodist Episcopal church at that place on Monday evening. The church was decorated with evergreen wreaths while in the rear of the pulpit evergreen trees beautifully decorated represented the superintendent and the several classes. A large number of relatives and friends were in attendance to hear the children repeat the Christmas service prepared by Rev. George Leidy, of Altoona. The services were opened by Superintendent M. F. Davis in a few appropriate remarks to the children. After a psalm of praise the congregation was led in prayer by G. W. Berkstresser, of East Freedom. Then the infant class, under the management of Henderson Gorsuch sang in a delightful manner, "When He Cometh." The Christmas service was then heartily recited. After this appropriate addresses were delivered by G. W. Berkstresser and Henderson Gorsuch, the latter addressed to the children, explaining the meaning of the star and the cross used in the service and which he held up before them. Brief addresses were also delivered by Emanuel Noffsker, William Treese, David Treese, John Shade, A. Delozier, E. E. Green, Hagan Treese, J. S. Shaver, Andy Stiffler, E. W. Dodson and Scott Corl. Superintendent Davis then read a pathetic little poem after which the roll was called and the candy distributed. Quite a number of handsome presents were distributed. The superintendent thanked the congregation for their presence and after the recitation of the Lord's prayer by the infant class all went to their homes as happy as they could be.




There have been fewer burials in Tyrone cemetery the past year than any year in the past decade.


On Saturday last Dr. E H. Morrow assisted by Dr. C. M. Ewing, successfully performed the operation of thoracentesis, tapping chest on Mr. Miles Grugan, living on Lincoln avenue. Six quarts of liquid were drawn away from the chest. At present the patient is doing well.


The general health of our town has been exceptionally good during the fall and thus far in the winter, but just now an epidemic of colds of such a nature as to make those afflicted feel uncomfortable has taken hold of a number of our people. The effect is mostly felt in the public schools.


On Wednesday Mr. Emery Stover, a farmer, living near Watson's mill, was accidentally thrown from his sled and, in attempting to save himself, fell with his right hand and arm under him, producing dislocation of the shoulder. The gentleman suffered intense pain until Dr. Ewing arrived and reduced the dislocation.


We are glad to be able to say that Christmas, 1883, in Tyrone will not be known in the future as a day having been spent in drunkenness, carousing and rioting, but on the other hand, that everybody, with very few exceptions, behaved themselves with the propriety and decorum that characterize a civilized and enlightened people.


The ladies of the Baptist church of this place - three in number - Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Cryder, and Mrs. Whitney, have by their united efforts succeeded in bringing to successful completion the task undertaken by them of repairing and beautifying their place of worship. They have engineered the finances so carefully that every item, including painting outside and inside, frosting upper part of windows, hanging blinds, papering walls and ceiling, varnishing seats, etc., is paid for except the paper. The three ladies deserve to be congratulated upon bringing to a successful termination their laborious task.


The late Mrs. Ellen Leibold, wife of Mr. John Leibold, of Sinking Valley, whose funeral took place last week, willed her valuable farm, containing upwards of one hundred and twenty-five acres, together with considerable money and other personal property, to her husband during his natural life, and at his death $1,000 to be given to the German Reformed church of Sinking Valley, of which she was a member, and the remainder to the worthy poor of Tyrone township. This lady, who until recent years remained unmarried, was always known for her generosity, liberality and disposition to aid by her means in lightening the burdens of the poor and distressed, and these generous bequeaths as set forth in her will but clearly demonstrate the beneficence of her nature.


On Saturday last, at Dry Hollow, near Warriorsmark, a man named Corning shot a negro named Lewis, the bullet taking effect in his leg. Mr. Corning is a clerk in the store of R. H. Powell & Son's, and Lewis is a boss for the same firm. They had been in Tyrone during the day, and whether the hard words passed between them was the result of imbibing too freely of the ardent, we are unable to say, nor do we care how much they drank, or whether they indulged at all. At all events Corning ordered the gentleman (?) of color out of the store, but refusing, Corning drew a revolver and fired but missed his mark. Lewis then retired, but in a few minutes returned armed with a pistol and shot at his assailant, but likewise missed. Whereupon Corning fired, the ball crashing into Lewis' leg, which had the effect of holding the Ethiopian at bay and effecting a surrender. Dr. Fickes extracted the ball and the wounded man will, it is thought, recover.


On Thursday evening at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. S. M. Study, on Main street, Mr. Charles F. Blair, eldest son of S. S. Blair. esq., superintendent of the Tyrone division, and Miss Kate Study, eldest daughter of S. M. Study, esq., one of our leading merchants, were made one in the holy bonds of matrimony, Dr. S. M. Moore, officiating. At the nuptials were present none but the members of Mr. S. S. Blair's and Mr. S. M. Study's families, Dr. and Mrs. S. M. Moore and Miss Ada McOmber. The presents were of the finest and most valuable, and more than made up in value and beauty for their fewness in number. They left on Philadelphia express the same night for the east, and will visit New York and Washington, after which they will repair to Norfolk, Va., where they will make their future home. The newly-married couple take with them the best wishes and kindest regards of hosts of friends for their future well-being, happiness and prosperity.


A few days ago a munificent donation was given the venerable preacher, George Guyer, at his home at Warriorsmark. Some idea of the piles of good and useful things may be had from the fact that sixty persons were present, many of whom came in conveyances all laden with groceries, provision, flour, feed, which upon being stored away, filled all the available space usually devoted to such purpose. Among those present from the Tyrone congregation, we give the names of Dr. McMurray, C. Guyer and F. D. Beyer. Mr. Guyer, who has served the people of Warriorsmark as pastor for nine years, and three years as elder, has passed the time allotted to man being now in the seventies and still able to preach with power, is loved, honored and respected by all denominations, and as a just appreciation for his noble work in the vineyard of his Master. Further honor has been conferred upon him by the Central Pennsylvania conference in selecting him to preach the sermon on the centennial of the organization of Methodism at Williamsport at the coming conference.




D. R. Paightel and son have leased the steam flouring mills of J. L. Martin and are fully prepared to accommodate all who may come.


A meeting of our citizens interested in the erection of the contemplated agricultural works was held at the Keagy house on Saturday last. Everything is in good shape and the outlook very flattering.


Whilst we write there is quite a commotion going on in the street just in front of our sanctum. We run to the door and inquire as to this throng of people assembled at Landor's store, Santa Claus' headquarters, and we are informed that a raid is about to be made on the residence of Rev. W. S. Spanogle, pastor of the Progressive Brethren church. Judging from the number of sleighs and sleds, the baskets, bags and people, the parson will certainly be surprised as well as happy.


Rev. Simon Wolfe is one of our most quiet, unassuming gentlemen. He belongs to that class of people who do not let the left hand know what the right hand doeth and is always ready to assist and relieve the poor and needy whenever known to him, as some of our people can testify. On Saturday last quite a number of the good people of the Reformed congregation of Sharpsburg wended their way to the residence of Mr. Wolfe, and in various ways remembered him with tokens of their esteem.


Christmas day in this village was the most quiet, yet the most enjoyable day, ever witnessed or participated in by our people. Except the firing of squibs by the urchins, a Sunday stillness prevailed the entire day, not one person being the slightest intoxicated. At half-past 6 p. m. your correspondent wended his way to the Methodist church and was ushered into the audience chamber to find the superintendent, William Roberts, teachers and scholars all in their proper place in the height of expectation, greeted by a very large audience of parents and friends, joy beaming from every countenance. The altar was beautifully decorated with the choicest of full blooming flowers, the walls were festooned by wreaths, Christian emblems of the star, the anchor, the cross and crown and painted scroll work embellished with scriptural mottoes. The evening's exercises as prepared by Rev. George Leidy, of your city, were in keeping with the occasion. Rev. Dutt, of the Lutheran church, presided. The singing by the choir, the school and the responsive readings were all that could be desired, the recitations and the singing of the infant class being excellent. The grand finale was the distribution of confections and gifts, each bearing to his home kindly remembrances of this most precious hour.


We then wended our way to St. John's Reformed church and found the pastor, Rev. J. David Miller, Superintendent J. H. Stephens, teachers, scholars, and a crowded house, forming as happy, joyous a throng as fancy can imagine or the artist can paint. Here, too, exotic flowers from the altar and pulpit shed a fragrance pleasing to all. Bible texts of choicest gems artistically arranged embellished the walls, while pendant from every available place, wrought in evergreen. were emblems emblematical of the assembled congregation's faith and hope, by the cross to the crown. The Christmas services were those as prepared by the church board of publication and were rendered in fine style. and in keeping with this school. These two evening entertainments were of a high order, and as creditable alike to the participants as the affair was in keeping with the memory of Him whose birth they celebrated. The scholars and friends connected with the Lutheran Sunday school assembled in their place of worship Christmas morning, and after a pleasant hour's worship and happy greetings, the children, teachers and all were remembered in confections, sweetmeats, keepsakes, etc., and after rendering of sweet music they all went home to have a good time.




The new rolls in the mill of Mr. Bare are nearly ready for operation. They have a capacity of about from fifty to sixty barrels per day.


The East Sharpsburg cornet band is progressing finely and is practicing good music. They have only been an organization during the past three months. They serenaded their friends on Christmas day and received about fourteen dollars from admiring friends.


A telegram from Johnstown convoys the sad intelligence of the killing of Charles Rightnour by being run over by a train. Mr. Rightnour was well-known in this locality, having lived here a long time prior to his removal to Johnstown. He was a brother to J. D. Rightnour.


Christmas day was spent very pleasantly. The Roaring Spring cornet band serenaded the places of business in the town during the morning. This band is making considerable improvement and rendered some good music. The citizens should give it the proper encouragement by patronizing the festival which is now in progress in the old school house. The entertainment at the Methodist church was very fine. The Christmas tree was a handsome cedar very beautifully decorated. The audience was large and the children happy. The music by the Methodist choir and the children was very fine. Miss Anna Souers presided at the organ with considerable ability. She has a sweet soprano voice. Addresses were made by E. C. Korb, esq., superintendent of the Sunday school who reviewed the history of the Sunday school and narrated incidents of the school when he attended it in the old stone school house. He was followed by James S. Williams, S. H. Cree, Dr. A. S. Stayer and A. S. Rits, after which the children and nearly every person else were treated to candy, put up in neat half-pound packages. There was a large number of presents distributed, the gifts of admiring friends. S. H. Cree received a very appropriate token of respect from his friend Lorenz. The Bethel Sunday School children were finely treated during the afternoon. Addresses were made by D. M. Bare, esq., superintendent, and Mr. E. A. Feight, one of the teachers. The children of Roaring Spring have been very nicely treated and ought to be good Sunday school children during the year 1884.


At Bell's Mills.


A gentleman from Bell's Mills informs us that the children and friends of the Bell's Mills Methodist Episcopal Sunday school had a notable time at their Christmas service on Christmas evening. The church was filled with children and adults, and the services, which consisted of speeches, dialogues, recitations and singing appropriate to the occasion, were highly enjoyed by all. The children were treated to candies, after which all went to their homes well pleased with the evening's enjoyment.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 3, 1884, page 4




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