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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Thursday, January 2, 1890


The One Held Last Night by Altoona Lodge No. 102 B. P. O. Elks.


In their cozily furnished apartments in the opera house block last evening the members of Altoona lodge No. 102, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, held a social session to which many outside of the order were invited. The programme, which was a very interesting one, was opened at 9 o'clock by Mr. I. C. Mishler, exalted ruler, calling the assemblage to order and appointing his honor, Mayor E. H. Turner, as esteemed leading knight. This was done in a happy manner, and Mayor Turner responded in a brief address, which was none the less to the point and certainly was enjoyed. This pleasing duty performed, Mr. H. J. White was called upon to be chairman of the festivities of the evening, the duties of which onerous position he discharged in a highly credible manner. The programme, which was subject to interpolations, was as follows:


Overture Piano. Prof. H. F. Faber
Address. Brother Edwin M. Amies
Song, Tenor Solo, "Come Into the Garden, Maud," Balfe. Mr. F. Edwards Quartette, Vocal, "Banish, Oh, Maiden," Lovens. Mr. Edwards, Mr. Gamble, Brothers Weiss and Miller
Recitation, "New Year's Time at Williard's," Whitcomb Riley. Brother W. J. Hamor.
Violin Solo, "Traumerei," Henri Earnt. Brother H. J. Lape.
Scene from Julius Caesar, Shakespeare. Mr. Edwards and Bro. Mackey.
Violin Duet, "All Idea di quel Metallo," Rossin. Bros. Lape and Westfall.
Piano Solo, "Auld Lang Syne." Professor E. F. Faber
Overture, "Welcome," Catlin. Bro. J. A. Neff and Orchestra.
Tenor Solo, "Beware," Balfe. Mr. F. Edwards.
Flute Solo, Coming Thro' the Rye," Coxe. Bro. Fred Horst.
Quartette, Vocal, "Day Slowly Declining," Van Werner. Messrs. Edwards and Gamble, Bros. Miller and Weiss.
Trio, "Ich Kenne ein Gartchen," C. Wichtel. F. M. Christy, M.D., Bros. Lape and Westfall.
Comic Song, "Sauer Kraut," Radcliff. Bro. Cloyd Kerlin
Overture - Brass Monkey," Zimmerman.


One of the interpolations was the introduction of Mr. Neuwahl, of Columbus (Ohio) lodge, who entertained those present by the rendition of several songs, which literally brought down the house. Mr. Ben Kettering, of Pittsburgh, also added to the pleasure of the evening by his feats of balancing. An address by M. Alexander, esq., and a response of E. M. Amies, esq., to the toast to "Our Ladies" were pleasing features of the entertainment. When, at a few minutes of 11 o'clock, Exalted Ruler I. C. Mishler spoke in response to the toast, "Our Absent Brothers," all present joined hands and sang the words, "Auld Lang Syne." Taken all in all, the social session was one which will long be remembered by those who were present.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 2, 1890, page 1




Mrs. Thomas McCargar, a very pleasant lady from Groron [Groton?], New York, is visiting her son J. S. McCargar, at his home on Washington avenue.


John I. Schinn, of Washington avenue, is the next to be congratulated - it's a son who made its appearance on New Year's day. Although democratic, one more is added to the population of the First ward.


Messrs. Langenbacher & Sons yesterday morning aroused our chambers at an early hour in driving past our residence a fine lot of fat cattle, which they had received from Pittsburgh, on their way to their farm and slaughter house, a short - distance west of town.


A long felt want has been consummated in the establishing of a first - class grocery store at the corner of Spring and Juniata streets, by W. E. Miller & Co. We have for years looked upon this corner as a desirable locality for that line of business. With a new building and new goods and live, active business management they should succeed.


From a tabulated record of deaths which have occurred in our town for the past year, we are somewhat below the average, although with an increased population. For the past three years we are enabled to give this status: 1887, 74 deaths; 1888, 70; 1889, 68. This, with a population of 5,000, is an evidence of a healthy community, not averaging over 13 per cent. We do not think any town of its size and population can make an equal comparison, taking into consideration the liability to accident and other unnatural causes, which are paramount, and the result of our many diversified industries where danger is more or less apparent and accidents looked for.


Joseph Sarvoni, of Italian extraction, a citizen of the United States by adoption and a good republican in politics by preference, after a sojourn in this county of seven years duration where he had accumulated property, and made for himself a comfortable home. concluded on December 1, 1889, that he would return to his native home and seek out his best girl and return a married man, but the best laid schemes of mice and men aft gang aglee. He had no sooner set foot on his native soil when he was captured and impressed into the service of King Humbert, his master, to serve out an unexpired term of enlistment in the army. After considerable effort on the part of our department of state through the efforts of Hon. James G. Blaine, he was released and yesterday, after thirteen months absence he returned to this place with his new made wife accompanied by a young son of a brother and they immediately took up quarters in one of his houses on Park avenue.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 2, 1890, page 3


Weather Indications.


Indications for Eastern Pennsylvania: Cloudy, slightly warmer weather.


Local Brevities


The only way to prevent the paved streets from becoming so muddy is to put the cross streets in such condition that the mud will not be carried onto them.


New Year's having come and gone, what is your opinion of that new resolution you made? Keep to it, my boy. Even if it does not fit it will do you good.


The Bennett & Moulton opera company has always been a favorite in Altoona and it is said it returns much improved. It will be at the opera house next week.


One drunk was fined yesterday, but he had no money. It was New Year's and the mayor had not the heart to send him below. He was therefore allowed to go free in the hope that the lesson would be of some service to him.


The major portion of the stores were closed yesterday, as were also the shops. As a holiday New Year's was enjoyed in the usual way. Barring the noise at midnight it was the quietest experienced by Altoona people for years.


The Ladies' Aid society of the First Baptist church tendered a reception to Mother Bair on New Year's day, after her return from California. They all sat down to a bountiful repast prepared by the ladies and all enjoyed themselves.


On Christmas last Mr. P. M. Canty, director of St. John's Catholic choir, was the recipient of a magnificent silver tea set, the gift of Father O'Reilly and the members of the choir. The gift will be all the more prized because of the fact that it was altogether unexpected. Mr. Canty has had charge of this choir for three years past. That he has been a competent instructor is evidenced in the fact that the singing has become a feature of the church service.


It is a pleasure to note the return of "Herminie" at the opera house yesterday afternoon and evening. This play is founded on incidents of the Franco - Prussian war, and was admirably presented in the Eleventh Avenue opera house. Mr. William Redmund as "Paul Durand" and Mrs. Thomas Barry as "Herminie" were the principal characters in the play, but their supporting company was one of merit, and thus additional charm was given to the two entertainments.


The pig roast and dance given to the members and families of the Good Will fire company yesterday was, as predicted, a gastronomical as well as social success. The pigs, two in number, were done to a turn, and were enjoyed by all who partook of them. Sauer kraut and the attendant delicacies rendered the feast all the more enjoyable. Dancing was indulged in during the afternoon and evening, and, like the supper, was greatly enjoyed by all who took part in it.


Fire Department Inspection.


The horses and apparatus of the various companies of the Altoona fire department were inspected yesterday. Among those who visited the various houses were Select Councilmen Jacob Adams and C. W. Smith; Common Councilman D. K. Ramey, Chief Engineer Molloy and members of the different companies of the department. The various engines, hook and ladder, and hose houses were found to be in good condition and the apparatus was the same. Three companies, the Logan, Excelsior and Vigilant have what is known as the swinging system of harnessing up teams - a system which materially expedites rapid movement in going to a fire. In this connection the attention of councils might be called to the fact that in some of the houses some better arrangement should be taken for the preservation of the hose. Hose left on the reel for the reason that there is no tower in which to put it is likely to be destroyed, and councils should see to it that each engine and hose house is given the necessary facilities with which to keep the hose in proper condition. This will be a saving to the city in the long run.




On New Year's eve quite a number of the members of the Trinity Reformed congregation went to the residence of their pastor at 701u [upstairs? typo?] Fourth avenue. They took with them quite a supply of groceries, canned and dried fruits, jellies, provisions, etc. When they came Rev. Coblentz was not at home and, knowing nothing at all of their kindly visit, he was totally but agreeably surprised upon opening the door and finding the house almost full of his members. In a little speech expressive of thanks for the kindness so practically manifested and in words of thankfulness to the Giver of all good things, Rev. Coblentz could only partially express his appreciation in words and is endeavoring to express more of it in work.


Death of Joseph Fettinger.


Joseph N, the youngest son of Henry and Kate Fettinger, of 1230 Seventh avenue, died last night at 11.10 o'clock, after having suffered from diphtheria for three weeks. Although the greatest attention was given him, death came and relieved him of all earthly troubles. Joseph was 15 years, 2 months and 18 days of age. He was employed but recently in the Pennsylvania railroad foundry, under Foreman Maxwell, and was held in high esteem by him and his associates. The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.


Serious Freight Wreck.


Passenger trains from the west were delayed until after midnight this morning by a wreck, which occurred near the eastern end of the Gallitzin tunnel last evening. An east bound freight, in charge of Conductor Smith, met with an accident caused by a broken axle and which wrecked twelve cars, blockading the tracks in such a manner as to render passenger travel impossible. Fortunately no one was hurt, and wrecking crews from this city and Gallitzin cleared the tracks.


To Members of Emerald Beneficial Association.


All the members of branch No. 30, Emerald Beneficial association, are urgently requested to meet in Emerald hall this (Thursday) morning at 7.30 o'clock to proceed to the depot and from thence to Hollidaysburg to attend the funeral of our late Brother, Murray Manning. By order of branch, B. V. MONAHAN, Financial Secretary.


The State Florist Dead.


HARRISBURG, January 1. - The state florist, John Loban, sr., died at his home in this city to day, aged about 70. He had been sick about a week.


News of Interest to the Members - Installation of Officers.


The new Pythian lodge recently organized in this city is starting out well.


A new camp of the Patriotic Order True Americans will soon be instituted in this city.


Society halls are becoming so numerous in this town that rents must of necessity come down.


Secretaries of secret societies are requested to hand a full list of their officers for the ensuing term to the TRIBUNE.


The Union Veteran Legion of this city will publicly install its officers in its new hall, Kipple building, next Tuesday evening.


Mrs. A. W. Toner, of this city went to South Oil City yesterday morning to institute camp 30, Patriotic Order True Americans.


An interesting time is expected in the post room of Fred C. Ward post No. 468, tomorrow evening when there will be a public installation of officers.


Grand Chief A. C. Lyttle, Noble Chief C. W. Yenser and Past Chief A. P. Berlin are expected to deliver addresses at the public installation of Slatington castle No. 206 this evening.


State Councilor J. P. Winower will pay Gallitzin council No. 261 an official visit to - day and Juniata No. 372 on January 3. It is desired of the various councils to send a good delegation along to Gallitzin. They will leave on Johnstown accommodation.


At the regular stated convention of Blair lodge No. 281, Knights of Pythias, District Deputy Grand Chancellor Jesse B. W. Ickes installed the officers for the ensuing term. Following is a complete list of the officiary of the lodge: Past chancellor, B. F. Kinch; chancellor commander, William Glenny; vice chancellor, A. P. Kready, prelate, D. S. McLaughlin; master at arms, J. B. Anderson; keeper of records and seals, William Winnaugle; master of finance, J. G. Hirst; master of exchequer, D. K. Howe; inner guard, H. E. Mooney; outer guard, B. C. Rickle; representative, Charles Wylie; trustees, J. E. Lotz, W. H. Schwartz, James Hutchinson.


Roth - Bowman.


The wedding of Miss Clara Bowman to Mr. George Roth, at the residence of the bride's parents, 1424 Twelfth avenue, on Wednesday afternoon was a very pleasant event. A number of invited guests were present and indulged in conversation almost an hour preceding the ceremony which made fast the link that time or fate cannot sever in the eyes of Him who created them.


At 1 o'clock, Rev. E. D. Weigle, pastor of the First Lutheran church, entered the parlor and the words were spoken which made two hearts beat as one. The ceremony was solemn and impressive, the pastor dwelling on the duties which pertained to the high contracting parties. After receiving the congratulations of friends and having partaken of a bounteous collation, the happy couple were conveyed to the Pennsylvania railroad and thence to New York, and from there to Ashland, where, after a stay of several weeks, they will return to Uniontown, Pa., where the groom is engaged in the boot and shoe business.


Many valuable presents represented the many friends of both parties. The TRIBUNE joins their many friends in the hope that life may have for them the minimum of sorrow and the maximum of joy.


Death of Andrew Lingenfelter.


Mr. Andrew Lingenfelter died at twenty minutes of 7 o'clock last evening at his residence at Burket's station, his death being caused by diseases incident to old age. He was born August 11, 1819, and was consequently aged 70 years, 4 months and 20 days. The deceased was married in 1840, and besides his wife is survived by ten children, eight sons and two daughters. The sons are Thomas, John, Joseph, Francis, Edward, Lloyd and William, all of this city, and Cort Lingenfelter, residing at the homestead. The daughters are Miss Lucinda Lingenfelter, residing with the surviving parent and Mrs. Joseph Vogt, of this city. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of this county, having lived in it over thirty years, during which time his principal occupation has been that of a charcoal burner.


The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Services will be conducted at the house. The train which leaves this city at 1.50 p. m. will stop at the station there and any friends of the family from this city who desire to can attend the funeral. The interment will be made in Hutchinson's cemetery.


Those Which Were Held During the Year Just Closed.


To Coroner W. A. Glenn the TRIBUNE is indebted for the following list of inquests held by him during the year 1889. The total number was 51, divided among the different months as follows: January, 4; February, 3; March, 9; April, 9; May, 3; June, 4; July, 5; August, 5; September, 5; October, 1; November, 2; December 1. In detail the inquests were :


10 - On body of Augustus Schmitt at Bellwood; killed on Bell's Gap road; railroad employe. 12 - On body of Howard Burge at Altoona, killed in lower shop yard; company employe. 18 - On body of Henry Blouse at Hollidaysburg; supposed to have died under suspicious circumstances; body disinterred but found nothing wrong. 25 - On body of Dill Blackstone at Altoona; killed on the P. R. R.; company employe.


2 - On body of child of Mary Dingeldine at Altoona. 26 - On body of Mrs. John Brownan (colored) in Logan township. 27 - On body of Joseph Engle at Altoona; paralysis of the heart.


1 - On body of John Boyland at Altoona; killed on the railroad. 3 - On body of John A. Davis, at Altoona; heart disease. 8 - On body of unknown child at Altoona. 13 - On body of Mrs. Sarah Reed (colored) at Altoona. 15 - On body of Henry Grazier at Bellwood; heart disease. 16 - on body of Mrs. Harriet Abbott at Allegheny Furnace; apoplexy. 20 - On body of Mrs. Jane Hartman at Altoona; heart disease. 21 - On body of Anton Vilden at Altoona; laborer; killed on railroad at Allegrippus. 22 - On body of John M. Sproat at Altoona; drowned near Elizabeth Furnace.


5 - On body of infant child at Tyrone. 6 - On body of Samuel Gray at Altoona; natural causes. 7 - On body of Samuel Cox at Altoona; killed on Bell's Gap road; employe. 11 - On body of Frank X. Daiker at Altoona; heart disease. 11 - On body of Ella M, Griffin at Tyrone; killed at No. 13 bridge. 14 - On body of Charles Shoffner at Tyrone; struck by overhead bridge at Grazierville; company employe. 16 - On body of John Havell at Horse Shoe Mines; pistol shot wound; accidental. 17 - On body of William A. Jacobs at Tyrone; exposure. 29 - On body of J. W. G. Heller at Altoona killed by falling walls of Mountain City theatre building.


12 - On body of William Cox at Tyrone; suicide. 23 - On body of John Kinsel at Altoona; company employe; died of injuries received in railroad accident. 25 - On body of Joseph Mazzaro at Altoona; strangulated hernia.


6 - On body of Samuel J. Stewart at Altoona; company employe; died of injuries received by falling from a car. 20 - On body of Miss Ella Evans at Fostoria; heart trouble. 22 - On body of Herbert A. Guyer at Bellwood; fatally injured by attempting to jump on train. 29 - On body of E. T. Hemmill at Altoona; killed at Allegrippus.


1 - On the body of John B. Cherry at Altoona; killed in lower shop yard. 3 - On body of Howard Nicholson at Altoona; killed on branch railroad. 4 - On body of Miss Annie Taylor at Bellwood; suicide. 17 - On the body of John Duffy at Altoona; tramp; killed on railroad. 28 - On body of William Kelly at Altoona; pneumonia.


3 - On body of unknown man at Altoona; killed on the railroad. 4 - On body of Michael Ryan; at Altoona; died of his injuries received by jumping through car window at Huntingdon. 8 - On the body of Levi S. Young at Altoona; railroad employe. 21 - On body of Joseph Markley at Altoona; killed on branch railroad. 31 - On body of Joseph Felleur at Altoona; heart and liver troubles.


4 - On body of Peter Weaver at Kladder's Station; accident. 18 - On body of Francis Coleman at Altoona; killed on railroad; tramp. 19 - On body of John Holleson at Tiptop; killed on railroad; tramp. 1 9 - On body of Henry Ickes at Altoona. 26 - On body of William Storey at Altoona; killed on railroad at Hollidaysburg.


12 - On body of Mary J. Brown at Altoona; killed by mortar box falling on her.


7 - On body of Ralph M. Walker at Altoona; killed by falling from scaffold at new shops at Juniata. 24 - On body of Edward Johnson at Altoona; killed at Kittanning Point.


27 - On body of Charles English at Altoona; died from injuries received in railroad accident above BO office.


Brakeman McDermott Injured.


Bernard McDermott, of 2118 Fourth avenue, is a brakeman in the yard. Yesterday morning in attempting to board a draft of cars he in some manner was thrown under the moving train. He did not lose his presence of mind, but caught hold of the brake gear, being dragged a considerable distance before the train was stopped. He was injured internally but how seriously has not yet been determined. He was taken to the hospital in the ambulance, which was summoned immediately after the accident occurred.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, January 2, 1890, page 4




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