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 Newbury Welch Accidently Killed
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, January 12, 1830
Accidents & C.
On the 7th ult., Mr. Newbury Welch, of Sardinia, Erie county, fell into a kettle of boiling pot ash; he survived ten hours, during which time he suffered the most extreme pain.

Slight Gas Explosion at Corry (1870)
The Forest Republican, Tionesta PA October 11, 1870
At Corry, a few nights since, a merchant on Senaca street gave an impromptu exhibition of the uses of gas. Of course everybody was proud of having the illuminator started and of course some of the gas pipes leaked. The merchant's store smelled, especially strong and it appeared to be densest in the box shaped show window. Someone advised him to light a match so as to ascertain where the leak was, and holding his nose while he performed the operation, he went to the inside of the window, struck a match and landed on his back on the pavement with broken glass all around him. He now considers the expediency of hunting for gas leaks with lighted matches as more than questionable.

E. T. Pierce Arrested
E.T. Pierce, student at the Cleveland Military academy, has been arrested at Erie, Pa., for thieving from several stores. He had gone to Erie with the intention of eloping with a Cleveland girl, who did not keep her agreement to meet him at the former place.
Little Falls Transcript, April 30, 1885, page 3
Little Falls, MN
Contributed by Robin Line

Lillian Blakesless Recovering
Miss Lillian Blakesless of Cory, PA, who has been under medical treatment for years for consumption, coughed up a collar button the other day, and is rapidly recovering.

Source: Custer Co. Republican, Broken Bow, Ne, April 26, 1900 edition, transcribed by Melody Beery

Erie Daily Times , Nov, 1915

Jail Unsanitary Grand Jury Says

Urges Place Be Given Thorough Cleaning and Plumbing Be  Better Cared For.

AlmsHouse Also Criticized

That the county jail is generally unsanitary was the report of the Grand Jury yesterday. It was found that some of the individual basins and toilets were rusty and  suggested that some means be taken to keep them in a more saitary condition.  The walls should be cleaned and painted and an attempt should be made to keep the entire jail in a more cleanly condition, then that found by the Grand Jury.  We believe that some improvments should be made in the conditionof the jail, without great expense. We recommend that the padded cell be placed on the first floor instead of in the basement.

The condition of the prisoners, so far as personal cleanleness is concerned, is good. the prisoners also report they are fed well. We suggest that the placing of strong wire should be place along the area leading to the different doors, so that there be no danger of jail officials being thrown over the railings to the concret floor below by unruly persons. The toilets in the mens hospital of the county farm were found to be unclean It is recommended that these toilets be made to flush automaticly. It is further suggested that the floors be repaired, to prevent injurys. It was found that the inmates were clean and properly fed.

It was again recommended that seperate apartments be provided, for aged married couples who have become wards of the county almshouse. We also recomend that sprinklers be installed through the attic for the protection to the property in case of fire. Its further recomended that a seperate building be provided for the treatment of contagious diseases. The Court House and Detention Center were found to be in good condition.

-- Contributed by Linda Dougan


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