Miscellaneous News Articles From the Past
Jefferson County PA

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
May 4 1825
Page 4 - Column 1

The trial of Samuel Fields for the murder of Robert Murphy, a constable of Franklin county, came on at Brookville on the 24th ult. The prisoner on being arraigned plead not guilty. After the examination of witnesses and pleading of counsel, the jury retired, and after the space of about an hour returned with a verdict of Guilty. On the next morning, the Judge pronounced the sentence of the law upon the prisoner. He is to be executed on Friday the 27th of May next. The Editors of the Brookville Enquirer in concluding an account of the trial, remark - "Good God! What must be the spectacle, a man rising eighty five years of age, whose head (comparatively speaking) "rivals in whiteness the driven snow," suspended between the Heavans and the Earth, there to struggle, agonize and die an ignominious death. Lb.

Rattlesnake Destruction
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, July 21, 1829
Indiana, Pa. June 27
Emporium of Snakes
Mr. D. Postlewaite of Perry Township, Jefferson County, a gentleman of undoubted veracity, informs us that in the month of May last, he killed 140 rattle snakes, and at different times, he, in company with others, killed 500. Mr. Archibald Haddon, of the above neighborhood, destroyed sixty of the same species of reptiles. These snakes were captured at a den situate in the vicinity of Mr. P's residence. - Whig

Morning Herald (Titusville, Pennsylvania)
January 21 1868

Lead ore has been found in Jeferson county, Pa., in proximity to a coal bank belonging to Mr. Henry A. Hum, near Brookville. The Brookville Republican says, immediately under the lead ore vein there is about two inches of Kennel or Anthracite coal, and it si generally asserted by miners that iron ore exists either above or below a coal vein. Mr. Hum in all probability has in one mine anthracite or hard coal, bituminous or soft coal, iron and lead ore.

The Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 16 1868

Deserter to be Shot - Richard S. Epsy, of Brookville, Jefferson county, has been convicted of desertion by the court martial now in session in Pittsburg, over which Col. D. B. Morris presides. Espy was a Captain in the three month's service, subsequently a Lieutenant in the nine months' service. During the recent Draft he enlisted as a substitute, after which he deserted. After a fair and impartial investigation, he was convicted of the crime charged, and was sentenced to be shot. The papers in the case have been forwarded to Washington for approval, and if approved, the execution will take place at Pittsburg - Exchange.

The Blairsville Press (Blairsville, Pennsylvania)
March 19 1869

Taylor - Kean - On the 11th inst., at the house of Mr. Thomas Estep, near the intersection, Hon. Philip Taylor of Brookville, and Mrs. D. W. Kean, of Brownsville, Pa.

The Blairsville Press (Blairsville, Pennsylvania)
July 30 1869

Yankee Robinson's Circus troupe drove into Brookville on Sunday, 18th inst., and put up at the hotels engaged for them. On Monday they ere arrested and fines for breaking the Sabbath by traveling on that day.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
May 12 1870

Drowned - On Wednesday last a son about two yars old of Mr. Deemer, of Winslow township was drowned in the pond of Deemer's Mill on Sandy Lick. It appears that the child was playing about some loose boards and logs and that by some mishap fell into the water and was drowned - Brookville Republican.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
Novmeber 24 1870

Brookville has a brass band, which has just, through the liberality of the citizens, received a first class complement of new instruments.

A Brookville oil company is testing the territory at Lawsonham, Redbank township, Jefferson county. Their first well is down several hundred feet, and the indications are good.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
February 16 1871

On Friday last, Dr. McKnight, of this place, delivered Mrs. Rocky, of Warsaw tp., this county, of what is called a compound pregnancy She had been sick about eighteen hours before the Dr. was called and was laboring under convulsions when he reached the residence. The children consisted of two little girlgs, full time and fully developed, joined together at the middle of the breast-bone, and this connection extending down below the navel - firm and permanent - appearing as if there was but one set of bowels. The children were dead before the Dr. reached the house, and had to be delivered immediately with instruments. They weighed fourteeen pounds and were twenty inches long. Dr. McKnight has had them photographed for the benefit of science. Mrs. Rockey is a fine women, 17 years of age, and belongs to one of the best families in this county. She is doing well and will recover. - Brookville Jefferson.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
May 18 1871

Shocking Murder

Last Monday this community was started with the intelligence of one of th most horrible affiars that we have ever had occasion to chronicle in the columns of the Plaindealer. The particulars, as near as we could get them are as follows: Mr. Samuel Jordan, residing in Oliver township, this county, has been in a melancholy state of mind for some time, and, although he had made threats of doing harm at various times, no one ever thought of him putting them into execution. On Monday morning last Mrs. Jordan went to the barn for the purpose of milking, or to see if the cows were about, when she was followed by her husband, who did not appear to be any worse than usual. On their return, Jordan, who had preceded his wife across a fence, separating the lane from the yard, picked up a double-bitted axe, which was lying at the wood pile, and as she crossed over the fence, he struck her on the shoulder with the axe. Her screams attracted the attention of a young man, Jordan's brother, who was working in a field not far distant. He started at once to alarm the neighbors, and when they arrived at the scene of the terrible tragedy, they found Jordan sitting on the ground beside the body of his murdered wife, whose head was almost separated from the body. It is supposed from evidence obtained at the inquest, held Monday afternoon, that he had struck her four or five times. After he had finished this dreadful deed he attempted to destroy his own life, but failed. He inflicted several severe wounds about his head and neck with the axe, and in all probability, with a knife he would have succeeded in killing himself. He was taken to the Brookville jail on Tuesday, where he will remain until his trial at Court.

Mrs. Jordan was a daughter of David Henry, Esq., of Perrry township, and had been married about three years. We have been informed that on Sunday and again on Sunday night, Jordan caught his wife by the throat ant attempted to choke her to death. Her sad fate is deeply regretted by all - Punxsutawney Plaindealer.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
September 28 1871

Samuel Jordan, was tried for the murder of his wife, in Brookville, during this term of Court. He was found guilty of murder in the second degree, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment in the Penitentiary. An acount of the murder was published last may, at the time the crime was commiteed.

The Indiana Democrat (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
May 25 1871

Jefferson County

Butter at Punxsutawney is selling at 10 cents per pound.

A new Methodist Episcopal Church will be erected at Big Run, during the coming summer.

The recent rains did not raise Mahoning to a rafting stage, but the lumbermen took advantage of the swell and cut a bracket which enabled a large number of rafts to reach the river. The lumbermen on Mahoning have not had a good run of lumber this season, and as a consequence times are rather dull in the southern part of the county.

Chas. M. Brewer, Esq., has associated himself in the practice of law, with Capt. John Hastings.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
August 3 1871

Capt. George of Brookville Jeffersonian has been presented with a new hat by several of his Brookville friends. He is not a bit proud about it.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
September 7 1871

The Lightfoot base ball club, of Brookville, have challenged the Senecas, of Oil City for the championship of Western Pennsylvania. Bettery try the Magentas, of this place (Indiana, PA). The Brookville boys may be light footed, but a few hours with our boys will make them heavy hearted, or we are mistaken.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
November 9 1871

Great Fire in Brookville
A Whole Square Destroyed
Loss Seventy Thousand Dollars
Buildings Blown Up to Check the Spread of the Flames

Brookville, Pa., Nov. 6, 1871

On entire square of buildings was destroyed by fire last night. The loss is over seventy thousand dollars. The Clements House, owned by Robert Clements, was totally destroyed; loss twenty thousand dollars, no insurance. Barr& Mason, lessees of the Clements House, loss about five thousand dollars, no insurance. McKnight & Bro., druggists, loss five thousand dollars, no insurance; Craig & Son, grocers, loss three thousand, insured for two thousand; M. Best & Co., salt, loss one thousand, no insurance; G. F. Dodd, butcher about three hundred, no insurance; Benjamin McCreight's barn, loss about one thousand, no insurance; Glenn & Smith, shoemakers, two hundred and fifty dollars, no insurance; J. M. Steck dwelling house, loss two thousand, insured for twelve hundred dollars; Gordon & Bro., attorneys, saved their law library, but lost the building; loss one thousand, insured for four hundred; G. Vasbinder, merchant, fifteen hundred dollars, no insurance; Moore & Davis, provision dealers; loss five hundred dollars, no insurance; Thos. L. Brown, butcher, lost everything, no insurance; John Dougherty lost four buildings and one large barn, loss ten thousand, no insurance, Wm. Depp, loss in furniture three hundred, no insurance; J. S. Barr lost household furniture valued at fifteen hundred dollars, insured for seven hundred; Barr also loses his livery stable, with a large amount of hay, grain &c., loss fifteen hundred dollars, fully insured. The loss on buildins surrounding the square is about ten thousand dollars. The American House damaged by fire and water to the extent of five thousand dollars, fully insured.

The fire originated in the stable of the Clements House, and it supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. The flames spread so rapidly that a great many had barely time to escape from the burning buildings. The telegraph poles in the vicinity of the fire were burned, and the wire broken in several places. The excitement was intense, horses being turned loose, and buildings blown up to save those remaining.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
April 30 1874

Brookville has a prospect of being lighted by gass; a company for that purpose having been formed.

The Indiana Messenger (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
June 24  1874

The new boom of Carrier & Nicholson, on Redbank, below Brookville, broke on Wednesday night of last week, and hundreds of logs, several rafts, and much timber, was carried away, as the flood swept down the creek. Very little of the timber, and few logs were caught. The rafts were nearly a total loss.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
July 30 1874

Brookville Pa., July 22, 1874

On last Wednesday evening a murder was committed in Snyder township this county. Ammi Sibley and Henry Perry, farmer neighbors, had not been good friends for some time. Sibley stopped at Perry's house. Perry ordered him away, when Sibley drew a revolver and shot Perry in the bowels. The wound was not immediately fatal, the wounded man living until Sunday morning. On Sunday, J. W. Green, Esq., summoned Drs. Sweeny and McKnight of Brookville, who made a post moricm examination of the body, in the presence of the jury. Sibley is still at large, and is said to be a desperado.

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
August 6 1874

Fire at Brookville, Pa.

At nine-thirty on Thursday evening, the 30th ult., a fire was discovered in Brown, Son & Co.'s foundry, which, had it not been for the almost superhuman efforts of our citizens, would have consumed the whole lower portion of our town. The flames were not checked until they had entirely destroyed the extensive foundry and machine shops of Brown, Son & Co., whose loss will exceed fifty thousand dollars. The insurance is fifteen thousand dollars. In addition to the above, A. Stefle, proprietor of the Brookville House, will lose two thousand dollars; no insurance. Sheriff John S. Barr, loses one hundred dollars; no insurance. The thanks of the citizens are due W. M. Philips, Superintendent of the Low Grade Division, who immediately on the extent of the conflagration being made known, telegraphed to Renova, Pa., to have a steam fire engine in readiness to be moved here at a moment's notice. This fire will prove a serious loss to Brookville. A large number of hands will be thrown out of employment, and it will probably, under the present scarcity of money, be a long time before the shops will be rebuilt.

The Indiana Messenger (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
Novmeber 4 1874

Fatal Accident

On Friday last, Messrs. Louis A. Brady and W. S. Robinson, both young men of this place (Brookville), took their guns and went to the woods east of town to hunt. In the vicinity of Geer's school house, they sat down on a log to rest and east some chestnuts. Mr. Brady getting up and starting first, had not proceeded far when he heard the report of Robinson's gun, and turning around saw him still setting on the log in an inclining position. He turned about and went to him, when he discovered that he was shot and quite insensible.

Two little girls were near gathering chestnuts, and he called them to him and soon two women also came up, when Mr. B. left the injured man with them and hurried to a neighbors to send word to his friends and summon a physician. He lived about two hours after the accident, his brother Albert being able to reach him before his death. It appears that in raising his gun before starting the hammer struck on the log, exploding the cap, the entire charge of shot entering his head above the right eye, inflicting a terrible wound. His body was brought home and from thence was followed to his grave at Troy on Sunday morning, by one of the largest funerals that we have witnessed in Brookville.

Mr. Robinson was an estimable young man, and his sudden death is a great sorrow to his bereaved brothers and sisters. - Brookville Republican

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892


Married on Saturday, May 7th, 1892 at the residence of Squire E. T. McGaw, John A. Ruth of Reynoldsville and Sarah Alice Bailey of Forest County Pa.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

John McConville Found Guilty of Breaking and Entering

John McConville, who was arrested by Detective Addelsperger last March for breaking into A. V. R’y cars in this place, was tried at Brookville this week and found guilty.  About seven years ago McConville worked at the tannery.  From here he went to St. Marys and there engaged in stealing and was sent to the penitentiary for three years and nine months.  Since that time he has been tramping through the country.  He and several “pards” were stopping at the coke ovens at the time thieves entered Wm Burge’s store, tannery office, A. V. ticket office and cars.  McConville was the only one that sufficient evidence could be procured against to hold for a trial.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

Reynoldsville News

The Burgess has issued an edict that all the streets, alleys, backyards, &c., must receive attention and be relieved of the trash there accumulated.

William Foster, the confectionery dealer, who has had a serious tussle for four weeks with typhoid fever, the typhus very nearly getting the better of him, is now convalescing.

A brick addition is being built onto the post office.  This is a much needed improvement, as the office was too small to give the Postmaster and his assistants room to do their work with comfort.

John Mulhollan, of Rathmel, has purchased Dr. Bowser’s residence on East Main street.  The doctor expects to build somewhere in the west end of town.  Mr. Mulhollan will move to this place.

Dr. B. E. Hoover, who is tenderly caring for the fifth boil on the back of his neck, thinks that amidst Job’s great afflictions he never had a boil on his neck – especially such excruciating ones as he has to suffer with.

Prof. W. J. Weaver of Reynoldsville, received his commission several days ago as National Deputy of the Daughters of Liberty.  The Professor expects to institute a Daughters of Liberty lodge at DuBois and one at Deemer’s Cross roads in the near future.

After an explosion of George Washington Stoke’s usually unexplosive temper, the soda fountain in H. Alex. Stoke’s drug store has been loaded with “phiz” and now all who desire to can slake their thirst at the fountain – if they have the price.

Corwin, the photographer, was compelled to enlarge his gallery on account of his increased business.

Frank Hoffman, the butcher, has made a decided improvement in the appearance of his meat shop.

Since last Thursday morning, Solomon Shaffer, the lumberman, counts one more little girl to buy dresses for.

Frank J. Black, proprietor of Hotel McConnell, presented this office with six newspaper files, for which we are thankful.

Miss M. E. Moore keeps all the newest and best styles in the market.  Her stock is the largest and her prices the lowest.

Wm. Burge, who has been suffering for several weeks with an injured foot, is able to look after his business affairs again.  Mr. Burge stepped off the sidewalk onto a board with a nail in it and the rusty nail almost made its appearance on the upper side of his foot.

J. A. Welsh, the groceryman, went to Pittsburgh Tuesday morning to be treated by Father Mullinger.  Mr. Welsh has been afflicted with rheumatism for almost three years. Prior to his coming to Reynoldsville last year, he was confined to the house for seven months.

J. M. Norris of Paradise Settlement, killed a calf last week that was four weeks old and weighted 106 lbs. when dessed.

Thomas Mahoney has opened another meat shop in Reynoldsville.  Meat shop No. 2 will be in the room next door to E. T. McGaw’s office.

Albert Reynolds, who has been Notary Republic for twenty consecutive years, has been assured by Governor Pattison that his commission will be renewed for another four years on the 19th inst., when his present term expires.  Mr. Reynolds is a staunch Republican yet this will be his second commission under a Democratic Governor.

G. G. Williams of Benezette, Pa., is now night dispatcher in the A. V. R’y office at this place.  By-the-way, our neighbor, the DuBois Courier, mentioned not long since, in a bragging manner, that the telegraph office at that place was now open all night.  We have had a night operator at this place for over a year.

The ladies of the Reynoldsville Guiding Star Lodge will hold an ice cream, strawberry and cake festival in the G.A.R. hall on Wednesday evening, May 25th.

A number of Mrs. C. H. Gordon’s lady friends got up a surprise party last Thursday and assembled at her home to spend a social and pleasant evening together.

Robert Yeaney, who has been in the merchandise business at Sykesville for several years, has disposed of his store there and may go into business in Reynoldsville.

E. Neff has received his commission and has taken the oath of office as Justice of the Peace.  This makes the fourth time Mr. Neff has been commissioned J. P.

John Shultz hobbled around several days this week because a heavy board fell a distance of twelve feet endwise striking “the nail on the head” of his great toe on right foot.

James Degnan and Patrick McDonald, the extensive lumbermen of this place, intend putting in nearly twenty-two million this season, which began the first of the present month.  They will put in from eight to ten million at Green Briar, in Polk township, and from ten to twelve million at Falls Creek and along the Sandy Lick between Falls Creek and Reynoldsville.  These gentlemen are energetic lumbermen.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

New DuBois Catholic Church Corner Stone Laid

Corner Stone Laid

The corner stone of the Catholic Church at DuBois was placed in position last Sunday, the ceremonies being witnessed by three thousand people.  The priests present were Right Rev. Tobias Mullen of Erie, Fathers Maher, of Ridgeway, Winker of Punxsutawney, Desmond of Coalport, Brady of Reynoldsville and McGivney, pastor of the church.  The new church is to be a large and magnificent one, costing a large sum of money.  The structure is such an imposing one that it will, doubtless, be two years before it is dedicated.  The foundation is 60x130 feet.  Excursion trains were run to DuBois from Punxsutawney, Johnsonburg and Reynoldsville.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

A Pleasant Trip

D. F. Robinson, who, in company with Jos. S. Morrow, left Reynoldsville on the 14th of January for the Hot Springs in Arkansas, returned last Saturday much improved in health. After a seven weeks’ stay at the springs, Mr. Morrow visited friends in Kansas and returned home, but Mr. Robinson took a jaunt into Texas, passing almost through the state.  He was in Texas two weeks and enjoyed several hunting expeditions during that time.  Mr. Robinson says he killed fourteen quails at four shots, and yet does not profess to be an expert marksman.  He also sojourned in the state of Kansas four weeks.  He is not timid in expressing his opinion that Kansas is the place for farming.  He saw wheat fiends there containing 160 acres.  Mr. R. says this was the most pleasant trip of his life.  We are glad that he and Mr. Morrow are both enjoying better health since their visit to the Hot Springs.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

A Mine Disaster

A Reynoldsville Young Man Meets Death 3,000 Miles Away from Home

John Bone, son of Robert Bone of Reynoldsville, was instantly killed in a mine disaster Tuesday, May 10, on the Pacific slope.  He was working for the Union Pacific Coal Company at Roslyn, Washington state, when the explosion occurred which cost him his life.  From forty to fifty other men met death at the same time.

John Bone was an employee of the B., L. & Y. C. M. Co., working in Pleasant Valley mines, until about four years ago when he and a brother, Richard, left the parental roof to seek a livelihood in the western country.   Richard returned home about the first of April and the parents have been looking for John home most any day, as he has been promising them he would come. He was 27 years old and the fourth son of a family of nine boys and three girls, this being the first tie broken in the family circle.  When the boy, for whom they now mourn, arrived home it was the intention of the parents to have a picture of the family in a group, as their daughter, Mrs. Kirkman, of Peel, Clearfield Co., is now at home waiting her brother’s arrival.  The expectations of joy and pleasure have been turning into mourning.  The mother is almost frantic with grief.  The remains will be shipped here for burial, but the family are unable to make any definite arrangements yet.  It will be impossible to get the body her before Monday or Tuesday of next week.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 11, 1892

Sandy Valley News

The farmers are busy planting their potatoes.

The two stores at this place are doing good business.

Our supervisor, A. T. McClure, is busy repairing the roads, which was much needed at present.

The Valley is enjoying a boom this spring.  All the houses are rented and a number of calls for more houses.

Waite & Son are busy sawing and hauling lumber to the Sherwood mine, located one mile east of this place.

One of our merchants, W. T. Cox, has returned from Allentown, Pa., where he was attending the state council of the O. U. A. M.  He reports a pleasant time and a cordial welcome from the citizens of Allentown.

A horse belonging to some person at Elanora came in to town from the Beechwoods Settlement last Sunday evening with the front wheels of a buggy.  The animal was going so fast that it could not make the turn and ran into Geo. Rigg’s coal house and smashed up the remaining part of the buggy.  The horse was caught by one of our citizens.  No one hurt.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

A Much Dreaded Fly.

The man eating fly of Central America inhabits the low lying coast regions, and is much dreaded by the natives for the fearful results which follow its sting. Naturalists call it Lucilia hominivora. The average specimen is about a third of an inch long. It has a big

head, with the eyes on top. Its cheeks are a golden yellow, its abdomen dark blue with purple bands, its legs black, its wings unusually big, and they produce a continuous and loud buzzing when in motion.  The person bitten by this fly gets a disease called myiasis. It generally begins with an itching of the nose, then that organ swells and bleeds; next it becomes ulcerated, and in these ulcers may be found the larva of the fly. The whole face becomes swollen, erysipelas sets in, followed by meningitis and death. One man I knew shot himself after he had been bitten rather than face the tortures he knew were certain.  Cure is difficult. Subcutaneous injections of chloroform sometimes do good, but as often fail. One man I heard of was cured by lemon juice injected into his blood. --Interview in Now York Tribune.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Peculiar Pronunciation.

Landor always pronounced yellow as yaller. We have heard Mr. A. R. Wallace,

the eminent naturalist, during the course of a lecture, repeatedly sound it thus, a mode of pronunciation said, indeed, to be traditional in many good old English families, and which includes the substitution of laylock for lilac, Room for Rome, goold for gold, and

woonderful for wonderful.

A homely old rural dean, long since dead, used always, like Sam Weller, to leave out the "w" In woman, and his "Wilt thou have this ooman to be thy wedded wife?" was apt to mar the solemnity of a marriage service.  --London Tit-Bits.


An Easter scene in Athena.

For some time before Easter the city of Athens wears a picturesque aspect.  This is due in great part to the number of shepherds who, with their flocks, have come down from the mountains and are camped in every available open space, engaged in selling their lambs.  There is no family so poor as not to break the long Lenten fast with an Easter lamb, the value of which is about a dollar, and a veritable massacre of the innocents is going on.  --"Customs and Lore of Modern Greece."

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

The Largest Ocean Steamers.

The largest passenger steamships in commission are the sister ships City of New York and City of Paris, each having 10,449 tons displacement. The steamship having the largest accommodations for cabin passengers is the Cunarder Etruria, which can carry 550. The longest steamship is the Teutonic, 565 feet.  --New York Advertiser.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Two Story Brick.

A real estate deal was consummated last Monday afternoon the object of which we are pleased to note. Burgess J. M. Hays purchased from C. C. Gibson the property on Main street where Esq. McGaw has his office. Consideration 2,650.00. Mr. Hays is to get possession on the first of June when he will immediately commence tearing down the old frame structure now standing and will build a two story brick. What the new building will be used for is to be found out in the future, as Mr. Hays Is loath to tell. While we are unable to inform our readers as to all the facts in the case, yet we rejoice that the old frame structure will be razed to the ground to give place to a brick building.  May the day hasten when many more such transformations shall take place in Reynoldsville.

LATER.  – H. Alex. Stoke, the druggist, is the gentleman for whom Mr. Hays purchased the property.  Mr. Stoke will use the proposed new store room for his drug business. Alex, has succeeded in business through being energetic and enterprising.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

A Weighty Body.

Reynoldsville has a body of councilmen that mean business, and will not be trifled with. The Burgess and police are not slow in enforcing the law. If the present state of affairs continue we, as citizens of this borough, will have to be law abiding and as strict as the Pharisee. After while a young man will not even be allowed to burn a love letter on the street, and as for the housewife, she will not be permitted to empty the contents of the family coffee pot out of the kitchen window. It Is barely possible that there will be a "let up" before such strictness shall prevail, although the law now forbids the burning of paper on the streets. It is useless to rebel, for If 1,114 pounds, avoirdupois, come down upon a man he will certainly be crushed. The average weight of the council Is 194 pounds.  The heaviest 240 and the lightest 164.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Not in it.

The rumor that the tannery at this place Is to be shut down for sixty days, is without the sanction of Hall, Vaughn & Co., proprietors. They did not enter into the agreement made by leather dealers at New York recently to close their tanneries for sixty days which Is

done to clear the market of an overstock, although over one hundred tanneries entered into such an agreement. The proprietors of this tannery prefer to be at liberty to run their business when It suits them to do so. Although the tannery may shut down for a short time, yet there have been no such Indications manifested on the part of the proprietors.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Read His Platform.

This week we published the announcement of Dr. W. J. McKnight, of Brookville, for State Senator. The Doctor served in the Senate from 1880 until 1884.  He now seeks a re-nomination.  He is well known in Jefferson and Indiana counties and anything we might say would be superfluous. His platform is published in connection with his announcement. Read it.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Funeral Thursday.

The funeral services over the remains of John Bone, whose tragic death was noted in The Star last week, will be held in the M. E. church Thursday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. W. P. Murray will preach the sermon. The funeral will be in charge of the I. O. O. F. of Reynoldsville. The remains will be interred in the new cemetery south of town.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

A Business Change.

Mrs. Elijah Trudgen has purchased E. Neff's grocery store. The new store will be run under the name of Lizzie D. Trudgen. Esq. Neff will devote his time hereafter in performing the duties of his office, Justice of the Peace, and will deal in real estate. His office will be in the room now occupied by C. J. Kerr after the first of June.


The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Both Convalescing.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Spry, who have both been seriously ill for the past month are now on a fair way to their usual health. Mr. Spry had pneumonia, while his wife was suffering with bronchitis and la grippe.

 The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Thrown From a Pony.

Amelia Morrow, 11 year old daughter of Jos. S. Morrow, the merchant, narrowly escaped death or serious Injury Monday afternoon.  A few scratches about the face and badly bruised knees were the extent of injury. Mr. Morrow has a gentle little pony and was giving his daughter and Lydia Mellinger lessons Monday forenoon in horseback riding.  At noon Amelia had come to the conclusion that she was an export rider and told her papa that in the afternoon she would make Lucie--the pony-- believe that she was Mertie Peek No. 2.  Soon after the noon hour Mertie No. 2 mounted her little mustang and forgetting, just a trifle, her papa's Instructions to wait until he was ready, the young rider rode up Third street and near Thos. Shields' house a newspaper that was lying in the street, was caught up in the brisk breeze and frightened the pony.  The animal quickly turned to go the other way. Amelia lost her Mertie Peek grit, let go the reins, screamed and grabbed the horns of the saddle and the pony made a hasty return trip down the hill. Those who witnessed the scene expected to see the young miss dashed to the ground. Caezar Ferris ran in front of the pony at the Commercial hotel and stopped it. Amelia let go her death-like grip and fell to the ground uninjured with the exception of a few bruises and badly shaken up. The ambition that was at Its zenith at noontide to become an expert rider went down behind the hill of disappointment long before the sun disappeared behind the western hills.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

One New School Building Sure

The school directors have decided to build one new school building at least and will give the citizens, by special election, an opportunity to vote as to whether two new buildings, one in each end of town, shall be erected in place of one. As to the location of the new house, if only one, we are unable to state.  The board, as mentioned last week, looked around for sites and have in view a lot near the Sankey property on Jackson street, for the east end building, and a lot near C. C. Gibson's property on Hill street, for west end. The board meets either this or tomorrow evening and will then come to some definite conclusion.  They will do what they consider the best for all concerned, but if they were to listen to the many suggestions offered as to how this question should be settled, they would have a conglomeration of Ideas that would be sufficient to confound steam engine. The Star will not advise these gentlemen, who have boon elected to their position by the people, what they should do as we think it would be useless. It Is an Important question and should be viewed only in the light of the future benefit of our thriving town, and not in the interest of one man or one end of town. Whatever action the board may take in the matter they will be censured by some people.  There are always people who see things their way and no other.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

Prohibition Meeting.

The Prohibitionists of this place hold a meeting in Centennial hall Saturday evening.  Notwithstanding the inclement weather the hall was packed.  The meeting opened with a song by Lilly Runals, of New York, entitled "The Ninety and Nine." H. D. Patton, of Lancaster, State Chairman of the Prohibition party, talked an hour and thirty minutes on the claims the Prohibition party had upon American people, especially upon the professed Christian people of the land. Miss Runal recited "The Kitchen Clock."  A collection was asked for. "The Cows are in the Corn," was sung by Miss Runals. Mr. Patton explained the Baker Law and the meeting closed with a recitation by Miss Runals entitled "Rock of Ages." Miss Runals is a good singer, but evidently likes to have the people show their appreciation of her talent by encore. She was prepared for such an outburst, but silence predominated and the people missed what was in store for them and the singer's feelings were as thoroughly dampened as were the streets of Reynoldsville.

The Star, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County PA
May 18, 1892

A Timber Deal.

E. C. Stuart, the Sugar Hill lumberman, has made another timber deal, this time out in Warsaw township, near Richardsville.  He has secured 126 acres of land on which are 3,000,000 feet of pine and hemlock timber.  The land was sold at sheriff's sale a short time ago, and Mr. Stuart bought it from the purchaser for the remarkably low sum of $800. 

George  Harding Attempts to Kill Wife and Commits Suicide


Dubois, Nov.8--George M. Harding, a well known citizen of Reynoldsville, today attempted to kill wife and then committed suicide by blowing his brains out.  The wife will probably recover. The couple quarreled last week and separated, the husband charging the wife with infidelity. He took their two small children to the home of his parents, where he then went to live. Mrs. Harding went to the home of her parents.

Harding called on his wife at her parents's house today, and when she made her appearance he threw his arms around her and fired a bullet into her head. He then turned the weapon and blew his own brains out, his body falling besides his prostrate wife. Harding and his wife, both highly respected, they coming from two of the oldest families in the community. He was twenty-eight years of age, and was employed by the Reynoldsville and Falls Creek railroad company. His wife is twenty-six years of age. At the time of their marriage quite a sensation was caused by it, the young couple eloping to New York state.

Harding early this morning wrote a number of letters, among them being one to his parents asking them to forgive him for his deed, and saying that he could not live through the disgrace brought upon him by his wife. He asked his parents to care for his two children.

[Source: Patriot, Nov 9, 1900 - Submitted by Nancy Washell]

Kittanning Brewing Company Plead Guilty

New Castle News, (New Castle, Pa) Friday August 23, 1911

Brewing Companies Heavily Fines
Brookville, Pa., Aug. 22
The officials of the Kittanning Brewing company, charged with selling liquor without license, pleaded guilty as did the officials of the New Bethlehem Brewing company and were fined $1,500 and costs.

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