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October 1903


Friday, 2 Oct 1903
Contributed By Patty Millich

Wanted At Once

A good tenant for my Farm in Allegheny Township. Will rent buildings, alone or farm outright. Parties must come well recommended. Inquire of: Louis E. Kaylor, Ebensburg, Pa.

Boy Confessed Robbery

Huntingdon, Pa., Sept. 29-—Emerson Bowman, 19 years old is in jail charged with running away with a satchel containing $738.94, the property of Dreese & Wagner, stove manufacturers of Hare’s Valley. When arrested, Bowman had spent all the cash but $73 and made a full confession.

Items from Nant-Y-Glo

The home of Benjamin Fresh was burned to the ground recently says the Johnstown DEMOCRAT. It was on a small piece of ground lying about a mile and a half from Twin Rocks. Mr. Fresh and his family had gone to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Fresh, near Vinco Saturday morning and knew nothing of the fire until they were almost home Sunday evening, when they met some acquaintances who informed them of what had happened. The origin of the fire is unknown. Everything was burned. When the neighbors discovered the flames it was too late to get anything out of the house as the heat was so intense. The building was insured.

Scarlet fever has been holding possession of the town for quite a while but is now abating as there have been no new cases reported lately. There have been a number of fatalities from the dread disease, also from diphtheria.

The new houses of the Pennsylvania Coal and Coke company are now nearly ready for occupancy.

The mines have been running very slowly here lately. The only men in demand now are the carpenters as no matter which way you look new houses are visible.

The Finlanders church is nearly completed. This makes the third church built in Nant-y-Glo in the past year.

Political Notes

Mr. Lenhart’s most sanguine friends are not being disappointed by the canvass he is making. He is a candidate calculated to appeal to all classes. His record is a clean and honorable one. He was one of the best city controllers Johnstown ever had and his services upon the Johnstown School board have been characterized by earnestness of purpose and eminent ability. He is moreover his “own” man. No one “owns” and he was not nominated by either a faction or a boss.

It will be noted that “Mage” Stephens, one of the numerous secretaries of the Republican County Committee is in New York City busily working for the good of the party.

There is considerable anxiety in some quarters owing to the fear that Col. S. W. Davis may decide to take possession of the court house. No one doubts Colonel’s title. For 21 years he was notoriously, openly adversely, etc., in possession of the structure. His appearance in political circles as secretary of the county committee suggests that perhaps he imagines that the time has come for him to pack his trunk and move into the Temple of Justice.

Local and Personal

M. J. Stoltz took a business trip to Pittsburg this week.

Fred D. Barker who has been ill is reported as being much better.

Mrs. J. R. Blair of Loraine, O., is visiting relatives in Ebensburg.

Noah Dishong of Jackson township was in town on Wednesday.

R. J. Kaylor has sold his hotel property in Hastings to John Gresco.

Mr. Joseph Bearer of Carroll township visited Ebensburg Wednesday.

James C. Murray of Cresson township was an Ebensburg visitor on Thursday.

Miss Laughlin of Pittsburg on Monday closed her summer cottage in this place.

Senator J. C. Stineman of South Fork paid this office a pleasant visit on Tuesday.

Miss Helen Barker left last week for Germantown where she is attending a seminary.

Mr. Ambrose Schettig of this place spent several days in Pittsburg on business this week.

It is reported that J. L. Mitchell will build a fine residence on his farm just north of town.

Miss Lyda Davidson has returned from Lebanon county where she was visiting relatives.

Mrs. Matthias Farabaugh of Munster township spent a few hours in Ebensburg on Monday.

Miss Maggie O’Neill of this place left on Wednesday for a visit to relatives in Pittsburg.

Rev. F. H. Fish of McKeesport is visiting his daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Jones of this place.

Mrs. M. J. Binder of Hastings who spent the summer in Ebensburg returned home Tuesday. Lawrence Wyland and ex-Sheriff Joseph Gray of Spangler transacted business in this place this week.

Messrs. J. G. Hasson and son, Thomas H. Hasson, spent a few hours in Carrolltown on Thursday.

Mr. C. R. Jones of the New York Bargain Store in this place spent the past week in New York purchasing goods.

Miss Mary Gallaway of Altoona is the guest of Miss Alberta Gates of this place. Miss Gallaway sang in the Catholic church here on Sunday.

Mrs. Fes Lloyd of this place accompanied by her daughter, Miss Nellie, returned home Tuesday night from the Presbyterian hospital where the former recently underwent an operation.

Word has been received by the commissioner’s clerk that hereafter, until further notice, public visiting at the Dixmont hospital for the insane will be prohibited and those having friends or relatives in the institution will be allowed to see them only on Saturdays.

The following ladies from South Fork visited this place on Wednesday: Mesdames E. Lewis, M. H. Lichliter, Isaac Schofield, John Barker, Amos Davis, Alice Joll, Isabella Gillespie, Agnes Plouse, Will Dunmire, John Miller, Thos. Jones, John Galbreath, James Topper, ----Frinback.
**[Frinback’s name is as it appears in the newspaper, no first name]

A hale and hearty old gentleman is George L. Meyers, a well known resident of Gallitzin township, says the Johnstown DEMOCRAT. He is 84 years of age, but insists on doing a large share of the farm work. “I cannot be idle,” he says, “My son recently plowed 80 rows of corn 40 rods long and thought he did a good day’s work. The next day I plowed 84 rows. One day last spring I plowed two and a half acres of ground and hauled a load of coal.”

Raymond J. Kaylor, the former owner of the Cambria Tribune, has located in Johnstown in the Roberts property on Vine street. Mr. Kaylor has lived in Ebensburg for the last five years.

Court Dates Announced

Judge Francis J. O’Connor has announced that motion court will be held the first Tuesday of October; argument court, Oct. 27; election court the Thursday following the election and the next regular term of court on the first Monday of December.

Railroad Officers Busy

The gang of wire thieves that has been working in Central Pennsylvania is likely to be broken up as the result of the vigilance of local railroad police. Charles Hess, white, of Harrisburg, and John Randolph, colored, of Charleston, S. C., two men, it is believed, knew something of the recent wire robberies in Blair, Huntingdon and Cambria counties, were arraigned Friday in Alderman J. J. Irwin’s court to answer the charge of trespassing on the railroad and vagrancy and were committed to jail for sixty days.

The police during the imprisonment of the two men will endeavor to gather evidence against them to implicate them with the robbery of wire from the poles of the Postal and Western Union Telegraph companies and the Cambria Telephone company and to locate the stolen wire, which is believed to be hidden at some place in the mountains near Altoona.

Mrs. Portia Butler

Mrs. Portia Butler, wife of John Butler of Napoleon street, Johnstown, was taken to the poor house Saturday by Poor Director W. D. Miller, her eighteen-month-old daughter accompanying her. Mrs. Butler is about thirty years of age and is a native of Stroyestown, Somerset county. She and Mr. Butler have not been living together for some time and recently, it is said, she and her little daughter had been sleeping in outbuildings. The woman is in a delicate condition and some of the residents of the South Side appealed to the Poor authorities to look after the case.

Court Cases

Windup of Court
Court Adjourned Here Last Saturday
Continued from last week:

A case taken up on the Tuesday preceding adjournment and finished the next day was that in which Anthony Gristina, alias Frank Madano, was shown to be a bad Italian and was sentenced to pay $200 fine and the costs and serve two years and nine months in the pen. He was charged by C. A. Parrish with carrying concealed weapons and by Thomas Philips with felonious assault and battery. It was shown that on August 1st, Gristina had hid Phillips’ (sic) place in Gallitzin and shot at Phillips, one ball striking him on the leg, another ball entering the door of the house. The next morning Officer Parrish arrested Gristina and found a revolver and a bowie knife on his prisoner. Gristina went on the stand but he had no defense and was promptly convicted.

Greave Cooney was acquitted of a charge of assault and battery, preferred by Jennie Hunter, the latter being taxed wit the costs.

The larceny case to which Margaret Harris was the defendant and W. W. Dibert, the prosecutor, was settled on payment of the costs.

A nol pros was entered in the case of Mary Galligan charged by F. A. Gill with larceny.

John Mickey pleaded guilty to assault and battery; John Cervinsky, prosecutor. The defendant is a boy of about twelve years and ran a wagon into the prosecutor in the Fifteenth ward in Johnstown. The lad was sentenced to pay the costs, $1 fine and serve thirty days in jail.

Guy Stanton and Samuel Walker, charged by Frank Campbell and Frank McTague with malicious mischief and riot, pleaded guilty and on the latter charge were directed to pay the costs, $50 fine, and serve six months in jail, sentence being suspended on the other charge on payment of costs.

Arthur Simpson pleaded guilty to breaking and entering; S. M. Snyder, prosecutor, and was directed to pay the costs, further sentence being suspended.

Wednesday was sentence day in court. The main offender of the session proved to be Lewis Casselman, a negro, who made a brutal assault on a Daisytown girl. He was sentenced to serve five years in the penitentiary.

Other sentences imposed were as follows:

Joseph Zimmerman, violating pure food laws, sentenced to pay the costs.

Daniel R. Miller and George Nelson, burglary; Miller sentenced to pay costs; Nelson being sent to the Huntingdon reformatory.

O. B. Barnett, desertion; sentenced to pay the costs.

William McKenzie, carrying concealed weapons; sentenced to pay the costs after serving three months in jail.

Val Meekin, desertion; sentenced to pay the costs.

James Scott, assault and battery; fined $10 and costs.

James Fesler, larceny; $25 and costs and 13 months in the penitentiary.

Elmer Crocker, larceny; sentenced to pay the costs and further sentence suspended pending his good behavior.

Frank Farl, carrying concealed deadly weapons and pointing fire arms; fined $10 and costs and three months in jail.

Mart Roberts, carrying concealed deadly weapons and assault and battery; sent to the Huntingdon reformatory.

Warren N. Kyper, forgery; sent to the Huntingdon reformatory.

Thomas George, felonious assault and battery and wife beating, fined $50 and costs and sent to the Western penitentiary for one year and eight months.

Nathan Blough, desertion; sentenced to pay the costs.

Isadore Wolf, breaking and entering; fined $10 and costs and ordered to make restitution.

John Vasbinder, forgery; sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs, the defendant having already served six months in the county jail.

Thursday Court

The case of Attorney J. F. McKenrick of Ebensburg, charged by J. F. Cox with forgery and false pretense occupied the entire day in court at Ebensburg Thursday. Cox testified that he had gone to McKenrick’s office last January and retained the attorney to settle some cases brought before Justice Joseph Jenkins of West Taylor township by Mrs. Mary Hertzog on behalf of her daughter. Cox and McKenrick had paid $9 costs to in one case and $12.08 in the other, paying Mrs. Hertzog $100, but telling him it had cost $150 to satisfy the woman. The false pretense charge lies in the alleged misrepresentation of the amount paid and the forgery in the interlineations in Mrs. Hertzog’s receipt of the money, making the amount read $159 instead of $109. Mrs. Hertzog testified that she had received $108.75 or $109, less 25 cents express charges and the express agent testified that he had delivered to her the amount.

McKenrick’s defense was that the $12.08 in one case the $9 in the other made the $21.08 costs charged. He contended that his fee was $100 instead of $50 as claimed by Cox. He said that he and Cox had settled matters before he sent the money to Mrs. Hertzog and that Cox had given him a check for $216.40 as covering the fees, costs and amount paid in settlement. Some weeks after everything was closed up Cox came back and demanded $50 back which McKenrick refused and Cox then brought the suit. The jury brought in a verdict clearing Mr. McKenrick.



Theodore Drass of Gallitzin and Miss Kate Shumate of Summit were married in St. Aloysius Catholic church last week by the Rev. Robert Kiernan. They were attended to by Walter Parrish of Gallitzin and Miss Jeannette Shumate, the latter a sister of the bride. The couple will make their home in Gallitzin.


J. L. Paul, a young dentist of Gallitzin and Miss Annie Plunkett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Plunkett of the same place, were married in Baltimore, Md., recently. The couple has returned to Gallitzin to reside.

Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court:

Joseph McMunn, Pittsburg, and Malinda Thomas, Johnstown.
John C. Leckey, Johnstown, and Mary L. Gillin, Vinco.
John Smith and Estella Davis, Johnstown.
George Arentrue and Edna Lewis, Johnstown.
Frank Mageher and Victoria Sliss, Johnstown.
Edward Buck and Mary Driskel, Allegheny township.
Gordon M. Rude, Steward, Westmoreland Co., and Bertha Spackman, Corwensville, Clearfield Co.
Elmer Peterson and Emma J. Alwine Mishler, Somerset Co.
Daniel E. Donnelly, Nicktown, and Nidah Richardson, Ehrenfeld.
George W. Brown, Conemaugh, and Nellie Crum, Wilmore.
Andy Fetick and Roganza Laria, Benscreek.
W. H. Davis, Johnstown, and Katie L. Ashley, Dunlo.
Frank Morell and Anna Kowal, Benscreek.
Rudolph C. Stinebiser and Mary Barrett, Ehrenfeld.


Boy Fatally Burned

Altoona, Pa., Sept. 29 — Joseph, aged 7, son of Peter Chevalier, was fatally burned while playing at a grate fire at home. Before assistance arrived he was burned from his knees up.

Killed by Horse Medicine

Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 29—Nathan, son of Samuel Beckley, was found dead in a meadow of his father’s dairy farm, near Geistown, by his brother, having accidentally taken an overdose of horse medicine.

Took Horse Medicine

Nathan Beckley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beckley, was found dead in a meadow of his father’s dairy farm near Geistown Monday morning by his brother, having accidentally taken an overdose of horse medicine which killed him.

It is not known just how young Beckley cam to take the stuff, but it is supposed that he was cold when he reached the barn about 8 o’clock and knowing the effects of the medicine went inside to get some of it. A partly burned match was found, showing where he had made a light and the bottle, with half of its contents gone, was lying alongside the hat of the unfortunate young man. Feeling the effects of it, he eventually started to walk and fell over in the meadow and expired in the cold of the night.

The body was taken to Pleasantville, Bedford county, Wednesday, for interment by the side of a brother who died of diphtheria a few months ago.

Hastings Miner Killed

John McGilley, a miner in the employ of the Beech Creek Coal and Coke company at Hastings was so badly injured while at work in the mines Saturday morning that he died early Sunday morning. McGilley, with his son-in-law, was at work in a room. He was undermining a lot of coal. Both of the men working with him told him that he should prop the mass up, as it might fall and injure some one. McGilley, however, did not do this. While McGilley was standing directly under the rather loose mass, it fell. Before he died, the injured miner admitted that his misfortune was the result of his own carelessness. The dead man is survived by his wife and four children. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from the Hastings Catholic church. Interment was made in the Church cemetery.

Torrence Delozier

Torrence Delozier died at midnight Wednesday night, of last week, at his home in St. Augustine, death being caused by diseases incident to old age. He was born in Cambria county, June 15, 1826, and had for many years been engaged in the undertaking business in St. Augustine. Deceased is survived by his wife and nine children—James L., Raphael, of the firm of Delozier & Bray, and Mrs. William Bray, all of Altoona; H. W. of Somerset county; Ignatius J. of Johnstown; Thomas of Pittsburg; Mrs. Michael Lynn of Pittsburg and Julia, at home. Deceased was a private in the Two Hundred and Ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers during the War of the Rebellion. The funeral took place at 9 o’clock Monday morning.

Miss Kate Cresswell

Miss Kate Cresswell, of 522 Somerset street, died of heart failure shortly after 1:30 o’clock on the morning of the 24th. Miss Cresswell had been ill for quite a long time with nervous prostration, and heart failure was a direct result of the ailment. The deceased was about 40 years of age and is survived by one sister, Miss Ella Cresswell and two brothers, Attorney R. E. Cresswell of Somerset street, and Frank Cresswell of Napoleon street, Johnstown.

The remains were taken from her home to the old Cresswell home at Stongstown, Indiana county, last Saturday and Sunday were interred in the St. Patrick’s church cemetery at Cameron’s Bottoms, a small place about three miles from the former town.

The funeral was an unusually large one, being attended by over 1,000 persons. People were in attendance from Indiana, Greensburg, Johnstown and other points, all gathered together to pay their last respects to their departed friend.

Judge Bailey Dead

The unexpected death of Hon. John M. Bailey, president judge of the Huntingdon, Mifflin and Bedford judicial district was announced Monday morning and caused not only surprise but profound and universal regret in the community. Although it was known that Judge Bailey’s impaired health had unfitted for him close attention to his official duties, yet he was seen daily by his neighbors about his residence and office and sometimes upon the streets, and the suddenly fatal termination of his disease was wholly unlooked for. He was not more ill last evening than he had been for several days and his physician, who called to see him, left him in the night with the impression that his condition had improved. About 2 o’clock the judge went into his bath room and was soon heard by Mrs. Bailey to fall heavily to the floor. She went to his assistance and called for other help, but before further aid could come to her or to him the spark of life had fled and the honorable and useful career of the lawyer and jurist was ended.


Friday, October 9, 1903
Contributed by Patty Millich


How Loretto Hitched Its Wagon to The “Charlie” Schwab Star

The following article of general interest appeared in the Sunday edition of the Johnstown DEMOCRAT.

While it is true that Cambria county has been hit hard by the recent decline in the stock market, no community has suffered more severely than the little village of Loretto, the home of Charlie Schwab. Throughout Allegheny and Munster townships, as indeed throughout Cambria County, while the name of the brilliant young steel magnate has long been one to conjure with, it was in his old home and among his old associates that his career was most dazzling.

It has been long true that Loretto thought Schwab and talked Schwab. To many a simple mind, the young favorite of Carnegie loomed as the Atlas that supported the financial world. His was believed to be the Midian touch that converted all into gold with which it came in contact. The road to wealth, it was confidently held, lay in the direction of those enterprises in which “Our Charlie” was identified.

As a consequence of this belief, Loretto and the people of that vicinity long ago began literally hitching their financial wagons to the Schwab star, then in its ascendancy. One by one the conservative people who knew the Schwabs, who had been friends of “Charlie,” began investing in steel securities. Gradual investing shaded off into speculation. Staid business and professional men of Loretto and vicinity began investigating the mysteries of margins. They insensibly got deeper and deeper into the market. If an occasional note of warning as to the soundness of “steel common” was heard, the word was treated with derision. “Steel common” was all right because forsooth, “Charlie” Schwab was back of it. This faith never wavered.

When steel began its last decline those already in the market commenced buying more. “It was only a temporary decline,” Was the word; “Schwab will see that it rallies.”

Rumors of the failing health of the then president of the steel corporation were laughed at as mere newspaper rumors and the rumor that Schwab would resign his position was treated as a positive absurdity. It was even hinted that these beliefs were encouraged by those in a position to know the facts in the case.

Up to the time that Schwab really resigned, Loretto believed that steel common would go to 60 and that the preferred would soar away above par. His resignation came as a bolt from the blue to his old time neighbors. It shattered their belief in the security of their holdings. The hand that upheld the financial heavens had been removed and the skies would shortly come tumbling down. Many who had been carrying steel stocks quietly took their losses. Others, rendered desperate, strained their resources to the limit and margined up as long as they could. One by one these men have been closed out--—and every one with a loss.

The list of losers is a long one. Farmers, merchants and professional men have all suffered alike. “Schwab’s company,” that was going to make everyone who had a share rich, has brought ruin to many a resident of Allegheny and Munster township.

The abdicated steel king is now at his summer home. Only a short space separates his palatial residence from the humble homes of those who staked their savings upon steel securities. Wall street has their little hoards, they have their experience and Schwab, has--—his summer residence.

Mitchell Buys Coal Lands

J. L. Mitchell, the former Gallitzin coal operator, who is now located in Ebensburg and is engaged in optioning and buying coal properties, has closed deals for the purchase of the fuel rights of between 1,500 and 1,600 acres of land in Upper Yoder township. It is understood Mr. Mitchell is buying in the interest of others.

Among the Upper Yoder Township folks who have sold their coal rights to Mr. Mitchell and have received their cash are: Adam and Tobias Keiffer, about 400 acres together; David M. Eppley, about 100 acres; Gideon Kaufmann, 136 acres; William Mothersbaugh, 83 acres; Araminta Holsopple, 75 acres; Christian Straub, 137 acres; and Henry Shenkel, 243 acres.

Tom Peach Appointed as Northern Deputy

Chairman Denny has announced the appointment of “Tom” Peach as his deputy in the north of the county and from now on Mr. Peach will look after the details of the campaign in this section. M. D. Bearer has been selected as Mr. Peach’s secretary.

Local and Personal

Millard F. Watt, aged 48 years, a foreman employed by Contractor Zigler at Gallitzin, was seriously injured in a runaway accident at Gallitzin Sunday afternoon. He and a companion set out driving and during the course of their drive the horse took fright and ran away. Watt was thrown out of the carriage against an electric light pole and was rendered unconscious. He was picked up and taken to the office of Dr. Troxell and later to the hospital. An examination of this injuries showed that he had sustained a concussion of the brain; a possible fracture of the skull at the base of the brain; a fracture of the nose and left hip; and contusions of the left shoulder and body.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Redinger of this place spent several days in Delaware county last week looking up a new location. Before returning Mr. Redinger bought a 70-acre fruit farm near Woodsides, Del., where he will remove with his family about the 27th of this month. He will sell his real estate and personal property at public sale in Ebensburg on Tuesday, October 20 1903. We wish him success in his new venture.

While working on a scaffold at Bloom Hopfer’s carpenter shop on Friday, Frank Shettig was thrown to the ground, a distance of fifteen feet, by a horse running into the support of the scaffold with a wagon and tearing it lose. Mr. Shettig received a painful sprain of his ankles but is otherwise unhurt and will soon be at work again.

Evan A. Powell of 319 Market street, who was connected with the Johnstown Electric Light company for the past 11 years, has resigned his position with that concern. He had the superintendency of the lights, motors, meters and general repairs and will accept a similar position with the Gallitzin company.

P. J. Little was in Gallitzin on Thursday attending the commissioner’s hearing in the Gallitzin Water company’s case. The questions involved have to do with the satisfaction of a mortgage that dates from the days of H. A. Garner, the absconding cashier of the Second National Bank of Altoona.

Miss Roselyn Darragh of Ebensburg and her guest, Miss Mabel Richards of Zanesville, O, who had been visiting Miss Nora McDonald of 120 Catharine street, returned to the county seat last evening. [Saturday’s Johnstown Tribune]

We are sorry to hear that Harvey Williams of this place is again laid up with typhoid fever. Mr. Williams contracted the disease while teaching school at Twin Rocks.

Ex-Associate Judge Thomas who has been stopping at the Mountain House for some time is visiting in Altoona. The “Judge” will certainly be missed while he is gone.

The young people of Cresson held a masquerade dance on Monday evening last. A large number of invitations have been issued in that section.

County Auditor John Gittings of Blacklick township has purchased one of the properties of Hosea Evans in the West ward and will shortly remove to town.

Geo. Porch, the well known music dealer has rented part of the new Barber building and will shortly start a music store in this place.

Charles M. Schwab uses a private telegraph line to New York and during these crucial times keeps well in touch with Wall Street.

Wildwood Springs summer resort closed Saturday and now passes into the hands of the Webster Coal & Coke company.

Mr. Valentine Weakland of Cambria and Mr. John Bitter of Barnesboro were visitors to Ebensburg on Monday.

D. C. Philips closed his summer cottage here on Tuesday and returned to his winter home in Washington D. C.

Mr. Harvey Tibbott of this place left for Pittsburg on Monday where he entered a school of pharmacy.

Mr. Simon Vaught of Allegheny township was a visitor to Ebensburg on Monday.

John Blickenderfer of Blacklick township was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.

Casper Leib of Nicktown and his son, Frank J., were in this place on business this week.

Mr. Calvin Port and wife of this place spent Sunday in Altoona among relatives.

Thomas Parrish of Allegheny township is dangerously ill of heart trouble.

Miss Annie Kane of this place spent a couple of days in Loretto this week.

Mr. Patrick Leahy of Lilly spent a few hours in Ebensburg on Monday.

Mrs. W. McAteer of Loretto was a visitor to this place on Wednesday.

Mr. Frank James and wife of this place visited Pittsburg on Monday.

He Never Got His Cow

After waiting, as he claims for twenty-two years for a horse, a cow and a bed willed him by his mother, Jacob King, of Summerhill, says the Johnstown TRIBUNE, has filed exceptions to the account of his brother, Daniel King, of Adams township, executor of his parents’ will, demanded that he be given the legacies mentioned or the value in money which he places at $175.

Mrs. Mary King died in Adams township twenty-two years ago, possessed a fine farm which she devised to her seven children at her death, the death of her husband, William King who was to have a life interest in the place. To the children she gave outright her personal property, Jacob’s share being a cow, a horse and a bed.

Two years ago, William King died and the farm was sold to Jonathan Helsel for $10,500, distribution of the money being made (to) all but Daniel, of the heirs having previously sold their interest in the place. The personal property was all disposed of years ago but when the estate was closed up by the executor and the account filed in court, Jacob took exception on the grounds that he had never received his legacy from the personal property and he demanded it.

Attorney Dan L. Parsons was appointed Commissioner to hear testimony and took some depositions on Monday at his office, the hearing adjourning until October 24th when it will be finished up and the evidence presented at argument court on the 27th for a decision whether or not Jacob had ever received his legacy and if not, what became of it and why he did not get it before this. Attorney W. David Lloyd represents the executor and Jacob Zimmerman the ex-departed.


Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court:

Chas J. Myers of Mountaindale, and Maud B. Troxell of Van Ormer.
John Hunta and Catherine Zackucia of Johnstown.
John Beckman of Windber and Annie Owens of South Fork.
John Udecapher and Arminta Adams, Johnstown.
Joseph A. Risbon of Hopewell, Bedford co., and Martha C. Lilly, Bennington, Blair Co.
A. V. Shanlotz and Annie B. Epply, Rosdale.
Herman Keith of Gripp, Indiana Co., and Pearl Boring, Creenwick, Cambria Co.
Theodore Goldyn, Jamestown, and Mary Sopaddi, Sonman.
Hippoly Besse and Marie Gogne, Hastings.
Vincenzo Servill and Carmella Balaria, Gallitzin.
Edward Hinson and Ida May Decker, Johnstown.
George L. Lepold and Lita Wolfe, Johnstown.


Chief-Justice McCollum Dead

Chief-Justice J. Brewster McCollum, of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, died at a late hour Saturday night at his home in Montrose, Susquehanna county, aged seventy-one years. Death was caused by asthma, accentuated by the infirmities of age. Judge McCollum was elected to the Supreme bench in 1888, and in 1900 succeeded to the Chief Justiceship. His last appearance on the bench was one year ago, at Pittsburg when, after two days’ effort to participate it the business of the court, he was compelled by growing weakness to desist.

Thomas A. Humphreys

Conductor Thomas A. Humphreys of Conemaugh, Pa., who was injured on his train near Allegheny Junction last Saturday, is dead.

Violent Deaths

During the month of September fewer persons were killed or died in such a way that an official investigation was necessary than for some time past. The usual record of from 20 to 35 killed in a month was not kept up and as a result Coroner Miller had hardly any work to do. Dr. Miller stated recently that during the time he had been coroner of Cambria county, the least number of cases he had in a month was five. During September there were only 10. The list of unfortunates is as follows:

William Cayton, killed by falling from train at Franklin works, Johnstown; Wm. Mushgate, killed by train in the Eleventh ward, Johnstown; unknown baby, found in cellar at Benscreek; Mike Kura, killed in the mines at South Fork; Nathan W. Beckley, drank horse medicine; Albert F. Grove, shot accidentally by brother; Frank Johnson, killed by a train at South Fork; Tony Culpenny, killed in mine at Ehrenfeld; Clarance O’Neil, shot by Harry Harshberger; John Turkuntnan, killed at forge shop, Franklin.

Coroner E. L. Miller on last Tuesday went to Twin Rocks to investigate the death of Thomas Coy of Belsano who was killed Tuesday while engaged in erecting a large stack. After looking over the ground and ascertaining the exact manner in which the accident happened the coroner decided that an inquest was unnecessary, as death was purely accidental. Coy was 27 years of age and is survived by his widow and a son, two years old. The remains were interred Saturday afternoon in the Evangelical church cemetery at Belsano


Friday, October 16, 1903
Contributed by Patty Millich


Schwab Will Appear As Witness

New York, Oct. 13---Attorney Guthrie, who is representing Charles M. Schwab at the inquiry in the receivers investigation of the affairs of the United States Shipbuilding company, has not yet fully recovered from the injuries received while riding a few day ago and at a conference between the counsel in the case, a postponement until Wednesday was decided upon. Announcement also was made that Mr. Guthrie had agreed to produce Mr. Schwab, as a witness, whenever required without the necessity of serving a process directing him to attend.

Nicktown Notes

Harry Lieb was home Sunday to visit his parents. He is attending Indiana State Normal school.

Annie Lambour and her sister, Sadie, have arrived home from a visit in Pittsburg the last two weeks.

M. J. Farabaugh and wife visited the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lieb recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Waymen moved to Georgia last week.

Louis Hammond of Spangler has bought the Hammond property and will move there next week and conduct a wagon making shop.

Mr. Krook wears a great smile. It’s a boy. Frank Kush is also jubilant, being the dad of a new girl.

Miss Mattie Hininger of Braddock is visiting friends in Johnstown this week.

Mr. and Mrs. John Redinger visited friends in Nicktown the last week.

Local and Personal

Miss Mae Smith was a recent visitor to Hastings.

Jno. L. Evans of Veters was in this place on Friday.

Miss Jennie Evans spent Saturday with Altoona friends.

George H. Roberts has returned from this visit to Minneapolis.

Miss Mary Thompson spent Monday and Tuesday in Altoona.

Miss Mary Englehart was in Hollidaysburg Saturday and Sunday.

Charley Shryock of Wilmore was a visitor to Ebensburg on Monday.

John Gray of Jackson township was an Ebensburg visitor on Tuesday.

Andrew Strittmatter was a visitor in this place Wednesday and Thursday.

M. A. O’Hara of Munster township was an Ebensburg visitor on Saturday.

Peter Long of Summerhill township spent a few hours in town on Thursday.

Rev. Father Hurton of Vintondale spent last week in Sea Isle City, N. J.

Simon Schrift of Summerhill township paid this office a call on Saturday.

Mr. Patrick Moran of Loretto transacted business in Ebensburg on Saturday.

Mr. Andrew Bracken of Pittsburg was in Ebensburg on business on Tuesday.

C. R. Jones and family of this place spent Sunday with relatives in Wilmore.

James H. White of Summerhill township spent a few hours in Ebensburg on Saturday.

Rev. Father Hurton has purchased a fine large bell for the Catholic church at Vintondale.

Mrs. W. A. Horan of Johnstown is visiting her parents, ex-Sheriff and Mrs. John A. Blair.

Mrs. William Davis has so far recovered from her recent illness that she is about to be about.

John C. Gates is removing his household goods to the Presbyterian parsonage in this place.

Miss Annie Kane of this place left for Pittsburg Saturday where she will make her future home.

M. D. Bearer and family of this place visited the formers old home in Susquehanna township on Wednesday.

Mr. James Dunn, one of the leading business men of Nanty-Y-Glo transacted business in this place on Monday.

The many friends of Charlie Crouse of Wilmore will be pained to learn the genial landlord is suffering from rheumatism.

M. D. Kittell and family of this place returned home the latter part of last week from Atlantic City where they spent three weeks.

Among those from this place who saw the Prince of Pilsen at Johnstown Tuesday evening were Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Barker, Miss Lovell Barker and Miss Heist.

T. F. Shearer was awarded the contract for grading and relaying the present pavement of flagging in front of the courthouse, his bid being $738. Only two other bids were received.

H. H. Myers, F. B. Jones, D. H. Shoemaker, M. J. Stoltz, Harry B. Heffley and H. G. Andrews, all of this place, attended the funeral of Warren L. George at Lilly on Monday morning.

Michael Kurtz of Barr township was in this place on Thursday. Mr. Kurtz exhibited some real Italian chestnuts that were grown on his place. They were the result of grafting and Mr. Kurtz has reason to be proud of his achievement.

Mrs. Eliza Jane Wilson of this place has brought an action for divorce against her husband, George Wilson. Judge O’Connor has appointed as in the proceedings Attorney John E. Evans of Ebensburg, who will hear the testimony pro and con at this office Friday, October 30.

Landlord Stoltz, Ed Carbey and F. B. Jones, hied themselves into the woods Thursday morning and took their guns along. The party returned with a real wild turkey and a brace of pheasants. On Thursday evening Mr. Stoltz entertained a number of friends at a game supper.

Marco Marsella, Cresson’s Italian banker, recently sold tickets across the Atlantic to twenty-six fellow countrymen, some of whom are gong home for a vacation, but the greater part skipping out because the sort of work they do does not look so plenty as it has been.

The championship shoot between Ebensburg and Barnesboro takes place next Tuesday at the Fair grounds. Ten shooters on each side will participate. The following is the Ebensburg team: McClarren, Carbry, Lane, Bearer, Scanlan, Pontefact, Jones, Bolsinger, Henger and Peach.

On next Wednesday Ambrose Schettig of this place will be married to Miss Mary McCann of Blandburg, Father Bigley officiating. Mr. Schettig is a prosperous young business man and has hosts of friends throughout the county, who will be pleased to extend their congratulations.

On last Saturday charters were granted at Harrisburg to the following corporations: Nantyglo Trading Company, capital, $5,000. Patton Township Electric Light company, Patton, Cambria county, capital, $5,000. Foundry Water company, Cresson, capital, $5,000. City Realty company, Johnstown, capital, $25,000.

Two hundred and seventy-six acres of fine timber land on the old Troxell estate, in Allegheny township, was sold last Saturday to John P. Bracken of Gallitzin, the well known coal and timber land speculator. It is stated that Mr. Bracken bought the tract as an investment. The purchase price was $19,000.

Miss Anna Hancher’s dancing class of Cresson held a masquerade ball at Cresson Monday night, which was largely attended by the young people of the town and of sister locations. It was a most successful gathering and will be followed by others on a more extensive scale during the coming winter.

The personal effects and farm of Jacob Kring near Salix were sold last Saturday. The farm, which consists of 132 acres was bought by Ed Shank for $2,310, who will take possession at once. The deal disposed of the surface of the farm only, as the mineral rights had already been sold.

Game Warden Jackson of Patton is getting after foreigners who hunt without a license with a sharp stick figuratively speaking. Last Friday he arrested two fellows in the woods near Patton and Sunday nabbed another.

Tax Collector Arrested Delinquent Tax Collector, John A. James of Johnstown, was arrested at 11 o’clock Monday by Constable I. J. Harris on a warrant issued by Alderman J. W. Reese on information of Alex Adair charging embezzlement. In default of $4,000 bail for a hearing the defendant was committed to the city prison. The information was made before the Second ward Alderman Saturday evening and alleges that by virtue of his appointment by City Treasurer Charles H. When, John A. James was collector of delinquent city and school taxes for the years 1900 and 1901, and that he occupied such position on September 21st. The allegation that that by reason of such appointment as delinquent tax gatherer, James collected sundry amounts from various persons since last June and did not make return of the same as required by law, although proper demand was made upon him by the city treasurer, and the prosecutor further avers that James converted the said money to his own issue. The information is accompanied by a long list of names of people who were alleged to have paid city and school taxes to Collector James since July 1st whereas the collector has paid no money to the city treasurer since last June.


Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court:

Evan J. Thomas and Gertrude Seigh, Johnstown.
John H. Snavely and Mary F. Hayes, Johnstown.
George Hess and Mary Wichman, Johnstown.
Owen J. Garrity, St. Boniface, and Annie A. Tate, Patton.
Charles McKinney and Mary Maggs, South Fork.
Mike Caroso and Mary Rose Barbour, Lilly.
John Karmiesk and Ludwicka Staly, St. Benedict.
John Kielus and Cecelia Dobis, Hastings.
Frank H. Ott, St. Boniface, and Mary L. Martz, Evansville.
Jno. Brenner and Annie Stibich, Johnstown.
George D. Hesser, Homestead, and Elizabeth J. Lilly, Johnstown.
Frank Blotrick and Anna Boor, Puritan.
Peter Furduk and Danica Grudle, Johnstown.
James W. G. Beatty and Sada Birkhimer, Johnstown.
Joseph W. Nugent and Clara Miller, Johnstown.
Peter J. Toner and Ella Luther, Johnstown.
Stephen Bogic and Dora Juran, Johnstown.
Steve Pillot and Barbara Zvonkovich, South Fork.
Jacob C. Nesterode of Flinton and Maud E. Zimmerman, Rosebud.
Costlow Nilson and Jessie Marvin, Patton.
John F. Happert and Teressa Lacour, Hastings.
Steve Wargo and Meri Maszi Johnstown.
John L. Barbonus and Katherine D. Wissel, Johnstown.
Vincent F. Harris and Agnes C. Keilline, Johnstown.
Joseph J. Seannell of Harrison, N. J., and Catherine Lambert, Newark, N. J.
J. Earl Statler, New York, and Katherine M. Owens, Johnstown.
Samuel F. Walton and Leona Denhart Johnstown.
Guy M Kontz and Emma James, Johnstown.
Antonia Malmone and Catherine Antonnicio, Elmora.
Gleno Ciorino and Trecia G. Rometto, Frugality.
John W. Hildebrand and Sadie Rude, Johnstown.
Carey W. Wonders and Carrie N. Sick, Johnstown.
Philip Lafarso and Silisi Anna John, Johnstown.
Paul Mihalovic and Annie Mahjtelarier, Conemaugh.
Harry F. Plemne and Babe A. Hecker, Pittsburg.
Ed Lamutzy and Maria Yonker, Johnstown.
Charles Faber Jr. and Lena Bluth, Johnstown.
William J. Moore, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Winfred Conley, Wilmer.
Joseph Kazi and Christeria Flvas, Ehrenfeld.
Samuel G. Robb, Latrobe, and Clara Katherine Markle, Johnstown, Pa.


Cozard - Kaylor

On last Thursday Miss Sue Kaylor of Carrolltown and Hartley C. Cozard of Pittsburg were married by Rev. P. Emmerman at the monastery.


Cramps Kills South Forker

Coroner E. L. Miller went to Sonman on Sunday to investigate the death of Daniel Brown, aged 43, of South Fork, who was found dead on the porch of a store at that place. It was rumored that the man had been poisoned, but an investigation proved this to be false.

Dr. Miller found that the man had been to Jimstown on Saturday night and was on his way to Sonman to visit his relatives. When he at last arrived in the town he was evidently seized with cramps, when he was found his face was drawn as if he had gone through great agony and both hands were pressed over his abdomen. The coroner’s jury empanelled by Dr. Miller found that the man came to his death through natural causes.

A Lilly Boy Dies of His Injuries

Warren L. George, the oldest son of Fletcher C. and Mary Ermire George of Lilly, died last Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock at his home from injuries received Thursday night when he was run over by a train.

The young man attempted to alight from a train at Lilly at 10 o’clock of the night before mentioned and stepped in front of an approaching train on another track. It is a miracle that he was not instantly killed. He was conveyed to his home and everything possible was done to save his life, but his injuries proved fatal. The funeral took place on Monday morning. He was 17 years of age.

Flying Cars Cause Death of a Driver The breaking of a trip of cars in the Sunshine mines at South Fork on last Friday afternoon at about 3:30 o’clock, the second of its kind within six months, brought death to Irvin Oakes, a well known South Fork young man and a driver in the mine, and caused the serious injury of six Italians employed in the slope. The injured men are: Tony Tampeno, Vincenzo Tampeno, Tony Lapancie, Trovatore Tuglese, Cosleytine DeTovia and Murello Castani. This is the second accident of the kind within a short time. About six months ago four men were killed at the same place. The coroner held an inquest at that time but the evidence showed that the men had been in the habit of riding out of the mine, which was against the rules of the company.


Friday, October 23, 1903
Contributed by Patty Millich


**[the left side of the page on all the pages in this newspaper edition was a solid black line. I believe I got all the news but there were one or two articles that were totally unreadable since it cut off important information]

**[three obits with no names at all were not typed]

**[there are many Weakland/Weaklin’s in the papers. The spelling I use is what the newspapers use and maybe some families did spell the last name differently]

Local and Personal

Harry Owens and wife of this place are visiting friends in Pittsburg.

Charles Warner of St. Lawrence was a visitor to Ebensburg on Tuesday.

At 2 o’clock Monday morning a flagman, J. W. Dimond of Conemaugh, on extra freight No. 2288 fell from his train near Benscreek. When picked up he was found to be badly injured, sustaining a crush of the left leg and a laceration of the head. He was taken to an Altoona hospital.

Joseph Griffin of Munster township was an Ebensburg visitor on Thursday.

Joseph Bearer of Carroll township spent a few hours in town on Tuesday.

John M. Sloan and wife of Lilly were visitors to Ebensburg on Wednesday.

John Kephart of Ebensburg was a visitor in the city yesterday [Tuesday Altoona Tribune]

Mrs. P. A. Schwab of Twelfth street, Altoona, was the guest of Mrs. C. M. Schwab at Loretto last week.

Miss Ella Warnick of Avonmore in Indiana county is visiting the family of Mr. E. C. Parrish in this place.

A number of cases of diphtheria [word blacked out] the family of John Davis, who lives near the Hillside farm in Stonycreek township.

The most handsome private car in the world is owned by Charles M. Schwab. It was built at a cost of $50,000 and is one of the most luxurious things on wheels. It is 70 feet long including an observation compartment of 20 feet. The ceiling is hand painted. The furniture which like the general appearance of the car is in Louis XV period is all handmade. Each of the brass bedsteads in the two staterooms cost $1,000.

Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Stoltz attended the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John Bergman of Johnstown, Tuesday evening.

Officer John Kinn of Ebensburg on Tuesday arrested a fellow named Fishell who had robbed Jerry’s lumber camp of Ebensburg of some jewelry, etc. The goods were recovered and the owner refused to make information.

Isaac Kelly, a woodsman employed by Webster-Griffith was painfully injured Tuesday. He was chopping down a tree and when it started to fall sunk an axe in it, as is the custom in the woods. The tree caught on another and the [word blacked out] around brought the axe in contact with Isaac, cutting him badly.

On Friday, Joseph Priser of Blacklick township, who some time ago took a trip to Sublimity, Oregon, returned home. Mr. Priser is very much pleased with the western country and believes it to be an ideal place for the farmer. Alex Kirsch, of Nicktown, who made the trip with Mr. Priser, returned home at the same time.

Cambria county has just paid to the city of Lock Haven $400 for the care and burial of a child of the Newall family, dying from an attack of smallpox. The family was located in Lock Haven at the time of the disease, but as their old residence was shown to be in Cambria county, the commissioners agreed to settle the bill of $558 by paying $400.

The accidental upsetting of an oil stove by a customer in the dry goods of a women’s furnishing store of J. R. Rodgers in Altoona on Friday caused damage of $2,000. The flames spread so quickly that clerks and customers barely escaped with their lives and a number including the owner were severely burned.

Joseph Washburn who was arrested with Charles Morton, known as “Billy the Bum” at Gallitzin by Lieutenants Hopkins, Clymer and Hetrick of the railroad police last Sunday, was arraigned in Alderman J. J. Irwin’s court Friday last to answer the charge of horse stealing. The information was made against him by Blair Walker of Bellwood whose horse and buggy was stolen last Saturday night and which was recovered at the Three Culverts. Washburn is said to have confessed to the charge and was committed to jail.

Several days ago while two foreigners were examining a revolver in their shanty near Lilly, the weapon was accidentally discharged and the bullet struck the right cheek bone of Mike Dengo, glancing upward, penetrating this right eye and lodging over an inch above the eye in his brain. Believing that Dengo had been fatally shot, his companion ran away, but other foreigners summoned Dr. Ford Kress of Johnstown, who removed the man’s eye and found the bullet after probing into the brain, an exceedingly delicate undertaking. The missile was finally extracted after Dengo lost consider quantity of blood and part of his brain, and the attending physician has some hopes of his recovery, so greatly has his condition improved.

School Directors Sue Collector

The School Directors of the borough of Barnesboro have brought suit in the court of common pleas against Thomas Prosser, tax collector of that district and his bondsmen, A. A. Grumbling and John Hindle, for taxes aggregating $1,239.80. The plaintiff’s allege that they placed in the collector’s hands the several duplicates of the borough for the year commencing the first Monday of June, 1899, and ending the first Monday of June, 1900, whereupon it became his duty to collect the same and pay over the taxes to the treasurer of the borough. They say that Mr. Prosser failed to pay these taxes and that he is in default to the amount indicated. Three suits have been instituted to recover the amount.

Strange Case of Poisoning Near Chest Springs

Information was received here Friday of a mysterious poisoning case at Chest Springs which has remarkable features. On Friday, October 9th, two painters from Patton named Fisher and Flick, who were working on the home of Robert Burgoon, within one mile of Chest Springs were taken suddenly ill while eating dinner and managed to hurry into the settlement where they received heroic treatment from Dr. Harry Somerville. The painters were eating apple pie when they were seized with a severe burning of the throat. Dr. Somerville administered an emetic and prevented serious consequences.

Robert Burgoon, it is said, six months ago married a widow with two children. Recently, according to one story, friction has developed in the household. Mr. Burgoon, a short time ago, moved onto the farm he now occupies, built a new barn and began improving the dwelling house. The painters were summoned and lived at the house while working on the job.

The pie incident is thus narrated by one who claims to know the facts. At dinner on Friday, Mr. Burgoon found a nice apple pie beside his plate. Between the plates set for the painters was another pie of similar stripe. Mr. Burgoon, on the pie course being reached, very politely cut his apple creation in two and gave the respective parts to the painters. Trouble developed right away with the result above noted.

Barnesboro Items

Dan Campbell of South Fork was visiting his parents here last week.

Elmer V. Weaklen and H. K. Baker, two enterprising young men of this place have embarked in the livery business.

Dr. J. S. Miller’s large brick building is nearly completed.

M. C. Weakland and wife took in the sights at the Johnstown fair. M. C. says the dog show was the best on the grounds, especially the dog that punched the bag.

All the mines are running very slow. Some of them are entirely closed down.

Zeek Weakland is anxious to know the name of the thief who stole all his best laying hens and his game cock.

Charley Young, who recently celebrated his wedding and had the town nearly turned upside down for three days, celebrated a big christening Thursday.

It is reported that Fred Cline is trying to purchase Pat Whalin’s hotel. Mr. Cline tried to dicker with Ed Binder for his hardware store but there was a different of $200 between them and negotiations were dropped. John Gibbons is partly backing Cline.

Jim Gibbons, the pugilist of this place, was knocked out in the third round the other night by Alex Myers of Garmantown. Gibbons is still wearing two optics in mourning over the result.

Accidentally Shot While Out Hunting

Winfield S. Lambert, a young man employed as a night clerk at the Johnstown post office, accidentally shot himself while out hunting Monday morning and lies in a serious condition at the Memorial hospital.

Lambert was out hunting along the Windber car line and when about ready to return to the city, leaned against a tree with the muzzle of his shotgun leaning against his breast. In some manner the weapon was discharged, the load of shot entering his left breast near the region of the heart. His breast was badly torn and blood poisoning is feared. His condition is serious and his recovery doubtful.

Mine Mules

I have at all times for sale from 50 to 65 head of good Mine Mules of all sizes. Also, a number of good driving and saddle broke horses will be sold at private sale.

          J. C. Pender, Johnstown, Pa.



Ambrose Schettig of Ebensburg and Miss Mary McCann of Blandburg were united in marriage, Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock by the Rev. Father Bigley, pastor of the Blandburg Catholic church. The attendants were John Schettig, a brother of the groom and Miss Mollie Flanagan of Clearfield. After a wedding breakfast the couple left for Pittsburg to visit a short time before returning to Ebensburg where they will go to housekeeping. Mr. Schettig, with his brother, conducts a hardware store at this place.

Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court:

Geo. B. Richardson and Annie McAloos, Johnstown.
Michael Berko, Johnstown and Mary Skurner, Lower Yoder twp.
Carl Berhind and Hulda M. Larson, Hastings.
James Boslet and Mary Cahill, Carroll twp.
Alexander McCoy, Hastings, and Clara Campbell, Barnesboro. Andy Sakeas and Mosnyak, Patton. **[no first name listed]
Mike Shareka and Lizzie Podemajes, Patton.
John Petre and Barbara Thomas, Johnstown.
Arthur J. Werry and Blanche Varner, Johnstown.
Max Urban and Dorka Spika, Sonman.
Joseph R. Peppley and Mable Ritz, Johnstown.
Nicolas Anstadt and Johanna Luther, Patton.
Frank J. Studeny and Regina A. Gonss, Johnstown.
Adolph Neisner and Julia Ludwig, Johnstown.
John William Cutter and Lizzie Taylor, Barnesboro.
William H. Woods, Johnstown and Fredericka H. Schwaderer, Summit.
Thomas Vincent and Janie Richards, Johnstown.
Harry L. Stuyer and Mable P. Artley, Johnstown.
Wm. Ferguson, Windber, and Nellie Miller, Johnstown.
Joseph Apatucek and Rosana Domini, Cresson.
Obidiah Rissinger, Vintondale, and Nellie Walters, Oklahoma.
Ambrose M. Schettig, Ebensburg, and Mary F. McCann, Blandburg.
Levi Blanch, Stonycreek twp., and Catharine Miller, Johnstown.


Mrs. John Hannan

Agnes, wife of John Hannan, after a year’s illness died Monday morning at the Hannan homestead, No. 334 Locust Street, Second Ward in her sixty-sixth year.

The deceased was born at Summit, this county, January 8, 1838, and was baptized a few weeks later by the Prince-Priest Gallitzin. Her parents, John and Mary Ullery Matthews, were two of the earliest settlers in Blair and Huntingdon county and died in the north of the county many years ago. In 1858 Miss Matthews came to live in Conemaugh and on August 29, 1859 she was married to John Hannan by Rev. James Carney.

Mrs. Hannan was a sister of Mrs. Caron Leahy of Lilly; Mrs. R. R. McCue of Kansas City, and Mrs. Mary Howe of California, who arrived here ten days ago on account of her sister’s illness. Besides her sisters, Mrs. Hannon is survived by her husband and seven children, viz.: Martin E. of the South Side; James W. of Pittsburg; John V. of the Seventh Ward; Dr. Charles E.; Harry J.; Frank W. W. and Miss Gertrude, at home. Jennie May and Leo, the first and second children of Mr. and Mrs. Hannan died in infancy and Miss Mary E. and Eugene L. Hannon were among those who perished in the Great Flood of 1889.

The funeral took place Wednesday morning from St. John’s Catholic Church, interment was made in the Hannan plot in the church cemetery at Geistown.

Mrs. George L. McGuire

Otlida Luther, wife of George L. McGuire, died at her home in Allegheny township, near Loretto at 4:20 o’clock Friday morning of paralysis, after an illness of two years, aged about fifty-one years.

Mrs. McGuire is survived by her husband and the following children: Harry of Loretto; Edward of Cresson; William A. McGuire of the county treasurer’s office, Ebensburg; Rose, a school teacher at Cresson; Annie, Zeda, Charles and Viola McGuire at home.

Mrs. McGuire was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church for many years and the Rev. Ferdinand Kittell officiated at the requiem mass at 10 o’clock Monday morning. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

John Cushman

John Cushman of Johnstown, aged 11 years, was shot and fatally injured last Sunday by a foreigner named Martin Pukola. Pukola boarded with the Cushman family. Saturday night he bought a revolver. While he was examining it the next day, the Cushman lad approached and stood watching him. In some manner the gun was discharged, the bullet tearing a large hole through the boy’s forehead. He died two hours later. Pukola was arrested.

Death May Cause Damage Suit

The death early Tuesday morning of Jacob Watterson, proprietor of the Watterson Hotel in South Fork, which occurred at the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, a few hours after he had been sent from the police station where he had been held as a “drunk,” promises to involve the Republican city administration in a lot of severe criticism and heavy suit for damages against the city. It appears now that Watterson was a very sick man during the time he was locked up in the police station, which was from Saturday afternoon until Monday evening during which time Dr. Miller treated him. It was proposed to send him to the hospital but when Watterson said he would not pay $15 a week, the authorities at the police station subsided. About 5 o’clock Monday evening Watterson was seized with convulsions and in alarm Dr. Matthew was called. He at once ordered the man taken to the Memorial Hospital where he was placed in the padded cell, because there was no other room in that institution at the time. Watterson died Monday, just a few short hours after being admitted to the hospital. Relatives from South Fork came to Johnstown Tuesday morning and took the body home. Mrs. Watterson was in Altoona at the time, attending a funeral and she did not hear of her husband’s death until nearly the noon hour. She is almost distracted over her husband’s death and his treatment. She is left with seven children to care for.

Ginter Child

A 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ginter of Spangler died of typhoid fever recently. The funeral took place at the Catholic cemetery.


Friday, October 30, 1903
Contributed by Patty Millich


Local and Personal

Miss Rowena Richards of this place visited friends in Blairsville last week.

Miss Maggie O’Neill of this place who has been visiting relatives in Pittsburg returned home this week.

A new public road leading from Vetera to a point on the Ebensburg and Nicktown road near Robert Gittling’s barn was opened for travel this week.

In the quoit match at South Fork Wednesday Ed Simpson beat William Johnson by the score of 31 to 8. A good deal of money was posted on the result.

Misses Nellie Lloyd and Florence Evans of this place and the latter’s houseguest, Miss Margaret Snyder of Harrisburg are visiting friends in Pittsburg.

Miss Edna Barker of Ebensburg returned home Saturday evening after several days visit to the Misses Denny of the Merchants’ Hotel [Johnstown Democrat]

W. G. Ragley and wife of Timpson, Texas, visited relatives in and about Nicktown over Sunday. After a few day stop in Philadelphia, Mr. Regley and his wife will return to their home in Texas.

Thomas McConnell, aged forty-eight years, a respected resident of Altoona while calling at the home of his brother Monday afternoon, suddenly shot himself in the head with a 38-caliber revolver. There is no hope for his recovery. He is married and has two children.

The St. John’s Catholic church of Johnstown, which was recently decorated and improved throughout at an expense of about $6,000 was formally reopened to divine worship last Sunday, with a solemn pontifical mass, the celebrant being the Right Rev. E. A. Garvey, bishop of the Altoona diocese, who was assisted by the Very Rev. John Boyle, pastor.

Mr. Eli D. Jones of Cambria township had an experience last week while milking a cow that he will not soon forget. The animal objected to being milked, or, at least, to Mr. Jones doing the job and knocking him over tramped him about the breast and face, breaking a set of false teeth and cutting his lips in such a manner that it required several stitches to close them.

The streams in this neighborhood were well supplied on Monday with trout fry which arrived from Washington, D. C. A total of 3,000 brook trout were distributed. The fish came here consigned to J. F. McKenrick, Esq., Fes Lloyd, John W. Kephart, Esq., Jeff Evans and John E. Evans, Esq., and the gentlemen distributed them in the various streams near here.

James G. Hanley, a Pennsy brakeman was caught between bumpers while coupling cars in the Conemaugh yard Tuesday morning about 11 o’clock and sustained painful wounds. His left arm was badly lacerated and his left hand severely contused. Hanley was taken to the Cambria hospital at Johnstown for treatment. He is thirty-two years old, married and resides in Johnstown.

Several days ago the Peale and Jackman mines near Spangler were temporarily closed and over 200 miners were thrown out of work as a result. The shut-down, it is alleged, is due to the fact that some of the miners loaded several cars of dirty coal containing what is known as “boney” and slate. The coal was shipped to the Eastern market and condemned and the operators lost on it, besides having that particular market taken from them.

Five residents of Jackson township recently invaded Indiana county in search of game and were successful enough to bag fifty gray squirrels, six pheasants, two groundhogs, one of which weighed eighteen pounds and a coon. The men in question---George Fresh, David Stevens, Grant Fresh, Ray Albaugh and Benjamin Fresh,--drove from their homes in Jackson township to the vicinity of Greenville, Cherryhill township, and camped for two days during which time they made their haul.

Augustine Yost of Carrolltown spent a few hours in Ebensburg on Saturday.

Andrew White of Elmora visited Ebensburg on Monday.

Seriously Injured in a Peculiar Manner

John Pfarr, the 16-year-old son of John Pfarr of Johnstown was injured in a peculiar manner Monday afternoon about 4 o’clock and was so badly hurt that his recovery is a matter of doubt. The accident happened in front of the clothing store of A. Cohen & Bro., where a new cement pavement is being laid.

The boy was going down Main street at a pretty lively gait and when he passed Cohen’s store was just about to step on one of the boards that were laid across the new pavement until it hardens when a man who was coming from the Bedford street corner stepped on the board, with the result that the end flew up and struck young Pfarr squarely in the stomach.

He was removed to his home, where he is at present in a very serious condition. It is feared that the lad in injured internally and if this is so, his recovery is doubtful.

New Stineman Mine Working

The Stineman Coal Company’s new mine was recently put in operation. So far the output has been from 350 to 400 tons daily but in time this will be increased from 1,000 to 1,500 tons. The new operation is modern in equipment and is the third of those put in to tap, the Stineman Coal Mining company also has three mines giving the two concerns a total of six plants.

Manager W. I. Stineman says that his companies do not share in the depression now affecting the general coal market. The two concerns, he said, are rushed with contract orders and plan further improvements to meet the growing demand for their product.

Jesse Bolsinger Appointed

Judge O’Connor on Thursday appointed Jesse Bolsinger of this place as tipstaff in place of W. H. Connell, resigned. Mr. Bolsinger is a veteran of the Civil war and was formerly janitor at the court house, but being a Democrat was displaced to make room for a Republican.

The Republican press of the county is endeavoring to convert Mr. Connell’s resignation into a political issue. It forgets that it welcomed with enthusiasm the retirement of H. J. Crouse a few years since who was an old soldier and was forced from his position by the Barker administration because he was a Democrat. Mr. Connell who is an old soldier resigned his position. Mr. Bolsinger who is likewise an old soldier was placed in the vacant position. There the mater legitimately ends.

Altoona Politician Injured

Altoona, Pa., Oct. 28---James Carney, a well-known Democratic politician, while ascending the stairs at the Democratic headquarters, lost his balance and fell to the floor, sustaining a fractured skull.

**[No marriage licenses were printed in this edition of the newspaper]



On Wednesday morning at 6:30 o’clock, the Rev. J. Twyson Jones, pastor of the Congregational church, united in marriage Olin Perry Thomas, of Philipsburg, Centre county, and Miss Annie Elizabeth Owens of Ebensburg. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas left on the 7:12 train the same morning for Sligo, Clarion county, where they will make their home. Mr. Thomas is a civil engineer who for several months has been employed at the new operations of the Lackawanna Coal & Coke Company at Wehrum and Claghorn.


St. Boniface Boy Killed

Eugene Walters, a young man of St. Boniface, died in the woods about one-third of a mile from that place last Thursday evening as the result of a peculiar hunting accident. Accompanied by John Phillips, Walters went after game. Between 5 and 6 o’clock, Phillips, in crossing a fence scared out a rabbit and the two hunters laid their shotguns on a stone pile and gave chase to Bunny. Walters threw a stone at the rabbit but the missile struck the hammer of Phillip’s weapon, discharging it. Walters was standing about fifteen feet from the gun when it was fired and received the load in his right side, a great hole being torn in his breast and an artery severed. Phillips at once went to St. Boniface to bring help, but when the party reached Walters he was breathing his last.

Sister Mary Falicita (Mary Duffy)

Sister Mary Falicita of the Order of Sisters of St. Joseph, whose funeral took place in Ebensburg Friday morning last, died at the convent of the same order at Baden, Beaver county, Wednesday morning, October 21, 1903, in the 30th year of her age. Sister Falicita suffered from consumption for four and a half years previous to her death. She entered the convent in this place 15 years ago. Her name in the world was Miss Mary Duffy of Straitsville, Ohio. She had a sister, Miss Gertrude Duffy, who was also a sister of the same order and died at the convent at Gallitzin some 14 years ago.

A Solemn High Mass was celebrated at Baden, Thursday, and when the remains reached Ebensburg, another mass was celebrated in the convent chapel with Chaplin O’Donnell of the Baden convent as celebrant, assisted by Fathers Deasy of Gallitzin and Ryan of Lilly, Boyle of Johnstown, and McHugh of Soho, Pittsburg, after which interment was made in the Sisters’ plot in the Catholic cemetery here. A large number of sisters from the Baden convent attended the funeral.

**[Baden is in Beaver County, Pennsylvania]

Miner Killed by Fall

Mike Mogo, a Slav, of Baker’s Mines, was returning, accompanied by his wife, from a visit to his married daughter at Bakerton. Getting off the train he slipped and fell under the wheels. His legs were badly mangled and he was injured about the body and died an hour after the accident. The remains were taken to the mines, accompanied by his sorrow stricken wife.


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