(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
April 28, 1888
The Board of Pardons, which met in Harrisburg on Tuesday of last week, recommended a pardon in the case of Augustus Bothyne, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for feloneous assault on the person of Jeremiah Greeley.
May 2, 1888
Saw Mill Burned
The saw mill of W.C. Brown & Sons, situated in Canoe township, was destroyed by fire last Monday evening. The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark from the smoke stack.
The loss will be about one thousand dollars, upon which there was no insurance. The mill will be rebuilt at once, and is expected to be ready for operations inside of four weeks.
Punxsutawney Water Company
The annual election of officers for the Punxsutawney Water Company will take place next Monday, May 7th, at 7:30 p.m. in the News office. Stockholders will please take notice.
H.F. Fishman, Pres.
H.G. Miller, Sec'y
May 9, 1888
Destroyed by Lightning
During a thunder storm in Indiana county last Friday evening the barn of James McLaughlin, of Rayne township, was struck by lightning and destroyed, together with all its contents. Mr. McLaughlin was driving into the building at the moment it was struck, and his team dropped as suddenly as if they had been shot, and he himself was paralyzed for a few moments.
Recovering from the effects of the shock, he endeavored to save his team, but only succeeded in getting one of the animals out, and the other, together with two other horses, a lot of young cattle, farming implements, etc, perished in the flames. The loss is quite heavy, and not only partially covered by insurance.
Burglars at Adrian
Burglars effected an entrance into the vault in the Coal company's office at Adrian last Saturday night and robbed it of about four hundred dollars in money. The safe had not been repaired since the last robbery, but a fire proof vault had been built in the office.
The robbers, who were evidently well acquainted with the surroundings, got in the window and dug their way through the stone and brick until they reached the interior of the vault, when they took all the valuables it contained and made off with them. This is the second time the office has been robbed within the past three months, and vigorous efforts will be made to discover the perpetrators.