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July 20, 2014

(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.)

Local Intelligence
August 1, 1888

Excursion to Kinzua Bridge

An excursion will be given over the B. R. & P, railroad to Kinzua bridge on Sunday, August 5th. The train will leave Punxsutawney at 8:30 a.m., arriving at the bridge at 4 p.m.

Fare round trip, $1.50. Fill your lunch baskets and take your family for a day’s outing on the mountain top.

Night Blooming Cereus

We had the pleasure last evening, along with a large number of other people, of witnessing a night blooming Cereus in all its gaudy beauty.

It was at the residence of Rev. Gibson, and the cactus plant which took a notion to robe itself in glory, was nursed and nurtured by Harry Gibson, who takes much pride in these things.

We will not attempt to describe the flower, as it must be seen to be appreciated. Suffice it to say that Solomon in-all-his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

The Fire Company’s Picnic

The picnic to be given at Rhododendron Park by the Punxsutawney Fire Company on Thursday, August 9, promises to be the event of the season.

Two excursion trains will leave this place for the grounds — one at 8 and the other at 9 o’clock a.m.

The fare for the round trip will be $1.50.

As the proceeds are to be used to purchase equipments for the fire company, our citizens are taking an unusual interest in the affair, and a very large crowd is expected to take advantage of this opportunity to drive the cloud of care away and revel in the joys of the festive occasion.

Tickets for sale at all the drug stores.

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