Way Back When

(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
April 28, 1897

Miss. Jennie Brown Leaves Punxsy
Miss. Jennie Brown, who for the past five years has been charge of the C. D. P. Telegraph Company's office at this place, has been called to DuBois, to take charge of the office there.

Miss. Brown was not aware of the change until called up by telephone from Brookville, one day last week, to answer the question which determined the step taken, a tempting offer in the way of an advance of salary.

Her acceptance of the offer was followed by her resignation of the position here last Saturday, Miss Ida Ernest; the assistant, being placed in charge. Miss Ernest will have as her assistant, Miss. Anna Bell, who has been connected with the office as second assistant.

During Miss. Brown's official connection with the company here, it has been to her credit and the good fortune of the town, that no complaint has ever been suggested or has reached the ear of her employers.

The office service has always been first-class and the affairs of the company conducted in a thoroughly satisfactory manner. We are sorry to part with one so faithful to duty, but rejoice that her merits have recommended her to an larger field and better pay.

During her stay here she has been as one of the family in the home of her brother, Walter Brown, and it is with reluctance that they consent to her change. Miss. Brown will join her new post of duty on May 1st, and until that time will visit friends at Brookville and Clarion.

It is the wish of her many friends here that her future will ever be attended with success.

An Appeal to the People
What will you do toward preserving the old cemetery from desecration and destruction? Several attempts have been made of late years to raise money to fence, improve and preserve the old cemetery in the north side of town.

To these appeals the people have responded generously.

As yet, however, nothing has been accomplished in the way of providing a permanent means of keeping up and improving the grounds, repairing the fence, keeping the gates closed, animals and trespassers shut out, and saving the ancient burying place from desecration and misuse.

What is needed is the pledge of a certain sum annually for a few years until this can be accomplished.

It will not require much and there is the strongest why we should do something. You are interested in the cause.

What will you do toward it? We want at least a dollar apiece from all who are interested.