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
September 22, 1897

Improve the Streets

Now that we have a twelve ton road roller, which we can scarcely afford to let lie idle, all of the low streets, which become veritable canals during big floods, should be filled up to grade.

Excellent gravel can be gotten from the bed of the creek just above the lower iron bridge, and there is where it should be taken from.

To deepen the channel of the stream is to lessen the danger from floods. Fill up the low streets.

Church street, considering that it is almost solidly built up, should have been filled to grade and nicely rounded off, five years ago.

It is only 500 feet long, and a few day’s work would make it right. Now, when the water is low, and the gravel from the bed of the creek is easily accessible, is the time to do it.

Fill up the streets that overflow first, and keep right at it until all the streets that need it are properly graded.

September 22, 1897
New Telephone Service
District Attorney Strong, of Brookville, and Eugene L. Brown, of Beaver, representing the American Electric Telephone Company, of Chicago, are here today in the interest of that company.

A meeting of citizens interested in more liberal telephone service will be held tomorrow (Thursday) evening. This company has made arrangements to supply Brookville, and has about completed arrangements with DuBois and Reynoldsville.

Narrow Escape of Henry Spindler's Family
The barn on Henry Spindler's farm in McCalmont township was struck by lightning last Thursday night and was quickly reduced to ashes, together with all of his grain, hay and farming implements.

The loss is about $2,000, upon which there was $800 insurance in the Patron's Mutal. The barn was struck a little after 6 o' clock. The whole family was in the barn just a minute before.

A storm came up and Mr. Spindler remarked that they had better go to the house. They started, and before they reached the house there was a crash, and almost instantly, Mr. Spindler says, the barn was on fire all through.

He ran immediately to the stables and barely succeeded in saving his stock — two horses and five head of cattle.

Had he arrived two minutes later, he says, the animals would have been burned up.