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
January 18, 1888

Accidentally Shot

Miss Lillie McConnaughey, aged about seventeen years, who is living with the family of Wade Martin, Esq., of Frostburg, met with a very serious accident last Monday evening. Mr. Martin, who intended doing some butchering, took his rifle and went out into the yard for the purpose of shooting a hog. Upon examining his gun he found that it would not remain cocked. He therefore began working the hammer up and down, when it slipped from his fingers, discharging the gun.

He thought little of the incident, and went on unconcernedly about his work, when he happened to look up and see Miss McConnaughey leaning against the door of an outbuilding about seventy-five feet distant, with her hand placed to her side and a look of pain on her face.

She was taken into the house, and Dr. Miller, of Perrysville, was summoned immediately. He found that the ball, which was a 45 calibre, had penetrated the flesh just below the hip joint, and deflected downward. While it makes a very severe wound, it is not considered dangerous.

January 25, 1888

Cut His Foot Off
One day last week Jonas Foltz, employer on Pierce's mill, near Big Run, sank an axe into his foot a little below the instep, almost severing it in twain.

The sharp steel blade slashed through bone and tendon, muscle, leader, artery and vein, leaving only a small strip of flesh and skin at the sole of the foot to hold it together. Dr. Hamilton was called and dressed the wound, and thinks, as Mr. Foltz is a vigorous, healthy man, that he will finally regain the use of the mutilated member.

February 1, 1888

Robbery at Frostburg
Last Monday night robbers broke into the store of Swisher and Williams, at Frostburg and extracted money and merchandise to the amount of about $300. The villains effected an entrance by prying the back door open with a pick.

The tracks left in the snow indicate that the thieves were socks over their shoes in order to disguise the tracks. There is as yet no clue to their identity.

Mashed His Legs
Will Reynolds, son of Thomas Reynolds, of Winslow township, met with a very painful accident the other day while hauling logs.

He was standing on the sled with a handspike to keep the logs from rolling off while they were being loaded by men on the other side, when one of them gained such impetus that he could not stop, it when it bore him to the earth, crushing both legs in a frightful manner.