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JUL - SEP 1899

Friday, 21 Jul 1899

Local and Personal

Mr. Ed. J. Byrne, of Pittsburgh, spent a couple days in Ebensburg this week.

William Hanby, aged 56, who was admitted to the Almshouse from Dunlo on the 27th June last, died in that institution on Monday.

Mr. Andrew Strittmatter and wife, of Carroll township, will celebrate their golden wedding at their home on Sunday next. We wish them many returns of the happy day.

Mr. William Eckenrode, of Carrolltown, has purchased the NEWS of that place, from Joseph E. Farabaugh, and will in the future edit the paper. We wish both the new and old editors success.

Francis Rodgers, a Lilly miner, thirty-two years old, met with a painful mishap while working in a coal mine Friday. He was digging on some rock, when a fall of coal struck him, fracturing his right leg above the knee. Nearly a ton of coal came down, but he managed to escape a good part of it. Rodgers was taken to the Altoona hospital for treatment.


Michael M. Weakland died at his home in Carroll township, July 8, 1899, aged 89 years and 8 months. His father William Weakland, died 21 years ago at the age of 81 and his mother, whose maiden name was Araminta Burgoon, died in 1883, at the age of 92. His grandfather, John Weakland, was one of the leading characters in the early history of Cambria county and was the first owner of the land known as the Weakland settlement, at Hart's Sleeping Place.

Michael Weakland's life, like that of his forefathers, was one of great simplicity, purity and rectitude.
His remains were interred within sight of his beloved home at old St. Joseph's church, where Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Michael, O.S.B. Many friends and relatives gathered there to pay their last tribute of respect. Two sisters have preceded him, viz: Mrs. Temperance Cunningham, and Mrs. Mary Byrne; two survive, Miss Susan Weakland and Mrs. William Switzler.


Estate of Michael M. Weakland, deceased.
Letters testamentary on the estate of Michael M. Weakland, deceased, late of the Township of Carroll, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, having been granted to us, all persons indebted to said estate are hereby notified to make payment to us without delay, and those having claims against said estate will present them properly authenticated for settlement.
HENRY BYRNE, Ebensburg
July 21, 1899 6t. Executors

Friday, 21 Jul 1899

Death of an Infant

Cleophas Balbina Urda, little daughter of Joseph and Emma Urda, of Cambria township, died July 12th, 1899, after an illness of ten days, aged 8 months and 10 days.

Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday, July 20, 1899:
-James C. Coulter, Bellwood, Pa., and Mary C. Foy, Lewistown, Pa.
-George W. Dixon and Annie Kaufman, Patton
-George J. Hollen and Geraldine Rickard, Glasgow
-G.T. Gray and Lucy Tonkin, Fallen Timber
-Thomas R. Gibson and Martha H. Duvail, Gallitzin
-Arthur W. Pringle and Etna Seaman, Wilmore
-Samuel Kreiger, Patton, and Lizzie Nuss, Carroll township
-Joseph Eger and Lena McGinley, Johnstown
-Francis Campbell and Maggie McGowan, Barnesboro
-Edward W. Young, Altoona, and Mary Eck, Carrolltown
-Albert L. Fisher, Ferndale, and Lydia Hochstettler, East Conemaugh
-Thomas Perin and Dora Lukes, Frugality
-Howard W. Miller, Mountaindale, and Nora A. Williams, Blandsburg
-Frank G. Silesberger and Jennis Rainey, Barnesboro

Friday, 4 Aug 1899

Local and Personal

Joseph Hugue, Esq., of Loretto, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Monday.

Hon. John Fenlon, one of Ebensburg's oldest and best-known citizens, is dangerously ill from diseases incident to old age.

Mr. Joseph Bearer, of Carroll township, and his daughter, Mrs. B.A. Zolner, of Charleroi, Pa., spent a few hours in Ebensburg on Wednesday.

Mr. Daniel Good, a native of this vicinity, after an absence of thirty years in North Dakota, is visiting friends in Cambria county.

Mr. Englebert McConnell and wife, of Clearfield township, drove up to Ebensburg on Wednesday and later the same day visited friends in Nantyglo.

The card of Anslem Weakland, of Elder township, appears in this issue as a candidate for Poor Director. Mr. Weakland is well known throughout the county as an honest, upright and capable man and his nomination and election would be a good omen for the taxpayers of the county.

On Tuesday evening of last week a little two year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell, of Patton, fell into a tub of hot water that had been left standing on the floor and was so badly scaled that he died in a few hours later. His remains were interred in Highland cemetery on Friday.

Mary R., wife of John Stoltz, of Carroll township, died at his home on Sunday evening, July 23d, at 7 o'clock, after a lingering illness of consumption, aged twenty-four years. Deceased was born in Carroll township in 1865, her maiden name being Miller. In 1892 she was united in marriage to John Stoltz, of Carrolltown. Besides her husband she is survived by two young children--Harry and Robert. Three children preceded her to the grave. The funeral took place after a High Mass of Requiem by Very Rev. P. Michael, in St. Benedict's church, on Wednesday morning, July 26th, at 10 o'clock, interment being made in the cemetery connected with the church.

Boy Killed at Cresson

On Monday several members of the family of Mr. R.A. Glass, of Cresson, went to the vicinity of Wildwood Springs for the purpose of picking berries. After filling several baskets they carried them to the Cresson and Coalport railroad and leaving an eleven-year-old brother to watch the berries, returned to the berry patch for the purpose of picking more berries. On their return to the railroad they were horror stricken to find the lifeless remains of the little brother lying on the track with one arm cut off and his breast and shoulders crushed to a pulp.

It is supposed that the boy being tired sat down on the railroad track and went to sleep and a freight train coming along crushed out his life.

Thursday, 10 Aug 1899
Contributed By Annie Whiteman


Charles Lunga and Miss Koriath, Richland Twp.
James Robinson and Betta Tatters, Barnesboro
Henry T?igg Noel and Margaret Woodward, Portage
Joseph R. Burns, Allegheny, Pa., and Margaret J. George, Johnstown
Peter Toner and Rose Donnelly, Johnstown
Jacob T. Rager, Jackson Twp., and Rosie K. Rummel, West Wheatfield Twp., Indiana County, PA
Paul Babey, Patton, and Julock Cotko, Barnesboro
John Harefare and Mary Petro, Johnstown
James Murthick and Mary Bryne, Hastings
Charles Alt and Caroline Burkhardt, Johnstown
John J. Donovan and Alice E. Rainey, Lilly

Friday, 11 Aug 1899

Local and Personal.

Samuel Reighard, aged 93 years and 2 months, died at his home in Conemaugh township on Wednesday of last week.

Mrs. Anne E. Altemus was killed by lightning at Strongstown, Indiana county, on Saturday. She was a widow and is survived by eight children.

Mr. Wins Lloyd, of Missouri Villey, Iowa, who thirty-five or forty years ago was a resident of Ebensburg, was a visitor to Ebensburg for a week, returning to his home on Tuesday last. Mr. Lloyd, when a resident of Ebensburg, was married to Miss Margaret Weakland, who died at Missouri Valley, about two years ago.

Arabella, wife of Samuel Swartzentruver, died at her home in South Fork last Friday afternoon, aged sixty-three years, two months and nine days. She had been a great sufferer from cancer on her face for the past eight years and her death was not unexpected. The deceased was a daughter of Samuel Croyle, of Croyle township, who was killed on the railroad a number of years ago. The remains of Mrs. Swartzentruver were taken to Summerhill on the 12:25 train Sunday and interred in the cemetery at that place.

Mrs. Mary Hoover, relict of Lewis Hoover, of the West ward of Ebensburg, died at her home on Saturday, August 5th, 1899, in the 78 year of her age. The deceased, whose maiden name was McConnell, was born in Washington township, this county, and was married to Lewis Hoover, in 1847. Her husband died several years ago. She is survived by one son, James, and three daughters, Tillie, who is married and resides in Philadelphia; Amelia, who is the wife of John Carter, and Miss Rose. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery in this place on Monday morning at 9 o'clock.

Democratic Convention

For poor director, M.L. Leary, of Chest Springs; Ed. E. O'Neill, of Johnstown, and Anselm Weaklen, of Elder township, were named. It required three ballots before a nomination was made. ... On monitor the nomination of Mr. Weaklen was made unanimous.

For auditors the following gentlemen were placed before the convention, who received the following vote: ... Thomas F. Brady, of Johnstown, 51; ... F.E. Farabaugh, of Carroll township, 66-1/2; ... Brady and Farabaugh were declared the nominees and their nomination was made unanimous.

Marriage Licenses

-Jacob T. Rager, Jackson township, and Rosie K. Rummel, West Wheatfield township, Indiana county, Pa.
-James Murthick and Mary Byrne, Hastings
-Charles Alt and Caroline Burkhardt, Johnstown
-John J. Donovan and Alice E. Rainey, Lilly

Mr. George Callihan, of Braddock, formerly of Ebensburg, was a visitor here on Monday.

Friday, 18 Aug 1899

For Judge of Superior Court
CHARLES J. REILLY, of Williamsport

For County Commissioners
H.A. ENGLEHART, of Ebensburg
TIMOTHY SHEEHAN, of Clearfield Township
for Poor Director
ANSELM WEAKLEN, of Elder township
For Auditors
THOMAS F. BRADY, of Johnstown
F.E. FARABAUGH, of Carroll township

Local and Personal.

Mrs. John Kebler, of Kane, Pa., is visiting relatives in Ebensburg.

Mr. Patrick Moran, of Loretto, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Tuesday.

Miss Ada Schryock, of Johnstown, is visiting the family of Postmaster Lloyd.

John Bearer, Esq. of Susquehanna township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Thursday.

Mr. Andrew Strittmatter, of Carroll township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Thursday.

Thomas Strittmatter, Esq. of Philadelphia, spent a few days in Ebensburg this week among old friends.

Miss Clara Bearer, of this place, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bearer, in Susquehanna township.

Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Zolner, of Charleroi, Pa., who were visiting relatives on the mountain, returned home on Monday.

Alexander Reed, a well-known resident of Clearfield, fell from his haymow Thursday and was killed. He was 75 years old.

Miss Melvina Weakland, of Susquehanna township, was visiting friends in Ebensburg for several days, returned home on Wednesday.

Leo Roberts, a four-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O'Neill, of Munster township, died on Tuesday. The interment was made in St. Michael's cemetery at Loretto, on Wednesday morning.

Francis Moran, an aged resident of Ashville, died on Sunday, aged 81 years. He was formerly a resident of Allegheny township. His remains were interred in St. Michael's cemetery at Loretto on Tuesday.

Mrs. Sweeney, relict of the late Peter Sweeney, of Loretto, died at her home in that place on Saturday, aged about 70 years. The deceased was a sister of Mr. John and Misses Ellen and Lizzie McBride, of Cambria township.

Altoona still has trouble with smallpox and the board of health has taken an additional step looking to the stamping out of the disease. All the cats and dogs found in houses where the pestilence exists are shot for fear they may spread the disease. About thirty animals have been disposed so far.

Friday, 18 Aug 1899

Casper Strohmyer, who disappeared from his home in Altoona on July 5, 1897, while suffering a slight aberration of the mind, and whose whereabouts since that time has been unknown, despite the efforts of his friends to locate him, has been found. A letter received from Paterson, N.J.. states that he is lying sick at that place. He will be brought home as soon as his condition warrants his being removed.

Ira Bigley, aged 3 years, son of James Bigley, of Spruce Creek, was fatally burned at the home of his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bigley, in Altoona, Monday. The child was playing with matches on Saturday and set fire to its clothing, and before the flames were outened was terribly burned, causing congestion of the internal organs, resulting as above. The remains were taken to Mt. Union for interment.

As a result of blood poisoning induced by the parting of a corn on his toe, Henry Yeager, landlord of the Cummings House, died on Sunday. He cut the corn on Tuesday; had blood poisoning within ten hours; had his foot amputated on Wednesday in hopes of saving his life; suffered the loss of the entire leg on Saturday with the same futile purpose, and finally succumbed. He was sixty two years of age.

Mrs. Ellen Harney, widow of William Harvey, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Casey, Bennington, Sunday morning, of old age. She was born in Ireland 66 years ago and came to this country when about 14 years of age. Her husband died in 1893. Mrs. Harney was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church, of Gallitzin. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Gallitzin on Wednesday morning.

John W. Evans, a native of Cambria township, died at his home in Bloomington, Ill. on Friday morning, August 11th, 1899, aged about 70 years. The deceased was born in Cambria township, and in the early fifties went west as far as Kansas and in 1875, located in Bloomington, Ill., then a small village, where he became a prosperous contractor and builder and one of the leading citizens. He is survived by four sons and two daughters. He was a brother-in-law of Mr. D.D. Pryce and a cousin of Mr. C.T. Roberts, of this place.

Harry K. Herzog, an insurance agent, is dying at the Homoespathic hospital, Pittsburgh. His body and head are a mass of deep bruises, fractures and contusions sustained in a thrilling accident shortly after the noon hour Monday, when Herzog, by suddenly taking a misstep, was precipitated over the dizzy Duquesne Heights. For over 275 feet his body was tossed and torn from one jagged, jutting cliff to another. In the face of this appalling experience the young man lived to tell his awful tale, but there is now absolutely no hope of his recovery.

John G. Blum, a well known citizen of Carrolltown, died at his home on Sunday evening, August 8, 1899, in the 64th year of his age. Mr. Blum was born in Windesbuch, Baden, October 27, 2854, and came to America and settled at Carrolltown in 1867. He was married in 1868 to Miss Mary A. Schettig, who survives him with three children, named Albert, of Carroll township; Annie M., wife of Charles Myers, and Henry P., at home. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. A.H. Haugh, of Carrolltown, and Mrs. Thomas Ott, of St. Boniface. His remains were interred in St. Benedict's cemetery at Carrolltown on Wednesday of last week.
[obviously wrong birth year, probably 1834]

Death of Hon. John Fenlon

Hon. John Fenlon died at his home in Ebensburg, on Monday night, August 14, 1899, aged 83 years.

The deceased was born in Ireland in 1816, immigrated to this country in 1830, and for a short time remained in Philadelphia, where he was in the employ of a wholesale merchant, named Robert Towland. He then came to the mountain where an elder brother, James Felon, was engaged in the merchandising at Munster, then a thriving town on the pike, the main thorough-fare between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Remaining with his brother for a couple of years, Mr. Felon entered the law office of Thomas White, Esq. afterwards judge of the Tenth judicial district and in 1837 was admitted to the Indiana bar. Immediately after his admission, he removed to Ebensburg, where he was admitted to the Cambria county bar and has been in continuous practice ever since. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the Cambria county bar, in fact the time of his admission to the bar preceded the birth of Cambria county's oldest attorney.

In politics Mr. Fenlon was originally a Whig, and in 1848 was elected on that ticket as a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. When the Whig party disbanded, Mr. Fenlon became a Democrat and in 1865 voted for James Buchanan for president and remained with the party to the time of his death. In 1879 he was nominated by the Democracy of Cambria county for assembly and elected, serving one term.

Mr. Felon married Catherine R. Myers, of Pittsburgh, who survives him with the following named children: John M., of New Orleans; Harry E., of Bellefonte; Paul B. and Philip G. of Philadelphia; Mrs. Catharine Blair, relict of the late C.J. Blair, of Ebensburg; Rose, wife of George Bearer, of Pittsburgh; and Grace M., at home.

On Tuesday morning the Bar association held a meeting presided over by Judge Barker at which it was resolved to attend the funeral in a body, committees of arrangements, on resolutions and floral offerings were appointed and pall bearers selected.

The funeral took place on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock and after a Solemn High Mass of Requiem at the Church of the Holy Name, the remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining.

New Advertisements
Barker Bros., talk about shoes.
H.J. Krumenacker published a legal notice.
T.H. Hasson, Esq., published an auditor's notice.
Boggs & Buhl advertise dress goods.

Marriage Licenses

-Henry Plouse, Barnesboro, and Fannie Hoover, Marion Centre, Pa.
-William C. Hill and Annie C. Richards, Hastings
-Thomas Kolok and Katarina Patsok, Hastings
-Harry M. Wilt and Mary G. Shoffer, St. Augustine
-Sylvester Lehman and Mollie A. Berkey, Scalp Level

Estate of Michael M. Weakland, deceased.
letters testamentary on the estate of Michael M. Weakland, deceased, late of the Township of Carroll, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, having been granted to us, all persons indebted to said estate are hereby notified to make payment to us without delay, and those having claims against said estate will present them properly authenticated for settlement.
HENRY BYRNE, Ebensburg.
July 21, 1899 6t. Executors.

To all whom it may concern.
Notice is hereby given that on Monday, September 4, 1899, at 10 o'clock A.M. I will present to the Court of Common Pleas of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, my petition as assignees of Henry Ager et ux, for authority to reconvey to the said Henry Ager all the assigned estate remaining in my hands and possession and all outstanding not rest in the assigned estate.
Nicktown, Pa., August 14, 1899. 3t

Friday, 25 Aug 1899

Local and Personal.

Just 20 interments were made in Lloyd cemetery for the year ending June 1st, 1899.

Mrs. Henry Itell, of Allegheny township, died at her home on Tuesday, August 22nd, 1899, aged about 30 years.

The residence of John Baker, in Susquehanna township, was entered and robbed of the sum of sixteen dollars in money on Sunday, August 6th.

Edna, the little five-year old daughter of Joseph Sherry, of Barr township, recently while playing about her father's barn fell and broke both her arms.

Miss Laura Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Green, died at the home of her parents, at Twin Rocks, on Friday, August 18th, 1899, aged 17 years and 13 days.

Mr. Joseph Dashner an old and respected citizen of Gallitzin, died at his home on Sunday evening, aged 81 years. Mr. Dashner had been blind several years previous to his death.

Owing to the fact that the monument to be erected over the tomb of Father Gallitzin, at Loretto, will not be in readiness in time for St. Michael's Day, September 29th, the celebration of the centennial of the founding of Loretto, has been postponed to Thursday, October 12th. Father Kittell is getting out a memorial history of the Prince Priest which will doubtless, judging from Father Kittell's adaption for historical work and resources, from which he has to draw, be exceedingly interesting.

Marriage Licenses

for the week ending Thursday, August 24, 1899
-James Vasbinder, Patton, and Vernie Miller, St. Lawrence
-Julius Moleski and Patrinello Patrashmska, Carroll township
-Eugene G. Bearer, Barnesboro, and Mary Manion, Hastings
-Oscar Bush and Ellie Mabel St. Clair, Johnstown
-George W. Robine and Mary McNulty, Lilly
-Irvin J. Varner and Mary C. Horner, Adams township
-Frank E. Dewald, Cleveland, O., and Bessie M. Stutzman, Johnstown
-William H. McGregory, Indiana, Pa., and Julia V. Smith, Cherrytree, Pa.

Friday, 1 Sep 1899

Local and Personal.

Mrs. Matilda, wife of Patrick O'Dowd, died at her home in Tunnelhill, on Sunday, August 27th. The deceased is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. William Reilly, of Eistle(??), and Mrs. Edward Litzinger of Gallitzin.

Mr. Frank Schettig, while doing some carpenter work at the fair grounds on Tuesday, was slightly hurt by a hatchet falling from the stop of a step-ladder and striking him on the head. He was slightly cut but escaped serious injury.

On Saturday night Rev. Father McKenna, pastor of the Catholic church at Chest Springs, gave shelter to a man asking alms. During the night the beggar robbed the house, carrying off a considerable sum of money belonging to the priest and some silverware.

Harry Brown, aged 18 years, of Altoona, attempted to board a moving freight train at Kittanning Point on Friday morning but got under the wheels and had his right leg crushed. He was removed to the hospital where the injured member was amputated.

Edward T. McCall, of Johnstown, and Miss Maude Crook, of Cambria township, were married at the Church of the Holy Name in Ebensburg, on Tuesday morning, by Rev. Father Deasy. We congratulate the newly wedded couple and wish them a long and prosperous married life.

C.E. Snyder, of Altoona, while attempting to board a freight training in that city Saturday night, was struck by a large lump of coal, which was jutted off the car, and received a cut on the scalp about three inches in length. A physician's services were necessary to close up the wound.

Mr. William Kruge, of Pittsburg, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Kruge, of Cambria township.

What might have been a fatal accident was narrowly averted at Patton on Tuesday. When the Bearer-Manion wedding party, which drove from Hastings to Patton, was about to cross the railroad, Beech Creek shifter No. 20, came along and sounded the whistle, which caused the horses to rear and back, breaking the carriage pole. Miss Maude Luther, of Ebensburg, who was with the party, suffered a severe sprain by jumping from the rig. The carriage was only a few feet from the track when the engine passed. Carrolltown News.

Arthur Baker, aged seventeen, of Green township, Indiana county, was killed by lightning Sunday evening. He was walking along a road with his brother, when a tree at the roadside was struck, the bolt glancing off and striking the boy, killing him instantly. His brother was rendered unconscious and lay in that condition for fifteen minutes. On recovering, though scarcely able to walk from stiffness, he managed to summon a neighbor, who carried the body to his home. On opening the bosom of the dead boy's shirt, a perfect photograph of the tree by the road was found upon his chest, but the epicure gradually faded away, and in an hour or so was gone. No other mark of any character was seen upon the boy's body. The only evidence that the lightning had struck the tree, which was a maple, was a slight abrasion of the rough bark.

Fatal Accident

On Saturday morning Ellsworth Lantz, an employee of the Vintondale Lumber company, was fatally injured by being caught under a log loader which weighed seventeen tons. Lantz had been working in the woods but lately was employed on the donkey engine which on Saturday was wrecked and the log loader connected with it fell on Lantz and crushed him badly. Dr. Ben Clark Giles, of Vintondale started with the injured man to the Memorial hospital at Johnstown, but a few minutes before their arrival at Johnstown, Lantz died. His father, Alson Lantz, of Franklindale, Bradford county, who had been telegraphed to shortly after the accident happened, arrived shortly after the young man's death. The remains were sent to Franklindale for burial. Mr. Lantz was 26 years of age and is survived by his aged parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Friday, 8 Sep 1899

Personal and Local.

Mr. Herman Kirschner, of this place, took his departure on Tuesday of this week for Nebraska, where he expects to make his future home.

Mrs. Joseph Buck, of Gallitzin, is ill with smallpox. The borough authorities of that place have quarantined the house and are taking every precaution against the disease spreading.

Mrs. Ella, wife of William Humphrey, died at her home in Cambria township, south of Ebensburg, on Saturday night aged about 35 years. She is survived by her husband and infant children.

Benjamin Wirtner, who has spent the past year as a private in the Tenth Regiment in the Philippines, is the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Wirtner, he having returned Wednesday. His numerous friends were very gladly to see him and congratulated him on his safe return home. His long stay in the far East does not seem to have changed him much. Carrolltown News

Professor W.A. McGuire, of Loretto, principal of the Summerhill public schools, is acting as amanuensis for Father Kittell in the preparation of the history of the life and labors of Father Gallitzin. He is a lineal descendent of the first permanent settler of Cambria county, is a good writer and affable gentleman. He is at present gathering data for the work. Johnstown Tribune

Joseph Prycer, while playing ball at the Prycer school house, in Barr township, on Sunday, August 27th, met with a serious accident from which he has been in a critical condition ever since. Young Prycer had struck the ball and was running to a base when Eben Edwards threw a piece of a board about three feet long which struck Prycer about the abdomen which caused him to call. his collar bone was broken and he was also ruptured. Dr. Helfrick, of Spangler, and Drs. T.J. and Robert E. Davison, of Ebensburg, were called to attend him.

Mrs. Rachel Howell died at her home in Ebensburg on Monday, September 4th, 1899, aged 75 years. Mrs. Howell, whose maiden name was Evans, was born in Cardiganshire, Wales. After coming to this country she was united in marriage to Evan Davis, who died in 1864. Several years after she was married to William Howell, of Cambria township, who died in 1874. She is survived by one son, John S. Davis., of Cambria township. Her funeral took place on Wednesday when, after services in the Christian church, the remains were interred in Lloyd's cemetery.

Charles Zimmerman, a well-known citizen of Johnstown, died at his home in that city on Monday morning, September 4th, 1899, aged 62 years. Mr. Zimmerman was born in Germany and came to this country with his parents when about two years of age. He is survived by one son and one daughter.

Mrs. Frank Durbin, of Tunnelhill, died at the Memorial hospital at Johnstown, on Sunday morning, September 2d, 1899, in the 21st year of her age. She is survived by her husband and one child, also by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.S. Leonard, of Tunnelhill, and two brothers and two sisters. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Gallitzin on Tuesday morning.

Arthur L. Dimond, proprietor of the Ehrenfeld House, at Ehrenfeld, who had been ill with typhoid fever, became delirious on Thursday night of last week and overpowering his nurse--Miss Walters, of Johnstown--jumped from a second story window. He was unconscious when picked up and remained in that condition until death ensued on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. He is survived by his wife and one child, a daughter four years of age. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dimond, of Summerhill, and two brothers and three sisters. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Wilmore on Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Martin Byrne died at his home in Rosemont, Pa., on Tuesday August 22, 1899, aged 55 years. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Byrne, of Barr township, and was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1844, coming to this country with his parents when quite young. He was wedded to Miss Mary Gunning, of Prospect, Md., where he resided and followed farming for a number of years, leaving there and going to Rosemont, Pa., where he went into the livery business which he followed until his death. He is survived by his wife and four children, namely: Mrs. Hughes, of Rosemont, Pa., Julia, Martin and James, all at home. He is also survived by his father, and mother of Barr township, this county, and by five brothers and three sisters, namely: Mrs. Joseph Kirsch, of Rosemont, Pa., Mrs. W.G. Ragly, of Winsboro, Texas, and Mrs. Lewis Mallery, of Nicktown; Thomas, of Fernwood, Miss., John, of Irvin, Pa., Richard, of Gallitzin, James, of Prescott, Iowa, and William, of Winsboro, Texas.

Marriage Licenses

-Conrad C. Reig and Lucinda Kane, Carrolltown
-Philip Crook and Rose Conrad, Clarion county, Pa.
-John McCall and Maggie Mathias, Barnesboro
-Thomas C. McCarthy and Theresa Callahan, Ehrenfeld
-George W. Moffit and Mary M. Boyles, Patton
-Frank H. Kirsch and Mary Pfister, Nicktown
-Donald A. Sherry and Amelia Schneider, Johnstown
-Charles Kist and Mary Lock, Johnstown


Mary Magdalene Schettig, wife of Adam Schettig, of Cambria township, died at her home on Wednesday morning, August 30, 1899, aged 60 years, 5 months and 4 days.

Deceased was a daughter of John and Barbara Eckenrode, deceased, and was born on the old Eckenrode homestead at Bradley Junction, March 26, 1839. On June 14, 1859, she was united in marriage to Adam Schetting, who, together with eight children are left to mourn her loss.

Henry, of DuBois; Anna M., wife of John C. Snyder, of Gallitzin; Emma, wife of Harry Bender, of Ebensburg; Albert, of Altoona; John, at home; Ida, wife of Walter Weakland, of Patton, and Anselm and Ambrose at home. Four children preceded her to the grace. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Ann, wife of Erhart Farabaugh, of Bradley Junction; Joseph C., of Republic, Iowa; Andrew, of Carrolltown; Henry J., of Carroll township; and Mrs. Catharine McAnulty, of Carrolltown. One brother, Chrysostom, died several years ago.

Her remains were interred in St. Benedict's cemetery at Carrolltown, on Saturday morning, after a High Mass of Requiem for the repose of her soul.

Friday, 15 Sep 1899

Local and Personal

Richard Nagle, of Spangler, has been granted a pension of $8 per month.

Mr. James Hanlin, of Ashville, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Wednesday.

Anthony Anna, Esq., of Hastings, spent several days in town this week.

Mr. John D. Lantzy, of Susquehanna township, was in town on Thursday.

Mr. Albert Farabaugh, who had been working at Vintondale, returned home on Tuesday.

Mr. Timothy Sheehan, of Allegheny township, was a visitor to Ebensburg on Tuesday.

Mr. George Fresh, of Nicktown, spent several days in Ebensburg this week attending court as a witness.

Mr. Philip Huber, an old and respected citizen of Carrolltown, died at his home there on Sunday, September 3rd, aged 77 years.

Mr. James Westrick, of Elder township, was sold 77 acres of coal in that township to the Bluebaker Coal company, the consideration is said to be over $100 per acre.

The banns of matrimony were announced in the Catholic church of this place on Sunday, between Joseph R. Blair, of Loraine, Ohio, and Miss Clara Bearer, of Ebensburg.

John Porter, a former well known citizen of Susquehanna township, died at the home of his son, James Porter, in Pratt, Kansas, on Saturday, September 2, aged about 75 years. He is survived by six sons.

Frank Lang, who was under a five month's sentence in the county jail for robbery committed in Johnstown, died in the jail on Monday morning, of typhoid fever. He was a native of Nova Scotia and had no relatives in this county. His remains were interred in the cemetery at the poor farm.

William H. Young and George W. Rice, miners and both married, were almost blown to pieces in the Conemaugh colliery Saturday morning. It is supposed the men were tamping a charge of dynamite when the same exploded prematurely. Young was a native of Bays Hill, Bedford county. Both men were dead when found.

Robert McConigle, of Lilly, this county, who has a suspended sentence in the Blair county court hanging over him for breaking into freight cars, was up before Judge Bell, at Hollidaysburg, on Monday, to answer a new accusation of a similar character. He attempted to establish an alibi by naming places at which he had worked since leaving the Blair county jail in October, 1897, and the case was deferred pending investigation of his stories.

George Hoover was held up at the point of revolvers by three men, under the glare of an electric light, at Altoona on Monday night about 11 o'clock, and relieved of $16.10 cash, his watch and chain, and a diamond ring valued at $100. He failed to recognize any of the men. This is the third hold-up on the streets of the Mountain City within a week.

Local and Personal

Mr. John Farrell, an aged and respected citizen of Altoona, died at his home in that city on Friday evening, in his eighty-fifth year. The deceased was born in Ireland, but came to America in early manhood. For a number of years he had charge of a stationary engine at Murray's Factory three miles west of Ebensburg, but after the death of his wife he went to Altoona, where he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad company until six months before his death.


Mrs. Mary Ann, wife of Thomas D. Jones, of Munster township, died at her home five miles south of Ebensburg, on Thursday night, September 7th, 1899, aged 46 years.

Mrs. Jones was born in Cambria township, and was a daughter of the late John T. Hughes. Besides her husband she leaves five children, namely: Rebecca, Eliza, Daniel, Cromwell and Theophilus, the two latter being twins. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Thomas J. and Lemuel J. Hughes, of Cambria township; Elias, of Iowa; Isaac of Summerhill township; Mrs. William Howell, of Cambria township; Mrs. Reese J. Roberts, of Summerhill township, and Mrs. David Edwards, of Johnstown.

The funeral services were held at here home on Saturday at 2 o'clock by Rev. A. L. Rowe and Rev. J.T. Jones, after which the remains were taken to Lloyd's cemetery for interment.

Fatal Accident

On Monday of last week an unfortunate accident happened near Nicktown which resulted in the death of Nicholas White, a son of Mr. Christ White, whose farm adjoins that town. The young man started after dinner on that day with a load of lumber, intending to take it to Spangler. In going down the hill after he left Nicktown, while he was holding the brake the lines caught in the wheel and pulled him off. He fell under the wheel which passed over his shoulder and chest, crushing him badly. Not withstanding his injuries he got up and followed the team which did not stop and getting on the wagon drove to the foot of the hill where he became unconscious and where a passer-by found him. Medical aid was summoned but it was of no avail and he died on Wednesday.

He was a promising young man aged eighteen and much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. He is survived by his parents and four brothers and two sisters. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Nicktown on Friday morning.

Marriage Licenses

-Alois Smithbower, Patton, and Catharine Long, St. Lawrence

Friday, 22 Sep 1899

Local and Personal

Mrs. M.J. Fogarty, of Greensburg, is visiting her brother, Robert Scanlan, of this place.

After a lingering illness Henry Paterson, a well-known resident of Johnstown, died at his home in that city on Sunday, aged 51 years.

Mr. Joseph Priser, of Barr township, who was seriously injured several weeks, as noted in the FREEMAN, has so far recovered as to be able to be in town on Wednesday.

Mrs. Jacob Stephens, of Allegheny township, died at her home in that township last week and her remains were buried in St. Michael's cemetery at Loretto, on Saturday morning.

Miss Lizzie Kennedy, died at the home of her brother in law, John McCormick, in Summerhill township, on Thursday of last week and the remains were interred in St. Aloysius' cemetery at Summit on Saturday.

Charles Conrad, of Chest Springs, is ill with smallpox. He is a young unmarried man and as soon as the nature of his disease was known he was removed to a pesthouse. Dr. Somerville, of Chest Springs, is attending him.

Rev. Father E.J. Dignan, pastor of St. Aloysius Catholic church, Cresson, suffered a paralytic stroke Tuesday night of last week. It rendered him speechless and almost helpless, and the great danger is in a return of the stroke, which would be almost sure to end fatally.

Mr. Charles P. Lang, of Duquesne, Pa., and Miss Agnes Hogue, of Loretto, were married in St. Michael's church, Loretto, on Tuesday morning, September 19, 1899, by Rev. Father Kittell, pastor of that church. We extend our congratulations to the newly married couple.

Mr. W.G. Ragley, of Winsboro, Texas, arrived in Ebensburg on Tuesday, on his way to Nicktown, his former home, on a visit to his mother, Mrs. --- Priser, of that place. Mr. Ragley is in the lumber business in the Lone Star State and we are glad to note that he is prospering.

David Dodson, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Dodson, of Spangler, departed Monday of last week for Rome, N.Y., to be treated there by specialists for cancer, with which he has been afflicted for three years, and which would not vied to local operations and treatment. The disease affects the young man's face, having already eaten away almost the entire nose and a part of the upper lip.

It is reported from Patton that Mrs. Milt Braner and John Gannon eloped from that place on Labor Day and their whereabouts up to this time are unknown. Gannon had been a boarder at the Barner home for about two months, having arrived at Patton dead broke and was kindly taken in by Mr. Barner until he secured work in the Reilly mines. Mrs. Braner took with her a six months old child, all her husbands money and some of his clothing and leaving a two year old daughter and her husband.


Mr. Joseph Blair, of Lorain, Ohio, and Miss Clara Bearer, of Ebensburg, were united in marriage in the Church of the Holy Name, in Ebensburg, on Tuesday morning, September 19, 1899, by Rev. Father Deasy.

After the ceremony the newly wedded couple returned to the home of Mr. M.D. Bearer, a brother of the bride, and whose wife is a sister of the groom and after partaking of a sumptuous wedding breakfast proceeded to the depot accompanied by the best wishes and congratulations of their numerous friends where they took the early train for Lorain, where they will at once go to housekeeping. Dr. Robert Davison and Miss Julia Connell, of Ebensburg, were the attendants. The FREEMAN along with their many friends, extends its best wishes for their future welfare.

Marriage Licenses

-Arthur Robinson and Rose Fleck, Johnstown
-Christian R. Brady and Catharine M. Dimond, Portage
-Francis Trexler, Frugality, and Annie White, Nicktown
-Edward T. Eger and Margaret P. Raeder, Summit
-Joseph Luther and Catharine Butterbaugh, Barnesboro
-Joseph R. Blair, Elyria, Ohio, and Clara A. Bearer, Ebensburg
-Charles P. Lang, Duquesne, Pa., and Agnes Hogue, Loretto
-John Montgomery and Clara O'Hara, Chest twp.
-Francis Riley, Chest township, and Emma Bender, Clearfield township

Court Proceedings

Samuel E. Hamman vs. Joseph A. Gray, administrator of Leonard Mangold. The plaintiff, who is a son-in-law of the deceased, claims about $2,500, the amount of a number of bills and notes that he holds against the deceased. The defense claims the charges are exorbitant and the notes obtained when the deceased was in an unfit condition to know what he was doing. The case went to trial on Friday evening and occupied all day on Saturday when court adjourned until Monday morning when it was again resumed.
On Wednesday evening the jury brought in a verdict for plaintiff for $1,225.

Real Estate Transfers

Margaret P. McConaughy et al. to Mary Catharine Burns, Lower Yoder, consideration, $100.

Mary Elizabeth Burns et al to Annie Carr, Brownstown, $400.

Mary Nearer to Mary Ann Sharbaugh, Carrolltown, $280.

John A. Nagle et ux. to A.E. Patton, trustee, Elder, $75.

John Hahn et ux. to A.E. Patton, trustee, Elder, $389.

Thomas E. Litzinger et al. to Chest Creek Land & Improvement company, Clearfield, $1,039.

Martin Yahner to Chest Creek Land & Improvement company, Chest, $2,917.

John B. Ovenberger to Chest Creek Land & Improvement company, $4,864.

Friday, 29 Sep 1899

Local and Personal

Miss Lizzie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rhiner, of St. Lawrence, died recently at her home in that place.

Kenneth Delozier, son of Richard and Mary Delozier, of Glasgow, this county, died in Altoona on Tuesday of last week, aged 21 years.

Mr. John Endler, of Elder township, recently had his left hip dislocated by a runaway team. This is the second mishap Mr. Endler has sustained from the same team running off.

Frank Bender, of Altoona, a former Ebensburg boy, has enlisted in the army as a drum major, and is now with his regiment at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, and will soon start for the Philippines.

Robert Tibbott, an Ebensburg man, was admitted to the Altoona hospital Thursday of last week, suffering with a scalp wound, which he claims was inflicted the preceding night by two men who waylaid him.

Edward Trexler, of Frugality, and Miss Annie White, of Nicktown, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at Nicktown, on Monday, September 18, 1899, at seven o'clock, the Rev. Father Rupert officiating.

Dr. Cress Reilly was appointed county treasurer by the court at Bedford on Monday to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his uncle--Charles Reilly who died in the Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, about a week ago.

Mrs. Elizabeth Black, mother of David Black, of Cambria township, died at the home of the latter on Sunday, September 24th, 1899, aged 91 years and 10 days. The remains of the deceased were taken to Cookport, Indiana county, on Tuesday, September 26th, for interment.

Mr. Frank Burkey, a son of Mr. Jacob Burkey, of this place, while working as a slater on a new house of H.W. Storey, in Johnstown, on Thursday, fell a distance of twenty-five feet, breaking his right arm and otherwise painfully bruising himself. He returned home on Friday evening.

Mrs. Catherine D. Pryce, widow of John D. Pryce, died at her home in Cambria township, three miles north of Ebensburg, on Saturday, September 22nd, 1899, aged about 75 years. She is survived by the following named children, Miss Sue, of Ebensburg, William, of Cambria township; and David, Evan, Mary and Newton, at home. The interment took place in Lloyd's cemetery on Monday afternoon at one o'clock.

Miss Sarah Ann Jones, died at the home of her father, Mr. Robert R. Jones, in Ebensburg, on Monday, September 25th, 1899, aged 36 years. Besides her father, there survive her the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. E.W. Apel, Pueblo, Col.; John M. Jones, Delphos, Ohio; Mrs. Ebbie Jones, South Ebensburg; D.H. Jones and Emily J. Jones, of Ebensburg, and her little niece, Elizabeth, of Ebensburg. Her interred in Lloyd cemetery on Wednesday.

Bessie, the 3-year-old daughter of Thomas Sheesly, of McGee's Mills, Clearfield county, saw a bean rolling across the floor, which after the manner of children, she picked up and put in her mouth. The bean shipped back into the windpipe, and the child, in a very little while, choked to death although every effort was used to restore her.

George Lewis Clement, aged 16 years, was killed in the Cambria mill mine, at Johnstown, on Friday evening by being crushed under a min car. No one witnessed the accident and the young man was dead when discovered. His father, George Clement was working in the same mine at the time. The family formerly resided at Brisbin, Clearfield county.

Mr. Zach Endress, a well-known Altoona citizen, died at his home in that city on Tuesday night, September 26th, 1899, aged 70 years. The deceased was born in Germany, came to this county when young and had lived in Altoona for the past 35 years. In 1866 he was married to Catharine Durbin, of Munster, this county, who with seven children survive him.

Killed at Cresson

William E. Strayer, a section hand, employed on the tracks between Cresson and Lilly, was instantly killed while at work at 3:30 o'clock on Monday afternoon, about a half mile east of Cresson.

A freight train was passing east at the time and Stray did not observe a water train backing down on the west-bound track. The cabin struck him first and this, with ten tank cars and the engine, composing the entire train, passed over him. The body was rolled along under the train a considerable distance and was terribly mangled.

The remains were picked up and taken to Altoona on Mail express, and after being prepared for burial were sent to his home at Summit on Tuesday.

Strayer was aged 35 years and leaves a wife and several children. His parents reside at Cleversburg, near Shippensburg, Cumberland county.

Strayer had been employed as a track hand only several months. He was a member of Division Foreman John G. Wenderoth's force.


Michael A. Quartz, a widely known and esteemed citizen of Cresson, died at his home in that place on Friday, September 22, 1899, in the 58th year of his age. The deceased with his family, formerly resided in Ebensburg and for ten or twelve years was conductor on the Ebensburg branch, being one of the most popular railroad men that ever served in that capacity. He left Ebensburg in 1879 and for several years was a passenger conductor on the main line, leaving that position to accept a like position on the Cresson & Coalport railroad. He quit railroading about ten years ago and during President Cleveland's second administration had an appointment in the Internal Revenue Service.

He was born in Washington township, this county, and is survived by his aged mother and two sisters, who still reside there. He is also survived by his wife and ten children, several of whom are grown up. His funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, the remains being interred in St. Aloysius cemetery, at Summit, followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends and neighbors.

Marriage Licenses

-John Ryan, Chest township, and Minnie B. Craver, Ebensburg
-Frank N. Dunegan, Patton, and Tillie S. Driskell, Loretto
-James Tierney and Annie McDermitt, Clearfield township
-George H. Sloan and Catharine F. Hauk, Carrolltown
-Rudolph J. Nedemyer and Sophia Gill, Chest township

Probably Fatally Injured

Daniel Lynch, aged 56 years, was probably fatally injured in a runaway accident near Portage on Monday morning. Lynch was assisting his son-in-law to move to Dunlo when the accident occurred. About 9 o'clock the driver of the team doing the moving and Lynch started for Dunlo with a load of furniture. When four miles from Portage the horses took fright and ran away. Lynch slipped from his seat and fell directly in the path of the wagon, the wheels passing over his body from the left shoulder to the right hip, crushing in his chest. The driver succeeded in stopping the team after it had run a mile or more, and not being aware that Lynch had fallen off drove on. The unfortunate man was left alone in the road. His injured were painful, but he crawled a hundred yards or more to a house, where he remained for several hours before medical aid arrived. He was taken to Altoona on Philadelphia express and admitted to the hospital, examination showed that his breast bone, seven or eight ribs and his collar bone had been fractured and his lung punctured. Lynch is married. His wife and four daughters reside in Philadelphia. They have been notified of the accident and that he cannot recover.

Killed Near South Fork

Lewis Campbell, aged about 26 years, was fatally injured on the Pennsylvania railroad near South Fork at an early hour or Tuesday morning. He was found by a track walker and placed on oyster express, taken to Johnstown and placed in the Memorial hospital. He was, however, past human aid and died at 6 o'clock. His skull was fractured and both feet were cut off. In one of his pockets was found a copy of the Machinist's Journal and on the margin of one of the leaves was written the following: "My name is Lewis Campbell. My home is at No. 67 Lincoln avenue, Springfield, O., and my father is John Campbell; send me to my home."

The dead man was a fireman by occupation and had been working at Windber, Somerset county for the Berwind-White Coal company from September 19th until Monday afternoon, when he was paid off. He received $12, of which amount but $3.58 was found.


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