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Col. Paxton, added that his experience of Rail Roads, since their first introduction into this country some 25 years ago, had been very considerable, and he felt glad to assure the gentlemen interested, that he had never seen a cheaper, a straighter, or a better planned Road, than the Tyrone and Lock Haven Road. He had himself paid out in cash for the construction of a single mile on the Catawissa Road, more than the average cost of 3 miles of this road when completed. And yet the Catawissa was now earning and paying the interest on the Bonds, and in a year or two's time would pay a dividend on her Stock. He felt sure therefore that this road on the small construction cost of $15,000 dollars per mile would immediately, and amply pay the interest on the whole Stock & Bonds, and he earnestly recommended the Subscription to these Bonds, as a very desirable investment for families or Estates as well for the purpose of completing the Road as proposed at this time.

One word now with regard to the alternative line from Lock Haven to Williamsport. On riding up yesterday through the rich agricultural country above and below Jersey Shore, one could not but be astonished at the policy which had chosen to hug the barren Bluff on the other side of the Rive r to a loss of the local trade which of itself would almost justify a road on the left Bank. 

Still there the Rail Road was, and though pledges to the amount of $200,000 had already been made to the stock subscription for that line, and though competent contractors had offered to take that subscription and finish the Road on its mortgage Bonds immediately after completing the road to Lock Haven, yet Mr. Kimber stated that he deprecated as a Rail Road man, the construction of Rival Routes, and if the Sunbury and Erie would give the Catawissa company the same rights to Lock Haven, as they now enjoyed perpetually to Williamsport, he could not be in strumental in the construction of the alternative Road. If unfortunately, however, other counsels should prevail, he would pledge himself to aid in the immediate completion of the Tyrone Lock Haven extension to Williamsport, on a basis of local subscriptions of $250,000 to the lower limit. Mr. Kimber then - introduced Richard Osborn, Esq., to the meeting who submitted in full form the proposals for completing the Road from Julian Furnace to Lock Haven the ensuing autumn, based on a subscription of $120,000 to the Tyrone & Lock Haven bonds at 75 cents, on notes of responsible parties running from 3 months to 27 months from June 1st 1859, which with subscriptions already pledged would enable them to absorb themselves the remainder of the Bonds necessary to the completion of this section of the work.

Mr. Kimber stated that he had no personal interest direct or indirect in the contract or in the construction of the Road in any way. But that he believed it very important to the interests in his charge that the Tyrone & Lock Haven Road should be opened at once, and he felt sure that there would never be made a fairer or more liberal proposition than Richard and John Osborn had now made to complete that section at $6,200 a mile, with so large an amount payable in Bonds.

The proposal in fact tendered a considerable subscription of foreign capital to this local interest, thus diminishing greatly the efforts requisite at home; and he earnestly hoped no sectional consideration would interfere with the cordial and earnest co-operation of all parties interested in this great work.

The proposition of the Messrs. Osborn being further discussed it was

On motion of Dr. Wm. Underwood

Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting the proposition submitted by Thomas Kimber, Jr., and the Messrs. Osborn, is liberal and if responded to by the people of Centre County, will ensure the completion of the road.

Resolved, That James T. Hale, W A. Thomas, M. I. Milliken, P. B. Wilson, W. F. Reynolds, John Irwin, J. I. Thompson, Thomas Wilson, Wm. Fearon, Jr., Jacob Graffius, John Jones, John Chatham, Doctor J. M. McCoy, are hereby appointed to take immediate means to sell Bonds of the Company and in all other respects, carry out the arrangements proposed to complete the road and that they are earnestly requested to fulfill the purpose of this appointment within ten days.

Resolved, That we are deeply obliged to Thomas Kimber, Jr., and the Messrs. Osborns and Col. Paxton, for their visit to Centre County at this time, and their generous intentions.

Signed by the Officers

Democratic Watchman June 9 1859, page 3


"We had the pleasure of visiting Zion on last Saturday, where it had been announced the "Eagle Guards" would be organized. We found the military in attendance waiting the usual formality on such occasions. The Guards are commanded by Capt. Henry L. Barnhart, who has been indefatigable in his exertions to place the company under permanent organization. They are a fine brave, warlike set of soldiers, and bids fair ere long to become one of the first military companies in Central Pennsylvania.  The Eagle Guards are certainly one of the fixed institutions of the country, and it is just upon such men as compose it, that, we must rely when urgent necessity calls loudly for the honor of our country to be vindicated.

After the formality of organizing had been gone through, with, Col. Austin B. Snyder of this place took charge of the company, on the drill exercise. The Col. truly has a very natural faculty of playing soldier, and on this occasion acquitted himself in a manner worthy of no little commendation."

Democratic Watchman June 9 1859, page 3

"OUR FELLOW TOWNSMAN, Doct. Geo. L. Potter, met with a serious accident on last Saturday on the road between here and Zion. It appears that a fractious, horse became unmanageable and on running up as embankment, threw the Doctor from the sulky in which he was riding, upon his head, inflicting a very serious wound. He was rendered insensible for a considerable time and found in that condition by a gentleman, who brought him along to this place.  We are glad to state that the Doctor has so far recovered from his mishap as to be able to move about again."

Democratic Watchman June 9 1859, page 3


"On Monday evening the Centre Dragoons accompanied by the Bellefonte Brass Band proceeded to the residence of Doct. J. M. McCoy and formally announced that he had been elected Captain of the Company. After the Band had spent pleasant time serenading the Doctor, it proceeded to Milesburg accompanied by the military, and returned to Bellefonte the same evening. We congratulate the Centre Dragoons on the acquisition of so worthy an officer."

Democratic Watchman June 16 1859, page 3

The following is the result of the Military Election held June 6th, 1859.


Washington Troop--Captain. J. Wolf, 1st Lieut. B. Schmeltzer, 2d Lieut. H. Gramley
Washington Artillery - No Election
Brushvalley Guards - Captain, A. Harter, 1st Lieut. H. Kremer, 2d Lieut. W. Bierly
Marion Infantry - Captain, J. S. Houtz, 1st Lieut. Tie Vote, 2d Lieut. H. Emerich
Centre Guards - Captain, J. D. Hubler, 1st Lieut. D. Hosterman, 2d Lieut, S. Ettinger.
Warriors Mark Cavalry - Captain, J. A. Hunter, 1st Lieut. J. Beck, 2d Lieut. A. Krumrine, Cornet, J. W. Crumrine
Independent Dragoons - Captain,  James Dunlap, 1st Lieut. Wm. Bloom, 2d Lieut. C. Musser, Cornet, M. Hess.
Pennsvalley Cadets - Captain, Jas. Brisbin, 1st. Lieut, Jas. Osman, 2d Lieut. Jas. Mayes.
Bellefonte Fencibles - Captain, A. G. Curtin, 1st Lieut, J. B. Mitchell, 2d Lieut. Wm. McClellan, Ensign, D. G. Bush
Centre Dragoons - Captain J. M, McCoy, 1st Lieut. Isaac Lose, 2d Lieut. L. W. Rittenhouse, Cornet, Josiah Struble.
Philipsburg Independents, Captain , C. R. Foster, 1st Lieut. J. McGirke, 2d Lieut. Wm. Hudson.
Eagle Guards - Captain, H. L. Barnhart, 1st Lieut. D. Holt, 2d Lieut. J. Shaffer.

Democratic Watchman June 16 1859, page 3


"A jollification was held in this place on Wednesday evening of last week, over the election of this gentleman, for Brigade Inspector. The Centre Dragoons and Bellefonte Fencibles, together with a large number of our citizens assembled in the Armory, which was beautifully illuminated, and proceeded, headed by the Bellefonte Brass Band to the residence of Col. Snyder, where Hon. A G. Curtin in behalf of the soldiers and citizens, announced the successful result of his election. Mr. S. thanked the people for this unusual demonstration in a few appropriate remarks, stating that as public speaking was no part of his business in life, he could only tender his sincere thanks, and endeavor, to discharge his duty faithfully and efficiently. Mr. Rankin of the Fencibles, also made a few remarks, after which the procession formed and escorted the Brigade Inspector elect through our principle streets and dispersed. This mark of respect to a worthy citizen and soldier, is well merited, and we hope our people may never for get that respect -which should be rendered to those who so honorably acquitted themselves in fighting the battles of our Country. Give us your paw, Col."

Democratic Watchman June 23 1859, page 3


"On last Saturday the first neigh of the "Iron Horse" that ever re-echoed through our valley, startled the good people of this vicinity. Men, women and children hastened toward the Rail Road, to get a view of his enormous proportions and witness his peculiarities. In common with many citizens we possessed an inkling of curiosity, more from the fact that it was an event worthy of commemoration, than any novelty the huge proportions of the and witness his peculiarities.  In common with many citizens we possessed an inkling of curiosity, more from the fact that it was an event worthy of commemoration, than any novelty the huge proportions of the "critter" might present to us.  In the midst of an eager crowd we found ourself gazing in admiration and wonder, that such an event had been so long deferred, especially when this County possessed such luxurient pasturage. For many years the people of other localities have been greatly favored in this respect. They have not been intimidated by his wild fierce characteristics and apparently untameable nature. They have harnessed and put him to work, and are reaping the reward of their labor in harvests of gold. We are glad to see that our - people too have had courage to tame one.  We are gratified to know that they possessed the ability abd disposition to meet the expenses.  Will they "grow weary in well doing?"  We hope not. We should feel ourselves be coming a great people with a dozen or two "Iron Horses" tamed and playing around us. We feel that a new era has dawned in our history to witness the exhibition of even one, in such pranks as snorting terrifically - puffing great volumes of thick black smoke from his nostrils, just apparently for pastime. But we must not digress. The fiery steed was really "reigned up" - the people assembled, and the astonishing feat of "riding on rails" was really accomplished. T he locomotive passed between this place and the foot of the mountain, a distance of about ten miles, on Tuesday last, taking out the board of managers.

P.S. - Since the foregoing was in type we had the pleasure at half past 2 o'clock on Tuesday, in common with many of our citizens, of passing over the entire finished portion of this Railroad. The Brass Band accompanied the excursion. Eleven cars were attached to the Locomotive, and perhaps not less than three hundred people were on the train. The weather was pleasant almost every person seemed quite animated with the occasion. Many ladles were present to - witness the departure of the train, and in various directions on the surrounding hills - the evidences of approbation were manifested by them in the waving of hankerchiefs, and smiles of encouragement. Every person seemed actuated by one common enthusiasm. - The scene was particularly calculated to inspire emotion. We left the Station with the "Star Spangled Banner unfurled to the Breeze," in the midst of large crowd and soul inspiring music from the Band. At Linn, McCoy & Co.'s Iron Works, and various other points along the route many people had assembled. At the "Gum Stump" a portion of the train was detached, and two cars with their passengers proceeded to the present terminus of the road, about three miles farther up the Mountain.  The destination an the excursion after a delay of fifteen minutes, started homeward and arrived in Bellefonte in the evening without anything to mar the pleasures of the day."

Our paper just going to Press precludes the possibility of a more extended notice."

Democratic Watchman June 23 1859, page 3


"The M. E. Church of this place which has been under repair for some time will be re-opened for divine service on next Sabbath, 26th inst., at half past 10 o'clock. The Rev's. A. A. Reese, and S. B. Dunlap, of Baltimore, and other ministers will be present. The church has been beautifully papered, painted and under gone various improvement s. Its appearance certainly commands itself to the admiration of all."

Democratic Watchman June 23 1859, page 3

"TWO YOUNG MEN got drunk on last Saturday and endeavored to kick up a fight with a darkey down at the Rail Road, and got into jail besides. So much for getting "up steam" and the locomotive excitement."

Democratic Watchman June 30 1859, page 3


"There are few places in this State which so well combines the requisites for a pleasant and profitable summer sojourn for strangers as our own handsome town and vicinity.  We are surrounded by valleys proverbial for their beauty and mountains that, present a scene of variegated grandure. The purest water gushes from the base of every hill. Spring Creek and Logan's Branch are streams unsurpassed in the clearness and purity of their waters, and contain "speckled beauties " which would really have gladdened the heart of good old Isaac Walton.

In pleasantness of situation, in healthfulness, in scenes of beauty and variety we are unequalled by any place in Central Pennsylvania. With good hotels, a hospitable and social population, excellent roads for drives and excursions, and with good facilities of access, we know of no place more pleasant for spending a few months during the summer, and as such would recommend it to strangers."

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