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Democratic Watchman, January 26, 1883, page 8


"The work, which has been in preparation for the last two years under the supervision of Hon. John B. Linn of Bellefonte, is now complete, and will be delivered to subscribers during the first and second weeks of February. The work is in every respect all that it purports to be, and contains many maps of the original survey, of different localities in the two counties, together with the names of original settlers and numbers of acres in original purchase; complete lists of the pioneer tax payers in most of the original townships, together with many other matters of more than local interest. The work contains nearly seven hundred pages of historical matter, and is finely illustrated with portraits of many of the pioneers of the two counties, as well as some of the more prominent men of the present day. On the whole it is a work that will be prized by all who are fortunate enough to possess a copy at present, and more so by future generations."

Democratic Watchman, February 26, 1883, page 8

CASE OF D S. MAYNARD - "We read with regret a few days ago of the misfortunes which overtook our former friend, Mr. D S. Maynard, formerly editor of a paper in Lock Haven, and afterwards the compiler of a book called "The Industries and Institutions of Centre County"  A year or more ago Mr. Maynard settled at Glassgow, N. J., and started a Knights of Labor Journal for the advancement of the interests of that organization. He gave the weight and influence of his paper to Hon. Thomas M. Ferrell, candidate for congress, whose election, it is conceded he was largely instrumental in securing. For a short time he was quite a lion among the Knights of Labor, but sickness overtook him, and it was so long continued that poverty followed in its wake and had it not been for the charity of a few friends, the family would have suffered. On his sick bed some of  these "Knights" began to persecute and annoy him about a small sum owed by him in connection with the office of the paper.  So contemptibly mean and avaricious were these people that the physician in attendance warned them off, telling them that if they disturbed or annoyed his patient again, they would get themselves into trouble. After this they let him alone.

Mr. Maynard at last accounts was still very low, and we can join with our contemporaries in asking, where is the Hon. Thomas M Ferrell that he does not see to the condition of the man who did him such timely service ? Perhaps by this time, he may have done something. He must be an ungrateful wretch, if he hasn't."

Democratic Watchman, March 2, 1883, page 8

"The Philadelphia Times rises to make the following remark: "Bellefonte must be an interesting sort of place for publishers and booksellers. When the publishers of the now "History of Centre County" began to deliver their books a few days ago they found that a number of their subscribers had formed a combination to resist any attempt to enforce the payment of subscriptions. These people evidently had no intention of paying, but subscribed for the book just to help the work along. Business enterprises must be encouraged at any cost."

The trouble is, these people that about the country contracting to print "Histories" never fulfill their contracts. They turn their books into advertising mediums, and instead of "history" the people generally get just the opposite.  For genuine, worthy books of any sort Bellefonte subscribers will always be found right where they promise to be. But they don't propose to pay a big price for something they didn't subscribe for."

Democratic Watchman, March 23, 1883, page 8

"Messrs. Collins, who are the contractors on the Buffalo Run railroad, have begun operations some where the "Barrens" on the upper end, having transported some fifty Italians to that point on Tuesday last, and we believe soon expect to have one hundred more at work, a portion of whom will be negroes, so that our Buffalo Run people will not be entirely at the mercy of the Italians of whom they have such a dread. It. is the purpose of the Messrs. Collins to complete this road ready for the iron horse in a little ever one year, and perhaps in less time."

Editors Note: This is the beginning of the construction of what would become the Bellefonte Central Railroad.

Democratic Watchman, June 1, 1883, page 8


"Shortly before five o'clock on Monday morning smoke wee discovered issuing from the Humes block on Allegheny street, apparently from the rear of that portion used as an opera house.  There was some difficulty in locating the fire which apparently was starting somewhere in the upper Dart of the building, Upon the alarm being sounded a crowd gathered as rapidly as could be expected at that early hour of the day, and, the firemen were on the ground as speedily as they could get their apparatus in hand. Large volumes of smoke issued from the building for a considerable time before the flames were developed the fire being confined between a double roof, one of which was of a tar composition; but eventually the flames burst forth and it was soon evident that the building could not be saved. Although water was thrown upon the burning mass, the efforts of the firemen were chiefly directed to the saving of adjoining property. By great exertions the fire was confined to the Humes' block and the building of the First National Bank, which were, destroyed. At one time it looked as if the handsome Crider building adjoining the bank would be involved, but fortunately it was saved intact through the heroic exertions Of the firemen. The insurance on the property destroyed we understand is $15,000 on the Bank building, $27, 500 on the Humes' block, and the following on the business establishments in the latter building: A. C. Moyer & Brother (grocery) $3,500; Jared Harper's grocery, $3,500; Woodring's stationery store, $2,250; W. W. Moyer's dry goods store, $4,000; Co-operative store, $1,000, Montgomery clothing and furnishing, $ -------, and a small insurance on Beck's barber shop under the Bank building. We have not learned whether the Italian who did business on the corner was insured. It is supposed by some that the fire originated front lightning, as during the thunder storm that prevailed between four and five o'clock the report of an electric discharge is said to have been heard in the neighborhood of the building."


"It is said that Mr. Edward Humes has sold the site of the property destroyed by fire last Monday morning, to Banker John Harris, his son Wm. Humes and P. B. Crider, who undoubtedly will re-elect suitable buildings on it."

Democratic Watchman, June 1, 1883, page 8

Where They Are

"The Business houses and individuals who suffered by the fire on Monday last have located and will be found at the following places:

W. W. Moyer, in Brockerhoff block on Bishop street.
Jared Harper, in former McAlister residence on Allegheny street.
D. W. Woodring, in the McManus law office on Allegheny street.
A. C. Moyer, in Brockerhoff block, Bishop street.
Co-operattve store, not located.
Postoffice, Bush's new Arcade, High street.
Montgomary & Co., in Brockerhoff House block.
National Bank; in old National Bank room on Allegheny street.
Charles Cunee, adjoining Garman's residence on High street.
Beck, the barber, in room near Dr. Hale's residence on Allegheny street.
Upstairs tenants are not yet located.
Bond Valentine, who moved out two days before the fire, will be found in Bush's new Arcade."


"The big fire of last Monday morning caused an entirely unexpected removal of the post office to a different part of the town.  Its old location had hardly been rendered untenable by the devouring flames be fore arrangements were made to relocate the post office in one of the rooms of the new Bush arcade, and the moving of the office furniture, including boxes, etc., all of which fortunately had been saved, was immediately commenced and by noon all the fixtures and appliances were in place ready to do business at the new stand. The management of Post Master Dobbins and his aids was so effective that there wasn't an appreciable delay in the receipt or dispatch of any of the mails, or in the delivery of mail matter to the public. The new room is large, airy, well lighted, comfortable and decidedly high-toned in its exterior appearance, and withal the location is an excellent one."

Democratic Watchman, May 18, 1883, page 4


"On Sunday last the writer, having nothing else to do, for the time being, took a walk out Curtin street to view the new improvements and take a look at the scenery.  This is or will be one of the finest thoroughfares in town. Already trees have been planted on both sides of it in the section known as "Spangler's Addition," and the water is being taken there as fast as possible. "Spangler's Addition" was begun some years ago by Jack L. Spangler, Esq., purchasing the William Wolf property, the residence then standing alone on a beautiful eminence and commanding a magnificent view. This property was afterwards purchased by Mr. E. M. Sturdevant, who remodeled the buildings and improved and beautified the surroundings to such an extent that it is now one of the most delightful and desirable places in town. Since then quite a number of lots have been sold. Register James A. McClain, struck with the beauty of the situation and enraptured by the glorious scenery, purchased a lot and has now nearly finished a 500 residence on the South side of the street, fronting toward Milesburg and commanding all the wild grandeur of the gap, through which winds Spring Creek's silver, stream on its way to the Bald Eagle. Mr. Lew Shaffer, who is reported by Dame Rumor as having about made up his mind to take unto himself a "rib," has purchased a lot as has likewise S. D. Ray, Esq., who is also reported as having a heart affection that is likely to result fatally. W: B. Rankin is building a fine house on same street, and Col. D. S. Keller and Misses Mary and Kate Devling have each bought a lot. W. F. Reber, Esq., has two lots; James A. McClaln, two; John Hoffer, one, and A. M. Hoover, one, Frank E. Bible, the Recorder, is about purchasing a lot, E. M. Sturdevant owns three lots and a $4,000 residence. A Mr. Case, at the Nail Works, has purchased a lot. A. G. Curtin, Jr., has bought two lots, Lawrence L. Brown, two lots and W. F. Reeder, Esq., two lots, on which he will erect a six thousand dollar residence. All these gentlemen who have not built or who are not now building, intend to erect handsome houses, and the result will be that East Curtin street will be a delightful place to live. The ground is level, and the view, as we said before, delightful. Ridge street, too, is being opened, so that there will be easy communication with Linn and Lamb streets and convenient access to all parts of town. The situation is picturesque and healthful, and should the writer ever take a notion to build, East Curtin street would his selection.

West Curtin street is pretty well built up, Gen. Beaver's residence standing on the corner of West Curtin and Allegheny, and Mr. Abraham Valentine's on opposite corner same streets. Robert Valentine's splendid house is on corner of East Curtin and Allegheny, and westward are many handsome residences including those of Mr. Bond Valentine, Mr. Stewart S. Lyon, Mrs. Pugh and other handsome houses. When finally built up it will be the most beautiful and commanding thoroughfare in town with a splendid view of mountain vale and stream. Oh, would that we were a millionaire."

Democratic Watchman, July 13, 1883, page 8

"We understand that a colored women and her husband, by the name of Mix, have been in town for the purpose of effecting what is called "faith cures." Several meetings have been held, but as yet we have not heard of any cures having been effected. Mrs. Mix is as black and shines like a box of Rising Sun stove polish and resembles for all the world an Obi prophetess or medicine woman. Her mode of proceeding is by anointing with oil and praying, assuring her patients  that if they will only have entire faith, she will be enabled to cure them. As no cures have been reported, we infer that has not been so great even as a grain of mustard seed, having which, we are told in Holy Writ, we may say unto the mountains, be thou removed and cast into the sea; and it shall be done;"

Whether the Obi woman is yet in town we do not know, but it makes but little difference, so far as her ability to effect faith cures is concerned.  It is astonishing in this enlightened age any one can be found with sufficient credibility to put the least confidence in such silly pretensions."

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