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Democratic Watchman September 8 1899, page 8


"Several weeks ago the WATCHMAN announced that by Sept. 1st it would be able to publish the particulars of another industrial advance in this community. Owing to a press for space in our last issue and because of the hurry to get out in time for the business men's picnic at Hecla park the promised information was withheld - until this week.

The probable name of the new concern will be the Nittany rolling mill company. Cap't. Hugh S. Taylor and his brother R. B. Taylor will be the active partners, while Col. J. L. Spangler will fund the enterprise and secure good financial rating for it from the start. It is the intention to have the mill in operation by Oct. 1st, if possible, and at that time employment will he furnished to the full complement of men, which includes fifty-six skilled operatives, all working on tonnage and earning big wages.

The capacity of the mill is about eighteen, tons per day of much bar and - while the new managers badly hope to get that much out of it they will run it just as strong as possible. - Already work is being done to clean out the dam to make it efficient for all the water power that is necessary and improvements will be made at the wheel so that- its power not reduced by any back water, as has been the case there in the past.

While the Taylors are new to the iron business they are young men of so much energy and business pluck that there venture is almost an assured success."

Democratic Watchman September 8 1899, page 8


"Centre county came very near having another escaped convict to hunt up last Monday morning. When turnkey Coder went on his usual morning rounds of unlocking the cells to give the prisoners the freedom of the corridors he discovered something wrong in the last cell of the second tier on the left.  An investigation soon revealed the fact that its inmate, Harry E. Korman, had made an unsuccessful attempt to escape during the night. He had dug a large hole in the outside wall at the window and had evidently gotten to the heavy facing stones on the outside, which could not be easily moved with the light irons he had wrenched from his bed, when daylight overtook him at his work.

Korman was under sentence to the Huntingdon reformatory for having - stolen a bicycle owned by Geo. T Bush, in this place, on the 22nd of last June. He confessed to the theft.

Korman, with George Roop, the other bicycle thief, was taken to the reformatory at 1:05 on Tuesday."

Keystone Gazette September 8 1899, page 1


Scott Lose Shoots at a Man Who Was Trying to Get in His House

"Thursday morning of last week, between two and three o'clock, Scott Lose, who resides on Reservoir hill, South Allegheny street, Bellefonte, was awakened by hearing some one trying to get into his house at the rear kitchen window. Mr. Lose quickly jumped out of bed and went to the upstairs window. He asked the intruder several times what he wanted, but on receiving no answer he went and secured his gun and shot three times after the burglar, slightly wounding him.

On Friday morning Mr. Lose had a colored man arrested by the name of Howard Trammel, who for the past five years has been in the employ of Col. J. L. Spangler. Saturday morning at 10 o'clock Mr. Trammel was given a hearing before Squire Keichline and he had quite an array of legal talent, which consisted of Taylor & Johnston, Orvis, Bower & Orvis. W. E. Gray, Esq., District Attorney Newton Spangler took care of the Commonwealth's side of the case.

The first witness was Scott Lose, who testified positively that the man trying to get in at his window on Thursday morning was none other than the prisoner. James Lose, son of the witness, testified to about the same facts.

Abe Jackson was called and testified that he saw Trammel Wednesday night; was with him at eleven o'clock. He was very drunk when he left him. The next morning Trammel told him that after he left he got lost and that someone had shot him in the wrist.

The last witness was the prisoner himself, who stated that he was 25 years of age and for the last five years he has been in the employ of Col. Spangler. He said that he had been drinking and did not know where he was between Wednesday morning and Friday morning. He showed the justice where he had been shot in the arm. After hearing all the evidence he was bound over to court in the sum of $500."

Democratic Watchman September 15 1899, page 4


"It looks a little as though Co. M., Reg. Will die the death of disbandment unless there is a little stir up in that organization to undo the bad report recently made of it by inspector general John P. Penny.  In making his report of the First and Second brigades he said: "Co. M., 21st Reg., at Bellefonte, is below the minimum in numbers and while composed of a first-class quality of men and officers seem to be lacking in the interest that is so necessary to make a good company."

Democratic Watchman September 15 1899, page 8

"The Bellefonte furnace company came near having to shut down on Sunday, owing to a scarcity of lime stone for flux. Manager Bob Morris averted the disaster by hunting up two car loads that carried the furnace over until Monday."

Democratic Watchman September 15 1899, page 8


"Another corporation is applying to the State for a charter under which it can do business with headquarters at this place. It will be known as the Bellefonte Lime Co. and includes among its petitioners for a charter Messrs. J. W. Gephart, John. P. Harris, Frank Warfield, John P. Harris Jr., C. M. Clement and L. T. Munson.

On Tuesday the new company became owners of the Morris operations at Salona and henceforth that plant will run by it. It is capitalized at $25,000 and $10,500 was the amount of the purchase money. While the company will be incorporated to manufacture lime, cement and all the other products of lime stone it is not likely that they will do any more than take out furnace stone and railroad ballast.

There is a crusher mill and one large kiln on the property already sixteen men are working there getting out stone for the Bellefonte furnace and for a large ballast contract for the Beech Creek. The question of who will be the superintendent of the place is undecided, but it would not be much of a surprise to see either John P. Harris Jr. or A. Scott Harris in charge before long."

Keystone Gazette September 15 1899, page 1


His Appearance in Bellefonte Causes Considerable of a Ripple

"Thursday morning of last week after the 9:28 train came in Bellefonte was, as it were, shook from its foundations when it became generally known that Major Wm. H. Hastings, brother of ex-Gov. D. H. Hastings, was in town. Many of our citizens failed to believe the reports but it was soon verified by a number of our citizens calling on him at the Brockerhoff House.

When he arrived in the town he was recognized at the depot by a number of citizens, notwithstanding he had his long white beard cut off sleek and clean. His hair and large moustache were white and thus his appearance was considerably changed in the six years that he had been away from Bellefonte. He registered at the Brockerhoff house as William Henry, and before going to his room instructed the clerk to allow no one to be admitted to see him except a card be first sent up. He also had his meals served in his room. He spent all day Thursday in his room and early Friday morning took a walk to the spring and back. On account of previous threats made by the Major, while in Paris, that he would come io Bellefonte and blow up the Governor's new residence, an extra watchman in the person of Joshua Folk was placed on guard there. Not that they were afraid the Major would do any harm, but there was a possibility that he might have had some one hired to do the dastardly work.

Friday morning two detectives arrived in Bellefonte and after holding a consultation with H. H. Montgomery and Amos Mullen, our policemen, they went to Major Hasting's room and placed him under arrest. The charges were forgery and false pretense, made by Gen. Louis Wagner, president of the Third National Bank of Philadelphia. He was taken to the Quaker City on the 1.05 p. m. train, so his stay here was short.

Major Hastings was given a hearing Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia before Magistrate Jermon. General Louis Wagner, the prosecutor, testified that in January, 1895, Hastings, then president of the Garcia Truss Company, had secured a loan of $5,000 from the Third National Bank, Philadelphia, and had given as collateral sundry drafts, a note, bills of lading, freight bills and an insurance policy, all having reference to an alleged shipment of goods to Australia. A similar loan for the same amount had been made by the Merchants' National Bank. A week or so after negotiating the loan Major Hastings disappeared. The witness said that he was made the assignee of the Truss Company. "I found that no one in the employ of the company knew anything about the shipment to Australia. It was later found that the boxes contained nothing of value. About forty per cent of the indebtedness of the company was recovered by the creditors. The books of the concern showed that Major Hastings was indebted to it to the extent of nearly $40,000." The charge of forgery, General Wagner said, was in the presentation of bogus bills of lading.

The Major was given an opportunity to make a defense, but he stated that he had nothing to say. He was then held in the sum of $10,000 bail, and was taken back to a cell in the city hall."

Democratic Watchman September 29 1899, page 8


"Basing the statement on present calculations that seem to warrant it we want to announce that by January 1st, 1900, the plant of the Pennsylvania Match Co., located at Bellefonte and employing seventy-five hands, will be In full operation, turning out a daily product of 400 gross of boxes containing 200 matches each.

The factory will be located on the ground that lies along the B. N. and L. railroad tracks between the old "fish pond house" and Spring creek. Work was begun on the site on Monday. It will have to be drained of several small springs before it can be used and this will be accomplished by conducting their overflow into the race from the Phoenix mills.

The factory will be 260 ft. long by 60 ft. wide in the main building, with a boiler and engine house and chemical building separate. All will be of brick, one and two stories high, with slate roof. Architect Robert Cole is working on the design now.

The company will get the site in shape and put up the foundations, but the structure above will be let to contract.

The Pennsylvania Match company is made up of several of Bellefonte's leading business men. Among whom are Col. W. Fred Reynolds and Joseph L. Montgomery, S. A. Donachy, formerly superintendent of the Hanover and York match factories before they were gobbled up by the trust, and owner of valuable patents in match making machinery, came here with a proposition that looked business like and the gentlemen took it up; preferring to make the venture-themselves to having the factory go elsewhere. It is claimed that matched can be made just a little cheaper here than most anywhere else, because the wood mostly used for them is second growth pine of which large quantities can be procured in this section.

The factory will be under the direction of S. W. Donachy, all experienced match maker who will bring enough skilled workmen with him to run it properly. In the wood department, where there will be a full saw mill out-fit all men will be employed. In fact about two-thirds of the seventy-five hands will be men, while the balance will be boys and girls.

Jos. L. Montgomery will have complete charge of the business end of It and he assures us that the venture is a bona fide business undertaking out of which the projectors expect to make some money; owing to the superior advantages of Bellefonte as a location for such a factory."

Democratic Watchman September 29 1899, page 8

"On Monday night the Phoenix flouring mills were started running eighteen hours a day. They had, been running twelve, but increased business made an increase of working hours necessary."

Democratic Watchman September 29 1899, page 8

"Col. J. L. Spangler, Gov. D. H. Hastings, Jas. A. McClain and C. F. Frazer have purchased seventy-seven acres of coal land in Elder township, Cambria county, for which they paid $100 per acre."

Democratic Watchman September 29 1899, page 8

"According to general orders No. 48, issued from the Adjutant General's office, Co. M, 21st Reg., N. G. P., stationed at this place will be mustered out of service.  Along with it Co. F., Holidaysburg, and Co. L., Huntingdon, will also be mustered out of the 21st. The regiment was one of the provisional organizations after the old federal service  that it is back again all the new companies that are not in the general of regimental concentration are being cut off F., L. and M., are the only eastern companies in the 21st and they are to be dropped. It is not because of inferiority, but of location."

Democratic Watchman September 29 1899, page 8

"Col. Theodore Burchfield of the 5th, has appointed Col. W. Fred Reynolds, of this place, to be Adjutant of the Fifth, N. G. P., to fill the vacancy caused the resignation of Adj. John S. Fair, who is now a captain in the S. V. Col. Reynolds has had considerable experience in the military; having been on the staff of  Governor Pattison and Governor Hastings. He has been connected with the Guard long enough to make him an enthusiastic soldier and his enthusiasm has not been without its good for the local company for the handsome new armory it occupies was built by Col. Reynolds."

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