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Governor Hastings' Last Resting Place     continued

The centre of the lot contains the vault, which can fairly be described as massive. The foundations are sunk to a depth of ten feet below the surface. Its elevation above ground, including the roof and the cover, is just sufficient to afford an approach to the monument itself without in any respect obstructing its beauty. Within the vault is concrete work covering the sides and bottom a foot in depth. There is also a row of brick extending all around, laced with granite and marble. Pieces of four inch granite at the bottom and sides give an enduring appearance to the crypts, which receive the bodies. There are two on either side and in front of each is a post and covering of Vermont marble - these being the only exceptions to the universal employment of granite. The dimensions of the vault are 9 1/2 ft. long by 8 ft., 5 in. wide and the roof is composed of two stones, each of which weigh 4 1/2 tons. The cover, being of polished granite, 10 in. thick, 8ft., 2 in. long by 3 ft., 8 in wide, is of highly polished granite and this gives it an appearance of several shades darker. On the south side is the simple inscription : "Hastings Family Vault."

The monument rises in simple beauty just north of this and consequently quite on the north side of the lot. Its entire height is but 12 ft. 3 in. It is an accurate reproduction of Grecian architecture and a perfect representation of the closed door. A column at each of the four corners carries out this effect. The width of the base is 7 ft. by 5 ft., 1 in., and the monument as it rises above this is of almost the same dimensions. It bears the inscription in raised letters, "Hastings."

Of course the present lot is not the location at first selected by the family, but is very satisfactory to all concerned. The body of Gov. Hastings was removed from its temporary resting place and transferred to the proper crypt in the vault about the 10th of August. At present the only lettering on the closed door at the top is:


February 26, 1849
January 9, 1903

May a gracious Providence ordain that this inscription is all it may bear for many years to come.

The entire mausoleum was designed by the artists of the Smith Granite Co., Westerly, R. I., who erected it under their personal supervision. It was completed on the 12th of August."

Keystone Gazette September 9 1904, page 8

"There are two or three leaks in the water pipes on Curtin street. These leaks seemed to appear about the time Samuel Gault's home was struck by lightning. New pipes will soon be out down the entire length of East Curtin street."

Keystone Gazette September 9 1904, page 8

"Water street is to be made 35 ft. wide its entire length, and with this purpose in view council has ordered the Bell Telephone Co., the United Telegraph &. Telephone and the Edison Electric Light Co. to remove their poles on Water street to places indicated by council and if they don't do it soon they will help them with an axe. The Bush estate will remove a portion of the hill between the Arcade and Glenn's photograph gallery. This is a good move and it should be carried out at once."

Democratic Watchman September 16 1904, page 8


"On Monday the Bellefonte furnace company put a force of men to work tearing out the old lining of the stack preparatory to relining for what, it is hoped, will be an early resumption of the plant. Repairs, both at the furnace and at the Scotia ore mines, will be pushed as rapidly as possible with the expectation of putting both plants in operation just as soon as they can be gotten into shape."

Democratic Watchman September 16 1904, page 8


"On the first of October the old banking firm of Jackson, Hastings & Co. will be merged into the Bellefonte Trust Co. a business and banking organization with a capital of $125,000 for which an application for a charter is now pending before the Governor. In addition to banking the new institution will include in its business the insurance of owners of real estate, mortgages, and others interested in real estate from loss by reason of defective titles, liens and encumbrances. The stock of the new company has all been subscribed and an organization of officers, Etc., will take place just as soon as the charter is granted."

Democratic Watchman September 16 1904, page 4

"The water is now so low in the streams here that the pumps at the new borough water plant were run by steam several days during the past week."

Democratic Watchman September 23 1904, page 5


"The erection of the Soldier's monument and Curtin Memorial in Bellefonte now being an assured fact, the contract having been let some time ago, the following facts regarding the money in sight and the amount to be yet raised, as well as the collection of a correct list of the names of old soldiers to be inscribed thereon, as given in General Beaver's letter, to the Centre county Vetern Club at its annual reunion at Hunter's park, Sept. 10th, will be of interest. Gen. Beaver says:

"As all are doubtless aware, the final contract for the erection of our soldier's monument ahs been consummated. The agreement has been signed by the Commissioners of Centre county, assuming the payment of $10,000 of the entire cost of the monument by the state commission for the erection of the statue of Gov. Curtin, assuming $10,000 for the erection, leaving $13,000 to be raised and paid by the citizens of our county. Our veteran association, as you know, subscribed $1,000. If all outstanding obligations can be collected, we have the money now in hand to pay this subscription. Might it not be well for us to assume and promise at this meeting to pay an additional sum of - say $250.00, which we can doubtless raise in the ordinary way during the next two or three years?

"Two other things are necessary for us to do in order to carry out the details of the monument and bring the design to a successful completion. As you know, the design embraces the name of every soldier who enlisted from Centre county an well as those of others who have made Centre county their home since the war. In order to have these complete, is will be necessary to have an organization in every township in the county to secure the names, particularly of those who may have enlisted to organizations which were not raised in Centre county proper. There will be little difficulty in securing the names of the men of the 2nd, 7th, 10th, 15th, 5th Reserves, 45th, 49th, 53rd, 56th and 148th Regts. of infantry, and the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 16th Regts. of cavalry. There were a number of men, however, particularly in the border townships of the county, who enlisted in organizations from other counties and indeed from other states. We ought to be able to secure the name of every one of these men and, in order to do this, it will he essentially necessary that we make a careful and close canvass of every township, in order that the name of no Centre county man who enlisted in the service may he omitted. It is probably not the province of our veteran club to take charge of this matter but we can co-operate with our monument association in helping to secure these names and it is essential that we begin at once and prepare lists of all the men in the several townships who served in the Union army during the Civil war. I mention this now so that all who are interested in it may begin, each in his own neighborhood, to secure the names of such as are least likely to be known, so that they may be communicated to the committees which are likely to be appointed by our monument association.

"Another practical subject requiring attention and earnest efforts will be the raising of the additional amount necessary to complete our monument. I cannot speak definitely as to the amount in hand and already pledged but, in a general way, I should say that it did not much exceed $8,000. It will, therefore, be necessary for us to raise in some way between this and the time of the completion of our monument at least $5,000. This will require careful canvass of the county.

"I speak of these things now so that the thought of our veterans may be turned toward them and that they may be thinking of plans by which both the money necessary and the names of our comrades may be had in proper time for use in casting the bronze plates upon which the names are to be borne and in securing the money to pay for the monument by the time of its completion, which is likely to be - say a year from this time. In this effort let me bespeak the active and hearty co-operation of every member of our veteran club, of every old soldier in the county and of every friend of those who are deceased.

"The idea of preserving the name of every man who served from the county is rather unique and commends itself to all who have learned of it but, in order to make it the success which it ought to be, we must be careful that not a single name is omitted. There will be plenty of room for every name but it will be difficult, after the plates are cast, to add the names of any which may be omitted and it is, therefore, of the first importance that we should not only be careful in securing the names but in having every name in full and each one properly spelled. The mistakes of Bates' history and of other published rolls most be carefully corrected. It might be well, as you have opportunity, to furnish to our secretary, who is also the secretary of the monument association, a list of names from the several townships from which a selection of a proper committee for securing the names for the monument might be appointed."

Democratic Watchman September 23 1904, page 8

"The Bellefonte hospital is deeply indebted to Col. W. Fred Reynolds for two tons of coal and to Col. J. L. Spangler for a donation of a car load of coal from his mines in Cambria county."

Democratic Watchman September 23 1904, page 8

"There is nothing slow about either the Haag hotel or its new proprietor, Mr. Fred Mosebarger. It was only last spring that Mr. Haag had his hotel almost entirely done over so far as paint and papering were concerned and now Landlord Mosebarger has put in service a brand new bus, painted a real red, to haul passengers to and from the trains."

Democratic Watchman September 23 1904, page 8

"Landlord H. S. Ray has traded his Oldsmobile run-about for Mr. John Porter Lyon's Cadalact car, the latter to have all new machinery installed and otherwise to be fixed up as good as new.  Mr. Lyon has made a deal with the agent at Huntingdon whereby he trades the Ray Oldsmobile as part pay on a new Cadalact of a later model than his old one."

Democratic Watchman September 23 1904, page 8


"Mr. William Kelly, one of the best furnacemen in the country, arrived in Bellefonte from Sparrow's Point on Monday and with a large force of men at once began tearing out the old lining in the stack of the Bellefonte furnace. Just as soon as the old is torn out the furnace will be newly relined and other repairs necessary will be pushed as rapidly as possible for an early blowing in of the plant, which it is now expected will be sometime between the 15th and 20th of October. The repairs at the Scotia, Gatesburg and Red bank ore mine's have about been completed and all three plants will be put in operation next Monday.

The Bellefonte furnace company is now separate and apart in every way from the Nittany furnace and will be under the direct management of Mr. J. W. Gephart.

Such arrangement's have been made as assures for the company along and, we hope, most successful run."

Keystone Gazette September 23 1904, page 1

The Match Factory

"One of the principal industries in Bellefonte is the Pennsylvania Match Works under the superintendency of Samuel Donachy. They cut up into matches each day about 3500 feet of lumber, board measure. So successful has this plant been that we have been informed that the managers will in the near future add improved machinery and make other changes that will cost from $10,000 to $12,000."

Keystone Gazette September 23 1904, page 5

Meeting of Council

The Tax Payers of Bellefonte Want More Water

"Under the head of verbal communications John J. Bower and Burgess W. Harrison Walker, who reside on East Linn street, were present and offered a protest against not having sufficient water out in that end of town. They are very much frightened over the idea that unless they get a better supply of water they will have to resort to drinking beer. However, to be serious, the water question needs attention. The citizens pay a high water tax in Bellefonte and thus every effort should be made to supply the demand. People living on the hills inside the borough have been contending against this nuisance of not having sufficient water for several weeks past and it is soon time that the water committee give this subject a thorough investigation. There is enough water in the spring to supply a town fifty times the size of this, and the people who pay for it ought to have it.

For instance, Daniel O'Leary, who lives on South Allegheny street, near the reservoir, and other residents of that hill, have not had water for some time. Women with large families have to come half way down the hill and drag up all the water they use which is very laborsome, and something they should not be compelled to do. Again, last week we started at 1:30 p. m. on Thursday to print the Gazette and by 4 o'clock the edition should have been off, but on account of not having a good supply of water it took until after 6 o'clock to finish. Such complaints have come to us frequently and the matter should receive better attention by those having it in charge. It is said that both the pump at the Phoenix station and the steam pump have been running. If this is true then there is something radically wrong some place else. What's the use of paying men and buying coal to keep the pumps going when the people don't get the water? If there is a leak in the water pipes or reservoir it is the duty of the water committee to find it, and find it p. d. q. Running the affairs of the borough is certainly no kid glove position, as it takes deep study and oftentimes hard labor, and the man who takes the office of councilman should give these things both their time and attention."

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