Top Home Designs   | - Get a dinner date this weekend   |  International Dating

Democratic Watchman, September 30, 1904, page 8

"The town clock in the court house tower is now being overhauled for the first time since it was installed in 1858. Jeweler Frank P. Blair is doing the work and this in it self is sufficient guarantee that the clock will be put in first-class shape when the job Is completed. The machinery of the clock was found in an extremely dirty condition and the main winding wheel had two spokes broken out. Mr. Blair says it will take some time to do the job thoroughly, as some of the wooden supports have become so rotten they will have to be replaced with new ones. In the meantime he will make the clock strike the correct railroad time at the hours of 9 and 12 each day until fully repaired."

Democratic Watchman September 30 1904, page 4


"After an idleness of some months duration the furnace of the McCoy & Linn Iron company is again in blast. Recently the company received a very nice order for their famous charcoal iron - an order large enough to keep them busy for months to come - and on Monday work was begun to put the plant in shape for immediate operation. So rapidly was the work pushed that the fire was lighted on Wednesday and the first cast was made last night. May the company continue to receive orders sufficient to keep the plant in constant operation for years to come."

Democratic Watchman September 30 1904, page 4


"Persons who walked down the tracks of the Penn'a. railroad on Sunday to where Buffalo Run creek empties into Spring creek were greeted with a sight that would pall the heart of any fisherman. The banks of the stream were strewn with dead fish of all sizes. There were trout and suckers galore with a few cat-fish and eels. Those who saw them declare that there were not less then three to four barrels of dead fish along the stream. An investigation revealed the fact that the fish were killed by the sulphurous deposits to the old lining of the Bellefonte furnace which, on being removed, had been dumped at such a place that some of it rolled into the creek."

Democratic Watchman September 30 1904, page 4


"Mrs. R. J. Gibbs and daughter, of Milesburg were in Bellefonte on Tuesday making arrangements for the laying out and opening up of the Treziyulny cemetery, a new burying ground in Boggs township on land left to Mrs. Gibbs by the late Mrs. Lavina P. Treziyulny, in accordance with the will of the deceased. The cemetery which will overlook Milesburg and Bald Eagle valley, will be laid out in a semi-circle and the lots all numbered. It will be a Union cemetery. Though lots will be offered for sale a plot will be reserved in which old soldiers can be buried free of charge. A second lot will also be reserved for the poor."

Keystone Gazette September 30 1904, page 8

Prof. Yearick Sustained

"Prof. H. F. Yearick is teacher in the intermediate department in the Stone school house in Bellefonte, and on Monday morning a young colored boy by the name of George Jackson, son of Abe Jackson, undertook to defy the teacher and the rules of the school in general. He told him several times to be quiet and move back to his own seat. The boy became utterly uncontrollable and invited a contest of strength with the teacher. After moral suasion had lost; its influence, Prof. Yearick went down to where the boy was seated and started to give him a good trouncing. The boy made for Mr. Yearick and then and there is where he made his mistake, for Mr. Yearick gave him a full potion of the medicine he always keeps on tap for such emergencies until the lad was subdued.

Mrs. Jackson, mother of the boy, swore out a warrant and had the teacher arrested, and the case came up before 'Squire Keichline on Wednesday evening; who, after reading the riot act to this kid, who is already showing an inclination to ruin the town, discharged the teacher - an act which meets with approval of our citizens."

Democratic Watchman October 7 1904, page 8

"A large force of men have been at work the past week putting up new cables on lines for the Pennsylvania telephone company, a change rendered necessary by the improvements on Water street. When the new system is fully installed it will greatly add to the already efficient service of the Pennsylvania company."

Keystone Gazette October 7 1904, page 1

Nittany Furnace Records

"The Nittany furnace produced in September, 3378 tons of pig iron, which is 197 tons more than was ever produced in one month since the furnace was built.

The best daily average output for one month, heretofore, was 102 and 6-10 tons. The daily average during September was 112 and 6-10 tons, or 10 tons more than ever before.

The best previous output for a single day's run was 116 tons. This was surpassed ten times during September, by the following records: September 6th, 117 tons; 13th, 120 tons; 17th, 121 tons; 18th, 120 tons; 21st, 123 tons; 23rd, 122 tons; 24th, 119 tons; 25th, 126 tons; 26th, 120 tons; 30th, 121 tons."

Keystone Gazette October 7 1904, page 8

Expelled From School

"The Bellefonte school board this week expelled from school George Jackson, the young colored man who was soundly whipped by Prof. Yearick. He is expelled for incorrigibility and general misbehavior.

It will he remembered that Prof Yearick, who is a teacher at the stone building, was arrested by the boy's parents for whipping him, but was acquitted before Squire Keichline, who gave the young man a sound lecturing.

We have no comment to make further than to say that the act of the school board is endorsed by the public. When a boy is big enough to give a teacher such a severe tussle as young Jackson did, he should have sense enough to behave. If not then he should be put away where his example is not apt to influence others to evil. The colored children of this town receive and enjoy every advantage that is extended to the white children, and when they and their parents refuse to recognize and appreciate them they must suffer the consequences as examples for others."

Democratic Watchman October 14 1904, page 8

"Mr. Ray, of the Brockerhoff house on Tuesday, took a party of friends in his automobile for an evening at the House of Lords. Well might old Nittany, like Vesuvins, have rained fire and shaken with earthquakes to have her decades of isolation and calm disturbed by such Mephistophelean means of progression."

Democratic Watchman October 14 1904, page 8

"This has been a big week for the Bellefonte hotels, owing to the meeting here of the State board of agriculture. The Bush house had every room filled and cots in all available places while the Brockerhoff house had every room full with five cots in the parlor, four in the reading room one in the bath room and others wherever they could be placed."

Keystone Gazette October 14 1904, page 1


Mrs. Wm. Reed Fires Four Shots at Him, Doing Little Damage.

"An Incident occurred Wednesday morning that might have cost the life of Constable H. H. Montgomery of Bellefonte. It seems that a number of years ago the Bellefonte Central Railroad Company was granted the water right on the Benner Waddle farm and the Fabian Matt place at Waddle's Station. The water is used to supply the engines and the pipes start on the Matt property, which is now owned by the widow of the late William Reed, who at one time resided on Penn street, Bellefonte, and who is a sister of William McElhattan of this place.

For several years past the Railroad Company has been having considerable trouble with Mrs. Reed, who frequently tore the dam away and stopped up the pipe with mud. Tuesday the water became scarce again and John Hartsock, who is in the employ of the railroad company, was sent up to repair the dam and take the mud out of the pipe. When he got to the Matt property he found Mrs. Reed there and she told Hartsock that if he set a foot on her land she would shoot him, at the same time whirling a revolver around. Knowing the determined disposition of the woman, Mr. Hartsock didn't take his life in his own hands but came to Bellefonte, swore out a warrant and placed it in the hands of H. H. Montgomery.

Wednesday morning Constable Montgomery, with Charles Poorman and Mr. Fetters, the two latter being employed by the railroad company, went to Mrs. Reed's home and found the old lady, who is about 80 years old, parading up and down the yard like a sentinel, holding a large revolver in her hand. She asked Mr. Montgomery if be was an officer, to which he replied that he was, at the same time stating that he had a bailpiece which he wished her to sign. She said that was all right and invited him into the house. After reaching it she told him to stand outside while she would go in and open another door for him to enter. Once inside she barred all the doors and refused entrance to the officer. Finding that he had been deceived he at once proceeded to break open the door and at the same time called the other two men, to his assistance.

When the door was opened they searched the lower part of the house but Mrs. Reed could not be found. On trying the stair door he discovered that Mrs. Reed was inside, holding the door. He pulled it open a short distance and it went back with a slam, catching Mr. Montgomery's fore finger and severely bruising it. Mr. Montgomery called Poorman and the door was forced open when Mrs. Reed was found half way up the stairs. On seeing Montgomery she opened her battery on him, firing four shots - one of which struck him on the left fore finger, inflicting a slight wound. While Officer Montgomery and his men were debating what to do, Mrs. Reed re-loaded the revolver and was ready for any emergency. Mr. Poorman finally succeeded in holding a conversation with the infuriated woman, in which he told her that she had shot Officer Montgomery. She then consented that if Poorman would bring the paper to the top of the stairs she would sign it, but all the time she had the revolver in her lap. When she was about to sign the paper, Poorman grabbed her and held her while Montgomery took the revolver. She was then taken to the station with the idea of bringing her to Bellefonte, but she gave bail to appear at a hearing before 'Squire Keichline on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock."

Keystone Gazette October 14 1904, page 1


"A large number of bricklayers are here from Lebanon just now hurrying to completion the Bellefonte furnace which is being relined under the general superintendency of Lew Wallace of Milesburg. The work in progressing very fast and it will not be long until this industry will be to full blast again. All the work is being done substantially so that it will run a long time without repairing. Willis Williams is painting the stacks, furnace and all the large pipes around the place, so that when finished it will be in excellent repair."

Democratic Watchman October 21 1904, page 4

"This week J. A. B. Miller, Esq., purchased the entire equipment in the law offices of the late Col. Wilbur F. Reeder, including the very extensive law library, cases, cabinets,, desk, typewriter, etc., as well as all books and papers connected with Col. Reeder's practice.. Mr. Miller has also leased the offices for a term of years."

Keystone Gazette October 21 1904, page 8

Time It's Broken Up

"The local authorities of Bellefonte should try and break up the nuisance and common practice of school children going along the street and marking up the buildings with chalk and pencils. Many buildings and show windows have been defaced in an unsightly fashion, causing almost an endless expense to the owner. It does seem that the taxpayers should be protected from an outrage like this. Make an example of a couple of these wrong-doers and we guarantee that it will be stopped."
Democratic Watchman October 28 1904, page 8


"A meeting of the stockholders of the new Bellefonte Trust company, limited, was held in the offices of the Jackson, Hastings & Co's bank, Saturday afternoon, and an organization of the new effected by the election of the following officers: President, Col. J. L. Spangler; vice president, Ross A. Hickock; treasurer, John P. Harris; assistant treasurer and secretary, Isaac Mitchell; board of directors, J. Henry Cochran, C. P. Gerberich, Ross A. Hickock, A. C. Mingle, Claude Cook and John P. Harris. The Bellefonte Trust company will take the place of the present banking firm of Jackson, Hastings & Co., and will begin business under the new name on or about December 1st. The company has a capital stock of $125,000."

Democratic Watchman October 28 1904, page 8


"In only a little over five weeks from the time the word to go ahead was received the old lining in the Bellefonte furnace was born out, a new one put i n and the furnace fires relighted.

The torch was applied on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 by little Margaret Kelly, the daughter of Furnaceman William Kelley. The customary demonstration over such an event was missing because president J. W. Gephart was anxious to get the furnace going again that he had given orders to light the fires the instant all was in readiness. The anxiety was not without warrant, either, for orders have already been booked for the output for three months ahead, all of it foundry iron, the highest grade they make.

Here's hoping that the present run of the Bellefonte may be this longest and most profitable it has ever made."

Search our entire site
powered by FreeFind

S e a r c h   T I P S

Last Updated:
22 August 2002

Site design and content © 1999-2003