Old Newspaper Articles Concerning
On Monday last, at the residence of his mother in Jackson Township,
of Dysentery, Mr. JAMES REED in the 21st year of his age.
Mountain Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Nov. 7, 1850
At Loretto, on Tuesday, May 6th, by the Rev. Mr. Gallagher, Mr.
ROBERT BRADY, to Miss SARAH At Loretto, on Sunday, May 11th, by
the Rev. H. Gallagher, Mr. ROBERT LITZINGER, of Ebensburg, Pa.,
to Miss MARY ANN CANNON, of Indiana, Pa.
Mountain Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, May 15, 1851
At her residence in Blacklick Township, Cambria County, on the
21st of May last, Mrs. MARGARET DAVIS, consort of James Davis,
aged fifty-six years seven months three weeks and four days
Mountain Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Jun 10, 1852
On Thursday, the 5th inst., by Watson Thompson, Esq., MR. ALEXANDER
RHOADS, to MISS ALABINA DUMM, all of Blacklick township, Cambria
Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Feb. 11, 1857
ACCIDENT--We have just been informed that a young man named
Peter Meakin, who resides in Blacklick township, while chopping
down a tree, this morning, cut himself in the leg, and that he
died this afternoon
Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Mar. 25 1857
On the 26th inst., by Rev. L.R. Powell, MR. JOHN FULMER, of
Carroll township, to MISS HARRIET WAINSWORTH, of Blacklick township.
Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, SEP 2, 1857
DIED--At his residence in Blacklick township, in this county,
on Wednesday, the 30th inst., Mr. JAMES DUNCAN, in the 58th year
of his age.
Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Sep. 30, 1857
We were pained to learn that an interesting grand-child of
Mr. Edward Jones, of Blacklick township, was burned to death on
Monday, the 21st inst., at the residence of its parents a few
miles from this place.
Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Dec. 23 1857
Hotel Destroyed by Fire
The hotel of Mr. Enoch Rees, situated on the Indiana road, about
six miles from this place, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night
of last week. The family escaped with difficulty but a traveller
who occupied an apartment difficult of access, was burned to death.
His remains, burned to a crisp, were discovered amid the smouldering
ruins of the building next morning. He was a young man apparently
about 21 years of age. We have not learned his name. The origin
of the fire is unknown. Mr. Rees' loss is very heavy. All the
furniture in the building was consumed. No insurance. Democrat
and Sentinel, Ebensburg, PA, Apr. 13, 1859
On Saturday the 3d inst., by the Rev. Mr. Jenkins, Mr. David Powell
Sr. of Cambria township, to Miss Mary Rees, of Blacklick township
Cambria County. Democrat and Sentinel, Ebensburg,
PA, Sep. 14, 1859
Chapter XVIII, Blacklick Township
Blacklick Township is bounded by Carroll on the North, Cambria
on the East, Jackson on the South, and Indiana County on the West,
containing a population of about 650 inhabitants.
The Township is broken. The Laurel Hill, which runs parallel
with the Allegheny Mountain, is an unbroken chain, for some hundreds
of miles, and which is nearly of equal altitude, loses itself,
or to use a more homely expression, "dies out," in this
Township. On the Southern line of the Township, this hill still
retains a considerable elevation - on the Northern line no traces
of it are distinguishable.
It is watered by several branches of Blacklick Creek, which
flow through the Township, in a Southwesterly direction, affording
an abundance of water-power.
The soil along the streams is very broken, and not generally
susceptible of cultivation. There are a few good farms in the
Township, though the land is much better adapted to pasturage
than grain growing.
Perhaps no portion of Cambria County is richer in undeveloped
mineral resources than Blacklick Township. It abounds in immense
veins of iron ore, which the inconvenience of a market, and the
want of adequate protection, have prevented from being operated.
Besides, she has exhaustless beds of bituminous coal. One half
the coal consumed in Ebensburg, is mined in this Township.
The village of Belsano, situated on the Turnpike Road near
the center of the Township, contains a population of some fifty
inhabitants. It has a store, a Justice's office, and fortunately,
no tavern.--The Post Office is here; -- and here the elections
are held. Eliza Furnace, situated partly in Indiana County, on
the waters of Blacklick Creek, at one time gave a home market
to the neighborhood; but has, for several years, been entirely
abandoned, and is fast going to destruction
The principal public road is the Ebensburg and Indiana Turnpike
Road, which was viewed as a great "institution" in its
day, but has lately been deprived of its privilege to take tolls,
and reduced to the character of a common Township road.
There are besides, public roads from Duncan's Mill to Mechanicsburg;
from the Turnpike to Eliza Furnace; from near Belsano to, the
lower Duncan's Mill, from Bethel to Gillan's; and other public
That. portion of Blacklick adjoining Cambria Township is principally
settled by the Welsh and their descendants; a few Irish families
are settled in the Northern portion; but the great bulk of the
population is original Pennsylvanians. The Methodist and United
Brethren persuasions seem to prevail; yet there are many Baptists,
and some Disciple families in the Eastern portion of the Township.
The regular Methodists have a fine church near Belsano, while
the Baptists have a venerable log building, known as the Bethel
Blacklick Township was not settled at quite so early a date
as some other portions of Cambria County. Griffith Rowland was
perhaps the earliest settler of the Eastern portion of the Township;
while the Duncan's made the first opening on the Western side.
William Reed, one of Harrison's soldiers during the war of 1812,
immediately after its close, settled in the wilderness, and opened
a fine farm on which his aged relict still resides.
I once traveled on horseback over an old, abandoned road leading
from near the dividing line on the Reed and George farms, to the
"Stone Turnpike" at Dillon's Tavern. I found an old,
dilapidated bridge over the Blacklick, so rickety in its appearance
that I was feign to escape its dangers by fording the stream.
Not far from this bridge, the road passes thro' a defile of very
rugged character; but what struck me as most singular, an immense
rock, which had been cloven in twain by some convulsion, arose
on either side of the road perpendicular, and some fifteen feet
high, barely leaving space for a wagon to pass through the fissure
The day was hot and sultry, yet while passing through this singular
gap, I felt as cool as if in an ice-house. I am not certain whether
this is in Blacklick or Jackson - it must be near the line between
In this Township resides Mr. Jacob Campbell, somewhat distinguished
as a controversialist. He first appeared among us in the employ
of the engineer corps of the Penna. R.R. Co., when they made their
first exploratory survey under Chas. G. Schlutter, Esq. He afterwards
occupied rooms in the Ebensburg Academy, at which place his productions
are dated. He afterwards retired to a residence in the country,
and has not since resumed his pen. This circumstance has indeed
a belief in the minds of many that Mr. Campbell was not the real
author of the articles that appeared over his name; but without
venturing an opinion as to the correctness of this theory, it
might be sufficient to refer to a large number of authors, ancient
and modern, who have arisen, culminated, and declined, within
an amazingly short period.
Every variety of game may be found in this Township - even
deer and bear are, not unfrequently captured within its limits.
The Panther or American catamount, is still sometimes seen in
the forest.-A few years since, Abraham Longenecker, Esq., was
treed by one of these animals which was only prevented from ascending
by a most singular expedient. He was, however, kept at bay until
the "Squiro" was relieved from his unenviable position.
Monkbarns, July 5, 1860
The Alleghanian, July 12, 1860.
The Post Office at Belsano, this county, has been removed to Bethel
Station, three miles in this direction, and Mr. Enoch Reese appointed
Alleghenian, Ebensburg, Pa., November 7, 1861
- in Blacklick Township, on the 27th day of the month, Mrs.
Frances Gillan, consort of John Gillan, Sr., in the 73rd year
of her age. The deceased immigrated to this country from Ireland
many years ago. She was a consenting member of the Presbyterian
Church of this place, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection.
Democrat Sentinal, June 4, 1862
Died - On Friday, August 14th in Jackson
Township, John Gillan, Sr., 78 years of age. Democrat Sentinal,
Wed. August 19, 1863
for Cambria County - List of Names Drawn
35th Sub-District of the 17th Congressional District
Cambria and Blacklick Townships
104 names in wheel and 36 drawn:
William A. Makin, Thomas G. Davis, Oliver Reed, Richard J. Roberts,
Robert Litzinger' John O'Harro, Peter Long' Samuel R. Rees, William
Calor, John Fibert, William R. Jones, Christian Shinafelt, Lewis
J. Jones, Luther Styles, Abner Lloyd, Amos Rowland, Owen Rowland,
Richard W. Gittings, Rowland R. Davis , John Hasson, Jr., Elias
D. Powel, George C. Rager, Charles Homan, Evan Bennett, John A.
Jones, Morris J. Evans, John F. Boring, John Shealer, John Murray,
John Blickendoof, Richard W. Price, William Martz, Benjamin W.
James, David B. Jones, Samuel Thomas, William H. Davis
Alleghanian, August 27, 1863
Married on the 12th inst., in Ebensburg, by Rev. J. S. Lemmon,
Mr. Oliver Reed and Miss Lizzie Roland, both of Blacklick twp.,
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa. Thursday, May 19,
Major Robert Litzinger has been appointed
Post Master of Strongstown borough, Indiana county.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa. May 26 1864
On Sunday last a house in Belsano this county owned by William
Simmons and tenanted by Mrs. Rager was burned to the ground. The
most of its contents were saved.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa. Thursday, June 16,
Bethel Post Office
The post office at Bethel, this county, has been discontinued.
The mail matter for that point will hereafter be distributed through
the Ebensburg post office.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa., Thursday, September
Married on the 13th inst, by Rev. J. S. Lemmon, at the residence
of Mr. Adam Makin, Mr. John Pringle of Wilmore and Mrs. Emma Bryan,
of Belsano, this county.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa. Thursday, October
DIED: In Blacklick township, this
county, on the evening of the 1st instant, Mr. John Gillan, aged
DIED: Of dysentery, near Belsano, Cambria county, on
the 22d ult., MARGARET ANNE, and on the 24th ult., Thomas Lemon,
children of G.W. and Mary A. Wilkinson, the former aged 3 years,
6 months and 11 days, and the latter one year, 7 months and 22
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 12 Oct 1865
BURNED--We are sorry to learn that the house occupied by Mr.
John Cameron, in Blacklick township, was totally consumed by fire
on Saturday. The contents of the house were also nearly all destroyed.
The flames originated from a stovepipe which protruded through
the roof, to do service instead of a chimney. No insurance.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 11 Jan1866, Vol.
7, No. 13
DIED--On Saturday, March 3, in
Ebensburg, Mrs. ----- White, of Blacklick township, aged 63 year
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 8 Mar 1866.
Friday, 30th ultimo, at the residence of Col. R. Litzinger, Strongstown,
Indiana county, Sarah, wife of Mr. John Lloyd, of Ebensburg, aged
about 27 years. The remains of the deceased were brought here
on Saturday, and on Sunday were followed to their last resting
place, in Lloyd Cemetery, by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 5 Apr 1866
29th, by Rev. A. Baker, at the residence of the bride's father,
Mr. C.D. Shinnefelt, of Ebensburg, and Miss Sarah Nips, of Blacklick
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 12 Apr 1866
the 27th of April, at the residence of Mrs. Sarah Davis, High
st., Ebensburg, by Rev. A Baker, Mr. William Bracken and Miss
Lizzie Duncan, both of Blacklick tp., Cambria co
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 2 May 1866
SUDDEN DEATH-We are pained to learn that on Saturday last
Mr. Adam Makin, living near Belsano, this county, dropped dead
in his house. The deceased was apparently in good health up to
the moment of his death. He was much respected by all who knew
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA, 15 Jul 1869, Vol.
9, No. 49
An old lady named Nipps died in Cambria township on Tuesday last
at the remarkable age of 94 years.
Cambria Freeman, Friday, March 9, 1877, page 3 col
NIPPS, Susannah (Hoberstick)
Susannah Nipps, supposed to be the oldest resident of Cambria
county died on the 5th inst., aged 95 years.
(Indiana Progress, Indiana, PA, Thursday, March
James Davis, Sr.
Died in Conemaugh Borough on the 3rd, James Davis, Sr., formerly
of Belsano, aged 86 years, 2 months. Interment
at Belsano tomorrow morning. (Tuesday, December 3, 1878)
Ivison Post Office
Through the efforts of A.T. Pindle, Esq., a special post-office,
called "Irinson" (sic) has been established by the Post
Master General, in Blacklick Township, this county and Abraham
H. Longnecker has been appointed Postmaster thereof. The new office
is located about three miles from Strongstown, Pa., on the public
road leading from that place to Nicktown and Carrolltown, and
will be supplied semi-weekly with mail service, from the Strongstown
post-office. Quite a large community will thus be afforded much
needed and convenient mail facilities. This makes the third post-office
that Mr. Pindle has had reinstated and established within a few
years past, namely, Belsano, Pindleton, and the present one, Irinson
Cambria Freeman, June 17, 1887, p.3
BRUIN DIED HARD
AN EXCITING BEAR HUNT IN THE WILDS OF PENNSYLVANIA
Johnstown, Penna., Dec. 8 - There is a very wild region of
the country close to the dividing line of Indiana and Cambria
Counties, in the Blacklick Township, this county. At the head
of the north branch of the Blacklick, a small stream which courses
down the mountain side, the country abounds in beech trees, laurel,
spruce, and dense underbrush. This particular strip of land lies
between John W. Duncan's red mill and the old Ritter furnace,
and whenever a man proposes to penetrate the thicket his friends
predict a fatal ending. Wild beasts of every species hold high
carnival there, and, if reports are true, several hunters' bones
are sure to be found somewhere within the confines of this region.
However, this may be, there are still a few Cambria County
hunters who have no fear of the dangers lurking in the fastnesses
of Blacklick. Two weeks ago a hunting party was organized in Blacklick
Township. It included Davis Bracken, a veteran hunter, George
Bennett, J. S. Bennett, Peter Detwiler, and Franklin Bennett,
the latter enjoying a good reputation for being a sure shot. All
of the men are brave. The object of organizing was to invade the
Blacklick region and hunt for game. Their weapons consisted of
a smooth-bore shotgun, a muzzle-loading rifle of small caliber
- 150 bullets to the pound - and several axes. There were also
Their time for hunting came sooner than they expected. On the
1st of December Bracken's dogs tracked a bear, and after a long
chase ran it into a large laurel patch in the Blacklick region.
Old man Bracken knew what the yell of the hounds meant, and at
once summoned his neighboring hunters with his tin horn. The men
responded to the call with alacrity, believing that there was
fun ahead. In this they were not mistaken. They made a detour
of the laurel patch, and under the leadership of Bracken they
were stationed at different points. The blowing of the horn was
a signal to enter the thicket. The dogs were sent on ahead and
soon had the game located. It was a bear.
Franklin Bennett was the first of the party to get his eye
upon Bruin. He found him perched upon a limb of a young spruce
tree. He looked fiercely at the hunter and the hounds. Bennett
was not unnerved, and being in possession of the muzzle-loading
rifle, he sent a bullet into the head of Bruin. The bear fell
to the ground and Bennett and the dogs rushed to the spot. But
the animal was not dead. Raising itself on its hind legs it made
a vicious strike at the hunter with its right paw. Bennett escaped
the blow, but one of the dogs was sent howling to the ground 10
feet away. The bear then took to his heels, and the dogs in hot
pursuit, soon had him treed again. Bennett reloaded his gun and
came upon the scene. Suffering from an attack of "bear fever,"
another name for excitement, he regained his composure a few moments
later, and, drawing a bead on his bearship, once more brought
him to the ground. Even this did not kill the beast, which was
now savage and growled fiercely. He started on a run, and the
dogs attacked him from the rear. Once the bear stopped and showed
fight, but he soon realized that he could not cope with trained
hounds, seeing Bennett coming up he again took refuge in a pine
For a third time Bennett fired, and the animal dropped to the
ground, but was still alive. It howled with pain and manifested
its anger by savage growls at short intervals. Bennett could no
longer retain his nerve. He was provoked at the non-effectiveness
of the rifle, and, taking the weapon at the muzzle end, he was
about to attack the bear by beating it over the head, when he
heard Bracken's tin horn in close proximity. When the men came
up the bear, dogs, and Bennett were standing at equal distances
apart. Bruin scarcely moved, the wounds he received seeming to
have quieted that uneasiness so manifest among his family. Detwiler
had the shotgun of the party, and when he arrived upon the scene
he fired. The shot, however, did not take effect. Then followed
an exciting time. The bear made a mad rush at George Bennett.
The man protected himself with an axe. He dealt the animal a terrible
blow, which sent it on its hind legs. By this time Detwiler had
reloaded his smooth-bore with a large bullet, and, handing the
weapon to Franklin Bennett, the latter sent a fatal bullet into
Bruin's brain. The bear fell over dead.
All the hunters gathered around the animal, not knowing how
soon he might revive, and after they had cooled from the excitement
they chanted a song of triumph composed by Davis Bracken. This
procedure is one of Bracken's eccentricities, and he claims that
it brings good luck in the next hunt. The men took the carcass
to Bracken's house, where they dressed the game. It was found
that only one of the bullets from Bennett's gun had penetrated
the animal's brain, the other two glancing off. The bear weighed
175 pounds, and was about two years old. It was remarkably black,
very fat, and had thick and glossy hair.
The dead animal was brought to this city two days later, and
is nearly all sold by this time. The success which the hunters
met on this trip has excited their courage, and they feel hopeful
of securing more game in the wilds of the Blacklick region before
the Winter is over.
(New York Times, Dec. 9, 1888, p. 7)
Samuel Miller, of Blacklick township, died one day last week from
pneumonia, caused by a relapse from the grip.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 21 Mar 1890
Mrs. Mary Brallier
The subject of this notice died at her home in Belsano, Cambria
County, on Monday afternoon, January 26, 1891, at the age of eighty-seven
years three months and fifteen days. Mrs. Brallier was born in
Bedford County in 1803. There, in 1823, she was married to Emanuel
Brallier, and they removed in 1840 to Belsano, where they lived
ever afterward. Mr. Brallier died December 9, 1882, in the eighty-ninth
year of his age. They lived on a farm and reared a large family
of children, eight of whom are still living, as follows: Samuel,
whose home is in Jackson township; Elizabeth, widow of John Gillin,
Hudson, Iowa; D.S. Brallier, of Altoona; Dr. J.L., of Lykens,
Pa.; Mary, wife of William Stuver, Rosedale; L.R., Rosedale; Hannah,
wife of Levi Good, of Blacklick Township, and Ellen, wife of Robert
Ferguson, of the same township. Dr. Emanuel Brallier, who died
about two years ago in Chambersburg, was another son. Mrs. Brallier
was a member of the German Baptist Church, and will be buried
from the house of worship of that denomination, a short distance
from Belsano, at 10 o'clock to-morrow (Wednesday) morning. Mrs.
Brallier was a model wife, a devoted mother, and a noble Christian
The Tribune, Johnstown, Pa., Tuesday, January 27,
DUMAN--Died at the home of his parents in Blacklick township on
Sunday, February 28th, 1892, Windeline, son of George Duman, aged
21 years. The deceased was the youngest in a family of ten children
and leaves to mourn his death an aged father and mother, two sisters
and four brothers, George, the eldest, living in Nebraska, and
his wife, being on a visit to friends, was present at his death.
John and Andrew are both married and live in Blacklick township,
and Mrs. John Nellen lives in Indiana county. Henry and Lizzie
are at home and single. The deceased was a favorite with all who
knew him and his presence will be greatly missed. He contracted
the disease which caused his death by visiting a friend, who is
now well, and on his return home was prostrated in a few days,
and notwithstanding he received the best care and medical attention,
death came in eight days. He was a pious and devoted Catholic
and during his illness received the last rites of the church.
He was buried in St. Nicholas' cemetery on March 1st. May he rest
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 11 Mar 1892
A hunter from Johnstown killed a large wildcat near Belsano one
day last week. The Tribune, Hastings, PA, November
Mrs. Henry Funk, died at her home
in Ebensburg, on Wednesday morning, March 18th, in the 75th year
of her age. The deceased was a daughter of Edward Jones, deceased,
an older settler of Blacklick township. She was married three
times, her first husband's name being Rager; her second husband's
name being Leidy, and her third husband being Mr. Henry Funk,
of this place, who survives her; also four children by her first
husband and five by her husband. She is also survived by one brother,
Philip Jones, of Blacklick township. The interment will take place
to-day, (Friday) when the funeral will leave the house at 9 o'clock,
A. M., and proceed to the Dunkard cemetery at Mundy's, in Jackson
township, the deceased having been a member of the Dunkard church.
Cambria Freeman, Mar.20, 1896
Local & Personal
Miss Laura Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Green, died at
the home of her parents, at Twin Rocks, on Friday, August 18th,
1899, aged 17 years and 13 days.
Cambria Freeman, Jul. 21, 1899.
David Rowland, an old and respected citizen of Belsano,
died at his home in that place on Thursday, September 30th, 1899,
in the 76th year of his age. The deceased was a native of Wales
and came to this country when a young man. He is survived by his
wife, two sons, Evan, of Erie, Pa., and Isaac, of Lorain, Ohio,
and one daughter, Emma, wife of Reuben Adams, of Moxham, this
county. One brother, Owen Rowland, of Iowa, formerly of Ebensburg,
also survives him. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon,
the remains being interred in the cemetery at Belsano.
Friday, Cambria Freeman, Oct. 6, 1899
J.T. Crawford, of Bethel, will remove his saw mill to the vicinity
of Patton, where he has contracted to cut 1,200,000 feet of lumber.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 17 Nov 1899
James Mardis, a former resident and native of Blacklick
township, this county, died at his home in Lowden, Cedar county,
Iowa, on the 17th day of November last. The deceased was a brother
of the late Joseph S. Mardis, of Belsano, and removed to Iowa
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 15 Dec 1899
The following marriage licenses were issued by the Clerk of the
Orphans' Court for the week ending Thursday, January 4, 1900:
-Albert D. Wells and Minnie J. Hite, Belsano
Cambria Freeman, Jan.5, 1900
Mrs. Susan Thomas,
relict of the late Lewis Thomas, of Cambria township, died at
the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Wagner, in Blacklick
township, on Thursday, January 11th, 1900, aged 87 years.
Cambria Freeman, Jan. 19, 1900
Applications for LIQUOR LICENSE!
Notice is hereby given that the application of the following persons
for Liquor Licenses have been filed in the office of the Clerk
of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Cambria county,
Pa., and will be presented to the said Court for its consideration
on Monday, Feb. 19, A.D. 1900.
Unless specially designated below, the residences of the applications
(as stated in the petitions) are at the places for which application
Edward L. Keane, Commercial Hotel, Nant-y-Glo, retail
Wm. L. Stephens, Main st., Belsano, retail
Cambria Freeman, Feb. 2, 1900
Mr. Stanton Davis, of this place, who has
been prospecting for coal for some time past, has discovered and
opened up, above water level, on the lands of Davis Bros, on the
Blacklick, a mile and a quarter east of Nantyglo, a four foot
seam of coal. Davis Bros, have 1,200 acres of coal in a body at
that location and since the opening of this vein several eastern
parties have been negotiating for it.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 23 Feb 1900
Mr. James Wright, one of Charles McFaddens
bosses during the building of the railroad down the Blacklick,
stopped off at Twin Rocks on Monday with 18 Italian laborers.
The men went to work in the mines in that region but the general
belief is that as soon as the weather permits the extension of
the Blacklick railroad will furnish the men with employment at
their regular occupation, that of railroad building. Cambria
Freeman, Mar. 2, 1900
The Vintondale Lumber
company is grading its railroad cut through a heavy seam of fire
clay on the lands of W.R. George, near the White mill. Mr. George
has some eastern capitalists interested in the clay. The prospects
are pretty good for a tile and brick works to be erected in the
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA, 16 Mar 1900
of an Italian woman and babe
The funeral of an Italian woman and babe took place here on
Tuesday morning, the interment being made in the new Catholic
cemetery. The deaths occurred at Twin Rocks.
Cambria Freeman, April 6, 1900
Mr. George Mardis, of Blacklick township,
has opened up a vein of limestone on his farm and intends to burn
a kiln for the purpose of testing its quality. If it proves good
he will continue the business.
Cambria Freeman, April 27,1900
Mercantile Appraisers's List For
the Year 1900.
Dealers in Foreign and Domestic merchandise, Brokers and keepers
of Eating Houses, Billiard and Pool Tables, Nine and Ten Pin Alleys
and Opera Houses in Cambria county are hereby notified that they
are Appraised for Mercantile and other licenses for the year 1900
Courtwright, M.B. & Co., general merchandise
Davis, Montell, general merchandise
Farabaugh, H.A., grocer
Hite, J.B., grocer
Holmes, Geo. E., grocer
Keane, Edw., cigars
Moody, H.C., grocer
Michaels, Isaac, general merchandise
Selders, F.W., grocer
Twin Rocks Mdse. Co., general merchandise
Wright, James, grocer
Forest fires burned up a considerable amount of fencing on
the farm of Samuel George, in Blacklick township, a few days ago.
The town of Twin Rocks was in great danger from forest fires
on Monday and it required the united efforts of the whole population
to ward off the danger. The town escaped but it had a very close
Miss Gussie Wissinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Wissinger
of Blacklick township, died at the home of a married sister in
Conemaugh, at an early hour on Wednesday morning, from typhoid
fever. The deceased was about 20 years of age.
Cambria Freeman, Friday May 4, 1900.
Funeral of Miss Gussie Wissinger
The funeral service of Miss Gussie, the youngest daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. I.N. Wissinger, of Bethel, occurred at the Bethel Baptist
church on Friday, May 4th. The sermon was preached by her pastor,
Rev. Elias Rowland, from the text found in Rev. 3.4: "They
shall walk with me in white for they are worthy."
Miss Wissinger was a very fine young lady and much beloved
by all who knew her, especially by those who knew her best, as
was manifest on the day of the funeral when tears were freely
shed and flowers profusely lavished over her remains. She was
highly educated, quite pretty in appearance, and possessed a very
loving and attractive disposition. She had a host of friends,
and when her unexpected death was reported it was a great shock
to the whole community. She was a little past nineteen years of
age and it seemed so sad that one so lovely should have been called
away from us so young. She loved her Savior dearly and was every
(sic) active in His work and now she has gone to her reward. The
disease of which she died was appendicitis; she was sick for only
about a week and at the home of her sister, Mrs. William Griffin
of Conemaugh, whom she was visiting. Much sympathy is felt for
the family in their great affliction.
Cambria Freeman, May 11, 1900
day last week Charles Duncan, of Blacklick township, near
Vintondale, was returning from a business visit to Johnstown accompanied
by his wife. They were driving along, chatting on the way, when
Mrs. Duncan noticed that her husband had not replied to her for
some time. She became uneasy and on importuning him to speak,
he pulled out a piece of paper, and wrote upon it, not be alarmed,
that he did not feel ill but was unable to speak. They pursued
their journey home, but since then Mr. Duncan has not spoken notwithstanding
everything that medical skill could suggest has been done for
Cambria Freeman, May 25, 1900
Harry McHugh Accident Twin Rocks
Terribly Mangled by Electric Motor
Special to the Inquirer.
EBENSBURG, Pa., July 31. - While Harry McHugh and two companions
were at work this afternoon on one of the electric motors of the
Blacklick Mining Company, at Twin Rocks, the current was turned
on and the motor started. McHugh was drawn under the motor and
his right leg torn and mangled in a horrible manner while his
two companions were badly crushed and bruised. McHugh's leg was
amputated, and it is believed he will recover.
(The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1, 1902, Volume
147, Issue 32, page 3)
Messrs. Smith & Courtwright are opening up the coal on what
is known as the Moore syndicate on the Blacklick, and it is expected
that they will be ready to ship coal from one of their operations
within the next sixty days. They have secured about twelve hundred
acres of coal land and intend to put in three other operations
in order to work the coal to the best advantage.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa. Friday, January
On Monday, the court appointed J. L. Elder,
J. J. Evans and John L. Edwards viewers to lay out a road from
Ebensburg to Vintondale through Nantyglo and Twin Rocks.
Cambria Freeman, March 6, 1903
of Italian workmen who have been putting in a sliding on the Blacklick
Extension in the neighborhood of Twin Rocks are mourning for one
of their countrymen--perhaps not so much for their countryman
as the thousand dollars or so he skipped with several days ago.
The name of the missing man is Carl Talisero and there was due
his men about $1,080. He received a check for the amount and went
to Cresson to get it cashed but forgot to return, the result of
which is as angry a band of Italians as is told found anywhere.
They are vowing vengeance on Talisero and if he comes within range,
there is likely to be a lynching.
Cambria Freeman, April 3, 1903
Pennsylvania.-From May 10 to 14 fires burned over wide areas in
Pennsylvania, devastating the country around Altoona, between
that city and Johnstown, and west of the latter place in the Laurel
and Chestnut ridges. For sixty hours lumbermen and mountaineers
fought the flames without a rest and managed to save the villages
of Dunlo, Vintondale, and Twin Rocks, which were in imminent danger.
Houses were destroyed in Westmoreland county, and timbered tracts
in Cambria and Somerset counties were burned over, involving the
destruction of much standing and sawed timber. Near Bradford,
on the northern boundary of the state, fires again broke out on
May 13, after $1,000,000 worth of property had been destroyed
by fires on April 30. Here the greatest trouble was to divert
the flames from oil wells. Near Ormsby fifty oil rigs were burned
and a family is missing. It is feared that the members perished.
Forestry & Irrigation, Volume 9, National Irrigation
Association (U.S.), American Forestry Association 1903
Davis BRACKEN died of typhoid fever at his home near Belsano
Sunday evening, September 13th at about 8 o'clock. He was about
sixty-five years old and leaves a wife and four sons and four
daughters. He had been a member of the M. E. Church, Belsano for
more than thirty years and was an excellent citizen. The Rev.
A. B. Shaw, of Ebensburg, conducted the funeral services. The
sermon was preached in the Belsano M. E. Church Tuesday at 3 p.
m. Johnstown Daily Tribune, Friday Sept 18, 1903
Coroner E. L. Miller on last Tuesday went to Twin
Rocks to investigate the death of Thomas Coy of Belsano
who was killed Tuesday while engaged in erecting a large stack.
After looking over the ground and ascertaining the exact manner
in which the accident happened the coroner decided that an inquest
was unnecessary, as death was purely accidental. Coy was 27 years
of age and is survived by his widow and a son, two years old.
The remains were interred Saturday afternoon in the Evangelical
church cemetery at Belsano.
Cambria Freeman, October 2, 1903.
The New Town of Big Bend
A Jewel Down the Blacklick which is Developing
Large Coal Operations Located There - The Picturesque
Big Bend in the Blacklick Creek - Daily Output of Coal to be 2,000
Tons - Town Population to be Will be 3,000 Souls - Many Lots Sold
Nestling snugly down between the Blacklick hills, ten miles
by railroad from Ebensburg and two below Nantyglo lie the new
town of Big Bend and the several large coal operations which will
sustain it. We took occasion while in the vicinity recently to
inspect the developments now in progress and were perfectly amazed
at their extent and at the possibilities of the locality.
Big Bend is a picturesque and romantic spot, the Blacklick
creek here curving between walls of rock, in places a hundred
feet high and forming a huge horseshoe before returning within
a few hundred yards of its course down the valley. This gives
its name to the town - "Big Bend." The flat lying between
the arms of the bend is occupied chiefly by the tracks and improvements
of the coal companies operating here, the town lying on higher
ground to the northeast. The flat in the bend of the creek was
the site of one of the early day projected iron furnaces of Ritter
and Irwin, called, we believe, Eliza Furnace, and the foundations
of some twenty "furnace houses" are yet to be seen.
A coal bank was long operated here by the tenants of the Moore
farm, the coal supplying the farmers in the vicinity and much
of it hauled to Ebensburg. The thickness of the vein and the purity
of the coal attracted the attention of Eastern capitalists and
a lease was obtained on 1, 000 acres lying back of the opening
and a charter taken out by the Big Bend Coal Mining Company, the
stock being held in Philadelphia. Mr. W. C. Shiffer is the superintendent
on the ground, and having removed his family there, is installing
one of the finest operations in the region. Two parallel drifts
start at the site of the old Moore opening and are now in about
1,000 feet. The output of the mine is already several cars a day,
and when the property is fully developed will be at least 1,000
tons daily. The coal is now hauled to the tipple by means of a
stationary engine and as soon as the power plant is completed
it will be hauled by electric motors and the coal mined by compressed
air mining machines. A large stable, office and other buildings
have been erected and a permanent bridge built across the Blacklick
creek. A double-track siding 2,300 feet long connects the tipple
with the Ebensburg and Blacklick railroad near Twin Rocks station.
A quarter mile around the returning arm of the bend, a hundred
feet up on the side of the bluff in plain sight, is the drift
of the Commercial Coal Mining Company, Mr. William Smith, General
Superintendent. This is an entirely new opening and is intended
to mine coal from the 1,000 acres known as the "Moore Syndicate"
land, now owned by said company. It is only in course of development,
although a mountain of excellent coal has already been taken out
and lies in a large mound ready for shipment when the tipple is
completed to the railroad track. The tipple is an immense one
in which there will be 150,000 feet of timber when completed.
It crosses the creek at the height of 75 feet above the water
and is probably a hundred yards long. This opening, as well as
that at the Big Bend, is on the "B" or "Miller"
seam, which is here found at its best.
At the east end of the tipple lies the electric plant for the
two companies, which is in course of construction, the boilers
being already installed. They will furnish steam for the 300 horse-power
engines. Grading is proceeding here also for two railroad tracks
from the Blacklick road on which to store and load cars. Two parallel
drifts are being driven and developments will be pushed until
capacity of 1,000 tons a day is reached.
A portion of the land formerly known as the Moore Syndicate
has been laid out in lots, the Public Road from Belsano to Johnstown
constituting the main street, and a large portion of the town
site has been cleared of trees and underbrush and streets and
alleys laid out. On this ground the new homes are being reared
and the wilderness is rapidly being transformed into a thriving
little city. Here the 600 workmen to be employed by the industries
with their families and the various businessmen will reside.
The town site slopes gradually to Coal Pit Run, furnishing
excellent drainage, and now presents a scene of busy activity
by reason of the building developments in progress. Twenty-five
tenant houses are completed and a number of others are in progress.
They are of the best type of houses built in the county for miners,
containing five and six rooms, weatherboarded and plastered, wired
for electric light and piped for water, which will be supplied
to the entire town by gravity from a near-by mountain stream,
and the power for lighting will be furnished by the central power
plant at the mines. The houses being painted in different colors,
present a different appearance from the usual blocks of houses
in mining towns. The Coal Company has erected a fine large residence
for Superintendent W.C. Shiffer, and have, in course of construction,
a large store room and office building, fifty by seventy feet.
James Dunn, the pioneer of Nantyglo, has secured two lots and
has under contract a fine business block, Lewis Donofsky, the
Nantyglo merchant, has nearly completed a fine store building,
and Everett C. Davis also of Nantyglo, has purchased a lot, and,
it is understood will soon build a business house on it; L. C.
Van Scoyoc is doing a flourishing butchering business in his building
erected for that purpose, and E. P. Shoemaker has the foundation
completed for a large building; Carl Tailrace, Andrew Edny, Simon
Adams, John Reynolds and others, have purchased lots and will
construct buildings as soon as laborers and materials can be had.
Leander Bush, formerly of Blacklick Township, will erect a fine
residence on the lot purchased by him at the upper end of town.
W.C. Shiffer has charge of the sale of lots on the ground and
Fred D. Barker, Esq., at Ebensburg.
It is estimated that in the course of a year or two Big Bend
must have a population of 3,000 people and arrangements for meeting
the demands for building lots have made, choice locations now
being offered at very moderate prices. It is intended to make
this a town for the people and not merely a company plant, so
locations are sold outright without any strings to them and every
effort is being made to diversify the interests of the place.
Everything about the town indicates an abiding belief in its prospects
and permanence by its projectors who have spent large sums of
money on it.
At the mines of Charles McFadden, adjoining Big Bend on the
South, several hundred men are employed; Seldersville, a thriving
village, adjoins it on the North, and taking into consideration
the number of men to be employed at the different mines and the
persons to be engaged in merchandising and other pursuits it looks
as though Big Bend would in a short time be the banner town of
the Blacklick coal region.
Mountaineer Herald, October 22, 1903
is understood that Ed Carbey will apply for a license for the
new Shoemaker Hotel at Big Bend. If "Ed" launches
into business for himself his many friends will wish him success.
Cambria Freeman, January 8, 1904.
Vintondale Lumber Company Defendent
The Vintondale Lumber Company Limited of Vintondale is defendant
in a suit for $7,300 brought by J. L. Edwards and J. P. Davis,
committee for Ebenezer L. Edwards. The plaintiffs own over 600
acres of land in Blacklick township, through which the lumber
company has been granted permission to lay tracks connecting its
mill with a branch of the P. R. R. The track was of the standard
gauge and a standard size locomotive was operated upon it. There
was no spark arrester in the track, it is said, and as a result
of fire falling to the ground, timber to the value of $7,300 was
destroyed. The plaintiffs will be represented by Attorneys William
Williams, P. J. little and S. L. Reed.
Wants $30,000 Damages
Mrs. Mary Ann Coy of Belsano, Blacklick Township, has brought
an action of trespass against the Commercial Coal Mining Company,
a concern organized about a year ago and which is putting in an
immense operation at Big Bend along the Ebensburg & Blacklick
Railroad. The suit is brought to recover damages in the sum of
$30,000 as a partial recompense for the killing of Thomas J. Coy,
while he was in the employ of the above named company. It is alleged
that on Oct. 1, 1903, Mr. Coy with a number of fellow workmen
was engaged in erecting a large smokestack over one of the company's
boilers at Big Bend when a chain broke and the stack fell, crushing
Coy to death. The company is charged with supplying a defective
chain. Mrs. Coy is left with a two- year-old son and damages are
asked for herself and the child. S. L. Reed, Esq., of Ebensburg
is Mrs. Coy's attorney. J. L. Mitchell of this place is said to
be one of the heaviest stockholders of the company.
Smallpox at Belsano
A case of smallpox has recently been discovered at Belsano. The
victim of the malady is Mrs. Cassie Adams, aged forty-five years.
All necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease have
been taken. Mrs. Adams is employed as a housekeeper in the home
of Joseph Vasbinder, whose wife died some time ago and left him
with a child about six years old. The patient has been ill but
a few days and it was discovered two days ago that she was suffering
Cambria Freeman, February 5, 1904.
Thomas J. Hurton, pastor of the different Catholic churches
along the Blacklick creek, including those at Vintondale, Nant-y-Glo
and Twin Rocks will end his pastorate in that section on July
7. It is the intention of Father Hurton after being relieved,
to visit his old home in Ireland for about three months after
which he will return to Philadelphia and begin his labors at a
church in that city, to which diocese he belongs.
Cambria Freeman, June 3, 1904
Big Bend will Celebrate
A Fourth of July celebration will be held at Big Bend, near Twin
Rocks, on Saturday, July 2nd and Monday July 4th. The program
contains all the usual accompaniments of a royal good time and
the public generally is invited to attend and enjoy not only the
celebration but the sociability and good cheer of the people of
our hustling little "burg." Those who have sold tickets
are requested to return the stubs before July 4th so that the
numbers may be entered in the lot drawing contest.
Cambria Freeman, Jul. 1, 1904
Harry Greist of Big Bend and Miss Mary Smith, daughter of William
M. Smith, the well known coal operator of this place, were married
at 5 o'clock Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride's
parents by the Rev. Samuel Craig, pastor of the Ebensburg Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Greist is employed as a civil engineer at the Commercial
Coal Company's operations in Big Bend and the young couple will
make their home at that place.
Cambria Freeman, November 4, 1904.
William H. Hite of Belsano and Fannie S. Rutledge of Big Bend.
Frank V. Kline of Nicktown and Mary R. Rutledge of Big Bend.
Cambria Freeman, December 2, 1904
In the Church of the Holy Name on Sunday last bans
were published for the first time for the marriage of Miss Flora
Weakland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Weakland of Ebensburg,
and Miles McHugh of Twin Rocks. Mr. McHugh is a son of Edward
McHugh, a well known mine superintendent in the north of the county.
Cambria Freeman, Feb 17, 1905
Poor House Names of Deceased for 1904
A. T. Pindle
Cambria Freeman, Feb 24 1905
Disastrous Blaze Belsano, March 4
A disastrous fire began at Belsano at 7:30 tonight. The
flames were discovered in the house of Henry Goldberg who left
Belsano recently after the death of his wife. Though no one was
living there the house
contained considerable furniture over which there was a dispute
as to ownership. The blaze could not be checked as the village
has no adequate water supply and a bucket brigade was the only
means of fighting the fire. The new Belsano hall was soon on fire
and was soon destroyed. This building cost $1,000 and was owned
by John Miller a miner at Holsopple. The houses of Charles Glass
and Thomas Wilson were badly damaged. It is impossible now to
estimate the loss.
Cambria Freeman, March 3, 1905.
Marks-Izora from Belsano
On the morning of February 23, Mr. C. E. Marks, son of William
and Louise Marks of Belsano and Miss Maggie Izora, daughter of
Solomon and Mary Paul of near Belsano, were united in the holy
bonds of wedlock by Squire A. J. Waters of Ebensburg. Mr. Marks
is engaged in the lumber business in Huntingdon county where he
and his wife will reside.
Davison-Wagner from Belsano
Minnie Pearl Wagner, the daughter of Uriah and Margaret Wagner
of Belsano was united in marriage to William Davison, son of Thomas
Davison of Big Bend on Saturday evening, February 25th at the
home of the bride's parents. The ceremony was performed by Rev.
W. A. Sites, pastor of the Belsano U. B. Church of which the contracting
parties are members.
Cambria Freeman, March 10 1905
Sues Lumber Company for $1,000
John Nipps, through his attorneys, S. L. Reed and P. J. Little,
has entered suit against the Vinton Lumber Company for $1,000
damages. Nipps claims the defendant company neglected to provide
proper spark protectors for their engines which they operate on
a narrow gauge railroad which runs across his property in Blacklick
township, and which is used for hauling lumber to Vintondale and
as a result his woods were set on fire May 6, 1903, resulting
in the destroying of his fences and much valuable timber.
Cambria Freeman, April 28 1905.
Dead at Big Bend
Mrs. Mary Rodgers, wife of Thomas Rodgers, of Big Bend,
died in childbirth Monday night at 7:30 at the age of 19 years.
Her maiden name was Farmer. The interment took place in the New
Catholic Cemetery at Ebensburg Thursday morning. Much sympathy
is expressed for the bereaved husband.
William Fisher of Big Bend was lodged in jail here Monday,
charged with cruelty to animals and violations of the livery laws.
The plaintiff is a liveryman at Big Bend.
Cambria Freeman, May 5, 1905.
Mrs. Margaret Hite
Margaret, wife of Louis Hite, died at her home in Blacklick
township Monday night of lung trouble. The deceased was 49 years
of age and was a daughter of John Lambraux, deceased, having been
born and reared in Blacklick township For a number of years she
had been a sufferer from asthma, but of late complications developed
which resulted in her death. She is survived by her husband and
eight children, as follows: Benjamin of Ebensburg; William of
Big Bend; Ivan and John, at home; Minnie, wife of Hiram Moore
of near DuBois; Alice, wife of Mont Putt of Belsano; and a younger
daughter at home. The funeral took place Wednesday at 10 o'clock.
The services were conducted by the Rev. Sites, pastor of the United
Brethren church at Belsano and interment was made in the M. E.
cemetery at Belsano.
Cambria Freeman, May 12 1905.
The Soldier Dead
Heroes of the Civil War at Rest
Following is the list of the soldier dead interred in the various
cemeteries in this vicinity.
Belsano Cemetery, U. B. Church
Joseph J. Williams
John J. Jones
Simon H. Hilty
Belsano Cemetery, M. E. Church
Dunkard Cemetery, Blacklick Township
William F. Black
Fred D. Hill
Cambria Freeman, May 26 1905
Mahan a prominent citizen of Pindleton was in town yesterday
on business. Mr. Mahan keeps in close touch with the developments
in his community and he stated yesterday that a "great boom"
is now on in the community in which he lives.
Attorneys S. L. Reed and Clifford D. Jones have taken
up quarters in the Davis Building and Walter Jones, Esq. will
also soon occupy an office therein.
Cambria Freeman, May 26 1905
Death of Mrs. Margery Ferguson
Died at the home of her son in Ebensburg, Wednesday, June
Mrs. Margery Ferguson, in the 91st year of her age. Deceased was
the widow of John Ferguson who died January 15th, 1901. Mrs. Ferguson
was born in Ireland, March 19, 1815, and came to this country
when about two years old. She and her husband resided in Blacklick
township until his death. Since then she has made her home with
her son, Robert Ferguson. She is survived by Mrs. Mary E. Rowland,
wife of Amos Rowland and Robert Ferguson, both of this place.
Also the foster children and Mrs. Ellen Hammaker of Altoona, and
Thomas Green of Expedite. Interment in Baptist cemetery, Bethel,
Friday afternoon. Cortege will leave at 1 p.m. for Bethel Church
where services will be held and of which she has been a member
for many years.
Cambria Freeman, June 16 1905.
Falkimer of Blacklick township was in town Tuesday exhibiting
the skin of a rattlesnake which he killed Monday near the operations
of the Keystone Coal Company at Pindleton. The snake measured
5 feet 6 inches in length and 13 rattles and a button are shown
at the end of the tail. Mr. Falkimer has refused an offer of $10
for the snake skin.
Cambria Freeman, July 21, 1905.
Poor Director Stricken
John Davis, a County Poorhouse Director and one of the
best known residents of this place, was stricken with paralysis
Saturday evening while returning home from a lecture given at
the local opera
house, became absolutely helpless by Sunday evening and on the
advice of his physician was, on Monday, removed to a Philadelphia
hospital for treatment. His condition is said to be critical.
Mr. Davis has not been well of late and on several occasions is
said to have had premonitions of approaching paralysis. The final
attack came so suddenly, however, that he had to be assisted to
his home Saturday
evening. The stricken man was for many years a resident of Blacklick
township, having moved here about a year ago. He is a brother
of Daniel, Joseph and David Davis, of this place.
Cambria Freeman, August 4,1905
In Jail on Serious Charges
Twin Rocks Pair Worked off Old Gag on Vintondale Landlord
and are Now "Up Against It"
Isaac McKinnon and Mrs. Lees of Twin Rocks were brought to
Ebensburg Saturday morning and lodged in the jail here to await
trial on serious charges preferred by landlord Doss Kemmerer of
Vintondale. From all accounts, McKinnon had been boarding at Twin
Rocks with Mrs. Lees for some time. Not long ago it is alleged
in the information, Mrs. Lees appeared at the hotel conducted
by Kemmerer and after being served with dinner, stayed around
the hotel, remarking that she was expecting her husband. It is
alleged that late in the afternoon McKinnon appeared and the two
registered as man and wife and secured a room where they remained
all night. Kemmerer alleges that he became suspicious after the
departure of the couple and an investigation showed that they
were not married. He accordingly brought suit, charging the woman
with adultery and causing the arrest of McKinnon on similar charges.
At a preliminary trial the defendants were held for court and
have been lodged in jail until December. Mrs. Lees, the woman
in the case, is a daughter-in-law of Andrew Lees, a well known
hotelkeeper at Carrolltown roads.
Cambria Freeman, September 29 1905.
Attacked on Road Near Twin Rocks
Joseph Louther, a timber inspector for the PRR, is at the
residence of his daughter, Mrs. Peter Toner of Minersville, nursing
a broken jaw sustained when he was attacked by highwaymen at Twin
Rocks on last Thursday. The robbers attacked Mr. Louther as he
was walking along a public road east of ..... Twin Rocks and in
spite of his vigorous efforts to fight them off, finally felled
him to the ground and rifled his pockets of $90.
Cambria Freeman, Oct 20 1905.
John H. Overman of Belsano and Minnie F. Glassford of Penn Run.
New Registry Law
After January 1 of next year every birth and death in the
State of Pennsylvania must be reported to the officer in charge
of the district wherein it occurs and certificates issued by the
proper authorities. The late assembly appropriated $2,000 for
the establishment of a central bureau of vital statistics to be
under the supervision of the State Board of Health and have charge
of the state registration of births and deaths. The state will
be divided into registration districts, one for each city, borough
The new department will relieve the assessors of a portion
of their work as theretofore they have attended to, the registration
of births and deaths, receiving a fee of five cents for each man.
A state registrar, a medical practitioner for at least 10 years
will be at the head of the department and a local registrar will
preside over each district. All deaths must be promptly reported
to him and no person can be interred until a death certificate
has been issued, giving the name, age and occupation of the deceased,
cause of death, parent's names and address, etc. Each birth must
also be reported and a certificate issued. In case of plural birth,
a certificate must be issued for each child. The local registrar
provides all blanks and receives a fee of 25 cents for each birth
and death recorded. The state registrar gets a salary of $5000
per year with $8000 for four assistant clerks and $5000 for incidental
Cambria Freeman, Oct 6, 1905.
Death of Venerable Summerhill Woman
Mrs. Rebecca Flemmer Sharp, the oldest resident of Summerhill,
expired suddenly at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. William Nipps, between 9 and 10 o'clock Wednesday night
of last week, after an illness of a few hours. Mrs. Sharp was
able to be about the house all day Wednesday, taking ill soon
after supper. She was aged 93 years.
Cambria Freeman, November 3, 1905.
Father and Daughter First Meeting in Many Years
Mrs. Grace Hook of Ivison, Pa., was pleasantly surprised
Saturday the 21st of the month by a visit from her father, Aden
Swan, of Eagle Rock, Venango county, Pa. Twenty-one years ago
his wife died, leaving him with three little children. The youngest
(Mrs. Hook) being two years of age, he left in the area with a
family and went away to work, being away all winter. In the spring
he came back to see his child and the family had moved away and
taken the child with them. From that time until the above mentioned
date he never could find any trace of the people or his child.
Mrs. Hook soon expects a visit from her only brother, Raymond
Swan, who is a fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Cambria Freeman, November 3 1905.
News of County
The meat market of V. J. Burns at Big Bend has changed hands,
Thomas Burns being the purchaser.
Cambria Freeman, December 8, 1905.
Death of Mrs.Charles Anderson
Mrs. Charles Anderson, died at her home near Belsano Saturday
night at 9 o'clock, leaving to survive her her husband, Charles
Anderson and seven children. Interment was made Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock at Belsano in the United Brethren Church yard, she
having been a member of that church. The deceased was aged 53
years and was a good woman. She resided three years ago at Vintondale
where she was well known.
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson, wife of Robert Ferguson of this
place, died at the Ferguson home last Friday at 2:30 o'clock from
paralysis at the age of 59 years, having been born in Blacklick
township, Cambria county, Jan. 24, 1847. Mrs. Ferguson was the
youngest of 12 children born to Emanuel and Mary Brallier. Of
this large family but one member survives, Mr. Levi Brallier of
Dale.On March 31, 1874, the Rev. Samuel Mills performed the ceremony
which united in marriage Ellen Brallier and Robert Ferguson; during
these thirty-two happy and prosperous years, four children were
born to bless this union. Bertha and Gertrude, at home; Jesse
E. of Naples, S. D.; and John B.. of Sioux City, Ia., all of whom
survive to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother. The
funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church Monday
afternoon, the Rev. Dr. J. S. James of Altoona and the Rev. H.
S. Replogle of Johnstown officiating. Interment was at Lloyd's
cemetery. Those who bore the remains to their last
resting place were: A. J. Darragh, Lester Larimer, G. D. MacBain,
Herman Apel, Daniel J. Davis and Sherman Clement.
Cambria Freeman, April 6, 1906.
Gertrude Lord, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Asbury Lord, of Nantyglo
and Elmer Empfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Empfield,
were married at noon Wednesday at the home of the groom in
Belsano. The Rev. P. J. Chilcote, pastor of the Methodist church
at Belsano, officiated. Many guests were in attendance, some of
them from towns other than Belsano and Nantyglo where the principals
to the marriage reside. Miss Lord's marriage recalls a peculiar
freak in the changing of names. The bride's mother's name was
Miss Sarah Christ. She married George Lord.
The home of Uriah Wagner near Belsano was totally destroyed
by fire last Sunday morning.
Cambria Freeman, April 20, 1906
Some time Tuesday night robbers broke into the PRR
freight station at Twin Rocks in charge of Agent George McCreary
and removed a quantity of candy and canned goods. There is no
clue to the identity of the thieves. Cambria Freeman,
April 27, 1906.
Fire near Belsano
Fire destroyed the sawmill of Harrison Wheeler near
Belsano Friday night, entailing a loss of probably $3000, on which
there is not supposed to have been any insurance. It is believed
started from the engine. Mr. Wheeler who is from Williamsport,
was cutting up the timber he purchased last fall from G. C. Mardis.
Last Tuesday evening, Mr. Oscar Edwards of Belsano with his
lady friend, Miss Bertha Decker, of the same place, drove to the
county seat and were happily united in marriage by the Rev. G.
Dougherty, of the M. E. church of this place. The ceremony was
performed in the parlor of Hotel Bender in the presence of some
acquaintances of the contracting parties. The young couple begins
wedded life with the best wishes of a large circle of friends.
Cambria Freeman, June 1, 1906.
Geo. C. Mardis of Belsano was among the Ebensburg visitors
Monday and paid us a pleasant call while in town. Mr. Mardis returned
recently from Philadelphia where he underwent an operation for
appendicitis which, we are pleased to note, proved very successful.
Cambria Freeman, July 20,1906.
James M. Roles and Bessie C. Nipps, both of Blacklick Township.
Cambria Freeman, July 27, 1906.
Death of Mrs. Charles Anderson
Mrs. Charles Anderson, died at her home near Belsano Saturday
night at 9 o'clock, leaving to survive her husband, Charles Anderson
and seven children. Interment was made Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock
at Belsano in the United Brethren Church yard, she having been
a member of that church. The deceased was aged 53 years and was
a good woman. She resided three years ago at Vintondale where
she was well known.
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson, wife of Robert Ferguson of this place,
died at the Ferguson home last Friday at 2:30 o'clock from paralysis
at the age of 59 years, having been born in Blacklick township,
Cambria county, Jan. 24, 1847. Mrs. Ferguson was the youngest
of 12 children born to Emanuel and Mary Brallier. Of this large
family but one member survives, Mr. Levi Brallier of Dale. On
March 31, 1874, the Rev. Samuel Mills performed the ceremony which
united in marriage Ellen Brallier and Robert Ferguson; during
these thirty-two happy and prosperous years, four children were
born to bless this union. Bertha and Gertrude, at home; Jesse
E. of Naples, S. D.; and John B.. of Sioux City, Ia., all of whom
survive to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother. The
funeral services were conducted from the
Baptist church Monday afternoon, the Rev. Dr. J. S. James of Altoona
and the Rev. H. S. Replogle of Johnstown officiating. Interment
was at Lloyd's cemetery. Those who bore the remains to their last
resting place were: A. J. Darragh, Lester Larimer, G. D. MacBain,
Herman Apel, Daniel J. Davis and Sherman Clement.
Cambria Freeman, April 6, 1906.
A two-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards of Belsano
died Friday and was interred at Bethel Saturday.
Run Down by Train
Isaac Ryder, an employee of the Shumaker Coal company at Nantyglo
was killed at ten o'clock Tuesday morning while at work along
the tracks of the company, shoveling off slate which had been
washed down by the recent rains. A train of loaded coal cars ran
over him without warning, the unfortunate man being injured so
badly that he died a short time after having been run down. The
deceased was 30 years of age and is survived by his wife and four
children: Leora, Minerva, Brace and Blair. Four sisters also survive
as follows: Miss Maggie Ryder of this place; Miss Minerva Hayden
of South Fork; Mrs.
Annie Rummel of Berringer, Pa.; Mrs. Lizzie Cunningham of Freeport,
Pa., and a sister residing in West Virginia. The body was taken
in charge by Undertaker Evans of this place.
Cambria Freeman, August 24, 1906.
Miss Gertrude Lord, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asbury Lord, of Nantyglo
and Elmer Empfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Empfield, were
married at noon Wednesday at the home of the groom in
Belsano. The Rev. P. J. Chilcote, pastor of the Methodist church
at Belsano, officiated. Many guests were in attendance, some of
them from towns other than Belsano and Nantyglo where the principals
to the marriage reside. Miss Lord's marriage recalls a peculiar
freak in the changing of names. The bride's mother's name was
Miss Sarah Christ. She married George Lord.
The home of Uriah Wagner near Belsano was totally destroyed
by fire last Sunday morning.
Cambria Freeman, April 20 1906.
HappeningsSome time Tuesday night robbers broke into the PRR
freight station at Twin Rocks in charge of Agent George McCreary
and removed a quantity of candy and canned goods. There is no
clue to the identity of the thieves.
Cambria Freeman, April 27, 1906.
Thought Bees were After Him
Peculiar Hallucination of Young Man Recommended to Dixmont
William T. Edwards, aged twenty-one years of Blacklick township,
who has suffered for months from the terrible hallucination that
he was pursued by swarms of bees was adjudged insane here Tuesday
by a commission composed of Dr. F. C. Jones, A. J. Waters and
Attorney Philip N. Shettig. He had been confined for the past
few days in the hospital ward at the County Jail to prevent him
from injuring himself. The case is particularly sad because an
elder brother of the young man was committed to Dixmont for similar
reasons a little more than a year ago. Cambria Freeman,
August 24 1906
Mrs. Annie Morrow and little daughter of Pitcairn
are the guests of Mrs. James McBreen.
Cambria Freeman, August 31 1906
Mr. James McBreen, the Iceman, is suffering
with a severe attack of neuralgia which has settled in his face.
Cambria Freeman, Sept 7 1906
Items Local and Personal
Engineer Hamilton has moved his office from Ebensburg to Big Bend
and will hereafter make his headquarters at that place.
Belsano Man Suffers
Stroke of Paralysis While Taking Cows to Pasture
William C. Clawson, a veteran of the Civil War, suffered a
stroke of paralysis Friday morning while driving his cows to pasture.
Mr. Clawson, who is quite an aged man, fell to the roadside and
was carried to his house by friends who found him there. He is
still unconscious and his relatives have little hope for his recovery.
Wednesday evening of last week at 6 o'clock at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. G. C. Mardis, in Belsano, a very pretty wedding took
place when their daughter, Margaret E., was united in marriage
to the Rev. William A. Sites of Harrisburg. The officiating clergyman
was the Rev. J. I. L. Ressler, Presiding Elder of the United Brethren
church, the ring ceremony being used. Miss Bertha M. Mardis, sister
of the bride, was maid of honor while William L. Lines of Vintondale
was groomsman. The wedding march was played by Miss Tessie Reed.
It was a goldenrod wedding and the spacious apartments of the
Mardis home were decorated with that beautiful autumn blossom.
Among those present were Mrs. H. M. Sites and daughter, Miss Lulu
of Harrisburg, mother and sister of the groom; Mrs. E. M. Reed
and daughter, Miss Tessie; Miss Lyda Glasser of Indiana and W.
E. Lines of Vintondale.
Cambria Freeman, Sept 14, 1906.
Late News of County
Father Davis who has been at Twin Rocks and Vintondale
for some time has been transferred to Frugality, Amsbry and Baker's
Mines. Father Quinn of Altoona will succeed him at Twin Rocks
Cambria Freeman, September 21, 1906.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of C. H. Green
of Cardiff and S. A. Wagner of Seldersville at Cumberland, Md.,
Cambria Freeman, October 5,1906.
Diphtheria is prevalent about Nant-y-Glo and in the vicinity of
Belsano and several children had succumbed to the dread disease.
Shot His Arm Off
Young Man While Out Hunting Rabbits Yesterday Afternoon
Accidentally Discharges Gun and Contents Enter His Right Arm
Will have to be Amputated
While out hunting rabbits near Ebensburg late yesterday afternoon,
George Mahan, son of Isaac Mahan of Pindleton met with a serious
accident that will cost him his right arm near the elbow. With
assistance of a companion who was with him, the unfortunate young
man was able to reach the office of Dr. F. C. Jones of this place,
where the wound was temporarily dressed, after which the young
man was taken to the Altoona City Hospital. The arm will have
to be amputated, the physician stated. Mr. Mahan is about 24 years
of age and was only recently married. November 16 1906 Cambria
A very pretty home wedding took place at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Bennett of White Mills, near Belsano on October
24th when their daughter, Margaret Elizabeth, was united in marriage
with Frederick A. Roehm of Parker's Prairie, Minn. The wedding
was a very elaborate affair, there being over 200 guests present.
The bride was attired in cream silk and carried bride's roses.
She wore the usual long bridal veil which was caught up with a
beautiful wreath of white roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Anna Kussarow
of Allegheny, wore white and carried white roses. Wilda Williams,
a little niece of the bride, acted as flower girl and ring bearer.
She was attired in cream silk. The ceremony was performed by the
Rev. Chilcote of Ebensburg at 11 o'clock a. m., the ring ceremony
being used. George Roehm, a brother of the groom, acted as best
man. An elaborate dinner was served immediately after the ceremony.
Those present from a distance were George Roehm of Minnesota;
Miss Kussarow of Allegheny; Mrs. James N. Neely and daughter of
Blair county; Mr. and Mrs. George Bennett of Johnstown and a number
of friends from Indiana. The couple received a large number of
beautiful and useful gifts, consisting of silverware, cut glass
and linens. After an extended visit in Buffalo and Niagara Falls
and other points of interest the couple will go to housekeeping
at Dubois where the groom is having a handsome residence erected
and is employed as a locomotive fireman for the B. R. & P.
Cambria Freeman, November 16, 1906
Commissioner Albert C. Hines of Blacklick township is spending
several days in town on business. Cambria Freeman, January
While W. G. Wilson of near Belsano
was visiting at the home of a neighbor last Sunday evening, his
house took fire and was burned to the ground. All the household
goods were lost, together with a sum of money. Mr. Wilson is of
the opinion that the house was set on fire by burglars. He says
there was not a bit of fire in the house when he left it. Cambria
Freeman. January 11, 1907
Peach & Smathers Hotel
The new Peach & Smathers Hotel at Big Bend, which is said
to be one of the finest in this section, will be opened to the
public Saturday. Mountaineer Herald, Ebensburg,
PA, 31 January 31, 1907
Mrs. R. M. Brooks, who teaches
the primary school in Big Bend, spent Thursday and Friday with
her sister, Mrs. A. E. Bender, being on the sick list.
Cambria Freeman, Feb. 8, 1907
Big Bend Assault
Two Foreigners Committed to Jail to Await Trial for Unprovoked
Attack on Fellow Countryman
Before Squire James Dunn of Nantyglo on Monday last were brought
John Scraul and Andy Chestnut in charge of Constable Charles Stiffler
of Nantyglo who were charged on an oath of John Slodisky with
felonious assault and battery. The parties are all residents of
Big Bend. The assault was committed on the night of January 29th
and the defendants had been in hiding ever since until run down
by Constable Stiffler who found Chestnut at Vintondale a few days
after and succeeding in locating Scraul at Cresson last Sunday
night, where he arrested him after a desperate struggle. The assault,
it is said, was unprovoked and the prosecutor would have been
killed had not timely assistance arrived. Beer bottles and a smoothing
iron were the weapons used and Slodisky was unconscious when rescued.
In default of bail the Squire committed the defendants to jail
for trial at Court. Constable Stiffler took them to Ebensburg
on Monday. Cambria Freeman, Feb. 15, 1907
Joseph W. Harrison, elected justice of the
peace at Expedite last spring, was in town yesterday and lifted
his commission. May 3 1907 Cambria Freeman, May
The cornerstone of the U.
B. Church to be erected at Big Bend will be laid Sunday, May
13, with appropriate ceremonies. Cambria Freeman, May
Philip H. Jones
Philip H. Jones of Blacklick township was the sole survivor of
the old Cambria Guards (Company A, 11th Pa. Reserves) who was
here and marched in the ranks of the veterans on Decoration Day.
In 1861 the Cambria Guards left Ebensburg one hundred strong and
participated in almost every battle fought by the army of the
Potomac. Mr. Jones was at the battle of Gettysburg and took part
in the famous charge from little Round Top when the rebels were
driven back over the wheat field by the Devil's Den. Little Round
Top was a strategic point and the 11th Reserves were ordered to
hold it at all hazards and Col. Jackson and his brave boys held
it against great odds. All honor to Phil Jones, may he live to
take part in many future Decoration Days.
George Shanon of Twin Rocks and Mary Rable of Nant-y-Glo.
Cambria Freeman, May 31 1907
Robt. L. Speice of Nettleton, Pa., and Clara May Reed of Twin
Rocks. Cambria Freeman, June 21, 1907
Robert Lee Spiece and Miss Clara Reed of Big Bend were married
at the home of the bride in Big Bend at noon Wednesday. Only a
few friends and relatives of the couple witnessed the ceremony.
After the Wedding dinner had been served, Mr. and Mrs. Spice (sic)
left on a 10-days' honeymoon in eastern cities. They will reside
in Big Bend on their return. Cambria Freeman, June
14 1907 DEATHS
Died in Pittsburg
Samuel George, for fifty-nine years a resident of Blacklick
Township, this county, where he was born, died Monday night in
Pittsburg, where he moved about two years ago and had been living
a retired life. He was aged about sixty-two years. Mr. George
was married to a sister of Dr. M. B. Shultz of Johnstown, who
survives him, with the following children: William, James, Samuel,
Irvin and Mrs. George Wareham, Pittsburg; Mrs. Montell Davis,
of this place; Mrs. Merton Edwards and Sarah George, of Belsano.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the late residence
of the deceased in Pittsburg and interment was made in a cemetery
in that city. Cambria Freeman, June 14 1907
F. Marsh, a well known resident of Big Bend, on Monday, accidentally
shot himself in the right leg near the knee. Mr. Marsh was hunting
for a stray cow and carried a revolver in one hand. The weapon
was discharged in some manner and inflicted the injury mentioned.
Dr. Cummers of Vintondale dressed the wound and Mr. Marsh is resting
quietly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. P. Shoemaker of Big
Bend. Cambria Freeman, Aug 2, 1907
A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rowland of Nantyglo died
Tuesday at the parent's home in Nantyglo and the funeral took
place at Bethel Thursday morning. Cambria Freeman, Aug
John Barijona was brought to Ebensburg Monday
morning and after a preliminary hearing before Squire A. J. Waters,
was committed to jail to await the outcome of the injuries of
another Italian whom he shot Sunday night at No. 4 Commercial
mine near Vintondale. The prisoner's victim was given temporary
treatment by Dr. Vedder of Big Bend and was sent to Johnstown
Mr. Sylvester Rich and Miss Margaret Gilson, both of Blacklick,
Cambria county, were united in marriage Monday afternoon at 4:30
o'clock at the residence of the Rev. John Feltwell at 923 Seventeenth
street, Altoona. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Feltwell.
After visiting a brother of the bride, the couple will reside
at Black Lick where the groom is employed.
Cambria Freeman, Aug 16, 1907
Childs Terrible Death
Strayed from House and Strangled to Death in a Granary
Merl, the six-year-old son of Mrs. John Hoffman, of Belsano,
this county, met a terrible death several days ago when he was
strangled to death in the granary in the Hoffman barn. It is supposed
that the lad in attempting to get some grain from the granary
bins was unable to reach down over a board which held the cereals
in the bin and crawled partially through when one of the heavy
boards dropped suddenly, pinning his throat to the floor. The
lad was found by his mother, who had started a search for him
after discovering his absence. He was the last of a family of
four children, the other three having died some time ago. The
funeral took place Saturday, interment being made in the Belsano
S. L. Reed, Esq. and wife, who have been absent at Atlantic
City for the past 10 days, returned home Sunday.
Cambria Freeman, Aug 23, 1907
G. W. Shenefelt and daughter, Sarah of Pittsburg, are guests
of the M. E. Parsonage. Mrs. Shenefelt is a sister of Rev. Chilcote.
Cambria Freeman, Sept 6, 1907
Rocks Miner Meets with Accident
George Motto, aged nineteen years, is at the Memorial Hospital
in Johnstown, with terrible burns about his face, neck and shoulders.
Motto is employed at a mine, about two miles below Twin Rocks.
He was on night shift on Monday and was filling a five-pound can
of powder preparatory to going to the mine. A spark from the lamp
on his cap fell into the powder and caused an explosion. It is
thought he will recover. Cambria Freeman, Sept 13, 1907
E. P. Shoemaker, the well known wholesale Liquor dealer at Big
Bend, has started work on a large vault and storage house to be
conducted in connection with his present establishment. This unit
is to be of concrete and when finished will be one of the finest
storage houses in Cambria county. Mr. Shoemaker is also erecting
six new dwelling houses at Twin Rocks, adjoining Big Bend. The
dwellings are all double houses. These are nearing completion
and will be rented in the near future.
Child Burned to Death
Stella Cramer, the 3-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cramer,
near Twin Rocks, was fatally burned at her home Friday afternoon
last, as the result of setting fire to her clothes with matches
during the absence of her mother who had gone for a bucket of
water. The child died three hours after the accident and was the
only one in the family.
Death of Mrs. McConnell
Mrs. Mary McConnell, beloved wife of Frank McConnell, who lives
in a lumber camp near Twin Rocks, was summoned hence by death
Monday morning at 8 o'clock after an illness of only 10 days.
She was aged 48 years. She is survived by her husband and two
children, Mrs. Charles Bohn of Altoona and Frank C. McConnell
of Tyrone. The funeral took place at Pine Station Wednesday. Osman
& Co., the undertakers of Ebensburg, prepared the body for
Owner of a Monster Hog
The list is open for entries of fat hogs. Charles Troth and his
brother, James, who reside at Needleton came forth today and placed
their names at the head of the list. They have a hog which tips
the beam at exactly 650 pounds. This porker they will chance off
tomorrow on 150 chances ranging from 1 cent to $1.50 per chance.
Cambria Freeman, Nov 15, 1907
Miner Killed at Nant-y-Glo
One miner was killed and another painfully injured by a fall of
rock in No. 4 mine of the Commercial Coal Company at Nant-y-Glo
Saturday morning. The dead miner was badly crushed and lived but
a short time after the accident. His companion was struck by some
of the falling pieces of rock and will be off duty for some time.
It is stated that the men had been warned not to work in dangerous
places without propping up the roof and that they had failed to
heed the warnings given them.
Died in the Hospital
Peter Perinotti, one of the Italians who was so badly burned
in the powder explosion of Twin Rocks last Friday night, died
at the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown at 10:15 Wednesday evening.
This is the second death as a result of the explosion. The other
victim is expected to recover.
Cambria Freeman, Nov 29 1907
Victim of Mine Explosion
Charles Bolia, the last of the three foreigners who were seriously
burned in a mine explosion near Twin Rocks, died about 1 o'clock
Saturday morning at the Memorial Hospital. He had been burned
severely about the head and the body. Cambria Freeman,
Dec 6, 1907
After an illness of several months Edward Moody, a well known
citizen of Blacklick Township, died Sunday morning at his home
in Belsano at the age of 60 years. Death was due to Bright's disease
and other complications. He is survived by his wife and five children
as follows; Bessie, Benjamin and John, at home; Mrs. Harry Young
of Johnstown; Mrs. McDonald of Monongahela. In former years Mr.
Moody was a prominent lumberman but latterly had led a retired
life. The funeral occurred at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Burial
in the M. E. Cemetery at Belsano. Osman & Co. of this place
having charge of the arrangements. Cambria Freeman,
Dec 13, 1907
Busy Days in the Lumber Camps Down Along the
These are busy days in the lumber camps down along the Blacklick
and at other outlaying mountain points. The fall of snow Saturday
gives the operators of the jobs a good opportunity to move their
many sawlogs from the rough and steep hillsides to the sawmill
landing miles away. Scores of sturdy men and dozens of teams have
been engaged at high wages and sent into the woods where there
is great activity in all the camps. From early in the morning
until late at night these men and horses, equipped with bobsleds,
chains, axes, grabs and canthooks, like soldiers marching to war,
make the woods a veritable battlefield as they cut and slash,
roll and slide, trail and skid sawlogs from the rugged forest,
which is no easy task but as a matter of fact, woodmen generally
are used to hard knocks and go about performing the hardest kind
of manual labor with comparative ease, exhibiting a peculiar adaptability
and fascination for the work that is surprising to one not familiar
with life in the back woods. The forests of Cambria County and
elsewhere as well are being depleted of their wealth rapidly,
owing to the great demand and increasing prices of lumber. Cambria
Freeman, Dec 20 1907
Fire with Powder
Loganstown, situated about one mile from Carrolltown and
Twin Rocks, another mining village in this county, since New Years'
Day have been the scenes of disastrous powder explosions, which,
in addition to wrecking two houses, may cost the lives of three
men. Two of the latter, at least, are likely to die. In both case
the explosions were the result of carelessness on the part of
the miners who occupied the houses.
The explosion at Twin Rocks occurred at five o'clock Thursday
morning in a boarding house conducted by Andy Kruper. Two men
who came to this country only three months ago were in a room
by themselves filling the five pound cans with powder from regulation
twenty-five pound cans. One of the men set his lamp on a window
and a spark from this dropped into the open can of powder. The
explosion following blew out one side of the house, tore off a
portion of the roof, broke every window and set on fire the clothing
of the men. Dr. W. A. Prideaux was called to attend the men, both
of whom are probably fatally burned.
The explosion at Loganstown was even greater than that at Twin
Rocks. Mike Chuncik who boarded with Mike Brosko was lying on
a cot smoking a cigarette Wednesday afternoon about 1:45 o'clock.
He unconsciously tossed the sump of his cigarette into an open
can of powder which exploded and set off another can. This happened
upon the second floor of a two and one-half-story building. The
ceiling was blown down and a portion of the roof collapsed when
the walls of the house spread. Mike Chuncik was blown down a flight
of stairs. His clothing was blazing and he ran outside, rolling
himself in the deep mud of the road. When picked up he was unconscious.
Mike Chenesko carried him into his home where Dr. E. F. Arble
dressed his injuries. The man's body is burned from his hips up.
Little hope is entertained for his recovery.
It is said that $500 in paper money was burned. Houses for
some distance around were shaken by the detonation. Three other
foreigners were painfully but not seriously burned. Cambria
Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., January 3, 1908
Badly Injured in Log Camp
Watson Evans, of this Place, Meets with Accident while
at Work near Vintondale [and Fred Hawk]
Watson Evans, a logger in the lumber cap of Sheriff Webster
Griffith, near Vintondale, was brought to his home in Ebensburg
Monday evening suffering with internal injuries and with recovery
doubtful as the result of an accident in the woods Monday afternoon
about 1:30 o'clock. Evans lay unconscious in the snow for almost
two hours before he was found by other woodsmen. Dr. A. J. Comerer
of Vintondale was called and revived him after much effort. Evans
suffered much from exposure and bruises.
The unfortunate lumberman was injured by being hit in the abdomen
with terrific force by the end of the tree, one end of which was
still fastened to a stump. Evans was busily engaged in hauling
out logs all day and was trying to pull the tree loose from the
stump when the accident occurred. He fastened his log chain to
the end of a tree and started his horses off without getting from
behind the log. The chain slipped and the tree rebounded, striking
Evans in the abdomen and hurling him many feet. The horses were
thrown to the ground but did not move after regaining their feet.
Evans was found about 4 o'clock just in time to save him from
freezing to death.
About 2 o'clock the same day, Fred Hawk, a logger in the same
camp, met with an accident in practically the same manner, which
will confine him to his bed for the next few days. He was injured
internally and suffered with bruises from being hurled against
a stump when his log chain slipped from the end of the log. Hawk
was given attention at once by some men working near him. He is
a married man about thirty-five years old. The accident to Hawk
took place within a half mile from where Evans was so severely
injured. He was taken to his home at Belsano on Monday.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., February 21,
Death of Mrs. Margaret Empfield
Mrs. Margaret Empfield, one of the oldest residents of Cambria
County, died Wednesday evening at the home of her son and daughter-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Empfield of Belsano, aged 90 years. Mrs.
Empfield's illness was thought not serious as she had been enjoying
good health and helped to celebrate her 90th birthday Monday.
The following day she was much interested in the golden wedding
celebration of her son, Thomas. The strain apparently weakened
her, for she declined perceptibly Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Mrs. Empfield's husband, G. W. Empfield, died eleven years ago
and she is survived by the following children: Thomas S. of Belsano;
Abram of Kansas; Sue, wife of Amos Black of Kansas; Wheatly of
Ebensburg; Mattie, wife of Judson Reese of Pindleton; Margaret,
wife of Isaac Mahan, near Belsano; Jane, wife of William James
of Ebensburg; Mrs. Abbie Bowen of Washington Street, Johnstown;
John Empfield of Turner Street and Harry Empfield of Windber are
grandchildren. Mrs. Empfield was a member of Belsano Methodist
Episcopal Church and her pastor, the Rev. Chilcote, will conduct
the funeral services Sunday. Interment will be at Belsano. Cambria
Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., February 28, 1908.
Local and Personal
Mr. Christ Shenafelt is we regret to learn, very ill.
Mr. Shenafelt is a veteran soldier who was shot through the head
and his old wound troubles him greatly. Cambria Freeman,
Ebensburg, Pa., March 13, 1908
Death of Mrs.
Thomas M. Reese
Johanna Reese, wife of Thomas M. Reese, was found dead in
her bed about 4 o'clock Thursday morning, March 20, at her home
at Bethel about five miles West of Ebensburg in Blacklick Township.
Mrs. Reese had been an invalid for the past 25 years and was subject
to epileptic fits, one of which is thought to have caused her
death. The deceased was nearly 56 years old, the daughter of John
and Mary Jones, well known residents
of Blacklick Township. She was born and reared on the farm where
she died. Mrs. Reese is survived by her husband and two sons -
Lowry of Jeannette and Howard, at home. The funeral was held at
10 o'clock Sunday morning with services at the house. Interment
followed in the Bethel cemetery. Mrs. Reese was an ardent church
and Sabbath School worker until recently when her healthy failed.
C. D. Shenafelt Unimproved
Mr. Shenafelt was a member of Company F, One hundred and thirty-third
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and at the battle of Fredericksburg
December 13, 1862, was shot through the head, the bullet entering
under the right ear and tearing its way to the left check was
taken out there. The missile which Mr. Shenafelt still has in
his possession is a Minnie ball, somewhat flattened near the point
and near the base. It shattered the left jawbone somewhat and
this is what now gives Mr. Shenafelt trouble.The condition of
the health of Christian D. Shenafelt of Julian Street, West Ward,
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., April 3, 1908
Local and Personal
I. N. Wissinger of Blacklick Township was in Ebensburg on Thursday
and paid The Freeman a very pleasant visit. Mr.
Wissinger has been a Freeman subscriber from the
time of its establishment. He now lives on a farm purchased by
him some time ago.
Mrs. S. Lemon Reed returned to her home in Ebensburg last week
after a stay of several days in Johnstown with Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Evans, her relatives.
John Dolock, a Slavishman from Twin Rocks, was brought to jail
Monday morning. Squire J. W. Harrison committed him for court
on a assault and battery charge.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., April 24, 1908
Real Estate Deals at Nant-y-Glo
Rev. Father M. C. O'Connor, rector of St. Charles' Catholic
church at Nant-y-Glo, has bought the property of Dr. Wm. H. Heyser
on the corner of Roberts and Caroline Street, the consideration
being $2,900. Dr. Heyser has sold out on account of ill health
and will in the near future take his departure for Georgia in
hopes that a residence in the South may be beneficial to him;
and his many friends in that place earnestly hope that his expectations
may be realized. Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa.,
June 26, 1908
Ebensburg Young Man Shot to Death
Burleigh Makin Found Dead in Spring Run Near Winterset
With Bullet Hole Through His Head
Many Different Stories are Prevalent as to How He Came to Meet
His Death on Tuesday
Squire Waters Conducts Inquest!
On Wednesday afternoon last Oscar Hamilton of this place,
a track repair hand on the Ebensburg and Cresson branch, while
working on the railroad about three-fourths of a mile this side
of Winterset, having occasion to go to a clump of weeds near the
line between the land of John R. Davis and that of Eli Gettys,
saw the body of a man lying on the left bank of a run from a spring
with his feet in the water of the run, and thinking that the man
was drunk, went to his side to arouse him when he was horrified
to see a ghastly bullet wound in his head and calling his fellow
workmen to the spot, an investigation was hurriedly made and word
was telephoned in to District Attorney Leech, who immediately
went to the spot and had the remains of the young man, who proved
to be Burley Makin, the seventeen-year-old son of Robert Makin,
of this place.
The young man, it appears, had been out hunting ground hogs.
By his side lay a double barrel breech loading 12-gauge shot gun
with a loaded cartridge in the left barrel, there being no hammer
on the right barrel, which was empty, so the theory that the shooting
was accidental or suicidal was at once dismissed and it became
apparent that the unfortunate young man met death, whether accidentally
or otherwise, at the hands of some other person.
Inquiry revealed the fact that the young man had been seen
on land of Eli Gettys by Paul Gettys - a son of the former - about
4 o'clock on the previous afternoon, after which young Gettys
went to pick potato bugs in a field near by, at which he was joined
by his mother sometime after and about 4:45, hearing a shot in
the woods near by, Paul said
he saw a man carrying a gun and running as if he were wild in
the direction of where the body was found. Mrs. Gettys also said
she saw the man, having his gun pointed upwards when she heard
the shot and saw smoke issuing from the muzzle of the gun, and
when she saw the man
running she thought that he had shot something and paid no further
attention to it. Paul also said that he had called to the man
he saw to get out, as there were cattle in the woods and shooting
was not allowed there. The remains were brought to town to the
undertaking establishment of Jeff Evans and District Attorney
notified Coroner Miller, who authorized Squire A. J. Waters to
hold an inquest; and the same evening the following jury was empanelled:
John F. Tibbott, Chares Hasson, W. A. Knauer, Oscar Hamilton,
Joseph J. Davis and F. J. Wills.
After viewing the remains of the deceased at Evans' undertaking
establishment where Drs. Jones and Bennett had previously made
the autopsy, the jury retired to the office of Squire Waters,
several witnesses were examined.
The first witness examined was Paul Gettys who told how he
had seen the young man as heretofore stated and Mrs. Gettys repeated
her story as has been already narrated. In answer to a question
propounded by jurors
Hamilton and Wills, if they did have a 32-calibre rifle, both
gave a negative answer. The question was propounded for the reason
that both these jurors had seen young Gettys using a .32-calibre
rifle shooting blank cartridges to scare crows some time ago.
Dr. Jones and Bennett next arrived and the former gave an account
of the result of the post mortem examination which the latter
corroborated and which was to the effect that death had been caused
by a gunshot wound penetrating the brain, the bullet having entered
the parietal bone at the left side of the back of the head and
passed out of the same bone on the right over the right eye, the
size of the missile, judging from the holes in the hat behind
and in front, was a .32-calibre bullet. The hat, a soft white
felt one, was found under the body of the deceased. It would have
been possible, both physicians said, for the victim to have walked
a considerable distance after he had been shot. No other marks
were found on the person of the deceased. Rigor mortis had set
in, showing that the victim had been dead more than eight hours.
David Ludwig, a young man of this place, testified to having
seen the victim going in the direction of the Gettys farm past
Ludwig's dam about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Oscar Hamilton detailed the finding of the body and F. J. Wills
also testified as did several others after which the jury on due
consideration decided to take a recess until 8 o'clock yesterday
In the meantime Constable Richard Evans went out to the Gettys
home and brought in a .32-calibre Stephens rifle, which, notwithstanding
the positive denial of Mrs. Gettys and her son that they had no
such weapon, was found upon the premises that night by Constable
Richard Evans and brought into the office of the District Attorney
the following morning.
At the concluding session of the inquest last night from which
all citizens were barred, including The Freeman reporter,
Eli Gettys, the owner of the land on which the shooting occurred,
examined. His son Paul was next called.
As far as your reporter can learn, the burden of the testimony
given at last night's hearing by Mrs. Gettys was to explain the
discrepancy of her sworn testimony of the previous night by saying
that she did not know that the weapon in question is a rifle but
only a target gun.
After having heard the testimony, the jury returned a verdict
to the effect that the deceased came to his death as the result
of a gunshot wound inflicted by some person unknown to the jury.
The funeral of the victim of this sad occurrence took place
from the home of his bereaved parents in the West ward this morning
after services at the home by the Rev. F. L. Sigmund, pastor of
the Baptist church in this place, interment being made in Bethel
Besides his parents, Burley Makin is survived by the following
brothers and sisters: Alvin and Lawrence; Emma, the wife of D.
F. Fahner of Barnesboro; Theodosia, Mabel, Ida and Agnes, who
reside at home.
The entire community is in hearty sympathy with the afflicted
family in their terrible bereavement. Cambria Freeman,
Ebensburg, Pa., August 7, 1908
Funeral of Burley Makin
The funeral of Burley Makin took place Saturday, after services
at the late home of the deceased, by the Rev. F. T. Sigmund of
the Baptist church. The remains were interred in Bethel cemetery,
six miles west of Ebensburg. Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg,
Pa. August 14, 1908
Another Murder in Cambria County
John Goloch was fatally stabbed by Andy Pastur, another Slav,
in a free fight at Twin Rocks Saturday night last and died of
the effects of his wounds in the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown,
Wednesday morning last. Pastur escaped after the affray and has
not as yet been apprehended. Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg,
Pa., August 21, 1908
Forest fires have been spreading throughout the county for several
weeks but have become more dangerous this week. Since Monday Ebensburg
has been overhung with smoke. Wednesday night it was impossible
to see more than 50 yards through the gloom. Smoke from the big
fires west and east of town hung everywhere in heavy clouds. The
Bostert farm and the Elder and Hartmann farms were endangered
by the fires Wednesday afternoon as was the Davis farm, west of
Ebensburg. The fires were numerous along the State road this week
and much damage was done. For a week flames have been menacing
the large tract of timber down the Blacklick owned by Sheriff
Webster Griffith of Ebensburg. A force of men has had a strenuous
time beating them back. Unless rain falls in a short time immense
damage will be done everywhere in Cambria County. Cambria
Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., October 16, 1908
Joseph Bennett of the White Mill has moved to
Miss Lola William of Ebensburg has accepted a position of stenographer
in the office of the Blacklick & Yellow Creek Railroad.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., November 20,
TWIN ROCKS MINING CO.
THE BIG FOUR COAL MINING COMPANY TO SOON OPEN UP AT TWIN ROCKS
The Big Four Coal Mining Company is the name of a new coal
corporation which will shortly commence the shipping of coal from
Twin Rocks. A total of from 125 to 150 men will be given steady
employment. The commencement of operations means better times
in the north-county town
The company is not opening another mine. It has just purchased
an old but valuable working which was shut down in 1903 because,
it is alleged, the Pennsylvania Railroad company discriminated
in the placing of cars. The mine is that formerly known as McFadden
No.1 and was the property of the Blacklick Coal Mining company.
It is said that owing to the fact that it could not get a sufficient
number of cars, the Blacklick company was compelled to shut down.
A great quantity of mining machinery of all kinds has been lying
idle since that time, while a three and one-half to four foot
vein of semi-bituminous coal has been absolutely unworked. The
coal is said to be the best in Blacklick.
The Big Four people now have a force of men at work repairing
the tipple and getting the plant in shape to begin the shipping
of coal. A spur from the Big Bend branch of the Pennsy runs right
to the tipple.
The new company was formed Aug. 28 at Nantyglo. The officers,
who are also the incorporators, are as follows: P.F. McEvoy, president;
Matthew B. Nairn, secretary; T. F. Burns, treasurer and Martin
Mountaineer Herald, October 22, 1908
Couple in Jail
Serious ChargesAgainst Man and Woman He Had Been Living With
M. E. Walker of Clearfield County and Catharine Layman were
brought to jail here several days ago by Squire George Holmes
of Belsano, both seriously charged. The woman has a child with
her. Walker is said to have a wife and family residing at Clearfield
but has been living with the Layman woman at Belsano, it is alleged.
Cambria Freeman, Feb 12 1909
Mrs. H. E. Meckley has gone to Pittsburg with her
father, C. D. Shinafelt, who wishes to consult a specialist
in relation to his health. An old wound received at the battle
of Fredericksburg in the Civil War is causing the trouble. Cambria
Freeman, Feb 19 1909
Blacklick, April 22
Samuel Longenecker and Miss Blanche M. Rhoades, both of Blacklick,
Indiana County, were united in marriage April 14th by the Rev.
P. J. Chilcote of Ebensburg. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Longenecker
returned to the bride's house in Blacklick where they were greeted
by scores of friends. They received many handsome and useful presents.
After supper the boys from town did not
forget to give them a serenading. The Blacklick and Keystone band
furnished the music. Mr. and Mrs. Longenecker expect to reside
in their new home in Grafton which is just being completed. Their
friends extend their best wishes. Cambria Freeman,
April 23, 1909
Big Bend's Big Blaze
The Big Bend Hotel, the jewelry store and dwelling of John Struzak,
the general store and dwelling of B. Shaddon, the clothing house
of Tenauer & Beerman, the shooting gallery of Harry McHugh,
and the bowling alley and poolroom of Steve Balog were reduced
to ashes Monday morning by a fire of unknown origin that broke
out shortly after midnight. The total loss is about $36,000 and
the principal business section of Twin Rocks is wiped out. The
individual losses and amounts of insurance are as follows:
Big Bend Hotel, loss $18,000; insurance $11,000.
John Struzak, loss $3,000.
B. Shaddon, loss $2,000.
Tenauer & Beerman, loss $8,000; insurance $4,500.
Harry McHugh, loss $3,000; insurance $1,500.
Sara Donofsky, two buildings, loss $2,000.
Mrs. D. D. McHugh, loss $1,500.
The exact starting place of the fire and its first discovery are
not known, but there is in circulation a story that the blaze
was first seen in the jewelry store of John Struzak by a man lying
in a room of the Big Bend Wholesale building across the street
at about 1:30 o'clock Monday A.M.
The Struzak family was out of town at the time of the fire.
The Dauntless Fire company of Ebensburg, was appealed to and responded
as quickly as the P. R. R. would get them there with the new gasolene
engine and hose carts. Our boys, however, were delayed by transportation
facilities and arrived upon the scene too late to be of much assistance.
Mountaineer-Herald, Ebensburg, PA. Thursday, May
Burned to Death
Behind the line of guards ever vigilant, protecting the secrets
of the "mill of mystery," a powder mill on the Yellow
Creek Railroad near Belsano, Peter Overman, a resident of that
little town, was so badly burned Saturday that death relieved
his suffering in a few hours. And from behind that grim and ever
watchful line of guardians not a word has come concerning the
The mill is one of secrets, a formula known only to those employed
making possible the manufacture of a powder which will not explode
under ordinary circumstances. A guard watching by daylight and
by electric light when night has fallen guards the works from
the secret formula.
Overman was burned while at work. He is survived by a widow and
seven children. Mountaineer-Herald, Ebensburg, PA.
Thursday, May 27, 1909
The Overman Family Correct an Error
Belsano, Pa., June 1st, 1909
Editor Mountaineer Herald.
Dear Sir; In your issue of May 27th, your account of the accident
to the death of one of your subscribers, viz. Mr. Peter Overman,
contains several errors which we would like to have corrected.
His wife passed away almost 15 years ago, (your account states
he left a wife). His married children are: Mrs. Tom Cramer, Mrs.
Emerson Stevens, Mrs. John McCullough, (all living near Belsano)
and John Overman, of Wehrum. His single children are Miss Millie
Overman, (Belsano); Miss Laura Bell Overman, Cookport; and W.
Alfred Overman, at home. The accident occurred Friday morning,
May 22nd, at 10 o'clock and he lingered till Saturday evening
and passed peacefully away at seven twenty-five.
He leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn their
loss. Rev. R. M. Hamilton from Center County, formerly of the
Belsano U. B. church came on to conduct the services which were
held at Spruce Creek, Indiana county.
Kindly correct the error and oblige.
The Overman Family
Mountaineer-Herald, Ebensburg, PA. Thursday June
Seventeen Killed in Mine Explosion
Letgo in Lackawanna Mine at Wehrum on Wednesday
Morning Robs Men of Lives
Over a Score are Badly Hurt
Wehrum, June 23
Seventeen dead and 22 seriously injured, one of the latter
That tells the complete story of the explosion in the mine
of the Lackawanna Coal and Coke Company here this morning.
The rescuing parties are satisfied that all of the dead bodies
and living coal diggers have been taken from the ill-fated pit.
If any man or men remains on the interior there is absolutely
no chance for his or their being taken out alive.
Mine Inspectors Louther, Blower and Williams are making an
inspection of the entire opening.
That there was a gas explosion in the Lackawanna mine this
morning, between 7 and 8 o'clock is the opinion of some of the
mining experts who have seen the interior of the pit. Yet two
weeks ago a mine inspector gave the place a clean bill, reporting
absolutely no sign of gas. Supt. Johnson of the Lackawanna Company's
local operations said this afternoon:
"I do not know that the explosion this morning was the
result of an accumulation of gas. We have never had any of this
dangerous stuff in our mines here. The accident may have been
the result of an explosion of coal dust, caused by a blast in
one of the headings. We will not be able to say definitely just
what caused the disaster until a thorough investigation is made."
A veteran coal miner and expert "gas man," who refused
to allow his name to be mentioned said:
"It is singular that in mines reported free from gas the
most disastrous death-dealing explosions occur. But this is usually
the case. I believe a pocket of gas was released in this mine.
The naked lamp of a passing miner did the rest."
Be the cause what it may, the explosion today resulted in death
to 17 men and serious if not fatal injuries to a score more. The
list of dead is as follows:
Joe Merriott, age about 37, single
Mike Litton, age 32 years, single
Alex Shaftok, age 26 years, single
Charles Jorda, age 30 years, single
Lovey Louis, age 27, single
Ernest Marokey, age 27 single
Dominick Litton, age 32, married
Tony Getest, age 29, single
Tony Totena, age about 30, single
Charles Digamio, age 24, single
Charles Folby, age 30, married
George Kowash, age 26, single
Simon Raminsky, age 32, single
Kastic Sebic, age about 30, single
George Lemon, age about 30, single
Chas. Lorey, age about 26, single
Not however until some of the injured men at the Spangler hospital
are able to talk will the story of the explosion as it actually
occurred be known. Some of these men must know the cause of it,
it is declared, tonight by experts. Some of them must have been
in the immediate vicinity of the letgo. And it is believed that
what is now much of a mystery will be cleared up when these men
are able to talk.
The explosion was the result of one of two causes. Either a
fall of rock released a
pocket of gas and a naked lamp did the rest or a dynamite blast
exploded the coal dust.
Over two weeks ago Mine Inspector Joseph Williams went through
Mine No. 4 and inspected it. He failed to find the slightest trace
of gas, as his report will show. Officials of the Lackawanna Company
declare that no gas was ever known to exist in the opening and
reason they are inclined to believe that the explosion was due
to a letgo of coal dust.
Despite the non-gaseous condition of the mine, the company
had a great many of the Davey safety lamps in storage here. Immediately
after the explosion these were brought into use. In fact so many
of them were given out and were being taken below that expert
miners ordered that the local officials recall a number because
of the danger attendant upon the use of so many in the ill-fated
Naked lamps were used almost exclusively in Mine No. 4 from
the time it was opened until today.
There were quite a few morbidly curious people in Wehrum, but
not as many as would be expect under the circumstances. Although
news of the explosion was general in Johnstown before noon there
were people residing only a mile from Wehrum who had not heard
of it at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and who, when told, expressed
unbelief. This is not remarkable, however, in view of the fact
that there were men in the mine who were also in ignorance until
told by members of the rescuing party.
The rescuing parties did good work at Wehrum. Word of the catastrophe
had been sent to Vintondale, Possum's Glory, Ebensburg and other
towns. At Vintondale was Charles Hower, until
recently superintendent of the Vinton Colliery company's operations
at that place, and one of the most experienced superintendents
in Pennsylvania. Mr. Hower was just about to start to Johnstown
where he expected to take a train for Fairmont, W. Va., having
an important engagement in that city. But, hearing of the explosion,
Mr. Hower postponed his trip and hastily calling several experienced
mine men, he started overland for Wehrum. He took with him George
Blewitt and William Williams, experienced "gas men,"
or miners, who hold gas certificates and Mine Foreman Pardos.
All four of the party arrived at Wehrum about 9 o'clock and from
that time until 6 in the evening, they were tireless in their
work of rescue. It was Blewitt who came to the surface at six
last night and declared that in his opinion that there were no
more bodies or living men in the mine.
"I have not yet decided when I will hold the inquest,"
said Coroner Hammers Wednesday evening. "It will not be for
at least a week however."
The coroner spent the afternoon in inquiring into the explosion
and securing the names of men who will be able to throw some light
on the disaster.
Chief Clerk Goodwin said that the company would assume charge
of the burial of the 17 unfortunates. A number of these will be
interred in the local cemetery, while several other bodies will
be shipped to other burial grounds.
Relatives of the victims are endeavoring to inform other relatives
and friends in other localities of the accident, but were hindered
greatly because of there being but one telephone line out of Wehrum.
The operators, however, gave excellent surface, considering the
The following is a partial list of the injured who were taken
to the hospital at Spangler in a special train, many being known
P. F. Burns, tracklayer; has wife and three children
William Burns, motor foreman; wife and five children
Cal Hughey, spragger; wife and two children
Chris Frazier, track foreman; wife and seven children
Fred Thomas, assistant foreman; wife and one child
Frank Delegram, trackman and single
Some of the men in the Spangler Hospital are seriously burned
about the face and
hands while others are suffering from the effects of the afterdamp.
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., Friday, June
Mine Dust Cause of Explosion in Lackawanna
Testimony at Inquest on Friday Shows Gas
had Nothing to do with Let-Go Came from Dynamite
After listening for two hours Thursday evening and most of
Friday morning, the testimony of miners, physicians, inspectors
and mine officials, the jury impaneled for the inquest into the
cause of the disaster of June 23d at Wehrum that resulted in the
deaths of twenty-six miners, returned with a verdict to the effect
that the explosion resulted from a charge of dynamite igniting
mine dust, no gas figuring. This is in accordance with the contents
of the report submitted by the state inspectors. They were of
the opinion, too, that the explosion would have penetrated to
every part of the mine had the dust not been wet in some places.
The investigation was conducted by Coroner J. S. Hammers of
Indiana in the offices of the Lackawanna Coal and Coke Company.
State Inspectors, C. B. Ross of Greensburg and Joseph Williams
of Altoona, were the only inspectors to testify. The report of
the inspectors was read and a number of the miners were questioned
as also were the mine officials. The testimony of Lew Johnson,
son of Supt. W. N. Johnson, was taken at his home which he has
been unable to leave since the explosion.
The jurors impaneled were Franklin Sansom of Indiana; Thomas
M. Doherty of Graceton; Harry Kallaway of Heilwood; Edward O.
McConville of Heilwood; Harry P. Dowler of Heilwood and J. Dalton
Johnson of Blacklick. Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg,
Pa., July 23 1909
Another Mine Victim Dead
Spangler, July 1
Patrick Burns, aged 32 years, one of the Wehrum mine victims,
died in the hospital here at 5 o'clock this evening. His death
makes the twentieth as a result of
the accident. His death was due to the inhalation of poisoned
air. The flesh on both hands had been burned off and his face
was scorched. He was a resident of Wehrum and is survived by a
wife and three children. Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg,
Pa., July 2, 1909
Twin Rocks Coal Company Exempted
Not Held ResponsibleBy Jury for Death of Andrew Joseph, Found
Twin Rocks, Aug. 11
"Andrew Joseph came to his death on August7th from some natural
cause unknown to this jury. The company by which he was employed
was in no way responsible, either directly or indirectly for his
death." Such was the verdict rendered by the Coroner's jury
at the inquest conducted yesterday at the cemetery here into the
death of Andrew Joseph, forty-six years old and married, who was
found dead last Saturday in No. 3 Mine of the Commercial Coal
Company at this place. The inquest was held at the instigation
of John Strizak and in behalf of friends of the dead man. His
friends did not believe that a crime was committed and his life
willfully taken and the cost of the investigation will have to
be borne by them instead of the county. Coroner J. C. McMillen
wanted the case thoroughly investigated as indicated by the large
number of witnesses he called. Cambria Freeman, August
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Nipps of Horner Street died
soon after birth Saturday and was interred Sunday. Cambria
Freeman, August 20, 1909
Lemon Reed Gets Good Census
Ebensburg people will be interested in learning that
Attorney S. L. Reed of this place has been named by President
Taft as supervisor for the census in the sixteenth Pennsylvania
district. The job is good for one or probably two years and is
worth $2,500 a year. It is considered a fine position and was
being eagerly sought for by a number of men, but Mr. Reed landed
the place. Cambria Freeman, Sept 10, 1909
Squire Performs Ceremony
Squire A. J. Waters Monday morning performed the ceremony which
united Lawrence Stiles of Nicktown and Jennie Landy of Belsano.
The young people drove into town and after the ceremony had dinner
at the Mountain House. Cambria Freeman, Oct 8, 1909
GET $1,000 IN TWIN ROCKS JOB
Post Office and Express Agency Looted by
Burglars Early Sunday Morning
DYNAMITE USED ON THE SAFE
The combination postoffice and express office at Twin Rocks,
near Vintondale, was entered by thieves early Sunday morning,
the burglars securing $1000 in money, checks and stamps. There
are no clues.
Entrance to the office was gained by prying a door open. The
robbers dynamited the safe but the explosion failed to awaken
the nearby residents.
Postmaster Edward A. Nipps was in Pittsburgh Saturday but was
called home at once.
Indiana Evening Gazette, November 8, 1909
Married by SquireWaters [Kick-George and Berkley-Davison]
Squire A. J. Waters of Ebensburg Tuesday and Wednesday officiated
at two weddings. Tuesday Andrew P. Kick of Summerhill and Miss
Dora V. George of Croyle Township were married and Wednesday Israel
L. Berkley of Johnstown and Miss Alda M. Davison of Blacklick
Township were united in marriage by Squire Waters. Cambria
Freeman, Nov 5 1909
Elijah Mahon Hurt
Elijah Mahon of Ebensburg had a narrow escape
from death Saturday at Cardiff when a pile of boards on which
he was standing toppled over and he was buried beneath a number
of them. He was brought to his home in Ebensburg where Dr. F.
C. Jones is attending him. Cambria Freeman, Nov
Venerable Spangler Resident is Dead
Charles Farabaugh, 79 years of age and in point of residence
probably the oldest in northern Cambria County, died Sunday morning
at his home in Spangler of old age. He was taken suddenly ill
Saturday and sank until the end came. Mr. Farabaugh was born in
Germany and came to this country 58 years ago. He was married
near Nicktown to the late Matilda Hines, who died four years ago.
For more than 59 years he resided in Blacklick Township, taking
up his residence in Spangler five years ago. The surviving children
are: Augustine of Latrobe; Henry of Huber Street, Johnstown; Mary,
wife of John Glancie of Conemaugh and Elizabeth, wife of Tony
Kosee and Charles, William, Joseph and Albert Farabaugh, all at
home. One brother, Leonard, is a resident of Brown County, Minn.
The funeral took place at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, services
being held in the Catholic Church at Spangler. Cambria Freeman,
Dec. 3, 1909
In Johnstown Hospital
Ira Wagner of Twin Rocks was operated upon yesterday at the
Johnstown City Hospital for hernia. His condition is reported
as being favorable. Cambria Freeman, Dec. 17, 1909
COMET SEEN AT TWIN ROCKS.
Station Agent McCready and Other Sure They Witnessed Phenomonon.
Special to The Tribune.
Twin Rocks, April 14. Station Agent George H. McCready and others
are sure they saw Halley's comet in the heavens here yesterday
morning and again this morning, and many others are going to lok
for the phenomonon to-morrow. It was yesterday morning between
4 and 5 o'clock that Mr. McCready looked to the southwest of town
and saw a strange star in the heavens with a double tail, rising
much like the sun. It was close to where the sun rose a little
later. He told his experience to many friends, and they scouted
the idea of being able to see the comet with the naked eye, but
a number who looked for it this morning were convinced.
Johnstown Tribune, Johnstown, Pa., April 14, 1910.
Supt. Davis of the Blacklick and Yellowcreek Railroad Company,
owning the old Vinton Lumber Companys road running from
Rexis along the North Fork of the Blacklick Creek, has had trespass
notices posted along the route of the railroad. No reason is given
by Mr. Davis of the posting of the notices. Cambria Freeman,
Big Bend Nickelodeon
C. R. Jones, proprietor of the Ebensburg Nickelodeon, has purchased
the Nickelodeon at Big Bend. Cambria Freeman, April
Belsano Pastor to Travel
Belsano, April 26
The Rev. G. W. Eminhizer, pastor of the United Brethren Church,
and wife expect to attend the Laymens Greater Missionary
Congress in Chicago May 3d-6th and visit their sons home
in Indiana Harbor, Ind. They expect to return home about May 12th.
The Rev. Eminhizers pulpit on May 1st will be occupied here
at 11 oclock and at Big Bend at 3 oclock by the Rev.
A. C. Ford of Heilwood. Cambria Freeman, April 29,
Killed under His Train near
Vintondale, August 5
While switching at Commercial No. 4 Mine near here, on the C.
& C. Branch about 2 o'clock this morning, David Conrad, aged
27, was killed beneath his own train. He was found by other trainmen
shortly after the accident. The body was cut in two from under
the right arm to above the left shoulder. Undertaker Krumbine
shipped the body to Altoona this afternoon. The deceased was married,
one child surviving with the wife. Cambria Freeman,
Ebensburg, Pa. August 12, 1910
Elisha Mahan, a well known resident of this place, who is foreman
for Webster Griffith at his lumber operations near Cardiff, fell
from a lumber pile at that place Monday and was severely injured.
No bones were broken, but Mr. Mahan has many cuts and bruises
and it is feared that his worst injuries may be of an internal
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa., August 26, 1910
Big Bend Mining
The Big Bend Coal Mining Company have erected a new office. The
death of Wm. M Smith, who acted as general Manager to this company
and the Commercial Company brought about several changes. Formerly
both companies had their offices together under one management;
now the Commercial office is under the charge of Superintendent
W. C. Smith, while recently appointed Superintendent Harrison
is in charge of the Big Bend Office.
The Mountaineer Herald, Ebensburg Pa., August 31,
Fire recently consumed a barn, three cows, a calf, a mule, wagon,
bobsleds, two buggies, a sleigh, harness and some feed owned by
Simon Adams of Belsano. The origin of the fire is unknown. The
Adams residence, which is only a short distance from the barn,
was saved by the fact that a breeze carried the flames and heat
away from the house. A small stable caught fire, but was saved
by a bucket brigade. Mr. Adams carried no insurance. Cambria
Freeman, February 2, 1912.
Jacob Blanco, a Twin Rocks miner, had his left leg so badly crushed
at work Wednesday that amputation of the member was necessary
after the injured man had been taken to the Memorial Hospital
Wednesday evening. Blanco is 42 years of age. Cambria Freeman,
February 2, 1912.
Death of Mrs.Charles
Mrs. Ella Rebecca Sawyer (nee Meisel) died at the home
of her mother, Mrs. Mary Meisel at Expedit on Friday, April 12,
of Bright's disease. The deceased was born in Carroll township,
May 8, 1874. She was aged 38 years, 11 months and 4 days. On October
12, 1898, she was united in marriage to Charles A. Sawyer, who
survives with the following children: Philip, Laura, Florence
and Donald. Also the following brothers and sisters: Stasia, Katharine,
Nettie and Grayce, at home; Mrs. John Malone and Philip Meisel
of Ebensburg; Mrs. Frank Hertzog of St. Benedict and Albert of
Pittsburg. The funeral of the deceased was held from the Church
of the Holy Name on Monday at 10 o'clock after solemn high mass
of requiem. Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery in the family
plot. Cambria Freeman, April 19, 1912.
Township Light, Heat and Power Company - Johnstown, PA., May
22, 1912. Capital $5,000. Manufacturing and supplying light, heat
and power, or either of them by electricity to the public in the
township of Blacklick, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and to such
persons, partnerships and corporatins, residing therein, or adjacent
thereto as may desire the same.
NEW TOWN FOR BLACKLICK REGION
BUSINESS BOOM FOR BELSANO IS PROBABLE
Belsano, Dec. 23 -- Since the recent activity of the Manor
Real Estate & Trust Company of Philadelphia here when several
thousand acres of coal land were taken over by the Quaker City
concern acting in behalf of eastern coal interests there has been
speculation as to the future of Belsano and the surrounding territory.
The town of Belsano being situated on the side of the Alleghenies
some distance from the Blacklick stream gives a hint that a new
town will be built up on the north side of this place. Twin Rocks,
now located on the south side of the Blacklick is a flourishing
town and with another settlement on the north local business men
are already having visions of a big business boom.
When the representatives of the Manor company left Belsano
after taking over the big tract of land they were reticent about
discussing the future plans of the purchasers. However, it is
learned upon good authority that early operations are being contemplated
with likelihood that Belsano will witness the opening of a gigantic
coal field by the early part of next summer.
The fact has from time to time been noted that practically
all the desirable land had been purchased. That the company is
determined not to leave an acre untouched is demonstrated by the
fact that the concern is hot after several local land owners who
have held out during the recent transactions and have refused
to sell. The Manor company's representatives express themselves
as being anxious to close up deals at the earliest possible date.
While none of the stories are official, there is a persistent
rumor that the Southern Cambria Street Railway company will extend
its lines through this territory, touching Nantyglo and Twin Rocks
en route. This would also be a big boost for local business.
The Peoples Gas company has a big force of men working near
here and there is a likelihood that gas will be supplied the community
from these wells. All the coal companies in the territory are
enjoying big business, new homes are being erected and many new
improvements are being contemplated for the next year.
Mountaineer Herald, December 26, 1912
Incorporation of Curry
Curry Coal Mining Company - Expedit, Pa., October 12, 1916. Capital
$5,000. Buying, leasing or otherwise acquiring coal and coal lands;
mining, shipping, manufacturing into coke, and selling coal, coal
and the products thereof.
of Swatera Coal Mining Company
Swatera Coal Mining Company - Twin Rocks, Pa., July 18, 1917.
Capital $10,000. Treasurer, Charles McFadden, 3rd, 4032 Walnut
St., Philadelphia, Pa. Buying , leasing or otherwise acquiring
coal and coal lands, mining, shipping, manufacturing into coke
and selling coal, coke, and products thereof.
MINING COMPANY INVESTS AT TWIN ROCKS
E. E. Goss closed a deal recently for the sale of the Mountain
Quality Coal Co. Mine at Twin Rocks to the C. A. Hughes Company
of Altoona, who are preparing to operate the mine on an extensive
scale. The mine will be connected with the C & I Railway,
work on the tramway and tipple being now under way. This will
give them shipping facilities on both roads. A number of new houses
will also be constructed for the employees in the vicinity of
Seldersville. A big, first-class mining plant will be put in which
means much additional prosperity for our neighboring town. The
C. A. Hughes Co. is a big concern and has other extensive mining
Nanty-Glo Journal, May 17, 1923
REAL ESTATE OFFICE
P. M. Kinney of Twin Rocks has rented office rooms in the new
Union Bank building where he will conduct a general insurance
and real estate business. Mr. Kinney was a former coal operator
at Twin Rocks but sold his interests there last spring to the
Hughes Coal Co. of Altoona. He expects to move his family here
as soon as suitable arrangements can be made and will make Nanty-Glo
Nanty-Glo Journal, February 2, 1924.
EXPEDIT MINERS ON STRIKE
Big Bend and Twin Rocks have been having labor troubles of their
own this week. The mines there raised the wages of the men a few
months ago to the 1924 scale, but announced a reduction to the
old scale at the beginning of the new year. As a result practically
all the men walked out. Several meetings have been held by the
strikers and an attempt is being made to perfect an organization.
The Hughes mine agreed to continue paying the higher scale Wednesday,
but the men demanded recognition of their union before returning
to work, and are still out. A few of the men returned to work
at the Big Bend and Commercial No. 3 mines, but only a small proportion
of the usual force as yet. A strong effort is being made to unionize
all the mines there.
Nanty-Glo Journal, January 6, 1927.
HUGHES COMPANY MAKES AGREEMENT WITH MINERS
The labor situation at Big Bend and Twin Rocks, where the miners
went on strike when given notice of a reduction in wages, last
week, is somewhat improved, some of the companies having adjusted
their troubles with the men. The Hughes Coal Company, which has
one of the largest operations there, make an agreement with the
union officials, Sunday and resumed work with a full force, Monday,
on a union basis, The Hughes Coal Company mines at Lilly and elsewhere
in the county are unionized and their recognition of the union
at Big Bend is in line with the general policy of the company.
It was expected that the Jackson and Stanwix mines, the latter
formerly known as the Shiffer mine, will also recognize the organization
and pay the union scale. Mines of these companies at Hastings
and Beverdale are unionized and strong pressure is being brought
from those sources to bring the Blacklick mines into line. With
these three mines paying the 1924 scale it will make it more difficult
for the other two to hold their men down to the 1917 scale. The
strike has been a peaceful one, no disturbance or violence of
any kind marking the walkout. It is to be hoped that all differences
may be speedily ironed out and satisfactory working conditions
for all concerned be continued.Nanty-Glo Journal,
January 13, 1927
TWIN ROCKS MAN DIED
Joseph Staffon, aged 46 years, 5 months, and 13 days, died at
his home in Expedite at 5 o'clock Saturday morning. He was a native
of Austria Hungary where he was born on August 10, 1880. A wife
and four children survive. Tuberculosis was the cause of death.
Funeral services were conducted in St. Charles' Catholic church,
Tuesday morning, and burial was in the church's cemetery.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., January 27, 1927.
SEVENTEEN HURT IN TRUCK WRECK
Load of Men Spilled While Being Taken to Work on A Contract Job
Seventeen Nanty-Glo and Belsano men were badly injured, some
of them quite seriously, last Thursday morning, when a canvas
top Chevrolet truck, belonging to the Davis Bros. Lumber Co. With
Frank Gamber as driver, upset twice and was badly wrecked as it
skidded and upset twice at a curve on a steep hill beyond Nicktown.
The men were being taken to Emeigh where the Lumber Company has
contracts to build barracks and repair some of the company houses
of the Cherrytree Coal Co. There were eighteen men on the truck
at the time. Wilmer Pearson being the only one to escape injury.
He summoned help and the injured men were taken in another truck
to the Spangler hospital where their injuries were dressed. Seven
were able to return to their homes after receiving attention at
the hospital, and ten remained for further treatment.
The injured were as follows: Alvie Folckemer of Belsano, a carpenter
aged 18, skull fractured; condition serious. Raymond Clawson of
Belsano, aged 30, skull fractured. John Hazy of Belsano, aged
30, skull fractured. Regained consciousness after being in hospital
several hours. George Bennett of Nanty-Glo, aged 53, abrasions
about head, contusions of hips and a few ribs broken. Frank Gamber
of Nanty-Glo, driver of the truck, aged 19, suffered servere lacerations
of left leg. Peter Kinzey of Nanty-Glo, aged 42, fracture of right
shoulder. Merle Ross, of Nanty-Glo aged 23, bad cut over right
eye. Joseph Strenko of Nanty-Glo, aged 21, severe contusions of
face and the shoulders. Clay Cunningham of Nanty-Glo, aged 49
severe abrasions and bruises about body and rib broken. Charles
Hoffman of Belsano, aged 51, sprains of elbow and muscles of left
arm and contusions of left hand. Returned home after treatment.
Elmer B. Gottshall of Twin Rocks, aged 58, lacerations of head
and contusions of chest. Taken home after treatment. George Pearson
of Nanty-Glo, aged 19, lacerations of head, face and the hands;
brought home after treatment. Walter Lindrose of Nanty-Glo, lacerations
of face and contusions of left arm and both legs; brought home
after treatment. Robert Rodkey of Nanty-Glo, aged 34, contusions
of chest and left leg; returned home after treatment. Harry Makin
of Belsano, aged 41, lacerations of head and contusions of both
thighs and back; brought home after treatment. William Lindrose
of Nanty-Glo, aged 26, suffered sprains; taken home.
It is said that the truck started to skid at the curve on the
down grade, and that the driver was unable to throw it into second
gear. The truck was completely wrecked.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., October 20, 1927.
ROBBED GARAGE TILL
Some long-fingered caller at Geo. Lanzendorfer's garage in Twin
Rocks entered an office and tapped the till for about $30.00 Sunday
afternoon, while the proprietor was busy in another part of the
building. State police are working on the case and will likely
locate the thief.
BAD BOYS DAMAGED SCHOOL
A couple of bad small boys got into the Big Bend School building
at Twin Rocks, sometime Saturday or Sunday and entering Miss Dorothy
Beck's room did a lot of mischief. The black-board was about demolished,
desks and other furniture were marred and broken, school books
were damaged, a desk bible was torn up, walls defaced, etc. The
little miscreants were apprehended by the authorities, this week
and it will cost their parents at least $150 to repay the damage
done. Good doses of hickory oil frequently and properly administered
may cure the lads of what ails them.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., April 17, 1930.
EARLY MORNING FIRE SWEEPS TWIN ROCKS BUSINESS SECTION
Six Buildings Destroyed, Several Persons Injured and $50,000 Loss
Results While Four or Five Fire Companies Battle Raging Flames
in Neighboring Town.
Six buildings were burned, six persons were injured and losses
around the $50,000 mark resulted from a fire starting in the Julius
Levinson store in the business section of Twin Rocks at about
2 o'clock Monday morning. The Levinson building and contents including
the stock of merchandise together with all their household goods
and clothing in the living apartments on the second floor; the
store and living apartments of Thomas Giordano; a tenant house
belonging to Giordano and occupied by William Hicks and family;
an empty store building owned by the Commercial Coal Co., and
a building owned by Raymond Livolsi of Johnstown and occupied
by Domenick Ricciardelli as a store and residence, were completely
destroyed, and the brick store building owned and occupied by
James DeFrank as a residence and barbershop was gutted by the
The fire had a good start in the basement and store room of the
Levinson building before the family sleeping on the second floor
were awakened. Exit by the stairways was cut off by the flames
and the occupants were forced to leap from a second-story porch
to a roof below, and thence to the ground in their night clothes.
In jumping to the ground, Miss Margaret Epoch, employed as a domestic
in the home, fell and fractured the bones of both forearms, but
turned and caught one of the younger children tossed to her by
Mr. Levinson, and carried it to safety across the street. Mrs.
Levinson and daughter, Freda, jumped from the front part of the
porch, a greater distance, and were considerably jarred up, the
former fracturing her left ankle. Mr. Levinson also split a bone
in his right heel when he jumped to the ground. The injured were
brought to Nanty-Glo and were given treatment at the office of
Dr. Dunnick, later being taken to Memorial hospital where an x-ray
examination revealed the extent of their injuries.
In addition to members of the Levinson family, Thomas Giordano
sustained laceration of the scalp when he fell down a stairway
while carrying one of his children out of the building, and two
Conemaugh firemen suffered minor but painful injuries while engaged
in fighting the fire fiend.
Some of the neighbors were awakened by the calls for help of the
Levinson family, and Mr. Giordano helped give the alarm by firing
a revolver into the air a number of times. William Herrick was
aroused at the Dugan Hotel across the street and sent in a alarm
to Nanty Glo, the local fire company responding at once. Later
calls for help were sent to neighboring towns and fire trucks
from Conemaugh, Franklin and Ebensburg were rushed to the scene,
and these as well as Vintondale firemen and Twin Rocks volunteers
rendered aid in checking the conflagration. Strings of hose had
to be laid to the creeks some distance away to secure sufficient
The property losses are variously estimated and are only partly
covered by insurance. The Levinson loss is the heaviest, running
around $25,000 on the building, stock and household goods, partly
insured. Giordano's loss was about $4,500, covered by insurance.
The Livolsi building was insured, but the occupants, Mr. Riccardelli
and family, carried no insurance. The DeFrank loss was about $6,500,
with $3,000 insurance. The Commercial Coal Co. building was probably
worth $2,000 or $2,500. These estimates do not cover original
cost, but are approximately near present day values.
Firemen were greatly handicapped in fighting the flames at Twin
Rocks by lack of water. There was no pressure in the mains and
holes had to be dug through the ice and into the creek bed before
sufficient water could be pumped to throw a stream. Twin Rocks
people could remedy this condition by damning back the water at
available points in the stream flowing through the town.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., January 22, 1931.
Last Express Train
The last regular passenger train over the P.R.R. branch through
here will be run Saturday afternoon at 3:45. A truck from Cresson
to this point will carry express after that date, being due in
Nanty-Glo at 11 a. m. each week day. The express offices at Twin
Rocks and Vintondale will be closed and service discontinued after
The C. & I. Railroad is also petitioning the public service
commission for permission to discontinue passenger service over
Nanty-Glo Journal, August 27, 1931
Razing Old Hotel Building
The old Shoemaker Hotel building, one of the landmarks in Twin
Rocks, is being torn down. The structure was purchased by Nolo
Parties recently who are razing it and taking the material to
that place for use in other building operations.
Nanty-Glo Journal, October 20, 1932.
WENT TO TWIN ROCKS
The fire company was called to Twin Rocks shortly before noon,
Friday, when a two-room house back of Felix Lasurdo's store caught
on fire. Clothing and other contents were badly damaged by firemen
extinguished the blaze before the building was burned. Two of
the Nanty-Glo firemen, Joseph Cruley and Bob Empfield, were badly
frost bitten in making the run, the former having his ears frozen
and the latter his nose.
Nanty-Glo Journal, February 6, 1936.
Buys Tarr's Roadside Stand
Charles Mistretta of Indiana has taken over the road house and
picnic grounds near the county line on Route 422, between Belsano
and Strongstown formerly know as Tarr's Grove, and has changed
the name of the stand to "Charley's Grove." He advertises
dancing every Wednesday and Saturday evening, Bob Hayes and His
Music Makers from Johnstown being the orchestra engaged for this
coming Saturday night.
Mercantile Appraiser's List for the Year 1935
Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Merchandise, Brokers and Keepers
of Eating Houses, Billiards and Pool Tables, Nine and Ten Pin
Alleys, Opera Houses, itc., in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, are
hereby notified that they are appraised for Mercantile and other
Licenses for the year 1935, as follows:
The license is due on the 1st day of May; if not paid to the County
Treasurer before Sept. 1 of each year suit will be brought to
recover the same within thirty days. Act of June 14, 1901. Remit
promptly to Harve Tibbott, County Treasurer, Ebensburg, Pa. And
ADAMS, S. Ward ... Genl Mdse;
ALMADY, Nick ... Grocery;
American Stores Co. ... Grocery;
Big Bend Supply Co. ... Genl Mdse:
Cardiff Supply Co. ... Genl Mdse
Commercial Coal Co. ... Supplies;
DAERR, Nick ... Gas & Oil;
DUGAN, Mike ... Tobacco;
EDWARDS, Merton ... Genl Mdse;
Fairlawn Store ... Grocery;
HAHL L. I. ... Gas & Oil;
KOVACH, Steve ... Genl Mdse;
LIND, Gust ... Gas & Oil;
LOSURDO, F. A. ...Genl Mdse;
LUCHICK, Jno. ... Gas & Oil;
LUDWIG, Jno ... Confections;
MILLER, Merville ... Coal;
MILLER, Ralph ... Gas & Oil;
MISTRETTA, Charles ... Confections;
ORR Motor Co. ... Gas & Oil;
SHADDEN, B. ... Genl Mdse;
SZUNYAGH, Frank ... Tobacco;
VIZI, Joe ... Grocery:
VOLESEN, Metro ... Shoes:
Nanty-Glo Journal, June 27, 1935.
ESCAPED FLOOD IN BIG BEND MINE
Night Shift Driven Out by Water from Adjoining Closed Mine
On Tuesday evening near 10 o'clock the second main of Big Bend
Coal Co. Mine became a surprise pool of water. While at work,
Lewis Nevel and James Pasoke broke through the wall into a water
pocket in an adjoining abandoned mine which had been stored in
the old workings for over six years. It was so sudden that a display
of cool-headedness and quick thinking on the part of the men was
the only thing that spared their lives. No one was seriously injured,
although they were forced to wade in water up to their chins.
A few were swept off their feet by the rush of the water, but
were soon helped to safety by their fellow-workers.
The flooded section of the mine employs nearly 100 coal diggers.
About 25 were working at the time. It is damaged very extensively
and it is doubtful when it will be put into operation again. The
entire mine will be closed at least three weeks while the water
is being pumped out.
The Big Bend Coal Co. Mine has been working steadily for five
days a week for several years, having some good contracts to fill.
It is operated by the Emmons Interests of Philadelphia, which
also has other operations in the county.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., April 8, 1937
C. & I. Railroad Orders New Cars
The Cambria & Indiana Railroad Co., which operates mostly
in Cambria and Indiana counties and which has extensive holdings
in and near Nanty-Glo, has given orders for 800 steel cars of
50-ton capacity each, which will cost approximately $1,840,000,
or about $2,300 each.
An order for 500 of the steel hopper cars has been given to the
Cambria Plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Johnstown. Contract
for 300 more of the cars has been awarded to the American Car
& Foundry Co. of Huntingdon, West Virginia.
These orders will increase the new car equipment of the C. &
I. to 1,100 during a period of one year. Last year 300 new cars
of the gondola type were manufactured for the company. With these
latest orders, the company will have expended more than $2,500,000
during the past year for new equipment.
The C. & I. Railroad transports coal from a large number of
mines in the two-county area, including the rich coal fields of
the Nanty-Glo, Revloc and Colver sections. Extensive improvements
have been made about the mines here in the last few years, and
are now being made at Colver, which, with present prospects of
better business conditions justified the railroad officials in
anticipating greater tonnage for shipment.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., September 2,
June 23, 1944: Deadly Tornadoes Hit Southwestern
A family of tornadoes followed nearly parallel paths during
early evening hours of June 23, 1944, developing over hilly terrain
in eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia.
The storm rampage ultimately killed forty-five people in southwestern
Pennsylvania, and five more died in western Maryland (Flora 1953,
117). Violent tornadoes also took a terrible toll in West Virginia,
killing 104 people (NOAA). There were 846 injuries, and property
losses exceeded $5 million.
Four violent tornadoes were on the ground at almost the same
time between 6:30 and 9:30 P.M., moving southeast at speeds of
thirty to forty miles per hour. A review of the June 1944 tornado
outbreak (Grazulis 1993, 915) places the first in a series of
devastating tornadoes in Armstrong County in southwestern Pennsylvania
around 5:30 P.M. The twister traveled southeast from Rural Valley
to Twin Rocks, damaging fifty homes and farms and causing three
As the storm progressed into Indiana County, another fifteen
homes were destroyed and two people died. Damage extended into
Cambria County, though was possibly due to a downburst by that
time. The F3 storm had a damage path that extended thirty miles,
causing nineteen injuries. Around 6:00 P.M., a smaller storm touched
down in northeastern Ohio and was responsible for eight injuries
as it passed Palmyra.
Gelber, Ben, The Pennsylvania Weather Book, 2002.
Kerosene Smoke Fills Custard
Stand in Belsano Sunday
Mike Shutak finished repainting the interior of his Belsano custard
stand recently, and he'll have to do it all over again.
A small kerosene heater in the establishment used to keep the
chill off his new paint job ran out of oil. The smouldering wick
quickly filled the small building with smoke and a call from Baldwin's
Service Station was made.
Eugene Stephens, a member of the Nanty-Glo Volunteer Fire Company,
was called to investigate the fire about 11:30 o'clock at the
Route 422 location. Upon determining the cause of the smoke, he
notified Nanty-Glo firemen not to send their equipment. However,
the siren did sound in the borough.
Damage amounted to about $100, Shutak said. This included some
ice cream cones, paper cups, dishes and other serving containers
that cannot be used due to smoke damage.
Nanty-Glo Journal, Nanty Glo, Pa., April 16, 1959.