Johnstown Independent

Independent's early years

1884: 'Are you really in London?'

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This advertisement appeared on page 4 of the May 17, 1900, edition of The Johnstown Independent .

Editor's note: The Mary E. Babcock Library in Johnstown has digitized ThisWeek's Johnstown Independent, dating back to June 14, 1884. The following are some of the news items from the Independent's early years, as they appeared in print:

June 14, 1884:

* The late Col. O.E. Babcock had $80,000 insurance on his life for the benefit of his wife and three children.

* Signals by wire from London to Calcutta, 7,000 miles, is one of the latest experiments in telegraphy. No wonder the operator in Calcutta exclaimed, "Are you really in London?"

* Senator Logan is a Methodist, and of him a Methodist clergyman of Boston is reported to have said that he joined the church by telegraph and was baptized by photograph.

This week in 1900:

* Fatal Railway Wreck.

Pittsburg (SIC), May 5.--Passenger No. 107, westbound, on the Wheeling division of the Baltimore and Ohio road, was wrecked east of Gastonville. Patrick J. Horan, track inspector, was killed almost instantly; Fireman B.B. Lytle had both legs crushed and suffered other injuries which will probably result fatally, and Engineer A. McBurney was scalded about the chest and had wrist and ankle sprained. None passengers were hurt.

* Result of a Family Feud

Akron, O., May 5.--As the result of a pitched battle between four prominent farmers of Copley township, this county, Sylvester Hull was killed and the other three more or less injured. One of them, Gideon Carr, may also die. A family feud of several years standing is at the bottom of the tragedy. The immediate cause of the bloody occurrence was the closing of a road which was the only means of egress from the property of Hull. The combatants were Gideon Carr and his son Edward, Sylvester Hull and Frank Bramley. Hull was struck with the handle of a pickax.

This week in 1910:


Commencement June 8th.

R.C. Frederick spent Friday in Columbus on business.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lane spent last Thursday in Newark.

Mrs. L.M. Cole was a business visitor Monday in the Capital city.

J.G. Garrison left for Westerville Tuesday where he expects to do some lathing.

Harry Anderson of Alexandria spent Saturday and Sunday with Bryan Anderson.

Will Cramer who is working at his trade in Westerville spent Saturday and sunday here.


Peter Dumbauld aged 63 years 7 months, a prosperous farmer living near Highwater, in McKean Township, died Tuesday, May 10th, of hemorrhage of the brain. His wife survives. He was quite well known in this community. Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock sun time, at the old home near Highwater.


If your water rent was not paid Tuesday May 10th, we are compelled to turn off water on the 15th without further notice

Board of Public Affairs

J.W. Smith, Sec'y

This week in 1920:


In County Oritorical (SIC) and Spelling Contest Friday Night.

Johnstown and community was well represented at County Oritorical and Spelling Contest which was held at Newark High School Auditorium building.

Granville won the first prize in Oraorical (SIC) Contest which was the silver cup won by the son of Rev Breeze, also his daughter winning first price in the spelling contest being a Webster Dictionary Alexandria winning second and Johnstown third places.

Miss Breeze also of Granville, winning first price in spelling contest which was a Webster dictionary. Hebron winning second.

Johnstown has won the cup for several seasons and here is hoping that we may win again.