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:
On Monday, about noon, a horse belonging to Munton Ashbrook, while hitched at the cattle pen near the railroad, became frightened and ran off, breaking the shalves (SIC) in pieces and otherwise demolishing the buggy to which it was hitched. On turning the corner coming from the depot the buggy came in contact with E.C. Fitzwater's two-horse wagon, breaking the coupling pole and knocked the hind truck from under the bed. Taking it all in all it might be considered alucky (SIC) run-away, there being no children on the streets at the time and no damage farther than the two vehicles.
* A lawyer out in Tecumseh, Neb., lost a good case the other day by an unfortunate slip of the tongue.
"Gentlemen of the jury," he said, "There were just thirty-six hogs in the drove. Please remember the fact--just three times as many as in the jury-box, gentlemen."
* In the Blizzard country--Man, pointing musingly over the hills and far away: "Yes, I came West to look after my property. I am looking after it now. There goes the house and barn."
This week in 1885:
* Mr. James Danner, late of Louisville, having been laid by the side of his four wives, receives this touching epitaph from the Indianapolis Journal: An excellent husband was this Mr. Danner; He lived in a thoroughly honorable manner.
He may have had troubles.
But they're gone, like bubbles;
He's at peace. Now, with Mary, Jane, Alice and Hannah.
* Some of Hartford's gay lads took a ride Monday evening via of the "Blue Grass route, and the engineer having "fired a little too heavy" the train was ditched at the foot of the hill, on the street leading to the fair grounds, and up to this writing the wreck still remains at the side of the track. Some people think the rear coach looks like Bert Henthorn's oily back. Was Bud Warner holding the lever? D.A.
This week in 1886:
* The supreme court overruled the motion to grant D. Jefferson Bowling, the Licking county murderer, a new trial. He will be hung between the hours of midnight and daylight, two weeks from tomorrow, Friday June 25th.
* City Council.
At a previous meeting an ordinance was passed permitting the saloonists to keep their saloons open until 10 p.m. during the summer months, but when the same was respectfully submitted to the Mayor (Palmer) for his signature, he stoutly refuses. It was brought up again Monday evening for disusion (SIC). The Mayor had not changed his mind in the least, and still refused to sign the ordinance. Considerable law was read by Mr. Buxton, but Mr. Mayor was determined, and nothing could convince him that he could be compelled to sign it. At 10 p.m. the meeting adjourned until next Monday evening, when perhaps something more definite will be done. It is our intention to report each meeting in full hereafter.
This week in 1887:
* Teacher--Miss Sinnico please parse the sentence, Adolphus married Caroline.
Miss S.--Well "Adolphus" is a noun, because it is the name of a thing; "married" is a conjunction, because it joins Adolphus and Caroline, and "Caroline" is a verb, cause it governs the noun.