Johnstown Independent

Independent's early years

1885: Storm was greater than 'ever experienced before'

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 21, 1884:

* The jolly John Davis, of Alexandria, was around shaking hands with his many friends, Friday. The hot weather don't seem to have any effect on his good nature.

* They don't say in Boston now, "I got the cart before the horse," but "I placed the articulated circumlocutory vehicle in precedence of the quadrupedal vertebrate."

* While loading heavy timbers last Sunday, which were scattered along the railroad track by a train pulling apart the day before, one of the hands had a finger broken and several others badly mashed.

* Accident.

Frank Wall, an employe (SIC) of the O.C. railroad received quite a serious accident Thursday, a short distance from town. He was employed on a gravel train and the accident occurred while it was being unloaded. The engine to which the plow cable was attached was started suddenly when the cable struck Wall on the head, throwing him on his side across a steel rail and perhaps fracturing some ribs.

June 18, 1885:

* Concord Squibs.

A terrible thunder and rain storm was experienced here Sunday afternoon, lasting about two hours. Fences, crops and bridges were swept away. The little brook which crosses R. Brown's lane washed out rocks of a ton's weight, and carried everything before it. C.C. Huff's barn was struck by lightning but not greatly damaged, E. Foster lost over 1000 rails. Damages are not yet all known, but they are greater by far than ever experienced before in this vicinity.

* There was quite a "rumpus" on Blow street one day last week over flour and meat.

June 17, 1886:

* A Powerful Argument.

"What excuse have you got for being absent from your class yesterday?" was the question put by a professor to a delinquent pupil.

"I was too sick to attend school," was the reply.

"A gentleman informed me that you played billiards most of the afternoon," replied the professor.

"I dare say."

"I am also informed that you visited nine saloons on the avenue, and drank in every one of them."

Student (indignantly)--Suppose I did. What do you want a feller to do with himself the whole day long, when he is too sick to attend school? -- Texas Siftings

* Failure.

We are sorry that we are compelled to publish the failure of I.V. Miller, who has heretofore been in the grocery business next door to the P.O. The store was closed last Friday, by E.E. Shedd & Son of Columbus O. Mr. Miller took the "set off" which the law allows every married man, and that absorbed the whole stock of goods, leaving nothing to pay the creditors. His indebtedness will probally (SIC) aggregate some $900. Mr. Miller informs us that every dollar will be paid as soon as possible, and that his failure was entirely due to the shipment of an immense amount of produce, to a gluted (SIC) market. Mr. Miller is a young man, and we hope to see him come out on top.