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Article from The Daily Evening Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Wed., Sept. 4, 1878, page unknown:
"LOCAL GLANCES - Mr. Wm. Seabold, tobacconist, had a finger broken on Tuesday while working at a tobacco press.
          In Mr. D. T. Morgan's garden, in this borough, there is a caladium leaf which measures 42 by 31 inches - the largest yet heard of.
          Rev. George B. Gow and wife, of Millbury, Massachusetts, are visiting their friends in Washington. They will remain in town probably two weeks.
          The members of the clover Hill band have now taken 13 lessons, and again employed their old teachers, Mr. Erwin Hill and Mr. J. J. Deems.
          Persons in the West Ward who want to get registered in the 1st Precinct must go to polling place, at Robert Log's residence; for 2nd precinct, at the residence of Wm. Allen, West Chestnut street.
          John Stephenson and Wm. C. Crothers, of Beaver county, had eighty-one fleeces of wool stolen about two weeks since, which was taken to Pittsburg [sic] and sold. Alf [?] McGinnis has been arrested and held to bail, on the charge.
          Miss Annie Beacom, a recent graduate in music under Prof. Joannes, of Beaver College, made a brief visit at Rev. H. C. Beacom's of this place. Miss Beacom possesses a soprano voice of fine quality and good [rest cut off].

"DIVISION OF AMWELL - In the matter of the division of Amwell township, the court yesterday set aside the election held on the 6th of August last, on account of informality and ordered a new election to be held on Tuesday the 1st day of October.
          The election board failed to observe the order of the court directing that the election be held at the usual place of holding general and township elections and between the same hours; but held the election at another place and at hours fixed by themselves. They lost their pay for holding the election and paid the costs besides."


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1878, page unknown:   

[top of column cut off on this Xerox] "Our townsman Mr. John C. Hastings, who has been suffering with hay fever, has gone to Oakland, Md., in hope of finding relief.
          "Mr. Godfred informs us that his sick folks are recovering, and requests us to state that there is no danger of infection by being about the premises.
          "Ianthus Bentley, Esq., formerly of this borough, is named as a candidate for the Colorado Assembly, from El Paso county, where he now resides. "Mr. James Post, formerly of this borough but latterly of Pittsburgh, left today for his new home in Dakota, where he will continue in his present business, that of a jeweler.
          "In the garden of Mr. Isaac Burkalow, West Beau street, there is a caladium plant with a leaf measuring 44 by 32 inches. This beats all others heard from. 
          "Young Drs. Lucien McKinley, Ed. Donnan, Add M. Clark and Harry Acheson, of this borough, have gone to Philadelphia to attend medical lectures.
     "Mr. A. J. Hagman, who baled 1500 tons of hay here last winter, returned this morning to stay. His press will soon be put into operation again. "Mr. John Brady, of this town, has the contract for doing the mason work, furnishing material, etc., on the six miles at this end of the Pittsburgh Southern Railroad from Rees' Mill to Washington. [Typist Note: Wonder if they meant Pees' Mill ? Don't know.] "[item about the arrival of the instruments for the new band. No names.]
         "Caleb Odbert, a respected farmer of Somerset, took ill at noon on Friday last and died on Sunday evening. He had something like cholera, and, suffered greatly. He was fifty-five years of age and leaves a wife and four children.
         "The farm of Robert Marshall, in Buffalo township, containing one hundred acres, and advertised in the [italics] Reporter [italics], was bid up to $59 per acre, on the 4th instant. Although this was a better offer than many expected, Mr. Marshall concluded that in a little time it would bring more, and so refused to sell.[End of this column.]
[The next item was cut off on the Xerox copy. Here is the beginning]-
          "PARDONED - Benjamin Arthurs, a member of the 101 robber gang of Monongahela city, convicted here three years ago, and sentenced to six....." [rest cut off of Xerox copy]. 
*The rest of the items on this page had no names or items of interest.


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington County, Pa., Sept. 5, 1878, page unknown:
[top of article is cut off] - The basics of the article that did get Xeroxed is a Mr. Bailey had a Mr. [Ben ?] Thornburgh arrested for cutting off the heads of ten of Mr. Bailey's sheep and hanging them in a tree.
[next item quoted] "The boys are going to organize an independent military company in this place."

"Division of Washington - Yesterday we gave the decree of the Court dividing the west ward into two wards or election precinct.
"On Wednesday afternoon the Court divided the east ward into two wards or precincts. 
"That part of town north of Beau and east of Main street, will be known as the Third ward. The election will be held at the shoe shop next door north of the Mansion House. The officers are:
[Titles are in italics before each list of names.]
"Judge - James Mickey;
"Inspectors - J. Carter Judson and T. R. H. Johnson.
"Registry Assessor - William Greer
"The Fourth Ward will be that part of town south of Beau street and east of Main. The election will be held at the residence of Mrs. Lane, East Wheeling street.
[Titles are in italics before each list of names.]
"Judge - Dr. J. R. Little;
"Inspectors - James Finley, Jr., and John D. McKennan.
"Registry Assessor - James Lane."

Advertisements -
Sharp's Grocery
Pollack & Barr rising sun coffee

Top of article cut off - it is about an inquest held in the death of a man they believed drank poison and died, but the man's name was cut off this Xerox. The man had seemed distraught over his little girl. The man was possibly from Ohio. Other names that are in this article are:
Craig ROSS
Mr. BURKE - first name may be in rest of article
Mr. HUMPHREY - first name may be in rest of article
Drs. H. L. SNODGRASS and A. M. REA 

"Vanceville Items - For the Reporter. 
Mr. J. A. Nichols is about finishing one of the best buildings erected for years in this neighborhood for Mr. William Smith. The location is beautiful, on a very nice elevated piece of ground; the cellar is dry and well ventilated; the walls thick and ____ of dressed stone, making a very substantial foundation for the two story frame ______ upon it. [rest is too blurry to read]."


Article from The Daily Evening Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Fri., Sept. 9, 1878, page unknown:
"LOCAL GLANCES - [steam flour mill]
     Conductor Tanner reports business on the W. and W. railroad lively and still increasing.
     Rev. George W. Scott will preach at the County Home, on Sunday afternoon, at half past four o'clock.
     Mrs. James D. Spriggs, will leave to-morrow to take a full theological course in the Boston University.
     J. M. Spriggs celebrated the ninth anniversary of his business career in Phoenix Row to-day.
     Will C. Bane left to-day to attend medical lectures in Philadelphia. Last winter he attended at Baltimore.
     Henry Beeler of Greene county shot eighty-seven squirrels one day last week. They must have been about as plenty as blackbirds.
     Postmaster Wiley has the most thrifty caladium in town. It has twenty-seven leaves, and is five feet in height.
     Mr. Harry Hayes who has been spending a few days among relatives here returned to-day to his home in Wheeling.
     Rev. George B. Gow, of Milsbury, Mass., will preach in the Baptist church on Sunday morning next, services begin at 11 o'clock.
     On Tuesday morning last, a steer belonging to John Nesbit, Sr., in Chartiers township was killed by lightning.
     [re: the newspaper]
     The yellow fever is more malignant than ever, and more help is needed now. Go to Hazlett's Banking House and make your subscriptions today.
     To keep our town clear of virulent malarial fever every noisome cellar, slop receptacle, privy and pig pen, should be covered over with quicklime or other disinfectant at once.
     Capt. James B. Kennedy is suffering greatly with neuralgia and [rest of entry and column cut off during Xeroxing]."

Other articles were not completely Xeroxed. Here are a few names seen in the other articles:
Kramers fine band
Friday morning, 6th, Mr. Robert Lutton - barn, grain, wagon, reaper, mower burned
Mr. Wm. Murdy, formerly of ____, now of W. Virginia - about plums


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co, Pa., Sept. 14, 1878, page unknown:

RR Schedule - Baltimore and Ohio - column cut off

Advertisements -

"Corns - Those affected with corns, warts and bunions can have them removed without pain by calling on - B. BRACKNEY. [code] 477-tf."

"Miss N. J. Gallaher - Hair dresser West end of Maiden Street.  Puffs, Switches and braids made of combings. [code] 484-tf"

"Home Made - (No Brick Dust) - Fruit Can Cement, the best made, at J. J. JORDAN'S, North Main street. [code] 574-tf."  [Typist note: Oooo sounds yummy.]

""T. Jeff. Smith, House, Sign and Decorative, Painter and Grainer.  Plain and Ornamental Paper Hanging.  Office: At J. J. JORDAN'S, North Main street. [code, not readable.]"

"Fancy Bird Cages for sale at lower prices than ever before, at the tin ware establishment of Jacob MILLER. [code 498-tf]."

"MILLER'S - Raven Wing Liquid Stove Polish - Put up in Pint and one-half Pint Bottles, will black a stove with half the labor and make less than half the dirt of any other polish; and the stove will not rust when exposed to rain.  Manufactured and for sale by JACOB MILLER. [code] 581-tf.  South Main street, Washington, Pa."

Ad- for Baker - see webpage Baker-pg 1

ad - from Portland, Me - not typed here [re: getting a business started, by STINON & CO. in Portland, Me.]

ad - second one from Portland, Me - not typed here [re: getting a business started, H. HALLET & CO.]

"Renovating and Securing - Coats, Pants, Vests, Overcoats, and all kinds of woolen goods cleaned in first class order, by Mrs. Eliza CHAMBERS.  All orders left at Henry BOLDEN's Barber Shop will be promptly attended to. [code] 103-tf."

ad - third one from Portland, Me - not typed here [re: getting a business started, TRUE & CO.]

[Next page - has article about the Fair, but column is cut off]


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co, Pa., Sept. 18, 1878, page unknown:
"The following are the members of the respective committees:
The first named in each district is chairman of the precinct committee and [italics] ex-officio [italics] a member of the County Committee.
Hon. J. K. Billingsley, California, Chairman.
E. E. Acheson, Washington, Secretary. 
[Each of the following begins with the township. But, without punctuation, some lines are confusing as to which men are in which township.]
Allen - G. W. Hazelbaker, S. T. Jackman, C. McKenna, Allenport.
Amwell - J. Fulton Bell, A. J. Swart, Amity; Dr. Moore, Ten Mile Village; Dr. Louis, Lone Pine; Stephen Day, Washington.
Beallsville - J. M. Miller, Sr., Peter Hickman, W. H. Grable, Beallsville.
Bentleysville [sic, with the 's'] - J. F. White, Mortimer Richardson, Abraham Tinley, Bentleysville. [sic, with the 's'].
Buffalo - Alex. Henderson, John Sawhill, S. K. Kelley, Taylorstown.
California - S. C. McCollum, S. B. Paxton, W. A. Davis, California.
Canonsburg - W. B. Stewart, David Hart, J. N. Campbell, Canonsburg.
Canton - A. Q. Mountz, Daniel Mowry, John Moore, Washington.
Carroll - M. F. Morgan, John Vanvoorhis [sic, one word and no cap on Voorhis], Monongahela City.
Chartiers, 1st precinct - E. J. Agnew, James L. Henderson [no punctuation] H. O. M'Knight, Locust Hill; 2nd precinct - David Bradford, Houstonville; Thos. Allison, Washington; James G. Allison, Locust Hill.
Claysville - W. A. Irwin, Geo. K. Milligan, S. H. Jackson, Claysville.
Cross Creek - J. M. Boyce, Patterson's Mills, H. L. Duncan, John [Virtue ? Virthe ?], Cross Creek.
Donley - Wm. Dickey, G. W. Cheeney, Coon Island; George Y. Holmes, Claysville.
East Bethlehem - J. Baker, Jr., East Bethlehem; W. N. Hawkins, Clarksville, Greene Co.; Geo. L. Hill, Fredericktown.
East Finley - John M. Enlow, J. R. Woodburn, Claysville; J. N. Ely, East Finley.
East Pike Run - L. J. Weaver, Jeff P. [Duvall ??], Pike Run; I. C. Ailes, California.
Fallowfield - John F. Cooper, R. J. [Colvin ?], Monongahela City; C. L. [Baxer ?], Bellvernon [sic, one word], Fayette county.
Franklin - Earnest F. Acheson, Hiram McLain, Washington; J. D. Trussll, Van Buren.
Greenfield - L. R. Smith, S. P. Crow, Wm. Penrod, Pike Run.
Hanover - Wm. Hallam, [Hanlin ?] Station; Hugh [McCutchoo ?], Frankfort Springs, Beaver Co.; Albert [McCou +4 letters], Florence.
Hopewell - G. W. Ritchie, James Maxwell, Joseph Humphrey, Buffalo Village.
Independence - James H. Welsh, West Middletown; Geo. Webster, James Perrine, Independence.
Jefferson - J. F. Scott, Thomas [Sh_p + 6 letters]....
[rest of article is too blurred on this Xerox].

[On the same date/page, there is a column that looks to be about old deeds with full names and dates back into the 1780's. The column is too blurred to read on this Xerox.]


Oct. 1878

Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa, Oct. 10, 1878, page unknown:
[Top of column cut off this Xerox.]

"Bayne's orchestra was out last evening. We are indebted to the young gentlemen for a very pleasant serenade. Come again.
"The re-union of the 85th Pennsylvania regiment will take place, Thursday, October 25th, at Connellsville.
Brownlee & Kimmons brought in two double-deck car loads of hogs from West Alexander this morning, over the Hempfield, to be sent by the Chartiers to Pittsburgh.
"This is the finest Fair ever held in Washington county, and the crowd to-day is the largest ever gathered here on a similar occasion. Next year we shall beat it.
"Lewis Zediker and brothers have purchased the farm of Lewis Smith in South Strabane township, 66 acres, at execution's sale, at $64.10 per acre. This farm has been in the Smith family over one hundred years.
"The Hempfield train came in this morning in two sections. The first one was so full of passengers that it passed Taylorstown without stopping. An immense crowd there assembled had to wait for the next train.
"At the Greenback meeting in the Court House, on Wednesday evening, Mr. Ed. Prowitt presided and Wm. Greer acted as Secretary. The meeting was addressed by Messrs. Rankin and Emerson.
"[about advertising in the [italics] Reporter [italics]. ]
"The music at the Fair is very fine. Todd's Silver Cornet Band, of twenty instruments is a very efficient, well trained organization. They not only make good music but they present a very fine performance.
"Mr. W. R. McIlvaine, of Somerset, has presented us with specimens of apples of the varieties known here as King of Thompkins county, and Northern Spy, some of which weigh over a pound and a half.
"The wind on Wednesday played sad havoc with the display made by Messrs. Pollack and Barr, in Floral Hall, at the Fair Grounds. A show case and a lot of queensware worth about thirty dollars in all, were completely shattered.
"[about the Fair. Item is cut off and no names are in the part that was Xeroxed].
[The rest of column cut off during Xeroxing.]"

Advertisements - large ones

M. F. Hambright, Hazlett's Building - [hats ?]

John F. Connell, Howarth's Building, N. Main Street, Washington, Pa. - Tin-Ware and Roofing


Article from The Daily Evening Reporter, Washington Co., Pa., Oct. 21, 1878, page unknown:

"Horse Stolen - From the pasture of J. S. Blayney, near Buffalo P. O. Washington county, Pa., on Sunday night, the 20th instant, a dark bay horse, without a white spot about him, heavy mane and tail, six years old, a very spirited animal. Information leading to his recovery will be liberally rewarded. Address - J. S. BLANEY, Buffalo, P. O., Wash., Co. Pa."

Advertisements -

Smith Iron Hall 

A. T. Baird



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