Franklin Repository: June 09, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Border Counties
(Column 01)Summary: The Repository calls for damages to be paid to border county residents whose property was harmed during the war. The paper blames unsympathetic and insincere politicians in the legislature for the failure of previous efforts on behalf of the border claimants.
Full Text of Article:The National Finances
Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Cumberland, Perry and York counties were the principal sufferers in property, in Pennsylvania, from the rebellion. Of these Franklin county sustained much the heaviest loss. They represent a claim of several millions dollars, in round numbers, against the State, expressed by the term "Border Damages," for which they have vainly striven since the war to secure compensation. The chief difficulty in the way of payment of this just claim by the State to a portion of her loyal citizens, strange to say, lies with the Legislature. All the efforts of the citizens of these counties to obtain from the State a recognition of their right to be paid for these losses has resulted in nothing more than the appointment of a commission by the Legislature of the winter of '67 and '68, to ascertain their amount, with the avowed purpose of presenting the bill to the general government for payment, but carefully disclaiming any responsibility on the part of the State. Yet no person disputes the fact that these losses fell upon the people of the border counties without any fault of theirs. All admit that they then performed their whole duty to the State, and have not failed to do so since. It is conceded by every one that the whole State should equally sustain the losses which fell upon the border counties, through the failure of the State authorities to protect the State against invasion, and if one were to judge solely from the equity and justice of this claim, and the general expression of opinion regarding it throughout the State, he would conclude that its speedy and satisfactory settlement was certain beyond peradventure. This, however, is by no means the true state of the case. The truth is, gratitude is not the most lively emotion of the human heart, and those whose property escaped because the border counties fed the fire brand and hungry stomachs of the rebels, have no disposition to show their appreciation of their own good fortune by putting their hands into their pockets and standing their share of the losses. They object to paying at this late day, and trump up a lot of flimsy excuses. A majority of the members of both houses of the Legislature is afraid to take a step looking towards the payment of these claims, test their constituents will refuse to return them. They have wriggled into the office of lawmakers heretofore not for the public good, but for the sake of the spoils, and honest and just legislation stands a sorry chance at their hands. As long as our Legislatures are composed largely, as they have been for some years, of this corrupt material, it is idle to expect any settlement of our border damages.
The Republican State Convention will meet in Philadelphia on the 23d day of the present month to nominate candidates for Governor, and Judge of the Supreme Court. Let the delegates from the border counties demand of the Convention some recognition of the justice of these claims, and of the obligation of the State to pay them; and let the Convention pledge the party to their support. Let this be done, and a Republican Legislature will no longer dare to refuse to make compensation for our losses. We urge the journals of the border counties to impress this measure upon their delegates, and upon the people generally. Let us see if the Republican party, in convention assembled, is more just than a Republican Legislature. It is time that the border counties be fairly treated, and that political speculators be no longer allowed to misrepresent the State in this matter.
(Column 02)Summary: The paper praises the Grant administration for reducing the national debt at an increasingly rapid rate.Penna. Reserve Association
(Column 02)Summary: The Pennsylvania Reserve Association met in West Chester. The citizens greeted the veterans cordially. A number of prominent politicians and military men were present, including Gov. Andrew Curtin. Col. R. Biddle Roberts delivered an address to great applause. "His indignant denunciation of honoring prominent rebels, and especially of bestowing political offices upon them, met with rounds of applause."[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: The editors of the Repository claim credit for advising farmers to sell their grain in December. White wheat had been selling at $2.00 per bushel, and red wheat $1.75. Now wheat is worth between $1.00 and $1.50 per bushel.Capt. J. C. Patton
(Column 03)Summary: "Citizens" write to advocate the nomination of Capt. James C. Patton of Mercersburg as a candidate for County Treasurer to replace S. F. Greenawalt. "Capt. Patton was a brave soldier, did good service in the cause of his country, and rose from a private to the rank of Captain purely by his merit. Since the close of the war he was, until lately, engaged in the mercantile business in Mercersburg, where his courageous efforts to bring to merited punishment a band of lawless marauders, thieves and counterfeiters, who infested that community, drew upon them their revenge. His life was repeatedly threatened by them, and twice his property was fired, resulting in serious loss both in the destruction of goods, and damage to his business. He was at length compelled to abandon his business." The letter especially stresses his military service, devotion to the party, and general competence as reasons for his nomination.
Meeting of the Border Damage Claimants
(Column 01)Summary: This article reports the resolutions and proceedings of a border damage claimants convention.
(Names in announcement: William C. M'Knight, Col. F. B. Winger, C. M. Duncan, S. W. Hays, B. F. Nead, R. P. M'Farland, Henry Ruby, Dr. Duffield, John M. Cooper, Joseph Hade, Capt. James M. Brown, Jacob Grove, Henry Hege, William Vanderan, Pharez Duffield, John W. Barr, Luther Garver, John Monn, George W. M'Cleary, David Lowry, E. Winger, John Funk, Henry X. Stoner, Jacob Carbaugh, William Reed, Samuel Shartle, George Mowry, Seth Dickey, Leonard Jordan, R. P. M'Farland, William D. Dixon, George Coble, Joseph Strock, William Bossert, Jonas Palmer, Frederick Mish, Simon Bitner, Clark Johnston, William Blair, James Witherow, John M'Allen, William Noonan, Samuel Holliday, William Johnston, William Mankey, William M'Clelland, Peter Besore, Henry H. Rife, John Huber, George Ludwig, J. S. Nixon, Morrow R. Skinner, Thomas Pomeroy, J. W. Dehaven, A. S. M'Culloh, Phenicie, J. M. Philips, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, C. M. Duncan, Henry Ruby, William C. M'Knight, John R. Orr, George Chambers, George Smith, Col. B. F. Winger, S. W. Hays)Full Text of Article:Burglaries
In accordance with a previous notice, a large number of those citizens of the border counties who had suffered losses during the war, met in the Court House on Monday last.
On motion of Wm. C. M'Knight, Esq., the Convention was organized by electing Col. F. B. Winger, President, and on motion of Hon. C. M. Duncan, S. W. Hays was elected Secretary.
The President stated that the counties interested in this movement were Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Adams, Cumberland, York and Perry.
The delegations from the adjoining counties reported what had been done in their districts, and stated that they had come here for the purpose of acting in concert with us. The Executive Committee of Franklin county, of which B. F. Nead is Treasurer, reported that $195,23 had been collected. The sub-committees in the different townships have been working successfully since the Convention in February in securing signers to petitions to the next Legislature.
On motion of Mr. M'Knight, a committee was appointed to draw up resolutions. The committee consisted of Wm. C. M'Knight, Esq., Hon. C. M. Duncan, R. P. M'Farland, Esq., of Franklin county; Hon. Henry Ruby, of Cumberland county, and Dr. Duffield, of Fulton county, who reported the following resolutions:
WHEREAS, We the representatives of the citizens of the countless of Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, Adams, Cumberland, York and Perry, in Convention assembled, feeling the necessity of some concerted action in regard to the payment of the damages to and losses of property sustained in the counties aforesaid, by the raids and incursions of the rebels, and losses and damages sustained by the Union troops during the late war:
And whereas, These losses and damages as aforesaid were duly, fairly and justly adjudicated by able, honest and efficient Commissioners, duly appointed in pursuance of the acts of Assembly; therefore
Resolved, That is the unanimous opinion of this Convention, that it is just and right that the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should pass a bill providing for the prompt payment of these claims, as adjudicated and filed in the office of the Auditor General of the State.
Resolved, That every sense of justice, equity and fair dealing between citizens of the same Commonwealth, should prompt the members of the State Legislature representing districts more favored by fortune; who suffered less by the calamities of the late war, to aid and espouse our cause, which is founded in justice and right, and in conformity with the obligations placed upon them by the Constitution of our State.
Resolved, That this Convention publicly proclaim its thanks to all the members of the Legislature who have interested themselves and sought to do justice by their influence and votes, to their suffering fellow-citizens in the border counties.
Resolved, That this Convention respectfully request the newspapers of the State to give prominent publicity to the same.
Resolved, That when this Convention adjourns, it adjourns to meet on the 1st Monday in November next, at 10 o'clock, in Chambersburg.
On motion of John M. Cooper, Esq., committees were appointed for Warren and Lurgan townships, to collect funds to defray necessary expenses. The following are the township committees:
Antrim - Joseph Hade, Capt. James M. Brown, Jacob Grove.
Guilford - Henry Hege, William Vanderan, Pharez Duffied.
Green - John W. Barr, Luther Garver, John Monn.
Quincy - George W. M'Cleary, David Lowry, E. Winger.
Washington - John Funk, of H., Henry X. Stoner, Jacob Carbaugh.
Welsh Run - William Reed, Samuel Shartle, George Mowly.
Peters - Seth Dickey, Leonard Jordan, R. P M'Farlan.
St. Thomas - William D. Dixon, George Coble, Joseph Strock.
Hamilton - William Bossert, Jonas Palmer, Frederick Mish.
Southampton - Simon Bitner, Clark Johnston, William Blair, Esq.
Metal - James Witherow, John M'Allen, William Noonan.
Fannett - Samuel Holiday, Wm. Johnston, William Mankey.
Letterkenny - William M'Clelland, Peter Besore, Henry H. Rife.
Chambersburg - John Huber, George Ludwig, J. S. Nixon.
Lurgan - Morrow R. Skinner, Hon. Thomas Pomerey, J W Dehaven.
Warren - A S M'Cullon, Phenicle, JM Philips.
The Convention was addressed by Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, Hon. C. M. Duncan, Hon. Henry Ruby, Wm. C. M'Knight, John B. Orr, George Chambers, George Smith, Col. B F Winger and S W Hays.
On motion the thanks of the Convention were tendered the editors of the FRANKLIN REPOSITORY, Valley Spirit and other papers, for their hearty support in this matter.
On motion Convention adjourned.
(Column 02)Summary: Thieves broke into the stores of W. W. Paxton and Andrew J. White and the blacksmith shop of David M. Leisher. They stole $30-worth of shoes and hats from Paxton and a variety of clothing goods from White.Horticultural Exhibition
(Names in announcement: W. W. Paxton, Andrew J. White, David M. Leisher)
(Column 02)Summary: The Franklin County Horticultural Society will give its first exhibition in Repository Hall on June 12th. Fruits, vegetables, and flowers will be on display. The ladies of Chambersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro, and Mercersburg are "most practical horticulturalists," and promise to bring great success to the fair.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: J. S. Nixon, William Guthrie)
(Column 02)Summary: This article republishes the report of the Chambersburg Building Association and notes its current status.
Full Text of Article:Franklin County Horticultural Society
The report of the Chambersburg Building Association, for the past six months, is as follows:Receipts from rent of room.......... $15.00 do transfer fees............ 18.00 do interest................. 642.90 do fines.................... 36.60 do dues..................... 6,389.50 do premiums................. 3,059.53 Balance due Treasurer............... 4.46 ________ $10,166.00
EXPENSES.Salary of Sec'y, Treas. and Att'y... $122.50 Printing blanks..................... 3.50 Rent of room........................ 50.00 40 shares paid...................... 10,000.00 ________ $10,166.00
The present condition of the association is:116 shares paid......... $29,000.00 Dues unpaid............. 144.00 Fines unpaid............ 26.85 Interest,............... 63.50 ________ $29,234.35 Deduct dues overpaid......... $7.00 Amount due Treasurer......... 4.46 ________ 11.46 Assets over liabilities......... $29,222.89 Amount paid on each share........... 39.00 Present value of each share......... 58.46
(Column 03)Summary: The society held their usual meeting in the seed rooms of the Ryder Nursery Association. Dr. W. H. Boyle read a paper on a "well-kept garden." A number of frutis and vegetables were displayed.Public School Picnic
(Names in announcement: Dr. W. H. Boyle, Jenkins)
(Column 03)Summary: The scholars of the Franklin County Public Schools held a picnic at Messersmith's woods. 800 scholars attended.The Fair Grounds
(Column 03)Summary: Important additions have been made to the stalls for stock at the fairgrounds. The editors approve of the work and declare it will make Chambersburg an "inviting point."[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: James Houser, a local African American man, and his wife were arrested in Greencastle on June 2nd. "It appears that James and his 'worser' half, in this case, have been living in Washington for several years. In some way or other they obtained possession of about $600 worth of property in money and goods belonging to a lady who was about to leave for Europe. They then left the 'city of magnificent distances' for our neighboring town, with the proceeds of their theft." Houser was planning on opening a barber shop with the money before a detective found him.New Law Firm
(Names in announcement: James Houser)
(Column 03)Summary: Lyman S. Clarke and T. Frank Garver have formed a copartnership in the practice of law. Clarke is well known in Franklin as a successful lawyer, and Garver, a graduate of Gettysburg College, studied under him.Festival
(Names in announcement: Lyman S. Clarke, T. Frank Garver)
(Column 03)Summary: The ladies of Fayetteville plan to hold a strawberry and ice cream festival in Union Hall.[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: Judge Rowe remanded John Harmony to jail to await trial after a hearing regarding his alleged killing of Frank Spital.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Judge Rowe, John Harmony, Frank Spital)
(Column 03)Summary: The members of the Franklin County Horticultural Society will meet tomorrow in the rooms of the Ryder Nursery Association to plan their upcoming fair.Personal
(Column 03)Summary: Martin B. Wingert of Fayetteville has returned home after a stay in Montana. "He speaks in glowing terms of the vast resources and salubrious climate of that Territory."[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Martin B. Wingert)
(Column 03)Summary: John Dickson, former pastor of the United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, was elected bishop at a general conference of the United Brethren.Religious
(Names in announcement: John Dickson)
(Column 03)Summary: Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Seiss of Philadelphia will preach in the Lutheran Church of Chambersburg on Sunday. He is renowned as a pulpit orator.[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: The members of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church will hold an ice cream and strawberry festival on June 10th on the grounds of Thomas B. Kennedy.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Thomas B. Kennedy)
(Column 04)Summary: The trustees of the Wilson Female Seminary warn against trespassing on their grounds. They will prosecute offenders.[No Title]
(Column 04)Summary: James H. Noble, former citizen of Chambersburg, is a candidate for the legislature on the Radical ticket in Buckingham County, Virginia.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: James H. Noble)
(Column 04)Summary: Samuel Lesher has been appointed Assessor of Antrim township by the County Commissioners. He replaces Jacob Conrad who resigned.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Samuel Lesher, Jacob Conrad)
(Column 04)Summary: George Wunderlich of Chambersburg has taken charge of the sash and door factory of Wunderlich and Mell in Shippesnburg.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: George Wunderlich, Mell)
(Column 04)Summary: John M. M'Dowell has opened a law office in Mrs. Bard's Building on Market Street opposite the Court House.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: John M. M'Dowell, Mrs. Bard)
(Column 04)Summary: Dr. John S. King, "a well known citizen of Franklin," died on June 2nd.Married
(Names in announcement: Dr. John S. King)
(Column 05)Summary: John A. Seiders and Miss Jennie L. Miller, both of Chambersburg, were married in the Methodist Church on June 8th by the Rev. S. Barnes.Married
(Names in announcement: John A. Seiders, Jennie L. Miller, Rev. S. Barnes)
(Column 05)Summary: Charles S. Grove and Miss Emma J. Mickey, both of Chambersburg, were married on April 14th by the Rev. T. C. Billheimer.Married
(Names in announcement: Charles S. Grove, Emma J. Mickey, Rev. T. C. Billheimer)
(Column 05)Summary: Augustus H. Lane, formerly of Chambersburg, and Miss Mary R. Price, of Pittsburgh, were married on June 1st at the residence of the bride's mother by the Rev. Samuel Laird.Married
(Names in announcement: Augustus H. Lane, Mary R. Price, Rev. Samuel Laird)
(Column 05)Summary: Samuel Burgner and Mrs. Jennie B. Smith, both of Franklin, were married on June 3rd at the residence of the officiating clergyman, Rev. John Lloyd.Died
(Names in announcement: Samuel Burgner, Mrs. Jennie B. Smith, Rev. John Lloyd)
(Column 05)Summary: Mrs. Sarah Hurley died near St. Thomas on May 20th. She was 49 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Sarah Hurley)
(Column 05)Summary: Rev. Henry Wagner, former pastor of the German Reformed Church of Mercersburg, died in Lebanon, Pa., on May 23rd. He was 67 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Rev. Henry Wagner)
(Column 05)Summary: Miss Caroline Hemphill died on May 29th. She was 65 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Caroline Hemphill)
(Column 05)Summary: John Hamsher died in Orrstown on June 2nd. He was 76 years old.
(Names in announcement: John Hamsher)