Franklin Repository: March 30, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Mercersburg Railroad
(Column 01)Summary: The editor makes favorable comments about the inevitable construction of the Mercersburg Railroad. He notes that public opinion was unanimous in setting up the railroad.
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The Mercersburg railroad project has at length assumed such a shape as to justify the conclusion that the road will be built. Preparations for its construction are rapidly going forward. The contract for the work has been let, and the arrival of carts, horses and Milesians, and the erection of shanties along the line of the survey, give assurance of the sincerity of those concerned in the enterprise, and much encouragement to the citizens of Mercersburg, and the community around.
On the 23d inst. a large and enthusiastic meeting of the subscribers to the capital stock of the road was held in Mercersburg, a general discussion followed, and it is said the best feeling prevailed. Rev. Dr. Creigh presided, and the meeting was addressed by Frederick Foreman, Wm. Adams, Wm. M'Kinstry of Mercersburg, and Mr. Jones, of Reading. The greatest anxiety prevailed for the speedy prosecution of the work. Mercersburg and vicinity have so long been kept back by the want of rapid and easy communications with the rest of the world, that the people are unanimous in urging forward the road as vigorously as possible. Considerable disappointment has been felt and expressed that the line of the road was not located further south than it is, but the clear and satisfactory statements of Mr Jones seemed to reconcile all to the route determined upon. It was demonstrated by the surveys that the line adopted is much the better for the road, has easier gradients and lighter curves. Our informant assured us that the people returned from the meeting delighted with the consciousness that they were really to have a railroad, that their quietude was surely to broken by the shrieks and whistle of the iron horse, and that they were on the eve of speedy communication with the "rest of mankind." We heartily congratulated Mercersburg upon her prospects, and hope she may speedily rival or even surpass all the other towns in the county.
(Column 01)Summary: The second annual session of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the M. E. Church met in Lewistown. Rev. W. W. Paxton of Chambersburg was elected to local orders. Appointments were made in the Carlisle District including: E. W. Kirby, First Church, Chambersbburg; J. Donahue, Second Church, Chambersburg; H. M. Ash, Shippesnburg; J. H. M'Garrah, Mechanicsburg; J. W. Feight, Mont Alto; J. A. DeMoyer, Waynesboro; J. A. Woodcock, Greencastle; G. W. Izel, Mercersburg; H. Linn and L. A. Rudisill, M'Connellsburg.Meeting of Colored Republicans
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. W. Paxton, E. W. Kirby, J. Donahue, H. M. Ash, J. Lloyd, J. H. M'Garrah, J. W. Feight, J. A. DeMoyer, J. A. Woodcock, G. W. Izel, H. Linn, L. A. Rudisill)
(Column 02)Summary: This article notes a meeting of black voters in the A. M. E. Church. It reports that the general tone of the meeting was in favor of the Republicans.
Full Text of Article:Obituary
The literary and political organization of our colored citizens held a meeting in the A.M.E. church, on Thursday evening last, at which essays were read and speeches delivered by a number of members. We were not present, but have learned from those who were, that the proceedings were highly creditable, and manifested an earnestness of purpose of improvement, mental, moral, and political, very gratifying, and testifying to the wisdom that bestowed upon them the rights of suffrage. The orators and essayist took high ground in favor of the Republican party, and scouted the assertion of the Democracy, that they could "buy the niggers with whisky." Some of the speakers had been slaves, and gave touching descriptions of the horrors of slavery, as felt in their own experience. They know to whom they owe their liberty, and to whom they should ascribe all the efforts made to keep them in bondage; and we think the Democrats with their "infernal machine," that serves them instead of truth and righteousness elsewhere, will hardly buy the "nigger vote," here or otherwhere. We hope our white citizens will do all they can to encourage the colored men in their efforts towards improvement; for, as was well said by Joseph Winters in his address on last Thursday, their elevation is more dependant upon the improvement of the white man's heart than the colored man's mind."
(Column 02)Summary: W. W. Crooks, one-time propreitor of the Greencastle Echo, died recently in Fayetteville. He had also written articles for the Repository. William Fleagle issues resolutions of sympathy and respect on behalf of Gilmore Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Fayetteville upon the news of Crooks' passing.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: W. W. Crooks, William Fleagle)
(Column 02)Summary: Rev. S. Barnes, pastor of the First M. E. Church of Chambersburg, has been appointed presiding elder of the Danville District. Barnes served in Chambersburg two years and the congregation was sad to see him go. Rev. E. W. Kirby will take Barnes' place. He comes with recomendation as "a perfect christian gentleman, and possessing abilities of a high order as a preacher."Railroad Meeting
(Names in announcement: Rev. S. Barnes, Rev. E. W. Kirby)
(Column 02)Summary: Subscribers to the proposed railroad met in the lecture room of the Presbyterian Church in mercersburg on Wednesday. Mr. Jones, representative of the company, explained the ongoing plans, sending everyone home satisfied of the promise of the project.
(Names in announcement: Jones)Origin of Article: Mercersburg Journal[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The Chambersburg Academy was closed on Friday for spring vacation. The school has been flourishing under Dr. Shumaker, and attendance is filled to capacity.Go to Hear Her
(Names in announcement: Dr. Shumaker)
(Column 02)Summary: Miss Anna E. Dickerson will speak in Repository Hall on April 12th. Admission is 75 cents and will benefit the Monumental Association.Married
(Column 03)Summary: Amos M. Elder and Mrs. Mary A. Kegerreis, both of Path Valley, were married on March 15th at the Parsonage of the Upper Tuscarora Presbyterian Church by the Rev. J. E. Kearns.Died
(Names in announcement: Amos M. Elder, Mary A. Kegerreis, Rev. J. E. Kearns)
(Column 03)Summary: Mrs. Eloise Pym died in McConnellsburg on March 24th at the residence of her son, Dr. William F. Trout, after suffering a long and painful illness. "Her earthly record was filled with deeds of love and mercy to the poor and needy. She lived for others and set self aside so that her Master might be served in all things."Died
(Names in announcement: Eloise Pym, Dr. William F. Trout)
(Column 03)Summary: Mrs. Nancy Gallagher died near Carrick on March 18th. She was 93 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Nancy Gallagher)
(Column 03)Summary: Samuel Jones died at Carrick on March 22nd. He was 78 years old.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Jones)