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VOL. 33
It was with feelings of unfeigned
sadness and sorrow that the people of
this community learned of the unex
pected death of William H. Snyder,
which occurred at his residence, cor
ner of Fourth and Catharine streets,
shortly after twelve o'clock Friday
night last. It was known for a few
days before his death that he had
been seriously ill, but he seemed to
get some better, and his friends enter
tained the belief that he might recover.
Friday afternoon he appeared to be
improving, but later in the day
he became worse, and continued to
grow weaker, and at the time above
stated, he passed away. The malady
which proved fatal was a complication
ot heart disease, dropsy and kidney
Mr. Snyder was a son of John and
Catharine Snyder, and. was born in
Orange township, this county, in 1840.
After completing his education, which
he received at the Orangeville Acad
emy and Greenwood Seminary, he
began school teaching, which he fol
lowed for upwards of thirteen years.
In 1872 he was elected to the position
ol County Superintendent of Schools
and served for three terms. He
would probably have been elected the
fourth term, but declined. While-he
was Superintendent he studied law at
the office of E. R. Ikeler, and was
admitted to the bar in 1882. In 1884
he was elected Prothonotary and serv
ed two terms. At the conclusion of
bis second term as Prothonotary he
began the practice of law, which he
followed up tc the time of his death.
He was tor several years attorney
for the Bloom Poor District. In 1868
he was married to Miss Sarah M.
Fleckenstine, daughter of Nathan and
Catharine Fleckenstine of Orangeville.
Out of six children, who were born to
them, only one son, Paul, aged about
twelve years survives.
As a lawyer, Mr. Snyder was well
known. He was exceptionally well
read, a man of excellent judgment,
forbearing, courteous, and a man of
rooie happy disposition would be hard
to find. He was always open and
frank in his dealings with his fellow
man, never hesitated to speak his
mind, whether for or in opposision, to
matters political or otherwise. It
never required any conjecturing to
ascertain where he stood, a character
istic which was admired by every
In his death Bloomsburg has lost a
valuable citizen, the Columbia County
Bar a learned member and his family
a tender and loving father and hus
The funeral took place on Tuesday.
Short services were conducted at the
house at 12:30 after which the re
mains were taken to Orangeville,
where services were held in the Re
formed church and interment made at
the cemetery at that place.
The members of the Bar met at
the Court House at 12:30 and pro
ceeded in a body to the house. Nearly
every lawyer in the county was pres
ent. The services here were con
docted by Rev. M. E. McLinn, and at
Orangeville a funeral sermon was
preached by Rev. A. Houtz, in the
Reformed church, where a large num
ber of Mr. Snydei's friends were in
The pallbearers were J. R. Town
send, C. C. Evans, G. M. Quick,
Frank Ikeler, J. H. Mercer, and J.
G. Harman.
At the conclusion of the services at
the house, the Bar returned to the
Court House and a meeting was held
to take proper action on the death of
their fellow-member. Col. J. G.
Freeze, President of the Bar Associa
tion, presided, and stated that a com
mittee on resolutions had been ap
pointed, consisting of Messrs. Barkiey,
McKillip and Quick, and called for a
report of the committee. In present
ing it Mr. Barkiey made some appro
priate remarks in which he paid high
tribute to the truthfulness, honesty
and intigrity of Mr. Snyder. The fol
lowing resolutions were adopted:
The members of the Columbia
County Bar Association, being as
sembled in memory of our late asso
ciate Mr. William H. Snyder, who has
been called to the higher life, by death
on the 12th inst, do record as a min
ute our sorrow for his departure, and
our sincere sympathy with his bereav
ed family.
As an attorney he was competent
and devoted, true to the Court, h : s
clients and the community: steadfastly
aiming at the right and avoiding the
As a cttizen, intrepid and fearless
in his approval ani maintenance of
that which was bemhcial to all; as a
Wks Citmm.bxEti,
public official without fault or failure
in his attention to his duties, yet with
a k : ndness and courtesy which made
him to be appreciated and gathered to
him hosts of friends.
Devoted to his household, genial
with all, firm in integrity, and true in
friendship, his departure leaves a va
cancy at the hearthstone appreciated
best by those who knew his many good
qualities, and deprives the community
of the services ot a useful man.
It is directed that a record hereof
he made on the minutes of the associa
tion and certified to the Court to be
entered among its records, and a copy
hereof b? delivered to the family.
For a number of years past the
firm of Moyer Brothers has been
one of the leading houses in the
business of Bloomsburg. It consists
of L. N. Moyer, J. L- Moyer and
\V. S. Moyer. They began in a
modest way in the building where
their father had conducted a drug
store for many years, on Market
Square, where the handsome resi
dence of J. L. Moyer now stands.
By careful business methods, and by
their energy and push their trade
increased rapidly,and they purchas
ed the old City Hotel on the corner
of Main and Center streets, rebuild
ing and enlarging it, fitting up one
side of it as the finest retail drug
store in central Pennsylvania, and
the other side for their extensive
wholesale department. Their trade
has continued to grow until this
large building became too small,
and last summer a three story addi
tion was erected in the rear. The
building has been painted white,
and is the most imposing business
house in the town. The new part
contains a paint room with cement
floor, a glass room where an im
mense stock of all kinds of glass is
stored, general storage rooms, a fire
proof vault, and a private office that
is a beauty. This is finished in
hard wood including the floor, and
has a metal ceiling. It is handsome
ly furnished with rolling top desks,
and oak chairs, with a toilet room
adjoining. Altogether it is one of
the neatest offices we have ever
Moyer Brothers have not confined
their energies entirely to their own
business. They have been identifi
ed with nearly all the new indus
tries of the town, to which they
have not only contributed of their
means, but have also given the
benefit of their judgment and ex
They are progressive citizens who
have the good of the community at
heart, and have done all in their
power to promote it. Their great
establishment is known all over
eastern Pennsylvania, and is a
monument to their energy and in
tegrity as business men. Such firms
are an honor and a benefit to any
Senator J. Henry Cochran, of Wil
liamsport, did a noble act the other
day. In a collision on the street car
line of that city James B. Davis a mot
orman, was so badly injured that it be
came necessary to amputate one of his
legs. Before consenting to the opera
tion Davis requested that Senator
Cochran be sent for. The latter prompt
ly responded. The injured man ex
pressed his anxiety and fear of facing
the world with but one leg, when the
Senator gave assurance: "Ben, you
have been a good, taithiul employee,
and these gentlemen here may witness
what I say, that as long as you live you
and your family shall never want."
VViiliam A Marr, Esq., of Ashland,
was elected Judge of Schuylkill
county, at the recent election. He
is well known in this county, where
he has frequently practiced before the
Court, and his ability as a lawyer and
his worth as a man, are highly appre
ciated by his many friends here. That
he will make an able, impartial and
fearless Judge, no one who knows
hi.m will doubt for a moment.
Thanksgiving Service-
Thanksgiving services will be
held in the Lutheran church on the
day appointed for National Thanks
giving at 10.30 a. m. Preaching by
Rev. J. D. Smith of the Baptist
church. Everybody invited and
urged to come. Collection for Ben
evolent Work in this town.
George R. Getkins was placed in
jail on Saturday, for stealing money
from his father. The amount he took
was not so very much—only one dol
lar—but it is stealing just the same.
His home is at Catawissa.
The Bloomsburg Town Council
held its regular monthly meeting in
the Town Hall Thursday evening.
Several interesting subjects were dis
cussed. Promptly at eight o'clock
President Holmes rapped for order,
and instructed the Secretary to call
the roll. The following members were
present: Rishton, Blue, Hartman
and Demaree.
Complaint was made about Thomas
Dollman's pavement. The matter
was referred to the Street Committee.
If it is in a dangerous condition, the
pavement will be torn up and filled in
with ashes.
The Street Committee was instruct,
ed to look after the crossing at An
thony Alley, and put it in proper con
F. B. Hartman is authorized to see
to the painting of the electric light
The Street Committee is directed
to look after the roller and crusher, to
see that they are properly protected.
Gutter on Iron and First streets near
John Cadman's complained of. Re
ferred to Street Committee.
The D. L. & W. R. R. Co., is to
be notified to put in crossing at Sixth
and Catharine streets within 20 days.
The Company is also to be notified of
the opening of Locust street.
The material for the Rescue Hose
Co. is to be purchased and same left
at hose hou.e for inspection at any
Building permits were granted to
VV. U. Jury for house on Market
street, M. M. Hartzell house on East
Fourth street, Sarah A. Reilly house
on Centre street, F. H. Jenkins house
on W. Fifth street, IVm. Ferguson
house on Tenth street, YV"m. Ferguson
house on Ninth street.
Bill of Mrs. Jones of S4O for sand
referred to Committee on Highways
to adjust same.
The following resolution was adopt
Resolved , That each of the Fire
Companies of Bloomsburg be directed
to appoint a committee of three to
confer with the Fire Committee of
Council to provide ways and means of
appointing or electing a chief and as
sistant chiet of the Fire Department.
Bill of Mogee Carpet Works referr
ed to Committee on Highways.
J. G. Harman for Mr. Ratti asks
Council to change the course of the
stream of water in Sterner alley. He
proposes to pay the cost of same, the
amount to be deducted from his taxes
from year to year. Tne request was
Pavement of R. T. Smith on West
Third street referred to Commissioner
of Highways with power to act.
Pavement of I. Roadarmel reported
in bad condition. Secretary directed
to notify htm to lay a pavement within
20 days. James Dewitt also notified
to fix his pavement, and likewise John
No further business, adjourned.
Big Dinners and funerals.
One of our exchanges is of the
opinion it is high time the custom of
having a big dinner at funerals, be
abolished. The practice is a great
deal more common in the country
districts than anywhere else. The
arrangements are usually made so as
to have the services and interment
over by noon, and from then on, 'till
very often late in the evening, feasting
continues, and it is really regarded by
the people who believe in this sort of
thing, to be an expression of hospi
tality, which even death cannot over
Just what led to the adoption of
this usage at funerals, is not known,
but it can be said in truth that there
are times when a farmer will lay out
hundreds of dollars for a funeral
dinner, at which several hundred peo
ple will be fed, a great majority of the
number being present not out of re
spect for the dead, but for the pur
pose of getting a good, square meal.
In the preparation of these great
feasts, or barbecues, as we may call
them, in the country, the neighbors
are very willing to assist. There is
a big slaughter of poultry, pies and
cakes are baked by the hundreds, and
the grocery bill of the bereaved fam
ily is larger than it usually is for sev
eral months at a time.
The many abuses of this feasting
custom require a reform. In our
opinion it is high time to call a halt;
it is going beyond the limit of reason
and in its practice the solemnity of a
funeral ts entirely lost sight of.
Improvements are still going on at
the Exchange Hotel. Now the halls
are being newly piinted, and Robert
Mcßride has the work in hand.
The Time is Short!
And if you expect to avail yourself of this op
portunity of clothing and shoeing your family, from
head to foot, without the regular dealer's profit, you
had better make haste. Lots are growing smaller
every day.
lulls* Ovcrc&als, Item €s©ats
Boys' Reefers, Gloves, Underwear, Mackintoshes
and BOOTS AND SHOES, were never retailed
before at such ridiculously low prices.
Suits, Overcoats and Storm Mens and Boys Hata and Caps. [*len'S UfldcrWCar
Ulsters for Men at 19c from 25c .
$ 3.90 from $ 5.00. 30c. 50c. Gloves, Sweaters,
550 " 7.50. 75c. " SI.OO
10 M lam *lUs "200 nackintosh Coats
12.00 " 15.00. 2.00 '• 3.00
A Saving on each of from
SHOES. and Outfittings of
$1.50 to $4.00.
Mens, Womens, Misses J 4. 4.1
Boy's Suits and Reefers and and Children's, prices that bvery Kllld at the
Overcoats at were never heard of before
for such qualities. Actual Wholesale
$1.50 from $2.25. C c
2.00 " 2,75. CeniS. Cnsst
250 " 3.50. For hundreds of pairs of
300 " 4.00. Mens, Womens, Misses and
3.50 " 5.00- Children's that retailed at from Bov'S WaiStS at
$1.50 to $3.50. Rubbers,
A Saving on Each of from Rubber Boots, Felts, Gaiters, c
50c. to $2.00. jail at and below cost. 3 bacntlce.
Tlxe T7\7"lxite Front,
Nearly Opposite Court House. Two Doors Below Postoffice
In accordance with a time-hon
ored custom, and pursuant to the
proclamation of the President of
the President of the United States, ,
I, Daniel H. Hastings, Governor
of the Commonwealth of Pennsyl
vania, do hereby designate and set
apart Thursday, November 24th,
IS9B, as the annual day of Thanks
giving, to be observed by the citi
zens of this Commonwealth.
Not since the war, which threat
ened the destruction of the Union,
and which brought peace to a re
united country, have the people of
Pennsylvania, and of the country,
had so great cause for giving
thanks to Almighty God, upon
whose favor the happiness and true
greatness of our people must al
ways depend.
Prosperity has reigned within our
borders, but the peace of our coun
try, which has continued for a third
of a century, has been interrupted
by war, made necessary in the cause
of humanity and in the interest of
the peace of the world for the
years that are to come.
The patriotism of our entire peo
ple has been made prominent by
the events that have transpired
within the last six months; has
given new strength to our govern
ment and has added much to the
love we have for our country. •
The horrors of war cannot be
palliated, and the losses that we
have sustained we know have
brought sorrow to a number of
homes in our State, yet we should
all be thankful for the results that
have been accomplished.
To this end let our usual places
of worship be attended by the citi
zens of our Commonwealth on this
day set apart tor thanksgiving and
prayer, and let us renew our devo
tion to our country's best interests,
and fender thanks to Him to whom
we owe every blessing.
This year's Normal School Basket
Ball Team is said to be a winner.
Several games have been scheduled.
Return Judges Meet.
The return judges of this Senator
ial District met in Danville on Tues
day, the four counties being repre
sented as follows: Montour, H. C.
Blue; Columbia, Clinton Herring;
Lycoming, Robert Russel; Sullivan,
Chester Stcck. The vote of the dis
trict gives Culver 10,032 and Coch
ran 16,35s or a majority of 6,326.
The judicial return judges also
met in Danville Tuesday, W. L.
Sidler representing Montour county
and William Mutchler, Columbia.
The vote for Scarlet is 5,278, for Lit
tle 5,956, which gives the latter a
majority of 678.
The return judges of the seven
teenth congressional district met at
the Court House in Sunbury on
Tuesday but were compelled to ad
journ 011 account of the law govern
ing the soldiers vote. The Judges
were: P. A. Mahou, Northumber
land county, F. H. Farrell, Sullivan
county, J. C. Peifer, Montour
county, D. R. Coffman, Columbia
The official vote outside of the
soldiers vote as handed in by the
congressional teturn judges is as
follows: Columbia Co: —R. K.
Polk, 4761; W. H. Woodin 3584; J.
M. Caldwell 369. Montour Co: —
R. K. Polk 2096; W. H. Woodin
993; J. M. Caldwell 27. Northum
berland Co:—R. K. Polk 661 1; W.
H. Woodin 6704; J. M. Caldwell
771. Sullivan Co:—R. K. Polk
1309; W. H. Woodin 1203; J. M.
Caldwell 98.
C. R. Cox, Poor Director, accom
panied by Dr. Honora Robbins,
went to Snyder county last Wednes
day to take Mrs. T. A. Shortess
(late of Jamison City), who had be
come insane since removing, to the
asylum. She could not be admitted
at Danville as they already had 524
female patients and only 400 beds.
Mrs. Shortess was then taken to
Harrisburg. Mr. Cox left Wednes
day noon and, returned Thursday
night.—Millville Tablet.
The floor in the Central Hotel of
fice has been covered with linoleum.
NO. 46
Killed HimselfonffuiMother's Graye-
Another pathetic chapter in the
events which have startled the city
of Alleghany, for the past year,
occurred on Tuesday, when Ed
ward Beilstein killed himself on
his mother's grave. The family
tragedies have been as follows:
About a year ago Mr. Beilstein
died suddenly, while at the break
fast table. This caused his daugh
ter to grieve, and a short time ago
she killed her mother. The grief
was too great, and David Reech, a
relative, who lived with the family,
got up one morning and ended his
existence by throwing himself in
front of a Pennsylvania train. And
now it is feared that the son's act
may cause the death of his wife,
who is completely prostrated. No
more startling series of fatalities
have ever been recorded.
A very sad and sudden death oc
curred at the home of Augustus
Traub onSusquehannaavenue, Sun
day night at 10:45 o'clock. Mrs.
Barbara Billig, of Numidia, being
called to her long home. Mrs. Billig
was an aunt of Mrs. Traub and came
here 011 a visit last Tuesday. She
complained of not feeling well but
her condition was not considered
serious. Inflammation of the bowels
was the cause of death. The deceas
ed was aged 67 years, 11 months
and 8 days. The remains will be
taken to Nutnidia Tuesday morning.
The funeral service will be held
there Thursday.—Sunbury Daily.—
Mrs. Billig, was an aunt of our
townsman Charles Reice.
Paper Free for One Month.
THE COLUMBIAN will be sent free
to any person in the county, on re
ceipt of the name and address on a
postal. Don't be afraid to ask for it.
You will get it only four weeks, unless
ordered to be continued.
Rev. B. C. Conner, who fell hvo
weeks ago sustaining several severe
bruises, is able to be up and about
again. We are glad to note this

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