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More “Country Letters” from the York Press 1899


I shared news from Yoe and Glenville in my last post. Here is what was happening in Dillsburg and Newberrytown areas of York County in December 1899, as reported in the “Country Letters” section of the York Press.

Dillsburg. Dec 12.
The United Brethren Sunday School will hold their Christmas exercises Christmas Eve.
Miss Naomi Brenneman spent Sunday with relatives in Carlisle.
On Christmas evening a Cantata will be rendered in the band hall for the benefit of the Dillsburg Cornet band.
Master Willie, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Wireman, made a very narrow escape from being poisoned by taking ten drops of aconite, which was left by a physician for his little sister, which was to be taken as a medicine.
Mr. Joseph Bentz is very ill at his home in this place.
Miss Helen Logan of York, was the guest of Miss Sallie Coover, Sunday.
Sunday evening Rev. A. R. Longanecker delivered a very able sermon in the Lutheran church before a large audience, subject prayer.
Sunday evening at the Lutheran parsonage, Mr. Milton E. Spahr, of Hall, and Miss Cora J. Bream of York Springs, were united in marriage by Rev. A.R. Longanecker.
This community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Henry Ohail. He arose in the morning in apparent good health and came down stairs. His wife noticed him sit upon a chair which was unusual so early in the morning and asked him if he was not well. He replied yes, and then in a few minutes again said you may go for a physician and expired in about twenty minutes. The deceased was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. Interment took place Tuesday afternoon.

Newberrytown. Dec 11.
Last Saturday the remains of Miss Lizzie Kister were laid to rest in the Paddletown cemetery. Miss Kister had been an invalid or weak minded for quite a number of years, and the last four or five months she had been an inmate of the asylum at Harrisburg, where she died December 6.
Protracted meetings have been in progress at the Church of God in Newberrytown since last Sunday evening. Services every evening, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Grissinger.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Sunday School intends to have a very interesting Christmas entertainment. All the necessary books, etc., have been secured by the superintendent. The Newberry Glee club will furnish the music for the occasion.
Mr. Jacob Kister leads in porkers so far, having killed two porkers which tipped the beam at 495 pounds each; and is followed closely by his friend, Mr. H.S. Byerts, who killed four porkers aggregating 1,713 pounds.

I’ll be dipping into more county news in the future.