The Fulton County news. (McConnellsburg, Pa.) 1899-current, October 05, 1899, Image 4

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H. W. I'i-ck, l-Jitor.
Thursday Oct. 5,
Published Weekly. 51.00 per
Annum in Advance.
Prompt attention will be
jjiven to applications for ad-vcrtLsiiu-
1 Job Printing of every des
cript'on executed with prompt
ness, in a workmanlike manner
and at consistent prices.
i)i:.ii(H:i.v ri(: mi irnx;.
J They are always so styled in tin
; laws incorporating them, lmt for
j hiwity's sake1 they iire common
! ly fulled "turnpikes." These
facts may he known to many
renders of IVnuo Opinion, hut
to others they may perhaps be
Now let us plant ourselves at
the went side of the Diamond in
Chambersburg and start for .Hod
ford, and see how many Taerus
and former Taverns we cau"spot
out" r.s we go and count up at
the end of our journey. On our
left when; the Central church
stands, was the "Fruuklin Hotel,"
(he eastern end of a block of
three-story brick buildings which
extended from tho Diamond
of the Tuscarora mountain, was
Heaver's, a we'll known place.
John Mullan moved up t) it not
long after the date just above giv
e:i and resided there quite a
number of years. There is a
house half a mile or so above
Heaver's which may have been a
tavern at one time,"but I do not
remember it as such and believe
I never heard a name in connec
tion with it. A short distance
cast of the crest of the Cove moun
tain is a Ion;.,' stone house 'which
was kept as a tavern from an
early period down to a date w hich
I am unable to tix. It has for
many a year been in jidolapidatod
condition. At the western foot
of the Cove mountain, a mile out
A large crowd assembled nt the
Court House, on Monday evening
to hear the political issues of the
day discussed from a Democratic
standpoint. J. H. H. Lewis, of
I'.elhel township, was chosen
president, and a number of ge-n-tlenien
selected as vice presi
dents. Thi! McConncllsburg
Hand furnished some tine music
for the occasion. Hons. John S.
Killing, State Chairman; W. T.
Creasy, of Columbia county, can
didate for Stale Treasurer; John
II. Fow, member oT Legislature
from Philadelphia, and Captain
(leorge W. Skinner, addressed
the meeting in able and forcible
speeches that were listened to
W'itll .'I 1 li ill ( It in Oi"f l.i.rl.
(Tn11liin,n1,,.vM )1 1 erai ears omy m a gooei m.K , n M iu,
ii comph mental to the gen e- j h()Usi; mvU(,d by lm ,. , '
Inou niw ilmit ionM.b., ., IV. i . t . i i , . . . -.: 1
....... lhvu K vui ne-; iiiuo, i iniui:, oeiwoen jn-j:' and
westward to the alley. Tin; block I of McConnollsbur;?, a tavern was
was built by a company and tin- j kept at an early day by a man
ihed in Is.'tl, at which time, and named Smith. Several years ago
for fifteen or sixteen years there-1 I met an old lady, who was then
after, the hotel was kept by Jos- ho years of age, who said she was
oph Culbortson; after lam by : married (and I think also born)
Martin Newcomer, Colon 1 Kl-j in that house, which her. father
linger Joseph Alsip and William owned and kept tavern in.
0. McNulty. (This was tho first There are live houses in Mc
pubiic house, and for many years Connellsburg which I haeknown
the only one, in this section, I j us taverns, but one of them was
tlnnlc, winch adopted the f 'reuch t,.u (lv..u ..,mi(1 y(,.n.,.. .,,, Tn :
name of Hotel.) On our right, j most p,.(m)j,.ut was Lindsay's, a I
wnereiue iiuey npiru is loca- ( sl()n(. ),...,. f niKi sjZ(.)th0 vva.
ted, was the (ioldeu Lamb, built j c,lwl Kt.,0 Htaml. After Lindsay
by Steplien Kegler, an old man j it w;ls k(,1)t by Wendell, Mrs.
well known to me when I was a ! Cooper, Emanuel Drossi as, Jacob
I . .1 1 A 1 I" ITT 1 1 1 1 ' '
ooy, aim i-.epr oy .). v unaeriicn Tmut ,,ud ()li1(1.s. (jook
m 1KM-2, (how much earlier I do , W(iMnj()V,-n drove
noi know,; and aiterward long . KfiUul. Another was kept at an
owned and kept by John Noel, early da v bvSc.oit;forsomey(-ars,
On the southwest corner of Mar-! p(,riiajs before and after the year
ket street and the short alley j hy Mark Dickson, and af-
1 -ading back to the brewery, Hen-, t(.nvani i,v Wm. C. McNulty and
jamin Winters kept tavern sev-I ((th,.s . u . t i ,
.oolv s was a.
and wagon
publican friends made noarrauge
nients for a similar meeting, as
heretofore, and we presume they
have adopted the policy of'sayiug
nothing and sawing wood."
The TnrnpiU..- ami Its Taverns.
West of the Market street
bridge was Welsh's, the great
wagon tavern, kept by Cloorge
Ashway, afterwards by ex-Sheriff
Kunioii I.lliott, later (about
lso) by Henry McCall, a son-iu-law
of Elliott's, and still later by
had a store and residence, low
; j down in "the thirties," William
Tin; following interesting iirtiele
from the pen of th:.t uble anil well
known ex-eilitor uniT former citizen,
.John M. ( oopei-, we take from I'ul.lie
OlHllion. I h II til n.rul mix r ..f u.. 1
months bnek. It will l.e'reu.l with in- I JlIc'Gr!ltl1. wh( Sheriff from
terest by a number of our readers. ls")J lif'l't tavern a few
J years. McCuire kept at the West
In accordance with a promise ! Point in the early "thirties," and
made some time ago, I propose either just before, or just after
now to give you a list of 'Taverns j being there he kept tavern where
that existed along the line of the Henry Groouawalt since resided
Ciiambcrsburir and lied ford
Daniel Trontle, John Kiley and
John Miller. On the northwest Up turupik
corner 01 war ice t and r rauicim i
streets, whore a Mr. McCrackenf About a mile beyond McCoc-
lines of stages stopped in JH-IT)
and thereabouts. After the cre
ation of Fulton couuty and the
erection of a Court House in Mc
Connellsburg, a new brick tavern
was built near the Court House
and kept by Jacob McDonald,
who, about the year lsdi, ex
changed it for a property at Pat
terson's run, four miles farther
Turnpike. What was called a
Tavern before the French name
Hotel was improperly Applied to
houses of this kind, was a place
where "entertainment for man
tmd beast" was furnished and a
bar provided for the sale of li
quors. The name may in some
instances, have been given to
houses that afforded entertain
ment but had ho bar, but these
were few in the "Hush times" of
the old Turnpike, for the "jolly
nellsburg, on the western slope
of tho lirst ridge, is a stone house
which I understand was an old
time tavern, known as Fisher's;
and perhaps three-fourths of a
mile farther, on the eastern slope
of the middle ridge, stood a small
frame or log woatherboardod
house, with a running pump near
Ul. .1 . 1.1 ..1. T 1 ...
so many years, where the Warm-1 L1" ",1K:u ""K'r as
an oui laveru. 11 not Kept oy a
spring road joins the turnpike.
A number of years later Jacob kept laveru in the long brick
1 louse u short distance beyond
the (Jreenawalt. That house al
ways looked like an old tavern,
but I do not recollect it as such
prior to Mr. Eby's time. The
next, perhaps two miles farther,
was Josiah Allen's, purchased by
one of the Coble's and converted
into a private residence. Then,
beyond Hack creek, William Hrat-
wagonor" generally whiskied ! ten, one of the best known lund
himself and watered his horses j lords along the road, kept a brick
wherever whiskey and water house on the north side for a
could be had, and under the well- long period of years. Old "Hilly"
known trade law of supply audi hung on to lite and to tavern-
demand these wore liberally pro
vided all along the road.
Hut before enumerating the
Taverns along theold "Turnpike,"
as'it is commonly called, let us
see how the name of turnpike has
come to be applied to roads of
this description.
A turnpike is "a frame consis
ting of two bars crossing each
other at right angles, and turning
on a .post or pin, to hinder the
passage of beasts, but permitting
a person to puss between the
arms." This form of obstruction
or defence was orriginally used
at foiiitied places, and the ends
of the cross bars were pointed,
so that an utlcitrpt to force a
horse through would have result
ed in the death or disablement of
tho horse and perhaps of the ri
der also. Nor could any consid
erable number of men have gone
through rapidly, as they had to
follow one another in"Indiau tile"
and. bo careful to escapes the
pikes by placing themselves be
tween the projecting arms.
When toll-roads were made and
toll-houses and gates 'reeled, a
large gate was placed so that it
might be swung across tho mid
dle of the road, to obstruct the
jnassage of wagons, carriages,
Worses, &c, when necessary, and
'between this gate and tho toll
house a turnpike was placed,
which irsons on foot might pass
through at all lanes. From this
contrivance these toll-roads came
to be kxiown as ' turnpike roads."
keeping till loug after his big
sign-post had rott 'd olT, and, re
duced in height, had been carried
across the road aud lashed to the
fence. A milt! or so west of Hrat
ten's was Coble's, a brick house
on the south side of the road.
I recall no tavern between Co
ble's and St. Thomas. In this
town I remember four- 'Seller's,
'Prober's, Howermasler's and
Hrindle's. .What other names
may have been connected with
theiii I do not know. Heyond St.
Thomas I re-collect none till
Charles CJ Mian's is reached, a long
brick house on the north side of
the road, 10 miles west of Cham
bersburg. Perhaps two miles
further on was Shaffer's, at the
foot of Parnel's knob, 11 white
house, built of stone and plaster
ed outside, I think, which Chris
tian Foltz kept ."I! years ago, aud
John M ullan to K) years ago.
lietweon this and Loudon was
Stenger's, a stone house on the
north side. Loudon was an im
portant point at an early day and
I would suppose itmust have had
more taverns than I am able to
remember. I believe I was not
in the town earlier than the year
1h I t. James Mullan kept tavern
a longtime in the old house in
the middle of the town, and John
Mullen kept farther up toward
tho vest end along about WO.
David Fegley was also an old tav
ern keeper in Loudon.
A mile west of Loud:n, where
the road Lucius to ou the foot
Shafer when I saw it several
times betweeu the years ls.'Oand
ls(ji, it subsequently became the
property of a man of that name,
who built a new log-framed house
on the other side of tho road and
tore down the old building. At
the western foot of the middle
ridge was the Patterson's Pun
tavern. The iirst person connect
ed with this property whom I
knowpersonally was James I Hair,
who exchanged it for McDonald's
as above stated, Perched just
beyond the top of the third ridge,
hardly a mile beyond Patterson's
was the old Sipes tavern, an an
cient frame or log Aveatherboard
edhotise. I passed it first in
daylight in Wl, when I observed
the name of II. ( lumpen the sign.
A mile or so farther wo come to
Licking Creek (Harrisonville,)
where I believe there were two
taverns, one a, stone house and
the other a frame. These, with
adjacent lands, were from an
early date the properly of a Mr.
Molzlor, and when I became well
acquainted with them, his sons
Nicholas and John occupied them,
the latter in the frame, which
continued to be a tavern as long
as I knew it. I do not know the
date at which the stone house
ceased to be open to the public.
I remember the coach (which
had then come down to a two-
horse concern) from Bedford to
ChainborsburgiStopped for din
ner at the frame house in W1.
On Clreen Hill, two miles west
of Licking Creek, wasNewman's,
a store and tavern, where old res
idents of that neighborhood have
told me a lively business was
done at one time. All the build
ings were weather boarded. Half
a mile farther was David Mauri's
store and tavern the store a
frame, the tavern a square, sub
stantial structure, stone rough
casted, with a hall through the
middle, a parlor on one side and
a bar-room on the other. Hall' a
mile farther was Alexander's, a
long frame tavern, occupied iJH
years or more ago, and - until
within u, fow years past, by Wni.
A. Spoer, now deceased, and
probably still occupied by his
family. Half a mile farther,
where the turnpike begins to as
cend the bench of Sideling Hill
was Reamer's, one of the largest
houses along the road, built of
stone. (The original Reamer
house is in sight, about one-third
of a mile away, on the old road.)
Reamer's was a noted stand for
stages and travelers by private
conveyance, and was spoken of as
one of the best kept taverns be
tween PhiladclphianndlMltsburg.
Half way up Sideling liiil there
once was a house which I have
frequently heard old residents
refer to ns "the burnt tavern,"
but of which I have no .personal
recollection. It was destroyed
a very long time ago.
On the eastern slope tf Ray's
Hill, (half a mile from its top,)
where the "three mountain road"
comes out to the turnpike, was
Sprout's. generally called
Sprout's. It passed into the
hands of John Mcllvaine about ."()
years ago, and is now, or was on
ly a couple of years ago, owned
and occupied by his daughter. It
was long widely known and well
patronised, and was perhaps the
most noted drove stand on the
road. Mc.Ilvaine erected a line
barn iu IHV2 and enlarged the
tavern house since. The build
ings (some of which have; long
been out of use) are so numerous
as to give the place the appear
ance of a small vilage.
Half a mile above Sproat's, sit
ting right on the top of Ray's
Hill, was Hazard's, still kept
(with the old fashioned sign
swinging in the wind) by Mrs.
Hu;t-.ard when I saw it last, LM
years ago. Down the western
slope of Ray's Hill, Samuel
Slailey, formerly, (very long ago,)
of Roxbury aud Fannettsburg,
kept tavern and had a farm. De
low him was Lysinger's, where I
think, without being quite sure of
it, entertainment 'was afforded;'
and below that, at the western
foot of the HiU, was Nycum's, an
old and well-kept place, with a
store and tavern and other build
ings. The Nycunis themselves
kept the tavern in the earlier days
of the turnpike; but Henry Mc
Call, heretofore mentioned in
connection with Welsh's in Cham
borsburg, kept it in W)l, aud I
think Sam Stailey aud others
kept it after him.
Almost within gunshot of Nyc
um's was Tate's, the birth-place
of the well-known Tate's of Hod
ford, a large frame 'house. .When
I first became acquainted with it,
(iu,) it was owned and kept
by a brother of the late James L.
Hlack, of Chambersburg. With
in gunshot of Tate's was House
holder's, a substantial brick
house. Between this aud the
"Juniata Crossiugs" (about 1
miles) there has been no tavern,
unless the original Householder
house may have been kept as
such. It was of logs and stood
some hundreds of yards west of
the brick, around a sharp turn in
the road, aud had been torn down
or rotted almost out of sight be
fore; I became acquainted with
that section.
At the west end of the "Cross
ing" bridge was Deunisou's, the
main building of stone, with
frame additions. This was a
stage aud private conveyance
place, with no large yard for
wagons, aud was tilso much pa
tronized by drovers, on account
of abundant grass and water.
Mr. Mcllvaiue (later of Ray's
Hill) kept here at one time, aud
after him George Mcgraw. Sam
Shull, well known in Chambers
burg, has been there for some
years. I believe the original
Dennison house was at the old
"Crossing," nearly two miles
farther down the river, and I am
inclined to thiuk this was the
"Dennison's" mentioned by the
two Philadelphia travelers who
got mixed in names, distances
and appearance of country in
their trip up the turnpike iu 1K1),
before it was finished the whole
way to Bedford.
Along tin; beautiful drive from
the "Crossing" to Everett, (Bloody
Ruu,) I can recall only Weaver
ling's, Morgart's, and another
which I think was called Fisher's,
till good-si.ed substantial houses,
the two tirst named still doing
some business in recent years,
not withstanding the great revolu
tion in transit wrought by the
railroads. But it was not the ev
ery day and every night business
of the olden lime, whim the turn
pike was crowded with sb'ges,
wagons,, travelers on
horseback-, and droves of horses,
cattle, sheep and hogs.
I remember five taverns nt
Bloody Run, and the names that
come up to me in connection with
them are Weaver! ing, Ott, Tato
and S toner. There has been a
new one built there since my last
visit to the town, (L'l years ago,)
but I do not know whether it does
or does not occupy the site of one
of tho old ones. Major Joseph
Hollar, who kept a popular house
at Groonciislle many years ago,
had previously kept tavern at
Bloody Run. His sou George,
who came into the Spirit oflico as
an apprentice under me in IK.'O,
was born there. A full list of
persons who have kept tavern at
Bloody Run since the tirst settle
ment was made there would be a
long one.
Entertainment was afforded at
the Win. Hartley place just west
of Mt. Dallas, two miles from
Bloody Run, (Everett,) but al
though 1 was at the house repeat
edly, I do hot know much about
it as a tavern, if it bore that char
acter in the halcyon days of the
road. It is a substantial stone
house and lias a good farm con
nected with it. Two miles far
ther is the well known Hartley
tavern at the Snake Spring a
large stone house and a line farm
around it. Small air bubbles
constantly arise! iu this spring,
looking like brilliant pearls as
cending from the bottom to the
surface. Between the Snake
Spring and the Narrows through
which the Juniata passes below
Bedford was thes Willow Tree tav
ern, kept while I knew it by Jo
seph Mortimer. It was a pleas
imt places to stop at and parties
used efteu te go down to it from
tho Be-dford Springs. A short
distance byonel the; bridge over
the river at tho west end of the
Narrows there .was what I believe
was an old tavern. George Ly
singer owned it thirty years ago
aud carried on tho business of a
saddler and harness maker, &c,
but I cannot be sure whether lie
entertained travelers.
In Bedfoad I have known seven
taverns, and in connection witli
them I recall the names of Ceil.
Ottiuger, Major Davis, Isaac
Mengel, (senior and junior,) John
llafer, J. Shoniaker, aud Valen
tine Stockman. Tim Ottiuger
and Davis houses were the! old
stage stands, and were lino large
brick buileliugs. The former was
eouverted into a store and dwell
ing at a date! not certainly known
te me, but probably from 1)7) to
47) years ago; and I think another
old tavern, aud perhaps the olel
est of all, was discontinued as
such a good many years age) and
not long since pulled down or de
stroyed by lire. I think the)
number of public houses in Bed
ford now is cither lour or live,
but I am not fully informed on
this subject. A long time ago a
Mr. Naugel kept one of tho Bed
forel taverns.
In my boyhood the distance
from Chambersburg to McCon
nelisburg was stated at -I miles,
and te Bedford .". During the
last thirty-live years I have gen
erally he'ard these distances given
as "2 and fill. Mentioning this
change, em one occasion, to WM
liam H. McDowell, ho told me
that his father had made the sur
vey fer the turnpike, that he had
the draft in las possession, and
that the L'l st mile extended te the
foe)t of the! ridge beyond tho west
end of Mc.Conncllsburg. This
sustained the figures of distance
given in my boyhood. But no
matter. There was certainly an
average of more- than one tavern
to every mile ef the) Chambers
burg and Bedford turnpike road,
supposing it to begin in the Dia
mond at the former place aud tei
eml in the Square at the latter,
which would leavo several Bed
ford houses a short distance b(!
yemel its western terminus. East
of Sideling Hill there wero 'four
struug along half a mile apart,
and at Ray's Hill and beyond
thero wero six or seven at aver
age distances of half a mile!.
I canuot aftirm that my list is
entirely accurate. I write wholly
from memory and have not been
over any portion of tho road for
over L'l years. The boasted
"march ef inipreivement" was the
tramp of death to this ancient
highway and a great injury to the
country fer mauy miles em berth
sides ef it. Will anything occur
to revive tho ancient glories ef the
road anil ef the region it traversed;'
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We are now prepared to sho
our Friends the Largest and
on t
best Selected Stock of 111
a (.mini mm uciru; extensively mane.) aatisiy von
sell about that matter. We will show you the
we t
and 1
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our 1
in (1
tho el
, fall
tho s
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that Fulton county has ever had in it, and at prices
low as is consistent with perfect jjoods. The range 'Bki
Plush capes 52,50 to $ 13,00. Cloth capes as low won
S 1.25. See them. Jacketr, $4,C0 up. We have i: rou
prettiest line ot
Ladies? SkJrts
to show you from 20 Cents to $2,00.
Dress Goods in Stacks. 1
j di;
AikkI Wool Suiting for l'J cents, well worth t!3 cen'has
. eali
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I mt
See our stock cf
Ladies' and Men's Neck wear!'
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Lots of uew, uiee thirds. j
A matter of interest to all is ,'oed warm UNDERWEAraa
feir eeild weather. We have it. ,ccn
Vehave a ease eif V,2 eleize-n of MEN'S SHIRTS arfl1 '
DRAWERS, at 40 cents apiace, that lots of peoiile woiOr 1
he slow to ask "0 cents for. They are! jierfwt in make nshv
lit, and iu every way ucceplnhle, Of course' we have 1., J
cheaper, iind several lines of Uuderweur at i0e, 7"c. ni 1
1 ,00, and up; Ladies,' from "0c. te) 1 ,00. Children's 1 ,Uf'
mi A ii i dt (
I ane
"WEAR- On I H $
Wsiinrfe Vjj' '!
op eveRY pocket-book. r JW45'-Cr'v -s 1
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A Word about SHOES
We have two lines of Ladies' and Children's Shoes that v'ft j
will stand against anything anywhere, price considered, l
tit, and wear, and appearance A gemeral line, includiif ,
Mem's, Boys', Ladies' and Misses', that will stand nj?ainH'
any line, we don't care who produces them, er their price'? h
We are selling a very fair Children's Shoe, 8-12 at C.'lf
A tirst-ratej Oil LI ruin Shoa for women at 'JKc Men's Bun ty
as lew as !'!.. r)0. A very good one.
A larger stock than yot
will find anywhere else id
town. Weknowthe price
g are all right, every time.
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