Somerset vedette. (Somerset, Pa.) 1892-1894, June 24, 1895, Image 8

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The Town of Salisbury.
Joseph Markley. It is therefore one
of the oldest towns in the county. Its
first house was built by Peter Shirer
and Martin Weimer. Many additions
have been made to the original plat,
and over all these the town has spread,
scarcely any perceptible growth.
first store in Salisbury was kept by Peter
Shirer, on the corner now occupied by ally erected in their time. Of late years
the building known as the Mont Evieu | Some very fine modern residences and
House or M. Hay building. The town’s | Pusiness houses have been erected, and
first hotel was kept by John Welsh, | the town, upon the whole, makes a good |
prior to 1800.
Salisbury grew but little until after
the branch railroad. of which it is the
terminus, was built. It is now a very
important shipping point and the chief
mining town of the county. It is situ-
ated in the heart of the rich Elk Lick
coal region and is also surrounded by
an excellent farming community.
About a dozen large collieries are in
active operation in the immediate vi-
cinity, and when these are operated to
their fullest capacity there is an enor-
mous amount of money paid to labor-
ers in this vicinity every month. Lum-
bering has also been a great industry in
the vicinity of Salisbury, but it has
been operated to such an extent that
but few good tracts of timber remain.
Just outside the borough limits is
located the large plant of the Standard
Extract Company, a gigantic manufac-
turing establishment where chestnut
wood, sumac and bark are used for the
manufacture of tanic extract. This
large factory is run day and night, has
an electric light plant and gives em-
ployment to a large force of workmen.
Its capacity is from thirty to forty bar-
rels of extract per day. Salisbury has
great natural resources, and as a field
for profitable investment in manufac-
turing, is hard to excel.
Salisbury is a wealthy town, and in
the matter of money at interest, ranks
second only to the county-seat In the
number of stores and the paying of
mercantile tax it ranks third among |
the towns of the county, while it
takes fourth place in population.
The town’s population in 1890 was
689; at present it has about 1,000. Its
citizenship is all that could be desired,
and its business houses, including a
bank, rank among the best in the coun-
ty. No town in the county has better
school and church facilities.
On the 19th of last March Salisbury
was the scene of a most disastrous con-
flagration, which consumed some of its
newest and most costly buildings. The
total loss was estimated at $50,000. The
buildings destroyed were a fine new
hotel, a mammoth hardware store, a
very ‘fine drug store, several residences
and a fine new bnsiness block in which
were a clothing storz and the Somerset
County Star printing plant. The loss to
the town was a great calamity, but al-
ready several costly new structures are
for many years there was |
|. In 1845 a fire occurred
{only three buildings were destroyed.
Many of the town’s ancient buildings
are still standing and are in a good
The | State of preservation. They are also |
| much better buildings than were usu-
Berlin, like the other towns of the
county, has excellent school and church
facilities; her people are intelligent,
generous and enterprising. The town
also has a weekly newspaper, an old |
and well-established bank, good hotels,
numerous fine stores, ete. The book
store of Chas. I. Cook is a recent addi-
tion to Berlin business houses and de-
serves special mention. Its proprietor
is a most exemplary and enterprising
young business man.
Berlin is the terminus of the Berlin
branch of the B.& O. railroad and is
quite an important shipping point.
Some mines are operated in the viecin-
ity with considerable success. The
town’s population in 1890 was 912; at
present it is over 1,000. The place was
incorporated as a borough in 1837.
The Town of Confluence.
most prosperous and rapidly growing
towns, was ushered into existence by
the building of the Pittsburg division
of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. It is
beautifully situated at the junction of
Laurel Hill creek and the Youghiogheny
and Casselman rivers, and from the
confluence of these three beautiful
streams the town takes its name. The
town is advantageously located and is
one of the main shipping points between
Cumberland and Connellsville.
Confluence was laid out in 1870, by
the Confluence Land company. an as-
sociation which purchased from A. N,
Tissue, Jacob Sterner and Peter Mey-
ers the land on which the town is situ-
ated. In 1873 the place was incorpo-
rated as a borough. The first house
within the borough limits was erected
by Henry Adams, one of the pioneer
settlers. The first store was opened
by Van Horn & Liston, in 1871.
This town built up rapidly
time, then seemed to be on a stand-
still and made very little advance-
ment for several years. At present,
however, no town in the county is
growing more rapidly than Confluence.
as witnin the past two years the larg-
est manufacturing establishment in
Somerset county has been erected here.
| This is the large steam tannery of W.
|S. Cobb & Co., a syndicate of wealthy
Boston capitalists. The buildings of
this mammoth plant are of the follow-
ing dimensions: Main building, 80x104
for a
| facturing establishment, was erected a
Salisbury was laid out in 1794 by few years ago and is a credit to the]
in Berlin, in |
| which 13 stables and 26 houses were on |
| . .
{fire at one time; but by heroie work
Confluence, one of Somerset gounty’s
arising from the ashes and the town
will soon recover from its heavy loss.
feet; Beam house and tan yard,
85x260 feet ; Leech house, 35x175 feet.
Water works, electric light and the The main building is four stories high.
annexation of West Salisbury to the | The latest and most improved ma-
borough have been agitated for some | chineryis used in all departments, and
time, and if these things are brought | the product of this tannery is
about Salisbury will easily hold third | of the best and finds a ready sale. The
place in population among the county Works employ 175 men and more are
towns and also be a close competitor | constantly being added. The company
for second place. The town was incor- | Will soon put in an electric light plant
porated as a borough in 1862. | of its own. Confluence is to be con-
ee i | gratulated on being so fortunate as to
The Town of Berlin. | secure this large manufacturing plant,
Berlin, in point of population, ranks | and judging from well founded rumor,
third among the towns of Somerset other large plants will likely be located
county, The town was founded hy [In that town also.
Germans, who named it after the chief | The big tannery has enthused ew
city of their fatherland. It is not posi- | life into the town, and Ir has been
tively known at what date the setcle- | building Up Yas rapidly Sine ifs nd
ment commenced, but it is believed to yeni, Oonfinonos i. to-day known as
have been prior to the Revolutionary | the “boom town” of Somerset county, a
war. At any rate, Berlin is generally |
title it may well feel proud of.
conceded to be the oldest town of any 1be population of this thriving bor-
note in the county.
; : | ent is estimated at 800.
For Some years during the PIONeer | 44 hotels, good schools, churches, fine
days Berlin was the chief business cen- stores and a wiost desirable class of
ter of the county, and when the county citizens and busiess nien.
of Somerset was erected, in 1795, Ber- iE :
lin would undoubtediy have been
chosen as the eounty-seat, had it not
been for the more central location of
The Executive Committee.
The success of the Centennial cele-
{ bration will depend in a great measure
Ss Tar buck Le 50+ Berli on the efliciency, patriotism and hard
5 Inf Duck asol years ago erin Was | work of the Executive Committee.
quite a good sized country town, and This is the most important committee
while its growth has been very slow, it
| of all and the people will look to its
has nevertheless been steady and very | members to do their full duty. W. H.
substantial. It is » town made “P| Ruppel, Esq., is chairman of the com-
largely of retired farmers and people | mittee and the other members thereof
who own their own homes and small | ave: Ion. A. 7 Colhorn, Rev. 11. King
tracts of land. As Philadelphiais known | J. C. Lowry, Esq., G. R Scull, Esq R.
as the city of homes, so also may Ber- y Ly a
lin be called the borough of homes, | TI. Pisher. C. 1
when we speak of the towns of Somer- | Yio
set county. Berlin is said to have
more free-holders than any other town | Boerits and Geo H. Love
in the county, as there are compara- | :
tively few people in the place who do | « Somerset has a splendid
not own some real estate. It is 2 | light company and it furnishes to its
wealthy town, and in the matter of | patrons as good light as we have seen
money at- interest, is exczeded by no | anywhere.
set and Salisbury.
In the early days Berlin had quite a | over the town.
as the country tanner, the country hat- | $60 per year per lamp, it is surprising
ter and others, but these industries | that more arc lights are not put oun the |
huve long ago ceased to exist. About | streets. Some of the districts of the |
darkness, in |
1842 Charles Stoner established a foun- | town are absolutely in
dry in Berlin, the first in the county, : fact not any better off than during the
and for some years did a very exten- | old coal oil lamp service. It is astound-
sive business. Many of the
manufactured at this foundry are still | that are in darkness stan
to be found throughout the county. |imposition and neglect.
The Berlin Pulley Works, a large manu- | not demand their rights?
such gross |
ough was only 444 in 1890, but at pres- |
The town has |
M. Linton, Hon A. H. Coffroth, Chas. |
Harrison, Valentine |
Hay, Esq., J. A. Berkey, Esq., Francis
J. Kooser, Esq., Oliver Knepper, IH. C. |
electric |
Such streets as have the |
boroughs in the county, except Somer- | arcservice are finely lit up. But there |
| are not enough arc lights distributed |
As the price charged |
number of small manufacturers, such | the borough by the company is but |
stoves | ing that the citizens in these districts |
hy do they | 2
: i 120 MAIN STRERT.
—— While visiting the —
Don’t fail to “Get it at Benford’s.”
| Opposite Hotel Vannear.
H®F Fine Cigars a specialty.
celebrate, the one hundredth anniversary of our town and coun-
ty’s existence, but we, the
Toner Grocers of Somerse
Are happy to be here, after nearly a quarter of a century of
business, to greet all who come upon this Glorious Fourth to re-
Joice in our county’s progress.
To old and young, friends and strangers, natives of the county
and foreign-born, alike, we extend greeting and welcome into the
town and within our doors.
1795. COOK & BEERITS. 1895.
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During the three days of the Centennial
Celebration I will sell shoes at greatly re-
duced prices. ALL GOODS REDUCED!
Don’t miss this three-day RED LETTER SALE.
706 Maix Cross STREET, - - - SOMERSET, PA.
Electre Light, Heat & Power (0,
Incorporated January 18, 1892. - Investment $30,000.
President, Dr. J. M. Louther, Vice President, Val. Hay.
Secretary, J. A. Berkey. Treasurer, Chas. H. Fisher.
Collector and Custodian, J. M. Bricker.
Chas. H. Fisher,
J. M. Bricker,
| Dr. J. M. Louther,
| A. W. Knepper,
Valentine Hay,
J. A. Berkey,
Dr. G. B.
| EF Persons who desire to take advantage of the Repucenp
| Rares for wiring their stores and houses must make their con-
| tracts before July 1, 1895. The Company respectfully solicits the
| patronage of the public.
Do You Want a Good Timepiece?
Herr Bros.,
Right Goods at Right Prices.
A Fine Line in Watches, Clocks, Jew-
elry and Silverware.
Repair Work a Specialty.
The Largest, the Neatest and Cleanest Drug Store in the city.
Of 1895, our sturdy ancestors, cannot be with us on the day we |
Ride a Monarch and Keep in Front!
| In this age of cycle riding, are you on? There can be no
| woe-betiding, if you ride—wondrous glide—the Monarch wheel.
{If Moses had been mounted on a Monarch, he would have been
{out of the wildernessin 40 minutes. Bob Ingersoll, to avoid one of
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Lr RTL it, . "I... .
"I'he Mistakes of Moses,
‘rides a Monarch. So do Bliss, Lumsden, Levy, Steele and others
lof the world’s most renowned riders. Riders of good judgment
(ride the Monarch, for it’s the King, graceful thing, without doubt.
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Who Was George Washington ?
First in peace, but not in pace, for he never saw the Monarch
race. It was George’s mistake to race into life a cycle too soon,
but his wheelish countrymen are strictly “in it” when mounted
on Monarchs.
can easily see the superior points of the Monarch Bicycle, the handsomest and
best Bicycle in the world. Once a Monarch rider, always a Monarch rider.
Storms may howl and bells may chime, Monarchs going all the time ; raining,
snowing, reaping, sowing, Monarchs going, going, going.
if you want to buy Bicycles, get the best—that’s the Monarch. Five models.
Weights, 18 to 25 pounds. Your choice of the six leading tires—Dunlop, G. & J.,
Morgan & Wright, New York, Palmer and Hartford. Any style handle-bar and
any style saddle. Write for catalogue and prices.
P. L. Livengood oll Monarch Agent or Somerse! Co., Pu.
). Address, ELK LICK, PA.
0 OPENER § 0,
Manufacturers and Jobbers of
Mes’, Boys & Children's
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The Secret of Our Succes.
The merchants of Somerset
Co. are invited to make our store
headquarters when in Pittsburg.
N, Omer § 6. 00 Pen Me, Pils, Py
uitable Life Assurance Sociefy
$185,000,000 in Assets - - —- $37,500,000 is Surplus.
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