Abstracts, The Agitator, September 18, 1867

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The Agitator
Wellsboro, Penna
September 18, 1867


Almost a Centenarian. - There is now living in Athens township, Bradford county, Pa., a venerable lady in the person of Mrs. Rebecca Porter.

Mrs. Porter was born in the province of Nova Scotia, from whence she removed some twenty-six years ago with her son to this county, and she is now in her ninety-ninth year. Mrs. Porter is one of the few living links connecting the long past with the present. The old lady retains the faculties of her mind and body quite remarkably, for one of her extreme age. She talks of occurrences connected with her early age, with a vivid recollection, while her comprehension of present circumstances seems but little obstructed by the many years she has passed.

She survives all her children. She has a number of grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. Last week the old lady walked one and a half miles, obtained a pair of hand cards and from the fleece carded, spun, and twisted eight 'run' of woolen yarn within a space of time which many a younger damsel might be proud of. We believe Mrs. Port is the oldest person in our county. -Ed.

MASSACRE AMOUNG SNAKES. -On Friday, the 23d inst., D.T. Wise, Esq., of Trout Run, while in search of a flock of sheep, on the mountain, about one mile from the village, was startled by the rattling of a monster snake, and seeing, to his surprise, that he was surrounded by the poisonous reptiles, he commenced the massacre by shooting. He fired four times, which started them toward their den; then sizing a stout cudgel he finished the escaping snakes. Upon gathering together and counting them, they amounted to fifty-two killed. He then left on his journey, and marked the spot to visit off his return, or at some future day. Two days afterwards he returned, accompanied by his brother, S.L. Wise, and T.A. Brees. Arriving at the den they discovered a monster copperhead snake lying at his content over the entrance of the den. Killing him caused a buzzing noise among the rocks, and the party commenced removing the stones, finding and killing six more copperheads, eight rattle, and three black snakes; killing in all sixty rattle, seven copper and three black snakes - sum total seventy snakes. -Bulletin

SUDDEN DEATH. -Mr. George Frederick Hite, aged about 65 years, and a very respectable citizen of Muncy township, this county, went out on Sunday evening a week, to look at his corn field, and not returning, his family supposed that he had gone to visit his son-in-law about a mile distant. Not returning next morning search was instituted when he was found dead, having evidently just left the corn field, when he was stricken down. Justice Painter, of this place was sent for and held an inquest of the body, which resulted in a verdict, that the deceased died by the visitation of God, there being no marks of violence on his person. Mr. Hite was universally respected by his neighbors and bore the reputation of an honest man. -Muncy Luminary.

ANDREW GILMORE, an honest, industrious, and worthy man - well-known to the citizens of this place, while at work for Mr. S.W. Paine, on Monday on the hill above the Railroad, was injured so that his life is despaired of. He was driving a team attached to heavy iron rollers, when one of the wheels struck a stone, throwing him in front of the rollers, which immediately passed over him - one of the sections hitching and dragging him some distance. The great weight of the rollers - something over 1,100 pounds - crushed his body severely, and caused injuries which he probably cannot recover from. -Troy Gazette

Auditor's Notice.
The undersigned having been appointed an auditor to distribute the proceeds arising from the sale of the estate of Lyman Hart, late of Charleston, dec'd will attend to the duties of his appointment at the office of Nichols & Mitchell, Wellsboro, Friday, Oct. 18, 1867, at 2 o'clock P.M. All persons interested are requested to take notice.
John J. Mitchell,
Auditor.
Sept. 18, 1867