The following is a reprint from Grit: America’s Greatest Family Newspaper

A Renovo Mystery
Dec. 15, 1882

A newsboy delivers Grit to a rural customer.

A newsboy delivers Grit to a rural customer.

RENOVO — Patrick Shelly, a well known citizen who held the positions of town council, high constable and tax collector, was found dead along the water’s edge of the West Branch River opposite Renovo Hotel this afternoon.

Blood was found on the snow a distance of ten feet from the spot where the body was found, indicating foul play. The boots worn by the deceased have disappeared.

The cause of this mysterious death is now being investigated by coroner’s jury.

Enjoying Local History? Want More?
Read the Original Grit Newspaper

GritFIrstIssueBuy, download and immediately begin reading the inaugural issue of Grit, first printed December 16, 1882. Here’s a sample of the news of the day:

Grit Bits: December 16, 1882
Streets in Poor Shape

Williamsport streets are in good condition, thanks to Providence, which gives us weather which freezes and thereby solidifies things; but when spring comes and the weather gets warm, then look out for a disappearance of all things mundane or otherwise that is so unfortunate as to get into the streets.

CLICK HERE >>> and you can own and read the first issue of this historic newspaper, reliving the events of YesterYear.