A Renovo Mystery

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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.

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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.

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About the Author:

Robin Van Auken, CEO of Hands on Heritage, is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history. An adjunct college instructor, she has directed multi-year historical and archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and temporary staff, and educating thousands of visitors.