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100 Years Ago
100 Years Ago is a weekly article produced for the local newspapers. The information is compiled, by Betty Smith, from the local newspapers 100 years from the current date. The titles of each article you will see, has the month, the date and then year it originally showed up in the newspaper and then the year it appeared in the paper as you see it currently. You can see a small preview of each article below. When you find the one you want to read simply click read more to bring up the whole article. You can also filter the articles using the dropdown menus below. You have the options to filter by year, month, and tag. What is a tag? In this case a tag is a location or topic that can be found within an article. Every article covers a variety of locations and topics and they have each been "tagged" with the appropriate tags for that article's locations and topics.
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March 23 1923/2023
Clifford Twp. – Hon. John Greenleaf Jenkins, who died recently in London, England, had a most interesting career. He attained fame in two continents. He was born in Clifford township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jenkins, pioneer settlers of the Welsh settlement of Clifford township. His education was obtained in Jenkins school and at Wyoming Seminary. In 1874 he, with a number of young men from Herrick and Clifford, went to Canada to work for the J. W. Lyon Publishing company. After a stay of a year he went to Ohio and from thence to Australia, where he became prominent in political circles where he was a councilman and mayor of Adelaide, S. Australia. His election was almost unanimous. He was later elected to parliament and in course of time was chosen premier of the Australian parliament, a position he held for several years. At the close of his legislative career he was chosen Fiscal Agent of Australia with headquarters in London. Shortly after the World War he was a representative of Great Britain in the industrial congress held in Washington, D. C. He was past the seventy mark at his death. He was a brother of the late Z. D. Jenkins, former sheriff of this county, and a brother of Hon. Thomas Jenkins of Dawn, Mo., and, David, of Bellingham Bay, Washington.
Bridgewater Twp. – Perry Mooney, a veteran of the Civil War, passed away March 18, 1923. Deceased was born in Attica, NY, Nov. 9 1840, the youngest son of Sylvester Mooney. He worked in the timber sections and was a type of the old-time woodsman who is passing. Also held a government land claim in Washington and came to the county 45 years ago. He was a member of Co. F, 94th NY Infantry and was honorably discharged at Fredericksburg in 1865. His health was impaired by the rigors of war and for some years felt the ill effects of his service. A gifted horticulturist, specializing in apples, especially grafting, he successfully handled furs and was a skilled trapper and hunter. His wife, Portia Isbell, died a number of years ago.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Many thanks extended B. J. Luce for his kindness in assisting his neighbors during their illness.
Harford – Among those who have radio outfits in their homes are Burr Wilder, Geo. Pritchard, Harry Shannon, O F. Maynard, E. E. Lewis, W. R. Merritt, Ray Tingley, Thomas Gillespie and Wilmarth Brothers. O. F. Maynard has heard from Havana, Cuba, Davenport, Iowa, and many other places.
Susquehanna – “Pussyfoot” Johnson will deliver an address in the Presbyterian church, Wednesday evening, April 11th. The Rev. Mr. Johnson is known the world over for his successful attacks on John Barleycorn. He won his name years ago in the west for his quiet and persistent trailing of law breakers.
Montrose – George Cruser, a well-known colored man, was found dead in bed on March 20th. He had been employed by W. G. Parke for some years and prior to that time was employed by the late A. R. Anthony. He was an exceptional gardener and caretaker and was known to many people here for his unwavering genial nature and courteous manner. He was 67 years old and was born in Binghamton, a son of George and Evaline (Thompson) Cruser. The funeral will be held in the A. M. E. Zion church, Friday afternoon. Interment in the Montrose Cemetery. ALSO Jack Holt, in “Call of the North” takes place in the wilds of Canada, and concerns the tyranny of the factors of the Hudson Bay Co., who were invested with supreme authority in their territory. Young “Free Trader” dares to compete with the company and avenge the murder of his father and found—LOVE. Superb scenery, real Indians, locations never heretofore photographed; these make Jack Holt’s first Paramount a stellar vehicle. Don’t miss it. At the Ideal Theatre, Saturday, March 24th.
Jackson – Mrs. Albert Weeks has moved into the central office of the Northeastern Telephone Co., to assist the present operator, M. Curtis. Mrs. Manzer Benson has been our central operator for the past few days during the illness of Mrs. Curtis.
Little Meadows –Edwin Charles Fox, son of the late James H. Fox, died at his home last Friday. He was 47 years of age and leaves a wife and three children, his mother and one brother, Fred G. Fox, all of this place.
West Brooklyn – Mrs. A. A. Maynard, a lady nearly 89 years old, went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. John S. Read, at Factoryville, Sunday. Her son, George Gardner, took her in a sleigh as far as Brooklyn and Mrs. Read met her there and the remainder of the trip was made by auto. Mrs. Maynard also presented her great grandson, George Gardner, with a quilt, made for his third birthday.
New Milford Twp. – C. M. Bullard has completed a course with the Berry School of Horsemanship and is prepared to handle horses and colts. He can be reached by the Bell phone.
Thompson – Chicken thieves are making their annual appearance again this winter. Michael Garvey’s hen roost was robbed one night last week and several fine fowls were taken. The thieves also routed Dwight Craft’s hen house, but fortunately were scared away The identity of the thieves is quite well known and perhaps if they try to make any more nightly visits they will not be so fortunate in getting away. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Susquehanna - The Birdsall block on Erie Ave., owned by Mrs. Carrie Birdsall, has been sold to Jack Canale, who conducts a grocery store on East Martin street. The block was built in 1880 by the late Dr. Birdsall. ALSO The library drive gets under way this week. It is hoped to secure at least one member in every family.
Forest City – The Lithuanian Independent club will hold a special meeting in St Anthony’s church hall on the second Sunday of April, after mass. The 162 members are urged to attend. Four men of the club have received their first citizen papers and are expecting to receive their final papers soon. These men will choose witnesses from members of the club. It is the intention of the club to pay the witnesses their daily wage while so engaged. ALSO Roads were opened Monday. Huge banks of snow are still seen and it is neither good wheeling or sleighing. ALSO - Albert Leek, for many years a resident of Clifford township, called on old time friends in this vicinity. He is now a resident of Idaho.
News Brief: There is a preacher in Kansas who should have his salary raised for making the following announcement from his pulpit: “Brethren, the janitor and I will hold our regular prayer meeting next Wednesday evening as usual.”
March 02 1923/2023
Susquehanna – Editor U. G. Baker, of the Susquehanna Transcript, gives the following pertinent comment on conducting a newspaper: “We want it understood right now that twenty-five years ago we stopped trying to please everybody with a newspaper. The first effort to please was by publishing a flowery account of a wedding. We described the groom, his attire and elucidated as to his future. The next day we learned that he was 97, and that she was his fifth victim, and we mis-spelled her maiden name. Since that time we have taken nothing for granted, but sort of allowed Old Friend Conscience to be the guide. Never pay people compliments unless you are sure they pay their bills.
Lenox – Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Manzer celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. There was a nice crowd, consisting of children, grandchildren and neighbors. The decorations were gold and silver and in the center of the table was a bouquet consisting of white carnations and yellow orchids, They stood under an arch, attended by their twin grand-daughters, carrying roses, while one of their friends read a passage from the Bible. After a presentation of gifts all marched to the supper table and partook of a bounteous supper. At a late hour all departed, wising the couple many more happy years together. ALSO On Friday morning, February 23, occurred the death of Julius P. Kline at his home in Lenox township. Mr. Kline was a veteran of the Civil War and one of the most highly respected residents of the township. He is survived by his widow and three daughters, Mrs. James R. Burns, of Scranton; Mrs. Ainey, of Fairdale, and Mrs. Milo Burdick, of Uniondale; and one son, William, of Clifford. The funeral was held from the late home on Tuesday.
Brooklyn – W. S. Tiffany has purchased the vacant lot on the Doloway homestead, east side of Maple street, of N. E. Packard and will erect a residence there in the early spring, and will move into town.
Heart Lake - “Hard Luck,” the new name which some have given Heart Lake, is quite appropriate when one has to wait an hour or more for the train, with no fire in the station
Lathrop Twp. – H. E. Kerr and O. N. Taylor are preparing to begin sugar-making. ALSO Ray Oakley is sick with grip and his children are sick with measles. ALSO Frank W. Taylor, the old veteran, was seen out to his barn last Saturday. We are very glad.
South Montrose – Glenn Roberts, a former Montrose young man and son of Mrs. Ella Roberts, of this place, has purchased Byron Robinson’s store and takes possession next Monday Mr. Roberts has many friends in this vicinity who will wish for him all possible success in his venture.
Kingsley – Augustus H. Tiffany is recovering from a serious injury inflicted by a horse kicking him. The animal’s hoofs broke his nose, jaw bone and collar bone, besides causing other painful cuts and lacerations. He was loading ice on a bob sled when his foot slipped and he fell forward behind his team, the ice tongs he was using flying from his hands and striking one of the horses. The frightened animal kicked, and unable to save himself, the rapid succession of blows was rained upon the upper pat of his body and head. He is being cared for in a Scranton hospital.
Franklin Twp. – Josiah Baker attained his 90th year last September. He is still as active as many men twenty years us junior.
Herrick Twp. – S. Bert McPherson has purchased the farm formerly owned by his grandfather, the late Seth Walker, in this township. The tract consists of 198 acres and the consideration was said to be $3000. The former owner, J. G. McPherson, is now a resident of “Wayland, NY.
Uniondale – The death of Russell Carpenter, of Carbondale, a former resident of this place, removed one of the few remaining veterans who had the distinction of guarding Jefferson Davis, president of the southern confederacy, following his capture at the close of the Civil War. The funeral was attended by a former comrade, Theron B. Dimmick, of Uniondale, who was also one of Davis’ guards at Fortress Monroe.
Dimock – Homer L. Smith, one of our most aggressive and progressive farmers, informs us that many in the vicinity of his home are ill with grippe, and only by the farmers joining efforts, in some instances, can their necessary farm work be done. Whole families are ill, making them entirely dependent upon the neighborliness of others to attend to the imperative demands of dairy herds and live stock. Homer went to Montrose, having going there to secure a lighting plant for Button Bros., who were unable to travel on account of illness. There is a great deal of the Good Samaritan in Homer’s make-up, which has won for him many staunch friends.
New Milford Twp. – Frank Wellman, a life-long resident of this place, died at the home of his daughter, in Binghamton, on Feb, 21, at the age of 87 years. The body was brought here for burial on Friday.
Montrose – At the annual fire department meeting, D. A. Watrous was elected chief of the department for the coming year, and Carlisle Smith and W. A. Harrington, first and second assistants, respectively. All three men are among our most active fire-fighters and will put new life into the local organization. Chief Watrous, who served in this capacity before, is ever on the alert to find some way of bettering the department and his election meets with general approval.
Forest City – Journeymen carpenters have demanded a pay of 90 cents an hour on and after April 1st. They claim that this wage is a necessity and the only way to stem the tide of higher prices of living. We are not able to say whether the demands of the carpenters will be met by the employers. ALSO Earl Tourje, the popular telephone man, is confined to his room in the Forest House by a severe attack of the grip.
South Gibson – The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carpenter were grieved to hear of their recent loss, by fire, which destroyed their house and all contents early one morning last week. Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter and nephew, Floyd Carpenter, barely escaped with their lives.
February 09 1923/2023
Dimock – Many people around this vicinity will greatly miss “Old Bill,” the faithful town horse, used by nearly everyone in Dimock, and owned by W. J. Cronk. The good and faithful servant of thirty years, left this life one day recently not accidentally, nor through sickness, but painlessly and mercifully by the act of a friend who did not want to see the poor animal ever suffer any of the ills that ordinarily befalls horses of that age. No one would have dreamed that this slick, sprightly, old pet could have been over 15 years of age unless they were expects at age guessing.
Hallstead – In renewing his subscription to The Democrat, S. F. Barnes makes the following interesting comment: Comrade Stockholm has gone. We were both in Co. C., 151st Regiment (instead of 141st, as published). As far as I know I am the only one living today who belonged to that company. I, too, am getting near the end of my journey, as I shall be eighty at my next birthday.” ALSO The following tribute was published in the newspaper: With the death of Geo. P. Stockholm, at his home near Franklin Forks, taps were sounded for the last, and the youngest of three brothers, Aaron, John and George Stockholm, who have set a remarkable and enviable record in that all three served throughout the greater part of our Civil War and participated in many of its hardest fought battles. Mr. Stockholm’s father, with two sons already in the service, had refused to let him join the army because he could ill-afford to spare him from the farm, was so eager to serve his country that he ran away from home in September, 1862, at the age of eighteen, and mustered in at Montrose as a private of Co. G., 151st Regiment. With the 151sthe fought through the engagements of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. At Gettysburg his regiment lost 75% of its men, killed or wounded or missing. George was finally taken prisoner during this engagement, paroled and re-enlisted in Troop B, First New York Mounted Riders. With this regiment he took part in the siege at Petersburg and some 125 engagements during its term of service. The untiring spirit with which he worked for the welfare of his fellow soldiers, from the days of the war until his death, should be an inspiration to all who follow in later wars.
Montrose – “The Man Without a Country” is not a war picture, but a romantic drama of historic characters in events of vital importance that hark back from the present day to the very infancy of the American Republic. The picture is played against a chain of historical scenes, including the duel of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The duel and other thrilling scenes in the picture are produced with the greatest accuracy. The duel is fought with the same pistols used by Hamilton and Burr on the exact spot on Weehawken Heights. The old frigate, “Constitution,” a relic of the war of 1812, is used in the production. Now playing at the Ideal Theatre.
Susquehanna – Clemon & Plummer have nine cars of coal on the way here, which is welcome news. Many homes here are hoping for the chance to get more coal and others burning wood and trying mixed coal, which is most unsatisfactory.
Brooklyn – There will be no school in the first four grades next week, owing to some exposure of measles. It is hoped that an epidemic may be prevented.
Harford – “Abraham Lincoln, Honest Man,” will be the theme of an illustrated address on Sunday evening at the Congregational Church. Many beautiful pictures will be shown of scenes from the life of the great emancipator.
Thompson – Mrs. E. E. Gelatt spent the latter part of last week in Scranton, where she is taking u a course in embalming. She will become assistant to Crosier & Gelatt, undertakers. ALSO Old Bruin had a fine view of his shadow, Friday. ALSO Icy side-walks and empty coal bins are all the rage at present
Ararat – Those who have installed radios are” L. W. Potter, Samuel Entrot, George Cobb and Wm. Silver.
Lawsville Grange – It was decided to hold a social Saturday evening, Feb. 10, proceeds to apply on the Victrola fund. Worthy Master appointed Sister Ethel Smith, Brothers L. F. Smith and Kenneth Stone to arrange for it. Sisters, please bring cake.
Fairdale – The ladies of the M. E. church will hold a Valentine social Friday evening, Feb. 16. Everyone welcome. Come and get your Valentine.
Forest City – Paul Warhola, of New York, returned home after a visit with his father, Andrew Warhola. He is in a moving picture studio and has charge of the printing department, The Erbograph Company, with whom he is connected, is one of the largest of its kind in America. ALSO One thousand employees of the Delaware and Hudson railroad were placed on furlough, February 1st, as part of the general retrenchment program, officials of the company have announced. Office forces, station and trackmen principally are affected. Furloughed men will resume their seniority rights when they return to work, probably next May. The reason for the furloughs was decided upon only as a last resort to recoup losses caused by coal and railroad strikes
West Lenox – Our school is closed on account of the teacher, Miss Margaret Maher, being ill with measles.
News Brief: Following suggestions that a cow and a pig be placed in the municipal zoo, because many St. Louis children have never seen either, Superintendent of Instruction Maddox instituted a poll of sixth grade pupils. Today he announced that 5,376 children questioned, 40 per cent had never seen a sheep and 17 percent had never looked upon a pig. Twelve children out of every hundred had never seen a cow. ALSO Review of Book in Library: “The House of Five Swords,” by Tristran Tupper, a war story, involving a bright, happy child, youth and age, love and hate, bitterness and misery. But it ends well, and the mystery feature holds one’s interest to the final page.
January 19 1923/2023
Susquehanna – Mr. and Mrs. Al White, relatives of Chief of Police Stockholm, made a trip by motor Saturday and Sunday equal to the overland journeys in the old days. They left here last Saturday afternoon and drove to Franklin Forks, which is midway between Binghamton and Montrose. The most of the trip was made through snow well up to the hubs of the car. On Sunday they left Franklin Forks in the driving snow storm, and reached Susquehanna without mishap. Not once were they stalled; in fact they did not even hesitate, although the snow in many places hit the axles of the car and made the machine wabble to some extent. From Franklin to Conklin they had to break the road as no other machine or conveyance had passed their way. ALSO The Tri-Boro Silk Mill opened on Monday after being closed during the holiday season. ALSO Word was received here of the death of James Donahue, of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Donahue, of this place, but had been located in the west about 35 years. He is survived by five sisters, Mrs. P. J. Sullivan and Mrs. Jerre Lyons, of this place, Mrs. M. J. Hennessy and Mrs. J. White, of Binghamton, and Mrs. D. E. Sullivan of Mason City, Iowa. The funeral will be held in Salt Lake City.
Forest City – A fall of snow, estimate to be between 8 and 10 inches buried this section Sunday. The trolley system was placed out of commission. Pedestrian travel was almost abandoned, while trains were running late, passenger service recovered remarkably well from the first effects of the storm. Auto traffic was practically discontinued to all parts north of this place and many were stalled on Main and Dundaff Streets. Burgess William Sredenschek suggests that tomorrow afternoon be a half-holiday so that all hands may get busy and clean the snow piles from Main Street. Under present conditions the street car company can not run cars north of the borough hall. Civic pride ought to be an incentive to rid the streets of the large piles of snow.
Brookdale – The mill belonging to Fred Knapp, of Rhiney Creek, was destroyed by fire Monday evening, January 1.
Harford – The Sweet Chapel has closed for the winter The work may be resumed in the spring but on account of no interest taken by the young people it is hoped by the people of this community that the Grove Chapel, which has ceased its Christian work for more than two years will re-open its Sabbath school again and prepare a place to worship. ALSO The Harford Agricultural Society is to maintain its place under te sun and will erect additional exhibition buildings so that stock and other exhibits may b kept over for the two-day fair, a fact which ill be pleasing to thousands of friends of this old agricultural society with such a fine record behind it. F. A. Osburn, who has been connected with the society a great many years has resigned, both as a director and secretary, feeling that his 70 years entitles him to fewer responsibilities. O. F. Maynard succeeds Mr. Osborn as secretary and the affairs of the society will be given a fresh impetus this year.
Uniondale – A. G. Stiles writes that he is employed by the Robinson Lumber Company, in Binghamton, as an engineer. Deb thinks there is more pleasure this weather in being under cover than riding a hand car on the Erie.
Brooklyn – Sophia Lonsack had he misfortune to fall from the school sleigh on which she was riding to her hone on Thursday afternoon and sustained quite serious injuries.
Hop Bottom – Forty-five thousand young trees will be planted along the Lackawanna Trail between Clark’s Summit and New Milford the coming spring. ALSO A sleigh ride to the home of Mrs. Archie Pratt, followed by dinner served by the Ladies Aid, was enjoyed by a goodly number on Wednesday.
Fairdale – A.W. Hewitt is wearing a broad smile these days. Cause, a new Ford truck.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The R. D. Carrier did not get over the Hill Monday on account of the drifts.
Montrose – wing to the heavy snow and drifts on the Montrose Trail, the White Bus Line has made no tri[s after last Friday. The big drifts are near the Birchard farm and the woods near Tiffany and on Gardner Hill. However, a large gang of men, teams and snow plow are engaged clearing the road and in al probability the road will be open some time today. ALSO Little Nelson Warner, who broke his leg while taking an extra high jump on his skis last Wednesday afternoon, reports that it is knitting fast in its plaster caste and says that he is going back to school on crutches this week. The new jump was rough and high. In taking it, the first one over, Nelson landed on his ankle. Nelson, who is a plucky little fellow and good skier and worker, deserves a speedy return to normalcy, physically.
Franklin Forks – Shoveling snow is the order of the day. ALSO W. L. Bailey told us yesterday morning that his thermometer stood two degrees above zero early that morning—that the mercury had reached lower points several times during the winter.
Thompson – Hathaway and Wallace, who recently purchased the hardware and implement business of G. A. Post, are making noticeable improvements in their store and are planning to take care of a large business the coming season. Both are energetic, pleasing young men.
March 16 1923/2023
Montrose – The interest which has developed in radio, considering that hardly a year ago it was almost unknown, is one of the marvels of the present generation. The success of amateurs in this field is equally a marvel and there are hundreds of boys in school who have taken such an interest in developing radio sets in their homes that they are, in reality, experts. Some of our Montrose boys have shown much skill in making their own equipment, which they have bought, piece by piece, in the local stores and experimented with in their spare time. Max Knoll is credited with having caught the furthermost long-distance program, getting the Los Angeles broadcasting station very clearly at about 1:30 in the morning the past week. The churches are using the radio as a means of broadcasting sermons and congregations are multiplied by the hundreds of thousands in this way. Some of the local radio owners are Clifton Melhuish, Max Knoll, Rev. L. B. Bryden, C. F. Pross, Thomas Robinson, H. E. Cooley, H. T. Hinds, DeWitt Andre, Benjamin Beach and Billy Searle, to name a few. Tracy Jenner, in Fairdale is also included.
Hallstead – A. W. DuBois was in Wilkes-Barre last week attending a meeting of land owners of Northeastern Pa who are interested in forestry matters, especially fire protection and increasing timber growth. Railroad and mining interests were largely represented. Mr. DuBois has made a study of forestry and horticulture for many years and is one of the best informed men in the county along this line of study, which is yearly growing in importance as our timber supply decreases. Our timber consumption in Pennsylvania, today, is thrice its production.
Forest City – Stephen Pribula has purchased John Franko’s barber shop and has taken possession. Mr. Franko has become proprietor of the Hotel Ferguson shop at Shenandoah and is in full control. Mr. Pribula is a well-known young man and his friends are legion. Mr. Franko has conducted a tonsorial business in this place the greater part of the time for the last quarter century and is known as a master hand at the business. He has taken an active part in the civic affairs of the town and served a term as burgess. ALSO The Inter-State Soccer League is ready for the opening gun. Old Forge, Endicott, Vandling, Sons of St. George Peckville, Scranton Cettics and Scranton Rangers are the teams included in the wheel. It looks like a big year for the soccer in this section.
Hop Bottom – Mrs. L. S. Tiffany is visiting relatives in Philadelphia. While in the city she will study the new spring millinery styles and upon her return will re-open the Hat Shop.
Harford – Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Chamberlain and family are to move down near Philadelphia, where Mr. Chamberlain is to be manager of a large dairy farm. He is to begin his new duties April 1st. Their many friends regret to see them leave Harford, but wish them success.
Dimock – E. G. Benninger celebrated his 21stbirthday, January 31st. Mr. Benninger is the leading carpenter in Dimock. ALSO Our mail carrier and his faithful horse, Tom, seems to make all the trips daily to the depot and return, in spite of the large snow drifts and cold weather.
Auburn Twp. – Chauncy C. Benninger, Civil War veteran, aged 83 years, died of dropsy at his home in Transue, March 4, 1923. Funeral services were held at his late home and interment in South Auburn Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Penderson and George.
Springville – G. O. Davis, R. D. carrier, No. 2, while going across a Lehigh Valley Railroad crossing, caught the cutter runner in the rail, flipping the cutter over, the horse running away and throwing Mr. Davis out. He received slight injuries. The cutter was practically ruined.
Stevens Point – This forenoon a dog chased a deer near this place until the animal, in an effort to escape, leaped into a creek. When rescued by Isaac Stephens, it was found that the deer had sustained a broken leg and to prevent suffering, the animal was killed. The dog, frightened from the chase, immediately started after another deer, according to reports. The deer meat has been given to the Barnes Hospital. The animal dressed 150 pounds. [Unlike today, deer were very scarce and hardly seen in the early 1900’s.]
Thompson - Friday evening, March 16, the Senior class of Thompson high school will give a “Lolly Pop” social in Keystone hall, at which time the basketball teams plan to have two games with the teams from Pleasant Mount. The Seniors will serve light refreshments. A candy booth will supply and satisfy your taste for sweets. Money earned will help with commencement expenses. Heart Lake – The Mountain Ice Company finished filling their large ice house on Friday. ALSO A number of our people are sick with grippe colds.
Herrick Center – Lovers Lane is badly drifted. The recent storm put finishing touches to it.
Uniondale – Henry Corey, the champion fox exterminator, has killed over 40 foxes this season. When Henry gets his snow shoes on and sights Mr. Reynard [his gun] the jig is up. No more chicks for foxy.
Proclamation – Gov. Pinchot’s first proclamation has been issued designating the spring Arbor and Bird days to take pace on April 13 and 20. The proclamation is an appeal for planting of trees. The governor puts into his official utterance the cause to which he has given the greater part of his life and points out the wonderful opportunity awaiting Pennsylvania. In the proclamation is a strong appeal to the boys and girls. In closing the governor states, “I am anxious that no school in the State shall let Arbor Day pass without the planting of a tree. I commend to every citizen of the State and especially to the pupils and teachers of our schools, the planting of shade and ornamental trees near schools and dwellings, along the highways and streams, and also the planting of young trees upon our mountainsides. And what we plant let us protect so that Pennsylvania, the only state in the Union that embodies the word forest in her name, may become Penn’s Woods again in every truth.”
February 23 1923/2023
Lenoxville – Mrs. R. J. Allen recently celebrated her 85th birthday She spent the day with her grandchildren, Curtis Allen and Mrs. Clifton Barber and families. In spite of her age and years of hard work, Mrs. Allen is still a very busy lady. She took no work with her, but during the day cut and made an apron for her grand-daughter. Although having to use a cane, the result of a broken hip, she keeps house for herself and grandson, Floyd Page. She has pieced better than 400 quilts, selling some and giving some to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great grandchild by whom they are highly prized. She attributes her long life to her wholesome, active work and her perfect trust in God to whom she gave her heart in young girlhood. ALSO J. P. Kline, A Civil War veteran, who has been confined to the house for the past two months, does not improve as fast as his many friends wish.
Springville – Chauncey Hunsinger and Eddie Cokley have rented the Kasson farm. There are two houses on the farm and each family will have their own house.
Dimock – This section of the country has been in the worst throes of a blizzard during the greater part of the past week that has been known in many years. The people who attended the funeral of Mrs. Shaw suffered intensely from the cold on the long drive to East Lemon. Kind friends there served hot coffee and other refreshments, which proved most acceptable. Everyone hovered near the fire, as possible, during the week and although the mercury only registered 13 below zero at the coldest, yet it seemed much colder on account of the fierce winds that prevailed.
Brooklyn – Little Eleanor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tiffany, met with an accident while coasting in a field near their home. Her sled went under a barbed wire fence and her nose received a bad cut. Dr. Taylor, of Hop Bottom, was called.
Susquehanna – Rural mail carriers out of this place are carrying grain to feed starving game birds along their routes. Trees and foliage being covered with snow and ice is causing starvation among the birds. Farmers and sportsmen should help along this line by carrying some grain into fields and woods to help preserve life till the birds can find food when the snow is off. ALSO About 1200 people are sick in Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro The grip is the cause of most of the illness.
Montrose – At a special meeting of the Boro Council, the matter of paving Public avenue was given the chief consideration. It is proposed to pave this main business section the coming summer, as it can be done more economically when the paving is being done on the stretch now underway between the Ballantine farm, near Dimock, and the Montrose Borough line. The present intention of the council is to have the center of the avenue, to the width of 30 feet, parked, leaving one-way thoroughfares on either side. The center would be of concrete, and the sides would be of brick, to afford more secure footing for horses, as the steep incline of the street would make concrete pave dangerous. A member expressed his understanding that the Susquehanna Co. Electric Company is considering placing its wires underground, as this could be quite readily done when the water main is laid.
Lanesboro – Harry French, of this place, says the road between Lanesboro and Susquehanna has been open at all times during the winter, but the roads east, extending towards Thomson, are very badly drifted, and that travelers have been obliged to go through the fields in many places.
Bridgewater Twp. – S. D. Warriner, of Philadelphia, has lately purchased the Jas. Webb farm adjoining the Warriner farm, “Fernheim.” The Webb farm consists of 100 acres and will be added to the 300 acres in the Warriner farm and summer home.
Forest City – The Policemen’s Ball for 1923 is assured. It will be held on Easter Monday night, and the place will be the municipal hall. ALSO Eddie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andraka, of North street, while coasting yesterday afternoon, met with painful injuries. He was coming down North street and collided with an automobile. His sled was reduced to kindling wood.
Forest Lake – Jon J. Kane, aged 75 years, died at his home near this place, Feb 17, following a brief illness of pneumonia, The funeral was held in St. Joseph’s church. He is survived by his wife, one son, Lawrence, of Binghamton, and one daughter, Mrs. Jos. Sweeney, of Silver Lake. Another daughter, Mrs. James Brogan, of Franklin Twp., died several years ago.
Hop Bottom – The Hop Bottom Fire Co. has made extensive repairs and improvements to their rooms and the rooms are open to the boys of the town every evening under the supervision of the men.
Thompson – Saturday evening, Feb. 24th, in Keystone hall, the last number on the Thompson High School Winter Lyceum course will be given. This is a musical number and will be presented by the Metropolitan Glee Club. ALSO The base ball team is getting organized and making reparations for the coming season. Our team stood second in the County League last season.
Rush Twp. – Henry Wilson Terry, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, near Lawton, February 11, 1923, at the age of 84 years and 11 days. He had been a life-long resident of Rush township. He was married in 1865. His wife preceded him to the Great Beyond six years ago. He enlisted in February 1862, with Co. A, 57th Regiment PA Volunteers. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, and was honorably discharged in 1865. Mr. Terry held many offices in the township. He was collector and constable for many years. He was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, honest and upright in his dealings with men.
Friendsville – Entered into the Kingdom of Heaven, Feb. 8, 1923, after years of illness and great patience, Abigail Pinkney Morris, in her 22nd year, eldest daughter of Caleb Carmalt Morris and the late Gertrude Hill Morris, and grand-daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. John Cox Morris, of Friendsville. Burial at Georgetown, South Carolina. [John Cox Morris organized Co. H, 143d Regiment PA Volunteers during the Civil War, recruited entirely from this county. He was descended from a signer of the Declaration of Independence.]
February 02 1923/2023
Harford – William Seymour Sophia, aged nearly 82 years, widely-known gardener and respected citizen, succumbed to a paralytic stroke. He was born on the farm where he has always lived, it being the old Sophia homestead. He was known as an expert gardener, and always enjoyed showing visitors his crops. He was a school director for a number of years and also president of the school board. His vegetable exhibits at the Harford Fair were always looked forward to with interest. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; a daughter Mrs. Louise Alexander, of Butte, Montana; a step-daughter, Mrs. J. W. Nicholson, and six grandchildren; one brother, John A. Sophia, of Harford. Six if his near neighbors were bearers and it was a sad procession that wended its way to the cemetery where he was carefully laid away. ALSO Harry Shannon has constructed a radio receiving set, which works fine. O F. Maynard is busy making one, and Howard Merritt will soon have one completed. When the neighbors all “get ‘em” we will know where to go and spend the evenings
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – We sure have some snow so far this winter. The roads are in a bad condition and we have not had preaching on the Hill for four weeks.
Montrose – E. J. Dorey [Dorcey?] who operates the White Bus Line between Montrose and Binghamton, has been unable to make trips for several days on account of the deep snow. He has a snow plow and tractor at work, besides a force of men and hopes to have the road open soon. It is reported Mr. Dorey has bought a snow plow four feet in height, which he can combat almost any drift.
Bridgewater Twp./Heart Lake – The heavy snows recently have hampered the ice cutting gangs at Lake Mont Rose, retarding the filling of the large ice houses. Several times the ice fields had to have the snow removed and although the ice is of fair quality, it is not as clear as usual. The Borden ice house will probably be filled by the last of the week, and J. A. McCabe is making good progress in filling his. Charles Hoyt is also planning to fill his house with the completion of the Borden job, on which he is engaged. The ice runs from 12 to 14 inches in thickness. At Heart Lake over forty men are at work filling the big ice house. With the completion of filling the ice houses at Lake Mont Rose, ice will be cut in large quantities for farmers and others having individual storage houses.
Elk Lake – John Fitzsimmons has a saw and engine for cutting wood and ice and is doing good works.
Jackson - C. D. Washburn, born in Gibson township, April 6, 1847, passed away January 28that the home of his son, Dr. H. D. Washburn, in Susquehanna. He was a member of the North Jackson M. E. church, a tax collector and justice of the peace. In the spring of 1864, at the age of 17, he enlisted in Co. C, 1st PA Light Artillery, and served until the close of the war. In later years he was deeply interested in his comrades in G. A. R. and for15 years acted as commander of Myron French Post. He married Arvilla French in 1868 and four children were born to them: Raymond, Clayton, Mrs. A. E. Henderson and Dr. H. D. Washburn. ALSO A number are drawing ice from the Griffis pond these days.
Rush – Reports are that Miss Arlene Pickett is going to take up training in Sayre hospital for a nurse.
Forest City – The southbound passenger train on the O. & W, due here at 3:52, was held at Lakewood until the following morning. A car was run up Tuesday morning and the belated passengers transferred. The delay was occasioned by the derailment of several cars at Poyntelle.
Great Bend – While bus lines were blocked and many other trucks and passenger cars dared not buck the snow drifted roads of the north county last Friday and Saturday, the fleet of ten and a quarter Larrabee Speed Six Trucks, operated by the Great Bend Bakery, went through the biggest of the drifts and covered their routes completely both days. Larrabee trucks are sold in Hop Bottom by M. E. Rynearson.
Brooklyn – Prof. S. S. Beach and three boys from our vocational school, Thomas West, Edwin Engates and Chas. Sesky, spent three days in Harrisburg attending the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Ed. Engates won third honors in the poultry-judging contest out of sixty-eight contestants.
New Milford – The following young people enjoyed a sleigh ride to Jackson Friday night and attended the dance: Betty Pedrick, Agnes and Lucille Fernan, Anna and Jack Pressman, Charlotte Dearborn, Katherine Cosgriff, Miles DeWitt, Chase Norris, Arnold McIntosh, Robert Zeller and George Grotty.
Uniondale – S. Bert McPherson has purchased the farm formerly owned by his grandfather, the late Seth Walker, in Herrick township. The tract consists of 198 acres and the consideration was said to be $3,000. J. G. McPherson, the former owner, is now a resident of Wayland, NY.
News Brief: The growing popularity of the closed types of automobiles is indicated in the statement that about sixty percent of the cars manufactured last year were of the enclosed styles. Their high price has, until recently, made them more in demand by the wealthier class. The tendency has been to reduce the price of enclosed cars the past year or two, and as they can be used in all kinds of weather they have a wider appeal, both as pleasure and business cars. ALSO Those who arose early Tuesday morning report the mercury the lowest for the year. In Montrose, it is stated, thermometers registered from two to six degrees below, at Susquehanna, 12 below, while Birchardville has a claim for the record depth of 18 below. It might have been lower in Montrose but we failed to find anyone who got up early enough to establish creditable testimony. Montrose may be outdone as to coldness, but with nearly two feet of snow on the level, we think it can hold the record for snowfall.
January 12 1923/2023
Montrose – I beg to announce the opening of my first-class Ladies’ Hair Dressing Parlor, at 17 Ridge St., Jan. 8th. My aim will be to give in every way a thorough practical, sanitary and scientific treatment, and I assure you that the utmost care will be taken to please you, with personal attention. A fair trial will convince you. Hours- 9 am to 6 pm. Phone 1833. Respectfully yours, Mrs. Bosler.
Bridgewater Twp. – Walter L. Newton, who lives about three miles west of Montrose, met with a severe loss Thursday night, when a lantern exploded, setting fire to a large barn filled with hay, all farm machinery and tools, auto, horses, cattle, etc., which quickly burned to the ground. Three horses and two head of cattle were incinerated by the flames, which spread with great rapidity. Mr. Newton was able to get 18 cows out of the burning building, While Mr. Newton carried some insurance, his loss is a severe one. The lantern was hanging on a wire when it exploded.
Jackson – Elmer Washburn, who confessed to the murder of Cyrus Payne, in this township, last November, and who has been in the custody of Sheriff Darrow at the County jail for several weeks, was indicted for murder by the Grand Jury Monday. Attys. T. A. Doherty and Elbert Davies were appointed as defenders of the 14 year old, who is charged with a crime that may send him to the electric chair. ALSO A sleigh load went to Gibson Friday evening and very much enjoyed the dance. CARD OF THANKS: I take this means of thanking those who so kindly remembered my son, Elmer Washburn, at Christmas time, especially Sheriff Darrow and family. Mrs. Ella Washburn.
Dimock – On account of the interference of the Board of Health the Dairymen’s League car “milk” station at Springville, was a short lived concern. The milk us now being hauled back to the Janssen Dairy plant here at Dimock again, where it is pasteurized and shipped to Newark, NJ for the Dairymen’s League Association. Mr. Janssen is taking this milk at the request of the League, as Mr. Janssen is always ready to confer a favor or accommodation when one is needed. It would seem that the pool members’ patience would have been sorely tried, during the past year, by the frequent and numerous changes made by the disposition of their milk.
Harford – J. A. Willliams will hold a public sale on his farm, one mile from Harford and two and one-half miles from Kingsley on Harford to Kingsley road, January 17. Twenty-five head of stock, team of horses, farm tools and household furniture, etc. Lunch will be served.
Lawton – It is rumored that C. D. Williams will be a candidate in the primaries for county commissioner. He is well qualified to fill the office.
Fairdale – Beverly Horton, who had the misfortune to break her leg some time ago, wishes to thank her little friends for the many post cards and beautiful presents sent her, which helped pass away many otherwise lonely hours.
Fair Hill – Silas Jagger had one of his horses get injured in the stable last Friday night and had to kill it. It was 32 years old last spring. ALSO The road is drifted quite bad between Len Hart’s and Cleon Smith’s.
Bennett Corners, Auburn Township – There is a number of fox hunters hunting in this locality, but the number of foxes killed are not as numerous as the hunters.
Great Bend – Reuben D. Arnold, aged 36 years, yardmaster for the Lackawanna Railroad at the Hampton yards, Scranton, died suddenly Jan. 4, 1923. Deceased spent his early life in Great Bend and was a son of the late Alonzo Arnold, an old time Lackawanna conductor. Burial will be made in St. Lawrence cemetery, Great Bend.
Brooklyn – Carl Flowers returned to State College; Pauline Fish to Syracuse University and Cyrl Terry to Cornell; Rena Terry and Helen Gere to Mansfield and Robert Breed to Cornell.
Forest City – Thomas E. Edwards, a graduate of the Forest City high school and who was employed by the First National Bank for some time, is now a resident of Kansas Coty. He has charge of the office of the Fort Dodge Serum Company at that place.
Matters in the County Court: Dorothy Spade legally adopted by Ross Chidester and Maye Chidester, under provisions of Act of Assembly. ALSO Geo. Bennett was appointed Poor Director of Auburn and Rush township to fill vacancy caused by death of Eugene McCarthy. ALSO The death of Stephen J. Northrop, for many years publisher of The Sentinel, in Montrose, occurred at the home of his son, Rev. Ralph Northrop, in Bellvale, NY, Tuesday, January 9th, at the age of 90 years. Deceased was a life long prohibitionist and for several years edited and published The Sentinel, which espoused the temperance cause. He wielded a trenchant pen but his newspaper venture was not profitable and the newspaper died a natural death after a few years. One of his daughters, Mrs. Bruce Lott, of Montrose, survives him.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DEAD: Sylvester Wood, a veteran of the Civil War, who had spent practically his whole life in and around Montrose, died near Laceyville, Friday, Jan. 5th, 1923. He was nearly 80 years of age. Surviving are his wife, and two sons, Judson and Horace Wood, of Montrose. Although given to reticence, letting others do the talking, he was a brave, faithful soldier, receiving a severe wound in the shoulder while getting a drink of water for a comrade who had fallen in battle.
March 09 1923/2023
Springville – Announcement has been made that the Dairymen’s League Co-Operative Association will erect a modern milk station here. The association has appropriated $30,000 for the erection of such a plant and work will be started soon. For some time the milk situation here has been unsatisfactory to dairymen, as the Newark Milk & Cream Co., which operated the creamery at that place, had refused to recognize the “poolers” as an association and as a result the poolers had been drawing their milk to the Baker creamery. This followed the burning of the milk station there a year ago.
Montrose – Montrose Chapter, D. A. R., intends placing a bronze tablet in the Court House with names of all continental soldiers on it who lived or died in this county, soldiers who largely made the early settlements in Susquehanna county. A list was compiled from published lists in the county histories, and manuscript lists of military and Revolutionary pensioners in possession of the Historical Society. The Chapter is asking for additions or corrections in order that the list is complete and correct.
Susquehanna/Montrose – Charles Knise, a well-known barber at this place, recently retired after running a shop for 38 years. This fact prompted a reporter to query of Montrose’s veteran barber, Albert Miller, how long he had conducted his shop here. Mr. Miller responded that in September 1886—nearly 37 years ago—he started his shop where he is now located. He has been almost constantly at work, rarely taking a vacation. Mr. Miller may outdistance Mr. Knise, as he is still about as handy with razor, clippers and scissors as any young man you can find. Talking with him he said that only a short time ago H. P. Read remarked that he was observing his 48thyear in the mercantile business, making both real living institutions in the community.
Weather – We are certainly having our six weeks of cold weather as prophesized by the old bear on the second of February. Snow is about two feet on the level and still falling; automobiles are a thing of the past, or future, for travel, as the roads are only passable for sleighs or walking. One brave autoist recently left the trail at Kingsley for Harford, but had gone but a short distance when stalled in a snowdrift, much to his sorrow. Of course he was pulled out by a team of good, old horses and he and his auto returned to the trail and will probably not try any more cross country trips until the good old summertime.
Forest Lake – A crowd of forty-three of both young and old gathered at the home of Frank Coy to serenade his son, Floyd, and his bride. After serenading for about half an hour, the happy couple could not be found in the house, but was later discovered in the crowd, making as much noise a the rest. Leave that to Floyd. The company was invited in and treated to cigars, candy, popcorn and apples. [In 19th century rural America, a newly married couple might be treated to a mock serenade, performed with pots, pans, homemade instruments and other noisemakers. Often called a shivaree.]
New Milford – Dr. F. T. Powers has purchased a Hupmobile from the local agent, Dr. A. E. Snyder.
Dimock – Burton Bros. are enjoying a 5-light Delco Light system, purchased of Breese & Cole, which was installed at the farm last week. All the buildings are now well lighted. ALSO Wm. Bailey took a sleighload of Dimock folks down to Springville, Saturday night, to attend the home talent play that was given there by the Brooklyn young people. Those who enjoyed the sleigh ride feel very grateful to Mr. Bailey.
Hallstead – Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Lucile McCreary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. McCreary, and Floyd Merrell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Merrell, of the same village on February 24. Mrs. Arthur DuBois, a sister of the bridegroom, was matron of honor. The table decorations consisted of pink and white tulips and the favors were hand-tinted place cards and rose nut baskets. After the wedding breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Merrell left for Pine Grove, PA, where they will live.
Forest City – Friday, state troopers made a swoop here on some places where it was supposed “moonshine” could be obtained by the gallon or thimbleful. A place kept by a woman recognized as “Jackhammer,” on North Main street, was visited. Here a still and about 200 gallons of “Mash” were discovered and also several gallons of the new fashioned red eye. William Gliha, proprietor of the Farmers and Miners restaurant, also on North Main street, was next visited. Two cases of beer, said to contain a larger percentage of “kick” than allowed, were found. The sleuths next visited Mrs. Margaret Tendzylowski’s place, and here evidence was secured. The three were placed under arrest and hauled before Burgess Sredenschek. Mrs. Jackhammer was assessed $100 and costs while the other two were each let off with fines of $50 and costs.
Thompson – Wednesday, February 28th, the friends and former neighbors in Thompson, of Leon W. Potter, postmaster at Ararat, were shocked by the news that he had been seriously injured by being struck by the D. & H. train. We are glad to learn that he was not fatally injured as was feared. Much sympathy is extended to him and the family. Leon was putting on the mail when the accident happened.
Welsh Hill – Saturday evening, February 24, relatives and neighbors of Mrs. Sue D. Jones met at her home to help celebrate the 80thanniversary if her birth. Although surprised by the gathering she was equal to the occasion and bid all welcome. The evening was merrily spent in games, music and conversation. Dainty refreshments were served.
Uniondale – Although past the four score mark W. E. Gibson has put in a bid to carry the mail to and from the post office. Atta boy, Emmet. ALSO H. T. Williams received a letter from Congressman L. T. McFadden informing him of his appointment as postmaster here and that the senate had confirmed the nomination. He will succeed Mrs. Leon. H. Reynolds. Mr. Williams intends to build an addition to his store building to be used for post office purposes.
February 16 1923/2023
Susquehanna – William Hines, aged 45 years, a well known resident, lost his life in a fire which ruined E. W. Jackson’s coal office at that place, Tuesday evening of last week. Hines died from suffocation, it is believed, although for at least ten minutes he was in a veritable furnace completely surrounded by flames. According to the Transcript, L. C. Hanson, milk dealer, who discovered the fire and heard Hines call for help, was frustrated by the fierce flames which converted the interior of the coal office into an inferno. Thrice did Hanson try to reach Hines through the smoke and each time was driven back by the fierce flames and stumbled from the doorway blinded and strangled from the flames and smoke. Special officer, Steinbreaker, one of the first on the scene, as Hanson stumbled from the front doorway, rushed around back of the fence and kicked in a door by which the officer and others succeeded in getting Hines out of the doorway, Hines was hurried to the Barnes hospital. He was dead within a few minutes after being taken out of the office.
Montrose – Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Smith leave today for Binghamton, where they will make their home, Mr. Smith, having taken a position with Lowell, Bailey & Co., prominent jewelers in that city. Mr. Smith came to Montrose over twenty years ago and started a jewelry store, conducting it until a short time since when he sold it to Leonard Stone. He and his wife and daughter, Minnie Smith, a student at Cornell, will be missed by many friends here. ALSO Earl J. Smith, president of the Base Ball League of Susquehanna county for 1922, has called a meeting of the managers and captains of each team and their friends for Feb. 24th, at the library, at 2 p. m. At this time the election of officers for 1923 and other important business will be transacted. All interested are invited to attend.
Little Meadows – N. G. Barnum conducts an up-to-date garage here.
Springville – B. E. White and H. C. Wells will open a factory in the township on what is known as the Byron Tyler place, near Elk Lake, about April 1st, for the manufacture of fancy grass baskets, reed furniture and corn brooms, They have been doing some basket work in Montrose the past few months, their products attracting attention where placed on display and sale. Mr. White is a native of Montrose, where he spent many years. Mr. Wells is his step-son. May success crown their efforts.
Birchardville – Everybody come to Grange next Saturday, Feb. 17th, and enjoy a good time. There will be a discussion during lecture’s hour, “Are we satisfied with our schools?”
South Montrose – Ernest Horton was in Montrose Monday with the pelts of thirteen red foxes and six woods grey foxes, which he and Glen Roberts had shot during the winter. The red fox skins were generally large and very attractive, and will make up into fine furs. Mr. Horton has long had a reputation as an expert fox hunter, and Mr. Roberts is also fast becoming a crack shot.
Forest Lake – Miss Ethel Booth had a party Saturday, Feb. 3rd, it being her 13th birthday. Fifteen children sat down to a nice birthday dinner, after which games were enjoyed. All had a lovely time and departed wishing Miss Ethel many more happy birthdays. Those present were: Donald Frazier, Thomas and Toney Zimme, Herbert Tyler, Carl Taylor, Sheridan and Arlene James, Wesley Griffis, Bessie Stone, Pearl Houghtalyn, Alice Booth, Mrs. Charles Steiger.
Lawsville Center – The meeting of the Drum Corps on Monday night was well attended, but the boys agreed to disagree.
Gelatt – Geo. Barnes, who is ill, was very thankful to his many friends who attended the wood-bee for him on Wednesday. Several attended the wood-bee held for Harley Williams on Friday. ALSO On Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Grange Hall in this place, occurred the scene of rather an unusual gathering, for in comparatively few instances is the tender tie which binds two hears in connubial love allowed to remain unbroken for half a century. About 140 friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Whitmarsh met to commemorate the happy event. There were four children, all of whom are living in homes of their own—Fred, at Pittston; William, at Lansing; Frank, at Endicott, and Mrs. F. W. Sparks, of this place.
Hallstead – Mrs. Ida Banker, aged 55 years, passed away suddenly, Feb. 8, at the home of L. T. Travis. Owing to the illness of Mr. Travis’ daughter, Mrs. Banker had been keeping house for them for several months. When death came she was engaged in sewing and had made no complaint of not feeling as well as usual. Mr. Travis noticed her sitting motionless in her chair holding a towel in one hand with needle poised in the other, and as she did not change her position he investigated and was startled to discover her dead. Neighbors were quickly called and it was apparent she had been dead some minutes before he was aware of it. One son, Robert Banker, of Hallstead and one daughter, Mrs. Henry DuBois, of Binghamton, survive.
Thompson – We cannot speak for other places, but it looks as if we might have sleighing for the 4th of July in Thompson. Automobiles have resigned in favor of the old fashioned sleigh, and well they might.
Lenoxville – Merl Hallstead has returned after spending four years in the navy. He was attached to the Pacific fleet.
Uniondale – The Florida tourists have been heard from. They wrote of their stopping at Charleston and later word was received from them to the effect that they had reached Jacksonville, but failed to state whether they had continued the journey by boat, rail or had hiked the remainder of the trip. Geo. Reynolds was a sick man almost as soon as the boat struck the surging waves. The voyage was tempestuous, and George declares that Pennsylvania will never see him again if he is compelled to return by water. ALSO Lincoln’s birthday was fitting observed by the Uniondale schools. Short talks were made by Theron Dimmick, R. R. Davis and W. E. Gibson, Civil War veterans. The talks were historical in their nature and proved interesting as well as instructive. The messages from those who took part in the busy struggle gave a better insight of the days when the Great Emancipator led the Union than all the school histories of the present.
Forest City – Miss Angeline Skubic, a basketball player, is a member of the Stroudsburg Normal girls’ team. She recently was in a game with a team from Temple University, at Philadelphia. She was the highest point getter of the high school girls’ team and was given a place on the varsity of Stroudsburg.
January 26 1923/2023
Montrose – The Montrose borough council lately purchased what is known as the Post swamp, lying between Jackson and Union streets and at the rear of St. Mary’s church. The property, consisting of about five acres, was bought from Geo. D. Rose, who purchased it from the Post estate a year ago. The late A. H. Knoll, of Buffalo, had at one time planned to purchase this property and equip it as a play ground, but difficulties stood in the way of his cherished project. There is some hope in the current talk that eventually this property will be utilized for the purpose, as it could be readily turned into a park for summer and winter sports. It is adaptable to athletic sports, swimming, skating, skiing, tobogganing and kindred outdoor amusements.
Kingsley – Urbane Sloat, when he was in Montrose, looked the picture of health. He said that his only real illness, since a child, was a run of typhoid fever while serving his country in the Civil war. He has passed the four-score mark.
Susquehanna – A confectionary store, conducted for some months by Alex Nicholas, and closed by bankruptcy proceedings, was sold by the trustees the latter part of last week. It was bid in by Fred R. Lewis, of Great Bend, for $95. The stock and fixtures only were sold. Mr. Nicholas, a young Greek, was engaged in the same business in Montrose, Previous to going to Susquehanna.
Silver Lake – Frank O’Connell, of this place, said there was ample snow for splendid sleighing, but that autos could not negotiate the snow banks out his way.
Clifford – E. E. Finn has been in Montrose this week, serving as a juror. Mr. Finn lately sold his general store and farm implement business, which he had successfully conducted for many years, to Hasbrouck Bros., two aggressive young men who are capably carrying on the business. Mr. Finn tells us that the state road between Clifford and Nicholson, popular with automobilists and the traveling public last summer, is now open for auto travel. For many years this road was in deplorable shape, and the improvement is widely commented on.
Franklin Forks – George P. Stockholm, one of the best-known veterans of the Civil War, died at his home Monday night, January 22, 1923. His age was 80 years. Mr. Stockholm was an active farmer for many years and took a lively interest in local, state and national affairs. In G. A. R. circles he had many friends and his death will be keenly felt by his comrades, as well as in all walks of life where he was known. He had an honorable war record, serving with distinction in the 141stPennsylvania Volunteers. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. A. F. Merrell, of Hallstead; two sons, E. J. Stockholm, of East Rush, and Richard R. Stockholm, at home.
Dimock – There are still hopes that a plentiful harvest of ice can be secured for the Janssen Dairy Co. from Bailey’s pond, as the recent rains have helped the ice situation somewhat. Last week the men were kept busy shoveling snow from the pond. ALSO Byron Benninger advertises that he is selling Pine Tree Milking Machines.
South Montrose – Owing to the great demand for their celebrated coat hangers, the South Montrose Mfg. Co. is running about forty hands.
Brooklyn – Hop Bottom school is being closed on account of measles. Two of the high school boys from that place visited our school one day this week.
Little Meadows – F. J. Butler, of Endicott, who conducts a fleet of up-to-date taxi cabs in that city, was engaged here Tuesday. He was formerly of this place.
Hop Bottom – The High Ground Dairy Co. has commenced the ice harvest for the creamery here. A steam elevator has been installed for hoisting the ice into the big ice house.
Fair Hill – Some of the roads between here and Fairdale are still filled with snow, so the mail cannot come over the Hill.
New Milford – Hannah Hardy celebrated her 77th birthday, Jan. 19th. Her friends and relatives remembered her with a post card shower.
Herrick Center – Daniel Jacob Gettle died at his home on January 17, 1923. He was a blacksmith and farmer and until two years ago lived at Gettle’s Corners, just east of the village.
Forest City – It was Forest City night, Friday, when the high school girls quintet downed the Carbondale high school quintet by a score of 25 to 3, and the high school reserves gave the Archibald high school aggregation a merited trouncing. Monica Slick was the chief point getter for the locals. Mary Bell played a classy game and was the second point getter for the locals. The boy’s varsity basketball team will play Honesdale high, at Honesdale, if the roads are passable.
North Jackson – Jay Savory has entered the employ of the Erie railroad at Susquehanna as a fireman. His run will be over the Susquehanna division from Susquehanna to Hornell. North Jackson now has eight young men in the Erie employ, three firemen, one chief caller, and four in other occupations.
Uniondale – Stockholders of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company attended the annual meeting of stockholders at Forest City, Thursday. It was a pleasant gathering and a toothsome dinner was served. ALSO In accordance with their custom, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Taylor left Tuesday to spend the remainder of the winter in Florida. They will visit points on the Florida peninsula before taking up their residence at Sebring. They will join the Uniondale colony.
Fiddle Lake – Hobart Davis, Arthur Bowell, E. Burman and Franklin Burman, are assisting in filling the icehouse for the Ararat milk station.
Poor Policy – That it is a poor policy to distract the attention of the driver of a car was forcibly shown Tuesday afternoon. A lady passenger, riding in a White’s Bus to Binghamton, became worried about a smoking oil stove used to heat the car. She thought it needed attention, and while the car bowled along, someone tapped the chauffer on the back preliminary asking him to regulate the burner. As he turned his head to see what was wanted, diverting his attention from the business of steering, the wheels jumped from the rut into the ditch, and in a trice the car had flopped over on its side. No one was hurt and the car was soon righted and on its way again. But the moral of tapping a car driver on his back to show him something is too obvious to require pointing out.
January 05 1923/2023
Montrose – We hear kind words on every hand for the generosity of the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co. in donating current, wiring and fixtures for the Community Christmas tree, which was enjoyed by many people. This is not the first time that the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co. has come forward in a very helpful way and its efforts should be appreciated thoroughly by every citizen of Montrose. The company renders good service, under trying circumstances at times, and every effort is being made to improve the service. ALSO Cecil B. DeMille’s greatest production “The Affairs of Anatol” will feature an all-star caste including Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson, on Saturday, January 6th, at the Ideal Theatre. On Tuesday, January 9th, Will Rogers will appear in “Guile of Woman.”
Herrick Center – Francis M. Felter died at his home, Dec. 22. Deceased was born in Herrick Twp., April 29, 1818, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Felter, pioneer residents of the township. Fifty-one years ago he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary Parry. A life-long resident of Herrick, he served as collector of township taxes for many terms.
Brooklyn – Chas. Sterling killed a one-year-old Chester White pig last week which tipped the scales at 440 lbs. This was some porker. Who can beat it? Elder Tiffany was the butcher and he can testify as to the weight.
Jackson – During the past ten years the cemetery at Jackson has been made one of the most beautiful in Susquehanna county. The charter, which was originally in the hands of the Baptist church, was transferred to the Jackson Cemetery Association in 1913. Since the cemetery went into the hands of the new organization many wonderful improvements have been made, including grading and seeding, monuments and stones straightened, fixing neglected lots and hiring a sexton to look after the grave digging and mowing the yard with the association’s lawn mower.
Clifford – Fire, of undetermined origin destroyed a barn and shop at Clifford, known as the Thomas Doud property and owned by William Wallace, Saturday morning, Dec. 23d. The blaze was discovered at six o’clock by Mrs. Clyde Coleman and within a few minutes a large crowd of volunteers was on hand to attempt to save the structure, to no avail, as the blaze had gained great headway before discovery and all burned to the ground. The volunteers succeeded in saving the garage and dwelling from catching fire. The owner carried no insurance. His loss is estimated at $2,000.
Bichardville – Fred W. Dayton is the owner of a radio outfit. ALSO Some of our hunters brought in a freak fox one day last week, the animal having three colors, black, red and grey. They are having it mounted.
Franklin Forks – A meeting was held at the church to elect two trustees and the Sunday school officers. Arthur Coy was re-elected and George Peck for trustees. The Sunday school officers are as follows: Supt. George Peck; Sec’y, Robert Scott; Treas., Mrs. James Barron; organist, Mrs. Arthur Coy.
Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – Chauncy Williams is driving an Oakland “Six” coupe, which he purchased in Scranton.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Joe Russell was a caller here, Tuesday, to price some sheep, belonging to I. H. Travis, that were killed by dogs on Christmas morning.
Franklin Forks – After thirty years as manager of the Alliance Store, E. L. Bailey has resigned and will be succeeded by Byron Robinson, of Laceyville. Mr. Bailey has given a wholehearted, conscientious and very efficient service as “store-keeper” for all these years and The Democrat feels it a pleasure to say that he is one of the finest types of men it has been their privilege to come in contact with.
Harford – The death of Mrs. Sara Sweet occurred at her home, Monday morning, January 1, 1923. Mrs. Sweet had been confined to her bed for a period of five weeks as the result of a fall, gradually going down until she peacefully passed away at the dawning of the New Year morning. ALSO Paul Wilcox and Miss Elizabeth Hollister were recently married. The groom is a popular young farmer of North Harford and the bride is a charming young woman, being a daughter of Dr. Hollister, of Scranton. The couple will reside at North Harford, near Tingley Lake.
Hop Bottom – Mrs. C. A. Corson entertained the Shakespeare Club at the home of Mrs. M. McVicar, Saturday afternoon and members of Book Club, No. 1, were pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. May Miller, Thursday afternoon.
Stevens Point – Ernest Parker, the 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker, has had more than his share of hard luck. In October, while at school, he had the misfortune to break his left arm. A few days ago, while skating at Stevens Point, he fell on the ice and broke the same arm.
Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Cope, Jr., Miss Theodora Cope and Wilder and Arthur Foote, delightfully entertained the following persons at a New Year’s dinner, Dec. 30: H. D. Grow and family; P. T. Titman and family; James Calby, Charles Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Sowers, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gregg, Misses Lettie and Minnie Woodhouse, Miss Ella Sheldon and Miss Maude Welliver. After dinner, which consisted of turkey with all the trimmings; nuts, candy, ice cream and coffee, Santa Claus came and distributed gifts to everyone. A merrier company it would have been hard to find and after such a delicious repast it is almost a miracle that all survived to tell the tale. And then, after the exchange of gifts, visiting and having a good time generally, the guests departed with lots of good wishes for their host and hostess.
News Brief: A total of 149 girls who were qualified to enter the Pennsylvania State College this year, had to be refused admission because there was no dormitory space for them. Only 110 girls were admitted. The college, through its student welfare building fund, is attempting to raise funds for the erection of dormitories for women students.