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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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April 18 1924/2024

Hallstead – John VanDorm, 14 years old, had his right foot severed at the ankle, on Sunday evening, as he attempted to jump a moving freight train at Hallstead. The accident occurred near the local station. Physicians gave him treatment and he was taken to the Moses Taylor hospital, Scranton. The foot was badly mangled and it was necessary to amputate, some distance above the knee. The boys father died some years ago His mother, a nurse, was in Oneonta.


Montrose – E. J. Dorey and Charles E. Roberts, heads of the White Bus line, operating between Montrose and Binghamton, made an extensive trip through parts of Ohio and New York, inspecting various patterns of motor busses, with the intention of securing the best machines obtainable. As a result of this trip they placed an order for a handsome 22-passenger parlor coach, with side-door entrances, which will be used for pleasure parties, and also on the regular runs. A second car is in contemplation.


Fairdale – C. F. Seeley was a caller in Montrose and reported the road between Fairdale and Montrose in bad condition. Many automobiles were stalled in the mud on this stretch, the first of the week. It was reported that on Monday, some forty machines had to be pulled out with horses.


Brooklyn – Harold VanHousen has purchased the barber shop conducted for many years by Joseph Tewksbury, and will take possession Monday next. Mr. Tewksbury feels the need of a change and rest, his health being somewhat impaired by long confinement to business, and will take sufficient time to recuperate before making plans for the future. Mr. VanHousen is well known in Montrose, having worked in Frank Deuel’s shop and is counted a first-class tonsorial artist. ALSO The brick layers resumed work on the new school building on Tuesday.


Susquehanna – The citizens of this place are to have a special election to vote on bonding the borough for an addition to the Laurel street public school. The school is crowded and additional class rooms are needed. Last year it had an enrollment of 385 pupils and this year it is increased to 460. The cost of the improvements is estimated at $112,000.


Dimock/Fairbanks Alaska – Judge Charles E. Bunnell, of Fairbanks, Alaska, still thinks of spring time in old Susquehanna county. A short time ago he wrote his cousin, James Bunnell, of Dimock, to ship him 75 pounds of maple sugar. [Charles Bunnell was born in Auburn Township. His adult life was spent in Alaska and in 1921 he was appointed the first president of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, which later became the University of Alaska. He served in this capacity for 27 years.] ALSO In Dimock, Joseph Dixon is again preparing to open his barber shop in the Palmer hotel. The shop will be open Wednesday evening after 5 p.m., also Saturday afternoons and evenings.


Mrs. Clarinda Harding died at the home of Mrs. Ida MacNamara, on Saturday. Had she lived until April 25th, she would have passed her 91st birthday. Burial was in the Harding cemetery. ALSO The Wilmarth Brothers listened to a fine radio concert when they heard a chorus from Philadelphia. Among the voices were Miss Salome Booth and sister, Mrs. Julia Hudson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Booth.


Ararat – Miss Celia Carpenter, who spent the winter in Binghamton, has returned to Ararat to teach the Hobbs school. ALSO John Matta, enroute to Binghamton, drove from Ararat to Forest City in one hour and 10 minutes with a Harley outfit.


Franklin Hill, Franklin & Liberty Twps. – An Easter social will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Wood, April 25. The following menu will be served: Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Sandwiches, Deviled Eggs, Pickles, Cake and Coffee. Price 25 cents. Everybody welcome.


South Auburn – Smith Tewksbury, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents in this locality, departed this life on April 11th, after a long illness. Interment was made in South Auburn cemetery. The many who attended, and the beautiful flowers, were evidence of the esteem in which he was held.


Birchardville – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wake Small, on April 7, 1924, a son.


Kingsley – School will close the 28th of April. There are six graduates.


Lawton – Myron Deuel, an aged [Civil War] pensioner, passed away Saturday at the home of Cyrus Terry, where he spent the winter. [Myron Deuel was a member of Co. C, 52d Pennsylvania Volunteers.


Clifford – The Clifford Giants humbled the Simpson Sluggers to the tune of 10 to 3, on the former’s grounds, Sunday.


Uniondale – Clifford Reynolds has installed a milking machine. It is a time saver, he says, and wonders how he got along without one. He is milking 15 cows and takes the milk to the Woodlawn dairy at Clifford. ALSO Arthur Thomas, of Carbondale, was the guest of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Bronson. He is now a member of the “mason gang” of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. His brother, Walter Bronson Thomas, recently won honors in the New England amateur wrestling matches and won the Columbia prize for wrestling. He is going to wrestle in New York and will enter the Olympics and if a winner he will be drawn for overseas matches.


Elk Hill – Fred Burns has assumed his duties in the observatory on Elk Hill. He will give due notice in case of forest fires.


News Briefs: The annual Bird and Arbor Day will be observed on April 25. A more general observance of this important day, in our schools, would exert a wonderful influence on the bird and tree life of our state. It is to be hoped that teachers in the county will encourage their pupils to build bird houses and plant trees on the school grounds. A profound lesson can be taught every boy and girl in the love for birds and trees. It would be well worth spending Friday afternoon, April 25, in bringing to the attention of every student in Susquehanna county, the wonders and beauties of our local bird and tree life.


Events in the History of Montrose: 1891 – Lackawanna Railroad Branch Opened; 1892 – Co. G Called to Serve in Homestead Riots; 1893 – City Water Works; 1896 – Electric Light Plant; 1898 - Co. G Off for Spanish War Service; 1903 – Home Coming Tribute to Hon. Galusha A. Grow; 1907 – Library & Historical “Society Building Erected; 1916 – Opening of Scranton to Montrose Trolley Service; 1917 – Present Beach Manufacturing Company Plant Erected; 1917 – First Contingent Susquehanna County World War Soldiers Left for Service in September; 1919 – Home Coming Celebration for World War Soldiers in September; 1922 – Opening of the Lackawanna Trail and Montrose Trail; 1923 – Completion of New Bank Building and Consolidation of the Two Banks; 1924 – Public Avenue Paved with Concrete and Brick; 1924 – March 29 and July 2 to 6th, Centennial Celebration.

March 28 1924/2024

Birchardville – The county loses one of her oldest and most highly regarded citizens in the death of Levi T. Birchard, which occurred at his home on March 18. He was one of the pioneers settling in Forest Lake township, Birchardville taking its name from the family. He was buried, with services in the Baptist church, on the 90th anniversary of his birth. Survivors are three sons, Selden and D. Fred, of Birchardville, Raymond of Portland, NY and two daughters, Miss Mattie Birchard and Mrs. Fred Dayton.


Ararat – The horse belonging to Maurice Stalker, recently injured in a run-away, is getting well and will fully recover.


New Milford – Fred Harding and George Chamberlin figured in an auto accident on the trail near Alford pond, when the steering gear on Mr. Harding’s car broke and narrowly missed going over a steep embankment and into the water. Neither was seriously injured. Mr. Chamberlin received a few cuts about the face when the sudden stop propelled him through the windshield and Mr. Harding had a few minor bruises. The car was considerably damaged.


East Lynn – Lloyd Bush and Ulysses Johnson are busy making maple syrup.


East Rush – Last Sunday Rev. Young held services at this point, for the first time since the first of January, on account of the neighborhood being quarantined for scarlet fever. There have been thirteen cases here. ALSO The death of John F. Swackhamer, March 11, at his home in Rush, came as a shock to his many friends and family, although he had been in poor health for some time.


South Auburn – P. M. Benninger accompanied his daughter, Mrs. Richard Merritt, to the Packer hospital, Sayre, where she expected to undergo an operation for appendicitis, but the operation was postponed when it was found she was also suffering from peritonitis.


Oakland – Mrs. Ella Sampson, wife of Lester Sampson, died at her home in Oakland on March 18. Before her marriage to Mr. Sampson, she was Miss Ella Harpur, of Harpursville, NY. She was a descendant of one of the leading pioneer families of the town, it being named after her grandfather. She is survived by one son, H. Vaughn Sampson, at home, and daughter, Mrs. Daniel Bonner, of Susquehanna.


Montrose – At a session of the Montrose Boro Council, bricks to complete the paving on Public Avenue were ordered from Bangor, Pa., and are expected to arrive any day. They are of identical size and quality as those for the Lake avenue work, received last week. The bricking of these streets may be started as soon as the snow is off the ground and it is estimated the bricking may be completed in six days. ALSO Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Caterson, of Sanitaria Springs, NY, formerly of this place, were here to see their grandson, Donald Caterson, who has been quite ill. He is the physician in charge of the Cancertorium of Sanitaria Springs, formerly the Dr. Kilmer Cancertorium, of Binghamton. ALSO The Merchants Telephone Co. has purchased the building on Church Street, known as the “Reynolds Egg Building,” which the company will occupy, moving from the Slatter building.


Dimock – J. F. Warnick, our harness maker and shoe repairer, is more than busy in his shop daily, not having time to call on friends for a social chat. ALSO Earl Barnes, of the Cope farm, who was inured by a thug in a hold-up on the trail near Alford, last week, was injured more seriously than was thought at first. He was carried to his home in Brooklyn where he is yet suffering from internal injuries.


Uniondale – Howard Johns, who for a number of years has been a leading [wood] shipper from this point, is about to engage in business at Long Eddy, NY. He has about circled Elk hill in his lumber operations.


Hop Bottom – Henry Lindsey, an aged veteran of the G. A. R. [Civil War] has been very ill for some time.


North Bridgewater – Mr. Bunnell is moving the barn on the farm formerly known as the Pettis farm, but owned now by G. C. Comstock, across the road on the part of the farm now owned by G. P. Sprout & Sons.


Lawton – The residence of John Millard was completely destroyed by fire, March 19. It caught fire from the chimney. Mr. Millard was working in the woods at the time the fire broke out and before they could reach home the flames had spread so that they were unable to save only the few household goods that Mrs. Millard got out. The loss was partly covered by insurance.


Forest City – The Northeastern PA Telephone Co is installing a new trunk line between here and Honesdale. It is a line by which through messages will be sent and will be hailed as an improvement over the present system. ALSO Earl Tourge was at Hallstead and assisted in placing wire for the Northeastern Telephone Co across the Susquehanna River at that point. ALSO Miss Alice Malia, graduate of Madame Sidonia French School of Beauty Culture, is prepared to give scalp and facial treatment in the latest modes. Manicuring and hair bobbing is a specialty. Call 604 for an appointment.


News Briefs – The fight against tuberculosis is to be waged in every county of Pennsylvania. Special efforts are to be directed towards the health of underweight children to detect tuberculosis in early stages. Mothers to be instructed in sanitary and hygienic practices. ALSO Bobbed hair is a sure means for causing baldness and so it will not be many years before the world is full of bald-headed women, said Joseph Byrne, editor of a beauty magazine, addressing the annual convention of the American Hairdressers association in New York recently. The vice-president of the association characterized bobbing the hair as the “greatest misfortune that has befallen women in recent years.” Hat makers, in order to conform to present day hair styles, have been obliged to make head bands exceedingly tight to keep the hats on, resulting in the death of the hair. ALSO If you want to sell your farm and expect quick results, list it with John Maday, the Polish Real Estate and Farm Agency in Scranton.

March 07 1924/2024

High Voltage Beer and Cider Found in New Milford Raid: While the first hundred years of prohibition may be the hardest, New Milford authorities evidently thought they might, at least start, and a large toll of while mule, cider and other liquids, not in good standing with Mr. Volstead [of the National Prohibition Act], fell into the hands of constables and deputies at this place, last Saturday, when the homes of Tony Gallusi and Frank Moseo, alias “Frank Lamboiso,” whose abodes are just out of the village, near the viaduct, on the road leading to Montrose, were entered and searched. Acting on complaints were Constables Chas. Culver and Dennis, of New Milford; Chief of Police Harry Stockholm and Deputy Hulburt, of Susquehanna; Chief of Police Tingley and Deputies Wm. Holmes, John DeWees and Arthur Smith, of Montrose. Their search revealed various solutions for allaying thirst. Both men were taken before Justice Shelp, where Galluci pleaded guilty and released under $1000 bail; Moseo did not plead guilty, and was released under $1000 bail. The liquor was brought to Montrose and placed in the Court House in custody of Dist. Atty. Ed. Little, for disposal by the Court.


Franklin Forks – A meeting of the Stockholders of the Snake Creek Telephone Co. will be held in Alliance Hall, this place, Saturday, March 8, 1924, at one o’clock p.m. A full attendance requested. ALSO Chicken pie dinner to be held by Ladies Aid, March 12. Proceeds for Pastor’s salary.


Dimock – James Calby was in town yesterday and made The Democrat a very agreeable call. “Jim” is one of the best carpenters of the county but obeyed an impulse to return to the farm seven years ago.


Springville – The high school students are rapidly paying for their Victrola. Monday and Tuesday of this week they held Egg Days. The eggs were sold to help the Victrola fund.


Hallstead – The Symphony Male Chorus, of Montrose, will give a concert in the Hallstead Presbyterian church on Wednesday evening, March 12. The proceeds will be for the benefit of the Halstead Public Library.


Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – The Alford Blue Stone Co., operated by J. M. Decker, advertises for 25 quarrymen and stonecutters. Work is to commence April 1st, and good wages will be paid. The Alford Blue Stone Co. mines an excellent quality of flag and curbstone which has a ready sale in the city markets.


Uniondale – Frank Gettle has a Bible that was printed in Germany in the year 1707. It has been handed down from generation to generation, the older son of the family being the possessor. It is bound in leather with brass clips to preserve the corners. The print is as legible as if it was recently printed.


South Montrose – Leonard Stone reports that his son, Byrd, is making rapid progress in the State Hospital at Scranton, and expects to be home in about two weeks. Byrd was painfully burned in a fire that killed his sister and destroyed the Stone home.


Bridgewater and Forest Lake – C. M. Bennett, who has been on the J. M. Jeffers farm for the past two years, will sell his cows and all other farm property at public sale and will operate the Booth blacksmith shop at Forest Lake village, which has been closed for the past two months. Mr. Bennett is an experienced blacksmith, having conducted shops at East Rush, Rushville and West Auburn, covering fifteen or more years. This will be a great convenience to the farmers of Forest Lake and vicinity.


Hop Bottom – Ladies of Book Club, No. 2, were pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Merl Rynearson and Ladies book Club, No. 1, were pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. W. E. Brown.


Kingsley – The Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. F. E Tiffany and tied off a quilt.


Jackson – The storm that struck this corner of the hemisphere last week, did not miss Jackson. The homes of H. G. Felton, H. M. Roberts and Mrs. Eva Perry had several windows blown in or blown out. The roof of the schoolhouse was badly damaged so that no more school was held last week. Miss Rachel Benson, the primary teacher, returned to her home at New Milford.


Thompson – A snappy cage tilt was staged between Prof. Felton’s graded school and Thompson high school. Early in the game Shelly, Jackson’s forward, was injured but the game was later continued and some fast work was displayed. Prof. Felton and Rev. Freeman kept the Thompson team guessing from start to finish with their clever passing and dribbling. Professor [Felton] starred for the visitors, with three field goals, but found the going pretty rough with Books ever at his heels. [It was either a tie game or Thompson won. Confusing score totals.]


Montrose – The General Committee, composed of representatives of various religious, social, educational, fraternal, civic and business organizations, is rapidly whipping matters into tangible shape for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the borough which will be conservative, but commensurate with the importance of the occasion. One of planned events is the building of a replica of the first log house built within the limits of what is now the borough of Montrose, to be constructed and dedicated by March 29th.


News Briefs: The dwindling menace of tuberculosis in recent years has been one of the marvels of medial science. Where a decade ago it led all causes of death, science and medicine have beat it down steadily, year by year. ALSO Housewives were urged to use a brush and a can of varnish and save themselves the drudgery of standing over steaming kettles in preserving time, by William Downie, of Cleveland, at the convention of the International Association of Master Painters and Decorators. He said all that was necessary was to apply a thin coat of varnish to fruit or vegetable to be canned and it would last for months, keeping their original flavor. “Varnish” is tasteless,” he asserted. “Nearly all candy made to sell six months after it is put into boxes is coated with varnish or shellac. This is an excellent way to preserve eggs all winter.” ALSO Of interest to the ladies. A Paris dispatch says: “The length of skirts worn by fashionable women this spring will depend somewhat upon personal preference, judging from styles exhibited at the opening of the racing season at Longchamp. Some of the models who paraded in the bitter breezes wore skirts falling only 3 or 4 inches below the knee, while others were about the same distance from the ground.

February 15 1924/2024

Uniondale – Lincoln’s birthday was observed by our pubic schools. Patriotic songs were sung and a number of recitations were given. A pleasing feature was an address by Theron B. Dimmick, who reviewed the life of the Great Emancipator and told of his achievements and success. Mr. Dimmick is a veteran of the Civil War. His knowledge was obtained at a time when great events were occurring in our country’s history. The address was well received and will long be remembered. ALSO Mrs. Sarah Tiffany, one of the oldest and most highly regarded residents of this place, passed away Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Chandler. She was 84 years of age. She was buried beside her first husband, Frank Jenkins, in the Thompson cemetery


Herrick Center – Frank Entrot has about completed the survey of the streams of Susquehanna county. Every stream in the state will be surveyed. The course, length, and depth of every stream will be noted; also the kind of fish found. The question of pollution is also considered. The survey is statewide and is made by the fish wardens, fourteen in number.


Montrose – The friends of Charles M. Read were saddened to learn of his death at the Naval Home, Philadelphia, where for several winters he had been staying. Charles Mulford Read was born in Montrose, 81 years ago, and was a son of Charles F. Read, a former associate judge of this county. Judge Read’s father, Almon H. Read, came to Montrose in 1816, became a member of Congress and was also chairman of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention. During the Civil War, Charles M. Read served four years as a marine in the U S. Navy and saw considerable service in southern waters. [A portrait of Almon H. Read is on display at the Susquehanna County Historical Society.]


Elk Lake – Ernest A. Young, of Elk Lake, announces the marriage of his sister, Grace Emeline, to Albert Charles Bullard, of Towanda, on Thursday, Feb. 7th, 1924, at Elk Lake. After March 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Bullard will be at home at 8 Huston St., Towanda.


Clifford – The State Highway Department has advertised for bids for the construction of over two miles of paved roads in Clifford township, from the Lackawanna county line to Royal, on Route 174, to be a width of 26 feet. It is one more link in the primary road that is to traverse the northern tier counties of the State.


South Auburn – Fred Harned, of Endicott, accompanied by a man from Binghamton, selling radios, spent Saturday evening at the home of T. A. Bowen. Blaine Barned [Harned?] and family spent the same evening there, listening to music from Havana and may other places.


New Milford – The men of the New Milford M. E. church will serve an oyster supper in the church parlors on Friday evening, Feb. 22. Expert men will prepare and serve the oysters which will be fresh opened from the shells at the church and will be the finest to be found. Enjoy a fine oyster supper and see how the men do it.


Liberty Twp. – The funeral of Miss Minnie Luce was largely attended at Lawsville church, Wednesday. Burial in Lawsville cemetery. ALSO Walter Craik has rented a building from the Creamery Company and will start a blacksmith shop.


Great Bend – Charles L. VanAntwerp, a prominent resident of Great Bend township, died Feb 6, 1924, at his home in Hickory Grove. He was 74 years of age. For many years he conducted a wagon repairing business and later was a successful groceryman.


Dimock – Two fast and clean basket ball games were played at Harford between the girls and boys high school teams. Both teams displayed much interest, enthusiasm and clever playing. Although defeated by the score of 12-14, our boys feel satisfied that they put up a good game. “Prof” Purkiss made the most scores for Dimock and Wescott for Harford. Our girls, you know, have not lost a game this season. They defeated the Harford girls to the tune of 14-5.


South Auburn – During the downpour of rain on Tuesday last, at about 5 p.m., a distinct flash of lightning and thunder was a very uncommon occurrence for February, but the entire season has been uncommon.


Forest City – The Lackawanna Business College team, of Scranton, was arrayed against the local varsity boys at the high school gymnasium, Saturday evening, and they proved to be the biggest bunch of kickers in the history of the game here. To cover up their work they gave a false statement of facts for publication to the Scranton papers. At the end of the first half, with Forest City leading, the college boys went on a strike and refused to play longer, declaring that the referee was unfair and had made decisions against them. After standing the jeers of the crowd they finally relented and entered the court. With two minutes to play they left the court and refused to play, alleging that the scorekeeper had erred in his figures. At that time the score stood even, 28 to 28. In the first half the score stood 14 to 12, Forest City leading. In the last half the visitors scored 16 points, making their total 28. The varsity boys had 14 points to their credit and their total was 28. The college crew clamed 29 points but were unable to show by their score book, but 28. [This was the final score.]


News Brief: On a gravestone in a Burlington Vt. Cemetery is the following ambiguous tribute to a woman of that city who died in 1833. “She lived with her husband 50 years, and died in the confident hope of a better life.”

April 11 1924/2024

Susquehanna – Archie Walker, Kenneth Moore and Seymour Persons, of this place, and Floyd Munson, of Hallstead, are preparing to embark upon a canoeing trip from Susquehanna to the Chesapeake Bay. They are now getting ready for the pilgrimage. They will use two large canoes and will camp along the way. ALSO St. John’s Cadets defeated the Laurel Hill quintette, in one of the best basket ball games played in some time, the score being 20-22. ALSO A road is now planned to connect Susquehanna borough with the borough of Lanesboro.


Thompson – A distressing drowning accident occurred Sunday afternoon when Fred Smith, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, fell into the Starrucca creek at a point a mile and a half from Thompson, in the direction of Starrucca, while crossing a small foot bridge. Fred and a younger brother had started for the barn, which is on the opposite side of the creek from the house. The creek, greatly swollen by heavy rains, was a raging torrent. Fred started across the bridge and fell in. His younger brother, who saw him fall into the water, called for help. The parents and neighbors hurried to the creek, but Fred had disappeared. It was not until Monday that the body was recovered. The family is prostrated with grief.


Dundaff – George Graham, aged 91, one of the early settlers of this place and well-known in the eastern part of the county, died April 2, 1924, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jean C. Slocum, Glen Ridge, NJ. Interment was made in the family plot in Dundaff cemetery.


Montrose – The matter of having several hundred of Miss Blackman’s histories bound was brought up at the meeting of the general committee for the 100th celebration of Montrose Boro. There has been calls for this book by many people, and in Miss Blackman’s will she specified that when these histories were bound that each school in the county receive a copy for the cost of postage. This will be taken up with the commissioners. [Reprints of Miss Blackman’s history are available at the Susquehanna County Historical Society.] ALSO Prof. J. Wesley Gavitt recently purchased a fine gold tipped Hill bow. This bow was made by Hill, the renowned bow maker of London, for Eddy Brown, the latter making his debut in America with this bow. It is one of Hill’s best creations, and one of the best bows in use today.


Forest City – Frank B. Gelder returned to Brown University, Providence, RI, after a week’s visit with his parents. Michael O’Brien and Alice Muchitz, students at the West Chester Normal school are home for a short vacation.


Dimock – Wm. Barnes is driving the kid wagon for George Hamlin for the remainder of the year, as Mr. Hamlin has engaged to work in the Newark Milk & Cream Co., at South Montrose.


Harford Vocational – Thursday evening, April 24th, the seniors will present a play entitled, “The Little Clod-hopper.” Everyone cordially invited to attend.


Uniondale – Edwin Corey, age 80, died at the home of his son, Newton Corey, in Johnson City. Deceased was a native of Gibson township. About 50 years ago he removed to Uniondale and purchased the gristmill, which he conducted for many years. In connection with the Uniondale plant he carried on an extensive milling business at Forest City for several years. Interment was made in the Uniondale cemetery, and Masonic lodge had charge.


Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. – The mail man could not make is trip Tuesday on account of snow and drifts.

Williams Pond, Bridgewater Twp. – Arthur Bullard has gone to Detroit to work in Ford’s factory.


Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – As Richard Seiber was moving a load of household goods from Montrose to Forest Lake, last Friday, the horses ran away, coming down the hill from Flummerfelt’s, throwing off some of the goods and injuring some of the folks.


Clifford Twp. – Next Monday, Richard R. Davis will celebrate the 85th anniversary of his birth. He was born in Wales and came to this country when a small child. After a short residence in New York state the family removed to Clifford township. At the breaking out of the war Mr. Davis and brother, Morris, entered the Union service and saw active service in the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battle of Gettysburg and other famous engagements. He is still active and as young as many in their sixties. [Pvt. Morris Davis and Corp. Richard Davis were members of Co. G., 151st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.]


West Brooklyn – Wm. Bell, one of the leading maple syrup makers of the county, has already made and marketed more than 150 gallons of syrup, and his camp is still in operation. Mr. Bell takes great pains with all the steps, from the fresh sap to the canning of the syrup, and naturally, finds a ready sale for his product. Mr. Bell received an order for twelve gallons to be shipped to Los Angeles. The check for the syrup was $24; the express bill was $17.50.


News Briefs: Street cars are again running in Scranton after a strike of short duration. The barber’s strike is also at an end, and henceforth Scrantonians will pay 65 cents for a hair cut. As the elevator boy says, -- “Goin’ up.” ALSO Almost everyone has heard of the Woolworth building in New York City, and many, while visiting in the metropolis, have stood in awe before its 60 towering stories. It was recently sold for eleven millions of dollars. When you sell a sky-scraper this little deal will assist you in setting a price.


More on the events (time line) in the History of Montrose: 1840 – Eleven Negroes Came to Montrose [“five males, four females and two young children” – I. Post diary]; 1846 – Eagle Foundry Started by the Sayre Family on Foundry Street; 1854 – Destructive Fire; 1855 – Present Court House Built; 1856 – Sayre Agricultural Works Moved to Present Location, opposite D.L.&W. Station; 1861 – Departure of First Company of [Civil War] Volunteers; 1867 - Crandall’s Toy Factory; 1867 – H.L Beach Started Scroll Saw Works; 1870 – Population, 1463; 1874 – Trains Running to Tunkhannock on Narrow Gauge Road; 1884 – General Borough Charter; 1887 – Susquehanna County Centennial at Hallstead. [Continued next week.]

March 21 1924/2024

Brooklyn – Earl Barnes, who resides in Brooklyn, employed by Francis R. Cope, of Dimock, will be careful hereafter in generously giving strangers “lifts” when out with his automobile, having an experience early Tuesday morning which will linger in his memory. As he was passing through Hop Bottom a young man of good appearance solicited a ride and the request was granted, but Barnes had not proceeded very far, however, before he suspicioned that he had befriended a “tough,” and he was thoroughly convinced of the character of his passenger, a little later, when money was demanded. Barnes insisted that he had no money, but this did not satisfy the young scoundrel, for when Banes left his car to make a chain repair, between Alford and New Milford, a vicious assault was made at an unexpected moment. Barnes was able to get the best of his assailant and a robbery was averted. The bandit made his escape. Barnes proceeded to New Milford and reported the attempted hold-up. It was later reported that the culprit was picked up by State Troopers, but could not be confirmed at this time.


Hallstead – Francis Phillips was severely bruised and shaken up when he fell from an automobile driven by Robert Bullard. Phillips was sitting in the rear seat and seeing a person passing by that he wanted to see on business, decided to drop off. He opened the car door and stepped down to reach a running board but there was no running board on the car and he went down to the pavement still clinging to the car, being thrown around until he released his hold on the car. No bones were broken.


Montrose – A blaze at the residence of Jack McKeage was extinguished before serious damage was done, owing to the presence of mind and effective work of Miss Nellie McCormick, employed in the McKeage home. The fire was discovered by Mr. McKeage’s little son, who rushed to the kitchen and exclaimed: “Miss Nellie, the mantle is all on fire, the flames are ‘most up to the clock.” The fire was soon under control. ALSO Miss Irene Pedrick, teacher in charge of the Commercial Course of the Montrose Schools, spent the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Pedrick, in Nicholson. [For all those who remember Miss Pedrick.]


Ararat – Last week Mrs. Walley Hackley was taken suddenly ill and her husband was out all night trying to get a doctor. He returned, however, at 5 A.M. Had he been able to use his telephone all this trouble would have been avoided. [Lines down from a previous snow storm.]


Thompson – Mrs. George Pickering, who has been ill since the first of December, and confined to her bed for the past month, was happily surprised, March 3rd, when Mr. Pickering entered her room and gave her a shower bath of post cards and letters. Lillian was delightfully entertained for several days, and days long to be remembered as she looked over the cards of friendly greetings and words of comfort and cheer from her special friends, to the number of 110. Also 18 birthday cards from Daytona Beach, Florida, found their way to her home. She extends many thanks to all who so kindly remembered her on her birthday and to her friends and neighbors who have been so kind during her illness.


New Milford – Hollis Tiffany will conduct a first-class meat market in the Inderlied building, opening this week.


Susquehanna – St. John’s new parochial school building is said to be the finest school building in the county. The cost exceeded $250,000, and was borne by the congregation of St. John’s Roman Catholic church of Susquehanna. ALSO Susquehanna has several cases of scarlet fever, six having recently developed in the West Hill District. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The West Hill school house has been fumigated.


Gelatt – After 47 years of continuous service as undertaker, A. H. Crosier, of the undertaking firm of Crosier & Gelatt, has sold his interest in the firm to E. E. Gelatt, who will conduct the business in the future. Mr. Gelatt has been connected with Mr. Crosier in the business for the past 25 years, during which time he has attended to the embalming. Mr. Gelatt will be assisted by his wife, who has been receiving special instructions in caring for the body.


Franklin Township – Oscar Mitchell, who resides in this place, near the Baker school house, gives notice of a public sale to be held March 28. Mr. Mitchell will work on the Snake Creek roads the coming summer, and thus finds it necessary to sell his personal property.


Uniondale – On Friday morning, March 14, occurred the death of Silas Churchill, an elderly and highly esteemed citizen of this town. He was born in Herrick township on July 5, 1844 and his death followed a long illness. The funeral was held from his late home and burial was made in the family plot [Sanders cemetery] on the farm where he resided before purchasing a home here. On March 10, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Carpenter, by whom he is survived. One daughter and four sons also survive.


Forest City – St. Agnes church is well known in the Scranton Diocese for its charitable work. It was “donation” day at the church and as a result St. Josephs Foundling Home, at Scranton, will be the recipient of useful gifts sent by St. Martha’s Society. The articles sent to the Home are: 200 packages cereals, 800 pounds of sugar, 367 cans of vegetables and fruits, 256 pairs of hose, 156 pairs of bloomers, 111 boys’ waists, 138 bath towels, 119 infants’ dresses, 100 sheets, 102 pillow cases, 21 pairs of shoes, 24 handkerchiefs, 13 wash cloths, 60 cans of Mennen’s powder, 109 pounds of flour, $40 in cash, bushel turnips, bushel potatoes and 50 miscellaneous articles.

February 29 1924/2024

Montrose – Not in many years has so much interest been shown in matters historic as was exhibited by the people of Montrose and vicinity in connection with the unveiling of the memorial tablet presented to Susquehanna County by Montrose Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. The handsome tablet named 185 soldiers who rest in the County’s bosom. The speaker, Homer Greene, spoke the following words: “These common soldiers of the Revolution, you didn’t stop to inquire into their family tree, to investigate their financial standing, their social status, their religion, before adding their names to your roll of honor. It was enough for you that, as soldiers of the Continental armies, they fought a good fight and kept faith with their country and their fellowmen. You can rest assured that they did not go into battle because they loved war. There was nothing compulsory about their enlistment; there was no government that had power to conscript them. They didn’t fight under the blazing summer sun that day at Monmouth; they didn’t shiver and suffer and die amid the snows of Valley Forge for the mere love of adventure or for any financial reward, or for any selfish purpose. They fought because they believed profoundly in the things for which they were fighting; they fought for a cause because they believed in the cause, and it was only through that belief and that spirit that they were able at last to come off victorious.” [The tablet is on display in the Court House.]


Brooklyn – The sale of the old Col. Frederick Bailey homestead is one of the largest real estate transactions made in town for many years. This farm, consisting of between four and five hundred acres of land, was bought by Col. Bailey in 1807 and was his residence until 1851, the time of his death, when it was purchased by his son, H. L. Bailey. Upon the death of H. L. Bailey it was inherited by his only child, Mrs. M. W. Palmer, and was for over one hundred years a noted stock and dairy farm. For the past few years it has been occupied by the Ely Brothers, who have now purchased it, the consideration being $15,000.


Auburn Twp. – Helen Josephine and Anna Lott Loomis, four months old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Loomis, of Craig Hill, died on Friday and Saturday last. Their illnesses were both of the same nature—stomach and intentional trouble. Both little bodies were placed in the same casket and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon, with interment in Bunnell cemetery. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of many friends.


Birchardville – Ball Brothers, Marshall and Clayton, have killed 44 raccoons this winter, and 14 foxes, besides a number of mink. The former was in Montrose on Monday with an armful of fine fox pelts on which he collected the bounties.


North Jackson – Geo. V. Larrabee, has been employed with the large book publishing house of Geo. P. Putnam Sons, New York, since December. Mr. Larrabee’s duties largely consist in making up lists of books for public libraries, and securing the books for these institutions. He has just secured fifty volumes at a reasonable figure for the Jackson library.


Susquehanna – Thieves robbed the home of S. H. Hersch, Wednesday night of last week, of the equivalent of a truckload of canned fruit.

Entrance to the cellar was affected by cutting out the glass in the cellar door and unlocking it from the inside. The robbers took the precaution of loosening all the electric light bulbs in their sockets so that a person switching on the current would be unable to light the cellar. The work was done so quietly that parties in the house heard no noise. Chief of Police Stockholm is working on clues, which may lead to arrests.


Snake Creek Road – An effort is being made to have a hard surfaced road constructed along the Snake Creek from Montrose to a point near Conklin, NY. This road would go through Franklin Forks, Lawsville and Brookdale, which is but a few miles from Binghamton. This route would greatly shorten the distance for motor traffic from Binghamton southward to Wilkes-Barre and southern Pa. It would divert a great deal of the traffic from the Lackawanna Trail.


Forest City – Mike McNally, utility man for the New York Yankees, while here last week, had words of praise for Steve Shamro, our local southpaw, and said he was big league timber. He was confident that if given a trial in the major league Shamro would be placed on the pay rolls. He will not be satisfied until Shamro is placed where he has belonged for some time—in the major league. ALSO Rural mail carriers are experiencing great difficulty in their deliveries. Portions of roads have heavy drifts piled up by the storm of a week ago. The road between here and Dundaff is blocked and no effort has been made to open the road.


Springville – Everyone here has been busy of late filling ice houses. The Dairymen’s League completed theirs, getting the ice at States’ Pond.


South Montrose – One of the saddest tragedies, which has occurred in this vicinity, took place near here, when Arlene Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stone, three years old, was fatally burned and a brother, Byrd, aged 11 years, was also badly burned. The accident is said to have been caused by Byrd pouring gasoline on a fire, which was supposed to have gone out. A spark exploded the fluid and in an instant the boy and his sister were ablaze. The children were alone at the time, the mother having gone to a neighbors and the father being employed at the South Montrose factory. Margaret Rafferty, her father and brother, Frank, ran to the home and carried the children out, while tearing off their burning clothing. Dr. Mackey attended children and took them to his hospital in Montrose, where Byrd was later taken to Scranton. The funeral of Arlene was held in O’Brien’s funeral home and interment was made in the Montrose Cemetery.


Dimock – The Parent-Teacher meeting was well attended. Many important things came up for discussion, among them the possibility of making the Dimock school a four-year high school the coming year. There are a surprising number of people in favor of this proposition.


Uniondale – Our public library needs funds. It is necessary that cash be obtained to insure the maintenance of the library, which is an inestimable benefit in the community. It has been proposed that our young people rally to their support and hold entertainments. Who will take up the initiative?

February 08 1924/2024

Death of Woodrow Wilson – Woodrow Wilson died at his home on Feb. 3rd, 1924. He was born in Staunton, VA in 1856 and elected President from 1913 to 1921. Wilson tried to keep the United States neutral during World War 1 but ultimately called on Congress to declare war on Germany in 1917. After the war, he helped negotiate a peace treaty that included a plan for the League of Nations. Although the Senate rejected U. S. membership in the League, Wilson received the Nobel Prize for his peacemaking efforts. He graduated from Princeton in 1879 and became its president from 1902 to 1910. He was in office when American women gained the right to vote. Woodrow Wilson was buried in the Washington National Cathedral, the only president to be interred in the nation’s capital. (History.com)


Montrose – Benjamin F. McKeage passed away at his home, Feb. 5, 1924. He was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1834 and was only a few days of being 90. Mr. McKeage was a fine type of man and had a wide circle of friends. He was a “gentleman of the old school,” courteous in his bearing, and was an exemplary man in every way. He was a personal friend of the late ex-president Woodrow Wilson, and it seems singular that their lives should ebb out so close together. Owing to the intimacy between the two men, the fact of Wilson’s death was kept from him. Mr. McKeage came to Montrose in 1904 and with his sons purchased the sawing machinery business, established in Montrose by H. L. Beach, and incorporated the Beach Manufacturing Co., the leading industry of Montrose.


Dimock – Little Marjorie Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Green, is ill with scarlet fever. As the house is under quarantine, the men of the family are boarding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Greenwood.


Hop Bottom – A notice in the newspaper announces an examination for the position of postmaster of this place. The present postmaster, Stanley M. Williams, was one of the first postmasters in the county to secure the appointment by examination. He is an ex-service man and has many friends who are hopeful that he will be retained.


South Ararat – Percy and Clifford Walker are getting ice from Fiddle Lake.


Uniondale – Twenty-four ladies met at the home of Mrs. Frank Rounds and enjoyed an old-fashioned rag bee. A dainty luncheon was served. ALSO Scarletina has broken out in our school. The buildings were thoroughly disinfected by health officer Dimmick. Every possible precaution is being put forth to prevent the spread of the disease.


Harford – Miss Clarinda Harding fell and received some bruises, but fortunately no bones were broken. Miss Harding is vey active, although she is past 90 years of age.


Brooklyn – L. D. Bertholf’s family is out of quarantine. Little Marion has completely recovered from diphtheria. ALSO Leon Lindsey and Maurice Birtch are cutting ice on Ely Lake. ALSO The next meeting of the Literary Society will be held on Feb. 8th. There will be a debate—“Resolved, that the United States should cancel its war debt.”


Susquehanna – While playing hockey on the river, Sunday afternoon, three boys followed a tin can they were striking with hockey sticks too close to a hole and fell into the water. One of the number, Amare Marchetti, age 14, was carried under the ice and drowned. His two companions, Patrick Parillo and Joseph Pingerilli, were rescued. The bravery and presence of mind of Fred Wolfe, who was skating, saved the Parillo boy. Marchetti tried to reach Wolfe’s hand but failed and he went under the ice to his death. Pingerilli was near solid ice and with the help of other boys was able to reach a place of safety. The unfortunate lad was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Marchetti and was the oldest of eight children. The family and community are grief stricken by the boy’s tragic end.


Forest City – Dominick Franceski, John P. Murray, John Lynch and John Cassimer, members of the Forest City Council, met with the county commissioners to present their claims for the construction of a pavement on the state highway leading from here to Clifford. This road leads to Carbondale and Honesdale and is a much-traveled thoroughfare. No definite action was taken, but it is hoped that this road may be built in the near future.


New Milford – The Hallstead basket ball team will play with the New Milford Radio Five, in the town Hall, on the night of Feb. 7.


Gibson – A Leap Year box social will be held at the Grange Hall, Friday evening, Feb. 8, for the benefit of the church. All men and boys are cordially invited to come and bring boxes, which the ladies will purchase.


Thompson – The Oskenonton Company, who gave a concert in Keystone Hall, was exceptionally interesting and was well attended despite the bad weather. This company consists of Oskenonton, a Mohawk Indian from Canada, and two unusually fine assisting artists—Miss Margaret Wilder, violinist and Miss Ella Flanders, piano soloist and accompanist. The program was novel and interesting. Oskenonton has a deep baritone voice and presented the songs of his people in Mohawk tongue, dressed in Indian costume and accompanying himself on the original water tom-tom. Explanations in English before the different numbers made the songs particularly fascinating. Oskenonton did not confine his work wholly to Indian music, but presented in evening clothes Standard American concert groups.


Lawsville – Bert L. Bailey is interested in the planting of seedling trees on his farm. He was asked if he intended planting any this spring and he said that it was his intention to set out 3,000 Norway spruce and 3,000 red pine. He had planned to set them last spring, but was unable to secure the trees. There is a campaign in the county to plant a million seedlings in the spring of 1925.


Jail News: Sheriff W. J. McLaughlin and Register and Recorder Fred W, Barrett took Charles Schmidt to the Eastern Penitentiary, Philadelphia. Schmidt was given a sentence of from one to two years. He was convicted of stealing a cow and calf, watch and other valuables from Morris Tingley, of Lenox township. Schmidt appeared anxious to go to the penitentiary. He said he knew a good many who were serving sentences there. Local officials felt he would be among his friends.

April 04 1924/2024

Montrose History Related at Centennial Observance: March 29, 1924 marked just 100 years to the day when the Assembly of Pennsylvania enacted the necessary legislation which enabled Montrose to function politically as a borough. In the evening of that day, the citizens of the Borough gathered en masse, in the Court House, to commemorate the occasion. [Space does not allow for the listing of all the events of that evening, but a time-line was produced and a partial list, up to 1831, is found here.] 1800 – First Log Cabin; 1801 – First Fourth of July Celebration. Felling of Thirteen Trees; 1806 – First Frame House; 1808 -First Post Office. Mail Carried on Horseback; 1810 Susquehanna County Separated from Luzerne County; 1811 – Montrose Located As County Seat; 1812 – Population - Two Families; 1813 – First Court House; 1816 Population, 186; 1824 – January 1, First Stage Coach Through Mail, New York, Milford, Montrose, Owego; 1826 – First Church in the Village (Presbyterian); 1830 – Population 415; 1831 – First Fire Company. [List will continue next week.]


Brooklyn – Tuesday evening, April 8th, there will be a warm [maple] sugar social at the home of Mrs. C. P. Fitch, given by the Busy Bee and Ever Ready classes of the Universalist Sunday School. All cordially invited to attend. Sugar 20cents a dish.


North Bridgewater – Good prices prevailed at C. M. Bennett’s public sale, held in North Bridgewater a few days ago, not withstanding the bad conditions in the roads the day the sale was held. Cows sold from $27 to $52, and horses from $75 to $100, which shows a big drop from prices of a few years ago. Mr. Bennett is now operating a blacksmith shop in Birchardville.


Springville – J. K. Aldrich is anxious to communicate with Lookwood (Lockwood?) Avery, and wishes to know his present address. Mr. Avery is using Aldrich’s barn for storeroom purposes and as Mr. Aldrich has use for same would like to have him remove his wares from the barn. Anyone furnishing Mr. Aldrich with this information will confer a favor that will be greatly appreciated.


Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dayton, formerly of this county, but now from the southern part of the state, will come to the Cope farm this week and reside in the boarding house. Mr. Dayton will assist with the orchard work.


Gibson – Gibson dairy is receiving 10,000 pounds of milk daily. ALSO The farmers are busy making maple syrup.


Great Bend – Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hotaling have gone to Shickshinny, where they have purchased a theatre. ALSO James Igo, formerly of Brookdale, who served with the American army in France, is leaving for California, the 23d of April, where he hopes to regain his health.


Harford – Harry Ellsworth has purchased the Moore farm, at North Harford, and will soon take possession.


New Milford – The Cadman Quartette, of Binghamton, will give a concert in the New Milford Opera House, Tuesday evening April 8, under the auspices of the Civic Club.


Hallstead – James Florence, the popular horse dealer, has purchased the Holt property, the farm occupied for a number of years by James Jackson. The farm consists of a large tract of several hundred acres on the main road from Hallstead to Susquehanna. The real estate deal was made through V. D. Shaw and is one of the largest transactions in real estate made in this vicinity in some time. ALSO The ice passed down the river very quietly, without causing any damage or causing high water, as in former years.


Franklin Forks – The Ladies Aid Society will meet in the Alliance Hall, Wednesday, April 9th. A boiled dinner will be served. A free-will offering will be taken. All cordially invited. Quilting will be the work for the day.


Forest City – The remains of Lieut. Reese Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. David A. Davis, of Lackawanna street, arrived here on the Erie flyer from France and were met at the station by members of the Charles and Martin Skubic Post, who escorted the body to the home of the young man’s parents, from which the funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon. Lieut. Davis was born in this place, October 14, 1894. He graduated from Forest City High School, Bloomsburg Normal and Jefferson Medical College. In July 1917 he was commissioned a lieutenant and in the September following sailed for England where for five months he was in charge of Horton hospital, London. From there he went to France, where he was connected with the British Medical corps. On Sept. 27th, 1918, while doing temporary duty as medical officer of the Irish Guards, he was badly wounded and soon after passed away. Death met him in the line of duty. At the time he was injured he was busily engaged dressing the wounds of British soldiers at the battle in front of Cambrai. The Reese Davis Post, American Legion, of Scranton, composed of medical officers who served in the war, was named in honor of the deceased. They will attend the service on Sunday.


Elkdale – Clarence Carr is holding school on Saturdays, so as to let school out early, in order to go to college for the summer months.


Uniondale – George Taylor has been a busy man the past winter. He has cared for 25 head of cattle, two horses, and 200 or more hens, cut and hauled fifteen thousand feet of logs to the John’s mills and hauled the lumber home; also hauled 15 loads of wood from the same mill, split 100 fence posts and has tapped 75 maple trees.


Ararat – Notice to the Editor: We still notice that the State Road is very prominent by the absence of travel over it. We even notice that the Scranton to Binghamton bootleggers’ cars were unable to get through that way on their regular Thursday schedule, and had to go via Herrick, Burnwood, Ararat and Thompson, and thence to points north. And made their return trip Saturday via the same route. CITIZENS PER BILL.


News Brief: President Coolidge gave some fatherly advice to a group of boys who called to ask him to head a committee arranging for the nation-wide celebration of April 27 to May 3, of “Boys’ Week.” “I have two boys of my own,” the President reminded his callers. “I tell them there are only two things necessary for boys—work hard and behave themselves. Do that and there won’t be any doubt about the future of this country.”

March 14 1924/2024

Lanesboro – Gilbert McKune, a Civil War veteran, is ill with an attack of appendicitis at the home of his son, Arthur. He had reached his 80th milestone last week. ALSO Upwards of $200 has been contributed to the fund for the benefit of Mr. and Mrs. William Caden, who lost all their belongings by fire recently. Employees of the D. & H. gave $130 and monies are still being received.


Elk Lake – Owing to the Dimock school being closed, on account of scarlet fever, Misses Ruth Titman, Mildred Tanner and Belle Grow [teachers] have been home.


Auburn/Rush Twps. – E. C. Parker, of Jersey Hill, will sell his personal property at public sale, March 20, and move to Meshoppen, having sold his farm to W. N. Devine several months ago. Mr. Devine is manager of the Rush Poor Farm, and expected to move to his newly acquired property this spring, but the poor directors prevailed on him to remain with them another year.


Forest City – Charles and Martin Skubic Post of the American Legion is in receipt of a card from the War department stating that headstones for the graves of George Payne, Wm. Burns, Joseph Dearie, Raymond Murray and John Gardella, are being worked on. The department stated that owing to the thousands of requests no definite shipping date can be given. The government issues the headstones free. They are full white marble, 42” in length, 4” thick and 13” wide throughout, with a circle 2¼” in diameter on front face near the top—with Christian face and Latin cross. ALSO The Melhinch Shoe Company filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, in the court at Scranton, on Wednesday of last week.


Harford – O. F. Maynard is the proud owner of a new Dodge sedan.


Susquehanna – The false work from the front of the First National Bank was removed by the contractor, last week, and it is now evident what a wonderful improvement has been made. The work is going on, however, and when completed the First National Bank will have a home second to none in this section of the country. ALSO Sanford S. Coddington, aged 66 years, died at his home in Harmony township, March 7. Mr. Coddington has been engaged in the milk business in this place for many years and was widely known and respected. He is survived by his widow and son, Frank, of this place; two brothers, Eugene and Frank of Circleville, NY and one sister, Mrs. Welsch, of Fair Oakes, NY.


Montrose – Ira B. Thomas, manager of the Ideal Theatre, has just installed a Gardiner Velvet Gold Fibre screen, an exact replica of those used in the Rivoli Theatre in New York City, the million dollar Max Linder Theatre, Paris, France and other leading theatres here and in Europe. Besides giving the pictures the appearance of real life, the new screen eliminates all eyestrain. Other advantages of the screen are that it reproduces pictures in all their natural color tones and swiftly moving objects in clear, sharp detail, entirely doing away with the hazy, vague outline and jump, which is the cause of much eyestrain.


Upper Lake – The box social held last Friday night for the benefit of R. Sherwood and family, of Hallstead, netted over $60.00. Mr. Sherwood and family have a host of friends in this vicinity who sympathize with them in their recent loss by fire.


Lawsville Grange – It was decided to hold a reception for Brother Philip Wheaton and his bride, at their Salt Springs home, Friday evening, March 14th. The ladies will bring cake. Ice cream will be served.


Gelatt – Manley Potter has purchased a radio and is entertaining his many friends in the evening.


Brooklyn – The Methodist church will hold a comedy social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Ely, Wednesday evening, March 19. A prize will be given for the funniest costume. ALSO Mrs. Virgie Kinney has been in Scranton, where she took treatment for diabetes and is very much improved.


Great Bend – Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Day contemplate spending the coming summer in England, where Mr. Day spent his boyhood days, according to the Great Bend Plaindealer, which says: “Mr. Day is one of Great Bend’s most progressive businessmen, and with his esteemed wife are planning a well earned vacation. They will sail about June 1st and will probably remain abroad until late in the fall. Hosts of friends wish them a pleasant visit and safe return to their home.”


Springville – Hotel Fisk has been purchased by Robert Smales and he will take possession March 20th.


Fairdale – Friends in this place are pleased to learn of the marriage of Roy Oakes and Mrs. Davis, which occurred Saturday, the 8th.


Baseball: Nicholson base ball fans are working on a project having as an object a Trail League to include Harford, Hallstead, New Milford, Hop Bottom, Nicholson, Factoryville and Clarks Summit. Great Bend and Hallstead are already at work on plans for a “bang up” team.


Old Turnpike Roads: For several years the maintenance of roads in several townships of the county, which were, originally, old turnpikes, has been a matter for controversy, more or less acute at different times. The townships in which they are located are urging that the county take them over and keep them in repair, claiming it is their legal obligation. As there are hundreds of miles of such turnpikes in the county, the Commissioners have been extremely reluctant to assume this obligation, claiming the expense of maintenance would run into large figures. However, the matter is up again and the status of these old roads may be determined, once and for all. Supervisors from Harford, Clifford, Brooklyn, Lathrop and Lenox, after a consultation with Dist. Atty. Edward Little, returned home and will measure such old roads in the respective townships, and ascertain what changes, if any have been made, since the laying of the original pikes. Those in question are: Milford & Owego, Great Bend & Philadelphia, Lenox & Brooklyn, Waterford & Abington, Newburg, Wilkes-Barre, Great Bend & etc.


News Brief: According to the American Issue, licenses of 16 Pennsylvania motorists, convicted of driving while intoxicated, were revoked recently by the automobile division and the names of six other persons were placed on the division blacklist for similar offences. This brings the total for the year to 512 motor vehicle drivers’ licenses revoked and 471 placed on the blacklist.

February 22 1924/2024

Montrose – Miss Erma Smith spent Sunday with her parents in Sayre. She was called there by the illness of her mother, who suffered an attack of appendicitis, but recovered without the necessity of an operation. ALSO Prof. J. Wesley Gavitt, who is doing the master course at Ithaca Conservatory of Music, is playing first violin in the Ithaca Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Gavitt completes the course in May, when he will be on regular weekly schedule with his classes in Susquehanna, Wyoming and Bradford counties.


Susquehanna – The Susquehanna Transcript estimates that there are 100 radio sets in that borough, including the suburbs of Oakland and Lanesboro.


South Montrose – Our Grange celebrates its 50th year, organized by the late Roger Searle in 1874.


Hallstead – John Whalen died suddenly in the Barnes Memorial Hospital, Susquehanna, Sunday morning. Mr. Whalen had both of his legs broken two weeks previous, when a locomotive wheel fell on him while he was at work in the Erie shop. He took an unexpected turn for the worse on Sunday, due to the shock to his system from the accident, and died before a physician could reach him.


New Milford – Jesse M. Vailes was visiting the County Seat and was looking so well as to elicit the remark that his political friends (?) were kind, indeed, to let him return to the pure air and high altitudes of the county, after serving most efficiently as a special policeman at the State Capital for many years. “Jessie’s” friends are legion, even if he does happen to be on the wrong side of the partisan political fence.


Kingsley – Frank Ralph and J. M. Decker were callers at The Democrat office on Friday. Mr. Ralph has been totally blind for thirty-two years, not even being able to see in a shadowy form during that period. Yet he is an expert weaver of carpet and has woven hundreds of yards. His wife assists him in the matter of color selection, but he is able to do all the weaving in a very skillful manner. Any of our readers who may want carpet woven will find that he does it satisfactorily and at the same time assist him in having a useful and profitable form of employment.


South Ararat – A pleasant day was spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thomas, the occasion being to tie comfortables for Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Thorn. Neighbors and friends were invited to piece a block, also to work giver’s name on the block, each block to be accompanied by ten cents to buy batting and lining for quilt. A goodly number responded until enough blocks were given for two large quilts.


Birchardville – The Rising Sun Grange will hold a pie social at the hall on Friday evening, Feb. 22nd. Each lady is requested to bring a pie.


Forest City – Parents must have their children, unless accompanied, off the streets and at their homes by nine o’clock, in accordance with the borough curfew ordinance. All violators of this ordinance will be dealt with according to law; therefore, parents see to it that your children are at home at nine o’clock or you will be held responsible. Spooning in the doorways and lobbies of business places; congregating on street corners and sidewalks, thus blocking off pedestrians; swearing, vulgar and boisterous language will not be tolerated. The above constitutes a disorderly charge and persons disregarding this warning will be picked up and prosecuted.


Dimock – C. W. Barnes, a retired blacksmith here, has charge of the filling of the large Janssen ice-house at the milk station. Will is the right man in the right place. ALSO John Rosencrant, our mail carrier, and his faithful horse, Tom, seem to stand the cold weather good, making four trips daily to the depot, not missing a single trip.


Franklin Forks – Whooping cough is the order of the day.


Harford – Last Monday evening the “Jolly Five” played the Nicholson basket ball team with a resulting score of 13-6 in favor of the “Jolly Five.”


Rushville – Born, on Saturday, Feb. 9th, to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Devine, an 8-lb. son—Boyd Wesley.


Gibson – There will be no annual meeting of the Library Association, but those who desire may become members by paying 40 cents for the balance of the year. Several good magazines are being received and new books will be purchased.


Uniondale – A Sunday radio party was held at the home of G. E. Douglas. They listened to an eloquent sermon delivered in New York City. The music was inspiring. This did not satisfy a member of the party and he insisted that the services in the metropolis were the same, except the clatter of the nickels in the contribution box. He suggested that the time-honored custom be observed, and it was so ordered.


Centennial Celebration: A meeting of the citizens of Montrose was held at the Court House to discuss the various phases of Montrose’s Centennial Celebration, to be held this summer, and to hear suggestions from those interested in the proper observance of this event. The first week in July was favored and a nominating committee was appointed. More information will be reported as plans are made. [The Borough was incorporated March 29th, 1824 and those of you who are reading this article please be aware of this significant and upcoming event.]


News Brief: Three Nanticoke saloons were raided by Troopers Leo Gratcofsky and Hintz, and a quantity of alleged moonshine liquor was seized. The men were each held under $1,000 bail for court. The raids were said to have been instigated by Rev. James Lawson, pastor of the Methodist church, formerly pastor of the Fairdale charge, this county. ALSO Henry Ford is probably the largest individual employer in the world. In his employment are 162,792 persons. His plant at Detroit employs the most people, 68,285 men. ALSO The National Christian Council of China has protested against the playing of Mah-Jong by American church members. Rev. Paul Hutchinson says the adoption of this ancient Chinese gambling device in America has appalled Chinese Christians and has brought about a critical condition in Chinese churches. Rev. Hutchinson predicts Mah-Jong will soon disappear because it is too intricate for the Western mind and is only a social fad.

February 01 1924/2024

Hop Bottom – A daring holdup took place near here, Sunday night, when four men, masquerading as state troopers, stopped J. W. Payne, of Binghamton, and his two helpers, who were driving a truck from Scranton to Binghamton. The four holdup men got away with the contents of the truck, said to be drug store stock. Mr. Payne said that he was driving near Hop Bottom when four men, who had been in concealment along the highway, stepped onto the road and commanded him to stop, declaring they were state troopers. Payne and his helper were ordered to get into their car. They were then driven to the vicinity of Lake Winola and were told to “beat it.” As the trio tramped over strange territory, suffering much from the cold, the holdup men returned to the truck and emptied its contents into their own machine. When the holdup victims reached a farm, after walking for miles, they telephone an alarm. The truck was found on Monday and as they approached it they saw a man jump from the machine and hurry away, losing himself from view in the woods.


Dimock – The funeral of Jonathan Estus, aged 84, was held on Jan. 27th. The deceased was a man loved by everyone who knew him, both young and old. One neighbor recently said of him, “He was one of the best liked men in town because he was never heard to speak an ill word of anyone.” Although a good carpenter, he was a machinist by trade, one of he best in the country. He owned a shop at Elk Lake where he resided with his wife until her death about 14 years ago. He then went to live with his daughter, Mrs. E. O. Bailey.


Hallstead/Great Bend – The large barn and contents owned by L. H. Sherwood, on the flats between Hallstead and Great Bend, and known as the Keystone Farms, were burned last week. Mr. Sherwood noticed a bright glow in the yard and flames shooting over the rear of the barn. Calling his son, he ran to the barn and released the horses and most of the cows. A couple of cows, calves and three pigs were lost. The barn was filled with the crops of last season plus farming implements and several automobiles. Mr. Sherwood felt the loss of his animals more than the financial loss. His neighbors saved his house by climbing on the roof and with pails of water and with wet brooms brushed the falling embers off. The loss was estimated at $20,000, with insurance of $4,500. Years ago a racetrack was located here and thousands of people visited it.


Uniondale – Frank Urda’s team was placed under the mill shed Tuesday morning unhitched. They became uneasy and backed the vehicle and started to run. Joe Fisher was driving on Main street when the team came running at a breakneck speed. The horses separated, each going on the side of Fisher ‘s wagon. The pole of Urda’s wagon hit the seat of Fisher’s wagon throwing it over on Fisher. Luckily Fisher was not injured. Had the pole struck him a different story would have been told.


Lawton – Jehile Kirkhuff, while on his way to the entertainment at Rush, was slightly injured by a car driven by Wilson Terry.


Franklin Forks – A military funeral was held for the late Ludwig Bienkowski, in St. Mary’s church. Rev. W. J. Gibson officiated and interment was made in St. Mary’s cemetery. The young man was a world war veteran. The bearers were members of the Gardner-Warner Post, American Legion: Dr. A. P. Downer, Dr. J. A. Calby, Dr. L. M. Thompson, B. R. Gardner, R. W. Wood and Atty. E. P. Little.


Rush – Friends of M. R. Edwards, formerly of this place, and former Montrose high school student, will be pleased to learn of his recent purchase of the Stewart School Service, in Sioux City, Iowa. He has been associated with this business for some time, and recently acquired control of it. He is a brother of Mrs. George Wootton, of Montrose.


Susquehanna – John Ferguson, Esq. has just completed 12 years as District Attorney of this county. He held office for three four-year terms, and not only established a record for the county, but it is believed he held the important office longer than any one in the State. During the 12 years of serving the Commonwealth as Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Ferguson handled about 1200 criminal cases fairly and impartially.


Thompson – Spencer’s have cut over 4000 cakes of ice on their mill pond already this season.


Primary Road System – The State Highway Dept. hopes to build 850 miles of paved road annually. There is every reason to believe that four road projects will be started in this county this spring. The five-mile road between Montrose and Fairdale, part of the East and West Highway, will be commenced. The Oakland-Great Bend pave will also be laid. On both of these considerable grading was done last fall in preparation for active operations this spring. The Susquehanna-Lanesboro pave and the Little Meadows projects are also to be taken up by the state.


News Briefs: Among the odd laws of some of our states it is mentioned that in Nebraska a woman’s skirt must not be more than eight inches above the floor. In Massachusetts an old law forbids whistling on Sunday. In New York State nobody is allowed to carry a gun with a permit—except burglars and bandits. ALSO The new Ford plant in Philadelphia is to turn out a complete Ford car each and every minute it is in operation. Sixty cars an hour will be the capacity of this plant. ALSO Next Saturday will be Candlemas day. The old groundhog is supposed to stick his nose out of his hole and if he sees his shadow he will return for another period of hibernation. It is said he will remain in seclusion for six weeks providing he sees his shadow. The ground hog may or may not be a prophet. The fact remains we will have a continuance of winter just the same. It is an old saying that on Candlemas day half the wood and half the hay, during the winter period, have been consumed. [Mark your calendars-Friday, February 2nd, 2024 is Groundhog Day.]

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