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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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June 13 1924/2024

Auburn Twp. – Edward S. Loomis, aged 80 years, a veteran of the war of the rebellion, died at his home, June 7, 1924. Mr. Loomis followed farming as long as his health would permit, while a natural knowledge of domestic animals often made his services invaluable. He was one of the last survivors of Auburn Post, G. A. R., only four remaining of the original sixty comrades. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Lott Loomis, and one daughter. Interment was made in the Jersey Hill Cemetery ill Cemetery

Lynn, Springville Twp. – Claude Button, a recent graduate and honor student of the Springville high school, bears an unusual record in attendance, having attended school eight years in succession without missing one day.

Birchardville – A number from here attended the graduation exercises in Montrose, where Dayton Birchard was one of the graduates.

Brookdale – Mrs. Henry Mosser received a painful injury to her right hand. She was trying to untie a bull and in some manner her hand was caught in the rope and one of her fingers was torn off and another badly lacerated. She was rushed to Dr Merrill’s office, in Hallstead, where her hand was dressed. ALSO James and Bernard Dolan graduated from the medical college at Buffalo.

Lenoxville – Ortie Conrad entertained the “It’ll Do” Club on Thursday afternoon.

Forest Lake Twp. – Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Preston, Mrs. Mary Harrison, Alta and Elmer Preston, Handrick Miles and Mrs. Walter Jacobs and son, Herbert, motored to the Stone Street Cemetery last week. Mrs. Preston’s great great-grandfather, Andrew Handrick, is buried in this cemetery, who is the seventh generation removed from Herbert Jacobs. Andrew was a Revolutionary war soldier and died Oct. 15, 1819. The stone marking his burial place was erected in 1837 by his son, Wm. G. Handrick. It is also interesting to know that some of the old stones in this burial ground were made in England and were shipped to this country. They are fine examples of marble cutting.

Bridgewater Twp. – A doe and fawn were seen on the Lathrop farm, near Lake Montrose, one day last week. Since deer have had increased protection they have been multiplying in numbers in this county, but this is the nearest they have been seen in this locality.

Harford - Mrs. Betsey Jeffers celebrated her 88thbirthday and during the afternoon a number of her lady friends called on her and all spent a most enjoyable time. Mrs. Jeffers is blessed with many friends because she has always taken time to be friendly, for it is an old and true saying that in order to have friends you must be one. To see her no one would credit her age as being nearly ninety, and she retains unabated interest in her friends and social, religious, educational and current day affairs. ALSO The normal graduates of the Old Harford Academy of 1856 will meet at the Rosemont Inn, Montrose, on June 18.

Susquehanna – The honor graduates of the high school are: First, Kenneth Glidden; Second, Alma Stoddart; Third, Ethyln Moore. ALSO Funeral services for the late Wm. T. Boyle were held in St. John’s church on Monday. The attendance was very large, the railroad men, of which Mr. Boyle was a member, attended in a body. Burial was in the Laurel Hill cemetery.

Hop Bottom – George Janaushek, Irene Yaglee, Alice Rose, Letah Phillips and Charlotte Pratt, graduates of the Nicholson high school, class of 1924, are on a trip to Washington, D. C.

Clifford – I. O. Finn, a lifelong resident of this place, died suddenly Sunday evening, June 8, 1924, at his home, at the age of 82 years. He was one of the best-known and highly respected residents of Clifford and active in the affairs of the Baptist church. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons: Rev. F. D. Finn, of San Diego, Calif; F. R. Finn, of Appleton, Wis., A. O. Finn, of Clifford, and one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Strain, of Clinton, N. Y.

Wyalusing – Few Wyalusing people were aware of the fact that the giant U. S. N. dirigible, “Shenandoah,” glided directly over this valley on its way from Buffalo to Philadelphia, at a speed of some 90 miles an hour. The thunder of its huge 400 horsepower motors caused residents to look up and plainly saw the craft as she went over. The dirigible was on its way home to Lakehurst, NJ, following the main line of the Lehigh valley railroad, a greater part of the distance, as far as Bethlehem. The Shenandoah is 605 ft. long and carries a crew of 34 men.

Forest City – Charles D. Burdick, of New York City, was a caller in town yesterday, renewing old acquaintances. Twenty-five years ago Mr. Burdick had charge of the supply office of the Hillside Company here. His mother was one of the early teachers in the local schools. He is now assistant treasurer of the North American Company, one of he leading utility companies of the country.

News Brief: Ford Motor number 10,000,000 was completed at the Ford Motor Company, this morning, and the ten millionth model “T” Ford car left the assembly line this afternoon, an official announcement says. The first model “T” car was completed Oct. 1, 1908, and it was seven years later when motor number 1,000,000 was produced. The last million cars, the company announced, were turned out, complete, in 132 working days.

Centennial News Landing a Stage Coach Not an Easy Job. W. C. Cruser and W. A. Harrington left by auto for Bradford county to inspect the old stage coach of F. N. Moore, of North Orwell, reported to be from Montrose. They went by way of Friendsville and Warren Center in order to cover part of the Milford and Owego turnpike. They found six old mile posts and some toll gates, which took them to Forest Lake. As it turned out F.N. Moore was an avid collector of artifacts, including an estimate of over 15,000 arrowheads, bullets of various sizes, including some used in the Revolutionary War and some that belonged to Sullivan and his men in his expedition up the Susquehanna; also articles from the Civil War. Rooms and sheds full of artifacts, all known by Mr. Moore., in his private museum. But, after time passed, no sighting was made of the stage coach. Mr. Moore then headed for a barn a quarter of a mile or more back in the field. He explained that if the other buildings should burn, this one (and the coach) would be safe. It was with great excitement and anticipation, they stepped inside, and viewed the coach. [Continued next week.]

May 23 1924/2024

Harford – Over 2,000 attended the field and track meet held here. The Harford Vocational School won the Class A trophy; Hop Bottom secures cup in Class B, and Harford Grammar in Class C. The outstanding long distance runner of the meet was Edson Washburn, of Susquehanna.

Dimock – The high school base ball tam defeated the married men by a score of 15-10 in a spirited contest. All they [married men] lacked were the pitchers. They put in all the pitchers they could find, but still they could not find the right one. In the 5th inning they were ahead six points and were yelling, “who said the married men could not play ball?” But in the last of the 7th inning the score was getting so bad that some of them [married men] happened to think about chores, consequently going home. It rained off and on all the afternoon but the game was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants, including the umpires. We hope to play the dignified gentlemen many more times. ALSO Our school was represented at the track meet at Harford. Oscar Heitsman proved to be our outstanding candidate. Violet LaRue out threw Class A in the basket ball throw.

Kingsley – The party who stole the box of dynamite from my property, will save prosecution by calling at my home and returning dynamite or settling for same, not later than May 30th. The party was seen and recognized. If settlement is not made by above date, I shall take legal action against the party and also the receiver of stolen property promptly. George E. Capron.

Lenoxville – The “It’ll Do Club” was very pleasantly entertained by Miss Edra Jones. ALSO Joseph VanFleet closed a very successful term of school at the Wilson district, May 18.

Thompson - About 70 people from Thompson attended the track meet at Harford. The following from this high school received a placing in the athletic contest: Edward Carpenter, Wilbur Brooks and Lawrence Shelley.

New Milford – Decoration Day services will be held on May 30, assembling in the park at 1 P.M. Marchers will proceed to cemetery and return to Opera House where a special program of music [will be given] by the high school orchestra and singing by school children and oration. Bring flowers and be present in the march to the cemetery.

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – But very little farming has been done, as it has been too cold and wet, with 4.29 inches of rainfall, to date, this month. ALSO Frank Strong took two loads of potatoes to Montrose, which he sold to F. I. Hillis for 60 cents per bushel.

Susquehanna – The “hill-side city” has no more loyal champion than William B. Main, who is heart and soul in many enterprises in that thriving borough. “Billie,” as his friends enjoy calling him, is “thoroughly human,” and while taking a delight in business affairs, enjoys casting a line and hook, in stream and pool, as a means of recreation. As has been frequently quoted, “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” We believe that it is his keeping in touch with nature that makes him so agreeable a companion and friend.

South Montrose – In Conversation with Atty. F. I. Lott, he mentioned an interesting circumstance in the wounding of Theodore L. Ainey, of South Montrose, in the third day’s fight at Gettysburg. During the battle Mr. Ainey was shot in the leg and the limb so badly injured it had to be amputated. When he fell the Confederates were numerous in the vicinity and to avoid capture he crawled under a building and kept out of sight until the Union soldiers gathered up the wounded. He was still at Gettysburg, in October 1863, when Lincoln came and delivered his memorable address, at the dedication of the battlefield as a national cemetery. Mr. Ainey was carried to the base of the stand, where Lincoln spoke, and heard him give the address, which will live as long as the United States remains a nation. [Dr. Wm. F. Norris had just finished his studies at the Pennsylvania Hospital, in Philadelphia, when he was sent to Gettysburg. He later wrote a letter describing the limbs of soldiers piled outside the surgical tent. Dr. Norris came to Dimock, in 1876, when he purchased “Woodbourne” from George Walker.]

Franklin Forks – On Memorial Day the graves in Brookdale and Lawsville cemeteries will be decorated at 9 o’clock. At 11 o’clock those assembled at the Franklin Forks church will march to the cemetery, headed by the Community Boys’ Band of Montrose. At 2 o’clock an address will be given by Henry P. DuBois, of New York City.

Fairdale – The bee for the Fairdale Cemetery was a decided success. Two teams and sixteen men moved 150 feet of stonewall. Many heavy rocks had to be moved up hill and over soft ground. Twenty new plots were staked out. The Ladies’ Aid served one of their famous dinners. All seemed to be interested in the place where they sleep the long sleep and agreed that the church, school and cemetery are the index to the community. The board of managers raised the price of burial plots to $25.00 and fixed the date of May 28 to mow and straighten up leaning headstones. Come out the 28thand beautify the place where our loved ones sleep.

Montrose – Barely a dozen Civil War veterans remain in Montrose and the immediate vicinity, which once swelled the roll of Four Brothers Post, Grand Army of the Republic, to goodly proportions. Of those who now live are the following: J. H. Corwin, F. G. Warner, James S. Daugherty, Theodore F. Mack, George Simpson, Barrett I. Robinson, A. J. Holley, Henry Safford, F. I Lott, J. I. Chapman, Henry L. Beach, Theodore L. Rainey, Benjamin Naylor, Tracey Whit marsh, and possibly a very few others who have been overlooked in a hurried survey of those who wear the little bronze button in their coat lapels. With their steadily diminishing numbers they draw closer together in fellowship, as the years pass on, while the people, in thought at least, if not in actual observance, give the day of hallowed memories a steadily increasing consideration. Memorial Day should become one of the most constructive holidays in America—a day when our thoughts should go back to the glorious deeds and heroes of the past, with a brave looking forward to the future. It should not be a gala day, but a day fraught with sacred memories.

May 02 1924/2024

Aviator has a Narrow Escape at Susquehanna: Lieut. Cece Crumrine, an American aviator, had a remarkable escape from death about two miles from Susquehanna He was driving a No. 4 DeHaviland army plane from Ithaca to Washington, and was enroute to Mitchell field at Long Island. His motor went dead over [the] Carrington farm, west of this place, and his machine started to fall. By clever handling of the plane, he came down “right side up,” on the Dinsmore farm, on the hill south of Prospect street. The machine was demolished when it struck the ground, but Lieut. Crumrine escaped injury. Hundreds of people, and the Susquehanna ambulance, hurried to the scene of the accident, by way of Prospect Street, then a walk of nearly a mile through the fields. The wrecked plane was found with the aviator standing nearby smiling and happy. It seems almost impossible that a big machine could land in such surroundings and the aviator escape death or injury. Lieut. Crumrine, a fine, manly young fellow, was delighted to think that the people here were so quick to rush to his rescue. The airplane is to be dismantled and shipped to Mitchell field, where the cause of the accident may be found.

Glenwood – Orders have been issued by the State Highway Department to widen the Glenwood road to 24 feet. This must mean that the Department has in view the paving of this road in a year or two.

Birchardville – There will be a box social and an entertainment held in the Grange Hall, Friday night, May 2, for the benefit of the Griffis Hill school and to raise a fund for the Montrose library. ALSO Mattie Birchard visited the Montrose library and selected books to be sent by the traveling library to Birchardville.

Harford – The second annual field day, for the schools of the county, will be held here on Saturday, May 17. Featured will be the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 440-yard dash, one-half mile, one-half mile relay, running broad jump, running high jump, pole vault, and 12 lb. shot. Several rules are in place, including: the student must be a bonafide pupil of the school; a contestant may be barred by the official for ungentlemanly or unsportsmanly conduct; each contestant must pay an entry fee of ten cents.

Montrose – The brick pave has been entirely laid on the east side of Public avenue and about one-third of the distance on the west side. Running short of brick, here, the force was transferred to the hill on Lake avenue and all the brick work has been completed and is open for traffic. It is expected sufficient brick will be received in a few days and Public avenue completed within a week. ALSO O. P. Beebe, 85 years young, is looking forward, with youthful zest, to showing his friends how to keep a garden. Mr. Beebe is doing the spading himself, and anyone who has tried spading a garden knows it is not light work. He thrives on work and attempts activities, which would cause many a younger man to hesitate.

Friendsville – Miss Ryan, of New York City, will have on display, at her home here, a select line of trimmed hats at reasonable prices. Will also remodel old hats. She will open May 1st and will appreciate your patronage and will give customers personal attention.

New Milford – Miss Louise Whitney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Whitney, was united in marriage to Glen Williams, at the Methodist parsonage, April 23, at high noon. The ring ceremony was used. The bride wore a blue silk gown. They spent their honeymoon in New York state.

Herrick Center – Frank Bennett came down to Uniondale and decided that the “Red Bird” was the car he wanted. Earl Payne, the agent, fixed him out in good shape and he went on his way rejoicing.

Elk Lake – No services at the church on account of scarlet fever. Several families are under quarantine and the school is closed. Aid was postponed on account of the fever and all public places are closed, except the Grange, which met on Saturday, as usual.

Uniondale – Commencement exercises will be held on May 8th. Verna Stevenson is the valedictorian and Mildred Coleman will be the speaker. Other members of the graduating class are Gordon Burdick, Milton Gibson and Manley Tuttle.

Forest City – Herbert Davis has purchased “Sugar Bowl,” the confectionery store conducted by Amos Royden, and has taken possession of same. Mr. Roydan is planning to visit Syria, his native country.

Springville – The date for commencement has been set for May 28. The following are members of the graduating lass: Grace Smales, Helen Billings, Ray Justin, Claud Button, Edward Scott, Herbert Jennings and Floyd Carlton. ALSO At Lynn, a fire consumed the home owned by Mrs. Nina Mitchell and occupied by Leon Williams. As the fire had gained great headway, before being discovered, very few of Mr. Williams’ household goods were saved.

Hop Bottom – Mrs. Geo. Carr has had electric lights installed in her dwelling house.

County Jail – Three prisoners escaped from the jail on Saturday evening. They were captured, after a few hours of stolen liberty, while walking along the Lehigh Valley railroad tracks. The prisoners, it is understood, made their escape by way of the rear door, it being evident that a key had been smuggled to the men. Their escape was not discovered for two hours. Posses were organized and while the authorities were returning from a search of the mountains, near the railroad tracks, the three prisoners happened along and were captured without any difficulty. One of the men, James Viola, of Scranton, is reported as a bad man.

News Brief: In Catawissa, Pa., “Clover,” the world’s oldest horse, is dead. He was 53 years old. Once a dashing horse, “Clover,” in the last few years, had been unable to perform any arduous labor and it was feared the horse might have to be killed because his usefulness had passed. Mrs. Warren G. Harding, widow of the late President, sent a check of $100 to the owner to give “Clover” the comforts of old age and to insure a longer lease of life. More checks poured in and the welfare fund was swelled to thousands of dollars. Two years ago the noted horse was exhibited in Madison Square Garden. The body will be taken to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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.]

June 06 1924/2024

Herrick Center – Those who have traveled over the road from this place to Forest City speak in highest terms of its condition. They proclaim it to be the best piece of dirt road in this section. Ira L. Curtis is the man responsible for this change. The lower section of the road was classed as treacherous and was impossible to maintain. Mr. Curtis has made a wonderful change and is entitled to unstinted words of praise in the improvement of the entire stretch of road under his supervision.

Brooklyn – The high school held commencement exercises on Thursday evening. The following graduates were presented diplomas: Ruth Terry, valedictorian; Mary Maher, salutatorian, Elwin King, president; Marion West, secretary and treasurer. Other members were: Viola Flowers, Dorotha Bunnell, Mary McNulty, Doris Williams, Joseph Maher, Michael Maher, Wallace Breed, Byron Sterling, and Rexford Saunders.

Franklin Forks – The Ladies Aid will be held in the Alliance Hall, June 11. Quilting will be the order of the day.

Dimock – Harrisburg has decided to grant Dimock a Junior High, Senior [High] and Vocational school. Such an arrangement exists in the largest schools of several cities, but having one at Dimock, this will be the first rural community benefiting by the modern arrangement of education. Music and art will be new subjects. It is rumored that Springville has also been granted a High School.

Montrose – At the meeting of the borough council, Monday evening, Chief of the Fire Department, Dana A. Watrous, sent in his resignation No action was taken by the council. Mr. Watrous has been one of the most active citizens of the town in endeavoring to improve our volunteer fire-fighting equipment and it is to be hoped he will reconsider his resignation. [Dana Watrous also started the Firemen’s Museum—before or after the above is unknown to this writer.]

Susquehanna – As a result of investigating a number of cases for violating the prohibition laws, reported to Gov. Pinchot by local people, Corporal Rose, of the State Troopers, and Chief of Police Stockholm, arrested five men, all of who were held under bail by Justice Williams. At the home of Joseph Fabrizio, three cases of alleged beer were found. At Joseph Orlando’s, officers found a 50-gallon barrel of raisins and water fermenting, and one and one-half barrels of alleged wine. At Milton Morris’ Hotel, two quart bottles of alleged liquor were found in a potato kettle; two tables apparently used for gambling and an alleged “crap game” table; a bar with a spigot through which beer was drawn from the cellar was also found. In the home of James Petrillo, the officers found a 10-gallon boiler used as a still; also a ten-gallon keg of beer; a quart bottle, three-quarters filled with liquor, was found in the lap of a woman who was present when the search was made; five full cases of beer and a quart of wine were also found. Romero Ezack’s place was searched and two cases of alleged beer were found. The officers visited Canavan’s Island, but nothing was found. Reports had been made that “moonshining” was being carried on in a shack on the island. [Canavan’s Island was known as a hiding place for notorious people.]

Birchardville – Memorial Day was observed here. The children carried the flags and wreaths to the cemetery, followed by the older people. All paused for a few moments beneath the trees and joined in singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Then the children formed in line again and placed a flag and wreath on each soldier’s grave. Owing to ill health, neither of our remaining soldiers, Stanley Warner and Henry
Spafford, were present, and Mrs. Chas. Fessenden, was the only soldier’s widow.

Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – The people of this vicinity better keep an eye on their chicken coops, as chicken thieves are busy again this season. I. H. Travis’ chicken coop was visited Sunday, in broad daylight, while the family was away.

Forest City – Miss Ellen Lynch will deliver the Salutatory essay and Miss Regina O’Boyle will give the Valedictory at the commencement to be held Tuesday evening. ALSO Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Eicholzer, is a member of the graduating class of State College. Russell proposes to enter Harvard Law school this fall. ALSO W. H. McMillan, a former resident, was a member of the Episcopal church when the congregation worshiped in the Henry Weiss building on Main street, back in 1888, when the mission was organized and recalls it was known as the “Church of the Good Shepherd.” McMillan moved to Scranton 30 years ago and upon his return was surprised at the growth of Forest City. He expressed pleasure in seeing such a beautiful church edifice—a wondrous change from the earlier years of the church.

Harford – An extended leave of absence was granted the pastor that he might visit his home in England this summer. He will sail in the early part of July and expects to return in time to occupy the pulpit on the second Sunday in August.

Uniondale – We have had two historic battles at Bull Run. A third is added to the annals now that Morgan Daniels was attacked by a ferocious bull. Morgan lit for safety, with the angry bovine in pursuit. Nurmi had nothing on Morgan. He was armed with a club, but fearing that the weapon might prove ineffectual should a combat ensue, Morgan bade a hasty exit, with the bovine a close second. His seventy years were forgotten in his haste from being the victim of a coroner’s jury.

Marriage license applied for: Julius J. Galenski and Casimera Zalewska, both of Forest City; Wm E. Smiedy, Hallstead and Mary A. Smith, Great Bend; Michael C. Rice, Wilkes-Barre and Louise Price, Scranton.

From old newspapers: The Susquehanna Register, Aug. 22nd, 1850 – Benjamin Patch notifies the “Soldiers of the War of 1812 or other persons having Land Patents, commonly called “Soldiers’ Rights,” that the subscriber takes this method of informing persons who own land patents granted to soldiers for services during the War of 1812; which have been sold for taxes from time to time for many years, and considered worthless, that he will purchase such claims and pay a reasonable price for them. Per-purchase all such claims will consult their interests by calling upon the subscriber, at the ‘Register Printing Office,’ or addressing a letter (post paid) to Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pa.” ALSO A [Montrose] borough ordinance made it unlawful for “horses, neat cattle, tame deer, sheep, geese, swine or other mischievous domesticated animals to run at large. Provided, that between the 15th day of April and the 15thday of November it shall be lawful for neat cattle to go at large.”

May 16 1924/2024

County Officials Destroy Liquors: Sheriff William J. McLaughlin and District Attorney Edward P. Little [Sr.} were busy one day last week superintending the destruction of a large quantity of liquor that had been stored in the court house cellar after being taken from violators of the 18th amendment. The officers accompanied draymen to the borough dump, below town, where the contents of the containers were spilled and containers burned or broken. Sixteen kegs of beer, 20 cases of beer, three barrels of wine, three barrels of cider, eight gallons of gin, 25 quarts of whiskey and numerous jugs and bottles of home brew and whiskey, were destroyed. It is stated that when the bottled beer was poured out, that indications pointed to the content of some of the bottles of beer having been removed and replaced with water. Whether this was done before or after the liquor was taken into custody has not been determined.

State Line – Gilbert E. McKune, aged 79 years, a veteran of the Civil War and a former county commissioner, died at the home of his son, Arthur McKune, at State Line, near Susquehanna, on May 9, 1924. McKune was commissioner of the county for two terms, 1903-08. [He was a member of Co. K, 89thRegiment, New York Volunteers, during the Civil War and a charter member of Tremain Post No. 81, of Lanesboro.]

Kingsley – Aqua Inn, on the Lackawanna Trail, deservedly enjoys a growing patronage. Some years ago, when the hotel at that place was closed through its owner being denied a liquor license, Coe H. Stearns erected the inn in order to accommodate the traveling public. As a result of the attention that Mrs. Stearns has given to the cuisine department, it has won a wide reputation for the excellence of meals served and many traveling men arrange their trips along the trail so that they may stop at Aqua Inn.

Montrose – [In 1924 a column was written by Henry T. Birchard, titled Looking Back. Mr. Birchard’s focus was to write about “Old Susquehanna County and The County Seat, as Seen Through the Vista of the Years.” Here is a portion of what he wrote about the old stone building on Maple Street, completed in 1867, where the Independent Republican was published.] “The motive power for running the press was a horsepower in the cellar, upon which ‘Brownie,’ a faithful, old horse, treaded off 5,300 papers, then the edition of the Republican, on Monday of each week. Nearly all of the employees were kept busy throughout the day in printing, directing, wrapping and mailing the issue. ALSO The county library has placed an order for an automobile truck which will be especially fitted up as a “book wagon” to carry circulating libraries to all parts of the county.

Hallstead – Abram Crandell, aged 93 years, is the oldest man in the county, to date, who has applied for a fishing license this year. And we believe that Mr. Crandell will hold that honor against all comers.

Heart Lake – The opening of Heart Lake resort will occur on Memorial Day, May 30. There will be dancing during the afternoon and evening, the “Enchanters Six” having been engaged for the occasion. There will also be boating, games and other forms of amusement for the large crowd which is expected. During the summer dances will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. The dance pavilion, on D. J. Donovan’s resort grounds, is being enlarged so that 50% more floor space will be available. When completed it will be one of the largest and finest dance pavilions in this part of the state.

Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – J. M. Decker has lately purchased a machine to finish stone at his quarry, which will greatly increase the output. About twenty men are employed, where a fine grade of stone is being quarried, much of it being curbing, steps and the better grade of building stone.

Harford – The boys of the Harford Vocational high school organized a Junior Potato Club. The boys all decided to plant the Russet variety, as this potato is a good shipper and a heavy yielder. Many will secure their seed from the County Agent at Montrose, who has a carload of Michigan Certified Seed on hand. The boys have set their goal at 300 bushels, per acre, this year.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – The children of this place, who attended school at Retta, and the lower rooms in the graded school at Auburn Centre, are enjoying their summer vacation, as their schools have closed. ALSO Samuel Reimel had his touring car made over into a light truck.

Lanesboro – The graduates of Lanesboro high school are: Roland Hendrickson (salutatorian), Miss Laura Stonier and Ray Hendrickson (valedictorian).

Susquehanna – Rumors of a shop closing here are very prevalent, and in addition to the 125 men laid off the first of the month, another large number will soon follow.

Franklin Forks – Will Halsey has had the telephone installed in his home and Harold Halsey recently installed a radio.

South Gibson – Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Chamberlin celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 3rd, by entertaining their children and grandchildren and a few other relatives. The bride and groom of 55 years ago were presented with 55 beautiful carnations from her sister, Mrs. Thomas, and a gift of $55 and other gifts. The couple was highly pleased and surprised with a post card and letter shower from 65 old time friends. A dainty lunch was served at noon.

Thompson – The regular meeting of the Grange will be held in the Grange hall, Saturday evening, May 17th. Ladies are requested to bring cake.

Forest City – Davis and Haser report sales of cars for the week as follows: Touring cars to Joseph Gerchman, Frank Bisner, Joseph Mitchell; coupes to Ferdinand Connolly, Wesley Burdusky and William Bucaitis. ALSO The following have made application to become members of the Citizens Training Camp at Camp Meade: Curtis Rolls, Thomas Payne, Lester Watkins, John Androlovitch, Kenneth Mayers, Victor Stanvich, Rudy Harvaltine and James Mayers. [This camp allowed male citizens to obtain basic military training, without an obligation to call-up for active duty, as did the National Guard.]

Centennial News: Largest parade in the county’s history planned for the Centennial on July 4th.

April 25 1924/2024

Bridgewater Twp. – In these days when practically every taxpayer is complaining that “taxes are going up,” it is refreshing to find places where they are going down. The Bridgewater township school board has just reduced its annul millage for the current year by three mills. Last year the assessment was 14 mills and this year it is to be 11 mills. Three years ago the Bridgewater school district had a debt of $3,000, but this has been cancelled and the board has money in its treasury. Last year the Babcock school building was remodeled and also an additional teacher engaged, and the directors are keeping up the equipment and personnel of teachers to a high standard. There are eleven school buildings in the township.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Fifteen years ago, about the 20th of April or a few days later, we had a very heavy snowfall. Some of our farmers had oats up three or four inches high, which were completely covered with snow.

Lanesboro – Frank Potter and Myron Melious were engaged in Montrose Wednesday. They came by auto, via Windsor, as the dirt road between Great Bend and Susquehanna is badly rutted and muddy.

Dimock – A very serious accident occurred here last week in which Mrs. James Greenwood was severely injured while doing a washing by gasoline motor power. The supply of gasoline was running low, so she did as she had done many times before, filled the tank from a can in her hands while the engine was running. In some unknown manner, something ignited, causing the tank in her hands to explode. Mrs. Greenwood was painfully burned over the entire face, neck and one arm and must have inhaled some of the flames as her tongue was badly burned. She was the bravest kind of a woman, as despite the intense agony that she was suffering, she managed to save the home by putting out the fire, unaided, which was raging through the whole room. She fought the flames with water and wet clothes from the wash after having saved herself by wrapping the wet things around her body. Dr. Gardner treated her but she is yet in a serious condition.

East Rush – The rain of Sunday afternoon disappointed a good many of our people by keeping them away from our preaching services.

Great Bend – J. F. McCormick, of Binghamton, was in Montrose on business connected with a real estate transaction, in which he sells the Central Hotel, in Great Bend, to Jas. McHale, a former clerk at Hotel Donovan, making in exchange an apartment house in Binghamton. The Central House was conducted by Mr. McCormick for several years. We understand that Mr. McHale will take possession at once.

Montrose – Mrs. Charles R. Sayre returns from Philadelphia next week and will make preparations for opening “Rosemont Inn” for the summer season. Her daughter, Miss Peggy Sayre, will remain in Philadelphia with Mrs. S. Calvin Smith, until the close of her school.

Brookdale – There were four cases of measles at J. Johnson’s, four at Alfred Williams’ and four at Geo. Travis’ last week.

South Ararat – Several from here attended the Grange Aid and wood-bee held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Bowell, on Wednesday, and the ladies tied off a quilt for Mrs. Bowell. A good time was reported and a nice day for such an occasion.

Gibson – Miller Potter, for former Gibson boy, who enlisted three years ago as a United States Marine, going to Port Au Prince, Republic of Haiti, finished his term last December, and returned to the States. He came east and has been renewing acquaintances in this county, namely Leon Potter and his life long friend, Mrs. L. O. Baldwin. ALSO At South Gibson a disastrous fire occurred on the farm of Mrs. Mary Holmes, a short distance from this place, resulting in the total destruction of a large barn and adjoining buildings. F. F. Resseguie occupied the farm and sustained a heavy loss of all his farm machinery, a large quantity of hay and two cows. The fire originated where a lot of furniture was stored.

Kingsley – Orin Wagner has purchased a new Maxwell coupe and W. E. Capron, a new Maxwell touring car. ALSO Redmond McCarthy has enlarged his lunch room on the trail and is now open to accommodate summer tourists.

Hallstead – Just received, a carload of horses for sale or exchange: workers, drivers, saddlers, and general-purpose horses, by J. C. Florance

Forest City – Joseph Moroski, a candidate for first base honors on the Binghamton team of the New York and Pennsylvania baseball league, spent Sunday at his home here. He reported on the 15th but owing to bad weather, has not practiced. ALSO The Senior class of the Forest City high school will hold their annual dance in the borough hall. They have secured the Saxons, vaudeville artists, a strong combination, and those who attend may be assured of an exceptionally pleasant time.

Herrick Center – A contest is going on between two teams of pupils chosen from the High school and seventh and eighth grades, in obtaining subscriptions for the “Country Gentleman.” To the boy and girl who obtain the most subscriptions, fountain pens will be given. The losing team will probably treat.

News Briefs: Mary E. LaBar, aged 99, of Stroudsburg, is the oldest woman in the state to apply for a fishing license this spring. She is said to be as active as a woman of 75 and really enjoys the sport. ALSO Susquehanna County is to have a Child Welfare Clinic. Monday, Miss Florentine Hackbusch, of Harrisburg, spent the day here and held a meeting in the Red Cross rooms, where she explained the work this clinic hopes to do. The first clinic will be held in the Red Cross rooms May 26th. ALSO A transit of Mercury across the sun’s disc will take place on May 7, from 4:30 to sunset. It will be visible only with telescope or field glass, viewed through smoked glass.ale, a former clerk at Hotel Donovan, making in exchange an apartmeHa

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.”

May 30 1924/2024

Ararat – Memorial services were well attended at the Methodist church last Sunday. Our three last wars were represented by John Hudson, of the Rebellion; Burt Porter, of the Spanish American and World War, and Joseph Cosack of the World War. Solos were sung by Burt Porter, “Sleep, Comrades, Sleep,” and Mrs. Leon Potter, “Looking This Way.” An excellent sermon was preached by Rev. Harrison; also general praise given our soldiers and sailors both living and dead. Norma Tobey and Rachel Brooks placed flags on the graves of our soldier dead.

Susquehanna – Moody Post, No. 53, and the members of the Women’s Relief Corps, No. 12, attended the Memorial Services held in the Presbyterian church. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and fine music was given by the orchestra and choir. The sermon was preached by Rev. Joseph Fields, pastor of the church. This being a union service, all the other churches were closed and the audience completely filled the large auditorium.

South Gibson – The high school commencement will be held on the evening of the 29th. Miss Rachel Michael, Valedictorian, and Miss Arline Thomas, Salutatorian, will present interesting addresses. Others on the program are Fred Thomas, Mary Resseguie, Kenneth Michael, Frances Moore, Harold Miller, George Wells and Mildred Johnson.

Jackson – Several from Jackson attended the commencement at Harford. A Jackson girl, Miss Gertrude Pease, held second honors in the class.

East Rush – Some sneak thief broke into W. T Quick’s grain house a few nights ago and helped himself to oats and buckwheat, and not long ago the cellar of Mrs. Retta Estus was entered and canned fruit taken. A good dose of cold lead would be the proper thing to give such a person.

Hop Bottom – Those from here who were successful at the annual field meet, May 17th, are: James Bisbee, who won places in shot put, running broad jump, 100 yard dash, 220 yard dash and the relay cup, which made him a total of 18 ¼ points, highest won by any individual there. Others who won were Francis McAloon, Donald Oakley, Howard Roberts and Ralph Rettberg, Orland Payne, Van Tingley, and the following girls, Mildred Williams, Leila Robinson, Sarah Powers, Pauline Pratt and Anna Robinson.

Forest City – Pat O’Malia, Forest City’s famed screen artist, was seen Monday evening at the Family theatre in “Fool’s Highway.” He had the leading part and was there with the goods.

Hallstead/Great Bend – A score of county officers raided several places here, and thirty gallons of alleged whiskey were secured. This liquor had been placed in the borough building at Great Bend, the owner or owners having evidently been “tipped off” that a raid was to be made and thought that the least likely place the officers would look for booze would be on borough property. The offices brought it to Montrose and placed it in the strong room of the Court House for safe-keeping. It is stated that there is sufficient information at hand to establish the ownership of it. The raid had been planned quietly, but it was common talk that there was to be a ”raid of the town tonight,”

Harford – The U. S. Senate, in executive session, confirmed the nomination of Hon. E. E. Jones, of Harford, together with three other men, as members of the federal farm loan board. Former Senator Jones has been serving as a member of the board for the past year, and the confirmation of his nomination is simply a matter of form.

Montrose – The work of laying the concrete paving on Lake Avenue, in front of the school building and Colonial Hall and on South Cherry street, between Church and Cedar streets, is under way this week.
The paving is also being curbed and guttered. ALSO A movement is underway, sponsored by Dr. Ellen Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, by which by which the marble tablets containing the names of the Civil War veterans of the county, will be placed again on Monument Square. They were removed by the county commissioners, some years ago, and have since been stored in the basement of the Court House. [The stones represent Civil War men who died during the war. Not all parts of the county were represented on the stones, as you will see when visiting the monument. All towns and townships were contacted, but not all participated.]

Thompson – “Gypsy” Smith, the famous evangelist, is expected to conduct a series of meetings, at Thompson, during the summer. Rev. H. R. Harrison was in Montrose, recently, endeavoring to make arrangements for the rental of a large tent which can accommodate a thousand persons. It is probable that the celebrated speaker will draw large crowds.

Brooklyn – Work on the new school building is progressing finely. The brick laying will be completed in a short time. ALSO Residents of this vicinity will remember Willis T .Lee, of Washington, D. C. and a native of this place, who taught at the East Bridgewater school. A thorough, painstaking, studious teacher, it is little wonder that he is now known as Dr. Lee and that the National Geographic Society has secured his services to lead an extensive expedition to explore the Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico. This may be America’s largest and most beautiful cavern, and the expedition will seek further remains of he ancient inhabitants of this continent. [Dr. Lee was the brother of Eva Lee, a well-known artist, and her sister, a noted photographer.]

Elk Lake – J. W. Brodhead, supervisor of the roads, who is in his 70th year, seems to handle the road machine at work as easy as most of the young men.

Uniondale – Leon “Reynolds has opened a grocery store in his Main street building. Mr. Reynolds is handling a first-class line of goods at very reasonable prices. ALSO Memorial Day exercises, at the cemetery, will be in charge of Matthew McPherson Post, G. A. R.

Marriage Licenses issued recently: Wesley J, Lindsey and Gertrude A. Luce, both of Liberty Twp.; Alonzo T. Booth and Cleah E. Brown, both of Hallstead; Andrus Keleda and Anna Chermeskiena, both of Forest City; Raymond W. Marbaker, Johnson City and Ruby M. Vroman, Great Bend.

Centennial News: W. C. Cruser and W. A. Harrington were in Bradford County, where they secured an old stage coach, of the realest, oldest variety, for the Centennial Celebration,

May 09 1924/2024

East Dimock – James A. Howell had a very narrow escape from death when his horse became frightened while being unhitched. The wagon was upset and the horse ran through the barn door, which was half opened, dragging Mr. Howell some distance. The horse ran about a mile and was stopped by James Greenwood and sons. Mr. Howell escaped with a few lacerations on the arm and a few bruises on the hip and arm.

Jackson – The Jackson base ball team was defeated by the Jackson Graded School team.

Forest City – Postmaster Thomas McCormick is one of the few Democratic postmasters still holding office, but expects the administration here to fall any moment, he has served as Forest City’s postmaster for the past nine years. Not only is he an efficient and accommodating individual, but he has enviable acquaintances throughout the county, which hold him in high esteem. He spent his young manhood days in Silver Lake Twp.

Montrose – An agreement was made at the last Montrose Borough meeting to pave the portion of Cherry Street, from the intersection of Church Street to the intersection of Cherry. The property owners abutting on Cherry street, in this section, include, A. W. Lyons, D. T. Brewster, John Harrington and Dr. David Brewster. They agreed to stand the major portion of the cost, about $1200, providing the borough would stand the remainder, about $700. The concreting will start as soon as possible. ALSO Playing at the Ideal Theatre, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, “Racing Hearts” with Agnes Ayres, as a bewitching speed-girl, in a swift story of racing and love. There’s an auto race that ends in a hair-raising smash and a romance that ends in a heart throbbing clinch. You’ll like them both. An all-star cast, including Agnes Ayres, Theodore Roberts and Richard Dix. Also [showing] a Lloyd Hamilton comedy.

Fairdale – Catherine Roe Bolles was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, in 1848, and departed this life on April 29th, 1924. She was the youngest child of David and Sophia Dennis Roe, removing with her parents to Rush township, what is now Jessup, in the year 1847. In 1876 she was united in marriage to Edgar W. Bolles, of Fairdale and bore three children. Mrs. Bolles is survived by her husband, who is in his 91st year, and one son, Lee, who lives on the “Homestead” farm, in Jessup township. Interment was made in the Bolles cemetery, near her home.

Auburn Twp – A man who enjoys fishing and has reasonably active mind, and body, is never too old to fish, so believes Peter Carney of Auburn township. Mr. Carney likes to fish quite as well as when he was a boy of seven—a little matter of four score years making no difference. He got his fishing license on Monday and is the oldest man in the county who has so far applied for one. Now let’s hear from some of the ninety year olds! ALSO At Auburn Four Corners, friends will be sorry to learn that Mrs. J. R. Baldwin is not quite so well.

Ararat – The Gelatt Grangers made a wood bee for Mr. Archer’s people on Wednesday. There was a good attendance and the men cut a nice lot of wood. A bountiful dinner was served by the ladies and Mr. Archer’s people are very grateful. ALSO It seems a pity and a shame that the services in the Methodist church here are so poorly attended. Our minister, Rev. Harrison, is doing all he can for us. It seems to the writer that an effort on the part of the church members and non-members, who do not attend, would be appreciated by the minister and the few faithful ones who do attend regularly.

Harford – The first ball game of the season was played on the Fair Grounds, Saturday, between Harford and Hallstead. Score was 4-3 in favor of Harford. It was a very good game, being necessary to play 12 innings, on account of a tie at the end of the 9th inning.

Springville – On account of a few cases of scarlet fever the schools and Sunday schools have been closed for two weeks or more. The buildings have been fumigated and the higher grades have resumed their studies. All cases are well or nearly well, and no more cases reported.

Little Meadows – The residence of N. B. Barnum was burned to the ground early Monday afternoon. Fire was discovered in the roof at about one o’clock, having caught from a defective chimney. An aged lady, an aunt of Mr. Barnum’s, was in the house at the time, and he was working at the barn. She gave the alarm and he was able to save, with the assistance of neighbors, some of the furniture on the first floor, including piano, electric light plant, etc. There was some insurance on building and contents.

Death of Civil War Veteran James C. Smyth, a veteran of the Civil War, died May 7, 1924, at the National Soldiers’ Home, Virginia, aged 90 years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Curtis, of Montrose, and Mrs. D. W. Hager, of Binghamton, and one brother, William Smyth, of South Gibson. Burial will be made in the Soldier’s Cemetery, at Hampton, Virginia.

School Teachers Do Not Obey Law: Acting under orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. F. S. Birchard, county medical inspector, has brought action against four county school teachers and one school board for not enforcing the vaccination law. In each instance the defendants entered a plea of guilty before Justice W. G. Comstock, and upon promise to obey the law, and payment of costs incurred, they were discharged and the fines remitted. The teachers were located in the following townships: Two in Liberty, one in Lenox, and one in Auburn. The Friendsville school board was arraigned on the charge, the board having advised the teachers to permit children who were unvaccinated to attend school.

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.

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