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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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February 29 1924/2024

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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

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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. (

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.

January 18 1924/2024

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Montrose – A Montrose Democrat reporter, conversing with “Uncle Fletch” Warner, learned that he had been court crier for 35 years. Mr. Warner is nearing his 87thbirthday, which he hopes to attain on the 25th of this month. He mentioned the recent 85th birthday of O. P. Beebe and said that in the old days when hand-mowing with scythes was the one method practiced, he and “Orson,” during one haying, led a squad of eight mowers, the two of them setting a “clip” that none of the others could exceed. Both are still young men at heart, although their hair is white. [Fletcher Warner was a veteran of the Civil War]. ALSO A large number of young people enjoyed the community skating party at Lake Montrose. Although the weather moderated during the week the skating proved quite good. About eight inches of ice has formed.

Harford – The feed store of Lynn R. Brainard was discovered on fire early Sunday afternoon, started by drying horse blankets falling against a stove. Comparatively little damage was done.

Forest City – The first Hupmobile sold in 1924 was sold to David Krasno. Hornbeck Bros. made the sale. The new car is a special sedan and a beauty. ALSO One year ago yesterday we were wrestling with snow banks. Yesterday we had a severe rain storm with no snow in evidence. The wind boxed the compass and settled in the east, giving us a drenching.

Brooklyn – Literary exercises were held at the school with an interesting program. The results of a debate: Resolved, that the country boy has a better chance of becoming a good citizen than the city boy.

Uniondale – W. E. Gibson, who has spent some time with his sister at Starrucca, is stopping at the home of his son, John. Mr. Gibson is a veteran of the Civil War and is past the four score mark but as active as some much younger.

Alford – On January 11th a surprise party was held at the home of E. M. Aldrich, as it was the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich, the twenty-fourth birthday of their son, Everett, and the tenth birthday of their daughter, Louise.

Springville – The Fisk Hotel is offered for sale by the executor of the estate, Harry W. Turrell, in an advertisement of the property appearing in this week’s Democrat. As the estate must be settled promptly, an excellent opportunity is offered to prospective buyers of this well-established and up-to-date hostelry to purchase it at a bargain price. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bennett, of Binghamton, were here last week, having sold to Springville a portion of land for $500 to be used as a site for the new school building to be erected. This will necessitate the sale of the old school building and will leave a valuable piece of land that would be ideal for a residence and should sell for a nice sum.

Dimock – Old Mollie, the faithful horse belonging to the Mills family for many years, driven on the milk wagon to the creamery, was laid to rest last week.

South Gibson – Mrs. Stella Pickering is spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Jenny Pritchard, of Luray, Va. ALSO Howard Miller, George Wells and Russell Rivenburg, of Clifford, are boarding with H. A. Michael and attending school here.

Thompson – The town council held their regular meeting January 7th. The following officers were elected: President, R. E. Allard; Secretary, F. D. Wrighter; Treasurer, Harold Wallace. David Benedict, Harold Wallace and Mrs. M. B. Miller were sworn in as new members.

Marriage licenses were issued to Wm. J. Louther, Vandling and Eva Zaller, Forest City; Albert Unberg and Rhoda Pruner, both of Oakland Boro.

Goes To Bed Poor Wealth Knocks at Door: James Hendershot, aged 65, went to bed in the Almshouse of the Bloomsburg, Pa. poor district, a homeless pauper. In the morning he woke to find himself a comparatively rich man. He was one of the cousins contesting the will of Mrs. Abigail A. Geisinger, of Danville. He had been cut off without a cent in the will, which left an estate valued at $5,000,000, principally to the Geisinger hospital and the Geisinger Home for Friendless Women in Danville. With three other cousins, and two non-relatives, a contest was started. The contest was brought on the ground that Mrs. Geisinger was not of sound mind when she made the will and that undue influence had been exerted on her to obtain the money for the charities. The case had passed through various stages, in each of which the cousins won victories. The estate consists of coal lands near Kingston, Pa. They were left to Mrs. Geisinger by her husband. The Scranton Trust Company is executor of the estate and trustee of the hospital and was the principal defendant in the suit.

News Briefs: Owners of automobiles should not forget that under a new law, which went into effect the first of the year, that a stricter observance is to be followed with front and rear lights when it is necessary to have them lighted. Dazzling headlights will place the owner of the car in danger of arrest by officers and patrolmen. It is also necessary to have a mirror located in the car or on the fender so as to see cars approaching from the rear. ALSO Following is an advertisement inserted in the Rome (Kansas) Record: I want a man to work on my farm. I don’t give dancing lessons. I have no piano. I can’t serve plank steak three times a day. I give three square meals, a real bed and fair wages. If any man who knows a cow from a talking machine, can hear an alarm clock, get up at five o’clock, wants the job, I will agree not to treat him like one of the family, but a darn sight better. Apply at the Steve Wiggin place, Intervale Road.

December 28 1923/2023

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Montrose – There was a large attendance at the Community Christmas Tree, Tuesday evening, and despite the brisk wintery atmosphere the large crowd enjoyed the open-air exercises. The community singing of carols was an enjoyable feature and was entered into heartily. Many members of the church choirs and the Symphony Male Chorus formed a nucleus for singing. ALSO Despite the rain of Sunday afternoon there was a good-sized audience to hear the Presbyterian choir render the cantata, “The Birth of Christ,” by Alfred Wooler, and under the direction of Mrs. D. A. Watrous. The soloists were: Mrs. Allan Rosendale, Misses Rena and Ruth Payne, Stewart Payne, W. W. King and Hilbert Melhuish. ALSO Earl Rice was operated upon for appendicitis at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Rice, Prospect Street, Monday night. The operation was performed by Dr. Peck, of Scranton, and the young boy is doing nicely.

Dimock – Earle Sherman, herdsman of Louden Hlll farm, near Dimock, had a narrow escape from death or serious injury, Sunday. A Ford touring car, which he was driving, was struck by a Lehigh Valley train at the Louden Hill crossing, hurling the automobile through the small station, wrecking the car and severely bruising Mr. Sherman. Mr. Sherman was driving towards the crossing when he noticed the locomotive switching cars and proceeded to use caution in approaching the tracks. One of the trainmen, believing that he would be able to cross without difficulty, signaled him to cross over. About that time the engine started to back towards the crossing and before Mr. Sherman could steer the car from the track the train struck, pushing the automobile along the rails and into the station. Those nearby rushed to Mr. Sherman’s aid and Dr. Gardner was summoned from Montrose and dressed the young man’s injuries. He had no internal injuries.

Susquehanna – Albert Hubbard, a Susquehanna boy, now a student at Harvard, has been given a place as guard on the All-American football team of 1923. His picture appeared in New York papers on Saturday. He is the son of Howard Hubbard, who was round-house foreman while a resident of Susquehanna.

Forest City – Christmas was celebrated with the usual round of events long associated with the Yuletide season. Social events and family gatherings were frequent. Although the early part of the day lacked that proverbial “blanket of snow,” the weatherman, in the late afternoon, carpeted the earth with snow, making a real Christmas. In the various Catholic churches masses were celebrated both at midnight and in the morning hours. The Protestant churches held a union meeting in Christ Church. ALSO Hopes of liquid refreshments at the Yuletide went glimmering to a number who were halted in their work of making a home brand of “moonshine” by police on Friday. A number of State troopers, known as the “flying squadron,” made a raid on fifteen Forest City alleged infractors of the prohibition law. The men were all held for hearing. ALSO Sheriff elect, W. J. McLaughlin, was in Montrose moving some of his household goods to the jail, preparatory to serving a four-year term beginning Jan 1. The new family in the jail is reminiscent of the days when Sheriffs Leonard, Miller, Brush, Foran, Maxey, et. al., held sway as Sheriff McLaughlin has a wife and five children. As “Billy” Maxey says, “It’s a good Forest City sized family.”

Lenox Twp. – George Barney, a veteran of the Civil War and a fine type of citizen, died at the home of his brother, A. P. Barney, on Tuesday, December 18. Mr. Barney, who was a brother of the late E. N Barney, of Montrose, was in Montrose a few weeks ago when on route to Lenox to spend the winter. He was in a very weakened condition at the time. George was a member of the United States Signal Corps during the war.

Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Lewis are having an electric light plant installed in their home. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wrighter were tendered a surprise party by their friends in honor of their tenth wedding anniversary.

New Milford – Among the students home for the Christmas vacation are: Dorothy Snyder, Howard Morgan, Neal Harris and Sherman Lewis, of Syracuse University; Doris Morse, of Bloomsburg; Williston Chamberlain, Carson Long Institute; Earnest Decker, of Bucknell University; Mildred and Ruth Norris, of Philadelphia, and Marcus Blair, of Buffalo.

Brooklyn – The Community Christmas exercises were well attended in spite of the rain, and a most pleasing program was rendered. Carols were sung by a choir of about thirty young people, some recitations and exercises by the children, and a most interesting cantata, “The Love Stamp,” which taught the true spirit of Christmas.

Harford – O. F. Maynard has a radio in his store, which gives some very fine entertainments. ALSO Hammond Harding had the misfortune to break his wrist while cranking his car.

Uniondale – George Reynolds has sold what is known as the Chandler farm on East Mountain, to D. B. Gibson, who will use it for pasture purposes.

Clifford – Mr. Spedding, in addition to raising 1,000 bushels of potatoes on his Clifford farm, had seventy-six turkeys on the market this fall. He has probably the largest dairy in the township and his milk checks are good to behold.

News Brief: Clues are being followed which are expected to uncover a coal-region whiskey syndicate, said to have made millions in the region of Pottsville. It is believed whiskey is being brought in automobiles, occupied by women and children, as well as men, in family parties, which the police do not wish to hold up without warrants.

February 22 1924/2024

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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

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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.]

January 11 1924/2024

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Jackson – We have a Boy Scout organization and they are real scouts. Saturday night they went scouting and armed with lanterns and milk pails they entered the barn where a herd of hungry cows were waiting for their supper and milker, the owner being called away unexpected. The scouts, five in number, decided to do their bit. The star route letter carrier’s bus busted in North Jackson, in the afternoon, and he phoned to Jackson for help. A young farmer of Jackson, who carries a smile all his own, responded with his truck. When they rode into Jackson the young mans smile turned to fear, as he saw his [barn] basement all lighted up. Rushing in he saw the five scouts milking. At once his fear changed to its usual smile, and ever since the scouts are trying to wear one like it.

Dimock – Earle Sherman, herdsman at Louden Hill Farm, was in Montrose for the first time following his accident a couple of weeks ago, in which he sustained severe bruises when a Lehigh Valley train wrecked the automobile he was driving. Mr. Sherman is still lame, but expects to completely recover and will have no permanent lameness. ALSO The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Ely wish them the best of success and happiness in their new married life. Mr. and Mrs. Ely will reside in the house vacated by Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Shelp and will be at home to their friends after Feb. 1st.

Upper Lake –Earle Richardson, of Harford, and Miss Meda LaBarre, of Moxley, were married on New Year’s Day. ALSO A few from this vicinity attended a carpet rag social at Clarence Smith’s, last Friday evening, for the benefit of the Sweet Sunday school. Enough money was realized to buy new song books.

Gelatt – Some one entered the home of John G. Jones a few days ago and took his gun, rifle, revolver, also his Dairymen’s League Certificate of Indebtedness.

West Lenox – Mrs. Grover Lawrence and two children, of Bainbridge, N. Y., are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hortman. ALSO Wesley Woolsey is the owner of a Dodge car.

Hop Bottom – The ladies of Book Club, No. 1, were delightfully entertained at the home of Mrs. M. McVicar, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. May Miller was hostess. A delicious luncheon was served.

Montrose – Robinove’s Department Store advertizes Boys’ Knickerbockers [knickers, or baggy-kneed breeches] for sale—their entire stock, of which sell regularly as high as $2.50, at 89 cents. Also J. & P. Coats Thread, all sizes, white or black, 9 spools for 50c or 20 for $1.00. ALSO O. P. Beebe celebrated his 85th birthday at his home on South Cherry street, Saturday. Only five other persons in Montrose are known to be older than this octogenarian. They are: B. F. McKeage, Sr., W. Johnson Baker, Mrs. Martha VanZandt, Mrs. Eunice Harrington and Mrs. Willis B. Deans, all of whom are past ninety years.

Ararat – “Bosom,” a large black cat belonging to Bert Porter, and generally known in Ararat, met a tragic death by drowning on January 4th. “Bosom” had much notoriety because of being in the U. S. Navy during the World War. He was mascot on the boat Porter served on in the navy, and at the close of the war Bert brought him home to Ararat. Here he has lived and his many friends regret his untimely end, and Bert’s loss. ALSO The man whose New Year’s resolution was—“to cripple the Northeastern Telephone line”—cut down a telephone pole half way between Ararat and Thompson, making the innocent patrons of the line victims of his personal grudge. No messages could be transmitted last week up or down the Branch.

Forest City – Early Saturday morning some one broke into “Andy’s” restaurant and took from the money drawer over $20 and helped themselves to cigars and cigarettes. Entrance was made through the front window by prying a corner of the glass front loose, the aperture being large enough for an average sized man. Local talent, it is believed, is responsible for the robbery. ALSO Violet Evans, a member of the senior class, has received a gold medal from the Remington Co. for her proficiency in type writing. She wrote 70 words correctly in one minute, making a record seldom equaled. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H, Evans, of Vandling.

Silver Lake – John Terry died from pneumonia at his home, January 7th. The deceased was 18 years of age and was the oldest of a family of six children. His parents died within a few minutes of each other a number of months ago and since that time the boy had taken the brunt of the responsibility of rearing the family, aided by his grandmother and several sisters, who were a few years younger. It was a hard task for the young man, who accepted his responsibilities willingly and did all within his power to meet the arduous farm work, and with the assistance of neighbors, who took a great interest in them, they were meeting their obligations. His father, John Terry, a miner in Scranton for some years, had purchased the farm, hoping that the outdoor life would relieve him from ailments and ill health contracted in the mines. The body of John was taken to Scranton for the funeral and interment. Burial was made by the side of his parents in a cemetery in that city.

Susquehanna – Angelo Tolomei, employed as a fire cleaner in the Erie terminal, met his death in the ash pit in the yards. While engaged in his work, Tolomei fell in the pit, in which ashes were dumped from the engines, and was drowned in the water at the bottom of the pit. The deceased was 45 years of age and leaves a wife and six small children. He was well known and popular with railroad men and at one time conducted a store in Oakland. The funeral was held in St. John’s church. In the funeral procession were about fifty automobiles, headed by the Erie Band, and a large number of Sons of Italy. Interment was made in St. John’s cemetery.

December 21 1923/2023

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New Milford Twp. – Lawrence Lee Aldrich passed away at his home, Friday evening, Dec. 7th, 1923. He was 37 years old and a sufferer from tuberculosis for many years. Lawrence was a man of kindly disposition, a neighbor in whom one could depend, for he was never known to forget others. If there was one in the community that needed help, he was always ready to lend a helping hand, which made for him a host of friends and neighbors, a man so good to those about him that a gloom of sadness spreads through the entire community where he was known. ALSO William H. Sisson, who attained his 99th year on October 16th, died at his home in the borough, Dec. 18, 1923. Death was due to the infirmities of his great age. He was born in Owego, N. Y. but spent the greater part of his life in this state, and for about 25 years he followed farming in Franklin township. A number of years ago he moved to New Milford, where he had lived in retirement, yet was able to walk about and enjoy he sunset of his life.

North Bridgewater – What might have been a serious accident occurred when Charles Holbrook was driving his young team home from Montrose. Some hunters above the road near the iron bridge, leading north, were shooting at rabbits, two shots struck Mr. Holbrook in the face, one shot penetrating his nose and one striking his cheek, and the report frightening the team so they nearly ran away. Hunters should be more careful when hunting near the public highway.

Uniondale – Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Chandler are residing, for the present, in Brooklyn, NY, where they expect to spend the winter. Its dollars to doughnuts but what Oliver longs to see [is] old Elk Hill.

Transue, Auburn Twp. – Mrs. John Brotzman is having water piped to her house. ALSO In Auburn Four Corners, Miss Dorothy Hardy, a teacher of this place, returned to her home in Hop Bottom and is now ill with scarlet fever, a disease that had been prevalent in her school district.

Forest City – Hornbeck Bros. report the following sales for the past week: A Dodge touring car to Max Rayannic and a Hupmobile sedan to Bartholomay Bros., Vandling.

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Susquehanna – The Helping Hand Society will serve a cafeteria supper and hold a bazaar in the new church, Wednesday of this week. On Sunday, Dec. 23, the last service will be held in the old Methodist church and the following Sunday will witness the initial church service in the new building. The old building has been sold to the Legion and they are waiting for the removal of the church furniture and vacating the building to make their improvements.

Harford – There will be a Christmas party in the lecture room of the church for the Sunday school. This is a departure from the arrangements of previous years. Instead of the young people giving the public an entertainment, it has been thought best that the church entertain the young people. There will be a Christmas tree and good things to eat.

Brooklyn – The Girl Scout Camp at Lake Ely has frequently known happy groups of camping there for a day of winter sports, but never before have they dreamed of spending the whole winter holiday in so delightful a way. This year the Scranton council has decided to try this new phase of camping, so this year, from December 26 to 31, a happy family of scouts and leaders will hold forth against King Winter. We are fortunate in having permanent buildings set cozily against the side hill, which fortified with stoves, and a huge fireplace, should provide warm and comfortable sleeping quarters.

Lawton, Rush Twp. – Isaac Terry and Jon McGovern are assisting Cyrus Terry in moving his shop, which he is going to remodel for a garage. ALSO Geo. L. Pickett is one of the county’s best known and most liked farmers, and a breeder of fine Guernsey pure-bred cattle.

Thompson – E. A Mead, E.D. Truex and G. A. Pickering returned from Camp Mead, Pike county, with a fine, eight-prong buck. This is the second deer brought down by Mr. Pickering while hunting in the wilds of Pike county. He has a large head of a deer mounted in his den, shot three years ago. [At this time deer were very scarce in the northeast, often causing reports of their presence to be newsworthy.]

Elk Lake – Miss Rose McDermott is playing side center on the girls’ basket ball team at Mansfield Normal School. In a recent game, when the Normal team defeated the Free Academy from Corning, 11 to 0, Miss McDermott played a star game on the defense an offense.

Montrose – Holiday Offerings from merchants: The real, stand-the-banging electric trains are being sold at Ryan’s and also Toonerville Trolley toys, sleds, skates and ski’s; Get your plum pudding at Hamlin’s, Spalding Superior Make; A full line of Victor talking machines and latest records at Stephens’ Book Store; Visit Toyland at Robinove’s, an unusually large line, some as low as 10 cents; Grey Gull Phonograph Records at 65 cents, at Morris’; A wonderful assortment of Christmas cards, calendars, holly boxes, baskets, poinsettias and dressing for the gifts at Mrs. McCollum’s; Pyrex Ware at Cooley & Son’s; Candies and nuts, citron, orange peel, lemon peel, currants and raisins at Kittle’s; Holly and holly wreaths and flowering plants at South View Gardens, W. S. Nash, Prop.

Lehigh Valley Railroad: Officials recently made a trip over the Montrose branch in a handsome car propelled by a gasoline engine. The car accommodates 38 passengers and will care for 4,000 pounds of baggage in the forward end. The officials were trying it out to see if it would prove practicable, as its use would mean a great saving in comparison to the cost of operating a regular passenger train. It is feared the heavy snow of this locality might interfere with its regular operation, but the fact that a freight train passes over the line daily and snow plows are used for any extensive fall of snow, would probably eliminate that difficulty.

February 15 1924/2024

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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.”

January 25 1924/2024

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Montrose – A decree in divorce was granted Mrs. Myrtle Paddleford Austin, in Binghamton, on Tuesday. Witnesses showed that Fred E. Austin, formerly of this place, failed to get a divorce from his second wife, following his third marriage. His second wife appeared at the hearing. Mrs. Austin, No. 3, said she learned on March 5th, 1921, that her husband had not been divorced from his second wife and immediately left him. Austin is said to have agreed not to contest the annulment, provided he was not called upon for alimony or council fees. ALSO J. Gerald Mackin has resigned his position on the reportorial staff of the Scranton Times and will return to Montrose and take a position as news editor on the Independent Republican. Mr. Mackin learned his trade while at the Republican before going to Scranton.

Dimock – The people of Dimock township, where F. R. Cope, Jr., resides, may well be proud that one of her townsmen has been honored by Gov. Pinchot, who recently appointed Mr. Cope as an Agricultural Member of the State Council of Education.

South Gibson – Friday, Feb. 7th, and every two weeks thereafter, there will be round and square dances with music provided by Mrs. Belva McNamara and her own orchestra. Prompter is Gus Clark.

Thompson – Dewey Brookshire, of Thompson, and Doris Furman, of Port Jervis, were united in marriage on January 8th. They left Port Jervis on the evening train and were met at the train by many of the young people of this place. They were given a grand reception with bells, horns, and tin pans. The crowd accompanied the newly weds to their home and arriving were given a treat of candy and cigars.

Williams Pond – Eight little friends were entertained in honor of the eighth birthday of Theda Lewis, at her home. Those present were: Helen Foster, Mary and Margaret Clarey, Doris and Helen Cole, Helen Hillis, and Beryl and Verla Lewis.

Hallstead – James G. Florance informs us he has just returned with a carload of fine Missouri horses, which can be seen at his stables in that village.

Susquehanna – The new First Methodist Episcopal church is being dedicated this week. This Friday night the gift windows will be dedicated. The new edifice is a handsome brick structure and a credit to the energetic members of the congregation. ALSO Susquehanna is to have a community hall. The Erie R.R. is transforming the upper part of the Erie carpenter shop into a commodious hall. It will be under the management of the local officers of the Erie.

South Auburn – Peter Benninger and son, Olin, are among the leading blacksmiths of the county, and have shod more than two hundred horses during the winter, thus far.

Heart Lake/Lake Montrose – The cutting of ice started on Tuesday. Ice is of excellent quality and nearly a foot in thickness is being harvested. At Lake Montrose the new icehouse of Wm. Holmes is being completed. It is a large and well-built structure and up-to-date in every way.

Harford – Will Tiffany has been installing electric lights in his barn.

Hop Bottom – Porter Brown celebrated his 90thbirthday on January 15, 1924, at the home of his son, Fred Brown. Mr. Brown was born in Lenox, but has been a resident of Hop Bottom for many years.

New Milford – David McConnell, aged 78 years, died at his home on January 17, 1924. Mr. McConnell was a harness maker for fifty-two years and was widely known through this section of the county where he had a host of friends. ALSO E. H. Woodward and son have recently opened a modern lunch room and ice cream parlor at their place of business on Main street, in connection with their already well-established service station. Battery repairing and charging and vulcanizing are carefully attended to and they are now in excellent shape to attend to all the needs of the traveling public.

Forest City – The high school girls’ basketball team met the Duryea girls team, at Duryea, and met their first defeat in three years. The score was 34 to 9. If the Duryea aggregation will agree to play on the Forest City high school court the tables will be turned. The Duryea girls are accustomed to their court, which is a hard one to play on for one unfamiliar with it. Also P. J. O’Malia and Paul Fitzpatrick saw a robin on Delaware street this morning. “Packy” was sure that it was a robin and to convince others he took a snap shot.

Gelatt – A truck load of young people attended the skating party at Stearns Lake, Thursday and Saturday evenings. Bernard Sartell suffered a fall, cutting a deep gash in his head. Dr. Cole dressed the wound.

Franklin Forks – Edward Bailey is taking a short course in buttermaking at Cornell University.

Brooklyn – The stockholders of the Evergreen Cemetery will hold their annual meeting in the store of H. H. Craver for the election of trustees. This association was formed in 1883 with stock at $10 a share. The late E. A. Weston surveyed and plotted the grounds. A circular road was laid out and evergreen trees planted on both sides. W. H. Eldridge was elected sexton and to his care the young trees owe much of its present beauty. A snug sum is invested with a trust company for the upkeep of the grounds. ALSO E. A. Smith is engaged in moving the McMillan house, an old landmark near the old cemetery, to the foundation of the house of Mike Cooke, which was burned last summer. Weather conditions have caused delays.

Uniondale – Ice is nearly a foot thick on Lewis Lake. The creamery ice house is being cleaned preparatory to receiving the new crop. The ice house is filled by the Erie Railroad company and is brought here from Hathaway’s pond, near Ararat. It can be loaded into cars there.

Fiddle Lake – Kleber Shaver, who started on his trip to Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 25, was driving a span of three-year old colts [hitched] to a spring wagon. He intends to locate in the Ozark mountains.

January 04 1924/2024

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Springville – C. B. Marcy, in his 77th year, is still an active veteran of the Civil War and the last of seven young men who enlisted from Springville in Co C. 203rd Pa. Volunteer Infantry, and also the last of eighteen from Wyoming County who enlisted in the same company. Mr. Marcy was seventeen years old when he shouldered a musket and went out to fight for the union.

Middletown Twp. – Martin J. Golden, one of our best known and oldest farmers, passed away January 1st, 1924. Death followed a short illness from a complication of diseases. He was the son of William Golden. His entire life had been spent in the vicinity where he died and few men of that locality were more widely known or held in more esteem. He was one of the most energetic farmers in the western part of the county. Of splendid character and friendly manner, his loss is keenly felt by young and old. He is survived by seven children.

Bridgewater Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. J. G. VanVechten, who have been in charge of the borough [poor] farm for a couple of years, return next week to their former home in Warsaw, NY Mrs. Stark, of Heart Lake, will take charge of the building. The work on the farm is to be let separately by the poor board.

Alford – E. M. Aldrich is having Delco Lights installed in his residence.

Forest City – Pat O’Malley who was a former brakeman on the Erie Railroad, at Susquehanna, and formerly of Forest City, confessed to what lured him to the Silver Screen. He owes his rise to a woman’s pretty face. Some years ago he took his then best girl to a motion picture theatre in Chicago, when the face was flashed on the screen, but unidentified. He was so smitten that he followed vague clues for 2,000 miles. He later learned that she was married to a perfectly satisfactory husband and was, in addition, the mother of several children. But, if Pat’s susceptible heart got him into the pictures, it is his sound head which has kept him there and climbing as a popular leading man, say a legion of his friends in this city and elsewhere.

East Rush – Six families have from one to three cases of scarlet fever, and practically the entire community is under quarantine. The cases, fortunately, are mild and none of the patients, all of whom are children, are in a serious condition. In the family of L. J. Very, three children have the disease. In S. W. Brugler’s family two children are ill. One child each in the families of F. W Shaver, Charles Squires, Frank Kiefer and Mrs. E. L. Estus are ill with the same malady. In the last mentioned home the father was kicked by a horse on Friday and passed away Sunday morning at Packer Hospital in Sayre, making it a particularly sad household. [The deceased was 65 years old and was a son of Harvey and Orrill West Estus. He had lived his entire life in East Rush.]

Gibson – Dr. Franklin Hill, of Washington, D. C., spent a ten-day vacation at the home of his parents, returning to his work in the U. S. Navy last Monday.

Uniondale – Fred Crandall, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is visiting friends in Uniondale He is enroute to California. He is looking up the records of the Crandall family and expects to incorporate them in book form. He is tracing back to 1633. The first Crandall came over in the Mayflower and was a Welsh Baptist minister. He and Roger Williams were fined five pounds each for preaching against the established church. [The 1633 Mayflower was the second Mayflower, making trips in 1630, 1633, 1644, and 1639. It was lost at sea on a voyage to Virginia in 1641.]

Montrose – Dr. C. W. Caterson, of Endicott, was here the first of the week and moved his household goods to that place. The doctor is taking up surgery in the Endicott hospital. ALSO The new concrete paving on the state road between here and South Montrose was opened the day before Christmas to traffic. This does away with the bad detour and gives a concrete road nearly to Dimock.

Friendsville – Wm. Murphy has been one of our very faithful rural mail carriers for the past 15 years, and is well qualified to discuss (or curse) dirt roads, in general, particularly at this time of year.

Harford – The New Year has a very sad beginning for the young wife of Harry Smith, who was formerly Miss Margaret Titus, who died at her home Saturday evening, having given birth to a baby, who died that morning. Her husband and a baby of 15 months, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Titus, and several brothers and sisters survive her. Her funeral was held at the home on New Year’s day.

Fiddle Lake – December 24 was not a day of idleness for Mrs. John Graham, better known as grandma Graham, for she killed and dressed 10 chickens and furthermore, we wish to say, she was 83 years old that day. er parents, Mr.a

Library News: Miss Beatrice Eyerly, of Hagerstown, Md., who was lately engaged as an assistant in the library, is expected to arrive the middle of this month; Miss Eyerly will take charge of the circulating libraries, which have lately assumed such proportions that it is impossible for the library force to give them the needed attention. It has always been an aim of the president, Mr. Cope, to place circulating libraries in every town and hamlet in the county where they are desired. [The Susquehanna County Library was the first library in Pennsylvania to put a bookmobile on the road.]

News Brief: The radio, which is nothing more or less than the wireless telephone, while yet in its infancy, has grown so immensely popular that nearly two billions of dollars are invested in the manufacture of radio equipment. There are 600 broadcasting stations scattered over the country and $30,000,000 are spent annually for entertainers. This means the death knoll of Chautauqua Lyceum courses and things of that sort. When one can, by a few twists of he wrist in his own household, introduce his family to the best talent the world affords and they may choose between concerts, lectures, sermons, comedy, etc., free of charge, they are not likely to buy a ticket and go several blocks [or miles] to hear things of that sort.

December 14 1923/2023

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Hallstead – The Herald block has been purchased by C. H. Hoffman, of this place, from Henry P. DuBois, son of he late Hon. James T. DuBois. Mr. Hoffman states he purchased the building as an investment.

Montrose – I. W. Oakley is the possessor of a fine cello, which was lately presented to him by a friend in Carbondale. The donor is A. W. Bailey, a retired railroad engineer, now an invalid, who desired Mr. Oakley to possess the valuable musical instrument. The cello, which is of an unusually fine and mellow tone, was owned by Mr. Bailey’s father, who was a leader of a stringed orchestra in a Boston church before the era of the pipe organ. It is impossible to trace the age of the instrument further back, but it is possible the cello was in the possession of others previous to that time. Mr. Oakley, who is a skillful player of stringed instruments, particularly the violin and cello, prizes the gift highly. ALSO Businessmen are arranging for a public hitching place. It has long been felt that horse-drawn vehicles are being crowded from the streets and with the congestion of automobiles on the main thoroughfares that something should be done to furnish convenient facilities for these transients. A vacant lot will be rented near Harrington’s stable and equipped with tieing posts.

Susquehanna – John N. Seddon, a veteran of the Civil War, and one of our must highly regarded citizens, died Dec. 7th, 1923, at his home. Mr. Seddon was a native of New Jersey and during the Civil War served the entire four years as a private in Co. B. 37th regiment, New Jersey Infantry. Mr. Seddon located in Susquehanna soon after the war and followed his trade as a cabinetmaker. He then entered the employ of the Erie railroad, as a carpenter. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Odd Fellows. He is survived by his widow and a daughter, Mrs. Albert Burkett, of Carbondale.

Kingsley – A suit has been instituted in the county courts against the R. D. Richardson Construction Co. by Bert Appleman for $30,000--$20,000 on behalf of his son, Cecil, and $10,000 for himself, as father. This suit grows out of the loss of a hand on the part of the 8-year-old boy, who had five fingers blown off while exploding a dynamite cap. It is alleged by the complainant that the cap is similar to those used by the company in constructing the recent state road between Kingsley and Harford. Attorney M. W. Stephens and J. M. Kelly are the plaintiff’s attorneys.

Forest City – Shirley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Rolls, of Main street, was the victim of an automobile accident. She was crossing the street when she was struck by an auto driven by Miss Mary Thompson, of Carbondale. The little girl was struck and her clothing became tangled about the hub of one of the auto wheels. Fortunately, the auto was being driven slowly and came to a standstill in a few feet. The victim was picked up by Benny Yanchitis and rushed to Allen’s drug store. She sustained injuries to her face and hands. She is doing well. No fault can be attached to the occupants of the car. They reported the accident to the authorities and have frequently visited the unfortunate girl.

Harford – The Christmas bazaar, held last week in the lecture room of the church, was a success socially and financially. Returns not all in, but $125 is reported as the proceeds. Credit is due to Mrs. Fred Brainard and to the committee, of which she was chairman.

New Milford – The Sophomore class of the high school will present a play entitled “Maidens All Forlorn,” at the Opera House, Dec. 20th.

Welsh Hill – Arthur Lord, of Hop Bottom, was through this place on Saturday with a full line of Raleigh remedies and products.

Fair Hill – Mrs. Harry Valentine has a new Victrola, purchased of Stuart Sprout.

South Auburn – A special attraction of the next Grange meeting, Dec. 22nd, will be a Christmas grab bag. Each family is to furnish three ten-cent articles for the bag. Members to pay 10 cents a grab. Lots of fun.

Gelatt – Over 30 attended the reception for Mr. & Mrs. George Entrott at the home of his grandmother, Mr. Samantha Bowell. Many useful gifts were received. Also, a sum of money. We wish them a happy wedded life.

Thompson – The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Whitney was held at the home of their son, A. B. Whitney, Nov. 24th. About 50 friends and relatives were present and four generations were represented. A dainty lunch was served and a purse of money was presented to them.

Ku Klux Klan Not Wanted: Various reports that the Ku Klux Klan was endeavoring to organize, or had organized in the county, it is hoped are untrue, for it is an organization which is capable of doing much harm, through the kindling of racial and religious animosities of which this locality is particularly free. Anything that disturbs the sympathetic bond and mutuality of interest existing between citizens is a serious menace to the welfare of all, and prejudicial too the best interests from every standpoint.

Christmas Carols to be sung at Community Christmas Tree: O Come All Ye Faithful; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; We Three Kings of Orient Are; The first Noel; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Silent Night. The Christmas Tree will be held Christmas afternoon at 5:30, in Montrose. Prepare to attend this enjoyable occasion.

Airplane Twenty Years Old: December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur Wright, now deceased, and Orville Wright, his brother, flew the first successful heavier-than-air machine. The advancement of civilization is measured by the progress of transportation. These two decades have revolutionized man’s effort in promoting commerce and travel. The World War demonstrated that the airplane is an absolute necessity for national defense, as well as a most effective messenger of peace. The conquest of the air has just begun. It has unlimited possibilities. What the next two decades will bring forth in aviation will doubtless surpass the most far-seeing mind.

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