100 Years Ago
100 Years Ago is a weekly article produced for the local newspapers. The information is compiled 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 original showed up in the newspaper and then the year it appeared in the paper as the 100 Years Ago article. 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 02 1923/2023
Harford – William Seymour Sophia, aged nearly 82 years, widely-known gardener and respected citizen, succumbed to a paralytic stroke. He was born on the farm where he has always lived, it being the old Sophia homestead. He was known as an expert gardener, and always enjoyed showing visitors his crops. He was a school director for a number of years and also president of the school board. His vegetable exhibits at the Harford Fair were always looked forward to with interest. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; a daughter Mrs. Louise Alexander, of Butte, Montana; a step-daughter, Mrs. J. W. Nicholson, and six grandchildren; one brother, John A. Sophia, of Harford. Six if his near neighbors were bearers and it was a sad procession that wended its way to the cemetery where he was carefully laid away. ALSO Harry Shannon has constructed a radio receiving set, which works fine. O F. Maynard is busy making one, and Howard Merritt will soon have one completed. When the neighbors all “get ‘em” we will know where to go and spend the evenings
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – We sure have some snow so far this winter. The roads are in a bad condition and we have not had preaching on the Hill for four weeks.
Montrose – E. J. Dorey [Dorcey?] who operates the White Bus Line between Montrose and Binghamton, has been unable to make trips for several days on account of the deep snow. He has a snow plow and tractor at work, besides a force of men and hopes to have the road open soon. It is reported Mr. Dorey has bought a snow plow four feet in height, which he can combat almost any drift.
Bridgewater Twp./Heart Lake – The heavy snows recently have hampered the ice cutting gangs at Lake Mont Rose, retarding the filling of the large ice houses. Several times the ice fields had to have the snow removed and although the ice is of fair quality, it is not as clear as usual. The Borden ice house will probably be filled by the last of the week, and J. A. McCabe is making good progress in filling his. Charles Hoyt is also planning to fill his house with the completion of the Borden job, on which he is engaged. The ice runs from 12 to 14 inches in thickness. At Heart Lake over forty men are at work filling the big ice house. With the completion of filling the ice houses at Lake Mont Rose, ice will be cut in large quantities for farmers and others having individual storage houses.
Elk Lake – John Fitzsimmons has a saw and engine for cutting wood and ice and is doing good works.
Jackson - C. D. Washburn, born in Gibson township, April 6, 1847, passed away January 28that the home of his son, Dr. H. D. Washburn, in Susquehanna. He was a member of the North Jackson M. E. church, a tax collector and justice of the peace. In the spring of 1864, at the age of 17, he enlisted in Co. C, 1st PA Light Artillery, and served until the close of the war. In later years he was deeply interested in his comrades in G. A. R. and for15 years acted as commander of Myron French Post. He married Arvilla French in 1868 and four children were born to them: Raymond, Clayton, Mrs. A. E. Henderson and Dr. H. D. Washburn. ALSO A number are drawing ice from the Griffis pond these days.
Rush – Reports are that Miss Arlene Pickett is going to take up training in Sayre hospital for a nurse.
Forest City – The southbound passenger train on the O. & W, due here at 3:52, was held at Lakewood until the following morning. A car was run up Tuesday morning and the belated passengers transferred. The delay was occasioned by the derailment of several cars at Poyntelle.
Great Bend – While bus lines were blocked and many other trucks and passenger cars dared not buck the snow drifted roads of the north county last Friday and Saturday, the fleet of ten and a quarter Larrabee Speed Six Trucks, operated by the Great Bend Bakery, went through the biggest of the drifts and covered their routes completely both days. Larrabee trucks are sold in Hop Bottom by M. E. Rynearson.
Brooklyn – Prof. S. S. Beach and three boys from our vocational school, Thomas West, Edwin Engates and Chas. Sesky, spent three days in Harrisburg attending the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Ed. Engates won third honors in the poultry-judging contest out of sixty-eight contestants.
New Milford – The following young people enjoyed a sleigh ride to Jackson Friday night and attended the dance: Betty Pedrick, Agnes and Lucille Fernan, Anna and Jack Pressman, Charlotte Dearborn, Katherine Cosgriff, Miles DeWitt, Chase Norris, Arnold McIntosh, Robert Zeller and George Grotty.
Uniondale – S. Bert McPherson has purchased the farm formerly owned by his grandfather, the late Seth Walker, in Herrick township. The tract consists of 198 acres and the consideration was said to be $3,000. J. G. McPherson, the former owner, is now a resident of Wayland, NY.
News Brief: The growing popularity of the closed types of automobiles is indicated in the statement that about sixty percent of the cars manufactured last year were of the enclosed styles. Their high price has, until recently, made them more in demand by the wealthier class. The tendency has been to reduce the price of enclosed cars the past year or two, and as they can be used in all kinds of weather they have a wider appeal, both as pleasure and business cars. ALSO Those who arose early Tuesday morning report the mercury the lowest for the year. In Montrose, it is stated, thermometers registered from two to six degrees below, at Susquehanna, 12 below, while Birchardville has a claim for the record depth of 18 below. It might have been lower in Montrose but we failed to find anyone who got up early enough to establish creditable testimony. Montrose may be outdone as to coldness, but with nearly two feet of snow on the level, we think it can hold the record for snowfall.
January 12 1923/2023
Montrose – I beg to announce the opening of my first-class Ladies’ Hair Dressing Parlor, at 17 Ridge St., Jan. 8th. My aim will be to give in every way a thorough practical, sanitary and scientific treatment, and I assure you that the utmost care will be taken to please you, with personal attention. A fair trial will convince you. Hours- 9 am to 6 pm. Phone 1833. Respectfully yours, Mrs. Bosler.
Bridgewater Twp. – Walter L. Newton, who lives about three miles west of Montrose, met with a severe loss Thursday night, when a lantern exploded, setting fire to a large barn filled with hay, all farm machinery and tools, auto, horses, cattle, etc., which quickly burned to the ground. Three horses and two head of cattle were incinerated by the flames, which spread with great rapidity. Mr. Newton was able to get 18 cows out of the burning building, While Mr. Newton carried some insurance, his loss is a severe one. The lantern was hanging on a wire when it exploded.
Jackson – Elmer Washburn, who confessed to the murder of Cyrus Payne, in this township, last November, and who has been in the custody of Sheriff Darrow at the County jail for several weeks, was indicted for murder by the Grand Jury Monday. Attys. T. A. Doherty and Elbert Davies were appointed as defenders of the 14 year old, who is charged with a crime that may send him to the electric chair. ALSO A sleigh load went to Gibson Friday evening and very much enjoyed the dance. CARD OF THANKS: I take this means of thanking those who so kindly remembered my son, Elmer Washburn, at Christmas time, especially Sheriff Darrow and family. Mrs. Ella Washburn.
Dimock – On account of the interference of the Board of Health the Dairymen’s League car “milk” station at Springville, was a short lived concern. The milk us now being hauled back to the Janssen Dairy plant here at Dimock again, where it is pasteurized and shipped to Newark, NJ for the Dairymen’s League Association. Mr. Janssen is taking this milk at the request of the League, as Mr. Janssen is always ready to confer a favor or accommodation when one is needed. It would seem that the pool members’ patience would have been sorely tried, during the past year, by the frequent and numerous changes made by the disposition of their milk.
Harford – J. A. Willliams will hold a public sale on his farm, one mile from Harford and two and one-half miles from Kingsley on Harford to Kingsley road, January 17. Twenty-five head of stock, team of horses, farm tools and household furniture, etc. Lunch will be served.
Lawton – It is rumored that C. D. Williams will be a candidate in the primaries for county commissioner. He is well qualified to fill the office.
Fairdale – Beverly Horton, who had the misfortune to break her leg some time ago, wishes to thank her little friends for the many post cards and beautiful presents sent her, which helped pass away many otherwise lonely hours.
Fair Hill – Silas Jagger had one of his horses get injured in the stable last Friday night and had to kill it. It was 32 years old last spring. ALSO The road is drifted quite bad between Len Hart’s and Cleon Smith’s.
Bennett Corners, Auburn Township – There is a number of fox hunters hunting in this locality, but the number of foxes killed are not as numerous as the hunters.
Great Bend – Reuben D. Arnold, aged 36 years, yardmaster for the Lackawanna Railroad at the Hampton yards, Scranton, died suddenly Jan. 4, 1923. Deceased spent his early life in Great Bend and was a son of the late Alonzo Arnold, an old time Lackawanna conductor. Burial will be made in St. Lawrence cemetery, Great Bend.
Brooklyn – Carl Flowers returned to State College; Pauline Fish to Syracuse University and Cyrl Terry to Cornell; Rena Terry and Helen Gere to Mansfield and Robert Breed to Cornell.
Forest City – Thomas E. Edwards, a graduate of the Forest City high school and who was employed by the First National Bank for some time, is now a resident of Kansas Coty. He has charge of the office of the Fort Dodge Serum Company at that place.
Matters in the County Court: Dorothy Spade legally adopted by Ross Chidester and Maye Chidester, under provisions of Act of Assembly. ALSO Geo. Bennett was appointed Poor Director of Auburn and Rush township to fill vacancy caused by death of Eugene McCarthy. ALSO The death of Stephen J. Northrop, for many years publisher of The Sentinel, in Montrose, occurred at the home of his son, Rev. Ralph Northrop, in Bellvale, NY, Tuesday, January 9th, at the age of 90 years. Deceased was a life long prohibitionist and for several years edited and published The Sentinel, which espoused the temperance cause. He wielded a trenchant pen but his newspaper venture was not profitable and the newspaper died a natural death after a few years. One of his daughters, Mrs. Bruce Lott, of Montrose, survives him.
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DEAD: Sylvester Wood, a veteran of the Civil War, who had spent practically his whole life in and around Montrose, died near Laceyville, Friday, Jan. 5th, 1923. He was nearly 80 years of age. Surviving are his wife, and two sons, Judson and Horace Wood, of Montrose. Although given to reticence, letting others do the talking, he was a brave, faithful soldier, receiving a severe wound in the shoulder while getting a drink of water for a comrade who had fallen in battle.
December 15 1922/2022
Uniondale – Mrs. Daniel Carpenter died at her home in Seattle on Friday, December 8. The remains will be brought back to Uniondale for interment. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Burdick, a pioneer settler of Clifford township. She is survived by a son, Frank B. Carpenter, Esq., a former resident of Forest City. ALSO Freeman Z. Carpenter, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Uniondale, passed away at his home following a few weeks’ illness. He was a member of Mathew McPherson Post of the Grand Army of the Republic He is survived by his widow, two sons, Walter, of Herrick Center, and Lester of Scranton; and one sister, Mrs. Silos O. Churchill, of Uniondale. Interment will be made in the Uniondale cemetery.
Springville – Mrs. Eugene Gallagher and daughter, Betty, have gone to Rochester, where her husband has secured rooms and he will attend a school for disabled in the service.
Thompson – Mrs. J. E. Blain narrowly escaped what might have proved a fatal accident. She poured some old grease on the fire, not thinking of any danger, when it burst into flames and exploded loud enough to be heard by the neighbors some distance away. She was badly burned about her face and arms and had it not been for a covering she happened to have on her head, her hair would doubtless have caught fire.
Forest City – We now have better street car service. It was brought about by the determined action of the councils of Forest City, Vandling and Carbondale, who made it plain to the Scranton Street Railway company that the two-hour system was a hindrance to the public. The new schedule went into effect Sunday morning. It is the same as prevailed previous to the June and July floods of last year. Following these floods there was a suspension for several weeks and later we were given a two-hour schedule which proved but very little better. We can ride hourly now until winter sets in. ALSO Peter Mancuso, the North Main street tailor, has filed his application for citizenship.
Montrose –Benjamin Holbrook has worked for me and managed the Brewster farm since 1915. He has always been industrious, loyal and honest; never tried to cheat me out of as much as a hen’s egg. On April 1st, 1923, because of a change made by me, and through no default by him, someone else will get him. He is worth more as a working foreman or farm manager than I ever did or could pay him. His wife is a fit helpmeet, good housekeeper and a good cook. I am writing this without his knowledge to notify you what sort of a man he is, and to get him a better job. If you really want and deserve such a man, I will tell you personally more about him. D.T. Brewster. ALSO To slaughter and pluck 50 turkeys and fowls in a day is no inconsiderable job for one man to do. This is a record which John Aitken hung up at The Central Market a short time since. Over 40 years at the business, gives one the necessary experience to “make every move count.” Probably few men in the county have walked more miles than he has. A few years ago it was figured out that with a low average of but 18 miles a day for each day he had delivered meat for the Hawley and Rogers meat markets, he would have walked a distance sufficient to “bridge the space between the earth and he moon. His years of walking out of doors has doubtless given him the healthy constitution he enjoys and a lifetime of activity has left him with but one worry—to keep from idleness.
Clifford – John Spedding has sold his farm implement business to Hasbrouck Brothers, who will continue same in connection with their general merchandise business. Mr. Spedding, who is one of the most wide awake and progressive young business men of the county, is to take a position with the International Harvester Co. as traveling representative.
Jessup Twp. – The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Prospect Hill Telephone Company will be held at the Grange Hall, Fairdale, Dec. 20, commencing at 10 a.m. E. L. Jones, Sec’y.
Brooklyn – Glenn W. Ely gave a radio-phone concert in the hall, Saturday evening. Many people were present who had never listened to wireless and it proved of considerable interest.
Harford – The dairy office was moved last week down to Mrs. Flora Forsythe’s lot and will be fixed up for a dwelling house. ALSO The Harford V. H. S. basket ball team played a closely contested game with the Thompson high school boys last Friday. At first the Thompson boys started out as if they would be easy winners but it did not take the Harford boys long to get their bearings and check the Thompson boys’ attack, throwing a few double deckers in the meanwhile. All through the remainder of the game neither side had the assurance of the game until the final whistle blew. The score standing at 15-14, Harford’s favor. The boys made an excellent fight for the game, playing like “old timers.” Three of the Harford boys had never played in a game before. “Bob” Michael refereed a satisfactory game for both sides.
Glenwood – C. W. Hoppe, among the best-known men of this place, died at his home where he was born and lived all his life, on the Hoppe homestead, Dec. 4, 1922, at the age of 70 years. He is survived by his widow and three children, Walter, Arthur and Mrs. Hurbert Chisholm, of Nicholson and one sister, Mrs. Walter Bennett, of Lenoxville.
Auburn Corners – Considerable excitement stirred this locality during the early hours of Thursday morning when a ‘riot call’ (?) by phone, brought Sheriff Darrow, Chief Tingley and 8 others from Montrose, to take a hand in a little Thanksgiving party that started near this place on the evening before. The officers reached here at 1:30 Thursday morning, and, as it transpired, more sleep than blood was lost. It proved to be strictly a family affair and a bottle of hooch the “quickening spirit.” A warrant was sworn out before G. W. Bunnell, four arrested and brought before the said justice, where they were given a hearing. One party was discharged and the other three given nominal fines which were promptly paid and they were dismissed with an admonition to “go and sin no more.” There was considerable grumbling on the part of the officers who were up all night and then some, leaving here for home at 4:45 a.m.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – We are getting a little winter weather for a few days, but the Binghamton weather man has not furnished the snow he promised. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Silas Jagger attended the birthday party given to S. B. Warner, a veteran of the Civil War, at Lee Fessenden’s last Wednesday, it being his 85thbirthday. The old veterans are but few around here, only two old soldiers being present, H. C. Spafford, of Forest Lake, and J. O. Fuller, of Laceyville.
November 24 1922/2022
Jackson Twp. – Although Cyrus Payne, who was brutally murdered at his home, October 27th, lived and died a bachelor, it appears that he had an affair of the heart when a young man, though destiny seems to have decreed that he and his youthful sweetheart should not tread the pleasant by-ways of life together. A letter revealing that Cyrus cherished the affections of a young lady and that their regard for each other had progressed to a point where they had planned on a life together, was sent to Sheriff Darrow by Mrs. Adie Burt, of Watervliet, NY, who had heard of the pathetic end of Cyrus Payne, and wrote for information. She shared that cruel fate had separated them and for fifty-five years she wondered and hoped, wished and prayed to learn of his whereabouts. She eventually married but her husband was killed in an accident, leaving her widowed for thirty years, “but Cyrus Payne’s name has forever been stamped in my memory, and will ever remain there until I have passed on, where I shall hope to meet my dear one.”
Brooklyn – The Ladies’ Musical club was pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. C. P. Fitch, who was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. T. A. Capron. The Club has recently joined the Federation of Musical Clubs. The program of the afternoon was grouped around the topic of Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute,” and a pleasant afternoon was enjoyed.
Montrose – Miss Katherine Bloom, for a number of years head waitress at Hotel Donovan, will relinquish her position Dec. 1st and take up practical nursing, having recently completed a course in this work. ALSO S. G. Fancher, R. C. Sprout, C. L. Stephens, E. E. Small and Glen Wilmarth, of Kingsley, went to Tarrytown, NY, Sunday, and drove through five Chevrolet cars for the L. H. Sprout & Sons Agency.
New Milford – One of the very best preserved men of our acquaintance is Charles M. Shelp, our very efficient and popular Justice of Peace. He is a very useful and intelligent gentleman, his long life having been replete with work of a worthwhile nature, and is now giving New Milford a splendid service as a peace officer, being kept very busy with duties pertaining to his office. Mr. Shelp passed his 80th milestone last month, but you would not suspect that he was this old to see and talk with him.
Fairdale – E. L. Jones, one of Fairdale’s prominent residents, is saying that the need of rain to replenish springs, wells and streams is becoming very acute and that should the ground freeze without copious rains, farmers will be put to great inconvenience for water for their stock. ALSO While Rev. John M. White, of Fairdale, was in town one night last week, assisting in the revival meetings being held at the Methodist church, an extra tire was stolen from his car. The guilty party should be found and punished. Stealing from a minister, and at a church, is particularly scurvy crime.
Thompson – E. A. Foster has just purchased a new loud-speaking wireless telephone and expects, in a few days, to be able to give us free concerts.
Hop Bottom – M. E. Rynearson is erecting a new garage on Lackawanna Trail. The building will be fire proof. The two upper floors are of red tile. The basement of concrete blocks. It is a beautiful structure. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Pease are painting their home a nice shade of green. ALSO Floyd Oakley has accepted a position as foreman in a toy factory at Ithaca.
Harford – The South Harford people are much excited about a wild cat which is prowling around the woods. A few nights ago one of the dogs treed it, but it got away. A number of boys have been on the watch out for it. It snarls and spits and makes very unearthly shrieks.
Forest Lake – There will be a carpet rag social at the Hamlin school, Friday evening, Nov. 24. Ladies bring ball of rags with name inside. Please bring cake or sandwiches.
West Auburn – Monday afternoon Harold Devine and two or three other boys and girls, who live near Kinney Pond, started to call on a friend and took some guns along, thinking they might bag a rabbit or two. On the way they stopped to rest, and young Devine stood his gun against a fence, while a ten-year-old son of Charles Winans laid his on the ground. As he did so the gun was accidentally discharged, the load striking Devine in the leg, just above the ankle. The unfortunate young man was brought to Laceyville, the wound given first aid attention and he was sent to Packer hospital on the west-bound Black Diamond, which was stopped there for the purpose.
Springville – We are planning a big, all-day community bazaar for Dec. 6th. Everything will be on sale from farm produce to fancy goods and the ladies of the community will serve dinner. In the evening there will be an entertainment. The proceeds will be applied on the community building’s debt.
Gibson – Fay Burrows and family, of Binghamton, returned to Gibson to cast his vote.
Forest City – The Hillside Coal and Iron Company is building a bowling alley for use of members of the Hillside Volunteer Hose Company. ALSO Tomorrow night the Seniors and Juniors will play basketball. There is much rivalry and a lively tussle may be expected. The high school quintet was defeated at Simpson last evening. Score: 17 to 14.
Elkdale – G.G. Wells, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of this vicinity and for many years our only merchant, will soon move to Scranton to reside with his daughter, Mrs. John Tinker.
News Brief: We notice by the papers of several counties that farmers generally are posting their lands with No Trespass Signs, being forced to do so by the careless acts and depredations of hunters. Farmers, in general, in speaking of the matter, say that they do not care particularly about the game that is shot but feel compelled to stop the damage done by a certain class of hunters, saying barb wire fences are cut, stone walls are often torn down in the quest of a rabbit or other game, that fires are occasionally started in woods or brush lots and that stock is occasionally shot through the carelessness of a hunter.
January 26 1923/2023
Montrose – The Montrose borough council lately purchased what is known as the Post swamp, lying between Jackson and Union streets and at the rear of St. Mary’s church. The property, consisting of about five acres, was bought from Geo. D. Rose, who purchased it from the Post estate a year ago. The late A. H. Knoll, of Buffalo, had at one time planned to purchase this property and equip it as a play ground, but difficulties stood in the way of his cherished project. There is some hope in the current talk that eventually this property will be utilized for the purpose, as it could be readily turned into a park for summer and winter sports. It is adaptable to athletic sports, swimming, skating, skiing, tobogganing and kindred outdoor amusements.
Kingsley – Urbane Sloat, when he was in Montrose, looked the picture of health. He said that his only real illness, since a child, was a run of typhoid fever while serving his country in the Civil war. He has passed the four-score mark.
Susquehanna – A confectionary store, conducted for some months by Alex Nicholas, and closed by bankruptcy proceedings, was sold by the trustees the latter part of last week. It was bid in by Fred R. Lewis, of Great Bend, for $95. The stock and fixtures only were sold. Mr. Nicholas, a young Greek, was engaged in the same business in Montrose, Previous to going to Susquehanna.
Silver Lake – Frank O’Connell, of this place, said there was ample snow for splendid sleighing, but that autos could not negotiate the snow banks out his way.
Clifford – E. E. Finn has been in Montrose this week, serving as a juror. Mr. Finn lately sold his general store and farm implement business, which he had successfully conducted for many years, to Hasbrouck Bros., two aggressive young men who are capably carrying on the business. Mr. Finn tells us that the state road between Clifford and Nicholson, popular with automobilists and the traveling public last summer, is now open for auto travel. For many years this road was in deplorable shape, and the improvement is widely commented on.
Franklin Forks – George P. Stockholm, one of the best-known veterans of the Civil War, died at his home Monday night, January 22, 1923. His age was 80 years. Mr. Stockholm was an active farmer for many years and took a lively interest in local, state and national affairs. In G. A. R. circles he had many friends and his death will be keenly felt by his comrades, as well as in all walks of life where he was known. He had an honorable war record, serving with distinction in the 141stPennsylvania Volunteers. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. A. F. Merrell, of Hallstead; two sons, E. J. Stockholm, of East Rush, and Richard R. Stockholm, at home.
Dimock – There are still hopes that a plentiful harvest of ice can be secured for the Janssen Dairy Co. from Bailey’s pond, as the recent rains have helped the ice situation somewhat. Last week the men were kept busy shoveling snow from the pond. ALSO Byron Benninger advertises that he is selling Pine Tree Milking Machines.
South Montrose – Owing to the great demand for their celebrated coat hangers, the South Montrose Mfg. Co. is running about forty hands.
Brooklyn – Hop Bottom school is being closed on account of measles. Two of the high school boys from that place visited our school one day this week.
Little Meadows – F. J. Butler, of Endicott, who conducts a fleet of up-to-date taxi cabs in that city, was engaged here Tuesday. He was formerly of this place.
Hop Bottom – The High Ground Dairy Co. has commenced the ice harvest for the creamery here. A steam elevator has been installed for hoisting the ice into the big ice house.
Fair Hill – Some of the roads between here and Fairdale are still filled with snow, so the mail cannot come over the Hill.
New Milford – Hannah Hardy celebrated her 77th birthday, Jan. 19th. Her friends and relatives remembered her with a post card shower.
Herrick Center – Daniel Jacob Gettle died at his home on January 17, 1923. He was a blacksmith and farmer and until two years ago lived at Gettle’s Corners, just east of the village.
Forest City – It was Forest City night, Friday, when the high school girls quintet downed the Carbondale high school quintet by a score of 25 to 3, and the high school reserves gave the Archibald high school aggregation a merited trouncing. Monica Slick was the chief point getter for the locals. Mary Bell played a classy game and was the second point getter for the locals. The boy’s varsity basketball team will play Honesdale high, at Honesdale, if the roads are passable.
North Jackson – Jay Savory has entered the employ of the Erie railroad at Susquehanna as a fireman. His run will be over the Susquehanna division from Susquehanna to Hornell. North Jackson now has eight young men in the Erie employ, three firemen, one chief caller, and four in other occupations.
Uniondale – Stockholders of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company attended the annual meeting of stockholders at Forest City, Thursday. It was a pleasant gathering and a toothsome dinner was served. ALSO In accordance with their custom, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Taylor left Tuesday to spend the remainder of the winter in Florida. They will visit points on the Florida peninsula before taking up their residence at Sebring. They will join the Uniondale colony.
Fiddle Lake – Hobart Davis, Arthur Bowell, E. Burman and Franklin Burman, are assisting in filling the icehouse for the Ararat milk station.
Poor Policy – That it is a poor policy to distract the attention of the driver of a car was forcibly shown Tuesday afternoon. A lady passenger, riding in a White’s Bus to Binghamton, became worried about a smoking oil stove used to heat the car. She thought it needed attention, and while the car bowled along, someone tapped the chauffer on the back preliminary asking him to regulate the burner. As he turned his head to see what was wanted, diverting his attention from the business of steering, the wheels jumped from the rut into the ditch, and in a trice the car had flopped over on its side. No one was hurt and the car was soon righted and on its way again. But the moral of tapping a car driver on his back to show him something is too obvious to require pointing out.
January 05 1923/2023
Montrose – We hear kind words on every hand for the generosity of the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co. in donating current, wiring and fixtures for the Community Christmas tree, which was enjoyed by many people. This is not the first time that the Susquehanna County Light & Power Co. has come forward in a very helpful way and its efforts should be appreciated thoroughly by every citizen of Montrose. The company renders good service, under trying circumstances at times, and every effort is being made to improve the service. ALSO Cecil B. DeMille’s greatest production “The Affairs of Anatol” will feature an all-star caste including Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson, on Saturday, January 6th, at the Ideal Theatre. On Tuesday, January 9th, Will Rogers will appear in “Guile of Woman.”
Herrick Center – Francis M. Felter died at his home, Dec. 22. Deceased was born in Herrick Twp., April 29, 1818, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Felter, pioneer residents of the township. Fifty-one years ago he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary Parry. A life-long resident of Herrick, he served as collector of township taxes for many terms.
Brooklyn – Chas. Sterling killed a one-year-old Chester White pig last week which tipped the scales at 440 lbs. This was some porker. Who can beat it? Elder Tiffany was the butcher and he can testify as to the weight.
Jackson – During the past ten years the cemetery at Jackson has been made one of the most beautiful in Susquehanna county. The charter, which was originally in the hands of the Baptist church, was transferred to the Jackson Cemetery Association in 1913. Since the cemetery went into the hands of the new organization many wonderful improvements have been made, including grading and seeding, monuments and stones straightened, fixing neglected lots and hiring a sexton to look after the grave digging and mowing the yard with the association’s lawn mower.
Clifford – Fire, of undetermined origin destroyed a barn and shop at Clifford, known as the Thomas Doud property and owned by William Wallace, Saturday morning, Dec. 23d. The blaze was discovered at six o’clock by Mrs. Clyde Coleman and within a few minutes a large crowd of volunteers was on hand to attempt to save the structure, to no avail, as the blaze had gained great headway before discovery and all burned to the ground. The volunteers succeeded in saving the garage and dwelling from catching fire. The owner carried no insurance. His loss is estimated at $2,000.
Bichardville – Fred W. Dayton is the owner of a radio outfit. ALSO Some of our hunters brought in a freak fox one day last week, the animal having three colors, black, red and grey. They are having it mounted.
Franklin Forks – A meeting was held at the church to elect two trustees and the Sunday school officers. Arthur Coy was re-elected and George Peck for trustees. The Sunday school officers are as follows: Supt. George Peck; Sec’y, Robert Scott; Treas., Mrs. James Barron; organist, Mrs. Arthur Coy.
Alford, Brooklyn Twp. – Chauncy Williams is driving an Oakland “Six” coupe, which he purchased in Scranton.
Howard Hill, Liberty Twp. – Joe Russell was a caller here, Tuesday, to price some sheep, belonging to I. H. Travis, that were killed by dogs on Christmas morning.
Franklin Forks – After thirty years as manager of the Alliance Store, E. L. Bailey has resigned and will be succeeded by Byron Robinson, of Laceyville. Mr. Bailey has given a wholehearted, conscientious and very efficient service as “store-keeper” for all these years and The Democrat feels it a pleasure to say that he is one of the finest types of men it has been their privilege to come in contact with.
Harford – The death of Mrs. Sara Sweet occurred at her home, Monday morning, January 1, 1923. Mrs. Sweet had been confined to her bed for a period of five weeks as the result of a fall, gradually going down until she peacefully passed away at the dawning of the New Year morning. ALSO Paul Wilcox and Miss Elizabeth Hollister were recently married. The groom is a popular young farmer of North Harford and the bride is a charming young woman, being a daughter of Dr. Hollister, of Scranton. The couple will reside at North Harford, near Tingley Lake.
Hop Bottom – Mrs. C. A. Corson entertained the Shakespeare Club at the home of Mrs. M. McVicar, Saturday afternoon and members of Book Club, No. 1, were pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. May Miller, Thursday afternoon.
Stevens Point – Ernest Parker, the 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker, has had more than his share of hard luck. In October, while at school, he had the misfortune to break his left arm. A few days ago, while skating at Stevens Point, he fell on the ice and broke the same arm.
Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Cope, Jr., Miss Theodora Cope and Wilder and Arthur Foote, delightfully entertained the following persons at a New Year’s dinner, Dec. 30: H. D. Grow and family; P. T. Titman and family; James Calby, Charles Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Sowers, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gregg, Misses Lettie and Minnie Woodhouse, Miss Ella Sheldon and Miss Maude Welliver. After dinner, which consisted of turkey with all the trimmings; nuts, candy, ice cream and coffee, Santa Claus came and distributed gifts to everyone. A merrier company it would have been hard to find and after such a delicious repast it is almost a miracle that all survived to tell the tale. And then, after the exchange of gifts, visiting and having a good time generally, the guests departed with lots of good wishes for their host and hostess.
News Brief: A total of 149 girls who were qualified to enter the Pennsylvania State College this year, had to be refused admission because there was no dormitory space for them. Only 110 girls were admitted. The college, through its student welfare building fund, is attempting to raise funds for the erection of dormitories for women students.
December 08 1922/2022
Brooklyn – Herman H. Otto, who has been prominently identified with the dairy industry for some years, was chosen to head the Dairymen’s League in the Scranton territory at a meeting in Scranton. Mr. Otto was one of the founders of the Milk Producers of the City of Scranton and served for four years on the sales committee of the Dairymen’s League, and it was largely through his influence that Scranton was chosen as a division headquarters for the League.
New Milford – David VanBuskirk, aged 80, a highly respected citizen and former funeral director, went to Susquehanna Saturday and on his way home, when near Hickory Grove, apparently attempted to fix his automobile and died instantly. He was found on the side of his car by a passer-by, who summoned Dr. Merrill, of Hallstead, who stated that death was instantaneous, caused by heart failure. His career was an inspiration to those who had dealings with him, being a man who believed in a square deal to all. He was kind and generous to friend or stranger, believing and practicing the old saying, “Honesty is the best policy.”
Elk Lake – The general store here, conducted by Frank Arnold, burned to the ground Tuesday morning. A wood fire had been started in a portion of the store, and sparks from a chimney ignited the woodwork, which rapidly spread to all parts of the building. A few goods from the older portion of the building were saved, but it was impossible to remove any merchandise from the more recently built store building. While there was some insurance the loss will be a heavy one, and Mr. Arnold has the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
Silver Lake – The body of Michael P. McCormick, aged 27 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. James J. McCormick, of Silver Lake, who left his work at the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corp. in the early days of the World War, being one of the first volunteers to go out from Broome county and who was reported as missing in action after a daylight raid on the German trenches at Picardy on July 21, 1918, arrived in Binghamton Monday night, and was taken to the McDevitt Undertaking parlors. “Missing in Action” was the word flashed to his parents and brothers by the A. E. F. headquarters after his daring attempt to capture some prisoners to obtain information in the days when things looked dark for the allies. But his body was subsequently found and placed along-side his buddies of the 77th division in the American cemetery at the Meuse-Argonne. His body was brought to this country by the government at the request of his relatives. This is the first body to arrive since the Federal authorities announced that all the soldiers had been removed from France that were requested by parents.
Jackson – Monday evening, Dec. 4, the horse barn belonging to Charlie Potter was burned to the ground. It is reported that two horses and a car were burned. Also it is not known how the fire started. ALSO The community dinner in the church parlors on Thanksgiving day was largely attended. The dinner was one of the best. At the close of the dinner speeches by Rev. Shelley and Henry W. Felton were listened to. Mr. Shelley spoke on law enforcement and Mr. Felton spoke on Community matters. It is hoped that in the future that the community people will get together more, not only on Thanksgiving and other holidays, but throughout the year,
Hop Bottom – Merl Rynearson has a fine, large garage nearly completed. The structure is built of concrete and brick, with dwelling floor. The garage is located on the Lackawanna Trail, south of Hop Inn and is a great addition to the town. ALSO Mrs. Brewer is to open a bakery in the small store of G. C. Finn. Anyone in need of lunches or baking give her a call.
Lathrop Twp. – Frank W. Taylor, of Union, an old veteran of 1860, is in very poor health. He is not able to go out of doors to do any work. He is past 81 years old.
Franklin Forks – Mr. and Mrs. Fred VanHouten are living in their new home. Mr. VanHouten is building a fine garage. ALSO Mrs. Lyle Stockholm accompanied her brother to Sandwich, Ill., to visit their mother.
Heart Lake – Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Griffing are spending the winter in their home at Winter Haven, Fla. ALSO Rev. Brong made a trip to Port Dickinson, NY, Monday, with his car, taking a load of food and clothing which were donated to the Children’s Home in that place by the Alford, Bridgewater and Heart Lake congregations.
South Montrose – The two or three inches of very wet, heavy snow which fell during Monday night and early Tuesday morning will help considerably in alleviating the drought which is becoming acute generally. Our genial friend, B. H. Robinson, of this place, tells us that twelve years ago similar drought conditions existed and that on Nov. 7th there was a heavy fall of snow which remained until a “thaw” Jan. 4th restored the springs and wells, affording plenty of water the remainder of the winter. There is very little frost, if any, in the ground now and any moisture would be readily absorbed.
Apolacon Twp. – William Hartigan, of this place, one of the county’s substantial and well-known citizens, was born and has spent his entire lifetime on the homestead farm. Showing the big shift from the farm, and numerous changes of residence, it is interesting to note that there are but two residents of Apolacon township residing on their homestead farms.
Montrose – There is keen competition in the second and third grades at school in the savings department. The grade having the largest deposit between November and March will receive a prize of $10, and the second will receive $5.00. The past week each grade had 100 per cent. This thrift habit should be encouraged by the parents.
Susquehanna – The Senior class of Laurel Hill academy was very pleasantly entertained at St. John’s rectory by Rev. D. J. Bustin. Dinner was served at 6 p.m., covers being laid for 20 guests and the table beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums. A very delightful evening was spent by all and the guests departed with most pleasant memories for the future when school days at the academy are things of the past.
Dimock – Foster Sherwood has opened a barber shop near the community building, where he will give you a good shave or haircut, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings of each week.
November 17 1922/2022
New Milford/Lenox Twp. – David M. Hardy, one of the most prominent members of the Grange and G. A. R., in the county, passed away at his home here, aged 77 years. Seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, the latter before her marriage being Miss Anna C. Potter, celebrated their golden wedding. Deceased is survived by his widow and eight children, Samuel J, Mrs. J. E. Gardner, Mrs. Walter Davis, John C., Harry A., M. Clyde and Prof. H. Claude Hardy (only 7 named). He was a member of the G. A. R. post of Glenwood and also of the Methodist Episcopal church, being an earnest and active worker. He was one of the most prosperous farmers of Lenox township and after his retirement from the farm removed to New Milford. Services will be from the Tower church in Lenox and burial will be in the Tower cemetery.
Forest City – Miss Josephine Brown, of Bethlehem, a former teacher in our high school, who was largely instrumental in bringing the high school to its present standard of excellence, was a weekend visitor here. She came up to witness the play, “Kathleen” by the high school and met with a cordial reception.
Uniondale – The bodies of Miss Freda Bartholomay and her nephew, Wellington Burns, late of Vandling, were re-interred in the Uniondale cemetery. They passed away last summer and were buried in the Archbald cemetery.
Montrose – A matter very pleasing to Masons, not only of Montrose, but of the county as well, is the announcement that Warren Lodge, No. 240, F. & A. M., at a meeting last week, voted to purchase the Dessauer block, in which they have held their meetings for a great many years. The price paid for this very fine property was $10,000, with the stipulation that $2,000 should be set aside and the income used in maintaining the Craftman’s Club. The Dessauer heirs sold this property for about half its value and it is the plan to have the building named the Dessauer Memorial Hall in honor of the late M. S. Dessauer, an enthusiastic and faithful member of Warren Lodge for a great many years. The Craftman’s Club’s headquarters will be increased to include the entire second floor of the building. The Dessauer block is a very fine three-story brick structure, very substantial and well built. [Formerly Craige’s Store, now Hometown Finds & Friends]
Jackson – The Ladies’ Aid will meet in the church parlors next Thursday and tie quilts for Mrs. Felton. There will also be a wood-bee to get wood for the church. Men invited.
East Rush – Mr. and Mrs. Clark Linaberry are rejoicing over the arrival of a son, Gorden Clark.
Lenox – F. L. Tanner was engaged at Montrose on Saturday. He is a born optimist and, of course, is always most welcome wherever he goes. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pickering and family and father have moved from their farm to Lakeside. Their many friends here regretted to have them move away.
Harford – James Adams is kept busy these days making cider. ALSO Work is still progressing on the state road, in spite of the recent strike, some of the teamsters refusing to work over some grievance, but their places were quickly supplied. We have not heard of any strike riots yet.
Dimock – Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine and children, after spending the summer at Louden Hill Farm, left Tuesday for their home in Newark.
Mountain Valley – Chas. Brush, Miss Ruth Nichols and Miss Laura Brush, went to Binghamton Sunday to hear Sousa’s Band. [Miss Ruth Nichols became the wife of Charles Brush in 1923].
Hop Bottom – Mrs. C. A. Corson left last week for Hoboken, NJ, where she will make her home with her son, G. L. Corson.
Brooklyn - To help defray the expenses of the Lyceum lecture and entertainment course, there will be an illustrated portrayal of the ever popular play made famous by Denman Thompson, “The Old Homestead,” at the Brooklyn Universalist church, Nov. 23. This delightful play, full of humor and pathos, will be illustrated by 70 beautifully colored slides prepared from the films of the recent wonderful motion picture production shown at New York.
Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Post left Nov. 4th for Florida, stopping on their way at Carbondale and Northumberland, being joined at the latter place by Mr. and Mrs. Rimron and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bayliss, of Uniondale, and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sherwood and daughter, Miss Della Sherwood, of Binghamton—three auto loads in all, bound for the Palmetto state. Roy Burman, also of Thompson, arrived in Florida for the winter some time ago.
Marriage Licenses: John Suponcik and Martildo Suponcik, both of Forest City; Frank Kotor and Maria Stmier, both of Forest City; Douglas Carter and Mildred D. Pierson, both of Auburn Twp.; Wm. R. Coleman, Scranton and Grace M. Bower, Susquehanna; R. W. Byram, Hop Bottom and Deena M. Peckins, Hughesville, Pa.; Thos. A. Coggins and Nellie Galloway, both of Oakland; John P. Gavitt, Montrose and Myrtle A. Hayward, Binghamton.
Friendsville – The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Keenan, whose death occurred after a long illness on Nov. 6, was held from her late home and at St. Francis Xavier church. She is survived by eleven children. She was a woman of high ideals and moral character, patient and resigned to the “Will of God” in all her trials and sufferings, with a kind and encouraging word for everyone. Truly it could be said of her, “None knew her but to love her; none spoke of her but with praise.” She will be greatly missed by her family, relatives and a large circle of friends.
News Briefs: The ancient Egyptians were forbidden to eat onions and garlic, which explains, in part, Cleopatra’s charm. ALSO There is considerable truth in the assertion by the Harrisburg Patriot that “when you see a man climbing the ladder to success you can bet a woman is holding it.” ALSO A new foot disease, caused by the pressure of the automobile driver’s foot on the gas accelerator, has been discovered. It is sometimes fatal to the pedestrian.
January 19 1923/2023
Susquehanna – Mr. and Mrs. Al White, relatives of Chief of Police Stockholm, made a trip by motor Saturday and Sunday equal to the overland journeys in the old days. They left here last Saturday afternoon and drove to Franklin Forks, which is midway between Binghamton and Montrose. The most of the trip was made through snow well up to the hubs of the car. On Sunday they left Franklin Forks in the driving snow storm, and reached Susquehanna without mishap. Not once were they stalled; in fact they did not even hesitate, although the snow in many places hit the axles of the car and made the machine wabble to some extent. From Franklin to Conklin they had to break the road as no other machine or conveyance had passed their way. ALSO The Tri-Boro Silk Mill opened on Monday after being closed during the holiday season. ALSO Word was received here of the death of James Donahue, of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Donahue, of this place, but had been located in the west about 35 years. He is survived by five sisters, Mrs. P. J. Sullivan and Mrs. Jerre Lyons, of this place, Mrs. M. J. Hennessy and Mrs. J. White, of Binghamton, and Mrs. D. E. Sullivan of Mason City, Iowa. The funeral will be held in Salt Lake City.
Forest City – A fall of snow, estimate to be between 8 and 10 inches buried this section Sunday. The trolley system was placed out of commission. Pedestrian travel was almost abandoned, while trains were running late, passenger service recovered remarkably well from the first effects of the storm. Auto traffic was practically discontinued to all parts north of this place and many were stalled on Main and Dundaff Streets. Burgess William Sredenschek suggests that tomorrow afternoon be a half-holiday so that all hands may get busy and clean the snow piles from Main Street. Under present conditions the street car company can not run cars north of the borough hall. Civic pride ought to be an incentive to rid the streets of the large piles of snow.
Brookdale – The mill belonging to Fred Knapp, of Rhiney Creek, was destroyed by fire Monday evening, January 1.
Harford – The Sweet Chapel has closed for the winter The work may be resumed in the spring but on account of no interest taken by the young people it is hoped by the people of this community that the Grove Chapel, which has ceased its Christian work for more than two years will re-open its Sabbath school again and prepare a place to worship. ALSO The Harford Agricultural Society is to maintain its place under te sun and will erect additional exhibition buildings so that stock and other exhibits may b kept over for the two-day fair, a fact which ill be pleasing to thousands of friends of this old agricultural society with such a fine record behind it. F. A. Osburn, who has been connected with the society a great many years has resigned, both as a director and secretary, feeling that his 70 years entitles him to fewer responsibilities. O. F. Maynard succeeds Mr. Osborn as secretary and the affairs of the society will be given a fresh impetus this year.
Uniondale – A. G. Stiles writes that he is employed by the Robinson Lumber Company, in Binghamton, as an engineer. Deb thinks there is more pleasure this weather in being under cover than riding a hand car on the Erie.
Brooklyn – Sophia Lonsack had he misfortune to fall from the school sleigh on which she was riding to her hone on Thursday afternoon and sustained quite serious injuries.
Hop Bottom – Forty-five thousand young trees will be planted along the Lackawanna Trail between Clark’s Summit and New Milford the coming spring. ALSO A sleigh ride to the home of Mrs. Archie Pratt, followed by dinner served by the Ladies Aid, was enjoyed by a goodly number on Wednesday.
Fairdale – A.W. Hewitt is wearing a broad smile these days. Cause, a new Ford truck.
Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The R. D. Carrier did not get over the Hill Monday on account of the drifts.
Montrose – wing to the heavy snow and drifts on the Montrose Trail, the White Bus Line has made no tri[s after last Friday. The big drifts are near the Birchard farm and the woods near Tiffany and on Gardner Hill. However, a large gang of men, teams and snow plow are engaged clearing the road and in al probability the road will be open some time today. ALSO Little Nelson Warner, who broke his leg while taking an extra high jump on his skis last Wednesday afternoon, reports that it is knitting fast in its plaster caste and says that he is going back to school on crutches this week. The new jump was rough and high. In taking it, the first one over, Nelson landed on his ankle. Nelson, who is a plucky little fellow and good skier and worker, deserves a speedy return to normalcy, physically.
Franklin Forks – Shoveling snow is the order of the day. ALSO W. L. Bailey told us yesterday morning that his thermometer stood two degrees above zero early that morning—that the mercury had reached lower points several times during the winter.
Thompson – Hathaway and Wallace, who recently purchased the hardware and implement business of G. A. Post, are making noticeable improvements in their store and are planning to take care of a large business the coming season. Both are energetic, pleasing young men.
December 22 1922/2022
Susquehanna – The Elkland block, a four-story brick structure at a Erie avenue and Main street, was badly damaged and the stock and furniture in the stores and apartments partially rained on by fire which broke out at 7:45 Monday and raged for an hour before the firemen succeeded in getting it under control. The fire that originated in a closet in the apartment of John Matthews, was discovered by a woman who rushed into Reddon’s drug store and summoned the Erie Hose Company and the Chemical Engine Company which made rapid runs to the scene. The block, formerly Hotel Oakland, is owned by John J. McGinty, of South Windsor.
Dimock – Mrs. A. T. Cope and son, Francis R. Cope, went to Philadelphia, December 7th, where Mrs. Cope will spend the winter. Mr. Cope will remain there until Christmas, when he will return with his wife and daughter [Theodora], who will spend the holidays here; then all will return to Germantown.
Gibson – Gibson Star Grange, 924, made arrangements with Bro. Amzie Lewis, to look after the fire escape when it comes and bring it from Kingsley.
Thompson – Mrs. M. E. Cash has for sale some very fine pieces of hand-painted china. She is now located on the first floor of W. S. Wright’s residence. Anyone desiring to purchase some hand-painted ware would do well to look over her assortment.
Montrose – At a recent meeting of the officers and directors of the Montrose Cemetery Association, a delegation from the Dr. Ellen Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, requested that a plot in the cemetery be set aside as a memorial to the veterans of all wars. On this plot it is proposed to erect a tablet suitably inscribed and possibly a flag pole. The subject was presented by Miss Nina Sines and Mrs. Rebecca Benedict, and the Association, through its officers, expressed its hearty approval of the project. The ladies said their real purpose is to co-operate with the Association in further beautifying the cemetery and that they hoped to plant hardy bulbs and shrubs at points in the cemetery and along its borders where it would add noticeably to the burial ground’s appearance. A committee was appointed to locate a suitable plot for their needs, in conjunction with members of the D. of V.
Uniondale – Mrs. Etta Payne, aged 70 years, of Uniondale, died at her home Sunday evening, the result of injuries received in a fall several weeks ago when she fractured her left hip. She was one of the prominent residents of this place, a member of the M. E. church. Surviving are her sons, Edward, of Orson; Earl L. Payne, of Uniondale, and Floyd Rounds, of Forest City. ALSO D. B. Gibson, one of Uniondale’s well-known horsemen, had a narrow escape at Deming’s Crossings, one of the worst death traps along the Jefferson branch, a few days ago, according to an item appearing in the Forest City News. He was driving his coupe an owing to the slippery condition of the roads, could not stop and it collided with a passing train. Fortunately, Mr. Gibson was not injured but the coupe was damaged considerably.
Lenoxville – Howard Stephens, the well-known and persuasive automobile man, was engaged in Montrose Saturday, being accompanied by other popular Lenox township men, E. M. Barnes and J. E. Severance, all of whom brightened our [Democrat] office by a pleasant call.
Auburn Corners – Pern Harris, of this place, regaled his friends with new stories. He told us that the sleighing was never better between Montrose and Auburn Corners, but as one approached Meshoppen the snow gradually became thinner, the ground becoming bare about two miles this side of Meshoppen. One would hardly look for such a difference in atmospheric conditions in such a short distance, less than twenty miles. It is little wonder that people down the valley, to be funny, ask in August how the sleighing is up in Montrose.
Forest Lake – The Boys’ Brotherhood Class of the Forest Lake Sunday school will hold a social and skating party at Forest Lake, Friday night, Dec. 29. Supper will be served at the hall and there will be games for those not caring to skate. Ladies, please bring cake, sandwiches or salad. Bring your skates.
South Ararat – Thomas Avery passed away at his home near Burnwood early Friday morning. He had been in poor health for several years. Another old soldier has answered the roll call. The funeral was held from the home on Sunday afternoon. Burial in Ararat cemetery.
Great Bend – Imagine your auto being stolen here in Susquehanna county and then a couple of nights later, while sitting in your living room, you heard a voice from way out in Pittsburgh announcing that a machine has been recovered by the police and describing your auto exactly. Sounds like Jules Verne, doesn’t it? Yet that is what happened this week. Saturday the Nash auto of H. J. Baker was stolen from his garage and on Monday, at the house of friends of Mr. Baker, at Windsor, the family was listening to a radio receiving set. Pittsburgh was “in contact” and his family heard a report being given by the Pittsburgh police of the recovery of the machine at West Pittsburgh with a description.
News Briefs: The treasury department in Washington is preparing to make a real old time bottled-in-bond whiskey available at all drug stores—on prescription, of course. Representations having been made to Secretary Mellon as to the unreliable quality of medicinal liquors, at present obtainable at many of the nation’s drug stores, it has practically been decided to unlock some of the huge supplies of “real stuff” now held in warehouses under government bonds. At the same time, the treasury, it is understood, will remove the restrictions hitherto imposed on the amount of liquor which drug stores may obtain and possess per quarter. This action is dictated, it is stated, by a desire to assure a continuity of supply of the proper “stuff” to invalids whose condition requires regular doses of whiskey. ALSO A cold wave had been in progress in various sections of the country for the past few days, reaching here Monday night, with a vengeance. C. H. Lake told us that the mercury got down to eight below zero in Springville. Merchant Joe West told us that four below was reported in his village. B. L. Bailey, of Lawsville Center found the mercury hovering around zero at six o’clock that morning, while C. E. Russell,, who lives within a mile of Mr. Bailey, reported it eight below at his home.
December 01 1922/2022
New Milford – The funeral of David Nelson Hardy, at New Milford, Nov. 17, 1922, brought hundreds from far and near and is said to have been the largest ever held in the village. It is estimated that close to a thousand people joined in paying last respects to one of the county’s most highly respected citizens. Two services were held in his honor, one at twelve o’clock in the M. E. church here and at the Tower church at West Lenox. Mr. Hardy was as widely known, perhaps, throughout the county as any man, since Hon. Galusha A. Grow, having lived practically all his life within the county. He was a familiar figure at all public gatherings and will be greatly missed, especially in New Milford where he was known as everybody’s friend, often referred to as New Milford’s “Grand Old Man.” Music and tributes were paid to Mr. Hardy’s memory and survivors of the Civil War were present from Montrose, New Milford, Nicholson, Kingsley, Hop Bottom and Lenox. The frankness and enthusiasm in his advanced years were but reflections of the patriotic ardor of youth, when, in 1862, he secretly, in the cold, wintery blast of February, removed his clothing and swam across the Tunkhannock Creek which was high and turbulent from a winter freshet, to go to Benton, where he enlisted as a private in Co. A., 107th Penna. Volunteers. He served from Feb. 12, 1862 to Feb. 12, 1863, when he was honorably discharged because of disability resulting from wounds received in battle. He fought at Cedar Mountain, Rapidan Ford, Bristol Station, Front Royal, Second Battle of Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam. His intimate comrades in the service were: Russell Phillips, A. A. Collins, Jerauld Conrad, Ira Hardy, his brother, E. W. Pearce and James Kennedy. Mr. Hardy was the last of this group to survive. He was Past Commander of Capt. Lyons Post, No. 85, G. A. R. As a father and husband his loved ones will never cease to speak of him affectionately. As a citizen and neighbor, to know him was to esteem him highly. As a patriot and comrade, his love for the “Boys in Blue” was like that of David for Jonathan. You have seen a great pine tree standing on some lofty eminence, silhouetted against the sky. Storms may break down the saplings and they are not missed in the distance, but when the great pine fell the whole landscape was altered. David Nelson Hardy was the great Pine.
Montrose – The King’s Daughters are planning for a Community Christmas Tree to be held in Montrose, in front of the Court House, where appropriate exercises will be held on Christmas afternoon, Dec. 25th. Community carol singing will be a very pleasing feature. It is hoped to make singing of carols by the community choirs and Sunday schools, together with all the music loving townspeople, a prominent feature of the happy event. ALSO Dr. Molineux and Miss Walker, of Binghamton, assisted by Dr. Austin, of Laceyville, and Drs. Preston and Gardner, Montrose, performed a successful operation on Ida Wooten at her home, No. 1 Chestnut Street, Tuesday. She had been suffering with appendicitis for several days. She is resting comfortably at this writing. Mrs. Rohback, a trained nurse from Binghamton, is caring for her.
Lynn – The stately brick residence of Charles Sheldon, of Lynn, was ruined by fire last Thursday morning. Defective electric wiring is given as the cause of the fire. The financial loss will be large, there being but $2500 on the property. The Sheldon family is now occupying a house owned by Wesley Baker, nearby. Mr. Sheldon will rebuild in the spring, we understand.
Fair Hill – John Valentine says he is going out of the goose business when they do not bring more than chickens. ALSO Anyone wishing a fine goose for Christmas, call Kate Cruse on 16-8, as she has some dandies.
St. Joseph – Byrne Brothers, who have an auto supply store at 28 Henry Street, Binghamton, are distributors for the Doscat Tire in several counties. Extraordinary qualities are claimed for the Doscat tire, one of which is their freedom from side skidding on wet pavements, as elaborated upon in an advertisement.
Clifford/Carbondale – The snag in the building of the concrete road between Carbondale and Clifford has been removed. Citizens of Carbondale, Clifford, Lenox and other places, pledging $1735 to reimburse the County Commissioners of Lackawanna county for any money that the county may be obliged to pay Chas. Snyder for damages arising from the building of the road, a condition being that the County Commissioners must put up a stiff fight against paying damages to Snyder, whose claim, they hold, is unreasonable.
Jackson – The Young People’s Class was entertained at the home of their teacher, Mrs. B. E. Leonard. The evening was spent in games and music. The excellent supper was enjoyed by all. It was decided at the business meeting to buy little chairs and a table for the little folks in the Sunday school. There will be another meeting during the holiday season at the home of Mrs. Arland Pease.
Lanesboro – John Carrigg, aged about 65 years, died suddenly while attending to his duties as operator at the Erie signal tower, near this place, at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22, 1922. He is survived by his wife; one sister, Mrs. Armstrong, of Brandt, and one brother, in Buffalo.
Brooklyn – Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rozell and father and mother, had a very narrow escape from death, when some part of their auto broke, throwing them out of the machine and the machine turning over, pinning one of the occupants under until assistance arrived.
Uniondale – John White’s barn, on what is known as the Zenas Rounds place, was consumed by fire Monday evening. It contained a large quantity of hay and straw and many farm implements. The Forest City fire department was called but on the arrival of the fire ladies nothing could be done. It was reported that Mr. White’s barn on the home farm was ablaze. The origin of the fire is unknown. It is presumed to be the work of hunters in carelessly disposing of cigarettes. Mr. White’s loss is partly covered by insurance.
News Brief: Clemenceau thinks the dresses of American women are too low. He would revise his opinion if he had to pay for them.
November 10 1922/2022
New Milford – At Lakeside the repair work on the dam in this place is about completed. The well-known old Page pond is known all over the county as a great fishing resort. The pond is now owned by a stock company and the way is opened to make this a famous resort. The big pond is a beautiful sheet of water, a mile or more in length, 1400 feet above tide water, in a very healthful region of the Alleghany chain. ALSO Mrs. Mark B. Perrigo, aged 75 years, died at her home on Nov. 3rd, less than a week after the death of her husband. Until a few weeks ago she had tenderly cared for Mr. Perrigo, who had not been able to speak for over four years, due to a stroke. Burial was at Meshoppen, by the side of her former husband.
Franklin Forks – Henry Webster moved his family to Conklin. Mr. Webster works in the Creamery at Conklin.
Forest Lake – Morris Baker and family spent the last of the week here. Morris is a crack shot, and put in much of his time hunting. ALSO At Fair Hill, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brands, of Detroit Mich., started for their home. They drove a Ford and expected to make the trip in three days—over 600 miles.
Hallstead – Miss Madeline Maloney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Maloney, and Frank T. Holl, of Scranton, were married Oct. 28, 1922, in St. Lawrence parochial residence, Great Bend, by the Rev. Father McGuire, of Susquehanna. They were attended by Miss Frances Maloney, sister of the bride and Chas. Breswitz, of Binghamton.
Lenox – There has been no school at the Howard school for several days, on account of the illness of the teacher.
Dimock – Oct. 28th was “Red Letter Day” for the Dimock Women’s Christian Temperance Union, when they entertained the teachers of the public school and fifty members of the Y. P. E. and L. T. L. at dinner in the community building. At 12 a long line of young people and children marched in order to the community building. After singing several patriotic selections the table was surrounded and everybody got busy. At the afternoon session it was reported that 1500 temperance essays were written in the county public schools and 155 afghans knitted for returned wounded soldiers in hospitals.
Forest City – Victor Hodorowski, aged 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hodorowski, met a tragic death Saturday while on a hunting trip with Willim Budjeicka and Joseph Carey. They ran a rabbit in a hole on the Derrick farm. Young Hodorowski worked to get the rabbit out and when the animal leaped away the concealed Hodorowski youth called to Budjeicka to shoot. As he did so Victor jumped up and received the full charge of the gun. Dr. C. R. Knapp was summoned, along with M. J. Connelly, but the wounded boy expired before their arrival. The funeral was held from St. Agnes Church and was attended by a large group of sympathizing friends. Interment was made in Sacred Heart cemetery. ALSO Marion and Howard Roberts, children of David Roberts, were taken to the Wyoming Conference Children’s home at Binghamton. They were accompanied by their father and Rev. G. V.McAllister.
Thompson – Anyone who would like to locate in this place will do well to call on Real Estate Agent A. H. Crosier, who has a number of good properties for sale. There are many inducements for people to locate here.
Uniondale – Samuel Starks is planning to move his family down the valley, where he is employed. ALSO Freeman Carpenter is having water piped to his home. He says he has plenty of coal and soon will have water in abundance and sees no reason why he should abandon home comforts for a trip to the Southland. ALSO Valentine Knapp has concluded that he will hitch up his own Lizzie. He has purchased a Ford touring car.
Jackson Twp. - Can a boy fourteen years of age pay the death penalty for first-degree murder? That is a question which thousands of people in the county are asking. Elmer Washburn, who was fourteen years old last August, confessed that he killed, alone, and premeditatedly, Cyrus Payne, 81, in the aged recluse’s home near Brushville, on Oct 27. He took from the body of the unconscious and dying man a bag containing $2462.50. (Cyrus is the adopted son of Mrs. Scott Washburn who was deserted by her husband when the boy was two years old.) When asked by State Trooper Gratcofsky about a certain rifle, Elmer finally confessed. The feelings of Trooper Gratcofsky can best be realized when he was on the trail, which so surely implicated the boy, and when conversing about the crime, he made the following statement: “I could have cried when the kid made me understand that he was really the murderer. I felt—I really knew it was true—yet I did not want to believe. There was something about him that made me feel that I must prove he was not the murderer, rather than that he was the slayer—but that cannot be done.” [Because of the lengthy article, containing further information about Elmer Washburn and the murder of Cyrus Payne, anyone wishing to read more can find the article at the Historical Society. Further developments will be reported as they happen.)
News Brief: Unable to get coal for several weeks and also unable to obtain relief through appeals to the state and federal governments and officials of the Hudson Coal and Temple Coal companies, the citizens of Olyphant, at a mass meeting Saturday night, planned to commandeer cars of coal lying on the tracks within the borough limits, Sunday morning the plan was executed. Of the 120 tons confiscated 82 tons went to the schools of the borough, which have been closed for some time owing to a lack of fuel and the balance was delivered to the churches of the town, which were without coal. The chief of the coal company’s police department and three of his men were on the scene while the coal was being hauled away but took no steps to interfere. The citizens had the fire companies on hand to prevent interference. The borough officials stand ready to pay for the coal as soon as statements are received.