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April 02 1920/2020

Clifford – Seventy years ago, last June, there arrived in Susquehanna county, from England, an 18 year old boy. He had come to America to make his home. He arrived in New York on the 4th day of June 1849. That boy has developed into one of the county’s best and most upright citizens. His name is Thomas W. Atkinson and for fear that some will not recognize him by that rather formal name, we will say that he is better known by the affectionate title of “Uncle Tommy” Atkinson, who served six years as county commissioner and was chairman for that period. His judgment and unswerving honesty won the regard of all good citizens. He became a citizen of the United States in 1856. He came to Thornhill, Clifford Twp., where he agreed to work for John Spedding for four months at $10 a month and board. The best of men at that period were receiving but $12 or $13 per month. He served diligently in a number of local offices, assessor, school director, judge of election, registry assessor, arbitrator, road viewer and other elective and appointive offices. Mr. Atkinson is now in his 90th year and yet he is remarkably well and active. We trust that Time will continue to deal gently with him and that his remaining years may be healthful, happy ones.

Montrose – The borough council is making preparations to cover Public Avenue’s road this spring with a top dressing of crushed stone, giving a tar binder. This will greatly improve the thoroughfare, which is the most used portion of the town’s highways. ALSO W. A. Harrington, who brought in a car load of Missouri horses, about two weeks ago, sold them so quickly that he had to return to Missouri for another lot, which will arrive about Monday, April 5.

Lanesboro – Louis Galatta, one of the proprietors of the Lanesboro bakery, lost his right hand in the cogs of the bread mixer one day last week. He was operating the mixer and his hand was caught in the machinery, He was taken to Barnes hospital, where it was found that the hand was so badly crushed and mangled that Drs. Condon and Peck amputated it at the wrist.

Forest City – The McLaughlin House, one of the oldest hostelries here, is undergoing alterations and will be occupied by stores on or about the 15th of this month. The present proprietor, W. J. McLaughlin, has been in charge of the hotel for the past 17 years. He will use the upper part of the house as his residence. The venerable John McLaughlin is the owner of the building and for many years conducted the business, leasing the same to Martin Muchitz, now proprietor of the Muchitz House. Mr. McLaughlin was the first person to whom a hotel license was granted in Forest City.

Brooklyn – Hon. J. W. Adams says that at one time Lieut. Rogers Post, G. A. R, of that place, had 120 members, but now all the Post can muster is ten veterans, only three of whom live in the vicinity of Brooklyn. Beside himself they are Charles Richards and E. E. Rozell.

Springville – The entertainment given by Major R. H. Hendershot and son, of Oak Park, Ill, assisted by home talent, was greatly enjoyed by a large audience. Major Hendershot was the original drummer boy of the Rappahannock and the youngest one to serve in the Civil War. He was remembered by our townsman, D.D. Layton, a Civil War veteran, who was present at the entertainment. One of the drums he had with him was a gift from the G. A. R. after the close of the war and was presented to him by President Harrison.

Harford – Howard Mead and bride were tendered a warm reception by an enthusiastic crowd last Friday evening. After a salute from a choice and carefully selected band and the rendering of some of the most classical and up-to-date music, Howard appeared upon the balcony of his father’s residence, on Main street, and after a hearty greeting, treated the crowd to cigars and the crowd dispersed, wishing the bride and groom many years of wedded happiness. ALSO An immense white eagle was seen a few days ago by a few people here. Chiroprator Osmun remarked that it looked like an aeroplane, as it flew high in the air.

Thompson – How would you like to take a little hike of three or four thousand miles, just to shake the blood into your legs, for the tonic effects, supplanting tag alder and dandelion bitters, which are popular when spring invigorants are needed? This is just what Alexander Rounds is planning to do and will very soon be on the opening stretches of a trip to California. Mr. Rounds is a man, we should judge, of around 60 years. He says he wishes to see the country, and, like Bayard Taylor, believes that walking the ideal form of travel, especially in a country like America, so rich in its natural scenic beauty. He expects to remain in California ten years. His goods were shipped across the continent by rail.

Hop Bottom – At the present time there is no certainty as to the route the Lackawanna Trail will take through the borough of Nicholson and on up to this place. The delay in advertising for bids for this section would indicate that the trail would not follow the railroad right of way.

Susquehanna – The physicians of this place, owing to the increased cost of living and all that enters into the practice of medicine, are compelled to increase their rates effective April 1, 1920. On and after that date, office visits will be $1.00 for the minimum; house visits, $2.00, and the minimum charge for night visits will be $3.00.

Heart Lake – The successful farmer these days is a businessman in the strictest sense of the word, and few men exemplify this assertion more nicely than A. W. Richardson, grower of fruits, vegetables, etc., on a large scale. But the interesting fact that prompts this is the economy found in the use of a truck used by Mr.. Richardson, which should point a moral to anyone with much hauling to do. Mr. Richardson had, up to this spring, run the truck 14,000 miles, and his repair bills had amounted to just $4.38 to date. He is greatly pleased with the truck as he naturally would be, and is now considering a farm tractor.

News Brief: Maple syrup is appearing in the local markets, selling for $3 and $3.50 per gallon. This is the highest price it has ever been known to command. Owing to the scarcity of it, due to a short season, there will be little difficulty in disposing of it

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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