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April 13 1923/2023

Jackson – One of Jackson township’s grand old men is Hosea M. Benson. In spite of the fact that Mr. Benson is in his middle eighties, he still goes to his work each morning and waits on the many customers that come to his store. His general health is good and throughout his life he has followed a few simple rules of health. He never uses strong drink or tobacco. He is always cheerful and never has a “grouch.” He was a soldier during the Rebellion and can tell very accurately many things that took place during those stirring times. He was a great admirer of Abe Lincoln and Horace Greeley. Mr. Benson knows a whole lot of interesting history of Jackson township and Susquehanna county. Any young man who is anxious to win a good standing in the community and looks forward to happiness and old age can learn a whole lot from the life of Mr. Benson. Regular habits, temperance, honesty, sincerity, soberness, hard work and straight thinking always pay.

Montrose – Prof. W. McGrain, of Binghamton, was in town last week making arrangements to open a dancing class here about the first of May, or sooner, if Colonial Hall is in readiness. Prof McGrain has conducted classes in Binghamton, Endicott, Owego and many other places where he has met with great success and his methods have been heartily endorsed.

Lawsville Center – A Farmers Party is being advertised for a spring showing of farm machinery, supplies, seed, feeds, fertilizer, and speeches on topics of interest, at the Lawsville Center store of Stone Brothers, April 20 and 21st. There will be door prizes: Spring-tooth harrow to the lucky man and sack of flour to the lucky woman. Lunch served in Grange Hall both days. ALSO Bruce Bailey had the misfortune to have his home damaged by fire, and the roof blown off his barn by high winds.

Hop Bottom – The Hop Bottom high school and grades will hold a cafeteria supper in Loomis Hall, Friday evening, April 13, from 5:30 until all are served A portion of the proceeds is to be used for a library fund.

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – The women on the Hill are helping with a quilt for Homer Coy’s family who lost nearly all their household goods by fire.

Forest City – Victor “Hobbs” Marcinkus, one of the best-known baseball catchers of this vicinity, has been offered a tryout with the Wilkes-Barre team of the State league. Owing to injuries he received, some time ago, while working in the mines, he feels that it would be useless for him to accept the proposition. It is hoped that he will be in condition to take his old post in the Inter-County team of this place.

Dimock – The road supervisors are endeavoring to obtain the assistance of a lot of men and teams to help draw stone from Mr. Farley’s quarry and place in the roadbed, from the quarry to W. J. Cronk’s store, this week. This strip of road is badly in need of such a foundation. The road from here to Montrose is almost impassable for autos. Most of them go by the James Greenwood road.

Springville – Saturday morning Mrs. Alvin Mayo discovered that her house was on fire, and as she was alone, she shut both of her small children in the barn and ran to the nearest neighbor and spread the alarm on the telephone. In a very short time there were about fifty men on the scene and the Montrose train crew also stopped and assisted, as the house was in sight of the train, and the fire was soon put out. The origin of the fire was a spark from the chimney falling on the roof.

Herrick Center – Chester Oakley and Miss Daisybelle Entrot, of this place, were united in marriage, April 2, 1923, by Rev. W. F. Jones. The ceremony was performed at the M. E. parsonage, Uniondale. Tuesday the young people tendered them a serenade and informal reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bennett. They will reside in this place, Mr. Oakley being an employee of John Jones.

Susquehanna – Harold Brock, 16 year old stepson of Frank Brock, of Oakland, was instantly killed while showing his boy companions how much nerve he had in walking on top of the Susquehanna-Oakland river bridge when he fell from a girder and struck across several highly charged electric wires. The incident happened while going home from his job in the Erie terminal, at Susquehanna, accompanied by two companions, Donald Agier and George Graham. In a spirit of fun, he dared his companions to walk the ironwork over the bridge. They refused and continued to walk across the bridge. Brock told them he would show them what nerve he had and climbed up into the iron work and ran along the girder. When his companions looked back and saw Brock lying on the electric wires, his clothes smoking, they immediately notified the light company employees and the electricity was turned off. Linemen, with tackle, lowered the body to the ground in the presence of hundreds of spectators who had gathered.

Uniondale – Bronson & Spencer are building a reservoir to secure a supply of water for use in their slaughter house. Water will be piped from the reservoir to the slaughter house.

Elmer Washburn Trial: Presentation of evidence was commenced Tuesday afternoon by the commonwealth in the case against Elmer Washburn, aged 14, who is charged with the murder of Cyrus Payne, of Brushville, on October 21 last, after a jury composed entirely of men had been selected. Following are the names of the jurors: Thos. J. Buckley, farmer, Franklin twp.; Coe H. Stearns, feed dealer, Kingsley; Lynn Jerauld, farmer, Lenox; Fred Wilmarth, farmer, Harford; Edwin Keller, farmer, Rush; Bart Nevill, farmer, Little Meadows; Clarence E. Shay, farmer, New Milford twp.; Frank Perry, painter, Great Bend; D. L. Robinove, merchant, Montrose; John T. O’Neill, insurance agent, Montrose; Fred B. Miller, veterinarian, Brooklyn; John Hefferan, dealer, Montrose. The drawing of the jury proved to be a slow task and the panel was exhausted after 62 jurors had been questioned by noon, and only eight men accepted. The jurors had, in many instances, formed fixed opinions, were opposed to capital punishment, or felt they could not render a verdict of first-degree murder in the case of a youth. The afternoon session proved more successful and the remaining four were selected. Many women were on the panel but none showed a willingness to serve.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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