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April 16 1920/2020

Thompson – A paper will be circulated in the near future for subscriptions to move the M. E. church from its present location to the Lewis lot on the corner of Jackson and Main streets. We have $4000 in sight providing an equal amount can be raised to meet it. Let us all be as liberal with our subscription as possible. The ladies aid has pledged $1000 so we have only three more to go.

Silver Lake – Major Lambom, of Camp Red Cloud, talked with the Montrose Chamber of Commerce and there is a good chance it could secure all the camp’s business by assuring the Camp of co-operation along several lines, most important of which is the improvement of the road to Silver Lake, including Prospect street in Montrose.

Forest Lake – J. J. Kane is a recent purchaser of a May-Tag Power Washing Machine, the latest out, from agent E.D. Snyder, of Brooklyn. Mr. Kane is not only saving drudgery by his purchase, but has taken the necessary step to banish the proverbial “Blue Monday” from his home. Mrs. Kane is to be congratulated both on having such fine, modern equipment for her home, and on having such a considerate husband.

Lynn – The Odd Fellows are taking turns in sitting up nights with Len Welch. Len is very low at the present time, due to a stroke of paralysis.

Forest City – Charles Schessler, the youth who made a hit as the hurler for the Soldier and Sailor’s team against the Independents here last fall, is being tried out by the Springfield, Mass., team of the New England league. His friends predict that he will make good. If he falls by the wayside he will return to Forest City and line up with the Soldier and Sailors, who are practically without a hurler. Schessler is but 19 years of age and possesses a wonderful delivery for a youngster.

Harford – Thomas Gillespie has a hen that lays Easter eggs. If you do not believe it, just look at the eggs on display in R. R. Andrews’ store, here.

New Milford – Frank T. Wellman has sold his farm and will make his home with his daughter, in Binghamton. Mr. Wellman was born in the old farm house, eighty years ago last December, and with the exception of two years spent in the service of his country during the Civil War, he has spent his entire life on the farm.

Brooklyn – Herman H. Otto and Miss Edna Ely, both of this place, were married by Dr. Clark, of the Myrtle Street church Scranton, April 5, 1920. The groom has been prominently identified with the Dairymen’s League and the bride has been the obliging clerk in the Brooklyn post office.

Dimock – James Gavitt, an aged veteran of the Civil War, is very feeble at his home here. He is attended by Dr. Lathrop, of Springville. ALSO Remember, when your harness and footwear need repairing, take them to the shop of J. F. Wanick, on the corner, where he is busy from early morning till late at night.

Herrick Twp. – Mrs. John Smith, whose husband is superintendent of the Forest City poor farm, died at her home, yesterday, at noon. Her remains will be taken to Silver Beach, NY where funeral services will be held.

Franklin Forks – Everett Lee, the boy preacher, of Chenango Street Church, Binghamton, will preach at Franklin Forks and Franklin Hill, next Sunday. While Master Everitt is but 13 years of age, he is nevertheless, a very enthusiastic church worker. A special invitation is extended to all the boys and girls to be present.

Montrose – Stephen A. Dawley passed away following an operation in Scranton. He was born in Liberty township in 1853 and died April 8, 1920. He was a solid, reliable man, of an independent nature, and Montrose has lost a useful mechanic, the deceased being the last in his line of the old-time wagon makers. One of his early employers, the late D. D. Lathrop, on writing him a letter of instruction, admonished him to “always use straight timber for his whiffletrees and wagon poles,” and this quality of dependability has remained with him through life. ALSO A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Stilson, at their home, April 9. The new arrival has been named Charlotte Margaret Stilson.

Susquehanna – Many from this place were at the county seat last week on legal business. The matter of the street paving called quite a number, among them being Attys. Skinner and Doherty.

Ainey, Lathrop Twp. – Last Saturday afternoon friends, to the number of 17, gathered at the home of Frank W. Taylor and the men with teams went to the woods and cut poles and drew them to the house, where 10 cords of wood were cut. Mr. Taylor and family say that they cannot find words to express their thanks. All called to speak a word of cheer to Jack.

Auburn Twp. – A number in this place are holding church services at their homes. The Easter service was held at the home of Mrs. Clara Warner. [Due to the condition of roads after several snow storms.]

Stevens Point – Fire was discovered in the house of Mrs. Jennie Shellman, Mrs. Shellman not being home at the time. Call was made by telephone for help and neighbors responded at once but nothing could be saved as the house was all on fire on the inside. It is a mystery how it started, there being no fire left in the stoves.

Uniondale – Our schools close on April 30. Class night will be held in the Presbyterian Church on that evening. The valedictorian will be Beulah Deming and Florence Williams will deliver the salutatory. The other graduates are Michael Chomyszah, Leona Burdick, Frances Boulter, Elizabeth Tuttle and Marian Rounds.

News Briefs: The strike of the switchmen and firemen on some of the railroads, which has been done without sanction of their officers, has tied up the freight and express shipments on some railroads. For those of you who need information on what lines are still shipping see the Independent Republican, April 16, 1920. ALSO Gov. Sproul has designated April 16 and 23 as Arbor Days, and suggested that in observing these days, that trees be planted in memory of soldier dead.

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Compiled By: Betty Smith

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