April 21 1916/2016
Montrose – The Old Bethel church on Chenango street, which was purchased by Jno. Rutan, is being converted into a house. The following document was found in the cornerstone, the contents of which may prove of interest to friends who took an interest in the old church many years ago—“Montrose, Pa., June 16, 1882. This church was built in 1838 by Allen Dorsey, Daniel Brewster, carpenter. Raised, and this basement put under it June 16, 1882, by Charles Allen, George Battle, Sr., Benjamin Nailor [Naylor], John Johnson, Nimrod Slaughter, Charles Young, and Wm. K. Harris, Board of Trustees; Rev. Sylvester J. Burrell, pastor. Burgess & Doe, carpenters; plasterer, Henry Reynolds. ‘May God bless the church’ –Harris. This chimney built by C. W. Reynolds; John Wilson, tender.” This document is now the property of Mr. Nailor [Naylor], who with Rev. Mr. Burrell—now preaching in New York state—are the only survivors of the period when Mr. Harris penned the above information and placed the same in the cornerstone of the Chenango street landmark. [The African Methodist-Episcopal Church known as the AME Zion church, is still standing on Berry Street in Montrose, not far from the location of the Old Bethel church.]
West Bridgewater – Fred Tyler is renting his father’s farm and is farming once more. Fred says it seems like childhood days once again.
Gibson Twp. – While at work in Mr. Wilmot’s saw mill, Friday afternoon, Ralph Gelatt caught his right hand on a fast moving belt and was whirled around until his arm came off near the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital in Susquehanna, where the stub of his arm was taken off at the shoulder—which was a very painful operation. At this writing he was still alive with but slight hopes of his recovery. [Ralph did survive and died in 1971. He and his wife, Ethel May Conrad, were the parents of 6 children.]
Great Bend – The funeral of Thomas O’Neil was held from St. Lawrence church on Saturday morning. A high mass was celebrated by Revs. Mack and Dunn, of this place, and Walsh, of Susquehanna. The bearers were M. A. Kilrow, Thomas J. Creigh, P. O’Shea, P. M. Sullivan, G. W. Crook and J. Murray. Burial in St. Lawrence cemetery. Many out of town friends attended the funeral. Mr. O’Neil had been a resident of this place for more than 50 years and was highly respected by all who knew him. He is survived by three daughters, Misses Bridget and Mary, of this place, and Josie, of Philadelphia, and three sons, Michael, of Binghamton, Rev. Father John O’Neil, of Emmettsburg, Md., and Att. George O’Neil, of New York city.
Uniondale – Grace and Lloyd Wademan and Lester Todel, of Wyoming Seminary, are home for the Easter vacation.
Susquehanna – Mrs. Mary Mooney, formerly director of music at the Susquehanna County Teachers’ Institute, but for several years past the efficient musical directress in the Susquehanna public schools, has tendered her resignation to the school board of that place. Mrs. Mooney for many years has been organist in St. John’s church in Susquehanna and her son, Harry, who is well-known here, is now a priest in the diocese of New York.
Herrick Center – Oscar Hugaboom, of this place, and Miss Annette Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Payne, of Orson, were united in marriage, Wednesday, April 5, 1916, by Rev. Raymond Fiske pastor of the Baptist church. The ceremony was performed at the residence of Rev. Fiske at Poyntelle, after which the young couple left on the O. & W. train for Jersey City, where they will spend a short honeymoon.
New Milford – The Northeastern telephone exchange has changed its location to rooms in Mrs. Nettie Laff’s house on Main street, and now has an all-night service.
Springville – Anna B. Stevens & Co. wishes to announce to the public that not having sold out her millinery, dry goods, etc., that she is now prepared to sell you the latest city trimmed hats or trim your old one. There will be no use of you wearing cotton for she can sell you yards of the natural linen, and at old prices purchased before the advance in price. You will find bargains in all lines.
Silver Lake – A photograph appeared in the Montrose Democrat of four generations of the Conklin family. Pictured are: Mr. Edward Conklin, the father of Albert B. Conklin, of Silver Lake, and his age is 81 years. Mr. E. Conklin was born in Bradford Co., Pa. in 1834 and came to Silver Lake and settled on the farm where his son now resides. After living there for many years he removed to Franklin, where he now resides. His son, Albert Conklin, was born in Silver Lake. Beside him is his son, Earle E., at the age of 25 years, and his son, Douglass, who is three years old. The photo was taken on March 11, 1916 by A. J. VanHouten, at Franklin Forks.
North Harford – George Richardson has been ill with grip but has now recovered and is driving the “school wagon” again. ALSO Miss Gladys MacNamara closed a very successful term of school at Sweet’s last Friday.
Clifford – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spedding are mourning the death of a dear baby boy about two months old. ALSO Will Bennett has two carloads of Ford autos on hand, and sales have already commenced.
Birchardville – Geo. Owen and family are moving into the Bela Giffin house. Miss Louise Owen is to have a millinery store here.
Hop Bottom – On Saturday a surprise party was given in honor of Mrs. Rosetta Carpenter’s 87th birthday. She organized the Ladies Aid Society of the Foster M. E church and was its first president. A pleasant time was had by all.
Elk Lake – Mr. and Mrs. William Oliver have moved to Indiana, where Mr. Oliver has secured a position. ALSO The Hunsinger Bros., who have been running a Birch distillery at the Lake, have moved their still to Auburn.
200 YEARS AGO – THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA. New State – Bills erecting new states, from the Indianna and Missisippi territories, have passed to a third reading in the U. S. house of Representatives. [Spelling, etc. as copied from newspaper.] ALSO To owners of Apple Orchards, Save your tar for [from] your carriage wheels and apply round your trees a Hair Cord, in the following manner, which will prevent the depredations of the Canker Worm: “Take cow or horse hair—let it be spun into cords of about two inches circumference—then take a pair of sharp shears or scissors, and clip off the ends of the hair upwards, and tie the cord around the tree.”
Compiled By: Betty Smith