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April 27 1906/2006

Glenwood - Farm hands are scarce and high in this place. It seems that the cities have the pull on honest country lads. Well, there is where they are to be found. AND Autos were in demand here Sunday and every one having a horse seemed to be out enjoying the dried up roads.

Silver Lake - Many birds were flying, bewildered by snow and rain, looking for food. Kind persons threw a supply to them. Am sorry that all were not so thoughtful. Some hunters were shooting in the grove near Silver Lake and a wounded partridge fell wounded by their guns. It would be well for those hunters to read the game law before they shot birds out of season. It is safe to say, no Silver Lake person would be guilty of the act and perhaps the names of the persons may be secured.

East Dimock - The Ladies' Aid Society of South Montrose met with Mrs. Margaret Allen for dinner last Thursday. The crowd was large and the dinner fine. The aid was a success all around and those two quilts that were pieced and quilted by the ladies of south Montrose and vicinity were presented to the minister on that day. Mike Lake presented them in behalf of the ladies. He made a fine speech, which all enjoyed.

Rush - In the Rush School, with an enrollment of 33, the following were the Roll of Honor pupils during their attendance: Mary Wilcox, Maude McCain, Leah Kunkel, Hattie Jagger, Hazel Otis, Lavina Bonboy, Laura Bonboy, Fred Owen, Byron Gary, Gordon Bishop, Luther Bonboy, Paul McCain. Maude McCain was not tardy or absent during the term. Nettie G. Chamberlain, teacher.

Forest City - The Clifford breaker of the Erie company was operated Friday and Saturday of last week. A number of cars of coal that had been cut during the week by miners from down the valley were run through the rollers. The company has about 100 men within the breaker stockade. This includes the guards and miners, laborers and breaker hands. The men doing guard duty are principally clerks from the Dunmore offices. The company claims to be able to keep the mine going [during the strike].

Forest Lake - Patrick Griffin is our new path master. Oliver Shoemaker has rented the blacksmith shop for another year and William Sauter has filed and gummed over 300 saws this winter. AND James Mack, our Friendsville and Montrose stage driver, we are sorry to lose, for he was the best driver we have had in a long time. Moses Mott takes his place.

Springville - A few days ago Richard Turrell, a colored man, living with his wife just out of town, was taken sick and not desiring the services of a physician, his condition was not fully known. Kind neighbors did what they could for him, his wife being unable to do much on account of age and feebleness. He lingered until Tuesday morning, when he peacefully passed away. Over 35 years ago he came here with his wife from Virginia, where they had both been held in slavery. They acquired a little home where they had lived a good many years. As was the case with many others held in bondage, these two did not know their ages, he probably being in the seventies.

Little Meadows - Miss Jennie Murphy, who is attending school at Montrose, was home Sunday and Miss Gertrude Hartigan is attending school in Binghamton, at Reilley's College.

Hallstead - Hallstead has purchased a chemical engine for fire fighting purposes. The water pressure in that borough could not be depended upon to furnish efficient protection in time of fire, so it was thought, after consideration, better to take time by the forelock and at the same time keep down insurance rates.

New Milford - The store of Frank T. Austin was robbed by burglars, Tuesday night, of a number of pairs of shoes and about $15 in cash. They then went to the carriage shed connected with the horse barn of William Phinney, of the Eagle Hotel, and started a fire of straw to warm themselves. Dr. A. E. Snyder, who lives across the street, was returning from a professional call when he discovered the blaze. Calling Mr. Phinney, the two succeeded in quelling the fire, the burglars on their approach beating a retreat toward the cemetery and eluding capture. Had the fire not been noticed in time there is a possibility that the upper portion of the town would have suffered heavily from the resulting conflagration.

Susquehanna - Susquehanna has landed the hardware plant and are now casting around for a suitable location. The committee appointed to solicit the funds that were subscribed are meeting with prompt action.

Oakland - The fire companies were called out Saturday night in response to an alarm. The fire was in the borough hall, in the part used as a jail. A prisoner was in the cell at the time and was nearly suffocated when taken out. Damage to the building was slight.

Clifford - Poultry raising is flourishing in this section. Several of our residents have incubators turning out chickens by the hundreds.

Middletown - The Rourke Bros. are doing the mason work for the new school house. AND There will be a sugar social at Middletown Center on Friday night. All are invited.

Montrose - Jasper Jennings wrote the following about Montrose: Isaac Post chopped the first tree and helped to roll up the first log house in the present limits of Montrose in 1800. Post also had the first painted house [and store], built in 1811, and the first court was held in the ball room of his tavern. The first Baptist in Susquehanna County was Bartlett Hinds, who came to the settlement in 1800. The first Justice of the Peace was Joshua Raynsford, appointed immediately after the formation of the county in 1810. In 28 years he had 36,680 law suits before him, took acknowledgements of 1000 deeds and united 104 couples in marriage. Montrose was incorporated in 1824. It was named by Dr. R. H. Rose, after a town in Scotland.

News Briefs: The Philadelphia Inquirer, of April 20, contained this: "Three towns in this State present themselves to our eye at this moment as the most beautiful in the State. Honesdale, Montrose and Bloomsburg. Better go see them. AND The fall of snow Monday recalled to some of our older residents [of the county] the heavy snowfall of April 19, 10-21, 1857, when the ground was covered to a depth of three feet.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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