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April 27 1917/2017

Susquehanna – An alleged German spy was arrested Tuesday morning by Sergeant Carlson, of the State Constabulary. He was given a hearing before U.S. commissioner W.A. Skinner, who deemed the evidence against him sufficient to hold him for a court martial by the military authorities, considering it a case for the military, rather than the civil authorities. The prisoner was well-dressed and intelligent, and for several days had been in Susquehanna securing orders from physicians for tabloid medicines. His actions attracted the attention of the State Constabulary, who watched him. An examination of his personal effects revealed 16 notebooks, written in various languages and dialects, and several loose leaf maps. In his defense he said it was a diversion with him to study the different languages and sciences, and alleged that he could speak twelve different tongues and read a number of others. He was extremely loud in his loyalty to the “old flag,” and claimed to be of pure American birth and origin. He has been held for a hearing before the U.S. attorney, pending further investigation. Meanwhile, in Montrose, another “German spy,” who left a Maxwell runabout at Burch & Baxter’s garage, about a month ago, stating he would later return for it. The firm has written to Wisconsin authorities asking about its ownership. The car bears a Wisconsin license, granted for a 3 year period. The driver, who spoke with a German accent and aroused the suspicion of the garage men, has never appeared to claim the machine.

Hop Bottom – Mrs. Rozetta Carpenter celebrated her 89th birthday on Sunday. A daughter, Mrs. Morris, of Niagara Falls, and a son, W.E. Carpenter, of New Milford, joined the relatives in a dinner in her honor on that day. ALSO The men are organizing a company for military drill, known as the Home Defense Guards.

Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Barney Reilly is home from Wilkes-Barre on a sick leave, and surprised his family by bringing a Victrola and a fine lot of up-to-date records. ALSO Our schools will soon close and then the children will help in the gardens and go fishing. You ought to hear the calculations they are making now.

Little Meadows Boro. – The following stores are to be found in the borough: J.J. Bergen, General Merchandise; J.E. Hickey, General Merchandise; Geo. P. McCrossin, Cigars; and F. Palmer & Son, Feed.

Forest City/Uniondale – Rev. Jacob Gassman, of the congregation of B’nai, Scranton, and Herman Mintz, a meat dealer of Scranton, jumped from a Ford truck as a train bore down upon them last Tuesday evening of last week, on the Stillwater crossing of the Erie railroad between Uniondale and Forest City. The Ford was smashed to fragments and scattered along the track for several hundred feet. Mintz and the rabbi were returning from Uniondale where Mintz had gone to slaughter calves to take home. The powerful headlight of the engine was seen and Mintz had nothing to do but to jump. He and the rabbi cleared the track just as the crash came. They were picked up by the train crew and brought to Forest City. From here they were proceeded by street car.

Montrose – Evangelist John Davis, of Binghamton, has traded his residence for S.G. Fancher’s home on Church Street and will soon remove here, where he will make his permanent home. Mr. Fancher will move to Binghamton and will have personal charge of a large garage with automobile sales, repair and other departments. A large building is now being erected for this purpose. Mr. Davis comes to Montrose believing his health will be improved here.

Rush – W.T. Deuel has gone to Kansas where he will reside with his sons, Charles in Concordia and R.C. in Fowler. Mr. Deuel has four sons in the west and they have all been very successful. R.C. had a wheat crop of 5000 bushels in 1916 and 7000 the year previous. Mr. Deuel says he cleared $1000 a year on his farm in Rush during the Civil War period. He is now 87 years of age.

Dimock – Mrs. Alma Wanick, who is getting along in years, seems to be a busy woman, weaving carpets, rugs and cloth. Her loom can be heard daily, working from early morning till late at night.

Great Bend –Mrs. Grace Tallon, who has been employed in the office of the Great Bend Plaindealer for the past two years, has resigned and on the first of May will take charge of the Bell Telephone exchange in Hallstead.

Thompson – Bruce Brown, a well-known young farmer and mail carrier, was seriously injured recently while operating a stationary gasoline engine at the barn. His coat was caught in a rapidly revolving belt and he was violently thrown to the floor, sustaining a fractured leg at the knee joint and many severe bruises.  Fortunately his clothing gave way and he was thus saved from what might have been a terrible death.

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Township – Wm. Valentine is so he can sit up a short time. The friends and neighbors turned out and cut some wood for him last Wednesday and he extends them his sincere thanks. Frank McKeeby is helping to get his oats sowed.

Deaths of Two Civil War Veterans – Calvin Lincoln, a veteran of the Civil War [Corp. Co, H, 143rd Regiment, PA Volunteers] and a well-known resident of Forest Lake, died at the home of his son, Alva Lincoln, in Pritchard, NY. The body arrived in Montrose on Tuesday and was taken to Forest Lake for the funeral and interment. M. B. Washburn, aged 81 years, died at the home of his daughter, in Elmira, NY, on April 18, 1917. Mr. Washburn was a former prominent citizen of Lakeview, Jackson township, where he conducted extensive milling operations for some years. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Pvt. Co. F, Battery M, Second Heavy Artillery, 1862-1865.] Besides his daughter, one son survives, John Washburn, of Susquehanna. The funeral was held in Elmira on Saturday.

News Brief: A call to the owners of Ford cars has been extended in New York state to mobilize for the defense of the country. It is said that there are 100,000 Fords owned within a radius of 15 miles of the city hall, New York city, while in the state there are 150,000 more. It is estimated that in the state there are sufficient cars to transport an army of 1,000,000 men, if all could be mobilized. In the nation there are 1,750,000 cars, which would be capable of transporting 7,000,000 troops. The plan of the club is to organize several thousand cars in New York city into the Ford Automobile Machine Gun Corps, making a “flying” machine gun organization which will be ready at any and all times to proceed full speed anywhere directed.

200 Years Ago Today, from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa., April 26, 1817.

*A CALL IN EARNEST! The subscriber is about to close business in the Tavern keeping line, therefore ALL persons indebted to him must settle by the 15th of next month if they wish to save cost. Daniel Curtis, Montrose, April 25, 1817.

*Be Cautious! All persons are hereby cautioned against letting their cattle, sheep or swine run at large this season, if they are in the least given to eat their neighbor’s crops; as I shall lacerate the owners of all creatures, with a rod thoroughly pickled in the LAW, that trespass on the enclosure of D. Scott, Esq., near this place. RUFUS BOWMAN, Montrose, April 25, 1817.

*Duel! – Two men lately fought a duel with rifles, in the interior of the state of New York, at the distance of 75 paces.  At the first fire one of them fell; but he is likely to recover from the effect of the shot, thro’ the assistance of a skillful Tailor—the wound being only through his pantaloons. The deserving tailor has done, what we had almost despaired of seeing effected; he has mended the HABIT of a Duelist!

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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