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April 29 1921/2021

Clifford Twp – Jeremiah Wescott answered the last roll call April 26th. His partner in the Clinton Falls Coal Co., Charles Truesdall, was with him in his last moments. Deceased was 75 years of age and was born at Glenwood, as was his late wife, Hannah Tourje. He was a veteran of the Civil War [Battery A, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, participating at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Reassigned to the Army of Virginia they operated on the Black Water, at Deep Bottom, Fort Darling, Seven Pines and Petersburg. In July of 1865, after four years and four months of service, Battery A was mustered out].The family came to Forest City 32 years ago to reside until seven years ago when they removed to a farm in this township, near the Burns school house. Five children were born to them. For many years Mr. Wescott served as constable in Forest City and politically he was a Republican. His life was an open book. He made friends and retained them. His funeral will be held from the home of his daughter-in-law and burial will be made in the Tower cemetery in Lenox township.

Forest City – Leonard Payne, who for several seasons has been the catcher for the Independent baseball team, left Tuesday for Endicott, NY, where he will play with the tannery team of that place. His departure will weaken the local team. It is hoped, however, he will succeed in the shoe town. ALSO William Pitus, while driving his car on South Main street, ran into a ditch recently dug and the car turned turtle. The occupants, six in number, escaped with slight injuries but the car was badly wrecked. The young men were assisted in their attempt to get from under the car by passers-by who overturned the car. Hornbeck Bros. towed the car to their garage.

Montrose – Montrose is considering buying a fire alarm, and practically all of the known qualifications and disqualifications of an electric alarm have been discussed by local officials and interested citizens. But for fear that something may be overlooked which might react against this desirable appliance, we reprint the following news dispatch from Tilton, NH: “Tilton’s new fire whistle, which emits a sound which is a faithful imitation of that made by a distressed calf, has got to go. Every time the whistle blows all the cows in Tilton, Canterbury and adjacent towns begin to gallop around in search of a presumably suffering calf. In many cases their digestions have begun to suffer with a resultant loss of milk.” Our advice is that we take the alarm on a 30-day trial. This region is noted as a milk-producing territory and our prestige is at stake.

Uniondale – Charles H. Carpenter has sold his farm on South Main street. It is one of the best equipped farms of this part of the county. The buildings are arranged with all possible conveniences. The farm has been in the Carpenter family for many years. The price paid was $6.000.

West Bridgewater Twp. – Wm. Cruise and sister, Katie, had a runaway one day last week, when the harness broke, causing the horse to run. Both were thrown out and Will had his side so badly injured that the doctor put him in a plaster cast. Miss Cruise escaped uninjured.

Bennett’s Corners, Auburn Twp. – Several from here attended the play, “Blundering Billy,” at the Auburn High school building. ALSO Auctioneer P. M. Harris and little son, of Auburn, were in town Monday morning. The main business of the trip, so far as the youngster was concerned at least, was to purchase a jack-knife.

Lanesboro – Thomas J. Nicholson, one of our best known citizens, died on April 21, aged 80 years. His death was due to a general breaking down. Mr. Nicholson was a life-long resident of Lanesboro and for many years postmaster. He conducted a general store until a few years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. David Soop and Mrs. Leslie Jones, also by one sister, Mrs. Maria Barnes, of this place.

Brooklyn – Through the efforts of our citizens and the intervention of Congressman L. T. McFadden, the star route between Brooklyn and Hopbottom is to be continued. The postal department had notified the driver of the route, Gale Tiffany, that it would be discontinued on May 1st, but later an order was received authorizing him to continue the service, which is welcome news to people of that vicinity.

Friendsville/Silver Lake – In the little church of St. Francis Xavier, at Friendsville, on April 18, 1871, occurred the marriage of Mary Ann Bergan to John T. Murphy. After 50 years of happy married life, amid an assemblage of nine children, 21 grandchildren, many other relatives and friends, the Murphy’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After Mr. and Mrs. Murphy swore by each other for “better or worse” in the little country church, they went away happy to their little farm house at Silver Lake. Forty-four years of hard work on the farm followed. During this time a family of ten children were born, one of whom has since died. All of the children were present, in addition to the majority of the 21 grandchildren and many other relatives.

Herrick Center – Our public school term will end on May 18th. The closing exercises of the primary and grammar rooms will be given in the auditorium on the afternoon of May 6th. The teachers are working faithfully on an interesting program and the patrons of the school are cordially invited to be present. The High school will give their closing program, including a drama, “Pa’s New Housekeeper,” on Wednesday evening, May 18th.

Dimock – Seven girls and one boy comprise the graduating class. They are: Misses Ruth Thornton, Rose McDermott, Marian West, Pauline Grow, Agnes Avery, Doris LaRue, Geraldine Rhodes and William Donahue. The principal, Miss Margaret O’Brien, Miss Leach and Miss Stearns will return here for next year’s work and it is hoped that the other teachers will come also. ALSO A camp of 100 Girl Scouts from Scranton will spend the summer at Ely Lake, having leased land on the farm of Shirley Stephens. We understand that several instructors will be in the camp and tutor in various courses. They will occupy 35 tents.

New Milford – County Commissioners H. A. Stone and Thomas Jones were here on Saturday and drove over the old turnpike road to Mott Hill. This is a section of the road that is under litigation to determine whether the county or township is to maintain it.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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