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August 03 1923/2023

Montrose – The Bible Conference is now in session. This is the largest attendance of ministers and laymen in the history of the Conference and the most renowned clergymen in America have a part in the program. ALSO The First National Bank and Farmers National Bank will consolidate under the charter of the First National Bank, which has been in existence for nearly 50 years, and will be known as the First and Farmers National Bank of Montrose.

Silver Lake – General John J. Pershing has been a visitor at Camp Red Cloud for a few days recently, where his son is spending the summer.

Great Bend – Charles Meagley, 73 years old and L. Scott, 72 years, while hauling old railroad ties along the track one day last week, were victims of a peculiar accident. A passing train frightened the horse they were using and the animal backed into the train. The train’s momentum threw the horse on the two men, knocking them down and pinning them to the ground, Mr. Meagley had a leg broken and his companion was badly cut and bruised. The horse’s back was broken and it was shot.

Lakeside – The Lakeside Outing Club has been incorporated and lots for the erection of cottages are being rapidly taken up. The state authorities notified parties controlling Page’s Pond that the dam would have to be removed or rebuilt. As a result, the association was formed and a concrete dam, 16 ft. high was built, having a spillway of over 40 ft. The pond, which covers nearly 100 acres, is in the hands of the association and some of the best fishing in the county is found here. This pond was originally known as Beaver Meadows.

Springville – Little Marie Emorick, a fresh air child staying at the M. E. parsonage for two weeks, returned to New York city with the other children last week. She fell desperately in love with the pastor and his wife and informed them that of course she would have to return with the others, but she would be back the following week to stay “for good.”

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – Frank Strong helped H. C. Cruise drive some cows to Montrose, which he sold to B. L. Bailey.  ALSO The long wished for rain came at last with .89 of an inch of rainfall, which did much good.

Brooklyn – Miss Helen Gere has returned from Mansfield, where she has spent a part of the summer in the home of the principal of the normal school. She will teach at Dimock the coming year.

Ararat – Mrs. Oscar Hugaboom excels in taxidermy, and has a large collection of birds and animals to prove her art. Nearly every known bird of this vicinity is to be found in the collection, and many that are strange to this locality.

Clifford – Thomas Derken and daughter, Mrs. Lila Selgrath, of this place, are accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sparks and Merrit Derken, of Susquehanna, on a touring trip to Sioux City, Iowa. They left home Thursday, July 19th and reached Sioux City, Monday, July 23 covering a distance of 1380 miles. The trip was made in a Reo touring car, with the report of no trouble, except a broken fan belt.

Mathewson Tells of His First Great Game: Christy Mathewson tells of his first game, which was played at Mill City, not far from his home at Factoryville. He relates that pitchers were scarce in those days and it wasn’t very hard to get a game as long as you pitched. The manager of the Mill City team heard that I pitched and sent for me. “Will you pitch for us?” he asked. “Sure, I replied.” And when he added that I would receive a dollar a game I was so happy I wanted to turn a handspring. I was willing to play for nothing. Most of the games were played at Mill city and that meant walking six miles there and back. The first game I played with Mill City was one of the proudest of my life. I earned the dollar, for I shut out the LaGrange team 5-0, the first shut out of my career. That evening I strolled down to the local club—the barbershop. The barber, a great checker and baseball fan, was shaving a man and talking about baseball. A number of men sat around playing a game of checkers. The checker players kept on playing and the barber kept on shaving. No one knew that I had shut out the LaGrange team! The barber was raving about the hitting ability of Colvin, the Mill City catcher, as a feller who can smack the ball. He looked up at me and asked if I saw the game. I replied yes. He then asked who won? I replied that Mill City won. He then asked if Colvin got any hits? I replied that I didn’t remember, but did know that LaGrange didn’t get any runs. The barber then asked who pitched. I answered, “I did.” It was a bombshell. The barber stopped shaving and the checker players stopped playing. For a moment they didn’t know whether to believe me or not. But facts are facts and when they learned that I was right my stock went up a little. [Christy Mathewson, born in 1880, in Factoryville, went on to play for the New York Giants and was considered one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. He was one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Mathewson died of tuberculosis in 1926.]

News Brief: Pennsylvania will soon have policemen patrolling the state roads. They will be mounted on motorcycles and wear distinctive uniforms. Every state road will be patrolled and it is woe to law violators. ALSO Official announcement that the state highway dept. will include two stretches of hard-surfaced road in its 275-mile building program for 1923-24 will be received with satisfaction in this county. It announces that a concrete pave between Montrose and Fairdale will be built on route 14. This will eventually connect with the pave on the extreme western end of the route from Towanda to Wyalusing. This project will be five miles long. The other paving will be in Clifford twp, on route 174, beginning at the Susquehanna-Lackawanna county line and running to Royal, a distance of about two miles. ALSO This year will probably see the last of the chestnut trees in Pennsylvania. A few can be seen blossoming along the mountainsides, but they are partly blighted.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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