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August 11 1916/2016

Correction: Last week it was reported that Civil War veteran, A. [Abel] Snow, had died, when it was discovered in this week’s newspaper, that it was his brother, Alphes [Alpheus] Snow. Alphes M. Snow enlisted in Co. H, 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. It was christened the Buttermilk Regiment by the Philadelphia Zouaves on account of their being farmer boys and one of the best fighting machines in the service. Alphes Snow was wounded during the war, being shot through the knee.  He was a lover of home life and wondered very little from it. He was loyal to his country, his friends and always present at the post, rarely ever missed a meeting. He was at the soldiers’ home at Hampton, Va. when his death occurred, brought home, and was buried with the honors of the Post at Franklin Forks cemetery.

Montrose Bible Conference Notes: E. T. Corfield, of Montrose, has written another beautiful hymn: “Do it now.” Miss Nellie Allbright Weber wrote the music for it. Mr. Corfield is a gifted writer and his poems show the deepest fervor. The regular attendance at conference this year has been the largest in its history. 240 registered and have slept on the grounds, either in tents or rooms in the tabernacle. Picnicking was again very popular and it was an interesting sight to see groups of friends gathered around the lunch baskets on the hill top overlooking the lake./It has been a good conference week. No soaking rains to dampen people’s ardor, no high winds to flap tent sides or blow them down. It has been a time of peace and happiness of cloudless skies, of uplifted hearts. What wonder that the dwellers on Tent Hill leave with reluctance and that they have already began making plans to be here next year.

Cases of Desertion:  The desertion case against Joseph Harvey was heard Friday, Judge H. A. Denney presiding. It was unusual in the fact that all the Harvey relations testified that Joseph’s wife would not let him work, that he wanted to work, but she just put a damper on that kind of thing. The Judge advised a making up between the couple but they would not, so he made an order that the man pay his wife $2 a week for the child till further orders. ALSO Walter August also faced the charge of desertion. He simply left home one day without telling, and sent a postal back to his wife that he was going west to earn more money, and to all appearances, straightway forgot he had a wife in Forest City to support. Last May he returned poorly dressed, and met his wife on the street and asked her to go to Syracuse to live, said he had a good job. She did not believe him and had him arrested.  He was ordered to pay $12 a month till further notice.

Montrose – Chenango street is being greatly improved.  Within the last two years there have been many changes. Much of this has been accomplished by contractor Walton. The house he bought and built over, owned at present by John F. Dolan, is now a handsome residence. Recently he did over Searle’s garage which now stands resplendent in green and white paint. Also built the charming home of F. H. Wilson and his own home is becoming one of the most beautiful in town. William Ryan has laid a fine walk to his house and the old Bethel church landmark, bought by John Rutan, is fast becoming a modern house. Sylvester W. Wood, Mr. Henry and L. P. Chesley has prettily decorated and painted their homes. If as many improvements are made in the next two years, Chenango bids fair to become a really fine looking street.

South Harford – Stanley Carey has a very fine new buggy. Now girls, look your best. In North Harford, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Darrow met with a serious accident recently, as he walked in front of the mowing machine knife getting both legs badly cut. He was taken to Scranton, where he is being cared for in the hospital, and we hear that they think both legs can be saved. The Darrow family has the sympathy of the community.

Thompson – Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Webster, of Scranton, a former pastor of Thompson, invited the Optimistic (ladies) and Pessimistic (gentlemen) Circles, of Thompson, of which they are members, to visit them in their new home in Scranton last Friday evening. They were royally entertained. The Scranton orchestra was present. At 6:30 a course supper was served in the Sunday school rooms of the church. A. H. Crosier, A. E. Foster, Clayton Lewis, Chas. Sumner, Linn Spencer, Walter Brown and Willard Spencer kindly furnished autos for the occasion.

Uniondale – The Suffragists held a picnic on the Reynolds shore at Lewis Lake, Friday afternoon.

Hopbottom – Kind friends and neighbors of Frank Squires made him a happy surprise in haying and placed about 24 loads of hay in his barn. Frank is on the sick list at present. Good dinner was served.

East Lynn – Lloyd Bush has had some very unprofitable experiences recently. On returning home, after being absent a short time, found nearly all of his fine flock of turkeys in a dying condition, showing symptoms of poisoning. Later he found over 80 of his chickens showing the same symptoms. The chickens were a fine, healthy flock of full bloods which he had given special attention.

Great Bend – Bruce Chase, aged 40, an attorney of Pen Argyl, PA, was instantly killed Saturday afternoon while fishing in the Susquehanna near Hallstead. Death was due to the accidental discharge of a small 33-calibre rifle in the hands of Fred Brooks, of Susquehanna. The two men and their families were camping at Hickory Grove, not far from Great Bend.  At the time of the accident Chase and Brooks were trolling the river, Chase handling the line and Brooks seated in the boat was firing at a target on the shore. The trolling hook snagged, causing the boat to come to a sudden halt, and both men lurched forward. The hammer of the rifle snapped and Chase fell lifeless. Dr. A. S. Blair, the county coroner, empaneled a jury which completely exonerated Brooks from intentional killing. Mr. Chase is known to many people in Montrose, having served in Co. G, 13th Regiment, N. G. P., then located in Montrose, during the Spanish- American War. His grandfather, Simeon Bruce Chase, of Hallstead, was once a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. He leaves a wife and three young children, hardly in their teens.

200 YEARS AGO, THE CENTINEL, MONTROSE, PA, August 13, 1816.  MARRIED – On the 11th inst. By J. W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. John M’Laud, of Lawsville, to Miss Hannah Gregory, daughter of Joseph Gregory, of Bridgewater. ALSO SAMUEL SELY, Take Notice, that your wife Susana Sely has preferred her petition, or libel to the Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Susquehanna, praying the said court to “sentence and decree a divorce and separation from the bonds of matrimony,” &c. and that an alias subpoena has issued from the same court, and is now in my hands, commanding and requiring you to appear before the Judges of the said court, on the first Monday of September next, at Montrose, at a Court of Common Pleas then and there to be held, in and for the County aforesaid, to answer to the said petition or libel, and further to shew cause, if ought you have to say, why your wife, the said Susanna Sely, should not be divorced from the bonds of matrimony, aforesaid, she has contracted with you.  AUSTIN HOWELL, SHERIFF. Montrose, August 16, 1816.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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