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August 13 1897/1997

Forest City – The sad news was received here Monday from Como, of the death of Frank Brown by drowning. He was a bright young man about seventeen years old and the only son of J.C. Brown He had crossed the lake to get a load of wood and returning, his boat was upset. AND there will be a match game of alley ball on Cunningham's alley Friday afternoon.

Brooklyn – Ely Bro's. have several apricot trees loaded with fine fruit. Quite a novelty in this section.

Susquehanna – Martin J. Ryan, Susquehanna's efficient and popular representative of Uncle Sam, is receiving many congratulations for the honor conferred in being named as Democratic nominee of Susquehanna County for the office of Prothonotary.

Rush – The baseball season opened here last Friday afternoon, when the home team crossed bats with the Meshoppen club and succeeded in defeating them by the one-sided score of 34 to 10. Rogers did the twirling and pitched a magnificent game, being very effective at critical points especially when bases were occupied; while Wells, for the opposite side, proved to be an easy mark for the Rush boys. From start to finish there was no doubt of the result of the game, as the home team started by scoring seven runs in the first inning, and prevented the visitors from crossing the home plate until the 8th inning. The feature of the game was the elegant work of "Ben" Warner and George Rogers, who did the battery work for the Rush boys.

Montrose – Bert Newton, who recently left town for the west, continued his journey to the Klondike gold fields, being so far as we know the first from this county. He sailed from Seattle, Wash. with a big party Aug. 5, en route to Dawson City and the gold fields. He was well and hopeful.

Great Bend – About 2 a.m. last Monday, burglars attempted to force an entrance into the sleeping room of Rev. Father Fagan at his residence on Franklin Street. The parties procured a ladder which was lying in the grass near the church, and by this means reached the roof and were about to open a window adjoining father Pagan's sleeping room when a portion of the window sill on which one of the parties was standing broke and the noise alarmed the house dog and in turn awoke Father Fagan, who retired late after a hard day's work and was sleeping soundly. He sprang from his bed and opening his window discovered the burglar, who was beating a retreat over the roof to terra firma. The fellow also spoke to Father Fagan, and with oaths and threats against him if he did not keep quiet. The reverend gentleman is not made of the material that keeps quiet in such cases, and he hurriedly grasped his revolver, but not soon enough for action, for the thief had dodged out of sight, and a few moments later the parties were heard running away in rapid retreat. Father Fagan is a fine shot with any sort of a gun and he is always ready for any emergency and he desires right at this point to notify any Peeping Toms or sneak thieves that if any prowling around his back doors after dark is indulged in he will not hesitate to give the intruders a warm reception.

Choconut – Mrs. Mary O'Keefe, a highly respected Catholic lady passed into the joys of eternity, on Thursday, July 29, 1897. She was an old landmark, and had resided in

Choconut – For a period of 70 years. Her age was 87. Mrs. O'Keefe was a sincere Christian lady, and all who knew her loved her. In the Church she was ever faithful, and as a neighbor she was ever kind. Interment was made in the beautiful little cemetery at St. Joseph, close by the church.

New Milford – The work of painting and decorating the interior of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church will begin Friday. The painting will be done by M.E. Bradley, and decorating by Guy and Carl Hawley.

Oakley – Family reunions are now in order. Next week on Wednesday, Aug. 18, will occur the reunion of the Titus, Loomis and Jeffers families, at the home of Alonzo Loomis.

Brookdale – Wedding parties were plenty from this place last Saturday. Mr. O. Armlin, of Wolf Hollow and Miss Minnie Fish went to Binghamton, where they were married. Miss Bertha Ames and Wm. Morgan, both of Brookdale, went to Kirkwood, Saturday evening, and were made one by one by the Rev. C.P. Tiffany. We wish them all much joy and happiness.

South Gibson – Charles Lewis and John Morgan are adding a cider press to their shop AND Mr. Evans is very busy carding wool. He makes bats for mattresses.

Stevens Point – There seems to be quite an excitement over the surveying of the D&H Railroad. They all seem to think it is a sure thing. Perhaps they think the surveyors are the advance agents of prosperity that they have been looking for so long.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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