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August 16 1918/2018

Forest City – Thomas Rutherford, who was called by the draft board to leave with the contingent, was excused by the board and transferred to Class 3, at the insistance of the Hillside Coal and Iron company. Tommy had his grip packed and was ready for a trip to Camp Lee when news of his release was received.

Jackson – Recently Stewart Holmes had twelve sheep killed, five were missing and several injured. A dog was shot and two others were marked, but they got away. They were traced, however, to their homes, some six miles away, and killed. If the law had been complied with Mr. Holmes would not have been a loser. ALSO Mrs. Ida Tucker received a letter from her daughter, Miss Mildred Tucker, now serving as a nurse in the U.S.A. General Hospital, at Otisville, NY, telling of the work being done for soldiers here and abroad. Miss Tucker is one of the first county ladies to be serving as a nurse in a military hospital.

Parlor City – All aboard! The Binghamton street cars will now be “manned” by women conductors, to be known as conductorettes. The local company is ready to employ them and on Tuesday began sending them out for instruction on empty cars.

Lanesboro – Contractor Whalen is making excellent progress with the double track on the D.&H. at Lanesboro, over a mile of roadbed being already completed and the laying of ties and rails will begin this week.

Susquehanna – Miss Fitzgerald, matron at the hospital, is in charge of registering prospective nurses for war work and all young women of Susquehanna, desiring to register, should see her. ALSO The first soldier to fall in battle, from this place, so far as learned, is James Lisi, an Italian, and a cousin of Henry Lisi, of the Susquehanna Baking Co. According to the casualty list he was severely wounded during the allied offensive.  He belonged to the 10th Artillery and before entering the army worked in the Erie shops.

Montrose – Atty. F. I. Lott discovered a weasel hanging on to one of his prize duck’s feet. The weasel was so much interested in trying to down the duck and draw its life-blood that it failed to notice the approach of the surprised owner. Although F.I. will never see 70 years again, he was “quicker than a weasel” and speedily dispatched the stealthy animal. ALSO Veterinarians A.E. Hollister (Montrose) and Fred B. Miller (Brooklyn) were in Lisle, NY engaged in testing cattle.

Hopbottom – Marshall McVicar has developed into quite an extensive apiarist and has many colonies of bees working for him. He expects to gather about 1,500 lbs. of honey from his hives this season, and as he has given the subject of bee-keeping considerable study and experimentation he has learned how to aid the bees in producing full combs of the best quality.

Auburn Township – Mrs. Charles E. Bunnell and daughter, Jean, of Fairbanks, Alaska, who have been visiting county relatives, have been in the states since last October, spending the winter in Florida. Judge Bunnell had planned a trip east this fall, but the illness of a judge in the adjoining division, whose duties he has assumed, has compelled a change in his plans. Mrs. Bunnell and daughter start on the long trip back in a few days. By the middle of September it is freezing nights in Fairbanks, and by the middle of October the Yukon is frozen over. [Charles Bunnell was the first president of the University of Alaska. The Bunnell Building was named for him in 1960 and a statue of him stands in the center of the campus.] ALSO Anyone finding an auto crank on the road between West Auburn and Skinner’s Eddy please call up Harry France.

Little Meadows – Albert Card, a lifelong resident of the borough, died Aug. 6, 1918, from heat exhaustion, at the home of J.H. Guyles, where he had been working in the hay field for the afternoon. He leaves a wife, Susan Mayhew, and one brother, Andrew Card, of Johnson City.

Great Bend – Twenty young girls are meeting every Friday afternoon at the Red Cross headquarters and making the scraps of cloth into quilts for hospital use. Very soon quilting parties will be announced. The girls are also making, from larger pieces, garments for the refugees.

Brooklyn – The funeral of Mrs. Ira Pratt was held at the late residence on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. G.A. King officiating, with burial in the Evergreen cemetery. Mrs. Pratt was a daughter of Chas. F. Richards, a soldier of the Civil War. She was about 45 years of age and a kind, loyal wife and mother—a busy and useful woman, who will be greatly missed in the home and community.

Reunion – The Wyoming Co. Bunnell and Overfield reunion will be held Aug. 17th, at the Baptist church, Mehoopany. The Button reunion will be held Aug. 24th, at Northern Electric Park. The LaRue family reunion will be held on the Lawton Fair Grounds, Aug. 21.

South Montrose – Harry Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse P. Smith, now in France, a member of a military band, writes that his band has played in Paris and other French cities and says the architecture found in many of the French cities is of rare beauty. Harry is a talented musician and is, therefore, able to give his country a double service. Members of bands have to take their place on the battle front, like the other men. There are no sinecures in defending one’s country in this war.

Harrisburg – Saloons in this place may be closed by military order because they are too close to the aviation and ordinance depots. If the saloons are not closed, it is declared, a provost guard will probably be placed in Harrisburg. All these things clinch the indictment against the whiskey business.

Harford – A jolly load of Boy Scouts passed through here on their way to Lower Lake, where they will camp out for their vacation. They were from Scranton and we are sure they will make things merry around the lake with their jolly laughs and bugles.

Hallstead – John E. Hunziker, a sailor in the navy, writes his parents that he witnessed the sinking of the U.S. Transport Covington. Eddy Hamlin and John Egleston, of the U.S. George Washington, also witnessed the sinking of this large transport.

New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Decker, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Decker, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Decker and three children, Mrs. Lutie Worth and Ivan Decker, attended the Sousa band concert, at Johnson City, Sunday.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, July 25, 1818.  Since the 200 years ago newspapers for the month of August are missing, the following article was found from the above date:
Thomas Moore. [From Bristed’s Resources of the United States] “The well-known poet, Mr. Thomas Moore, when quite a young man, published a book, made up of prose and verse, in which he, very unmercifully, abused and misrepresented the people of this country. Some little time since, however, he addressed a letter to Mr. John E. Hall, the editor of the Port Folio, in Philadelphia, in which he expresses his deep repentance for having slandered America, and swings into the opposite extreme of unmeasured praise, representing it, now, as the only land where freedom and happiness, and so forth, are to be found.”

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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