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August 24 1923/2023

Silver Lake – A high-powered army automobile hugged around a sharp curve of a dusty road in Northern Pennsylvania, carrying an American general and his aide. Suddenly they looked down upon the sad scene of a funeral party assembled at a humble farmhouse. “He was a soldier sir,” replied an old man at the gate on response to an inquiry from the general who had stopped his car. And he added, “Killed in France, sir. My son and he were privates in the 78th division.” The general stepped from his car, followed by the aide. They had just come from a boys’ camp in the mountains where the general’s own son was spending the summer, and the plaintive tone in the old man’s voice gripped the general’s heartstrings. Entering the parlor of this house, the general was met by a little woman. The shades were drawn and the casket rested upon two wooden horses. It was a metal casket, such as are provided for the shipment home of the soldier dead from France. A small cushion was upon the floor and its condition told of its use by a succession of kneeling relatives and friends. Holding his hat in one hand, the general knelt beside the little woman on the cushion in silent prayer. “He was my boy,” whispered the woman, who then asked: “I wonder if he served under you?” “He did Madame,” said the general, wiping away a tear from his cheek. “I am General Pershing, and I am so glad I was able to come to your son’s funeral.” Shortly after, resuming his journey, General Pershing remarked to his aide, Colonel George Marshall, “I now understand what it means to our American parents to have even the bodies of their sons sent home from France.” The foregoing is taken from the Philadelphia Public Ledger. The incident related occurred in this county last summer. The general’s son has been a member of Camp Red Cloud, Silver Lake, the past two summers.

Forest City – The Forest City Fire department took in about $7000 in the street carnival that closed on Saturday evening. It was certainly a gala week, and financially a success. Among the fire companies that visited Forest City during last week and participated in the Fire Department’s Street Carnival were the following: Hawley Hose Company, Vandling Hose Company, Grattan Singer Hose Co., No. 1, Witmore Hose Co., Jermyn Artisan Hose Co., Jermyn Crystal Hose Co., Peckville Hose Co., Jessup Hose Co., Blakely Hose Co., Olyphant Hose Co. #1, 2, 3, and 4, and Andrew Mitchell Hose Co. Kline’s Orchestra furnished the music for dancing for the week.

Springville – Dr. W. L. Diller, of Nicholson, is contemplating spending two days a week here for the accommodation of the large number of people needing the services of a doctor at home.

Hallstead – Frederick D. Lamb, son of the late Dr. F. D. Lamb, has just received the Democratic nomination for Mayor of the city of Rochester.

Brooklyn – The Girl Scout camp at Ely Lake will close on Saturday. The young ladies at the camp will give a pageant on the closing day, “The Spirit of Girlhood” being represented. Athletic events and aquatic sports will be included in the program, which will be held both in the morning and afternoon. These competitive events are open to all Girl Scouts, whether or not attendants at the camp.

Susquehanna – It is reported that two timber wolves have been seen in the woods in the vicinity of this place. Such tales revive memories of the thrilling stories written by “Whit,” a Susquehanna correspondent of a generation or less ago, whose snake, eagle, bear, fish and other thrilling tales furnished “merriment for the nation.” ALSO Susquehanna, in common with thousands of other cities and towns, paid loving tribute to the memory of the dead president, last Friday. All business places were closed; the big shops were quiet and the bells on every church in the three boroughs tolled from 4 to 5.

Harford – James Adams has given up farm life and gone to “fire” on the D. L. & W. Railroad.

Ararat – Alfred Bowell, of Herrick, called on Mrs. Lucetta Baldwin last week. He went to her school forty years ago and they had not met since, until last week. Mrs. Baldwin is quite ill.

Dimock – One of the largest crowds in recent years attended the Dimock camp meeting on Sunday. A continual stream of automobiles were passing to the grounds, commencing at 9 a.m. Service commenced at 2 p.m. when the sudden shower dispersed the crowd. All were requested to go to the chapel to hear Mr. Kilpatrick, but hundreds were disappointed, as the building would not hold half of the people. 1740 tickets were sold, plus more as the gate receipts have not been turned in yet. Come and bring your friends, as an interesting program is arranged for the whole week.

Uniondale – Samuel Stark is in the Emergency Hospital, Carbondale, suffering from injuries sustained when he fell under a Delaware & Hudson train. He missed his step and fell. The journal boxes struck him and rolled him quite a distance. He suffered lacerations of the head, contusions and abrasions of the body. He is employed as foreman of a coal company at Peckville and was on his way home when injured.

Soldiers’ Monument: At a meeting of Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, the matter of assisting the other patriotic organizations in a memorial to the World War soldiers was favorably decided. The president, Miss Frances Stephens, appointed a committee to see what could be done about the thirty-one marble tablets with the names of the county soldiers of the Civil War on them, marked by townships. These stones were put around the soldiers’ monument with a terrace at a great expense, borne by patriotic people of the county. Then at the suggestion of someone, several years ago, the county commissioners allowed these memorials to be taken down and they are now in the cellar of the courthouse. The question now is what can be done with these memorial tablets? [The tablets in question were made of stone, not marble. The tablets were returned to the monument, but only 16 exist: Auburn (2), Clifford (1), Dimock (1), Gibson (1), Harford (1), Herrick (1), Jackson (1), Jessup (2), Lenox (2), Montrose (2), Springville (1), Thompson (1). The Monument was restored several years ago and a booklet was written giving the history of the Monument, with photographs of the original terrace placement, photos of soldiers and the names of soldiers honored on the stones, with regiment, date and place of death and where interred, if known. Also included are the names and additional information of soldiers whose names are not recorded on a tablet. It is not known where or if the 15 remaining tablets exist. You can purchase a copy of the Monument booklet at the Susquehanna County Historical Society, Monument Street, Montrose, for $5.00 plus tax.]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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