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August 26 1904/2004

Upsonville - Arthur Hunsinger, with a load of friends from Omaha, Neb., while returning from the Sunday School picnic at Heart Lake, last Tuesday, and on the streets of Hallstead, drove into a ditch which was dug across the road. The carriage was badly smashed up, hurting one of the horses, and two of the ladies to some extent. A lantern should be placed there at night to warn people of danger.

Franklin Forks - S. A. Burrows and wife were in town on Tuesday to visit his boyhood home and call on old acquaintances. [They] had been to the [G.A.R.] National Encampment at Boston and were on their way home in North Dakota.

Elk Lake - Ernest Loudenburger and sister, Miss Elleanor, who have been guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fuller, returned yesterday to their home at Freemansburg, in his Searchmont car.

Forest Lake Center - On Aug. 18, 1850, Henry Bolles and Miss Fanny Kellum, of Forest Lake, were married; therefore, on Aug. 18, 1904, their 54th anniversary [was celebrated]. Kindred and friends came from far and near for a successful surprise. A bounteous dinner was brought in, of which 70 partook. Twelve of the elderly persons sat at a table with Mr. and Mrs. Bolles--the united ages of all making 1,004 or an average of 71, 5-7 years. A goodly amount of money was gathered and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Bolles, on behalf of the company, with timely remarks by Rev. Boyce, the M.E. pastor. A pleasant day pleasantly spent with pleasant people leaves pleasant memories for days to come.

Beech Grove - There is some work being done on our roads that would likely have been done before, if our road commissioner had not been confined to his home with measles a couple of weeks.

Rush - The dedicatory services at the Baptist church were a grand success both spiritually and financially. The total cost of remodeling the church was $1,269.43; of this amount $1,106.93 is provided for, leaving an indebtedness of $162.50.

Auburn Corners - While returning from the County Seat last week, G. W. Bunnell's team was frightened by an automobile and ran away, resulting in many bruises for Mr. Bunnell and a broken wagon and harness.

Montrose - One of the features of the wedding of Harry M. Shepson and Miss Mary Agnes Little, daughter of Mrs. Jessie Little, on Aug. 18, in Binghamton, was the fact that the wedding cake used was a part of the one used by Mrs. Little, the mother of the bride, at her wedding 24 years ago to David Post Little, of Montrose. The cake was a solid fruitcake, and was in perfect state of preservation, and had evidently improved with age. The china used on the bridal table was also used at the mother's wedding and was an heirloom in the family for over 75 years.

North Jackson - Aretas Yale, the well-known farmer and fruit grower, was seriously injured Saturday morning. In sliding from a hay mow in his barn he was impaled upon the handle of a pitchfork leaning against the mow. He struck the fork with such terrible force as to break both tines and cause the handle to penetrate the body to the depth of several inches. Dr. Cole, of Jackson, the attending surgeon, is hopeful that the injury is not sufficient to cause peritonitis.

Lynn, Springville Twp. - One day last week John Titman, of Lynn, left his team standing in the field, attached to a reaper, while he went for a drink of water. An automobile scared the horses and they started on a gallop for the barn, regardless of trees, fences or stonewalls. The animals were unhurt, but the reaper looked like a Russian cruiser after an engagement with the doughty Japanese.

Lenoxville - The people of Lenoxville are taking an unusual interest in baseball this season, and the Rev. Garretson, pastor of the M.E. Church at that place, has announced that he will deliver a sermon on Sunday evening on the timely theme, "Baseball; its good and bad influences." The reverend gentleman is a player himself and is not infrequently to be seen on the diamond with that town's team. Rev. "E.K." has in him a strong rival in admiration for the national game.

Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Council is considering the advisability of buying a stone crusher and making better highways. Susquehanna, like nearly all towns, is not satisfied with "mud" roads and to keep in progress with the activity of the times, must have the machinery to improve them. In this place we can already see benefits accrued from macadamizing and there are few citizens who would consent to let the good work stop where it now is and from present prospects a few years will see the main streets of our borough properly macadamized and in fine shape for travel with the heaviest of loads the year round.

Middletown Twp. - John H. Jones has his steam thrasher on the click this week.

Forest City - Burgess Wellbrook has vetoed the curfew ordinance recently passed by council. In his opinion, accompanying the veto, the burgess said he was in sympathy with the idea to put a restraint on children being out at unreasonable hours, but he called attention to the fact that the ordinance called for the imprisonment of the children if their parents or guardians refuse to pay the fine and he considered the remedy too harsh. In his opinion the odium, which would attach to the youngster who had been in jail, would offset the good the law would do.

West Bridgewater - On the farm of Arthur Robinson is a creek. The other day, while Mr. Robinson's little daughter and her cousin were playing beside the creek, young boys, who are spending the summer at Montrose, went down there and soon ordered the little girls away. They refused to go and when the boys insisted they must, and it is said, [they] grabbed the sunbonnet off one [of] them and tramped it in the mud and soon began disrobing to go in bathing. When the little girls quickly ran away to Mr. Robinson's, and telling him, he took a horse-whip and went out where the boys were and laid it on them, more or less. The boys immediately returned home and telling their fathers (the Messrs. Jessup) of receiving a whipping, and these gentlemen thinking the castigation too severe, had Mr. Robinson arrested and brought before Justice Courtright, when Mr. Robinson demanded a jury trial. On Aug. 23 the jury found Mr. Robinson not guilty, but to pay the costs. The case drew a good deal of attention, naturally. Some people, especially those from the cities, friends of Messrs. Jessup, thought Mr. Robinson should have been convicted of assault and battery. On the other hand, many others, and especially among the locals, spoke of it as an outrage that Mr. Robinson's children should be disturbed while at play on his own premises. The fact is, the law says no one shall attack another under circumstances, as other remedies at law are provided.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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