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August 27 1897/1997

North Jackson - Miss Myrta French, so well known in American musical circles as a soloist of rare ability, is a granddaughter of Charles French of Jackson and a niece of the writer. Miss French is now a member of the famous "New York Symphony Co.," Walter Damrosch, conductor. In this company, associated with such well-known musical people as Miss Gertrude Stein, Mr. Evan Williams and Signors Del Papa and Bologna, Miss French retains her reputation as one of America's finest young vocalists. At the recent "Opera Festival" in Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, Miss French sustained her solo parts in Gounod's "Faust," Verdi's "Rigolette" and Donigetti's "Lucia" in such fine voice as to divide the honors of the occasion with the brilliant stars of the operatic profession with whom she is associated in this company. 

Susquehanna - A Binghamton man has been in town during the week, endeavoring to establish a plant for the manufacture of illuminating gas. 

Elk Lake - Miss Sallie Stevens will memorialize the honored name of the Stevens family by her generous gift of a valuable building site upon which is to be erected a temple for the Lord. 

Hallstead - The people of Hallstead have erected a large tent on Chase Avenue in which to hold evangelistic services for two weeks to come. The attendance is large, the religious tide runs high. 

Springville - A bad accident occurred in Dimock on Monday. The milk station people have put in a new engine and it being so close to the highway the steam frightened the horse of Wm. Thornton, causing it to run away. Mr. and Mrs. Thornton were thrown out and seriously injured. Dr. Lathrop was called and while he found no broken bones, he says it will be some time before they are out again. 

Montrose - Wirt H. Conklin, D.D.S., a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has entered into partnership with Dr. M.B. Crisman, for the practice of dentistry in all its branches. Their office is in the Titsworth Block, over Stoddard's store, and is one of the most finely appointed in the county. 

Gelatt - The 8th annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. Oliver Payne was held Aug. 6 at the home of Urbane Barnes, near Gelatt. About 70 were present. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, W.B. Payne; Vice President, B.F. Barnes; Secretary, Geo. B. Tiffany. It was decided to meet next year with our President, W.B. Payne, near Jackson. 

Harford - Wednesday morning of last week, at about 8 o'clock, at the store of Postmaster F.A. Osborn, burglars secured an entrance and blew open the safe. It exploded with such terrific force that it knocked out the glass front of the building and knocked over the mail boxes. The robbers quickly gathered up $60 in stamps and $12 in cash, some deeds, wills and other papers. A gold watch, the property of G.B. Tiffany, of Gibson, also was taken, after which they departed for parts unknown. G.L. Payne, who resides near, heard the explosion and saw four figures rapidly disappearing down the street in the darkness. He called after them but the only reply he received were several pistol shots. They broke into Robbins' blacksmith shop and the wagon shop of Osterhout and Whitney, to secure tools, it is supposed. 

Lake View - H.H. Stoddard has been appointed by Gov. Hastings to represent the 15th Congressional Dist. of Pennsylvania in the next annual session of the Farmers' National Congress of the United States in St. Paul, Minn. from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5. AND Alvin W. Barrett, one of Jackson's first settlers, from Vermont, celebrated his 80th birthday, Aug. 18th, having been born Aug. 18, 1817. He is a hale and hearty man for one of his years and has resided on his fine farm, near Lake View, some 60 years. 

Hop Bottom - While Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams were away from home one day, someone entered their home and took nearly all their pork. We hope the parties will enjoy the stolen pork. No clue to the thieves. 

South New Milford - W.B. Roe harvested, this year, 100 plus bushels of strawberries and 150 bushels of red and black raspberries. 

Lawsville - Fred Travis and Arthur Small have bought a threshing machine and want to thrash anyone who needs it, and guarantees a first-class job. AND The annual reunion of the Southworth family was held Aug. 18. Gideon Southworth left Saybrook, Conn., in 1813, to seek lands in Susquehanna county, and drove across country with his family and household goods in two hand-made carts, drawn by two oxen and two cows. One of these handmade carts has its own history. Gideon had made it the year before, expressly for this trip, but the U.S. government appropriated it to transport gold and silver from New Haven to Hartford out of harm's way, during the War of 1812. The cart was finally recovered and carried its share of the family across the country. There are now 115 descendants of Gideon living in this vicinity.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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