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December 01 1905/2005

Susquehanna -The L. W. Carrington building on Main Street, formerly known as the Cook block, was badly damaged by fire yesterday. The fire is thought to have originated from the explosion of chemicals in the store room of the Bell Telephone company, which is located on the second floor. The fire gained rapid headway and the occupants of the upper rooms, unable to escape by the stairway, were rescued by the firemen. The first floor of the building was occupied by J. B. Fenner, dry goods merchant, whose stock was badly damaged by water, as were the household goods of James Brensley on the second floor. The household goods of Thos. Halpin were a total loss. Within 50 minutes after the blaze started the office of the Bell Telephone exchange had been transferred to J. Harris' office on Exchange street. Mrs. Thomas Burke had a narrow escape from the burning building. She is the mother-in-law of Mr. Halpin who occupied the upper floor, and was there when the fire started, having to be carried down the ladder by the firemen. Mrs. Burke is a heavy woman, and it was with great difficulty that the ground was reached.

Great Bend - Mrs. Johanna Donovan, aged 99 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. Leary, in Great Bend, on Thursday night of last week. The deceased was the oldest resident of that town.

West Lathrop - The West Lathrop creamery company leased their plant to the Italian cheese makers of Glenwood.

Fairdale - An account of a party at the home of William McKeeby, published in the Republican last week, was grossly exaggerated by the writer, who hid her identity under an assumed name. The party was a small and informal one, but the intention of the writer was to convey an erroneous impression as to the number and names of those present. Persons giving or writing misleading information to newspapers are liable to heavy penalties if apprehended and is pretty small business whatever way it is looked at.

New Milford - About 3 o'clock last Saturday morning a gang of burglars entered the postoffice and ransacked the place, and also blew open the safe in Carpenter's feed store. Nothing was secured in the postoffice, and all that was secured in Carpenter's store were a few insurance papers and deeds, which will be valueless to the burglars. The money had been taken from the store the night before, otherwise they would have secured quite a haul. Nitro-glycerine was used to blow open the safe and although there is no clue as to who the burglars are, it is probable from their skillful methods that they are professionals.

Thompson - Last Saturday was Mrs. P. R. Tower's 75th birthday and she determined to spend the day with friends in Jackson. She was astir early, and arrayed herself in proper apparel and awaited the coming of her spouse, who, she supposed, had gone to the livery for a horse and carriage for the trip. He came at the set time, but instead of the horse and carriage he was accompanied by a bevy of ladies with ominous packages and queer looks, and a sort of "I am at home and am glad you are" way that so surprised her that she never inquired where the horse was. The table was spread in due time and a lengthy discussion of viands and other matters followed. After a breathing spell came a display of oratory equal to the occasion, and the bestowing of mementoes rare and precious, until the recipient could say nothing but "thanks" and wipe her weeping eyes. The day was beautiful and the occasion was joyous to all. So says one who was there.

Springville- The wood bee which was held for the M. E. church recently was well attended. A nice supply of fuel was secured so we can venture into the coming winter without any fear. Thanks to James Blakeslee and the many willing workers who came with axes and teams and did the work so cheerfully.

Little Meadows - The Little Meadows Telephone and Tel. Co. is now rushing the work on their line. The poles are mainly distributed; a part set and the stringing of the wire will be commenced at once between here and Friendsville.

Lake View - Three children belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Potter, of Lake View, died Nov. 23d, 1905. The nature of the disease was not discovered until two of the children had died. Much excitement prevails at Lake View, for fear of the disease spreading, as a number were exposed.

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - The select party at Jerry Lane's, Thursday evening last, was a glittering success. The evening was spent in games and song--finished with a two-step, after which refreshments were served.

Uniondale - We are very glad to hear that two of our townsmen, George Esmay and Arthur Foster are getting along nicely. They were hurt in an Erie train wreck at the upper end of Carbondale yard. They failed to give the Flyer the right of way and ran into another engine. They had better change the name of the "Old Reliable" Erie to "Liable to get wrecked." They have been very unfortunate in having several wrecks lately on the Jefferson branch.

Montrose - Rev. J. W. H. Johnson, of Norwich NY, preached in the A.M.E. Zion church, Sunday. Rev. Johnson is now in charge of three churches, located in Norwich, Deposit and Montrose, making this church a call once a month. He is recovering from quite a severe illness.

Forest City - "It's Mr. Dooley" - He's arranging to toot weather signals in Honesdale. We note by the papers that Mr. Dooley, who floated about Forest City recently, getting up a weather signal card, is now in Honesdale. The papers say the whistles will toot the signals for the coming 24 hours each evening. Perhaps we'll hear them.

News Briefs: Many automobiles toot their horns as though it were a notice to the farmers to get off the earth. They have got some new tooters now with two, three and four notes and they call them Gabriel's trumpets. They are self blowing and are calculated to throw a scare into a horse that will make a war charger of a plow plug on short notice. One of these whistling calliopes with four notes seems liable to cause any old saw-horse to get action and ginger and fly the road. AND Nineteen deaths from football have occurred in this country during the season just closed.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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