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December 05 1902/2002

Susquehanna - Susquehanna can in a short time boast of an up-to-date astronomical observatory, says a correspondent. Mr. Manning Pope, a local scientist of no mean repute, has erected on the roof of his home on Jackson Street, a small tower, and he has ordered a large observing telescope, which he will install in the tower. The tower is built entirely of glass and when it is completely equipped will make an ideal place for astronomical observations.

South Montrose - The Ladies Mission Band will meet at the home of Mrs. Frank Millard for dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 10th. AND J.M. Crisman has a 'phone put in his house.

Lakeside - Our school was closed part of last week on account of Prof. Bryant being ill with mumps.

Silver Lake - Miss Lula Hill, daughter of Hon. Geo. Hill, had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident. Mr. Leighton and Miss Hill were returning to Binghamton from Silver Lake, Thanksgiving night, which was very dark, and their horse left the road when crossing a bridge and all landed in a creek. No injury resulted except on the wagon. The driver claims that the road over the creek was unprotected.

West Lenox - On Friday night, Nov. 21st, Fred J. Bennett, aged nearly 20 years, son of Mr. And Mrs. C. D. Bennett, met a horrible death. He had been to Susquehanna, and secured a position with the Erie Railroad as Fireman, and was returning on a fast freight. At Foster [Hop Bottom] he jumped from the train and by some means was drawn under the cars and terribly mangled. AND At Lenoxville, those who are at work on the new road which is to be a short cut between this place and Nicholson, say that when completed it will be a fine one, not only shortening the distance by one mile, but it will have the natural advantage of being level, and built of material that will wear.

Lanesboro - The residents of Lanesboro have made a beginning towards a public library and each member in addition to the membership fee donates a good book.

Montrose - Eight inches of snow on the level, and still snowing, is Montrose's record for the fifth of December.

Thomson - Miss Mabelle Whitney, who with her sister, Miss Lena, was struck by a locomotive at Thomson, as reported last week, was injured more seriously than was suspected. The D&H company sent a number of Scranton physicians to Thomson one day last week to make an examination of her injuries, which are internal.

Clifford - Henry W. Coil died Nov. 23, '02, after a few weeks' sickness of Dropsey of the heart. Funeral at the house, Nov. 25, Elder Gillett officiating. Burial was in Dundaff Cemetery. He leaves a wife and three young children, all entitled to a pension. Mr. Coil was about 75 years old and old soldier and pensioner of the late rebellion [Civil War].

Heart Lake - The ice has not been removed from the large icehouse at this place [from the year before], which means no work filling it the coming winter, which brings disappointment for a great many people.

Great Bend - The improvements recently made at the Central House reflect credit on the manager, Landlord Crofut. Electric lights have been added to all the rooms, and J.B. Rogers has recently been improving the plumbing, putting in new piping for heating purposes, etc. There are warm and cold bath facilities and everything that the traveling public needs.

Glenwood - The winter snows are upon us. Are we ready to greet old Jack Frost? Are our coal bins full? Wood a-plenty? Hay and grain for the cattle: Or have we played away the fine weather? Everything should be tight and snug so that nothing suffers these cold days and nights. A merciful man is merciful to his beasts. AND H. McKerving and George Hunt have sent on their first consignment of furs; minks, coons, muskrats and skunks, of which they have a goodly number.

Lathrop/Montrose - A big fight has been started over the will of the late H.W. Lord who died mysteriously [as reported in previous 100 years columns]. There is much interest aroused over the contest of the will of the late Humphrey Lord, late of Lathrop, which was probated in favor of Mrs. Theresa Bronson and it is likely to be one of the biggest will fights ever known in Susquehanna County, with some sensational features thrown in. A hearing was to have been held before Register of Wills, Buffum, Friday, and a large number of witnesses were here from Lathrop, some 50 or more. T. J. Davies, representing LaVerne Lord, Harry Lord and Glenn Lord, children of H. W. Lord, filed an affidavit alleging the instrument probated was not in fact the last will of said Lord and asking that a re-hearing be had to revoke the will and the letters testamentary issued to McCollum & Smith, as executors of the will. Mrs. Bronson was represented by J. M. Kelly. Arguments were made by J. M. Kelly and T. J. Davies and the Register of Wills refused to hear any testimony on the part of the heirs, reserving his decision until Monday, Dec. 1, when he filed his opinion, sustaining the demurrer and dismissing the action, thus allowing the will to stand. [Other reports say that Geo. S. Mackey was arrested and charged with forging the will, upon complaint of LaVerne Lord, and brought to Montrose, where he entered bail for his appearance at the next court. The will of H. W. Lord referred to Theresa Bronson as "my affiancee."]

News Briefs  - Traveling free State libraries are now found in 30 of the 67 counties of Pennsylvania. AND The testimony given before the anthracite strike commission, which has been holding sessions in Scranton, is preserved in a novel way. The stenographers read their notes into a gramophone and the cylinders are put away, to be brought out and reproduced on occasion. AND The village of Glen Eyre, Pike county, was sold at auction a few days ago. The village consists of seven dwellings, one store house, blacksmith shop, barns and other buildings. Included in the sale was the pretty little depot erected by the Erie railroad company one year ago. It was bid in for $5,050.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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