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December 06 1907/2007

Elkdale - A Pioneer Gone - Mrs. A. A. Wells, for many years a resident of Elkdale, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. T. Hull, Scranton. She was buried in the family plot at Elkdale, Monday, after services in the Baptist church. Mrs. Wells was born in 1818. She was of sturdy Connecticut ancestors who took part in the revolution. Her grandfather and family were among the few who were captured and later escaped from the Wyoming massacre and her most cherished possession was a large family Bible, which her grandmother had caught up in their flight from Wyoming. Her grandfather was the Rev. Jas. Finn, a pioneer minister who, with that adventurous spirit, came with the first New England settlers to Wyoming. At the time of the massacre by the Indians and British he was too old to take part in the fight and was captured, together with his family. Left with the Indian women the prisoners were told to keep on a ledge of rocks, presumably Campbell ledge. Here they had a view of the entire massacre. Their captors became so interested in the fight and hopes of plunder that they partially stripped their captives and left them unguarded. Watching his chance, the preacher guided his family down the ledge and back to their home. Rev. Finn caught up two hams and a bag of meal. His wife selected the family Bible. After three days of wandering the party finally reached the American outposts. Mrs. Wells is survived by the following children: Mrs. O. T. Hull, of Scranton, James C, of Elkdale and E. E. Wells, of Carbondale.

Crystal Lake - Some of the Forest City young men were airing their sweethearts through here last Sunday.

Forest City - James Eagan, who became a local celebrity as a dog catcher and later on the [baseball] diamond, has left town. We do not know his present address.

Welch Hill, Clifford Twp. - All of the children through this vicinity are having the chicken pox.

Montrose - The large store of H. P. Read has already taken on a bright Christmas aspect and, thronged with buyers, it presents the accustomed holiday appearance. Besides a display of attractive goods, alluringly arranged to catch the eye of prospective gift seekers, the store has been decorated handsomely with holly and ground pine. Numerous electric lights and finely dressed windows also add to the general attractiveness of the store and has the atmosphere of the well-ordered city store. Miss Ella Cart supervised the decorating.

Hallstead - F. T. Kyling, the popular baker, has received his handsome new bakery wagon, which is one of the finest vehicles on the road.

Franklin Forks - Miss Amanda Davis, of Philadelphia, assisted in the revival work at the [church] meetings and her services were highly appreciated. The church was very much quickened and there were several conversions. Miss Davis made a host of friends while here and all regretted that she was compelled to leave so soon. AND A reunion of Civil War veterans was held on Saturday last at the residence of A. E. Stockholm and an enjoyable time was had.

Birchardville - Slauson & Robinson shipped ten tons of poultry for Thanksgiving.

Jersey Hill, Auburn Twp. - A very interesting wedding was solemnized last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, at the M.E. parsonage at Jersey Hill, when Miss Carrie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Green, of Jersey Hill, became the bride of Mr. John Gardner, of Rushboro. The nuptial knot was tied by Rev. A. R. Fisk. The bride was becomingly attired in blue silk trimmed with white all-over lace. The groom wore the conventional black. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have been very active in church work at Jersey Hill, being prominent in the Christian Endeavor Society. They drove to Montrose Wednesday afternoon. Present whereabouts unknown--either lost, strayed or stolen.

Springville - Mr. C. B. Marcy called the Republican office this week and paid a year in advance for his newspaper. He subscribed in 1865 when 18 years of age and has taken the paper ever since--for 42 years. He voted on age for General Grant in 1868. AND J. J. Kern, a hotel man and C. Howell, a liveryman, both of Pittston, were arrested near Lynn by game warden W. E. Shoemaker, charged with hunting with a ferret. They plead guilty and each paid a fine of $25.

Fairdale - The Prospect Hill Telephone Association will hold their annual business meeting at the Grange Hall of Fairdale on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1907. AND Miss Ethel Andre, of Fair Hill, has gone to Montrose to be a "Hello" girl at the Montrose Telephone and Telegraph Co. office.

Harford - Amzia Lewis, the Grand Union Co. man, is driving a new wagon.

Lawsville - James Downs had the misfortune to lose 12 valuable sheep soon after the first snowfall. Mr. Downs had not taken the flock to their winter quarters and the heavy fall of snow caused them to browse among the laurel, which is of a very poisonous nature. Several others were sick, but it is thought they will recover.

Brooklyn - Due to the terrible condition of the road between this place and Hopbottom, the creamery milk wagon has been drawn by five horses on some days.

News Briefs: The growing scarcity of Christmas trees has led an ingenious Yankee to devise an artificial tree, which can be folded up and packed away and so made to do duty year after year. It is described as consisting of a base above which folding frame sections are fitted, resembling umbrella frames. Three of these sections are employed, the lower one being the largest, so as to give the symmetrical tapering effect of the shapely genuine tree. Every year an outcry goes up because of the damage done to our forests by cutting young trees for Christmas uses. A cheap, artificial tree will answer every purpose, and if it could be made fireproof it would be a great improvement on nature. AND The recent heavy fall of snow has put the country roads in this vicinity in almost as rough condition as the "rocky road to Dublin." AND Over 3,000 actors and actresses are among the out-of-works at New York. Hundreds of companies have broke up on account of the "hard times."

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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