December 06 1918/2018
With “Our Boys” in the Field. The name of Private James W. Elvey, of Hallstead, appeared in the list of dead from disease in last week’s casualty list. Sgt. Leroy Sodan, of Hallstead, was reported in Monday’s casualty list has having been killed in action. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Reese, of Forest City, have been notified that their son, Howard, was seriously wounded on Oct. 18th, in France. Edward Stanisloviatis, of Forest City, is reported missing in France. He left here with the first contingent in September of last year and went to France in March. Mrs. Henry Dearie, of Forest City, has received a telegram from the war department informing her that her grandson, Joseph Dearie, had been killed in action in France. He was born in Forest City 23 years ago. Bruce Hawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Hawley, of Harford, is reported officially missing in action since July 30 last. He took part in the Chateau-Thierry drive and has not been heard of since. A letter was received Thanksgiving day from Philip B. Warriner, who has been in the hard fighting in the Argonne Forest with the 109th Field Artillery, in which he states that he is “alive and well.” The letter was written Nov. 8th, only three days before the signing of the armistice. Pvt. John Moran died in France from wounds on Oct. 29. In his boyhood days Pvt. Moran made his home with Mrs. D.J. Lindsey, of Hallstead, later going to Binghamton and went to the front with Co. H of that city.
Forest City – Thanksgiving day was an important one to the members of St. Anthony’s Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church. The noteworthy event was the blessing of the large bell which will soon be put into place to call the members of the congregation in worship. Monsignor Caffrey, of Carbondale, officiated as a representative of Bishop Hoban, and the eulogy was delivered by Rev. John Kurns, of Scranton, first pastor of the church who has retained a warm affection for the Forest City congregation, which is amply returned. It was an eloquent sermon. The other clergymen of the local Catholic churches assisted at the ceremony.
Hopbottom – Fred Seamans was seated in a barber shop when Fred Willey, watchman for the D.L.&W. railroad, entered and with the remark, “You’re the bird I’ve been looking for and I’m going to fix you now,” grasped Seamans by the left hand and pumped a shot into him, the bullet entering under the chin and coming out behind the left ear. After he had been shot Seamans wrested the revolver from his assailant and handed him a few punches. Willey made an attempt to escape and was soon in the custody of Constable Wm. Bennett. Seamans was taken to the State hospital at Scranton where it was said he had excellent chances for recovery. Willey was given a hearing before Justice of the Peace M.M. Finn and committed to the county jail without bail. Both men were rivals for the affection of a Hopbottom woman. Willey is 45 years of age and Seamans is five years his senior. The widow, over whom the shooting occurred, is said to be about the same age.
West Lenox – Mrs. Dunning, who a short time ago received official notice that her son, Curtis Shoup, of Co. L, had been killed in action on Sept. 28th last week, received another telegram that a second son, Eldridge Shoup, had been killed in action on Nov. 2. Our hearts go out in sympathy to Mrs. Dunning, who has given so much to her country.
Harford – Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harding (nee Cora Hunter) on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1918, a ten pound daughter—Henrietta Evelyn.
Susquehanna – The local shops of the Erie are now working nine hours a day and on Dec. 9th will go on an 8 hours working day, and no “extra time.” This will mean a big drop in pay checks and, of course, it seems rather hard to the men who have been drawing big pay for the past few months. However, if fuel, food and clothing will take a proportionate decrease in price, the people will find themselves as well off as on the present system of big wages and extortionate prices on everything one has to buy.
Montrose – The first real snow of the year came on Sunday. A year ago at this time we had had snow for nearly a month while zero weather had already commenced. ALSO a “cloths-line thief” has made his appearance in Montrose. At dusk on a recent afternoon, Mrs. C.W. Foote saw a man busily engaged in loading his arms with the family washing, as it hung drying on the line. Her audible shouts at the daring robber caused him to quickly drop the clothing and vanish as speedily as his feet could carry him. Another resident of that section reports the loss of a perfectly good doormat. It’s a good time for the local Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to get on the job.
Honesdale – A large army biplane from the government aviation field on Long Island visited this place on Saturday and Sunday. The aviator made the return trip of over 100 miles in 67 minutes. Thousands of people visited the field where the machine was exhibited. The pilot performed some thrilling air stunts to the delight and astonishment of the crowd, many of whom had never seen an airplane.
Forest Lake – The 27th of November Mrs. Flora Everett received word from the war department that her son, Ray, had died from wounds received in action Nov. 6. He went to Camp Dix on April 27 last. He was in Co. K. 312th infantry. His age was 24 years.
Hallstead/Great Bend – During the past week thieves have visited this section and porkers seem to be their choice. James Gillespie resides on Chase Avenue, Hallstead, and one day last week killed two pigs and put the pork in the cellar for the night. In the morning he discovered that someone had entered the cellar and taken all the pork with the exception of two hams and one small piece of pork. On Saturday night thieves stole a small pig belonging to the family living in the octagon house on Church street, Great Bend, who recently moved here from Susquehanna. At present there is no clue to the thieves in either case and they seem to have made a safe get away with the bacon. Reported in Great Bend Plaindealer.
News Brief – The manufacture of beer ceased Saturday night. Present stocks will last two to three months, it is said. The war had furnished cumulative evidence of the benefits to accrue to a “dry” nation.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, December 5, 1818.
*MARRIED.—At Waterford [Brooklyn] by Edward Packer Esq., Mr. Charles V. Gere to Miss Teresa Ely, both of that place.
*ASA HARTSHORN has removed to the New Building on the Avenue, next door to Sayre’s Store, where he will attend to all orders in the line. CLOCKS & WATCHES, repaired as usual, on the shortest notice, and in the best possible manner. December 5, 1818.
HONOR, LIBERTY, PRUDENCE After the solicitations of several gentlemen of Montrose, Mr. Peter Brulte informs the Amatures that he is to open a fencing school this winter; where he intends to demonstrate the principles of the pointe & contre-pointe, according to the French stile. The school will be open on Tuesday the 15th inst. Those who wish to subscribe, may call at Mr. Jn. Brulte’s where the terms of the subscription will be made known. P. BRULTE. Montrose, Dec. 3d, 1818.
Compiled By: Betty Smith