December 07 1900/2000
Susquehanna - The census gives Susquehanna a population of 3,813. Oakland Borough, really a part of Susquehanna, has a population of 1,004. Oakland Township has a population of about 500.
South Lanesboro - Operator Terry is in charge of the new telegraph office.
Harford - A very sad accident occurred at the home of Henry Sealey last Friday. While his sister, Ella, was working around the stove her clothes caught fire and before the flames could be extinguished she was so badly burned that she lived but a few hours after. AND Twenty-three soldiers' orphans will complete their terms and be discharged from the Harford Orphan School some time during 1901.
Sankey - John Prevost and family of this place and William Cogswell and family of Auburn, expect to leave for California in the near future where they will live.
Dundaff - O. T. Hull expects soon to go to the city to buy a new stock of goods for his general store. Mr. Hull is one of our leading merchants and expects to do a rushing business, especially during the holidays.
West Auburn - On Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the home of Geo. Wooten, occurred the marriage of Miss May Wooten to Monroe Magee; and on Saturday evening a surprise was tendered the young couple at the home of Mrs. Magee. The company thought a few articles for housekeeping would be acceptable to the young housekeeper so they were kindly remembered.
South Gibson - The school board was in session on Saturday last trying to adjust what seemed to be a serious trouble in the graded school, where some of the scholars had been expelled. We are informed that said students are to be readmitted. We hope that in the future all will be well and that the former good reputation of our school will be maintained.
Silver Lake - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hayes are keeping house with Mrs. Alice Rodgers, Mud Lake. Mr. Hayes drives stage between Mud Lake and Binghamton via. Hawleyton and Brackney. AND No school in the Sheldon district on account of lack of scholars.
Heart Lake - Ice on the lake is about 3 inches thick. At Jones Lake it is 1" thick.
Franklin Forks - E. L. Beebe and Erastus Cole take their guns and start out on a hunting tour very often and they make the rabbits run so fast that they get but very few to bring home. Mr. Beebe is 77 years old and Mr. Cole is upwards of 70.
Hallstead - The American Chair Company have just installed an $1,800 carving machine in their factory at Hallstead.
Montrose - Merchant Geo. H. Watrous has a very prettily decorated store window. It represents a room in a house with an old fashioned fire place and a little flaxen-haired child, with night robe on, kneeling down and peeking up the chimney to see if Santa Claus is coming. AND Announcement is made of the approaching marriage of Arlington Andrew Thomson to Miss Lillian Eguert Spence. The ceremony is to occur in Zion A.M.E. Church, Wed. eve. Jan. 2, 1901. Rev. Dr. B. F. Wheeler, P. E., of Ithaca, NY, will officiate.
New Milford - Horatio Garratt, who died Dec. 3, was born August 24, 1811, at Burlington, Otsego county, NY. He attended the district schools until 15 years of age, when he began clerking in a country store at Burlington. After 6 years experience as a clerk he engaged in general mercantile business for himself at Sherburne, NY, continuing there for about 4 years. At the end of this time he traded his home at Sherburne for 800 stoves and moved to Painted Post, thence going to Lyons, NY, where he sold out and in 1855 located in New Milford where he resided up to the time of his death.
Fairdale - Mrs. C. L. Talon, who died Dec. 1, at age 75, leaves two sons and two daughters-Jackson Talon, James Talon, Mrs. Mary Kellum and Mrs. M. H. Brice; the former two residing in Susquehanna county and the latter two in Iowa. Her husband, James Talon, enlisted in the union army at the beginning of the war of the rebellion and died in Andersonville prison. Mrs. Talon never married again, remaining a widow to the time of her death. She was left with 4 small children whom she maintained and educated until they arrived at the age of manhood and womanhood, struggling along with her small means as best she could.
Forest Lake - Patrick Griffin is in remarkably good health for one so close to the century mark. He is 97 years of age, and the oldest man in the township.
Thomson - There has been a mixed lot of vehicles on the road for the past week-sleighs, wagons, cutters, bob sleighs, etc.
Ainey - The old Parkvale Mills are being revived by placing a feed mill at that place, with prospects of more to follow. It will be a good arrangement for people about here for it is so far to get milling done.
News Briefs - Home Magazine, of New York, sent a corps of writers and photographers to the Harford Fair last September to write up the "only original county fair left in the country." The December number of this magazine contains the profusely illustrated article which is very spicy and entertaining. A copy of the magazine can be had of local news dealers or from the publishers at 10 cents a copy. AND Hunky-Dory Cake Walk and two-step and Calanthe Waltzes by Abe Holzmann, are both great in their way and are becoming very popular: piano, band or orchestra copies may be had of the publishers. AND Banish the frock coat from everything now except the most formal functions; do away with the uncomfortable standing collar except for evening dress, and relegate the stiff shirts to the rear before candlelight. Fashion has so decreed.
Compiled By: Betty Smith