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December 07 1917/2017

Jackson – Dr. Shirey, who for a number of years has successfully practiced medicine in this place, was tendered a farewell surprise party Saturday evening. About 20 persons were present. An enjoyable time was spent in playing games. Light refreshments were served early in the evening and were greatly appreciated by all present. At a late hour, all departed, wishing the doctor continued success in his work. The doctor and family will leave for Dunmore Tuesday. ALSO The What-so-Ever Circle was entertained at the home of Mrs. Vina Wheaton, Nov. 24th.

Forest City – Patrick O’Hara, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of this place, met death while pursuing his duties as section foreman for the Erie Railroad.  He was struck by the “Fiver” while engaged in making repairs to a switch about a mile south of this place. The “Flyer” was running fast, being about ten minutes behind schedule. The fog was dense and the train was almost on Mr. O’Hara before the engineer saw him, too late to avoid the accident. He was thrown down a bank a distance of 15 ft. and when his body was recovered he was lifeless. He was placed aboard and taken to Carbondale’s Undertaker Bell and the remains were prepared for burial and later taken to his home. Patrick O’Hara was born in 1852 in Ardagh County of Limerick, Ireland and came to America at an early age and obtained his first employment on the Erie R.R. at Jersey City and worked on several railroad construction lines, after which he finally returned to the Erie supervising many sections from Jersey City to Chicago. Sent to assist on the Jefferson division locating at Starrucca and later came to Forest City and had resided there from that time until his death. His stories of the pioneering days on the road were highly amusing and instructive as well. A special train took the funeral party to Starrucca where burial was made in St. Paul’s cemetery. [A long list of pallbearers, honorary and active, plus the many fellow employees, family and friends is provided in the obituary plus the tribute paid by Mons. Coffey.]

Thompson – A.D.&H. coal train was wrecked at Starrucca Tuesday morning. Eight cars were derailed. ALSO The Misses Helen Clark and Helen Whitney returned to Mansfield State Normal School, from a brief vacation, Thanksgiving week.

Montrose – The body of Mrs. Joel Lyons, who passed away in Wellsville, NY, was brought to Montrose for burial. She was 95 years of age and was born in Otsego county, NY in 1822. Her husband, the late Joel Lyons, was for many years a well-known Montrose merchant, conducting a store on the present site of the Watrous store building on Public Avenue. The Lyons home was formerly the present St. Paul’s rectory [now the home of the Myer family]. ALSO Dr. Ellen E. Mitchell Tent, Daughters of Veterans, has purchased $30.00 worth of yarn from the local Red Cross, and the members of this actively patriotic order are now busy knitting sweaters for our soldier boys.

Susquehanna – One of the worst wrecks in the history of the Erie railroad took place in the yards near Susquehanna at about 1 o’clock yesterday morning. Passenger train 48, going at a speed of 35 miles an hour, crashed into a switch engine and a caboose. The wreckage caught fire and two of the dead were burned and their bodies not recovered.  Four of the dead were from Hornell and Elmira, NY and two of the three injured were from Susquehanna and Oakland. It is believed that the passenger train had been switched over from the eastbound track to the westbound track to run around some freight trains. A switch engine was drawing a caboose down the yards to attach to a freight going east, a curve obstructing the view of the engineers in the two locomotives. The passenger engine crashed into the light switch engine, both locomotives were derailed and the baggage car and the caboose were hurled on top of the locomotives.  The wreckage caught fire and the Erie auto chemical truck was hastily summoned and soon had the blaze under control.

New Milford – A party of engineers and interested citizens started out from this place Monday to go over the proposed “Lackawanna Trail,” which takes in the abandoned roadbed of the Lackawanna Railroad discarded when the new “cut-off” went into effect. Efforts are being made to have the state take it over as an automobile route, a plan which would seem to be most satisfactory to the traveling public, as it would provide a fine highway between Scranton and Binghamton. [Presently Route 11 going through Hop Bottom and New Milford].

Hallstead – Albert Waterman, last year, had his hen roost raided and ten birds disappeared. The night before Thanksgiving four more birds likewise mysteriously disappeared. This time there was a light fall of snow on the ground, which made good tracking.  He followed the tracks along the back streets of Hallstead for three-fourths of a mile, finding feathers from his pet birds scattered along the trail. The tracks led to the domicile of two worthies with past records. Mr. Waterman secured a constable and entering the home they found feathers on the kitchen floor and yellow legged chickens in the pot. At the hearing that followed one was able to secure bail, but the other is now languishing in the county jail

Gelatt – O.C. Wilmot is moving his mill and family to Stearns Lake.

Auburn 4 Corners – We think winter has come as the snow and wind are flowing.

Glenwood – Mrs. Sara Cameron, who was 72 years old November last, is doing her “bit” for the soldiers in service. She has already knit six pairs of socks. Perhaps while knitting her mind traverses the many years that have flown away when her thoughts go back to the sixties when a father and two brothers were called to the colors and fought side by side. A tear of sadness, mixed with pride, falls on the sock in her hand while each stitch she takes her thoughts goes far across the sea to the boys “over there.” We feel that they will be greatly appreciated as knitted garments are much needed this coming winter.

Hop Bottom – The apple evaporator, which has furnished employment to a number of our town people, closed Monday for the season.

Factoryville – Tracy Wright is converting his old garage stand into a shirt factory for a party who will locate there. Factoryville derived its name many years ago from a woolen factory located there. In order to build up the Keystone Academy, the people frowned on attempts to start any business that would call working men to the village, but with property vacant the people are now more willing to welcome those who might like to make their homes there.

News Brief: Help on the farm is scarce. The housewife is overburdened these days. Save your wife’s strength and ward off possible sickness by getting her a kitchen cabinet for Christmas. ALSO Twelve thousand dollars a year “pin money” for the wife of the president of the United Sates or “the first lady of the land” is provided in a fund from the estate of Henry G. Freeman, Jr., a wealthy lawyer, of Philadelphia, who died there recently. The estate is valued at $2,000,000 and upward. “The reason I make this fund,” the will explains, “is because I feel the President of the United States receives such a miserable pittance for a man holding the greatest position on earth.”

Copy of the 200 years ago Centinel for this week is not available.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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