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December 11 1903/2003

Friendsville - Thomas Ryan sustained a broken back and internal injuries as the result of a runaway accident in Apalachin yesterday [Thursday] afternoon. Ryan's team was standing in front of the hotel in Apalachin when the horses became frightened by the blowing of the 1 o'clock whistle and started to run. Ryan was taken unaware and unable to keep his balance when the horses made their first jump and he was thrown under the wheels of the heavy lumber wagon. The wheels passed over his back and the bones of the spine were badly fractured. Dr. G. W. Beach, of Binghamton, was called to attend Ryan and Dr. F. M. Miller was called in consultation. Dr. Miller made a quick run from Binghamton to Apalachin yesterday afternoon, covering the distance in his automobile in just 40 minutes from the time that he received word that he was wanted. It is learned later that Ryan died Monday night and his body was taken to Friendsville Tuesday for the funeral and burial. He was 30 years of age and is survived by a wife and 5 children.

Brandt - The Brandt Clay Product company has commenced the shipment of large orders of brick. Both yards, under the management of Charles Lee, of Binghamton, and C. C. Pratt, of New Milford, with a large force of men and teams, under the supervision of M. W. Madden, of Brandt, are doing a hustling business.

Brooklyn - The supervisors of Brooklyn township were the first to file a petition with the county commissioners asking for about three miles of road to be built under the direction of the state highway commissioner under the provisions of the act of assembly passed April 15, 1903. The highway petitioned to be constructed extends from the foot of [the] hill near Brooklyn Centre, toward Hopbottom, to house of H. G. Wright. AND Ernest Tiffany, of Lindaville, and Lena Fish, of this place, were united in marriage Nov. 25, at the home of the bride.

Great Bend - Editor More, of the Plaindealer, has given up the fight with delinquent subscribers and inclement weather and fled to the Sunny South. Accompanied by Mrs. More he takes passage on the good ship Algonquin of the Clyde Line, sailing Thursday for Jacksonville, Fla. Editor Moore is now the Mayor of Great Bend, having been recently appointed by the Court to fill [the] vacancy caused by the removal of the elected Chief Executive. That puts him in the class with Geo. B. McClelland and the rest of the 1903 mayors.

East Dimock - On account of James Bunnell's horse being sick, Johnny Howell is hauling the milk.

Susquehanna - Over $700 was raised in St. John's Catholic church on Sunday, to defray the expenses of improving the parochial school building.

Hallstead - Thanksgiving day brought sadness to the home of E. O. Brush, near Hallstead, when his son, Harvey, aged 16 years, was killed by his gun while hunting.

New Milford - James Donahue, formerly of this place, who some time ago was appointed Lackawanna section foreman at the Factoryville tunnel, has been transferred to the section at Nicholson, to take the place of Patrick Killea, who has been placed on the retired list. Mr. Killea was appointed foreman of the section at Nicholson in '61--going to that place from Alford, then known as Montrose Depot. The friends here of Mr. Donahue will be glad to hear of his promotion, for such it is considered. AND The quarry at Summersville, operated by the Shields' Stone Co., has been shut down for the winter and probably will be abandoned altogether.

Lawsville Center - Jacob Chalker, one of our oldest citizens was robbed of between nine and ten hundred dollars last Friday night. The family was away and an entrance was forced and a small box where the money was kept relieved of its contents, with the exception of two small checks. It is not considered to be the work of experts.

Clifford - Charles Snyder, while trying to tighten a binder on a load of hay, met with an accident that nearly cost him his life. It was reported that night that he was dead, but we are glad to report that he is now well and at work again. AND Our neighboring town, Royal, has a new postmaster and merchant, Lyman C. Severance, appointed postmaster in place of A. A. Payne, dec'd, and he has leased the Royal store and is filling it to overflowing with first-class goods. Lymie is one of our most enterprising young men with plenty of cash, and is trusty and accommodating.

Ararat - The Ararat Prohibition Alliance held a very successful meeting in Ross Hall, Burnwood, Friday evening. The hall was crowded with an intelligent and interested audience.

Harford - Frank Leslie and Frank Labar have returned from their hunting expedition in the Pocono mountains and brought back a fine deer.

Hopbottom - J. L. Sterling is building a new wagon shop.

Lanesboro - As the result of a rear end collision between coal trains on the Delaware and Hudson railroad near Lanesboro Friday evening, eight cars were reduced to bits, their contents strewn down a bank, a caboose burned up and one engine badly wrecked. The trains came together on a grade, the engineer on the rear train being unable to bring his engine to a stop when the rear of the preceding train was sighted. With a terrific crash the engine plowed through the caboose, causing a fire to start and then made debris of the eight cars ahead of the caboose. The cars were hurled through the air, or at least the pieces of them, and many parts of the engine smashed. Fortunately the members of the crew, including the conductor, who were in the caboose of the first train, sighted the approaching train and realized that a crash was inevitable in time to make their escape by jumping.

South Montrose - It might prove profitable in more ways than one for some of our men and boys to refrain from hunting on Sunday, especially on other people's premises.

Forest Lake - The Christian Endeavor Society will give an oyster supper Friday evening, Dec. 11, at Philip Warner's. Price 25 cents. Proceeds to be used for missionary work.

News Briefs - Easily 15 inches of snow fell in the central part of the county, Wednesday, and the result is some of the finest sleighing ever experienced. The snow did not drift in the least, which makes almost perfect conditions for traveling. Merchants are expecting a big holiday trade, and since the snowfall many have sent in rush orders for more goods so as to be fully prepared. AND Binghamton's population is now estimated at 41,000.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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