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December 14 1917/2017

Parkville, Dimock Twp. – We had a real old-fashioned blizzard, snowing and the wind blew very hard, Saturday.

Fell Twp., Lackawanna Co.- The body of Ralph Burdick was found Monday by children on their way to school, near the John Russell farm on the Crystal Lake road, shortly before nine o’clock. It is surmised that Mr. Burdick became exhausted traveling through the snow on his way home to the Consolidated Water company’s farm at Newton lake.  The snow was drifted quite deeply where the body was found.  Mr. Burdick rode to the Russell farm at noon Sunday with John Beck, proprietor of the Falls hotel, and when he arrived there told Mr. Beck that he was going to visit at the Russell home.  He left there after a short visit and this was the last time he was seen alive.  Deputy Coroner W. S. Johnson, of Carbondale, was called when the body was discovered and he ordered it removed to the Burdick home at Newton lake.

Susquehanna– At a meeting of the Dairymen’s League, held at Utica last week, Attorney J. D. Miller, of Susquehanna, was chosen one of the directors. Fully 1000 delegates from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey assembled to consider their best interests as milk producers.

Forest Lake – The first young patriot from this county to give his life in the present war is Ray Brobst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brobst, of this place, whose death occurred at Camp Wadsworth, Georgia, on Dec. 8, after a short illness of pneumonia.  A military service was held at the camp before his body was sent north for burial. A service was held at the Fair Hill Methodist-Episcopal church and interment was made in Fair Hill cemetery.

Bridgewater Twp. –At a meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Mrs. A. E. Hollister and her mother, Mrs. [Marion Bagley] Evans, joined the Union.  Mrs. Evans’ age is 94 years, and we are justly proud of our oldest member. [Mrs. A. E. Hollister, first name Clementine, lived to her 100th birthday and died 12 days later, in December of 1958.] ALSO Lyman Bunnell died at his home in this place, Oct. 17, 1917, after several weeks’ illness of a complication of troubles. He was the son of James A. and Mary Ann (Hall) Bunnell and was born in New Preston, Connecticut, Jan. 20, 1848. His father and mother moved to Pennsylvania the following year and settled in Dimock, on the farm now owned by James W. Bunnell. He married Ruth, a daughter of Deacon Mason and Lydia (Frink) Tingley and was the father of two children, Louise and Charles E., a Federal judge in Alaska [later founded the University of Alaska].

Salt Springs – The Salt Springs school will have a Christmas tree on Friday afternoon, Dec. 21.

Springville – Trade at the “Busy Corner.” Pay cash and save money.  Cranberries, 15 cents a quart.  Nearly a ton of Xmas candies at 20 cents to 50 cents per pound.

Montrose – The death of Mrs. Mary J. Bunnell occurred on Nov. 22, 1917, at her home in Montrose.  Born in Dimock in 1835 and married to William Bunnell, she was the mother of four children.  She came of good old New England stock. A daughter of Isaiah and Polly Williams Main, her father was in the war of 1812 and his father was a soldier of the Revolution. Her mother was a descendant of Governor Eaton, first governor of the New Haven colony.

Gelatt – Will Whitmarsh, who has spent some time at an officers’ training camp, is home on a furlough before going to Washington to report for orders.

South Auburn – Scarlet fever seems to be making its appearance in our neighborhood. The children of Jack Champluvier are now sick, and also a son of Charles Woodruff.

Kingsley – A. E. Tiffany had two more sheep killed by dogs last week.  He had 26 and they have been dropping out, one and two at a time, until he has only 11 left.  Good encouragement for any one to go into sheep raising for a farm industry. ALSO H. W. Jeffers and family accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank MacMane, of Plainsboro, NJ, spent a few days last week with friends in this vicinity, hunting and making merry, generally, and ate Thanksgiving turkey dinner with Mrs. B. M. Jeffers, at the Jeffers farm.

Harford – Skating parties are very fashionable now.  ALSO Frank Peck, of South Harford, and Mrs. Emmaline Cynthia Tower DeSwarte, of North Harford, were married in Montrose by F. A. Davies, Esq. ALSO The coldest storm of the season visited us Saturday, breaking trees, fences and windows for several different families.

West Auburn – The Wyalusing Rocket prints the following concerning a prosperous Auburn farmer.  Raymond Dibble, formerly of Wyalusing, has been making extensive repairs and improvements to his home the past week.  New siding and windows add much to the appearance of the structure and a large plate glass door, placed at the front of the house, is a very material improvement. He has seventeen cows and several head of blooded young cattle.

Thompson – The stores in town have put on quite a Christmas appearance, notwithstanding the hard times and the urgent appeal for economy.

Forest City – Leo O’Hara is acting as Erie section foreman, a position held by his father, the late Patrick O’Hara, for many years. Daniel O’Hara left Monday for camp at Spartansburg, SC. His brother, John, left yesterday for his home in Rochester, NY. ALSO A sugar famine has struck the town and many a household is sugarless.

Uniondale – Robert Spencer was severely injured Monday afternoon by being kicked by a horse.  He was leading two horses from the town water kettle and dropped the halter of one of the steeds and in picking it up was kicked in the face by the other horse. The calk of the shoe struck him just below the eye and opened his cheek so that five stitches were required to put it in place.

News Briefs: Ice, nine inches in thickness, is reported on nearby lakes and ponds and if the cold weather continues it is probable ice cutting will start next week. The first of the week the mercury registered from two to eight degrees below zero in some places, which is very unusual for so early in the winter. ALSO There is a big local demand for stove wood, and farmers are busy in the woodlots these days. The price runs from $2.50 to $3.00 per cord, according to quality. ALSO Pennsylvania has more recruits than any other state. About 275,000 men have enlisted since the outbreak of the war. ALSO Between August 1 and December 1 the railroads transported 1,500,000 men to training camps and embarkation points.  To insure the safety of the men in transit the railroads have adopted an average speed of 25 miles an hour except when freight cars needed for the transportation of equipment are included in the trains.  The speed is then reduced to 20 miles.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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