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December 18 1903/2003

East Rush - There will be given an entertainment at the church here on Wednesday, Dec. 23d, by the children of the district school. A patriotic farce entitled "Our Country," and "Mother Goose and her family," will be there. No admission charged, but a collection will be taken to cover expenses of costumes, etc. Come and see Uncle Sam, John Bull and Mother Goose.

Susquehanna - In St. John's Catholic church, on a recent Sunday, over $700 was raised to pay the expense of improving the parochial school building.

Oakland - the Oakland Methodist church will hold a roast pig supper on Saturday evening next.

Fairdale - Our new blacksmith from Birchardville, Mr. Shoemaker, has proved himself an efficient shoe setter, during the past weeks.

Uniondale - Joseph McAvoy, a 13-year-old lad of this place, had 3 fingers severed from the hand last week by the [railroad] cars.

South Gibson - Edgar Belcher is expecting his son, Oscar, home soon. Since leaving three years ago, he has traveled in Alaska and Siberia. When last heard from he was in Oregon, where he has a farm. AND After an illness of but a few days Mrs. Murandie Coil quietly entered into rest on Sunday evening, December 6, at her late home on East Mountain. She was born in Gibson on May 18, 1829 and is survived by one son and three daughters, they being Frank, who still lives at home; Mrs. Richard Burns, of Uniondale; Mrs. Geo. Holmes, of Gibson; Mrs. Chas. Day, of Clifford; and Mrs. H. Howard, of Olyphant.

Little Meadows - Dr. Clarence Klear [or Klaer] , a well known Tunkhannock homeopathic physician, has located at Little Meadows.

Ararat - Farmers near Starrucca, Poyntelle and Ararat have lost in the neighborhood of $36,500 by the failure of A. L. Wiclage, of New York city, who operated milk stations in ten different places. An effort to communicate with Wiclage has been fruitless. Many of the former patrons of the Ararat station are now drawing their milk to the Thomson creameries.

Montrose - Skating on the streets about town is fairly good, although rough in places. AND It is reported that the McCausland Medicine Company has purchased the VanWye property on High street for manufacturing purposes. The D.L.&W. runs at the rear of the lot and splendid shipping facilities can be arranged for.

Choconut - A horse balked with a woman lately and she quietly took out her knitting and sat there for nine hours, when the horse concluded to go on. He'd never had an experience with a woman before.

Great Bend - Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. E. Hartman, Bert Beebe and Miss Mollie Cornwall, Rev. and Miss Singer, enjoyed a sleigh ride to New Milford, Tuesday evening.

Brookdale - Our school is very small now as nearly all the pupils are having hard colds and coughs.

Auburn Centre - Chas. Nicholson, the mail carrier from Auburn Centre to Skinners Eddy for the past two years, was stricken with paralysis recently and he has been given a home in the Auburn and Rush Poor Asylum, and the Directors sold his personal property to assist in maintaining him. But T. C. Allen had previously issued an execution on it and hence there is a misunderstanding just now as to whom the proceeds belong to.

Hallstead - John Cole, a young man who was shot in the leg while attempting to escape arrest at Hallstead, on Saturday, is a Moses Taylor Hospital, at Scranton. He is charged with attempting to break into a [railroad] car and says he is from New York and was only stealing a ride.

Springville - The Lehigh Valley branch had unusually bad luck this week. Monday night, the train went off the track near Springville. It took so much time to get the cars back on track that the train next day didn't reach Montrose till afternoon; and when returning, when near Ballantine's, the engine again left the track, but with no serious results beyond the necessary delay. The road is not yet in best shape, since being made a broad gauge, but is being improved upon as fast as the men can get to it.

Glenwood - We don't like to borrow any trouble but we fear of an accident during the hunting season. So many small boys carrying guns and shooting promiscuously even in the streets of the town. AND Capt. Lyons Post elected officers as follows: Post Commander, A. W. Miles; Sr. Vice, Theron Hinkley; Junior, C. E. Smith; Surgeon, Dr. Davidson; Chaplain, B. McDonald; D. M., Paul Lewis; Officer of the Day, J. P. Kline; Officer of the Guard, W. W. Hardy; Delegate, D. M. Hardy. The camp-fire will be held on Dec. 29. A small fee of 15 cents will be charged to help defray expenses. The G.A.R. members will be admitted free, with their families. Come, come, and in goodly numbers, and encourage the old vets by your presence. It will not be many more years that you will have the privilege of meeting the old soldiers of the war, '61 to '65.

Brooklyn - A new traction engine arrived in Brooklyn last week and proved its ability by pulling five tons up the hill to the condensery, in spite of the deep snow. It will probably do much of the hauling between Foster and Brooklyn until a railroad is built.

North Branch (Middletown Twp.) - John H. Jones is working for the Jones boys at the Centre.  AND Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Guiton attended the McAvoy-Murphy wedding at Kirkwood.

Lanesboro - There is a report that Rev. George Comfort, who is in the railroad hospital at Ogden, Utah, has suffered the amputation of his injured arm.

News Briefs - The automobile factory at Towanda, which was closed a few months ago on account of the manager skipping out, has again been opened up under a new management. The company will manufacture gasoline machines instead of electric, as formerly. AND There are nearly half as many more girls last year in Susquehanna county's schools as there were boys; the number of girls being 5,818 and that of boys 4,008. AND The snow storm in the eastern section of the county was a hummer. According to an old saying, the snow that sticks to the trees is a forerunner of plenty of fruit the coming year.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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