December 19 1902/2002
Forest Lake - Misses Lura and Orpha Warner have returned from a pleasant visit with friends at Little Meadows, Owego, Union, Cincinnatus and Binghamton. While in Cincinnatus they attended the 20th wedding anniversary of their brother, Adelbert; and on their return home they spent Thanksgiving at their friend's, Mr. Green, who gave them a pleasant ride on his automobile.
Montrose - Among the new popular books at the Montrose Library are: Cecelia Avery, Glengarry School Days, The Fortunes of Oliver Horn, The Friend of the Countersign, Those Black Diamond Men, The Leopard's Spots, Up From Slavery, The Vultures, The Little Green God, The Kentons, The Battleground, The Virginian, etc. Yearly subscription only $1.50. Four books a week can be drawn, so you can read 200 books a year for three quarters of a cent a book. Your choice of 1,000 volumes of fiction (new ones added quarterly), splendid biographies, histories and books of travel, reference, etc.
Springville - Until the rain of Tuesday the snow has been so deep in the woods that it was very difficult to navigate. The sleighing has been very fine. AND Mrs. Allie Lyman had the misfortune to upset a lamp setting on a table which broke, setting the oil on fire on the carpet. By prompt work with loose carpet and blankets, the blaze was extinguished before any material damage was done.
South Auburn - Ernest Carlin has purchased Andrew Carpenter's farm, known as the Peter LaFrance farm. He expects to take possession April 1st.
Stevens' Point - The Stevens' Point Creamery Company will apply for a charter of incorporation.
West Lenox - Nelvin Empet has accepted a position as traveling salesman for Dr. Noble's Family Medicines and will begin work soon.
Great Bend - P. R. Barrager, who has been Justice of the Peace, in the township of Great Bend for 25 years, is about to move to Uniondale, where he will engage in the harness making business, he being a harness maker by trade. Mr. Barrager has large real estate here, owning 350 acres of land, reaching near where they are now drilling for oil, also the land where the mineral deposit is for making the venation red. Mr. Barrager's farming interests will be looked after by his son, K. W. Barrager. AND About 11 o'clock Sunday morning an alarm of fire called the firemen and citizens of Great Bend. The house next to the M.E. church, owned by Daniel Leary, was on fire. The family was at church, except an old lady 90 years old, and a little boy. They discovered that the kitchen was on fire near the chimney and ran out and gave the alarm and the fire was put out before much damage was done.
Franklin Forks - E. Barlow's child was buried on Sunday last. A prayer and singing service was held at the house. The funeral sermon was preached at Vestal Centre where interment was made. The little one fell from a chair on the stove and was so badly burned before the mother could reach it, that in a day or so convulsions set in and it died on Friday morning. The child was buried on Wednesday and was about 20 months old and was an only child. AND The following were elected officers in the G.A.R. Post: Commander, E. L. Beebe; Senior Vice, G.P. Stockholm; Junior, B. C. Vance; Quartermaster, A. M. Snow; Chaplain, A. E. Stockholm; Sergeant, I. Monroe; Officer of Day, S. L. Stilwell; Officer of Guard, John Devine.
Brooklyn - Coasting on the hill is being enjoyed by our young people during vacation. AND By request of Postmaster Eldridge, the Department has sent a letter-mailing box to be erected at the schoolhouse. This will be a great convenience for those coming in from their homes. Each morning the mail will be taken up at 10 a.m., on school days only.
Glenwood - The sleighing is excellent and snow 15 inches on the level and drifts 15 feet, but it is so far an old fashioned winter just to let the boys see what the older ones saw years ago.
Flynn (Middletown Twp.) - James Conboy is rushing his bark to the market, taking advantage of the fine sleighing.
Thomson - E. E. Gelatt has a number of teams drawing logs to his mill. Thomson is having fine sleighing, snow over a foot deep. AND The Creamery Co. has rented the creamery and [it] will be run under the name of the Alex. Campbell Milk Co. and will sell the milk.
Silver Lake - Many from this place attended the dance given by Hugh Murphy in the Alliance Hall in Brackney, and report a good time. AND Johnie McInerny and James Kane, of Forest Lake, had the sad accident of running off the bridge between Jos. Conaty's and M. Coyle's one evening last week. Neither of the young men were injured, but badly scared, and the horse was somewhat injured.
News Briefs - The Wells-Fargo Express Company advise all people to forward Christmas packages as early as possible to avoid delay in the great holiday rush. They furnish special labels requesting the package not to be opened until Christmas. AND The postoffice department will make an official attempt to wipe out whatever sectional feeling may yet remain between the people of the north and south by the new five-cent postage stamp of the series of 1902. The countenance of Abraham Lincoln will occupy the central portion of the stamp. Upon either side and occupying three-quarters of the length of the design are female figures standing, one representing the North and the other the South. The figures will face the full front and the one upon the right will bear in her left hand a partly furled American flag. The figure upon the left will hold a similar flag in her right hand. The disengaged hands will be clasped about the head of President Lincoln, their arms forming the oval, each supporting upon her hand a palm branch. AND Good manners, plenty of soap and water and a little shoe blacking will secure a position for any boy. Then all it will take to hold it and make it grow more valuable is energy.
Compiled By: Betty Smith