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December 23 1921/2021

Herrick Twp. – John J. Campbell, one of the most highly respected and best known residents of Herrick township, died at his home Saturday evening. He was 87 years of age. For more than three years he served as a member of the Fifth U. S. Artillery during the Civil War and participated in many important engagements. He was a member of Mathew McPherson Post, G. A. R. and one of its most valued members. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The funeral was held yesterday morning from the late home. Rev. C. M. Butler, of Thompson, officiating. Burial was made in the Ararat Cemetery.

South Montrose – The high quality of our Susquehanna county citizenry has again been evidenced through a truly remarkable invention by M. Roy Sheen, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sheen of this place, particulars of which appear in the Engineering News Record: “A tunnel shield with a boring head and a rotating tail attachment by means of which the lining is placed is operating successfully in an experimental tunnel in Philadelphia, PA. In this tunnel, which is through schist and has a five-foot bore, the machine has advanced at the rate of five and one-half feet per hour. Eight men operated the outfit. This is the only measure of performance which is now available, but it is expected that the machine will soon be installed on actual tunnel work for the city of Philadelphia when more comprehensive records will be secured.”

Montrose – We hear many flattering comments on the interior of St. Mary’s Catholic church, which has been re-decorated by David Lougher, an artist of Waverly, NY. The interior of the church has been done in light and dark shades of buff, and the railing and other woodwork of the sanctuary has been marbleized. On the ceiling Mr. Lougher has done a copy of Murillo’s beautiful painting of the Immaculate Conception, and over the altar is a splendid painting of the “Ecce Homo.” The ceiling is adorned with a handsome stenciled border with ecclesiastical symbols at various intervals. New Stations of the Cross are to be installed. ALSO Mrs. Jennie Delaney, after conducting a large, up-to-date boarding house for a good many years in New York City, has bought the J. M. Jeffers boarding house on Maple street, known as “The Maples.” Assisted by Mrs. May Shay, she will open in the spring an up-to-date year round boarding house. Mrs. Shay will make her future home with Mrs. Delaney after April first, Mrs. Delaney being an intimate friend of Mrs. Shay.

Susquehanna – Very Reverend Patrick F. Broderick, of St. John’s Catholic church, one of the most revered of the priests in the Roman Catholic diocese of Scranton, died Dec. 16th, 1921 at the rectory, here. Deceased was a brother of Rev. A.T. Broderick, former pastor of Holy Name of Mary’s church, of Montrose. Born in 1856, he was ordained by Bishop O’Hara at St. Peter’s cathedral in 1879. In 1885 he was transferred to St. John’s church, being appointed permanent pastor of the church by Bishop O’Hara and served as such until his death. He freed the church of debt and also accumulated more than $50,000, which will be used as the nucleus of a fund to rebuild the famous Laurel Hill academy, of which his sister, Mary Dolorosa, of the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is Sister Superior. Father Broderick was the first priest to be named a permanent rector of a church in the Scranton diocese. He was a brilliant man and in his passing the diocese suffers a great loss. Susquehanna especially, feels very keenly the death of Father Broderick, who for years had been so closely associated with its religious and civic life.”

Springville – Miss Emma Avery is making very delicious home-made candy. Christmas without candy would make a dull Christmas. ALSO Jas. Terry is successor to Phineus W. Terry at the old harness shop stand. This shop has been successfully operated by the latter for over 35 years.

Forest City – Members of Charles and Martin Skubic post, American Legion, intend to spread good cheer among the unfortunates of the town. They have donated $150 from their treasury for Christmas relief and subscriptions are being taken among the members to help swell the fund. All cash donations will be thankfully received, Donors of clothing, etc., are requested to leave their contributions at post headquarters not later than Saturday noon. The distribution of gifts will take place Saturday evening when 26 families and about 80 orphaned children will be remembered.

Dimock – Christmas exercises will be held at the Baptist church, Dec. 23. Of course, there will be a tree, as usual. A fine program is being arranged by E. D. Roderick and the school teachers. The school children will give a pantomime on the Miracle Play, also two playlets. The music will consist of duets by the Misses Dorothy Titman and Pauline Grow; a piano duet by Miss Osborne and Miss MacNamara; also some singing by a large chorus and the school.

Fairdale – W. A. Hewitt, if not the champion turkey raiser of the county, is certainly well up in the list. Saturday, Mr. Hewitt brought to Montrose fifty-two turkeys, for which he received more than $520, and he remarked that this was the highest price he had ever received--and he has been raising and marketing them for forty years. Last year he received 60 cents a pound, dressed—this year he was paid 60 cents live weight. The high price is attributed to scarcity. The nut crop was a failure and there were few bugs on which the turkey lives and thrives. Mr. Hewitt knows his business.

Uniondale – Bronson & Spencer went to Starrucca recently to get a bull. His bullship treed the owner and refused to be led or driven. Consequently Bob got his old rusty and the bull bit the dust and no trouble followed. ALSO Walter Carpenter, of Herrick Center, was in town, Monday. At the recent election he was elected poormaster to succeed George H. Reynolds.

News Briefs: The Susquehanna county stores are an attractive sight these days with their enticing display of holiday goods and things appropriate for Christmas presents. In spite of the complaints of “hard times” it is evident that Old Santa Claus is not going out of business, but will be right on the job this year as usual. The fact that our county merchants have had the optimism to provide as usual for the holiday trade is evidence that affairs here are not going to the “demnition bow-wows,” however conditions may be elsewhere. ALSO Maybe by next Christmas the dove will have supplanted the eagle as the national bird.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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