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December 31 1909/2009

Montrose - Sheriff H. S. Conklin provided an elaborate Christmas dinner for the eighteen prisoners in the county jail last Saturday. Mr. Conklin had the table set in the corridor and the prisoners were permitted to leave their cells and partake of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, etc., to their stomach's content--or discontent--according to capacity. The "boys" are all good feeders and they had as good a time as a lot of college youths at a "frat" dinner. It is understood they passed a resolution endorsing the present sheriff for a second term. ALSO Snow commenced falling on Christmas day and before 24 hours passed nearly a foot of snow lay on the level. Although drifting some, it was not serious enough to impede travel and the sleighing has been fine.

Forest City - Thomas Meddleton, fireman at the Clifford colliery in Forest City had his left leg ground off at the knee Tuesday night by getting it caught in the rapidly moving coal conveyors. He was taken to the Emergency hospital, Carbondale, and the limb was amputated above the knee.

Springville - Yes, we've got it last, and sleighs are just making merry. The snow that fell on Christmas Day amounted to six or eight inches and with the hard roadbed the sleighing is fine. ALSO - The Lehigh Valley has issued an order that skunk skins must be put in air-tight boxes for shipment and not in sacks, as is usually the practice.

Rush - Quite an excitement in our town one evening last week when the Dimock stage horses and two wheels came in sight at a rapid rate. Later Mr. Harris came on foot with the mail bag. No one was hurt.

Harford - The Harford orchestra has resumed regular Monday evening rehearsals. The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. H. H. Hooven, is doing some very nice work and an organization of its size and quality is very rarely found in a small town.

Friendsville/Susquehanna - This newspaper has been presented a handsome little volume called "Idylls of Lakeside," the authorship being announced as by "the O'Byrnes." It is dedicated to Laurel Hill Academy, of Susquehanna, for a golden jubilee which it celebrates next year, and it is published by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Besides being a volume of much literary worth, its local setting adds very much to its value and interest to the people of this corner of Pennsylvania. It is written by the children of Christopher Byrne, of Lakeside, Friendsville, which family, (a large one) for literary ability and good citizenship, has few equals. While the work is announced as of joint collaboration, as a matter of fact the greater part of it is written by the one who is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart. The various poems touch upon local affairs, including one of Silver Lake, also the "Green Meadow Farm" and the old Friendsville church.

Silver Lake - John Murphy brought a cow to the Montrose stock yards and sold it. It seems that the cow was shipped all right, but made its escape from the cars at Alford, and within 48 hours after he had left home with the cow, it had returned.

Uniondale - Harry Yarrington and wife spent Christmas with their daughter in Olyphant. Mr. Yarrington has three lunch wagons, one in Carbondale, one in Peckville and one in Olyphant. ALSO Ira Thomas was in Scranton during Christmas and over Sunday playing with one of the leading orchestras of the city. Ira is called quite often. Comment is needless.

Hop Bottom - Earl Pratt, of the steamship "Vermont," and shipmate, Mr. Childer, are spending the holiday vacation with Mr. Pratt's mother, Miss Willard Gavitt.

Great Bend - Walter Wilmot, arrested for robbing the Postoffice here, said he was a greatly wronged man and implicated Mrs. Ella Miner, his landlady, testifying that she stole the money, accomplishing the deed by disguising herself in man's attire, taking his (Wilmot's) clothes for that purpose. He also said that the money remaining could be found in Augustus Dobson's barn in Great Bend (a wallet containing $125 was found there). Mrs. Miner's residence was searched and $16.38 was found in a baking powder can buried in the dirt of a flour pot. She was arrested along with her son, he being held as a witness. All three went on a spending spree in Binghamton, the day after the robbery and the son said his mother did nothing more than go along with Wilmot to help spend the money. More public sympathy is naturally shown for the woman.

Deaths of Civil War Veterans - Jeremiah Cokley, of Springville died Monday evening after a brief illness at age 68. He enlisted in Co. H., 4th Pa. Res. and was transferred to the 2nd Regt. Cavalry. Lewis Price died at Cresco, Pa., a fortnight ago. Deceased resided in East Bridgewater for a number of years and was well known to the members of the Four Brothers Post, G.A.R. He enlisted in Co. H., 90th Regt, P.V.I. He was about 70 yrs. old.  ALSO George Corey, a section employee in the Lackawanna yard at Hallstead, was hit by a car while working on the track. He was a member of Co. H, 4th Pa. Reserves and Co. E, 54th Pa. Vols. He had three other brothers in the army, two, John and Isaac, serving in the same company and regiment, while the third, James, a member of Co. D., was taken at Spottsylvania, Feb 4, 1865 and died at Scranton the March following. Both of the other brothers have since died. George was about 65 years old.

News Briefs - Frederic Remington, the artist, died suddenly at his country home in Ridgefield, Conn., on Sunday, after an operation for appendicitis. He was born in New York State. His father was a newspaper man of Canton, St. Lawrence county, and there his son was born on Oct 4, 1861. At age 18 he was permitted to go to the Yale art school but the death of his father interrupted his course and he returned home. Afterward he went west as a cow puncher in Montana. He got work as an illustrator for the Century and Harper's and in 1891 painted "The Last Stand" for the Paris exposition. Numerous other well-known paintings resulted and in 1895 Remington published many of his stories and sketches. Later he turned himself to sculpture, two of them being "The Bronco Buster" and "The Wounded Bunkie." ALSO Salt will save almost anything, says an exchange; but it is reported to be bad when used on snow or sidewalk, causing pneumonia and diphtheria.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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