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February 02 1917/2017

Forest Lake – Beloved clergyman, Elder W.C. Tilden, aged 88, the oldest and undoubtedly the best known clergyman in Susquehanna County, died yesterday afternoon at his home in this township.  Elder Tilden came with his parents from Connecticut when four years of age, and his life had been spent in this township. For 46 years he had lived in the house in which he died. His father was Augustus Tilden, an elder for many years in the Baptist church at Birchardville, in which his son was destined to preach for over half a century. He preached the funeral sermons of thousands in his long ministry, and wedded hundreds of happy couples. Besides his aged wife, a faithful helpmeet through all the years of their happy union, two daughters survive, Mrs. Clark D. Dayton and Mrs. Charles P. Ball, both of Birchardville.

South Ararat – Mr. Bronson, of Uniondale, was at Fiddle Lake this week buying cattle. Pretty icy for a man of his age to lead a cow, or try at least to, but he is one of the plucky kind, so he tied the cow to a tree and sent for his hired hand to come to his rescue, which he did, and Mr. Bronson took the team and left the hired man to slide along home with the cow as best he could. ALSO A birthday party was given Mrs. Wm. Westgate, of Burnwood, Tuesday evening. A sleigh load went from this place. A very pleasant time is the report. They left her a purse of money, showing their high esteem of her and wishing her many happy returns of the day.

Gibson – A Lincoln Day program will be given at the M.E. church, next Sunday morning, in the interest of the Freedman’s Aid and Southern Educational Society.

North Bridgewater – The old bear saw his shadow all right last Friday. ALSO  B. R. Lyons, our mail carrier, said the blizzard yesterday was terrible, although he always tries to get through. ALSO R.L. Clink, while loading hay at the Noble farm, on Saturday last, frosted his face quite badly during the severe cold.

New Milford – O.C. Whitney has gone to Southern Texas, where he will be engaged in buying vegetables for a large wholesale house. ALSO We learn that Frederick M. Davenport, Jr., has recently received the Ayres prize, which is awarded annually at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., to that member of the freshman class passing the best entrance examinations. It is a coincidence that his father, our former townsman, took the same prize when he entered Wesleyan in 1885.

Uniondale – Theron Dimmock is one of the few to whom the care of Jefferson Davis was entrusted at Fortress Monroe, during the time Davis was a prisoner. Mr. Dimmock was a member of Battery L, Third Pennsylvania Artillery in 1865-6, and states that Davis was peevish and cross, nothing was good enough for the ex-rebel chieftain, and he delighted in taunting his captors. Cassius M. Clay, a son of the famous orator and statesman, Henry Clay, was confined in the fortress with Davis. Mr. Dimmock states that Clay was a gentleman in every way and respected the authorities.  When he left he treated his guards to delicacies and choice liquors.

Apolacon – Wm. T. Burgin has sold his farm to John Purtell, of Middletown.

Thompson – Mildred Dix, while on her way to school, Thursday morning, slipped on the ice and fell, breaking her arm; the Doctor was called and put it in a cast which he says it must be kept in for 28 days.

Elk Lake – A number of teams have been busy drawing ice for the Auburn creamery.

Meshoppen – The Meshoppen borough council has granted a franchise to L.L. Sterling and John J. Sherwood, of Meshoppen; C.S. Miles and Arthur L. Hommedieu, of Wilkes-Barre, for lighting the village with electricity. The franchise is exclusive for 25 years under certain conditions, but the borough reserves the right to purchase the plant at any time at a price fixed by appraisers.

Montrose – Mrs. Samuel Katz is entertaining her sister, Mrs. L. Glock, her husband and six children, who have just arrived from Russia. They had very little trouble getting out of the country as the children were too young to be of service in the war.

Franklin Forks – Mrs. Ed Conklin celebrated her 77th birthday the 26th.  She received 46 cards.

Brooklyn – W.A. Stephens went to Cadillac, Michigan, last week, to attend the marriage of his son, Tracy, who is city manager at that place.

Forest City – Dominick and Angelo Francisko, Wm. Sredenschek, Joseph Prudish and Frank Rupnick were in Scranton yesterday in attendance on the naturalization court. ALSO All preparations have been made for the annual dance which is to be given by the senior class of the high school in the borough building tomorrow evening. The entertainment committee has made elaborate preparations for this affair and a grand time is expected.

Harford – It may be of interest to know that Laban Capron named Harford, Pa. The name was derived from Dr. Capron’s college in Hartford, Conn., and the letter “t” was dropped in order to make, as Miss Blackman’s history records: “The orthography of the word corresponding with its customary pronunciation.” Major Labon Capron was the first postmaster of Harford. He was a surveyor; also a commissioner for two terms, (1812-1813) when the commissioners were appointed by the governor. Dr. Comfort Capron came to Harford to practice in 1794, where he was successful until death claimed him. He died at the age of 56 years, and was the first adult buried in Harford Cemetery. His grave is, doubtless, the only one marked as a surgeon of the Revolutionary war, in Susquehanna county.

200 Years Ago from the Centinel, Montrose, Pa, February 1, 1817

   *MARRIED, at Plymouth (Luzerne County) on Monday the 20th ult. by Noah Wadhams, Esq.,  Mr. Daniel Roberts of Montrose to Miss Esther Atherton of the former place.

   *MARRIED, in Montrose on the 30th ult. by David Post, Esq., Mr. Reuben Parmeter to Miss Lois Nichols, daughter of Deacon Amos Nichols, all of this town.

   *MARRIED, the same day, in Waterford [Brooklyn] by J.W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Thomas Williams, of Otego (Otsego County, NY) to Miss Betsey Lord, daughter of Josiah Lord, of Waterford.

   *WHEREAS my wife Russel has squandered away my property to a large amount and behaved herself in an unbecoming manner; This is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date. ELKENAH TINGLEY, Harford Township, Jan. 31, 1817.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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