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February 08 1907/2007

Great Bend - All scarlet fever cases are of light form. Quarantine was lifted from the home of Richard Stack Sunday.

Fairdale - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Birchard are rejoicing over the arrival of a pair of twins but we are sorry to note they will move on with the medical show.

New Milford - Parties were in town last week looking over the old tannery, which has been idle for the past four years. AND This is a good time for the farmers to talk up good roads and how to improve roads by reducing the grades so the teams can handle the loads easier. It's to the farmers' good to have better roads.

Jackson - Dr. Thomas Jefferson Wheaton, one of Wilkes-Barre's oldest physicians and a native this county, died on Jan. 2nd. Deceased was the 9th child of a family of 14 born to Moses and Sarah (Ballon) Wheaton, who were residents of Jackson. He attended the district school of that place and the Harford Academy and later studied medicine with his brother, Dr. W. W. Wheaton, also taking the lectures at the Eclectic Medical College at Rochester, NY. He practiced medicine from 1849 to 1858 in Bradford and Susquehanna counties and Binghamton. During the Civil War he was on the iron clad monitor "Dictator," and upon its conclusion took up the practice of dentistry in Binghamton and in 1873 in Wilkes-Barre, and then retired from active business. He is descended from Robert Wheaton who came from England to this county in 1636 and joined the colony of planters at Salem, Mass.

Upsonville & Franklin Twp. - The school on Franklin Hill has closed and the scholars attend the East school. F. L. Dearborn takes them to and from the school each day. AND Last Friday night students of the Baker school took a sleigh ride to Montrose to view the newly burned district.

Alford - J. M. Decker is filling the D.L. & W. Co. ice house and T. C. Tingley is filling the creamery ice house.

Montrose - Becker and Wilson will cease to operate the cut glass factory longer than this spring, as they wish to go elsewhere, though the business is a profitable one, apparently. Others have the business under consideration. Whether it will be continued by other parties depends on the attitude assumed towards it by the businessmen of Montrose. AND A club known as the "Topsy Girls" was very pleasantly entertained by Miss Alice Gardner at her home on South Main St. During lent these girls will dispense with playing cards, as is their custom, and instead will embroider and read together.

Harford - Our representative Hon. E. E. Jones, of Harford, has introduced a bill in the lower house of the state legislature for an appropriation of $15,000 to the Simon H. Barnes Memorial Hospital at Susquehanna.

Susquehanna - E. F. Hopton has exchanged his new Collier street hotel property, in Binghamton, with C. Fred Wright, of Susquehanna, for a farm of 322 acres in Susquehanna county, and 50 percent in cash. The farm contains a large tract of timber and five dwellings. The hotel, which is practically completed, contains 65 rooms and all the latest improvements. Mr. Wright will not run the hotel himself, but will employ a manager.

Choconut - The will of the late Miss Ellen Heavey was admitted to probate on Monday by Surrogate Parsons in Binghamton, and letters of testamentary issued to Rev. Father J. J. Lally of St. Joseph. The estate consists of personal property amounting to $1400, most of which is bequeathed to Catholic clergymen.

South Gibson - On account of poor health, W. Earl Maxey has sold his mercantile business to Sheriff Pritchard & Sons, who are doing business at the old stand. Mr. Maxey and wife have gone to Clark's Summit, where his mother resides. In the near future he will take a trip to another climate.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. - Some from this place have taken advantage of the fine sleighing during the past week by hauling lumber to Meshoppen for Frank Carter and Redding & Hahn.

Welsh Hill - The people of this place are busy harvesting the large crop of ice on Lake Idlewild.

Brooklyn - A Valentine Social will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Palmer next Thursday evening. Teams will take all who wish to go. A pleasant time is assured.

News Brief: "The Presidents Lark" President Roosevelt's chief recreation nowadays seems to be found in giving the secret service men nervous prostration. Whenever he can escape their scrutiny he does so, and each time there is an epidemic of nervous prostration in the corps. It is a tough job to dodge the secret service men, for, knowing his disposition to do so, they are on the alert, and they know most of his tricks. Tuesday night, however, he succeeded in eluding them for an hour and a half and had the time of his life. He had not been gone for more than a minute before his guardians discovered his escape, and they were thrown into a panic. One of them started on a rapid run toward Senator Lodge's, while another deployed along the avenue toward Georgetown on horseback. Two more hastened into streets where the President had occasionally taken a horseback ride, while a fifth investigated to see if a horse was missing anywhere and found that the President was undoubtedly afoot, wherever he might be. Meanwhile, happy in his newfound freedom, the President had made a beeline for the white lot, the big vacant space back of the White House ground. It is big enough to hide 50 Presidents and so gloomy at night that no President would ever be suspected by the most imaginative guardian of a desire to go there. The President walked all around this big lot a dozen times, momentarily expecting to be over hauled and recaptured. Finally he became bold and walked down one unfrequented street and turned up another. He walked ten blocks and back, meeting hardly anybody, and returned to the White House chipper and exultant. As he arrived he ran into half a dozen limp and disheartened looking secret service men, who had given up the chase and were preparing to lose their jobs. He grinned pleasantly at them and vainly they tried to grin back.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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