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February 12 1892/1992

Dimock - Come girls, as this is leap year, get out your cullers and sleigh bells and give the bashful boys a sleigh ride. AND some of those young ladies at the Farmers' Alliance "disbehaved very incompletely."

Lathrop - R.S. Squires is preparing to build a large stock barn. He says the stone quarry has nothing to do with it. The profit of the farm pays for all the improvements. The work is done by high priced labor. No help without pay, except the assistance of Mrs. Ophelia, his wife, whose constant care and attention is no small part in the play. Nothing passes her notice. No man works the second day when she thinks it would be better for him to go, yet the workmen all have the greatest respect for her opinion and instruction.

Little Meadows - T.W. Tinker, Esq. was in Montrose last week. T.W. is a pretty stiff Republican, but he is a jolly good fellow just the same. [Found in the Montrose Democrat].

Forest City - The cars on No. 2 mines are now drawn by electricity. The motor weighs 12 tons and has drawn 25 cars at one trip on the level.

Montrose - A recruiting officer of the U.S. regular Army was in Montrose last week. Two young men, Will Loomis and Lloyd Spencer, put down their names and on Monday noon's train left for New York, near which city they will be engaged in drilling, etc., for some time. They get $13 a month, together with board and clothes the first year, with an increase of $1 a month each year, and with a furlough annually. A considerable number of people gathered to see the boys off. They go for five years.

Jackson - We see statements concerning persons having been to California on a visit and returning, and it calls to mind the way that the gold prospectors in 1849 had to go with wagon trains which required 100 days or more to complete the journey. We remember the late Isaac Comfort once telling his experience of going at that time with a train, and how he shot a young buffalo on the route.

Clifford - Rufus Sprague, recently from Rhode Island, has hired out to A.E. Tiffany. He has sent for his tools and intends to make Clifford his home. You are welcome Rufus, we honor your judgment in thinking that Clifford is a good place to live.

Ararat - "LaGrippe" has had quite a run in our community. Mrs. E.H. Bloxham is the latest victim, and she is convalescing. Since Jan 12 there have been several burials in our little cemetery: Tompkins Walker, Thomas Boskett, Mrs. Sarah L. Dix, Abner Goble and Sarah, his wife, William Archer and Ella, the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alford Bowell, aged two years and five months. Wm. Archer was the oldest person in our town, he was 88. All the others were past three score and ten, except Mrs. Goble, who was 66.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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