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February 17 1922/2022

Rush – The second annual fox hound field trials will be held tomorrow afternoon. All dogs must be entered by 1 o’clock and the chase will start at 2. A live fox will be led around a three mile course and brought safely back before the dogs are started. The course will circle through the town so that everyone will have an opportunity to see the pack in action. The race will be held on bare ground or snow. In case the weather is very stormy, or there is a sharp curst, the event will be postponed one week, until Saturday, Feb. 25th.

Forest City – Julius Freedman, who has been the proprietor of the Freedman House for many years, intends to change the barroom of the hotel into a pool room and restaurant in the near future. He intends to make the restaurant up-to-date in every particular and will employ an expert chef to attend to the minutest details. It will be known as “Pap’s Restaurant and Pool Room.” The hotel property is the oldest in Forest City, having been opened by Reuben Taylor at a time when Forest City was in its infancy. Later it was managed by J. R. Fleming, now of Scranton, and in 1897 was purchased by Mr. Freedman, who has since conducted it.

Montrose – The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Methodist Church will hold a food sale in the rest room of the Farmers Bank building on the afternoon and evening of Feb. 18th. ALSO W. A. Harrington will arrive in Montrose the last of the week with a carload of Missouri horses. They will be on sale at the Harrington stables from that time on. We do not need to tell you of the class of horses Mr. Harrington has selected—his ability as a horse judge is unquestioned.

Springville – Last summer the people of Springville decided to try to start a library by asking people to give books that they had read or willing to pass on. Sept. 15ththe library was opened in one room of the Community building with 500 books. Now the number has increased to 1123. The library has no income except the two cents a day fine for books kept over two weeks, and this pays for supplies and buys a child’s book once in a while. Edgar Button, Frank Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Turrell, Mrs. Harry Lee and Fannie Avery are the trustees of the library.

Heart Lake – The Russell-Spaulding Baking Company’s truck, which is now making daily trips from Binghamton to Montrose, became stuck in the snow drifts near Heart Lake yesterday. The bread, pies, etc., were sent on into Montrose by sleigh.

Jackson – I noticed in the last issue of your paper an article by my old friend and neighbor, H. M. Benson. “I have spent my whole life in the Central Hotel at Jackson, which is next to the H. M. Benson store, and I would like to add a little more information to Mr. Benson’s report. Mr. Benson’s residence is one-fourth of a mile from his place of business, which distance he has walked three round trips daily, twenty-six days each month, twelve months a year, for fifty-seven years, or a total of 26,676 miles, besides hundreds of extra trips when he forgot his keys.” H. M. Roberts.

Great Bend – On Tuesday evening a mass meeting was called at Williams’ hall to form a Civic club for the betterment of our town. Temporary Chairman Mrs. Fred White and Secretary Mae Clafflin called the meeting to order. After explaining what the meeting was for, Miss Madeline Norton, of Binghamton, was introduced and gave an interesting talk of the city civic clubs and their good work.

Lenoxville – Many people are taking advantage of the sleighing to haul their logs to Ridgeway’s mill.

Brooklyn – Within recent years the Universalist denomination has established the annual custom of observing a special day known as “Laymen’s Sunday.” In accordance with this custom, the Brooklyn Universalist church will observe it next Sunday, Feb. 19th. The minister is supposed to make himself a part of the congregation, while the men of the church conduct the services.

West Auburn – Our neighborhood is grief-stricken over the death of our beloved friend and neighbor, Miss Susie Swackhamer, which occurred at the Packer hospital, Sayre, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 8th, where she was taken a little more than a week ago. Funeral services were held at the home on the Sunday following, particulars of which will undoubtedly be given later. ALSO at Bennett Corners, Joseph Winans began teaching the school here on Monday. He is a graduate of Auburn High School and everyone feels sure that he is capable of holding the job.

Friendsville – Mother M. Veronica Murphy, of the Order of Saint Francis, at Kingston, Jamaica, died at her convent home in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1922. The deceased was well-known in the world as Miss Katherine Murphy and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Murphy, of Middletown. Mother Veronica was 72 years of age and had spent more than fifty years in the service of religion. One brother, Daniel J. Murphy, of Middletown, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Dugan, of Binghamton, survive.

Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stone offer for sale their Edison Phonograph. Anyone interested, inquire at their residence on Jackson Street.

Uniondale – The borough finances are at a low ebb. From the auditor’s report we find that the balance in the general fund is $10.03. The poor board reports $119.12 in its treasury. The expenses of the borough were heavy last year, owing to the amount of road work made necessary by floods. ALSO W. E. Gibson fell Saturday from a sleigh and sustained painful injuries. He was seated on a milk can when the horses suddenly started and he was thrown to the ground. His wrist is badly swollen and he complains of severe pains in his side.

Clifford Twp. – The Elkdale school has been closed this week owing to the resignation of the teacher. It is expected to reopen Monday.

Notes From The Historical Room: Last summer (1921) the Historical Society received from John H. Potter, of Binghamton, a collection of letters and documents formerly the property of his great grandfather, Capt. Joseph Potter, of Gibson, a Revolutionary soldier from Pittsfield, Mass., who was one of the first settlers in Gibson Twp., coming in January, 1792. Miss Blackman says: “His first habitation was a cabin with a door, into which he moved his family. His wife did not see a woman for more than six months. He afterwards moved about two miles east, to a place on the Newburg turnpike, where he kept (a) tavern.” Among the papers are accounts against a long list of our pioneer fathers for rum, brandy and whiskey by the quart, pint, gill and sling. He died Feb. 9, 1835 and his wife, Lois, died in 1824. They had a family of nine children. [Continued in next week’s 100 Years Ago column.]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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