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February 18 1899/1999

Susquehanna - On Tuesday morning some one stole a nickel machine from Hogan Block billiard room and, taking it to the Erie tracks, smashed it and secured 15 cents. AND Atlantic Lodge, No. 452, K. of P., enjoyed a banquet and smoker on Monday evening, in honor of the anniversary of the order.

South Montrose - The chicken pie supper held at J. D. Baker's last week was a success socially and financially; receipts, $21. There were 110 in attendance.

East Franklin Twp. - We have a Glee Club started, which has quite a number of members already. They meet once a week, serve refreshments and have a jolly time.

Brookdale - Patrick Kelly has taken to himself a wife--Minnie Grace, of Kirkwood. AND A few weeks ago Miss Woodworth, of Binghamton, and Edgar VanDewater, of Scranton, were at a social gathering here and for the fun of the thing played the part of bride and bridegroom in a mock marriage. It happened that the man who impersonated the clergyman was a justice of the peace, and on the strength of this, VanDewater, who is an elderly man, recently insisted that Miss Woodward should go with him to his home. She refused and vehemently denied that she was his wife. VanDewater purposes testing the legality of the marriage in the courts.

Birchardville - Our doctor, Mr. Coutan, is having a large ride; he has had nearly 100 cases, this winter, and has been very successful, not one terminating fatal.

New Milford - The Jay House is very pleasantly lighted by gas. AND The Pratt Library will soon have several new books to distribute to members of the Library.

Springville - Three new houses will be built here in the spring, one by Prof. Allyn, Elias Titman and Davis Leighton.

Forest City - At l o'clock Tuesday afternoon fire destroyed the Lithuanian Catholic church. Just how the fire originated is not known, but it is thought to have started from a lighted candle.

Uniondale - Bronson & Finn are supplying customers with best feed, meal, buckwheat flour, etc., at reasonable prices.

Montrose - The "weight social" at H. S. Conklin's Monday night was a record breaker, as a matter of fun. The ladies were packed away behind a large curtain at one end of the parlor, and through holes in the curtain, (the ladies eyes only being seen), the gentlemen made their choice of partners and took them to supper, but before going to supper each lady was placed on large scales and weighed, the gentleman paying in proportion to the weight of the lady he happened to choose, and whom his choice was he could not be sure until she had come from behind the curtain. They do say that some of the ladies never weighed so much before, and probably will not again, as they were recorded that night.

Clifford - George Simpson, one of our oldest blacksmiths, has sold his house, lot and shop and its contents to Will Lott, a young blacksmith of this place. Mr. Simpson thinks of moving to Tunkhannock in spring. George is a fine neighbor and will be much missed in this place.

Harford - The Gibson Dramatic Society presented the drama, "Sweetbriar: or, the Flower Girl of New York" at Odd Fellows' Hall, Feb. 7, to a large and appreciative audience. The musical part of the program was given by Kingsley orchestra, which, by the way, is the best musical organization in this section. The play and music were pronounced first-class by all. Receipts nearly $35.

Flynn - Jerry Lane says the mercury went so low at his place that his thermometer was not long enough and it went down through the porch. AND William Conboy is in the lumbering business.

Fairdale - The annual oyster supper will take place in the basement of the church, Friday evening, Feb. 24. All are cordially invited. Supper 75 cents a couple; one person, 40 cents; children under 12, half price.

Thomson - The Excelsior society of the Thomson Graded school expects to have a drama in the near future.

Brackney - James O'Day entertained the Silver Lake progressive pedro club, Feb. 12th. those present were the Misses Julia & Anna Gahagan, Genevieve McCormack, Minnie Cahill, Lizzie Ward, Lizzie & Kittie Giblin, Mart Whalley, Lena Phalen, B. Gillooley, F. Ward, J. McCormack and T. H. Ward. Mary Whalley captured the ladies' first price and E. Cahill the gentlemen's prize. Genevieve McCormick and Bernard Gillooley each got a "booby."

East Rush - J. H. Hall passed away after a lingering illness, Feb. 11th. He was born in Connecticut in 1820 and came to this county when but four years of age.

News Brief: James Blakslee, who was for many years president of the Montrose railroad, celebrated his 84th anniversary at the Blakslee mansion, at Mauch Chunk, Feb. 12th. Many people called to tender congratulations. Mr. Blakslee was born in Susquehanna county [Springville] and resided here until 1833, when he removed with his brother-in-law, Asa Packer, to Mauch Chunk.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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