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February 18 1910/2010

Springville - Monday evening Helen and Mary Potter entertained a goodly company of young people at a candy pull, and a general good time was had.

Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Charles Stevens and wife were given a surprise last Thursday evening it being 37 years that day since they were married. About 50 were present and spent a very social evening. Lunch was served by the ladies and purse of money presented to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens as a token of the esteem in which they are held. The presentation speech was made by P. F. Kintner.

Great Bend - The Black Horn Leather Co. is busy working double shifts. ALSO Dr. E. P. Hines, one of the best known physicians in the county, is seriously ill at his home in Great Bend. Dr. Rosenkrans has charge of the case and the genial doctor's many friends hope for his speedy recovery.

Hallstead - As an evidence of coming prosperity the Lackawanna Company has ordered 10 passenger engines, 24 freight and 12 switching engines from the American Locomotive Works. The first delivery of these engines will be made during the coming summer. ALSO While two freight trains were endeavoring to make a siding to get out of the way of a fast freight train, at Clarks Summit, the trains collided, smashing the caboose of the first train in charge of conductor James Allen of Hallstead. In the caboose was Patrick Falley, a brakeman, aged 25, also of Hallstead. It is reported that he was fatally injured, his head being cut, an arm crushed, a leg broken and he was otherwise internally injured. Mr. Falley was taken to the Moses Taylor Hospital at Scranton, where it was reported that an arm had been amputated. It is not expected that he will survive the shock. ALSO While crossing the tracks on his return from carrying dinner to his son, Benjamin, who is employed in the silk mills, John S. Brooks, aged 82 years, was struck by a fast east-bound milk train and instantly killed. The body was badly mangled as the entire train passed over it.

Jackson - Much interest has been taken locally in the coming appointment of census enumerator for the township, and some of the most prominent people in the north end of the town are seeking the place. ALSO The average depth of snow at this time is the greatest since 1888. The winter of that year was much like the present one, and culminated in the great blizzard in March. Yes, there is some snow here, but we manage to get out with the aid of second story windows.

South Gibson - A part of our choir succeeded in reaching Gibson last Sunday evening, where they were due to sing at a temperance meeting. Two rigs, after floundering in snowdrifts on the cross roads for a time, managed to turn around and start for home, one reaching there at 8:30 p.m. Those who reached Gibson speak highly of the way they were entertained at the parsonage after the services, where hot coffee and cake were served.

South Montrose - The severe storm of Feb. 11 caught Frank Austin, who lives on James Caton's farm, near Prospect Hill, while he was returning from Montrose. He left town at about 8 o'clock in the evening, and was able to keep the road until he reached Silas Decker's. There, the road being drifted full, he had to take the fields, and in going through Mr. Decker's big meadow, with no fences to guide him, he got off the track and wandered around the field without being able to get his bearings until nearly 12 o'clock, when his horse brought up at one of Mr. Decker's grape vines. Then Mr. Austin knew he must be near a house and succeeded in finding Mr. Decker's residence, and aroused him. They got the horse into the barn and Mr. Austin remained all night with Mr. Decker. The snow was falling very fast so that one could see but a short distance, and had not the horse come in contact with the grape vine, it is possible that Mr. Austin would have frozen as it was bitter cold.

Parkvale, Dimock Twp. - The roads are very bad. Harvey Sutton and friend, from Kingsley, broke the first track through here Saturday, after the large snow fall Friday.

Jessup Twp. - The death of Richard Bliss Downer chronicles the passing of the oldest citizen of Jessup. He was born in Bozrah, New London Co., Conn., in the year 1820, and had attained the advanced age of 88 years and nine months and had outlived all the friends of his youth. He was a son of Ezekiel and Susan (Bliss) Downer and came with them to the county when five years of age. In March 1846 he married Miss Elizabeth Fullerton. Three sons and three daughters were the offspring of this worthy pair. William, the first born, yielded his young life in the conflict of the Rebellion. To secure his remains involved a costly and difficult undertaking, realized by none but the resolute father, and confided by him to few. Mr. Downer was of a kind, courteous disposition, a man of active habits. The closing of his life occurred on Dec. 29, 1909. The remains were borne to the Fairdale cemetery and laid to rest by the side of his companion.

Franklin Twp. - Last Friday night, Mr. Finley, an old man that lives alone, was at his neighbor's, Mr. Donovan's. When he started home they gave him a lantern but the snow storm was so bad that he lost his way; he got so bewildered he just wandered around all night. The next day P.Dacey's boy found him and took him home. His hands were frozen.

Ararat - Some one entered the home of Elmer Tiffany Sunday night, while the family was in bed, took Mr. Tiffany's best suit of clothes, two gold watches, two razors with honing tools, underwear and about $15 in cash. There is some disadvantage in being too sound a sleeper.

Montrose - J. Vail Griffis received his appointment to the Annapolis Naval Academy from Hon. C. C. Pratt. The young man has been preparing himself for the difficult examinations for some time and hopes to be successful in entering the academy.

Susquehanna - An inspection of the fire hydrants here found that 8 of 27 in the borough were frozen up. They were located in the vicinity of the most valuable property and in case of a conflagration the situation would be serious.

News Briefs - Every living soldier who enlisted in the Civil War, following Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers, will receive a medal that has recently been produced at the Philadelphia mint. ALSO - The soldier who fought through the Civil War as the personal substitute of Abraham Lincoln may have a statue erected in commemoration of his services. A bill appropriating $20.000 for the purpose was presented in the House by Rep. Palmer, of Pennsylvania. The name of this hitherto almost unknown here is J. Summerton Staples, of Stroudsburg. He died some ten years ago, and it is at Stroudsburg that it is now proposed to erect the statue.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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