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February 21 1913/2013

East Kingsley - There was a Francis E. Willard [organizer of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union] memorial service held in the Universalist church, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16. Rev. Dowson preached a fine sermon. Every one present felt that life was better worth living Mrs. Bertha Capron sang “Think of What Mother Has Said,” accompanied by Mrs. P. M. Wilmarth on the organ. The East Kingsley orchestra, composed of Leon Tingley, cornet; Olin Milton, violinist; and Mrs. Jess Wilmarth pianist, rendered some fine music.

Harford Twp. - A young daughter of Mr. Mercer, who came here from Allegheny to work on the new cut off, was stricken in school with diphtheria. They quarantined the home, and closed the school. It was supposed Sunday, the danger mark was passed, but she died Monday morning and was buried in the night, Feb. 17th, in Maplewood cemetery. The family has the sympathy of the entire community

Great Bend - Mrs. Libbie Shoemaker attended a neighborhood party at Bentley Stark’s, Friday evening. They take turns at each other’s homes. Six or eight families are represented, namely Bentley, Stark John Blakslee, Foster Williams, Jesse Strickland, Clark Giles, Lou Drake, Frank Williams and R. McMickens.

Dimock - Lee Estus has bought the coal yard here and will now keep on hand a fine lot of pea and chestnut coal for sale, which he will sell cheap for cash. Coal will be delivered at the door. ALSO: A new street lamp has been placed on the corner of the roads leading from the stores and Hotel at Dimock which makes it well lighted.

Hallstead - The drilling at the oil well which has been discontinued for several months past is shortly to be resumed again for at a recent meeting of the board of directors it was decided to purchase as soon as possible a 3,500 ft. steel cable and drill the well deeper. Drillers have already gone down 2,615 ft. in the second well without finding any indications of either oil or gas. The first well was drilled about 3,000 ft. by drillers from Binghamton. When this depth was reached the work had to be abandoned on account of the drill becoming fastened in the hole and could not be gotten out.

Lake View - The Lake View Baptist Church has united with the Jackson Baptist Church.

North Bridgewater - Guy Angle, who is employed with the Kilmer Swamp Root Company, of Binghamton, is located at Crystal Springs, Miss., for a short time, and says it is nice, warm weather there, and seems like the “good old summer time.”

Brooklyn - A box social was held at the Tewksbury House on Friday night. A good time was reported by all present. ALSO: The dancing school held at this place is proving a great success, many new scholars coming every night it is held.

News Brief - The new five-cent pieces, which have been put in circulation, are considered a much better design than the nickel now in general circulation. On one side is the reproduction of the head of an Indian. At the top is the word “Liberty,” and at the bottom the year. On the other side appears the figure of a buffalo and the denomination of coin. The design is very simple. ALSO: W. H. Taft, professor of law at Yale, will receive $5,000 salary. Howard Jones, football coach, will receive $4000 “wages” a year.

Montrose - A most unique party was given by Miss Lyda Beebe last Tuesday afternoon, at her home on Cherry street. The guests were appropriately attired in Puritan and old fashioned costumes. The rooms were furnished with old fashioned furniture. The decorations were mementoes of the olden days. The entertainment was in keeping with the occasion, consisting of old fashioned songs and readings. A typical New England dinner was served in the candle--lighted dining room; old fashion dishes and silver were used, which completely carried out the idea of the party.

Brushville - There was no school last week on account of the illness of the teacher, Walter Mosher. We are pleased to say he is better and school opened again today.

Lawton - The automobile accident on Thursday of last week caused quite a sensation. Ude LaRue while out with his car, lost control of the machine and went over a steep bank. The car was badly wrecked but the occupants were uninjured. Leon Granger, Ralph Bunnell and Russell Kunkle were the other passengers. The accident happened along the road near Lawton at a point where grading had been done for the proposed S & B railroad; the machine swerved toward the bank and in bringing it back into the road it lunged in the opposite direction over the embankment. The top of the machine, which was up, was badly stove in, and the seats, guards, windshield and trimmings were bent or broken and both axles were bent. The machine is not considered beyond repair.

Susquehanna County - “Susquehanna County Formed 103 Years Ago Today.” It was formed of a part of Luzerne by an act of Legislature, passed Feb. 21, 1810, but it was not fully organized, with county officers appointed, until the fall of 1812, at the home of Isaac Post in Bridgewater township. Persons were selected to be recommended to the governor to fill the several offices necessary to complete the organization of the county. The county commissioners were Bartlett Hinds, Labron Capron, and Isaac Brownson. Hon. John B. Gibson was the first president judge of the district, which embraced Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga and Wayne counties. The county seat was located at Montrose in July 1811. Montrose was incorporated as a borough in 1824. The first deed recorded was dated July 24, 1812, conveying 439 acres in Bridgewater Twp., valued at $300, which was purchased by Elias Whitmore from W. Mitchell and his wife, Hanna. Susquehanna county, when first organized, contained only 10 townships. Willingborough—changed to Great Bend in 1814, was the first township and was organized in April 1793. Nicholson, now Lenox, was organized in 1795. Lawsville, embracing what is now Liberty and the greater part of Franklin, organized in 1798. (Continued next week……)

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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