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February 29 1924/2024

Montrose – Not in many years has so much interest been shown in matters historic as was exhibited by the people of Montrose and vicinity in connection with the unveiling of the memorial tablet presented to Susquehanna County by Montrose Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. The handsome tablet named 185 soldiers who rest in the County’s bosom. The speaker, Homer Greene, spoke the following words: “These common soldiers of the Revolution, you didn’t stop to inquire into their family tree, to investigate their financial standing, their social status, their religion, before adding their names to your roll of honor. It was enough for you that, as soldiers of the Continental armies, they fought a good fight and kept faith with their country and their fellowmen. You can rest assured that they did not go into battle because they loved war. There was nothing compulsory about their enlistment; there was no government that had power to conscript them. They didn’t fight under the blazing summer sun that day at Monmouth; they didn’t shiver and suffer and die amid the snows of Valley Forge for the mere love of adventure or for any financial reward, or for any selfish purpose. They fought because they believed profoundly in the things for which they were fighting; they fought for a cause because they believed in the cause, and it was only through that belief and that spirit that they were able at last to come off victorious.” [The tablet is on display in the Court House.]

Brooklyn – The sale of the old Col. Frederick Bailey homestead is one of the largest real estate transactions made in town for many years. This farm, consisting of between four and five hundred acres of land, was bought by Col. Bailey in 1807 and was his residence until 1851, the time of his death, when it was purchased by his son, H. L. Bailey. Upon the death of H. L. Bailey it was inherited by his only child, Mrs. M. W. Palmer, and was for over one hundred years a noted stock and dairy farm. For the past few years it has been occupied by the Ely Brothers, who have now purchased it, the consideration being $15,000.

Auburn Twp. – Helen Josephine and Anna Lott Loomis, four months old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Loomis, of Craig Hill, died on Friday and Saturday last. Their illnesses were both of the same nature—stomach and intentional trouble. Both little bodies were placed in the same casket and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon, with interment in Bunnell cemetery. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of many friends.

Birchardville – Ball Brothers, Marshall and Clayton, have killed 44 raccoons this winter, and 14 foxes, besides a number of mink. The former was in Montrose on Monday with an armful of fine fox pelts on which he collected the bounties.

North Jackson – Geo. V. Larrabee, has been employed with the large book publishing house of Geo. P. Putnam Sons, New York, since December. Mr. Larrabee’s duties largely consist in making up lists of books for public libraries, and securing the books for these institutions. He has just secured fifty volumes at a reasonable figure for the Jackson library.

Susquehanna – Thieves robbed the home of S. H. Hersch, Wednesday night of last week, of the equivalent of a truckload of canned fruit.

Entrance to the cellar was affected by cutting out the glass in the cellar door and unlocking it from the inside. The robbers took the precaution of loosening all the electric light bulbs in their sockets so that a person switching on the current would be unable to light the cellar. The work was done so quietly that parties in the house heard no noise. Chief of Police Stockholm is working on clues, which may lead to arrests.

Snake Creek Road – An effort is being made to have a hard surfaced road constructed along the Snake Creek from Montrose to a point near Conklin, NY. This road would go through Franklin Forks, Lawsville and Brookdale, which is but a few miles from Binghamton. This route would greatly shorten the distance for motor traffic from Binghamton southward to Wilkes-Barre and southern Pa. It would divert a great deal of the traffic from the Lackawanna Trail.

Forest City – Mike McNally, utility man for the New York Yankees, while here last week, had words of praise for Steve Shamro, our local southpaw, and said he was big league timber. He was confident that if given a trial in the major league Shamro would be placed on the pay rolls. He will not be satisfied until Shamro is placed where he has belonged for some time—in the major league. ALSO Rural mail carriers are experiencing great difficulty in their deliveries. Portions of roads have heavy drifts piled up by the storm of a week ago. The road between here and Dundaff is blocked and no effort has been made to open the road.

Springville – Everyone here has been busy of late filling ice houses. The Dairymen’s League completed theirs, getting the ice at States’ Pond.

South Montrose – One of the saddest tragedies, which has occurred in this vicinity, took place near here, when Arlene Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stone, three years old, was fatally burned and a brother, Byrd, aged 11 years, was also badly burned. The accident is said to have been caused by Byrd pouring gasoline on a fire, which was supposed to have gone out. A spark exploded the fluid and in an instant the boy and his sister were ablaze. The children were alone at the time, the mother having gone to a neighbors and the father being employed at the South Montrose factory. Margaret Rafferty, her father and brother, Frank, ran to the home and carried the children out, while tearing off their burning clothing. Dr. Mackey attended children and took them to his hospital in Montrose, where Byrd was later taken to Scranton. The funeral of Arlene was held in O’Brien’s funeral home and interment was made in the Montrose Cemetery.

Dimock – The Parent-Teacher meeting was well attended. Many important things came up for discussion, among them the possibility of making the Dimock school a four-year high school the coming year. There are a surprising number of people in favor of this proposition.

Uniondale – Our public library needs funds. It is necessary that cash be obtained to insure the maintenance of the library, which is an inestimable benefit in the community. It has been proposed that our young people rally to their support and hold entertainments. Who will take up the initiative?

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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