February 7 1896/1996
Dimock - The ladies of the Dimock Baptist Aid Society will hold a Valentine and Box social at the residence of T.H. Baker, Dimock, Friday eve, Feb. 14, 1896.
North Jackson - C.S. Bryant improved the sleighing by hauling logs to Pope's mill.
Forest Lake - Ignataous Broderick and James Kelley have erected a brick still on Cafferty hill.
Susquehanna - At about 3 o'clock on Friday morning last five burglars entered the Church Hill store of A.J. Shew, by forcing the front door. They blew open the door of the Marvin Safe, but made such a racket that they awoke several of the neighbors, when they fled without opening the cash box of the safe, which contained about $60. They secured about $5 in nickels from the counter drawer. The safe was ruined. It was not the work of professionals.
Forest City- Arthur Sidman, an actor of considerable note, will appear at Davis' opera house on Feb. 24 in a play entitled "A Summer Shower." He was here about a year ago and played "Squire Haskins." A Summer Shower is the same play in a new setting. This calls to mind the fact that at the time of Sidman's former visit there was no guard rail at the north end of the opera house, and that after the performance he walked off into a ditch eight or ten feet deep tearing and spoiling the suit of clothes that he wore. The wonder is that he did not break his neck. Sidman was mad all over, and the language that he used for a few minutes was not Puritanical. He threatened to sue the borough for damages but, it is said, was persuaded to desist in consideration of a sum sufficient to replace his ruined garments. There is a guard rail there now.
Brookdale - At Brookdale, last week, occurred the death of Barton Hinchman, one of the oldest pioneers of this section. The date of Mr. Hinchman' s birth, taken from a leaf in an old family Bible, showed him to have reached the extreme age of 106 years.[yet another report said].Mr. Hinchman, an aged resident of Brookdale, was buried last Tuesday. His age was nearly 97 years. [alas, one more report said that Mr. Hinchman was either "almost 100 or over 100."
Lakeside - The candy pull and social at A. Tanner's Tuesday evening, was largely attended.
West Lenox - No school last week. The teacher was sick. AND Nelvin Empet is now prepared for blacksmithing.
New Milford - It is now rumored that the New Milford Comet band will soon be reorganized.
Montrose - A fall of snow on Tuesday gave promise of affording the excellent sleighing which has been so long wished for, but a heavy rain yesterday morning dissolved both hope and snow. With the rain a heavy east wind prevailed, doing considerable damage. Many trees were blown over or badly broken, windows blown out and chimneys tipped over. A window in the Methodist Church was torn from its fastenings and broken; also one broken in the Baptist church. W.G. Parke's barn near the lop of McCollum hill, was blown down and completely demolished, as was also a barn on the old Frazier farm, and one on Harvey Tiffany farm, near Heart Lake. The roof of the ventilator on the L&M engine, was taken from over Engineer Spence's head by the violent wind, and had to be replaced and nailed down. From all over the country came reports of serious damages by wind and flood.
Burnwood - Many of our people are busy hauling acid wood to the [acid] factories, as sleighing is growing better at present. Many are busy harvesting ice.
Little Meadows - We were pained to hear of the sudden death of little Mabel, youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Kimbal, last week, from scarlet fever. It is sad indeed to lose these little ones whom we love, and would keep. God removes these lambs from the world of sin and sorrow to His heavenly fold to rest from all pain. Little Mabel was a bright, winsome child of nearly five years; the joy of the home now bereft, sad and lonely. Mr. & Mrs. Kimball have the sympathy of all in their great bereavement.
Compiled By: Betty Smith