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January 05 1917/2017

Forest City – Milvern Wimple and sister, Gladys and Mrs. Helen Miller, witnessed “Romeo & Juliet” at the Forest City movies on Monday evening.

Montrose – An expert foot specialist from Chicago will be in attendance at I. Stein’s store on South Main street, January 19th and 20th to demonstrate Dr. Scholl’s Specialties for the relief and correction of all foot ailments; entirely free. Make an appointment now. ALSO Ice, 10 inches thick and of good quality, is being cut on Lake Mont Rose.  The Borden ice house is being filled, but the general harvest has hardly been started.

East Kingsley – Thieves have been plying their trade at this place.  A harness was taken from the barn of E. E. Titus and the same night a horse and wagon was stolen from the barn belonging to Frank Pratt, near Hopbottom. ALSO The Xmas exercises in both churches were well attended and a good time enjoyed by all.  Old Santa talked and sang to the great enjoyment of the children.

Springville – On Thursday evening of last week a party of young people were entertained by Miss Vida Edwards at her home here, the guest of honor being her brother, Charles, who is spending his vacation there.  Dainty refreshments were served and games were indulged in till a late hour, when all returned to their respective homes having spent a very pleasant evening. Those present were: Elizabeth Button, Mildred Titman, Leora Stevens, George Loomis, Edna Mae Brown, Vida Edwards, Charles Edwards, Earle Sherman, Harold Titman, Hugh Lott, Stewart Button and Ralph Ferguson.

Uniondale – Miss Frances Westgate, of this place, and Prof. Frank Sheffel, of Rush, were united in marriage, in Scranton, on Dec. 23, by Rev. George P. Eckman, pastor of Elm Park M.E. church. They will reside in Rush. Prof. Sheffel was formerly principal of the Uniondale schools.

South Auburn – There is no school this week, Miss French having been called home by the death of her father. ALSO The Auburn correspondent reported that Fred Chamberlin met with an accident at the Bunnell farm from which he was very fortunate to escape with his life. While pitching hay from the top of the barn mow, his hold with the fork suddenly gave away and he fell backwards over the “big beam” to the floor below, striking across the press and although no bones were broken, he received severe and painful bruises. That a heavy man could take such a fall without sustaining more serious injuries seems little short of a miracle.

Franklin Twp. – Mrs. Wm. Austin, Mrs. Wm. Sisson, Mrs. Wm. Foot and mother, Mrs. Jane Chapin, who is 86 years old, were entertained at the home of Mrs. Wm. Smith, last Thursday. After a bountiful dinner, all enjoyed the afternoon visiting and looking at the many beautiful presents which Mrs. Smith received for Christmas. Mr. Smith received a present from his sister of an enlarged picture of herself. ALSO Charles Palmer has recently installed electric lights in his house and barn. Surely, farming pays at his place.

Dimock – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Max Gregory, Dec. 22, a son, Lester Herbert.

South Ararat – George Tinklepaugh has secured a position as guard at the Fairview [Farview] hospital, near Honesdale. His friends wish him success. [Farview was founded by an act of the state legislature on May 11, 1905 as the first and only institution in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of the criminally insane.] ALSO The funeral of Dallas Carpenter was held Monday at the Ararat Presbyterian church. He had been almost a life-long resident here. He was about 80 years of age. He was laid to rest in the Ararat cemetery, beside so many of his kindred who have gone on before him.

Harford – On Dec. 22 the pupils of the High School gave an operetta in the Odd Fellows Hall. The operetta was one of the finest entertainments of its kind ever given in this place. Each part was well rendered and many novel costumes were seen.  It is hoped that it will be repeated again in the near future.

News Brief: Deaths among Civil War veterans made large gaps in the government’s pension roll during the past year. More than 50,000 of the old soldiers passed from the pension list, reducing their total to 208,080, hardly a third of what it was 18 years ago. ALSO A year ago an Aurora, NY, a girl advertised, at a cost of $11.25, for a husband and she was successful. Last Saturday he died, leaving her $19,000, or a net profit of $18,989.75. We simply cannot refrain from remarking that it pays to advertise.

The Decline of Quilting: Another fast-vanishing Vermont art is quilting.  When one feels chilly these bitter nights and pulls around him the store bedclothes which most of us use, how we miss the old-fashioned quilt, which was frost-proof, nearly ever-wearing and contributed besides to the artistic spirit of mankind! A quilt designed by an old-time housewife, tied at a “bee,” full of generous padding and exhibiting its gorgeous evening face to the tired bed-seeker, was quite a different thing from the factory-made substitute which gives neither adequate warmth nor esthetic pleasure.  Sleeping under a crazy quilt did not make the sleeper crazy. Even folks who possess the priceless old-fashioned quilt are apt to hide it under the frivolity of a “spread” so that neither the pictorial beauties nor the promise of satisfying protection appeal to the eye, but it is lamentably true that even by counting these hidden treasures, the visible supply of quilts has disappeared. We are no busier people today than we were when grandmother tied her last quilt, but we have less time for such work.  We waste more, both in time and energy and we are too apt to join with people who think old-fashioned things out of date. A native characteristic effort like a hand-made quilt is never out of date. It is not only excellent industry, but it makes for conservation; it saves money, utilizes waste, and a quilt is also a fine barrier against our climate.  From the Rutland [Vermont] Herald.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Jan. 4, 1817.

  *Melancholy Accident – On Monday evening last, 7 or 8 young Ladies were crossing the north branch of the Susquehanna, nearly opposite Mr. Gaskins, for the purpose of attending singing school—when melancholy to relate, the canoe in which they were, struck a cake of ice and a young woman, daughter of Mr. Joseph Skinner, was drowned—the others saved themselves by holding to the canoe until they were relieved by Messrs. John Gaskin, Jonathan Gaskin and Abraham Gulick—to whom great credit is due for their humane exertions. The body of the young woman has not yet been found. Danville Express.

  *Distressing Accident – A son of Mr. Welton, living on Snake Creek, in Lawsville township, about 4 years old, fell into a kettle of boiling water on the 22nd. ult [ult meaning month before], And was so shockingly scalded that he survived but a short time.

  *MARRIED. – On the 29th ult., by Joshua W. Raynsford, Esq., Mr. Elijah Bullard, of Springville, to Miss Phebe Deans, daughter of Deacon Zebulon Deans, of Bridgewater.

  *DIED – In Lawsville [Liberty] township, on the 23 ult., Mr. John Staple, after a long and tedious illness.

LOOK OUT! For the LAST time I inform those that are indebted to me that I must and WILL have a settlement immediately. ASA PARK Bridgewater, Jan. 4, 1817.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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