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January 07 1916/2016

East Bridgewater – Dr. Carl Aldrich, of Clarks Summit, was engaged here Friday. Mr. Aldrich was a former East Bridgewater boy, but is now a veterinarian with a rapidly expanding practice in Lackawanna county.  He often has calls from Susquehanna county.

Lenox – Wedding bells were ringing in our neighborhood last week, when Deronda Bennett and Miss Gladys McDonald were quietly married.  We all wish them happiness and prosperity.

Susquehanna – Mr. Eckles, the superintendent of the Delaware Division, has been promoted to the superintendent of the Buffalo Division. Train master, J. W. Foote, of the same division, also goes to Buffalo. L. W. Rockefeller will be the new train master at this place. ALSO Miss Mary Fitzgerald and Wm. McClelland were married at 8 o’clock at St. John’s church, Tuesday, Dec. 28. After a short wedding trip they will reside here.

St. Joseph – The death of Miss Mary Jane Sweeney occurred at her late home at St. Joseph on Dec. 28, 1915. Miss Sweeney belonged to one of the old first families of St. Joseph that figured in the days when the college stood near the church in the valley. Her ancestry shared the joys and privileges of the college days and made many friends among the students who came from all parts of the country to receive training at the hands of the Christian Brothers who located there from Philadelphia and other places. The old convent was not far from her parents’ home—but the two landmarks have passed out of existence, and the early settlers for the most part are resting in the little cemetery which forms a part of the churchyard, which is dotted with not a few white crosses as memorials for the dead. Miss Sweeney was one of the owners of the famous spring built by the Indians on their farm many years ago, the water therefrom having been used in nearby cities and towns for several years past. The only surviving members of the family are—Miss Margaret Sweeney, an instructress in the Indian Government School, at Carlisle, PA, and Miss Anastasia Sweeney, formerly a teacher in the Susquehanna county schools, who resides at home. Daniel, a brother, who had charge of the old spring for many years, passed away about seven years ago.

Birchardville – Morris Baker has returned to his work at the Philadelphia School of Business, after spending a week’s vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Baker.

Montrose – W. W. Nash, our pioneer florist, has installed a new heating plant in his greenhouses at South View gardens.  A boiler house has been erected and a large seven-section boiler placed therein. This will provide the popular florist with greater “bench” space in his greenhouses—by the removal of the former heater—and will also permit a more uniform temperature. Taking time by the forelock he already has preparations well under way for the Easter trade. ALSO Rufus Sayre, 70 years old, died in the Southampton Hospital, at Southampton, L. I., on Saturday.  He was ill only a few days with pneumonia. He was a direct descendant of the original settlers of Southampton in 1640.  His parents were Captain Edward Sayre and Mary Scott Sayre.  He was unmarried and lived a quiet, retired life at his home in Meetinghouse lane. A brother, the Rev. Edward W. Sayre, of Gering, Neb., and a nephew, Edward C. Sayre, of Binghamton, NY, survive him. [Descendants of the Sayre family also lived, and still live, in Montrose.]

Springville – There is considerable agitation looking to the building of a creamery here in the near future. Many of the patrons are dissatisfied with the prices being paid for milk at the local station.

Rush – U. W. LaRue’s garage is nearly completed. An ever-increasing business made necessary a much larger stock room. Besides his agency for cars, he will run an up-to-date supply and repair department. Low water in the mill pond, caused by a break in the Wyalusing dam, will make it difficult to secure ice for local supply.Plans for a new dam are being made.

Auburn Center – January 1 was the fifty-sixth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. George Tewksbury. They are living in the same house in which the wedding took place and during the fifty-six years of their married life many changes have taken place in that vicinity. Of the twenty-five or thirty guests present at the wedding, only two are still living, Mrs. Samantha Linaberry, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Maria Bowman, of Meshoppen.

Stevensville/Auburn –Mrs. Geo. Jones, of Auburn, entertained on New Year’s, Mr. and Mrs. C. F Chase and daughter, Martin Smith, and grandson, of Stevensville, and Mrs. Emmons of Auburn 4 Corners. Mr. Smith is an uncle of Mrs. Jones and spent his boyhood days in this vicinity. He moved to Stevensville when a boy of ten. He served three years in the Civil War, and was in a number of battles among them the battle of the Wilderness, Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg. He says, in regard to the last mentioned battle, his regiment supported the artillery fire in which Pickett’s famous charge was made and of his company of one hundred men, seventy-five were killed and several wounded, he being shot through both legs. He lay on the battlefield one day and night before being brought to the hospital.

Silver Lake – Melvin Chapman, who lives in the vicinity of Richmond Hill, was sentenced to one hundred days in jail and the costs incurred in the case, by F. A. Davies, Esq., yesterday, he having made a confession that he had shot the doe in this township recently, and that his son-in-law, William Dennison, had nothing to do with the affair.  Dennison, at a hearing held last week, swore that he was innocent and that his father-in-law had told him he had done it. Mrs. Dennison went to Homer, NY, where she located Mr. Chapman and brought him to Montrose, where the plea of guilty was entered. He stated that he thought the animal was a buck when he shot it, but when he found it to be a doe thought it high time to be getting out of this part of the country.

New Road: That the State Highway Department will build a macadamized road from Montrose to Heart Lake, and from thence to New Milford, and to Hallstead, and will begin operations just as soon as the weather will permit in the spring, is the best of news that the Democrat could bring to its readers this week—and this is practically assured. The highway department is now negotiating with Montrose borough for the lease of its stone crusher, engine, etc., to be used in this job and says the lease must start April 15th.  Montrose will brick pave the street from the western end of the borough to the borough line near Harrington’s Mills in the spring; New Milford is to pave the main street of the town; a fine macadamized road already extends from the state line to Hallstead. To connect these several pieces of good roads is following a policy of the State Highway Department.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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