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January 11 1918/2018

Montrose – Judge A.B. Smith was sworn in as president judge of Susquehanna county, for a term of ten years, on Saturday. ALSO Through the generosity of Mrs. Winfield Martin, the Spinster club is being furnished with khaki yarn, which, when knitted up into sweaters, helmets, scarfs and wristers, is to be turned over to our local Red Cross. Mrs. Martin has volunteered to keep the club members supplied with yarn as long as there is need for the knitted articles, thus materially aiding our Red Cross.

West Auburn – Glenn Hall, who was in training at Camp Meade as a soldier, died at the camp on Sunday night. Death was due to measles, followed by pneumonia. The young man had spent the Christmas furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Hall, and had enjoyed seeing his relatives and friends, but complained shortly before returning of feeling ill.

Springville – The ice harvesters are busy these days.  During this extreme cold wave the mercury has been reported as low as 30 degrees below in some places in this vicinity.

Apolacon Township – Michael A. Reardon has been appointed mercantile appraiser for the coming year by the board of county commissioners.

Scranton – To Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Shafer, on Friday, Jan. 4, 1918, a daughter, Katherine Bentley Shafer.

Elk Lake – Mr. and Mrs. John Arnold were surprised by a company of friends gathering at their home on New Year’s eve to dance the old year out and the new year in. Refreshments were served by the ladies.

St. Joseph – Leo Sweeney, aged 15, son of John Sweeney, died very suddenly on New Year’s morning. ALSO Serenus O’Connell, who has been spending his Xmas vacation with his mother, has returned to St. Francis Seminary, Loretta, Pa.

Harford – Will Robinson had the misfortune to have a cow struck by an automobile last Friday. Her leg was broken and so they butchered her immediately. Mr. Robinson seems to have hard luck and the neighbors sympathize with him in the heavy loss of the nice heifer.

Susquehanna – The Christmas music at St. John’s Catholic church was fine and greatly appreciated by those present, of which there were many Protestants as well as Catholics attending, with the musical part of the Christmas service especially in mind. ALSO The intense cold weather hit here as well as the rest of the county. In different parts of the town, Sunday last, the temperature registered 29 degrees below zero, while up at Lanesboro it is reported as being 32 degrees below. The worst of it is a lack of coal, although hopes of a supply this week are indicated.

New Milford – Moss VanCott, who went west about three years ago, spent Christmas with relatives here.  He recently enlisted in the engineer corps in Salt Lake City, and has been assigned to Camp Meade.

East Lynn – Miss Lena Della Wiggins, the well-known elocutionist, will give some readings at the East Lynn school house, on the evening of Jan. 12. During intermission Rev. Rumbaugh will give a reading; also a duet by Stark Miller and wife. A large attendance is desired.

Lanesboro – A determined effort to blow up the big Starrucca Viaduct, was discovered by the day watchman, Adelbert Opie. He started to walk across the bridge when he discovered the bomb imbedded in loose stones placed on the west end of the structure. The glint of the tin in the early morning light attracted his attention. Upon picking up the can he discovered it was a bomb with a fuse attached. The fuse had been lighted and burned considerably, evidently going out when struck by the wind. Only four inches of fuse remained and this means that the big bridge, one of the largest in the world, was only four inches from destruction or serious damage. Opie turned the bomb over to the Erie officials at Susquehanna. The bomb was well made and carefully sealed.

Thompson – Miss Ruth Crosier returned to her home here, having completed her three years’ course in nurse training at Burns’ hospital, graduating with honors. Miss Crosier is to be congratulated and we wish her success in her vocation.

Forest City – On Monday evening about 9 o’clock, eighteen cars were derailed on the Erie R.R. near the water tank in the upper end of the borough. Traffic was suspended for several hours, the wreckage covering both tracks.

Clifford – William Lott, Sr., one of the oldest and best known residents of Clifford, passed away at the home of his son, Bert, on Jan. 4. Death followed an illness of only three days. Mr. Lott was 80 years of age and had been a life-long resident of Clifford. For many years he carried on a blacksmith business and was a superior workman. He is survived by two sons, Bert and William.

News Brief: Now that coal is selling at around $8 a ton, one of the best investments you can make is an ash sifter—yes, one of those old sifters we used to use regularly 20 years ago when coal was around $4 a ton. You cut a third off the coal bill. They still sell those old sifters in any well-regulated hardware store.  Don’t be ashamed to ask for one.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, January 10, 1818.

*We had no mail last Monday which must account for the barrenness of our paper. We know of no excuse the carrier can make unless it be that it was rather foggy one night.

*TAKE NOTICE.  Notice is hereby given, that a meeting will be held at the house of C. Carr in this village on Saturday evening next, for the purpose of forming a LIBRARY.  All persons who may wish to become members are requested to attend.  Montrose, January 10, 1818.

*PAY THE BLACKSMITH. All persons indebted to Curtis & Coy for work done at their shop are requested to call and settle between this and the first of February or they may depend on being called upon in a different manner. All those that calculate to pay in grain must bring it by the 20th of the present month.  CURTIS & COY.  Montrose, Jan. 9th, 1818.

*MARRIED In this Township on Thursday last by the Rev. Davis Dimock, Mr. David Wilson to Miss Sabre Tanner, all of this Township. [Probably Bridgewater Twp.]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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