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January 14 1904/2004

Forest City - Two Forest City men, Daniel Lewis and Andrew Kilkullen, were killed and six injured in a collision between two electric mine motors in the Erie mine at that place.

Susquehanna - The officials of the First Methodist church are considering the advisability of purchasing of George Starkweather, the two vacant lots and dwelling house on River and Broad Streets, upon which to erect a new house of worship. The dwelling house would be used as a parsonage.

Rush - Clarence Gary, of Colorado, is visiting his home and many friends in this place.

New Milford - The New Milford band will conduct an old time dance at the Opera House Friday evening, January 22, for the benefit of the organization; tickets 75 cents; supper served at the Jay House.

Forest Lake - Suel and Asa Warner are filling their ice houses from the Lake.

Jackson - George Gelatt, after an absence of nearly a year at Hepner, Oregon, is at home for the winter.

Franklin Forks - The mercury stood at zero Tuesday morning and one week ago at Snow's Mill it was 32 below, and at Summers' and Wheaton's, 30 below.

North Bridgewater - A sleigh load of 16 people of this place spent a very pleasant evening at C. R. Fancher's. The hours were spent playing the popular games of Flinch and Panic.

Silver Lake - Mother Mary DeChantal, of Villa Maria Convent, West Chester, PA, died Jan. 10, 1904, at the convent where she had presided as Sister Superior for 16 years. Mother DeChantal was formerly Miss Katharine Hays, a daughter of the late Patrick Hays, of Silver Lake, PA, an early settler in Susquehanna County, where she was born 62 years ago. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mahoney, of Silver Lake; Mother Mary Columba, of West Chester, who is Sister Superior of the Boys' College; and nine brothers, Rev. Father T. W. Hays, of Centralia, PA; ex-Alderman Matthew Hays, of Binghamton; Maurice, of Washington; Daniel, of Emporium, PA; John, of DuBois, PA; Aloysius and Frank of Bradford, PA; and James and Joseph, of Colorado. Mother DeChantal joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary forty-four years ago. At the age of 15 she was a teacher in Silver Lake Township.

Glenwood - We think there should be some stir about the re-building of our bridge at Upper Glenwood, as the non-building is depriving children of their school.

Montrose - Owing to the abandoned trips by D.L.&W. and L. V. trains, Wednesday night, on account of impassable snow drifts, accommodations at the Tarbell House were taxed to full capacity, every bed being occupied by from one to three guests. The difference in the climate between Montrose and Scranton was illustrated when a snowplow was telephoned for to open up the L. & M.'s tracks. It had rained all day in that city, so the request for a snowplow seemed absurd, and the train officials here had some difficulty in convincing them they were not "joshing."

Elkdale - We think Elkdale has claim to the honor of having a citizen who has resided longest in the same place and that is Joel Stevens, a gentleman of 98 years, who has always lived in that town. Mr. Stevens is one of the many thrifty and prosperous agriculturists who have lived for many decades, almost within the shadow of Elk Mountain, he having been among the earliest to make his home in that beautiful region. Although ripe in years he is still possessed of much activity and frequently takes long walks around his extensive farm. That he will become one of the county's centenarians seems very probable. [ Joel Stevens died January 8, 1905].

Friendsville - The Catholic Light, of Scranton, in its last issue, contains an article on "Gerald Griffin's Work and Life," which will be of interest to many in this county, who are proud of the fact to belong to this noted Irish family. The gifted author's parents' remains repose in the little churchyard at Friendsville, while Brother Joseph, as he was after many years known to his friends, sleeps in a lowly grave in the cemetery at North Monastery, Cork, Ireland. The article is a reprint from the Holy Family magazine, and its writer is Katherine E. Conway.

Great Bend - Charles Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Smith, of Great Bend, and a sailor in the U. S. Navy, is critically ill in a Philadelphia hospital as the result of exposure and injuries received in a shipwreck. During a storm a government transport was driven ashore while en route from Port Tampa to Philadelphia. The crew and passengers drifted in small boats to a barren island and before relief arrived, were nearly starved. On re-embarking several of the small boats were swamped and it was necessary for some of the sailors to don life jackets and jump overboard, running their chances of being picked up. One of the brave men to respond to the captain's order was Mr. Smith, who nearly perished from exposure before he was rescued by a passing steamer. The father of the young man is now in Philadelphia. AND C. G. Chaffee, 70 years old and a resident of Great Bend, was killed at Gardner's Crossing, one mile west of Conklin, on Wednesday afternoon, while on his return from Binghamton, by Lackawanna train No. 6. The snow was falling fast when he reached the crossing, and his head was down to protect his fact. It is quite evident that he did not hear the approaching train. Mr. Chaffee and the horse were killed instantly, and the sleigh smashed into fragments. Mr. Chaffee formerly owned The Chaffee House in Hallstead.

Lanesboro - The State Board of Health has appropriated $1,100 for Lanesboro to pay the expenses of the sanitary policemen during the smallpox epidemic last summer. The epidemic cost the borough about $1,800.

Brooklyn - The entertainment given last Friday at the Presbyterian church was the best of its kind that has been in town for some time. Mr. Kirk has a rare gift both as an impersonator and elocutionist. The singing of Mrs. E. M. Tiffany and Lillian Byram, of Hopbottom, was excellent.

Auburn - Terrance Smith, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Auburn Township, Sunday, Jan. 3, 1904, from heart disease and dropsy, his age being about 62 years. He is survived by a wife and one brother, John, of Springville, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Kernan, of Briar Ridge.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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