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January 18 1918/2018

Forest City – Two ladies from this place attended a meeting of a certain society in Uniondale recently. They became absorbed in the deliberations and when they came from the meeting they found that the train had gone. There they were and Forest City six miles away. They had to prepare breakfast for their hubbies the following morning and the only alternative was to walk. And they did. ALSO Monday morning when M.H. Loomis, the milkman, stepped into the Model Restaurant for lunch, he left his team standing in front of the restaurant. He had hardly entered when his team became frightened and ran on the sidewalk and into Morris Kasson’s plate glass window and broke it into a hundred pieces. They then backed out and proceeded across the street, but turned before they got to the McGrath barber shop and ran down the street to where they collided with E.E. Horton’s laundry sleigh in front of the Candy Kitchen, and were stopped. The sleigh pole struck the Horton horse near the shoulder and inflicted a ragged wound. The shafts of the Horton sleigh were smashed.  No damage was done to the Loomis team or to the load of milk.

Uniondale – Section Foreman Gettle is kept busy in his efforts to keep the railroad clear of snow. It is shovel, shovel, from early morning to close of day and then the same thing is repeated at night. With the deep falls of snow and the numerous wrecks the men feel the severe strain.

Montrose – Fire completely destroyed the large planing mill, owned and operated by Clark L. Stephens, in the rear of the Exchange Hotel property, South Main street. Poor water pressure at the start could not help to quell the flames and the building was practically burned to the ground. Acting Chief D.A. Watrous, Geo. B. Felker, Carlisle Smith and G.D. Ayres, as well as several others, had a narrow escape when the west wall gave way and the blazing timbers crashed outward. The mill was originally built for a fork factory and as such was operated by the late Azur and George Lathrop, it having been started shortly after the Crandall toy factory burned in the late ‘80’s.

Susquehanna – Plans are being considered by the Erie railroad for the enlarging of the shops here. The main shops of the Erie are located there and with enlargement it will mean that hundreds of men will have to be brought here. The company is asking the co-operation of the residents of the town in housing the men. At the present time a force of men have been engaged at the Shops, putting in a big steam hammer, which will be used to pound up large masses of scrap iron and steel into frames for locomotives. Several tons of metal are being heated at a time before being placed under the big hammer to be pounded into the desired shape.

Hop Bottom – Those who like whole-wheat bead know there is nothing more wholesome. Parties who have been unable to secure this kind of flour will be interested to know that the Foster Milling Co., of this place, has a liberal supply now in stock.

Harford – The high school has decided to purchase a service flag in honor of the young men who have been drafted or volunteered. Thus far, the names are: Claude Lewis, Frank Bell, Harold Adams, Ross Greenwood, Frank Hill, Howard Meade, Eldridge Shoupe, Paul Smith, Simon March, Hallie Forsythe, Stanley Adams, Paul Wilcox, Wayne Booth, George Booth, William Gillispie, Henry Jones, Clayton Sweetser, Washington Gow, Clifton Brainard, Bruce Hawley, Otwell Potter, Harold Chamberlain and Prof. Leigh Allen.

Brooklyn – Delbert, young son of Archie Salisbury, had the misfortune to have his hand caught in the cogs of a fodder cutter one day last week and three fingers were so badly injured that it was necessary to amputate them.  Dr Preston attended him.

Clifford – W.C. Richards and G.S. Hallstead are both well-known citizens of this place, and a pair of sturdier, more imposing men would be difficult to picture. Both stand over 6 ft., with symmetrical, well-proportioned bodies, and it is unnecessary to assert that they always command attention and respect—especially the latter, when in the presence of men the size of the writer, at least. They appear as chummy as boys, though their hair is tinged with gray.  Both have seen the day when they could split and pile four cords of wood in a day, with their axes, so they said, and after looking them over casually, we did not feel it discreet to question any assertions they might chose to make, especially when they are together.

Lanesboro – The finding of what was thought to be a bomb under the Starrucca bridge has been reported to be a practical joke, as it proved to be a can filled with water. However strict vigilance should be maintained as the destruction of this important bridge would sadly cripple the transporting ability of the Erie, as well as destroying one of the wonders of stone bridge construction.

Silver Lake – The sleighing is fine. The skating on Quaker Lake and Laurel Lake was fine before the last snow.

Birchardville – A cablegram received by C.D. Dayton announced the safe arrival of the ship on which his son, Elmer Dayton, was a passenger, at a foreign port. He will act as a Y.M.C.A. secretary in France.

200 Years Ago from the Montrose Centinel, Montrose, Pa, January 18, 1818.

*A bill passed the Lower House to incorporate a company for the purpose of making a Turnpike from this place to Nicholas M,Carty’s in New Milford. After the holidays are over and the members get regulated we shall rejoice. Thousands of dollars of public money are annually squandered away by the public servants in this state in keeping, what they call the holidays, which continue two weeks. Such things are abominable, and ought to be abolished.

*Reward to Revolutionary Soldiers. “We cannot omit introducing a circumstance which shews [correct spelling] the timely benevolence of the President in calling the attention of Congress to this subject; --which is—that within a few hours of the moment we are now writing, we were supplicated by an aged man (say of 63) for the donation of a quarter of a dollar, to purchase food; he declared that for 18 hours he had not broken his fast, and was destitute of a cent. This person, whose look confirmed his distress, we know, was a captain of Artillery in the United States army, at the commencement of the revolution; was severely wounded in the campaign of 1776 on Long Island; was a long time a prisoner; served through the war of Independence, and obtained the brevet of Major at its conclusion” Boston Cent

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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