January 20 1900/2000
Thomson - A. H. Crosier has the agency for putting in gasoline lamps. AND - While Conductor White's Erie coal train, west bound, was here taking water, on Sunday night, a D&H train ran into it, and a number of cars were smashed and piled up and the D&H locomotive was badly damaged. The tracks were blocked for several hours; Susquehanna, Oneonta, and Carbondale wreckers were called.
Retta (Auburn Twp.) - Mrs. Sally Sterling, who has reached the advanced age of 86 years, keeps house, does all her own work, makes and tends her garden, makes her own dresses, and does all her own sewing. Since last spring she has pieced eight quilts, quilted two and has two more ready to quilt. In the meantime, she has made a trip to her daughter's in Scranton, alone, did two weeks' sewing there, and since her return has woven a piece of carpet. What is still more strange, she can thread her needle and do some of her sewing without the aid of glasses. She was heard to remark a short time ago that if it was not for rheumatism troubling her, she would feel as well as she did many years ago.
Silver Lake - Jeremiah J. Donovan, a respected citizen, died at his late home on Thursday night, January 18, 1900, after an illness of a year. Mr. Donovan, who was 54 years of age, was a Veteran having served faithfully as a private in the 89th New York Regiment. During his residence at Silver Lake, he made a successful record in farming and for many years held the office of Town Assessor. In politics, he was loyal to the cause of Republicanism. He is survived by a widow, 7 children, one sister and two brothers.
Forest Lake - Parties from Binghamton have been up looking around the lake to see if they could find places to build several cottages for the coming year; let the good work go on.
Susquehanna - The Susquehanna Ledger-Transcript on Saturday, passed into the hands of the Country Press Association. Editor H. T. Birchard will remain at his old post and have the business in charge. AND - Charles Burr, about 14 years of age, was instantly killed Saturday morning. With his brother, Albert, and another boy he was picking coal opposite the Erie depot, when switch engine 1169 backed some cars in on the track, knocked him down, running over his head. His body was dragged from under the car by his two companions and taken to the Erie depot until cared for by the undertaker.
Dimock - Telephone wires are being strung on poles from South Montrose to Lynn.
Tunkhannock - After changing his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty of manslaughter" in the death of Dil Koons, Otis Whipple was given a sentence as follows - To pay a fine to the commonwealth in the sum of $500 and undergo confinement in the Eastern state penitentiary for the period of 8 years and nine months.
Rush - Chas. LaRue had a thrilling experience on a runaway trolley car in Scranton the other day. The rails were icy, and going down a heavy grade the motorman lost control of the car and it went like a streak of lightning down grade, and when it came to the turn it jumped the track and struck a lamp post and stirred up things generally. Our Charles did not wait for that catastrophe but jumped, landing on his head and face which was pretty badly used up. He came home swathed in bandages and looking much the worse for wear, but fortunately he is coming out of it and as good looking as ever.
Lanesboro - Frank Taylor, who lives on a farm near here, was in town Tuesday night exhibiting a large snake which he had captured and had confined in a glass case. Quite a find for this time of year.
Forest City - Treasurer Cleary recently received the annual school appropriation from the state. It amounts to $3,193.25. AND - Sidney Lott is the new jail warden in Montrose.
Herrick Centre - Ed. Curtis, whose wife died quite suddenly, has found a suitable place for the children.
Elk Lake - The Elk Lake school is doing nicely, with Lena Tyler as teacher; also the Lake View, with Bertha Risley, as teacher.
Lawsville - The Lawsville Debating Club met representatives from the Hallstead Club last Monday night at Creamery hall in a debate, when the home club scored a point, or rather received the decision over the Hallstead people.
Friendsville - Jan. 16th, the house of Mrs. E. Moran was the scene of a joyous occasion, it being the birthday of her daughter, Nellie. There were about 20 or 25 of her friends present. Amusements of various kinds were indulged in until a late hour, when they retired to the dining room, and were served to refreshments, which were followed by more games.
Ararat - The question of a graded school is being agitated by our town people. A meeting was held by our directors last week, which was attended by the Co. Supt. and others. We hope that Gov. Stone will reconsider his decision in regard to school appropriations and let us have a little assistance from the State, for we farmers are wondering how we are going to manage if our taxes are advanced much more. New roads, new road workers, and no one knows what all, besides being a dumping ground for all the paupers, we think we will be pardoned for asking the question, what next? No wonder our own buildings about the farm have to crumble.
A graded school is all right, and quite the thing when we can have it, and we hope that day may be hastened, but we are opposed to debt and we begin to think it time to curtail somewhere.
Montrose - The Montrose Matinee Club has been so fortunate as to secure Mrs. Hadden Alexander, a noted pianist of New York, for a recital. Mrs. Norman Stewart has kindly offered her house and her Steinway grand piano for the occasion. Tickets secured from club members.
Compiled By: Betty Smith