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January 23 1903/2003

Susquehanna - Mrs. Sophia [Benson] Brigham, aged 88 years, died at her home in Susquehanna Monday morning, Jan. 19, after a long illness. She was one of a family of 13 children and was the first girl born in Jackson township. Two sons, Emery Houghton, of Susquehanna and Nathaniel Houghton, of Binghamton, survive; also three brothers, Coryell Benson, of Susquehanna; L. D. Benson, of Jackson, and A. M. Benson, of Cleveland, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Starkweather, of Susquehanna and Mrs. Eliza Moxley, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. AND We understand that a number of Front St. businessmen are about to be taken into custody, on charge of stealing ice. A big water tank of the Erie, in that locality, overflows, and a pillar of ice several feet in thickness and about 40 ft. high has formed. Then citizens, when they want ice, beat the dealer by taking an axe and hacking out a chunk.

Hopbottom - While walking the tracks at Foster [Hopbottom], on the Lackawanna road, Thursday evening of last week, Frank Ritter, residing at that place, was struck by a passenger train and sustained injuries which resulted in his death about an hour later. His death was unexpected as his only apparent injury was a compound fracture of the leg. Owing to the fact that Ritter did not regain consciousness after receiving the injury, no details of the accident are known. He was walking the tracks toward his home when the southbound train struck him and he was hurled along the track about 25 feet before he fell to the side. The train crew cared for the remains and took them to Scranton. Ritter was admitted to the Lackawanna hospital at 8:10 o'clock and died five minutes later.

Montrose - An elegant Saturday night lunch will be given at Sprout & Brewster's, Jan. 24, from 5 till 8 o'clock. Look over the menu: Soups: Chicken, Ox-tail, Tomato, Cream of Celery. Roast Turkey, Celery, Cranberries. Oysters: Stews, Raws, Fried, Plain. Sandwiches: Schweitzer, Ham, Egg, Oyster and Sardine, Cream Cheese. Ice Cream: Coffee, Vanilla, Pistache. Fancy Cakes, Crackers, Coffee, Cocoa, Milk AND Quite a quantity of pork was shipped on Tuesday via the L & M railroad, shippers paying 8 cents. Calves have commenced to be among the shipments, for which they were paying 10 cents, dressed.

New Milford - About fifty people from Susquehanna County, a number of them being from New Milford and Heart Lake, left for Lake Hopatcong, NJ to work for the Mountain Lake Ice Company. L. O. Farrar has charge of the work.

Brookdale - A company to the number of 50 gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bailey, Jan. 13, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. After a short talk by their Pastor, Rev. Vale, of Waverly, a sumptuous dinner was served, after which the time was spent most pleasantly in visiting and singing. A reminder of the event was left in the form of a collection of $57, with best wishes of all for many happy returns of the day.

Stevens Point - The rumor that David T. Spears, who was reported to have perished in a wreck at Rowlands, has visited his father at Stevens Point, is untrue. Mr. Spears was a brakeman on an Erie coal train, which was wrecked at Rowlands, Dec. 30. He was supposed to have been in the caboose at the time but nothing could be found in the ruins to prove that a human being had been burned. He was the only train hand missing and the case still remains a mystery. His father, Thomas Spears, who resides at Stevens Point, this county, states that he had neither been seen nor heard from and if he is alive the family has no knowledge of it.

Silver Lake - Neil [Cornelius] Giblin shot a wild cat in Lynche's woods. AND A party of 20 young people enjoyed a sleigh-ride to Brookdale, Friday night, to attend a dance in the Tingley Hall.

North Branch - Alva Johnson has traded farms with Orvel Ellsworth, at LeRaysville, and expects to move there the first of March.

West Auburn - James Yonnker, while cutting down a tree, met with an accident so serious as to necessitate the amputation of his leg about four or five inches below the knee. The tree, instead of falling as he expected, was fastened by wild grape vines to other trees at the top and swinging around crushed his leg between that and a sapling. He was immediately taken to Sayre where amputation was found necessary.

Gibson - Monday last a daughter, aged 6 years, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Resseguie, who was seriously ill with diphtheria and who was afflicted with spasms, was, by her grandmother, Mrs. Emory Resseguie, given by mistake, a dose of carbolic acid. Death resulted in a short time. The child's grandmother is almost crazed with grief at the result of her error, although the physicians say that the child could not have survived, had not the poison been administered. The funeral occurred Thursday and was largely attended.

Pensions Granted - The following pensions have been granted through the agency of M. H. VanScoten, of Montrose: Original, Jacob E. Rice, of South Montrose, Company G, 13th Regiment P. I., for disabilities received in the Spanish-American War, $6 per month with back pay amounting to about $250. Elizabeth Bennett, widow of Miles Bennett, late of Stevensville, $12 a month; Edwin A. Leonard, of Cooperstown, NY, $14 a month; Isaac N. Corbin, of Apolacon, $8 a month; Thomas Conlon, of Flagstone, PA, $14 a month; Chas. W. Stanton, of Rush, $24 a month; Joseph C. Shadduck, of Rushville, $17 a month; J. S. Rifenbury, of West Auburn, $10 a month; Wm. H. Fordham, of Carbondale, $14 a month.

Hallstead - Ernest Crabill, former pitcher for the Binghamton baseball nine, has arrived in Hallstead, accompanied by Mrs. Crabill, to take charge of the Baptist church for two months. The pulpit was left vacant by the death of the Rev. Mr. Watkins. Mr. Crabill is known as the "pitcher evangelist."

News Briefs: A nearby pastor preached on Sunday from the text: "Is the world growing better? It is. Right here in Susquehanna county it is not necessary to lock ice-houses in the winter. AND A domestic training school is to be opened in the hospital at Wilkes-Barre to teach young women the art of housework in all its branches. AND Mince pie was formerly called mutton pie, as mutton was used instead of beef in making it. The term mince was applied in derision by the Puritans, who refused to partake of it.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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