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January 26 1912/2012

Forest City - Judge Little, Monday afternoon, in disposing of the license cases evidenced strong disapproval of the beer wagons and delivery of intoxicants to homes. He said that if a man must have drink and would have it, it was better for him to go after it, rather than having it brought into his home by the case, where children and women also partake of it, and where the man also would probably drink much more than at the bar. This was in reference to the four wholesale license applicants at Forest City, who had been charged with violations of the law. ALSO The Church of the Sacred Heart will receive a contribution of $2500, from Andrew Carnegie, toward the payment of a $3000 pipe organ. ALSO Frank Eustice, the Forest City man who had his feet so badly frozen that they were amputated, died in the State Hospital, Scranton.

Great Bend - Mr. Isaac Roosa is arranging his affairs to leave next week for Mobile, Ala., where he will take up land and locate. His family will go about March 1st. Mr. Roosa has been a resident of this place all his life and he will be greatly missed in the community.

Springville - The death of Mrs. Emily Riley occurred Jan. 15, 1912. She was the oldest resident, having passed her 91st birthday a few weeks prior to her death. She was the widow of Minot Riley, for years one of the storekeepers of the place, and of their four children but one is left, Stuart Riley, who has conducted the business since the death of his father. Mrs. Riley shared her commodious home with her son and his wife and during the many months of decline received a daughter’s care and attention. The funeral took place at her late home Wednesday. Interment in the Bunnell cemetery at Auburn. ALSO Benvan Johnson has sold his house and lot in town here to John Mitchell, who expects to occupy the same April 1st. Dr. Diller will move, but does not know exactly where yet; we hope he will remain with us. We certainly need two doctors; the ride over these hills is too much for one.

Brooklyn - The class of 1912 held a class party at the home of Miss Louise Reynolds at East Bridgewater, last Friday eve.

South Montrose - Lewis Hawley, who went to Florida last fall, has rented the Fish and Clark farms for the coming summer; there is no place like old Susquehanna after all. ALSO On Sunday, Jan. 28th, at 2:30 p.m., there will be preaching in the little Union church. Rev. Harmon will bring a man from Wilkes-Barre who will speak for the Anti-Saloon League.

Montrose - The management of the C-Nic theatre wishes to announce that owing to the fact that under present conditions the theatre is not on a paying basis and hereafter the price of admission will be 10 cents; furthermore wishes to announce that he is raising the price only to be able to continue the amusement for its patrons. I hope the change in price will not prove detrimental to the past liberal patronage. D & H Green Trading Stamps will still continue to be given with each ticket. (Frank Caruso, prop.)

South Gibson - Stephen Carpenter has sold his old Stage route to Ralph Gelatt of North Jackson. Mr. Gelatt will soon move to this town and will occupy the Dr. Haverly house.

Susquehanna - Mrs. Thomas B. Blake had a narrow escape from being killed recently when the water front of the cook stove exploded. Mrs. Blake had started the fire only a few minutes when she noticed the water in the hot water compartment was frozen. She was about to put out the fire when the explosion took place. The shock was so great that a number of window panes were broken and the stove was completely ruined. Mrs. Blake received several bad bruises on the face and arms.

Friendsville - Morris Tingley, of Hop Bottom, the genial and efficient County Surveyor, spent the past week at A. Minehan’s running the lines on Lake Side Farm, some of which were not run since 1845.

Brooklyn - A sleighload of young people from Montrose had supper at the Austin House one night last week. ALSO Couger [Conger] Tiffany celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday last Wednesday.

Watrous Corners, Bridgewater Twp. - Frank Catlin and Will Very are working on the ice house at Heart Lake.

East Ararat - A great many men are working at Hathaway pond harvesting ice.

Hop Bottom - Jasper T. Jennings wrote the following about the history of Hop Bottom. “Hop Bottom was incorporated in 1881. The first permanent settler, where the borough now is, was Orson Case. Truman and Elisha Bell, two brothers, took an active part in the early progress of the village and the first person to sell goods in the place was Amos B. Merrill. Other early merchants were: Geo. W. Rees, E. M. Tiffany, Nelson M. Finn, George P. Tiffany, Geo. Strupler, J. S. Wright, M. A. Blair, J. P. A. Tingley, Frank Jeffers and others. The D.L.&W. railroad passes through this place, stopping at the Foster station. The first school house was built in 1858. Hop Bottom is said to have derived its name from the abundance of wild hops that were growing in the valley.

Montrose - The trial of Mrs. Minnie Lee, charged with the arsenic poisoning of her husband, Willis Lee, of Lanesboro, took place in Montrose. Atty. F. D. Axtell told of the circumstances in which Lee had placed his wife by his neglect and attention to another woman who had usurped her in his affections. The prisoner and her daughter, Flossie, a young woman of about 20 years, showed their emotion by quietly sobbing in their handkerchiefs, while the attorney briefly sketched the early happy married life of Lee and his young bride and how through baser passions he had finally drifted from her, bringing her into surroundings of squalor and poverty. Several testified that they had purchased arsenic, in small quantities for Mrs. Lee, but none surfaced when the home was searched.

       After Lee’s burial his body was ordered exhumed and a second autopsy was performed in a barn near the cemetery. However, prior to this Loren Prentice, a cousin of Willis Lee, and the grave digger, stated that the first body exhumed was that of a woman. Said she was a suicide. She was buried about the same time as Lee. Her body was returned to the cemetery and Lee’s was brought to the barn. The barn was used for storing wagons and had a basement in which horses were occasionally kept. Arsenic was found in the remains, but may have been from the medication Lee received. [More next week]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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