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January 28 1916/2016

New Milford – News of the death of Col. Charles C. Pratt was received yesterday morning with deep sorrow. His death came quite suddenly following a two weeks’ illness with grippe, at his winter home, 95 Oak street, Binghamton. His age was 62 years. He was one of New Milford’s leading citizens and was well known throughout the county. His wife, who was Miss Lillie B. Goff, died about five years ago.  Three daughters and one son survive. Charles was the son of Ezra and Mary Fink Pratt and was a native of New Milford. The Pratt public library, which was a gift to this town, stands as a monument to his worth.  He served the Fourteenth district well in Congress for one term. It has been truly said of him that he was too “good a man to be in politics,” in the sense that he was incapable of resorting to any method to gain an end which was not strictly honorable.

West Harford – C. G. Rhodes has bought the Orphan School farm. ALSO In North Harford the senior class of Harford High school went to Heart Lake last Friday night in a sleigh load, but as they found poor sleighing, it required some little time to reach their destination. They arrived at the Lake all safe and sound and were nicely entertained at the home of Misses Blanche and Agnes Gay. A sumptuous chicken pie supper was served and a splendid time enjoyed by all. The sleigh-ride party arrived in Harford in the early hours of the morning, a tired but happy lot.  Hurrah! For the class of 1916.

Silver Lake – Frank Dougherty reports the skating fine at Quaker Lake. ALSO Miss Loretta Giblin has accepted a position with Johnson City Shoe factory. ALSO Edward Kenelly had a narrow escape coming from Montrose last week, when his sleigh slid over the Factory bridge at Richmond Hill.

Clifford – On account of the ill health our teacher, Miss Morgan, dismissed school last Wednesday and was not able to resume during the rest of the week. She expects to be able to be in the school house again today.

Springville – Homer Youngs went to Rush one day last week to deliver a new car to Wilbur Terry. People have done very little motoring here this winter on account of the bad condition of the roads. Some places no snow at all, others, deep snow banks making it dangerous to travel. ALSO In Lynn, the stock holders of the Baker Creamery Co. have built a dam across the White Creek near the Creamery for the purpose of getting ice for their plant. ALSO In Lynn, our health officer, F. S. Greenwood, is kept busy these days quarantining and disinfecting people up around Parkvale and Dimock of late.  Mumps and diphtheria are prevailing in that quarter, it is said.

Alford – The old wooden trestle is being removed.  Many of the passengers over the Montrose branch were very nervous when passing over this bridge, always expecting to be precipitated into the mill pond over which it crossed, sooner or later.

Montrose – Isaac Fuller, a native of this place, died at his home, in Scranton, on Wednesday evening. He was the first engineer to run a passenger train over the Pocono mountains on the Lackawanna railroad’s southern division. He had lived in Scranton for about 60 years and was a son of Hon. Geo. Fuller, who was a member of Congress from this county in 1844. ALSO Mary Elizabeth Rogers, formerly of Montrose, passed peacefully away January 15, 1916, at her home in Los Angeles, California. Interment was made at Denver, Colorado, beside her husband, Andrew N. Rogers. Andrew was a civil engineer, identified with the building of the Lackawanna and other eastern and southern railroads. He went to the Rocky Mountains in 1864. The following year his wife and two eldest sons, then boys of 5 and 7 years, went from Montrose to join him in the west. Mary’s parents, James and Ann Elizabeth Seymour, are laid away in the cemetery at Montrose.

Hallstead – Andy Carrigg, whose legs were recently cut off by the cars, is slowly improving.

Susquehanna – In the case of Rudolph Kuhn, a boy of 16, charged with malicious injury of railroads, the boy acknowledged throwing a stone, in a boy-like impulse, and breaking one signal. The court put him in the custody of Chief of Police T. J. McMahon, of this place, upon his promise of going to work and giving his wages to his mother.

Civil War Veterans’ Deaths:  Auburn Four Corners – We were sorry to hear of the sudden death of Drake Emmons.  He was an old soldier.  He had a stroke last Monday and died Thursday. ALSO John H. Tiffany, of Hop Bottom, died at his residence January 6th, 1916. He was born in Brooklyn township, Feb. 15th, 1841. He taught school as a young man and for several years was associated with the late Edson Tiffany in the mercantile business at Hop Bottom. On March 5th, 1864 he enlisted in the Signal Corps of the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged August 21st, 1865. He married Miss Ida Blakeslee, of Dimock, on April 30th, 1871 and to them were born three children. Interment in the Squires Cemetery in charge of Lieut. Rogers’ Post G. A. R. ALSO Jesse Bagley passed away in Elmira, NY, Dec. 31st.  The funeral was in charge of Baldwin Post, G. A. R. of which he was a member, having served with honor many years in the Civil War.  He was captured and spent some time in Salisbury prison. Mr. Bagley was born in Brooklyn, PA in 1827 and he passed his boyhood days among the sturdy pioneers of that town.  He learned the trade of blacksmith and went to Carbondale to work when that town was but a hamlet.  After the war he settled in Elmira. ALSO Another old soldier and respected citizen has left us. Philip H. Rifenbury, of West Auburn, died on Friday, Jan. 21, 1916, following a stroke of apoplexy. He was a private in Co. H., 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers.  He was buried in the West Auburn cemetery.

Court News: Decisions in the [liquor] license petitions, where there were remonstrances, were handed down by Judge R. B. Little, in court Monday morning. The following licenses were granted: Silas Kintner, Rush; Daniel Curley, Hallstead, Clune’s Hotel, which he has leased;  P. H. Flynn, Herrick Center.  W. E. Carpenter was granted a license for the Walker House, at New Milford, which has been “dry” for the past few months. Mr. Carpenter has been the proprietor of the Phinney Hotel for the past year. Hallie Lewis, who has been the clerk at the Walker House the past year, gets a license for the Phinney Hotel, in New Milford. Licenses refused are: Henry Lisi, Susquehanna; Joseph Zaverl, of Ararat; W. J. McAvoy, of Auburn Corners; C. W. Lewis, South Gibson; W. C. Lord, Hop Bottom; Abbie Smith, Thompson; Lewis Webb, Valley View Hotel, Hop Bottom. The wholesale applications of Louis Gardella and Joseph Busenll, Jr., of Forest City, were also refused. The wholesale application of the Brockwell Distributing company, of Forest City, was granted.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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