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July 16 1897/1997

New Milford – The death of Sally Ann Leach occurred June 24th, the last represent alive of one of the oldest and most influential families of the county. Mrs. Leach was the oldest daughter of the late William Ward, Esq., one of the early settlers in this part of the state. Few of its citizens have done more to develop its resources and contribute to the prosperity of Susquehanna Co than Mr. Ward. Sally was married to Capt. Harry Leach, May 8th, 1831. The early years of their married life were spent in New Milford and Lanesboro but they later removed to Boston where Mr. Leach went into the stationery business and the selling of maps. After a few years he gave up this business to his son and took up painting and wood carving. He excelled in the latter and found ready sale for his work. An able art critic said: "His heads of animals, life size, are delineated with extreme fidelity to nature and some of the groups of male and female figures almost rivaling nicely of execution the more famous works in marble." Mrs. Leach was 84 years old and outlived her entire family and was the last of eleven children. She left no descendants. [A recent study of the carvings of Harry Leach found that they are represented in the collections of the Shelburne Museum, Vermont; the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Comm.; and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American, Art in Washington; also numerous private collections],

Apolacon – Mr. James Welch died in a mysterious manner the night of July 6. After returning from a trip to Little Meadows, with his neighbor, Mr. Hickey, both in separate carriages, they parted at the intersection of the roads only a little way from the bridge, near McAvenny's house. The next morning a horse and two wheeled vehicle were found in an oat field on the Kiley farm, a short distance from where the two men had parted. Mr. Welch's body was found fast to the cart, and thought to have been drug all night. His watch and money could not be found. No satisfactory explanation can be made of the mysterious death. The theory most generally accepted among the neighbors is that Welch was attacked with heart disease.

Susquehanna – Our newest industry, the shirt factory, has shut down indefinitely perhaps longer. AND A small balloon was on Sunday night seen to pass over the town, from the west to east. It may be added that the persons “who saw" it are temperance people.

Elk Lake – A large crowd of boys from Auburn Corners and a few from this place scandalized the good people living on the shores of our lake by their behavior last Sunday. Measures will be taken to put a stop to the nuisance.

Jackson – The annual reunion of the Lamb Hall family about the nicest people in old Susquehanna county, will be held August 11 ill, at the residence of Elmer Moxley, in Jackson Township.

West Auburn – S. Bigley, our faithful stage driver of the past lour years, although in his 80th year, missed but one trip in all that time and that on account of a snow blockade. Our townsman, Frank Angel, is his successor.

South Montrose – R.H. Taylor, while engaged in a "loot race" with a squirrel, fell and dislocated his elbow joint. The squirrel won the race.

Montrose – We are pained 10 learn that Montrose is possessed of some of that meanest and lowest class of criminals, chicken thieves. Some time during Monday night of this week the poultry houses of Mrs. Beck and Manning Pengo, on Jackson Street, were visited, and the locks considerably depleted. The same night some ol' the light fingered gentry visited the premises of J.F. Cooper, on Lake Ave., and made way with a quantity of butter, but kindly left the jar to be refilled. Keep your gun loaded and be ready to receive these nocturnal visitors.

Union Dale – Our flower garden at public square presents a beautiful appearance and is a fine improvement.

West Brooklyn – Frank Yeomans and family were riding out the other day.

East Bridgewater – Words are inadequate to express the gratitude to our friends who so kindly contributed of their earthly means towards getting us a cow in place of one we lost. All praise is due N.O. Roach for the effort in raising the needed funds for the same. Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Baldwin.

Royal – S. Hartley, of Lenoxville, has purchased a McCormick mower and is at work with it on the farm of John Bennett, at Royal.

Thompson – Harry Searles and Ell is Simpson went to Ithaca on their wheels.

Susquehanna CountyNew Stage Drivers: There are lots of new stage drivers this month. Among them John and David Reynolds run the Rushville and Montrose stages—they are first-class men. Clarence Verbryk takes charge of the lower route from Rushville to Wyalusing. Claude Otis lakes charge of the mail route from Auburn Centre to Montrose. Ben Otis takes Rush and Skinners Eddy route. Asa Kunkel takes East Rush and Rush route. A. Titsworth, Montrose to Conklin.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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