July 20 1917/2017
Oakland – One of the liveliest gangs of young miscreants, which has ever landed in the toils of the law, has been rounded up the past few weeks. Two of the members of the gang were apprehended a few weeks ago and the youths were brought to Montrose and placed in jail. The remaining three were arrested this week. Burton Follett and Daniel Crest were implicated in the robbery of E.W. Jackson’s coal office and H.E. Spencer’s feed mill in Susquehanna. As soon as their arrests were known the other three decamped suddenly to Binghamton, where they robbed an ice cream parlor of $20. At Stockport on the Delaware, a cottage of a Binghamton resident was entered and they proceeded down the river with stolen canoe, blankets, clothing and canned goods. At Cohocton they robbed the Delaware House of $17. A hasty retreat, with posse following, led to the discovery of left-behind clothing containing letters and identification of Howard Pettis. Escaping arrest in Wayne County, the pair appeared in their old haunts at Oakland and a detail of the State constabulary and Chief of Police McMahon, of Susquehanna, soon had them rounded up. William Fleming, age 18, another member of this youthful organization, was arrested and charged with stealing automobiles and is now awaiting trial in Binghamton. He claims he was duped by the other four, Albert Lynch, Follett, Pettis, and Crest. Another newspaper article identified Joseph Wagner—and not Daniel Crest, as the fifth member of the gang.
Montrose – It will be news of great satisfaction to learn that the county commissioners have placed an order for a new clock in the court house tower. The old clock has done service for over half a century and it is no longer a truthful time teller. ALSO Persons desiring to purchase Hon. James T. DuBois’ book on “Galusha A. Grow, Father of the Homestead Law,” may secure them at The Republican office. We have a limited number of autographed copies now on hand. Price, $1.75; by mail, $1.85. ALSO An advertiser in The Republican has for some weeks been offering good prices for old sets of false teeth. It is surprising the large number of unused sets that have been lying idle on the pantry shelves around this section. Nearly every mail for a while brought in a set or two. Some people inquired if the dentists used the teeth again. We asked the party the reason for the activity in securing this seemingly undesirable waste product and he said it was the valuable platinum used in making artificial teeth, now especially rare since the war started. A small vial of platinum which he had extracted was valued at from $70 to $80.
Dimock/Springville – Miss Marion Reynolds was seriously injured in a runaway near Dimock and did not regain consciousness until the following morning. She was driving a spirited horse from Springville after visiting her brother, Ward. She invited Norman Stewart to ride along and as she was passing a farm a dog’s barking frightened the horse, which dashed down a steep hill. Mrs. Glen Billings, a deaf woman, was driving ahead of them and not hearing the approaching horse and carriage, it was impossible for them to pass. The frightened animal crashed into the vehicle and all the occupants were thrown out and rendered unconscious. A passing farmer found them lying in the road. Mrs. Billings and Stewart were little injured. Miss Reynolds was taken to her brother’s home and was administered by Dr. Wainwright and another Scranton physician, who determined she had a narrow escape from death. The horse continued to run until it reached F.R. Cope’s farm, where a laborer was obliged to fell it with a potato hook in order to stop its mad dash.
Lenox Twp. - Frank Ruland, who succeeds Mr. Button as driver of the stage between Nicholson and Clifford, uses a Ford in the service. The trip is made in the forenoon and with much less cost than it could be done with horses. The Government pays $700 a year for the service. ALSO Guy Empet and Curtis Shoup went to join the 13th regiment of the U.S. army last Friday, but only Curtis entered the army, as Guy did not weigh enough for his height.
Gibson – The Tingley family reunion was held at the home of R.M. Tingley and were royally entertained. After a splendid chicken dinner was served, several speeches were made and R.M. Tingley was elected president and Miss Nora Hill, secretary-treasurer.
Brooklyn – Dr. T.A. Williams received his commission as first lieutenant on Saturday and expects to receive orders for active service soon. The Dr. has a fine practice which he has to give up for his country’s sake. He is the only physician in this town in active practice.
Harford – A farewell reception was given for Hallie Forsythe and Claude Lewis in the lecture room. We will miss these young men, but may they meet with the best of success as they go to serve their colors and may they return to their home town to relate their many experiences. May every blessing rest upon them, and all the others who leave this morning. ALSO The rainfall for the month of June was 7”, about 3 ½ “ above normal.
Silver Lake – Misses Hazle Conklin, Molly Mahoney, Florence and Grace McEnaney are among those who are working at the lake [this summer].
Fowler Hill, Auburn Twp. – There are three more automobile owners on the Hill. Last week Lewis Barber and John Wootton, purchased Fords and Frank Krause, a Pullman.
Forest City – Rt. Rev. Bishop Hoban held impressive services at St. Joseph’s [Slovenian] church when he administered their first communion to a class of 103 young people. Afterward he confirmed 270 boys and girls, who made a pretty picture in their confirmation dress, the girls wearing white gowns with flowing veils and wreaths. John Osolin acted as godfather and Miss Jennie Swetta as godmother. During the services music was rendered by the full choir under the direction of Prof. P. Srnoynak.
Thompson – Mr. and Mrs. Forest Hobbs, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hobbs and family and M. Rogers and family of Ararat; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Smith and Mr. Snyder and family of Tompkinsville, were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Hobbs, South Main Street. As they were all musicians and fully equipped with musical instruments visa: Violin, guitar and organ, a grand musicale was soon the order to which a few of the friends and neighbors, who were lovers of music, were invited, and which all greatly enjoyed.
News Brief: A new law places a fine of $5 to $100 and three months in prison on any person who is proven guilty of riding, driving, leading or handling, while intoxicated, any horse or other animal on any of the public highways. ALSO The salary of county school superintendents has been raised between $2,000 and $2,500. Asst. superintendents have been fixed at $1,800.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Sentinel, July 19, 1817.
*WYALUSING Woolen Manufactory. The subscriber respectfully informs the pubic that he has commenced the manufacturing of woolen cloth; the carding and spinning machines are now in operation and will continue to be attended by experienced workmen. The price of carding will be as usual; for spinning, 8 cents per run for fulling, 10 cents for warp; for manufacturing fit for the Taylor [tailor], 75 or 80 cents per yard, or half the cloth when done. No labor or pains will be spared to do the work in the best manner. J. Ingham, Jr. Wyalusing, June 25, 1817. N. B. Good wool only will be accepted for manufacturing into cloth, and oil or soft grease must be sent with the wool.
*BRUSH MAKING. The subscriber has commenced the above business at the Four Corners, in Silver Lake township, Susq. Co. where he keeps a general assortment of Brushes on hand. He solicits the patronage of a liberal public. Thomas Watters. *Twenty-five cents per lb. will be given for first rate BRISTLES delivered at his factory, or at C. Carr’s, and Herrick & Fordham’s store in Montrose. July 18, 1817.
Compiled By: Betty Smith