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July 21 1922/2022

County Poor Farm – Miss Mary Borthwick, State Nurse in charge of work in Susquehanna County, is circulating a petition to present to the County Commissioners, asking that a special election be held for the purpose of placing before the electors the proposition of establishing a poor farm for the entire county. This county is one of the few in the State which has local poor farms. The establishment of a county poor tax has been found to be a very satisfactory way of meeting conditions. A special election would bring the proposition squarely before the people of the county for a full decision.

New Milford – After more than 42 years of faithful service in the interest of New Milford, and vicinity, the New Milford Advertiser, with this issue, goes out of existence. This news will be read with regret by a large number of long and faithful friends of the paper. It is with no less regret that the publisher makes this announcement. The problems that confront the country newspaper editors in small towns are the same all over. The financial returns on a small, country weekly are not proportionate with the amount of work and worry involved. The disappointment to us is great, yet we do not feel that all our efforts have been in vain, for in the past decade we have seen New Milford go forward in long strides and we pride ourselves that the Advertiser has been a factor in boosting all progressive movements.

Montrose - Dr. Robert Mackey, of Waverly, PA, has purchased the beautiful home of the late Mrs. Mary Amsbry, on Lake Avenue, and will practice medicine in Montrose. He is a son of Dr. C. M. Mackey of Waverly and a nephew of the late Dr. C. D. Mackey, of Montrose, and is a very competent doctor. It was currently reported, yesterday, that Dr. Mackey contemplates a sanitarium here, but this newspaper was unable to confirm the rumor.

Hop Bottom – An ice cream social will be held on the lawn at Mrs. Aldrich’s on Saturday evening, under the auspices of the M. E. Ladies’

Hallstead – Dr. E. E. Tower and son, Jean L. Tower, of Elizabeth, NJ, were callers in Montrose for a short time. Jean is an electrician and radio expert. In the latter, Mr. Tower has gained considerable renown, being considered an authority on the new science. He edits a radio page in one of his city papers and is also a contributing editor to the New York World and Philadelphia papers on the subject.

Thompson – Any one desirous of aiding the Simon H. Barnes hospital, at Susquehanna, by way of canning fruits, etc., may be furnished with cans at Dr. W. W. McNamara’s, Main street.

Great Bend – Mrs. Catherine O’Leary sailed from New York recently for an extended visit with relatives in Ireland. Mrs. O’Leary came to America when ten years of age and this is her first visit to the homeland. She expects to sail for home August. 26th.

Elk Lake – Loren Ellis, a well-known farmer living near Elk Lake, was found dead in his barnyard, July 13, 1922, at 6:30 p.m. He left the house to turn the cows out to pasture and when he did not return his wife went to look for him, finding his lifeless body on the ground. Mr. Ellis had been in ill health for years and had remarked that he would not live long. Heart trouble was the cause of his death.

Forest City – The siren recently installed on the roof of the Municipal building as a fire alarm is now performing with increased vigor. A factory expert was here last week making adjustments. ALSO The Garden of Sweets, the new ice cream and lunch parlor in the Muchitz hotel, had its grand opening on Saturday night and drew a large number of visitors, who were surprised by the ornate quarters and completeness of its appointments. Music and free dancing were enjoyed. The soda fountain is in charge of James Almena, who is an expert in serving the latest and most appetizing soda and ice cream combinations. The Garden of Sweets is a business place that would do credit in a much larger place.

Awful Toll In Little Meadows Shooting Affray Last Week. A dual tragedy and the painful wounding of five other persons was the outcome of a shooting at Bear Swamp, about 4 miles from Little Meadows. The murderer, Fred Tibone, and his victim, Charles Wakeman, a highly regarded and prosperous farmer of Apolacon township, are dead. Those wounded by Tibone before he himself was shot by a posse are: Sheriff Girton M. Darrow, wounded in chest; Albert J. Tingley, chief-of-police, wounded in face and knee; Gertrude Wakeman, daughter of murdered man; shot in calf of leg; Constable N. G. Barnum, shot in leg and arm; Deputy Constable Stephen D. Jones, shot in head and chest, the last three being from Little Meadows. Tibone, who was an un-naturalized citizen, had served as supervisor for a year when he was replaced by Wakeman, who went to Tibone’s home seeking his support. He had no idea that a man with a gun was waiting his coming. Tibone who had been suspected of making illicit whisky, and had been warned by officers, thought the approaching automobile and the man walking towards the house in the dim light was a party of officers coming to arrest him. Wakeman was shot 20 feet from the house and his daughter, Gertrude, ran to him and aided him to reach the car. While doing this Tibone shot again inflicting a wound in her leg. While trying to get away the car ran over an embankment and the terror-stricken Miss Wakeman walked about a mile and a half to the Williams’ farmhouse, where she telephoned for an ambulance to come from Johnson City, some 25 miles distant. It took four hours for Wakeman to reach the hospital, due to bad roads from recent rains. He passed away the following morning. About midnight Sheriff Darrow and Chief-of-Police Tingley, along with State Trooper McElroy, left as soon as possible for Little Meadows. Arriving there, Constable Barnum, Will Minkler, Michael Reardon, son-in-law of Wakeman; John Jones, Stephen Jones, Bart Neville and Jack Neville, armed with shot guns, rifles and revolvers, went to Tibone’s home and surrounded it. [To be continued next week.]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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