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July 22 1904/2004

Great Bend - Hon. C. F. Wright, of Susquehanna and Mr. Ballard, accompanied by P. L. Lahey, of this place, whipped the placid waters of the Susquehanna for eels last Monday. Catching eels with live bait requires the greatest skill known to sportsmen, but Mr. Wright was equal to the occasion. After making a few throws the Congressman felt a tug at his line very similar to that of a black bass, and much time and line was given to the big fellow in order to tire him before landing. The bran span-new landing net was gotten ready and at the proper moment the scoop was made, when it was discovered that a monster eel was in evidence. Spectators on the river bank who witnessed the landing claim that the tactics displayed in the final capture surpassed those at Port Arthur and it is asserted that upon the new landing net, the clothing and boat, enough mucilage was secured to equip a first class glue factory. The eel was one of the largest ever caught here.

Susquehanna - Joseph P. McMahon has purchased of Carrington brothers, the Drinker street barn in Susquehanna, in which he conducts a livery stable. AND Four automobiles are now owned in this place.

Auburn - One of the greatest electric and wind showers of the season known for many years occurred here Tuesday, which uprooted trees, leveled grass, oats, corn, besides the big wash-out by the pouring rain. R. Harris' barn was blown down, his reaper being in it was made into kindling and he says $500 damage was done on his fine timber lot. John Burns says he thinks he hasn't one apple tree standing. L. W. Titman had a dozen or so [trees] besides some nice maples along the road go down. AND In Retta, Sunday night, during the severe electrical storm, the Methodist-Episcopal church was struck by lightning, badly demolishing the tower and vestibule and injuring one side of the auditorium. The loss is partially covered by insurance.

Harford - Chester Blanding, of Hallstead, was looking over our creamery recently and pronounced it one of the best equipped and cleanest plants he ever saw. AND The 15th annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. Oliver Payne will be held Saturday, Aug. 6th, at the home of Elmer D. Smith, near Tingley Lake, one mile northwest of Harford village. Geo. B. Tiffany, Sec.

Forest Lake - The descendants of Canfield Stone will hold their reunion July 30th.

Montrose - The old picket fence has been removed from the East side of the Abel Turrell residence and a nice gas-pipe fence put in place of it by Mr. Pickett. The best fence in a town is no fence, but next to that, the gas-pipe fence is the thing. AND Mrs. Armithea Park, the oldest resident of Montrose (97 years) has been seriously ill this week, but yesterday morning Dr. Decker reported her condition as improved. AND The Junior Base Ball team is composed of the following members: Ernest Spence, Harrold Warner, Frank Gardner, Frank Morris, Jr., Frank Upton, Phil Allen, Brayton Gardner, Mont Roberts and Guy Strous.

Liberty Twp. - The death of Jacob Chalker, on May 10th, removes from this county one of its oldest residents and one of Liberty townships most prominent citizens. His parents were pioneers who endured the hardships that such life enforces. His knowledge of law made his advice sought for, particularly in town affairs. He was an efficient officer serving as supervisor, constable and collector. During the Civil War he furnished substitutes for those who appealed to him for help. He was a keen observer, a wise adviser, a staunch friend, a devoted husband and father. Thus has passed from among us one who spent his entire life, nearly 88 years, in the town of his birth. Two sons and several grandchildren survive him.

Choconut - On Saturday night the residence of Thomas Monahan, near Choconut [located on the Quaker Lake road, about two miles south of Hawleyton], was destroyed by fire and Mr. Monahan's son, Clarence, was burned to death. Clarence had been at the barn during the evening and having finished his work returned to the house at about 9 o'clock. As he entered he smelled smoke and upon investigating found the upper part of the building on fire. His father and the hired man came in response to his calls, but their efforts proved insufficient to cope with the rapid spread of the flames, and they turned their attention toward saving the furniture. When all had been done that was thought possible young Monahan remembered that a deed and several other papers of value were in the upper part of the house. He immediately started after them and did not return. The young man was 27 years of age, a blacksmith by trade. The funeral was held from St. Augustine's church at Silver Lake. His parents, four sisters and three brothers survive.

South Gibson - Mrs. Basher, nee Grace Belcher, of east Mountain, arrived home Saturday from Africa, where she went as a missionary last fall. She felt obliged to return owning to constant illness in that hot climate.

Quaker Lake - A ride through the country and especially along the Lake, is delightsome just now. The fresh verdure, which clothes the landscape, stretching away like an immense rolling sea, makes a picture of unusual charm. Above the lake and across on the hill are the Giblin homes and "Fairy Lawn." Lovely farmhouses in this country gives an additional beauty to the surroundings.

Lawton - Now is the time/To give those vegetables care/That you intend/To take to the Lawton Fair!

East Lenox - Nelson Carr, our popular mail carrier, has sold the mail route to Daniel Newman. AND The Belcher family reunion will be held August 25 at R. M. Archibald's.

Fairdale - A well-known Fairdale farmer, while engaged in loading hay one day last week, suddenly was seized with a very strong desire to sneeze, and he did it proper. But when he recovered, his false teeth were missing and diligent search among the succulent clover and timothy failed to reveal the missing imitation molars. They are "jollying" him something terrible about his misfortune down that way, and they do say that breakfast food has taken a jump in price in the quiet little town, while the gentleman in question is carrying one less can of milk to the creamery each day. There is consolation in the thought that perhaps one of his cows may come across the missing teeth, and equipped with an upper and lower set can make up for the present shortage. We'd like to let you on to the name, but Jake is a good friend of ours, besides being bigger and since the muzzling law has gone into effect we really don't care.

News Briefs - Before a man is married he may have been a dude, but after he is married he is a subdued. AND Friday while men and women were picking berries in the Moosic Mountains, near Farview, a nude man held up a woman and took a pail of berries from her. She offered no resistance and he ran away after getting the pail without attempting any violence. He is supposed to be a man who has escaped from some insane institution.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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