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July 30 1920/2020

Brandt – Seth Houghton, 65, while walking the Erie tracks here, was struck by a pusher engine and fatally injured. The unfortunate victim of the accident was returning to his home after having viewed a washout along the railroad tracks caused by the heavy rains last week, when he was hit by the engine. The engineer did not see him until the engine was almost on him. He blew the whistle but too late. Mr. .Houghton was tax collector and took a lively interest in the affairs of his township.

Montrose – J. C. Cox, Montrose’s professional dynamiter, blasted a large stump out of the lawn on F. W. Hart’s property, Grow Avenue. He did his customary neat job. Mr. Cox understands his business, having the profession down to so fine a point that he can excavate a cellar under a house with explosives, a quicker method than by pick and shovel.

Gelatt – The creamery and cheese factory, one of the most important milk shipping centers, has been closed and the milk is now handled at the Susquehanna creamery. Cheese was made at Gelatt for a long time. About 70 cans of milk were received there daily, now hauled to Susquehanna by truck.

Thompson – Officer Joseph Cost has been appointed special deputy game protector for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Violators of the law had better take warning. When he starts in Joe does not let up, and generally gets his man.

Ararat – Last Saturday the Ararat baseball team was given a sound trimming by the Uniondale aggregation on the grounds of the first named. The score stood 22 to 7. On Wednesday the Carbondale Barbers were shaved at the fair grounds to the tune of 12 to 7. The barbers were lathered and shampooed to the King’s taste. Our team is some team. On Aug. 7, a return game will be played at the fair grounds between Carbondale and Uniondale.

Brooklyn – We had a large paper mill here in Brooklyn in active operation for some time. The large boarding house for the operators still stands just below town on the east side of the State road. The mill was built by Joshua Miles, Jr., born in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut, about 1778. His father, Joshua Miles, appears in Brooklyn, from Connecticut, in the census of 1790, as having a family of five males over 16, two under 16, and four females. Brooklyn was named in 1825 after the Miles’ home town in Connecticut. The paper mill was built in 1825 and was burned in 1842. In 1843 Joshua removed to Sterling, Ill, where he died in 1863 at 85. His father died in Brooklyn, July 6, 1815.

Gibson – A regular tornado struck this place last Friday night about midnight. The wind and rain were terrific; window lights were blown out and crops flattened down. The following were the heaviest losers: Irving Sweet had 35 fruit trees blown down. F. A. burrows had over a dozen trees blown over besides crops and garden injured. The roof was blown off J. W. Evans’ house and plastering and paper spoiled. J. N. Terwilliger had two large trees blown over on the house, breaking off one corner of the roof and porch, besides demolishing his silo. George Pritchard had eight fruit trees blown down and several strips of roofing torn off his house. F. W. Barrett had ten apple trees broken down, out buildings blown [over] and nearly half the roof torn off his house, opposite the store, besides damages to barn roof and crops. Frank Miller’s barn was demolished and carried down the creek. Window lights and fruit trees were broken at R. C. Lupton’s and John Bailey’s. Several others sustained damage to crops and trees. Old settlers say it was the worst storm that ever passed over the place. [More in News Brief]

New Milford – W. H. VanCott, who sells the International Harvester Company line of machinery, carrying a large stock of mowers, binder, etc., at his warehouse near the D. L. & W. station, showed us a late type of ensilage cutter, which has several points of superiority, most important of which is the fact that an operator would seem comparatively safe in operating it. The I. H. C. line of farm machinery is widely known and Mr. VanCott’s efforts in keeping stock on hand is greatly appreciated by farmers of this vicinity.

Flynn – The death of J. W. Flynn occurred at his home here July 22, 1920. Mr. Flynn was almost 90 years of age and a life-long resident of Middletown. He was one of our most enterprising citizens. He was always foremost in every new enterprise for the good of the people. It was through him that we had a postoffice established in his home, before having to go to Friendsville for our mail, five or six miles. The postoffice was called Flynn, which it holds today.

Pleasant Valley, Auburn Twp. – Raymond and Victor Ace spent Friday and Saturday on the huckleberry mountain, returning Saturday evening with about a bushel of berries.

Elk Lake – One of the oldest landmarks of this vicinity, known as the Brush house, on the Stedman farm, has been torn down and is being erected as a cottage at the lake, near the Jessup cottage.

News Brief: Two storms, widespread in their destruction, swept New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey the latter part of last week, from the lakes to the Atlantic coast. The storm of Friday night was particularly destructive and within the memory of the aged residents none have been more severe. Vivid lightning, deafening claps of thunder and a high wind, added to the fury, while the rain literally came down in torrents. The roadways looked like streams of water, being filled from gutter to gutter. Roadways in the hill sections were washed badly, requiring thousands of dollars to repair them countywide. Gravel was washed over meadows, creeks changed their courses and trees were uprooted or blown down. Struck by a bolt of lightning, the barn of Glenn Taylor, in North Bridgewater, was entirely consumed. From 15 to 18 tons of hay were destroyed. Led by R. W. Vaughn and other nearby neighbors, who dammed up a small stream with bags of oats and formed the volunteer firemen into a bucket brigade, they were able to save a smaller barn less than 6 feet distant. The real spirit of the neighborhood was shown the next day, when from 30 to 40 residents contributed from a few hours to the entire day of their labor, in refitting another barn. A floor was laid, fence built, and stanchions contributed. By milking time Friday afternoon the work was practically completed. A work of kindness for an unfortunate neighbor. Later Friday night the storm raised the Wyalusing Creek, in Rushville and vicinity, so that the roads were impassable in some places, preventing milk deliveries to the Creamery until Sunday.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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