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July 31 1914/2014

Friendsville – The appointment of C. C. Byrne, as postmaster, has been announced. Mr. Byrne succeeds Mrs. Tierney, postmistress of that office for some years.

Susquehanna – The “Matt H. Shay,” the largest locomotive in the world, was given a trial on the Erie on Thursday of last week, which showed it was capable of drawing 250 loaded cars, or an estimated weight of 18,750 tons. This is equal to the drawing capacity of four regular locomotives. The monster is capable of moving 640 loaded cars or a weight of over 90,000,000 pounds. The engine stood the test well, drawing the train, which was nearly two miles in length, at a rate of about 20 miles an hour.  A journal became heated on the 75th car, which resulted in some delay, and a breakage on one of the cars made it necessary for the train to be hauled into Susquehanna in two sections, but the monster mogul showed that it could stand the severest test. President F. D. Underwood and other Erie officials accompanied the train, by special train, as far as Great Bend, and then proceeded to New York.

North Jackson – Last Saturday a five-foot rattlesnake was killed on the Judson Savory farm, the first seen in that vicinity for many years.  The reptile had its head taken off by the mowing machine knives and was discovered when the hay was being unloaded.

Silver Lake – One of the best pictures shown by Proprietor W. B. Castle, at the local moving picture theater during the week, was “The Colleen Bawn,” a play by Dion Boucicault. The play is taken from the Celtic novel entitled, “The Collegians,” by the late poet and writer, Gerald Griffin, whose parents lived at “Fairy Lawn,” Silver Lake.  [The Colleen Bawn is still being produced on stage.]

Montrose – Rev. N. H. Bexley, the new pastor of Zion A. M. E. church, has arrived in town, and resides on Chenango street. Mr. Bexley is a native of Baltimore and for several years has been connected with the African Methodist Episcopal Conference of Michigan. His ministerial work is highly spoken of.  ALSO Dr. J. Arthur Bullard, of Wilkes-Barre [later of Montrose], who is well known in Montrose, in the Homeo-pathic Recorder, published in Lancaster, declares that the appendix is neither a “chance” nor “left-over” organ, and that inflammation of it can and should be cured in more than 90 percent of the cases without resorting to the knife. “Don’t let your appendix go if you can help it—it’s an active little oil can, a lubricator for intestinal canal and you would be badly off indeed without it,” says Dr. Bullard. ALSO It is quite remarkable to know that the Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley has been in operation for 40 years or more and in all its history but one man has been killed.  It is said that he was intoxicated and fell from the tender and broke his neck while on his way to attend a 4th of July celebration. Trains have been off the track innumerable times, on the road, during the many years of its existence, but not a fatality has taken place except the one mentioned.

Auburn – After suffering severe pains in her ear for nearly a month, Amanda Dean, on July 4, made a trip to Dr. Bellstein at Meshoppen and had removed from her ear a pencil eraser that had been there since Nov. 1912. On the following Wednesday she again returned to the doctor’s office, when he succeeded in removing a pearl button which the girl had placed in her ear when about 7 years old.  For some time past the young lady had been in poor health, by her hearing being considerably impaired by making so unusual a receptacle of her ears. From the Laceyville Messenger. ALSO At Auburn Four Corners – George  Bennett, a farmer residing about two miles east of here, was found dead in the road Monday of last week by his wife as she was bringing the cows to the barn. Mr. Bennett had been in poor health for some time. The funeral was held from his late home on Wednesday, Rev. Transue officiating.  Interment at Bunnell cemetery.

Lanesboro – The Starrucca viaduct, built more than three score years ago, for a single track, has been reinforced and heavier rails laid thereon, so as to enable the greatest engine in the world to pass over it, the Matt Shay, equal in its work to four Mikado types of engine, on the eight mile grade from Gulf Summit to Susquehanna.

New Milford – Mr. and Mrs. Ed. T. Lewis, of St. Petersburg, Fla., arrived here Saturday. They made the trip in their Cadillac car, covering the distance of nearly a thousand miles in seven and one-half days. Mr. Lewis is an enthusiastic autoist, and next to visiting the scenes of his boyhood days in New Milford, enjoys a spin over the country roads in his car. He said that he found the roads in much worse condition than when he made the same trip last year.  ALSO New Milford Borough is wide-a-wake and wants better streets. A petition has been circulated and very generally signed, petitioning the borough council to make the necessary preliminary move to secure State aid in improving Main street.

Harford – A tramp passed through Harford Sunday eve which struck terror to the hearts of the most timid ones although nothing serious happened. ALSO Frank Forsythe has acyteline gas lights installed in his home and barn.

Hop Bottom – E. M. Loomis is putting up a new three story building in connection with his store.

Fair Hill, Forest Lake Twp. – William Young, William Mulkey, Claud Seely, Silas Jagger and Myron Green autoed to Nicholson Sunday to view the Lackawanna cut-off. They made the trip in Mr. Green’s car.

Hallstead – A warrant was sworn out last week before F. A. Davies, Esq., charging “Sim” Fisher, of this place, with entering the house of Arthur Bolles.  It is alleged that Fisher first cut up the clothes line, then entered the house and tied Mrs. Bolles’ feet, first however taking the precaution to cut the phone wires. Mrs. Bolles was scared almost to death, being told if she screamed she would be killed. Mrs. Bolles recognized Fisher’s voice and told him she knew who it was. He then lighted a lamp and begged her not to give him away, which she promised, when he released her. Mrs. Bolles regards her escape very lucky, for Fisher had told her he intended to rob and murder her. Fisher has not been found.

Forest City – More on Samuel Roxy Rothafel—“Rothafel’s greatest achievement was his Roxy Theatre at Times Square, opening in 1927 and later Radio City Music Hall. The Roxyettes (later called the Rocketts) followed Rothafel from the Roxy Theatre to Radio City. He was known on network radio as the creator of “Roxy and His Gang” and had an audience of about five million listeners. He died in 1936 in New York City. His is the great-grandfather of the actress Amanda Peet.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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