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June 08 1923/2023

Silver Lake Twp. – June 9th will be Visitor’s Day at the gas well now being drilled by the Montrose Gas Co. on the Arthur Hill Farm, in this township, about seven miles north of Montrose. Everybody interested in this development is cordially invited to come and spend the day on the location. Bring a box lunch and eat it in the beautiful maple grove near the drilling rig. A photographer will be on hand to take a group photograph at the noon hour. Come and watch the interesting operation of drilling. Ask questions. A member of the drilling crew will take pleasure in explaining every detail and give all the information desired. The best road is by Franklin Forks, where you turn west. After about a mile, bear to the left over the iron bridge and continue up over the hill and turn to the right at the next four corners. The well is less than a mile from the four corners No drilling is done on Sunday.

Montrose – Jeweler Earl J. Smith has purchased a four-passenger, enclosed Jordan car. ALSO A public hearing before the Pennsylvania Public Service Comm. will be held in Wilkes-Barre, relative to granting a franchise for the operation of the omnibus line between Binghamton and Montrose. The Lackawanna RR Co. is strenuously opposing the granting of the franchise on the grounds that the bus lines are taking away so much of their passenger traffic that it is unprofitable for them to run passenger cars on the branch line between Alford and Montrose. The bus line gives a much more rapid and also a continuous trip to that city and intermediate points, eliminating the long wait at Alford, which the railroad has never seen fit to do away with and has very little passenger traffic Binghamton-wards.

Forest City – Midshipman James P. Walker, of Annapolis Naval Academy, sails on the Arkansas, June 9. He will visit the principal ports of Europe ere he returns. He will receive first hand knowledge of the manner and customs of the people of the countries he will visit. ALSO Friday afternoon, Ernest Tantia, of this place, employed as a laborer in the Coalbrook colliery of the Hudson Coal Co., was caught under a fall of rock while at work. He received a fracture and dislocation of the right hip, internal injuries and a possible puncture of the lung. He is in a very serious condition.

Harford/Harrisburg – Senator Edward A. Jones (“Good Roads Jones”) resigned his seat in the Upper House Monday night. Mr. Jones will at once enter upon his new duties as a member of he Federal Farm Loan Board and will live in Washington, D. C. This office is for life tenure.

Lenox Twp. – Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ledyard motored to Neath, Sunday, where they attended the dedication of the church of that place, it being its fiftieth year. [The Welch Congregational Church, of Neath, served as a meeting house until 1872 when a church was built to house the growing population. Destroyed by fire in 1927, it was replaced by the current church completed in 1932.] J. Tice

Jackson – Edwin A. Leonard, now of Cooperstown, NY, a former resident of Jackson and Sheriff of Susquehanna county in 1894, is visiting the battlefield of Gettysburg and attended the Memorial services. Mr. Leonard was a member of Co. F, 141st Regiment and served three years in that war. He was in 17 of the principal battles of the war in which the Army of the Potomac engaged. He, with 14 others from Jackson, enlisted in August 1862, in Co. F, made up of men from Susquehanna County. Out of these fifteen, three were killed, seven wounded and three missing. There are only five of the 96 of Co. F now living—Capt. N. G. Hawley, of Tampa, Fla.; A. J. Baldwin, of Chino, Calif.; B.F. Barnes, of Thompson; P.T. Lindsley, of Hop Bottom; and Edwin Leonard of Cooperstown, N. Y. Sixteen of Co. F were discharged with the Regiment.

Rush – Miss Ethel Lowe, a nurse at the Sayre hospital, has been spending a few days at her home here.

Dimock – Allen Bros., of Meshoppen, are building a house and cattle shed on the large Ballantine farm.

Thompson – The members of the graduating class are: Thelma Sumner, Perry Whitney, Eva Stockwell, Florence Jacobs, Isabelle Foster, Ida Potter, Milliant Whited, Ruby Stone, Lillian Neild, Bertha Neild, Florence Utter, Justin Neild, Raymond Neild, George Howell, Howard Wall, Kenneth Aldrich, Alton Neild, Clinton Mumford and Kermit Lee.

Visit to a Church Yard by Editor W. C. Cruser: While passing through Silver Lake township the other day and when inquiring my way ahead, I was informed I would pass within a mile or so of the Silver Lake Catholic Church [in Friendsville], one of the pioneer churches of the county, and decided, at once, I would change my course so that I would pass by the church, which I did, and stopped to view it, walked around it to the picnic grounds and the [horse] sheds, which had done duty, lo, these many years. The church is pleasantly located at the top of a hill, with the farms lying off in all directions, on lower ground. Although it was the 24thof May, yet the unusual coolness of the month was intensified upon that eminence, with a stiff northwest wind blowing, as evening came on. The chill of that May evening, called to my mind, in imagination, the many really bitter cold days of winter, in which the faithful had climbed that hill, and braved the cold and storm, year after year, in order to be present at the church service or funerals. And with this thought I walked across the road and entered the burial ground, recognizing names on the stones, most of which I was familiar with, or burials that had occurred long before my time. Some of these families were among the earliest settlers in that part of the county, and carved hundreds of nice farms out of the wilderness and far from the comforts of city life, during those long years that have since passed. And so more than a half hour sped by, while I remained in the chill wind, my mind in the past, and my eyes flitting from stone to stone, as I passed rapidly along.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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