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June 09 1922/2022

Dimock/Fairbanks, Alaska – When the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, in Fairbanks, opens its doors for registration of students about the middle of September, the Stars and Stripes will fly above the “Farthest North” institution of higher learning in the world The honor of opening the institution and being its first president goes to a Pennsylvania man, Prof. Charles E. Bunnell, graduate of Bucknell University and native of Dimock, Pa.. It is the last of the land grant colleges to be established under the Federal statues, and is the 51stin number. It is located on the main line of the Alaska Railroad. Prof. Bunnell is 44 years old and half of his life, and all of the period since reaching manhood, has been passed in Alaska. Born at Dimock, he was educated in the schools of Montrose, at Keystone Academy, and received degrees from Bucknell. He was a schoolmate of Christy Mathewson and played both football and baseball with “Big Six” in their school days. His first work in Alaska was with the government schools and later was superintendent of schools at Valdez. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Valdez and was appointed to a Federal judgeship, with headquarters at Fairbanks.

Montrose – The sad death of Grace Elizabeth Beach, age 11, occurred at the family home on Sunday. Her death was due to diabetes, having been in poor health for about a year, attending school at irregular intervals. Besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beach, she is survived by siblings, Margaret, Benjamin, Barbara and Mary Eloise.

North Jackson – Our cemetery has been greatly improved of late. The trees have been trimmed, flowers planted and new flags have been placed on the soldiers’ graves.

Fiddle Lake – While Kleber Shaver was at Montrose, with the election report, someone had the nerve to take 28 of his best hens and two roosters. The parties are strongly suspected.

Jessup Township – We have been obligingly informed that the recent death of John A. Fowler leaves but one veteran of the civil War in this township. This man is Michael Hill, an honored and respected citizen, whose deeds of valor are well-known to many. He is now in his 83rd year. Though not a native of Jessup, he enlisted from Susquehanna county and has spent more than half his life in Jessup. This township sent more than 100 enlisted men to the front during the Civil War. Of this number one-third died of disease in the service, one-third of wounds and one-third returned to their homes.

Brooklyn – Mrs. Aurelia Brown, the oldest resident of Brooklyn and, perhaps, the oldest person in the county, celebrated her 99th birthday on May 25, 1922, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Meade. Mrs. Brown came with her parents from Connecticut when only 7 years of age and all her life had been spent in Orwell and Nichols, NY until she came to live with her niece, Mrs. Meade, 5 years ago. Think of the changes she has lived to see. The ox-cart to the automobile, the candle replaced by the electric light, home-woven clothing to the manufactured article. She has seen the coming of the telephone, telegraph, airplane and railroad and numerous other changes and inventions.

Lakeview – Miss Florence Wakefield and Arland Pease were married by Rev. H. M. Pease, at Binghamton, on Wednesday, May 31st. They were accompanied by Howard Corse and Lucille Tyler. 

Oakland – In celebration of the 100thAnniversary of her birth, Mrs. Sarah Burgess took her first automobile ride on Memorial day. She was the guest of Mr. and Mr. Floyd Brush. Mrs. Burgess has been blind for the past 30 years and had not seen, let alone been in an automobile, until her 100th birthday, May 30th.

Brushville – A son was born to Mrs. Myron S. Griffis the evening of May 31. Mr. Griffis, the husband and father, died at the Barnes hospital, May 31, death being due to blood poisoning caused by an infection following a slight cut on the left hand from a piece of ice. [The Griffis family owned the Susquehanna Ice Company.]

Hallstead – Wm. J. Pike, American Consul at Strasburg, France, writes that he expects to spend his summer vacation in his old home town of Hallstead and that he will probably reach here within the next two months.

Silver Lake – A force of men are employed at Silver Lake, tearing down the large apartment house, the material to be used in constructing a girls’ camp. For some years there has been a boys’ camp on the Col. West side of the lake. Under the capable management of Major Lambert these camps are composed of boys and girls of wealthy families, mostly from Philadelphia and Baltimore. [This camp will be known as Camp Red Wing, while the boys’ camp is known as Camp Red Cloud.]

Forest City – Shortly before three o’clock Saturday afternoon, this vicinity was visited by probably the worst storm in its history. The rain descended in torrents, and in a short time our streets were flooded. The flood waters that emptied from the skies raged and surged on the work of destruction, sweeping on like a miniature Niagara. Places were deluged as never before and the loss will probably reach into the millions in the district from Forest City to Archbald. The culvert under the railroad at Castle Garden was unable to carry off the swelling torrents and soon the railroad tracks were reached. The waters pressed the embankment until it washed away, leaving a gap of more than 100 ft. deep, with the four tracks left high in the air.

Bits of news from “200 Years Ago” from the Susquehanna County Herald, June 7, 1822.

A meeting of a number of the inhabitants of the village of Montrose was held on the evening of the 24th of May, at the Washington Hotel, for the purpose of making arrangements to celebrate the Independence of the United States, on the 4th of July next. A committee of seven was appointed to make the necessary preparations. It was Resolved, That an oration be delivered, and the Declaration of Independence read. The committee of arrangement are to request some person to prepare an oration. Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Montrose papers.

MARRIED – On the 9th instant, by Elder D. Dimock, Mr. Harry Mills, to Miss Irena Main, both of Bridgewater

MARRIED – On the 26th instant, by the same, Mr. Richard Hickox, to Miss Armintha Handrake.

DIED – On the 17th instant, in Choconut, Mr. Benj. Chamberlin, aged 60 years. He bore a long and severe sickness with great patience, and died in the triumph of faith in Christ.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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