June 16 1911/2011
Heart Lake - The severe electrical storm of Saturday night cut a very curious, as well as disastrous prank, at the fine residence of Charles Bullard, near Heart Lake. The house was damaged more or less in every room, great patches of plaster being ripped off, and the fact that it was not burned down is a mystery. As it was, it caught fire in a couple of places, but the fire was extinguished before any damage from that source was done. When it was found that no one was badly injured, Mr. Bullard went to the roof where he found a large, gapping hole, about 2 ft. x 4 ft. made by the lightning. The roof had ignited at this point but he was able to put it out. It is said that every room had damage and some fires started but were extinguished.
Forest City - Peter Petrus and Miss Anna Mikuljak were married in the Greek Catholic church by Rev. V. Buscovage, June 3, 1911.
New Milford - The Robinson-Sittenfeld Tanning Co. commenced running regularly and the sound of the whistle that has been silent for many years is welcome to the ears of all our citizens. Since the new company took charge of the business many improvements have been added that will enable them to handle a large amount of leather. It is the intention of the company to enlarge the business as fast as practicable. With the high grade of leather produced by this tannery we believe it will in a short time be one of the large industries in this section.
East Lenox - A. E. Snyder was in Montrose the latter part of last week delivering flowers and plants raised at his green houses. Mr. Snyder and his father, Eldridge Snyder, deal extensively in hot house plant of all kinds and have developed a large trade in the eastern end of the county and also in Lackawanna Co.
Rush - Howard VanDyke's team became frightened while coming to the creamery one morning this week. As they were coming down the steep hill by E. Granger's, Mr. VanDyke and son were thrown out of the wagon and the team traversed Postmaster Granger's garden, tramping down some of the weeds. The wagon was damaged somewhat.
Thompson - In the electric storms of Saturday and Sunday nights, Fred Tyler, of Wrighter Hill, lost two valuable cows and Wm. Slocum of West Thompson had four high grade cows killed by the lightning.
South Ararat - Willard Spence, of Thompson, passed through this place on his motorcycle on Thursday.
Niven, Springville Twp. - During the severe storm of Saturday night last, lightning struck the residence of Byron Oakley, near Niven, ripping siding off the house and playing the curious prank of tearing door casings out and opening doors, and also tearing out window casings and throwing the windows out without breaking the glass.
Brooklyn - H. A. McKinney has started a meat and green goods market and from the looks and neat appearance of everything and the puffs the citizens given him, we bespeak a splendid business for him. ALSO Frank Merrill, of W. Brooklyn, has one of the finest, if not the best, water supply in the county. At the fountain head or spring a large and never failing one, he has built a concrete reservoir that holds 1500 gallons. The water supplies his mother's house, thence to his own house, and then to his milk house and barn, with concrete water tanks. He can put in 28 large 40 qt. cans if he chooses and water so cold that he does not have to use any ice to cool his milk and in the winter on stormy days, he can water his stock without taking them out of his large basement barn. But to know how nice it is, you want to stop and have a chat with Frank, and see for yourself.
Great Bend - Frank Gifford, Jr., encountered a large rattlesnake near Smoky Hollow and after a short battle he came out victorious. He brought his snakeship to town and the animal was on exhibit in Chas. M. Hamlin's show window in the afternoon where he was viewed by many people. The striped gentleman carried 13 rattles and an overcoat button for his protection.
Montrose - Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the departure of Co. H., 4th PA Reserve Infantry, the first company to leave Montrose, and of the ten survivors remaining of the 85 who marched away June 13, 1865, seven answered to roll call. They were: Lieut. James P. Gay, Sergt. Maj. R. S. Searle, Sergt. M. H. VanScoten, Corp. George E. Woodruff, of Montrose, Musician C. A. Kenyon of New Milford, Wm. K. Trippler, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Calvin S. Gay, of Sayre. A letter was read from Capt. A. T. Sweet, of Harford, expressing his regret that he could not attend owing to his serious illness. John Anderson, of Arlington, Kansas, and John L. Smith of West Auburn, was unable to be present much to the regret of their comrades. Co. H. has a record of which it may well be proud, and listed are some of the more important engagements in which they participated: Drainsville, Va., Dec. 20, 1861; Mechanicsville, June 26,1862; Gaines Mill, June 27,1862; Charles City Crossroad, June 30, 1862; Malvern Hill, July, 1862; Second Bull Run, Aug. 28-30, 1862; South Mountain, Md., Sept. 14, 1862; Antietam, Sept. 16-17, 1862; Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862. Because of fearful casualties, the company being reduced from 85 to 27 they were relieved from service and sent to the defense of Washington, Feb. 16, 1863. Twenty-five of the 27 re-enlisted to serve three years or until the end of the war, participating in many more battles, serving under Gen. Crook.
Susquehanna - Charles Oscar Jonnson, a native of Sweden, and who had resided in Tacoma, Wash., was run over and instantly killed by an Erie switch engine in charge of H. C. Pettis, on Tuesday afternoon. The engine was going down a heavy grade and although the engineer blew the whistle and applied the brakes, the engine could not be stopped until it had passed over the man's body. The man either did not hear the whistle or intentionally remained on the track, as there was plenty of time for him to get out of danger, had he desired. His wife, from cards in his pockets, resides at Finn, Colo.
Compiled By: Betty Smith