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June 19 1902/2002

New Milford - The following teachers have been employed to teach in the New Milford school for the coming school year: Principal, Prof. Clarence Snyder, of Lenox; grammar, Miss Nettie Stillwell; intermediate, Miss Woodhouse; primary, Miss Elizabeth Shelp; second primary, Miss Nina Taft.

Hopbottom - Harry Fisk, a farmer living between Nicholson and Hopbottom, has created a great sensation by attempting to rid himself of his wife by the administration of slow poison. Mrs. Fisk was taken ill and the doctor who was summoned was mystified by the symptoms and his suspicions were aroused. He inspired some women, relatives of Mrs. Fisk, to make an investigation and one of them succeeded in opening a chest in which Fisk had arsenic, procured at a drug store, upon the claim that he wanted to poison rats, and of which he had been giving his wife "powders" which were slowly but surely doing their murderous work. Fisk was arrested, after which he made an assignment of all his property to M. L. McMillan, in trust for his wife, and then eluding the officer having him in charge, skipped for parts unknown. His motive in attempting to kill his wife was a desire to come into possession of property, which he had persuaded her to deed to him.

Montrose - In meandering about town last week and critically viewing the gardens of our residents, we were impressed with the fact that there are many fine ones, but among them all, the honors, we believe, are carried off by the one near the Methodist church which is worked by those two industrious and energetic little men, Hiram and Oliver Gilbert, sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Gilbert. [The Gilbert's both died of Small Pox, as reported earlier in the year].

Forest City - Last Thursday, June 12, a list of the names of all those who are working in and around the mines, in disobedience to the strike order, was given to all the business houses in that town. The aim is to coerce merchants and others from furnishing food to non-union men.

Auburn - Charles Ernest Bunnell, a teacher in a government school at Kodiak, Alaska, had the degree of Master of Arts conferred upon him by Bucknell University, whose 52d annual commencement closed Wednesday. Mr. Bunnell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bunnell. [Charles Bunnell went on to be the first president of the University of Alaska]

Susquehanna - Samuel Higgins, who some years ago completed his trade as machinist in the Susquehanna shops, of which he became foreman, has been appointed to the position of general superintendent of motive power of the Southern Railway, with headquarters at Washington, D.C. For several years he has been superintendent of motive power and machinery of the Union Pacific Road, at Omaha.

Silver Lake - The roads have been newly worked, in this vicinity, and to those who drive for pleasure, it is quite difficult to "hold the hat on straight." They'll be better soon. AND City folks are seeking the beautiful haunts of our quiet "rocks and rills, and woods and templed hills," which Nature, (God's own handiwork) has so amply provided for the enjoyment of "the children of men." As we drove past the Rose, Sheldon and West homesteads, we were struck more forcibly with admiration than ever before, with the delightful surroundings of those three splendid landmarks of Susquehanna county. A neat little volume of photos could be made by the Kodak artist, even in this one pleasant corner of the County alone, of the lovely country homes, excellent farm lands, and of the magnificent woods which mantle the hills.

Springville - Saturday the East Lemon ball team came up to play with the Springville nine and a good game was played by our boys, but some weak work caused them to go down to defeat: score 7-9

South Montrose - A number of Italians have a cottage on the Ballantine farm, and are grading the driveways, etc.

South Gibson - J. E. Gardner has returned from a trip to New York, Harrisburg and other points. While away he purchased a high price engine, to be used as power for cutting ensilage threshing, etc., and will be ready to assist the farmers in season. AND J. H. Pritchard, the popular candidate for Sheriff, was in Scranton Monday. His many friends are anxious to see him come to the front.

Beech Grove [Auburn Twp.] - W. E. Sterling, the candidate for sheriff, is the son of Albert G. Sterling of this place. Warren was a good student, kind to the children on the playground. As a teacher he was one of the best; he is now a farmer in Jessup. I believe that if he is elected sheriff he will fill the office with credit to himself and honor to the voters of the Republican party of this county.

Lanesboro - At the School meeting Monday evening the following teachers were appointed. Principal, Wm. M. Denison; assistant, Mary A. Donovan; intermediate, Leora F. VanLoan; A primary, Mabel E. Taylor; A primary, Claire Taylor.

Heart Lake - Chauncey Foote, son of William Foote, who resides near Heart Lake, was missed from home by his father upon returning from work last Friday night, and inquiry made of neighbors that night and the day following failed to reveal his whereabouts. Fearing the boy might have wandered away, as he was only about ten years of age, a vigorous search was instituted on Sunday by about 50 of Mr. Foote's neighbors, but without result. It still lingered in the minds of some, however, that the boy might have met with an accident nearer home, and the search was continued by a band of the neighborhood's ladies. On Monday the father of the missing boy came to this place to obtain a clue as to his son's whereabouts, and on Tuesday went to Binghamton for the same purpose, but all his efforts were fruitless. It was not until Tuesday afternoon that he was discovered by Miss Nettie Sherman, in an adjacent pasture in which horses were grazing, and but about a quarter of a mile from home, lying face downward, dead. The body was badly decomposed and it is supposed that he met death Friday by being kicked by a horse. Justice Charles Shelp, of New Milford, was acting coroner in the inquest, and the jury impaneled delivered a verdict in accordance with the facts stated.

News Brief - Forty years ago (1862) this Fourth of July there was a heavy white frost Followed by a blistering afternoon. Let us hope history will not repeat itself.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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