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June 19 1903/2003

Lanesboro - In Lanesboro there are 12 houses placarded with smallpox signs. There are 2 guards to each house, a day and a night shift. By order of the postal authorities no mail now leaves the Lanesboro post office, and but one mail is received each evening. By order of the Susquehanna Common Council and Board of Health, fences have been erected between the two boroughs, and no one is permitted to pass through without a certificate from the health officers of both boroughs. In Susquehanna there is but one case, and that is in a state of convalescence. It is closely quarantined. Both boroughs are doing all that is possible to do to prevent the further spread of the disease, which is of the mildest type. A number of persons have had it without calling in a physician. Butchers, milkmen, hucksters, etc., are allowed to enter Susquehanna from Lanesboro, under certain conditions. (A child of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Bennett died on Friday, after a long illness. As there is an infectious disease in the house, the interment was held at 3 o'clock on Monday morning.)

Susquehanna - The old Universalist church edifice, on Grand St., has been sold to B. C. Glidden, who will erect a residence upon its site. No regular services have been held in the church, which was built some 30 years ago, in a number of years.

Gibson - The ladies of the Aid Society are making preparations for an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Every effort will be put forth to make this one of the best ever held here; come and see; we need the money for the repairs on our church-which are being made, and we will endeavor to give you a fair return for your patronage.

Silver Lake - The Silver Lake Creamery is now in successful operation. The milk on one of the routes is collected daily by the managers. The new milk is collected in the morning and the skim milk returned to owners in the evening. 16 cans is the average number taken each trip, the weight about 1,500 lbs.

Brooklyn - A humorous entertainment will be given at the Presbyterian church next Wednesday evening, June 24, entitled "Aunt Samantha's Album." The Ladies Aid Society is at much expense to provide a strictly first class entertainment. Mrs. Jillison is an entertainer far above the average. It will be a distinct loss to those who will be unable to attend. The same Society will give another entertainment Aug. 7, when such artists as Mrs. Mollie Weston-Kent, of Boston, Dr. F. Ellis Bond, of Great Bend, and E. C. Rogers will take part. A season ticket good for both these entertainments is sold for 35 cents.

Montrose - A trio of Italian men, with a couple of bears, furnished considerable amusement for the youngsters (not to say older people) of this bailiwick on Monday afternoon. AND The "Bloomer Girls" were here last Thursday to play ball with the Montrose boys, but a big shower came along and spoiled the game. Mr. Pope said that for some reason, the shower did no harm, possibly good. You may ask him why.

Rush - C. R. Sutton, a graduate of one of the best eye colleges and clinics in the United States with the degree of doctor of optics, will be in Rush to examine eyes and fit glasses in Suttons' Clothing house after June 22. Examination and consultation is free. Suttons' Store opens June 22nd. With the first boys' suit sold, a choice of any knee pants in the store goes free.

Jackson Valley, Middletown Twp. - On Tuesday, June 2, David J. Jones, one of Jackson Valley's most prosperous farmers, fell from a ladder in the barn, breaking his neck and causing instant death. The accident happened late in the evening and no one was with him at the time of its occurrence. That evening he had been called to P. Farnell's to assist in dislodging an apple that had become fastened in a cow's throat, and about 11 o'clock started for his home a short distance this side. Arriving home he went to the barn and went up stairs and threw down some hay for his cow and horse. There were no stairs, but a ladder led to the second floor. In descending he must have slipped and fell and striking on his head, broke his neck. He was 71 years of age. He is survived by an aged wife and one son, George H. Jones, of Middletown Center, and one daughter Miss Mattie, at home. Interment at Neath.

Ararat - The Brooks school opened June lst, with Miss Maggie Smith, of Orson, as teacher.

Forest City - The Melrose Minstrel Company, a local organization, will give an entertainment in the opera house. The young men have been rehearsing for some time and will give a good performance. AND Benjamin Harris had his left hand crushed between two mine cars in No. 2 shaft this afternoon and it was necessary to amputate the thumb and first finger.

Dimock - Norris Williams, son of T. B. Williams, is reported to have fallen from an engine on the Lehigh Valley railroad, down in the coal region, and received injuries from which death resulted. A brother also met a tragic death some years ago while working on a breaker in Forest City, where he got a fall that resulted in death.

News Briefs - "Mett McKune's" Death - The body of Robert E. Hall, better known perhaps at "Mett McKune," a former inmate of the Binghamton State Hospital, was found Tuesday morning in the Susquehanna River, in the town of Conklin. The clothing was not in very good condition and no money was found on his person. He wore a Masonic emblem in his tie and wore a cheap watch. Robert Emmett Hall had a very wide acquaintance in Montrose and vicinity and formerly resided in Fairdale. He was 62 years of age and at one time was a clergyman. Although a brilliant man in many respects, he was addicted to an unfortunate habit which compelled him to lay aside the more active Christian work and engage in literary pursuits. Many newspapers have frequently given space to the gem verses of "Mett McKune," including our own columns. He loved nature, and much of his traveling was done afoot. Late years he became somewhat peculiar and was admitted to the Binghamton State Hospital in 1896, for the first time, and again in 1899. Last August he skipped out, and after 30 days, according to law, he was discharged from the hospital. When next heard from he was in Connecticut. AND Rev. Charles L. Rice, a former pastor of churches in this county, died recently at the residence of his daughter in Cortland, NY. He was the last surviving member of the original Wyoming Methodist conference, organized in Carbondale fifty years ago.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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