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June 28 1895/1995

Susquehanna – Young man, do not go West! Buy soap. Some months since Clarence D. Washburn, visiting at Comfort’s Pond, but employed in the Erie store room at this point, found upon the wrapper of a bar of soap the name and address of Miss Cora Lauxtermann of Cincinnati, Ohio, with the added information that she desired to marry. Miss Lauxtermann was employed in the wrapping department of Proctor & Gamble’s Cincinnati Soap Works. Mr. Washburn, being a widower, immediately wrote the young lady. Photographs were exchanged, and Mr. Washburn in due time went to Ohio, saw the lady, proposed and was accepted. On Tuesday of last week a prepossessing young lady stepped from train 8 at this station, was met by Mr. Washburn, and a few hours later, in the Bethel Hill Methodist church were made one, Rev. C.C. Vrooman, pastor of the Lanesboro Methodist church performing the ceremony. While there’s life there’s soap. AND A somewhat different version appeared in a New York paper: Another factory girl has found a husband through a message wrapped in a bar of soap. Cora Lauxtermann, eldest daughter of ex-Mayor Lauxtermann, of St. Bernard, was married to night to C.D. Washbun, a wealthy railroad man of Susquehanna, PA. Miss Lauxtermann was employed in the wrapping department of the soap house of the Proctor & Gamble factories. One of her friends in fun put a note in the wrapper of a bar of soap. It read: “I would like to get married. Kindly address Cora Lauxtermann, Ludlow Grove, Ohio.” [Result same as above.]

Montrose – A grand-stand has been built on the ball ground. Now there’ll be luxury for those who view the game – if they happen to have ten cents along with them.

Kingsley – Some Kingsley bicyclists recently beat a train running from Foster to Kingsley, making the trip in twelve minutes.

Uniondale – Now we have organized a permanent base ball team that are able to cope with all comers and the boys have made a record for themselves. The morning glory nine of Whites Valley came over last Saturday but they were not in it for Uniondale star nine won the game the score standing 24 and 26 in favor of the star nine.

Lenox – Miss Bertha Bennett broke the berry record Wednesday, by picking one-hundred quarts in a few minutes over five hours.

South Auburn – W.T. Jackson lost his valuable churn dog, supposed to have been poisoned.

Harford – about ten o’clock Wednesday night there was a cry of fire rung forth upon the still night air and it was discovered that Mrs. Quinlan’s house was all ablaze, and the flames soon reached the blacksmith shop and sheds that belong to Westley Osterhout. It was fortunate for these buildings that there was no wind. By extra effort of the citizens and the military co. that were encamped on A.T. Sweet’s lawn, the fire was soon under control. Mrs. Quinlan and her daughter lost nearly everything of their wearing apparel and household goods besides $35 in money. There were a great many valuable relics and curiosities that her son Thomas had collected in foreign countries when he was a sailor.

Herrick Centre – Bert Corey is in the O&W depot learning telegraphy.

Forest City – The residents of Forest City, Dundaff, Crystal Lake, and vicinity, were much agitated last week by the presence of a panther. His tracks were seen on a soft ground and his unearthly yell frequently heard at night.

Stephen’s Point – Stephen’s Point has organized a brass band. There will be the usual decline in real estate in consequence.

News Brief – Canvas shoes threaten to supplant the russets.

No, the wearing of bloomers cannot be considered breaches of the peace.

Hunting truant schoolboys, under the compulsory education law, will teach the young ideas [of] how to scoot.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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