March 03 1922/2022
Ararat – The people who put in the small note that the back road, as it is called, from Ararat to Herrick Center, has been traveled all winter by automobiles, forgot to note that they had to travel a number of rods through Harry Hobb’s pasture, over knolls and stumps.
Clifford – Charles Ross sold his farm and moved with his family to Binghamton, NY. ALSO William Bell is some hog raiser. On Monday he delivered a hog to John Dobesh, the meat man, a hog of vast proportions. It is undoubtedly the largest native hog seen here in some time. It tipped the beam at 875 pounds. It measured over two feet across the back; is seven feet in length; had short legs and an extremely small head. It is of the Chester White breed and only twenty months old. If anyone has a larger hog, let them speak out.
Susquehanna – Stanley H. Brush, one of the best known business men of the county, died at his home in Susquehanna, after an illness since May of 1921. Death was due to tuberculosis. Mr. Brush was born in Brushville, a short distance from this place, thirty-five years ago. His father engaged in the grocery business here and his sons were made partners in the business, later being known as Brush Bros., located on the Oakland side.
Dimock - Three sleighloads from here attended the pie social at Louden Hill, on Wednesday, for the benefit of the Louden Hill basketball team. One pie sold for $15 and the boys cleared $72.
Montrose – Do You Remember? That Montrose once possessed a pound, located in the rear of the Hughy Mitchell livery stable, back of the Dessauer block. When unruly cows were allowed to engage in wander-lust, they were forthwith impounded, and the owners had to cough up 50 cents to secure their release. Of course, the failure to cough up was loss of milk. That Judge Tyler, whose homestead occupied the present site of the public library, had a pretty and talkative parrot who was wont to call school children naughty names as they passed to and from the old academy.
New Milford – H. Claude Hardy, son of Mr. and Ms. D. N. Hardy, of New Milford, was recently offered the position of superintendent of schools at North Adams, Mass. The position carries a salary of one thousand a year more than Mr. Hardy now draws as principal of the schools at Fairport, NY. He sought to resign the position but the Fairport board would not accept his resignation and assured him that in the matter of salary he would be properly remembered. [H. Claude Hardy wrote “To and From Hell’s Half Acre,” a history of West Lenox, Lenox Township, Susquehanna County, where he was born in 1887. Mr. Hardy donated it to our Society in 1938.]
Herrick Center – An interesting literary program, featuring exercises suitable for Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays, was given in the High school auditorium on Friday afternoon by the pupils of the Primary and Intermediate rooms.
Elk Lake – Miss Mary H. Arnold died Feb. 19, at her home here. She was the oldest daughter of the late Richard and Ann Arnold, two of the oldest settlers in this place, arriving in 1854. Miss Arnold kept a general store at Elk Lake in the old store originally owned by Mr. Leebody and daughter. Her funeral took place at St. Bonaventure’s church at Auburn.
Forest City – J. W. McCracken, well known here as a cracker jack salesman, who is now engaged marketing the toothsome products of the Smith and Clark company, was here yesterday in charge of a squadron of trucks loaded with Smith’s ice cream. Free distribution of cream cones caused such a storming of the squadron by the kiddies as to block the traffic on the street.
Thompson – Mrs. Rachel Corey has quilted from January 3rd, 1921, to December 23, 1921, fifteen quilts besides tying 10 comfortables and 3 pads for cot beds. At present she is quilting a quilt for Mrs. R. E. Allard containing 2,187 pieces. This quilt was pieced by Mrs. Allard’s great grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Pickering, several years before Mrs. Pickering’s death.
200 Years Ago - To Be Sold, A complete set of Saw Mill Irons, for which Grain and Cattle will be received in payment. For further particulars apply to Benjamin Russell, at Widow Scott’s, Bridgewater Township. Feb. 1822. ALSO Wanted Immediately, A large quantity of fur and deer skins. The subscribers respectfully inform the Public, in general, that they have commenced dressing and manufacturing Fur and Deer Skins, about four miles south of the Village of Montrose, where they intend to keep constantly on hand the following articles, Muffs, Tippits, Caps, Gloves, Ladies Boots and Shoes, Gentlemen’s Mittins, Suspenders, &c. ARMS & POTTER, Feb. 19, 1822. ALSO “Anecdote” A citizen invited some of his neighbors to a feast. His son, handing a glass of wine to a gentleman, accidentally spilt it on his hand and for his carelessness his father gave him a box on the ear. The son having recovered himself, gave the next man a good box—being asked the reason, he said, “Come, come, let it go round, it will come to my father by and by, for I dare not strike him myself.”
Notes from the Historical Room: Joseph Potter, continued…Under date of July 15, 1831, Peleg Spencer replies to Joseph Potter: “Sir: I received your letter of the twenty-first of June. I am able to answer your request, but being in the time of my harvest, have not time to attend to all that was required in the matter at present. I thought proper to write first, as I am not certain where you was when you was discharged. Sum part of the company was discharged at Trenton and sum part was discharged in Morristown. Our times was out at Morristown. The first day of January, 1777, enlisted again for six weeks longer, and I don’t remember at present whether you was with me at that time. Please to informe me of the matter as it was as soon as possible, and I will send you my depositions emedately, and should be glad to get yours as to my services accordingly afterward, as I may apply for a pention myself. The cost will be but trifling for each of us. You have stated in your letter correctly as far as it went concerning the matters, according to my recollection. I remember you well and have had many a hard time with you in the services in the year 1776. Yours to serve, Peleg Spencer, New Lebanon.”