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March 08 1907/2007

Auburn Twp. - Wm. D. Schoonmaker was born in Sullivan Co., NY, May 24, 1824 and died Jan. 18, 1907, at his home in Auburn, Pa., where he had lived for 49 years. May 1st, 1851, he was married to Eliza Smith, daughter of Stephen and Lavina Smith, of Brooklyn, Pa. They lived in Brooklyn about 6 years. They then moved to Auburn, living in a one-roomed log house for a time, enduring all the hardships of early settlers. He was never too busy to help others in sickness and trouble of any kind. He was a great worker, working early and late, singing as he worked, the songs of Zion. The last time we heard him sing "Beulah Land," he was in his 80th year, his voice was very weak then, but now he can sing it with a strong, triumphant voice. The sudden death of his youngest daughter, Elmira Howard, July 2, 1905, was a great shock to him, from which he did not recover. Also, the death of his beloved wife, June 22, 1906, left him very lonely, and he only seemed to be waiting to join the loved ones in the Better Land. Out of a family of seven children, four remain for a little while longer, when they too, will join father, mother and loved ones waiting to welcome them. AND The memorial windows for the new Jersey Hill church have come and they are extra fine.

Franklin Forks - Carroll R. Tiffany left Monday for a trip through West Virginia, where he expects to introduce his patent tree trimmers.

Montrose - It is now known definitely that Becker & Wilson, the cut glass manufacturers, intend to locate in New Brunswick, NJ. They have some of their machinery ready for shipment, although they will continue to run the factory for several weeks yet, about 20 employees being at work at present. This means that when the factory closes down the employees will seek other places where they can pursue their vocation, as no opportunity will exist here. It means that young men who have always lived here, now drawing remunerative wages, will be forced to leave in order to keep from idleness. It also means that $20,000 annually is going into the hands of merchants in other towns, which might better remain here. Many of the employees are waiting in the hope that the factory will be continued and it would seem that with one man alone, offering to take $6,000 of the capital stock, that the two or three remaining thousand necessary to finance it would be rapidly forthcoming.

Brooklyn - Much excitement was caused last Friday by the announcement of the death of Irene Palmer, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Palmer, who bought the T. F. Reynolds farm last spring. The girl, who was about 15 years old, was a scholar of the Brooklyn High School, riding from home a distance of about four miles each morning in the "kid wagon or sleigh." She had been earnest in her studies and attendance until Feb. 20, when she came to school as usual but did not feel well and had to leave school before noon, going to the home of Mrs. J. S. Wright, where she stayed until night. She said she did not want to miss a day, but never came back to school. On Thursday of the following week word came to the school directors that she was very sick and as her people were Christian Science, no medical attendance had been provided, and requesting the directors, who in the county are the board of health, to look into the matter. Arrangements were made for a committee to take Dr. A. J. Ainey and go up on Friday morning, but it was too late.

Death claimed its own before morning. The directors found that two healers of the faith had been in attendance, one from Kingsley and one from Scranton, but no physician had been called.

Fairdale - Two loads of poles were delivered Tuesday for the extension of the Bell Telephone line, which will pass through Taylor Hollow to Forest Lake Center.

Springville - The fire fighters at the high school building had a rather rough experience one day last week. In playing the rescue act Lloyd Johnson missed connection and fell with Perry Mills under his arm. When picked up Lloyd was insensible and Mills had some cracked ribs. Everyone is wondering what the next move will be.

Gibson - A sleigh load of young people from Upper Lake visited at the Gibson House recently.

Lenoxville - Clarence G. Stephens, the Lenoxville merchant, went to Wyoming to dismantle a grist mill, the machinery of which he purchased and will move it to Lenoxville and place in the mill, which he is erecting. The machinery is about new, having been used only a short time when the owner of the mill failed.

Great Bend - A great many from here attended the beautiful play of J. Q. Adams Sawyer, in Clune's Opera House, Monday evening, and it was a rare treat.

Dimock - Revival meetings are being held at the Baptist church by Elder Cleaver.

Harford - A. H. Mead wishes us to announce that in regard to the five birds shot in one day that they were secured one day last November. (No stretches of imagination could picture Andrew huntin' out o' season. He is too much of the true sportsman for that).

Forest City - Mrs. Annie E. Wilcox died two weeks ago at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. J. F. Biggart, in Carbondale, at the ripe age of 96 years, six months and eleven days. She was born in Connecticut and was a niece of General Zachary Taylor, the noted American leader in the Mexican war and later president of the United States. She had many remarkable anecdotes to tell of her early days and her distinguished relative, with whom she had been brought much in contact. Mrs. Wilcox was a woman of remarkable memory and possessed her faculties almost to her death.

Uniondale - The farmers are taking advantage of the good sleighing and the road is full of teams every day drawing props to Forest City.

News Brief: The Service Pension bill, recently passed by congress and signed by the president, insures a pension to all soldiers who served in the Civil war or in the war with Mexico, without fees to pension or claim agents. In case such person has reached the age of 62 years, $12 per month; 70 years, $15 per month; 75 years or over $20 per month.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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