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March 08 1912/2012

Susquehanna - Susquehanna was visited by a $40,000 fire Wednesday morning in the destruction of the Metal Manufacturing Co’s plant, and the conflagration for a time threatened to wipe out the entire business section of the town.

New Milford - Miss Verna Williams, whose home is near New Milford but who has been employed in the Black Horn Leather Co’s plant at Great Bend, died under peculiar circumstances at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Flynn, where she boarded. Miss Williams complained of a severe toothache Saturday evening and to relieve the pain she had been given a small bottle of chloroform and a bit of cotton and instructed how to use it. Sunday morning the young woman did not appear at the accustomed hour and Mrs. Flynn, on going to her room, found her unconscious and her death soon resulted.. She was subject to convulsions and friends believe her death was due to the combined effects of the chloroform and the attacks.

Herrick Center - The funeral of John Williams, an old and respected citizen of this place, was held at the Methodist church Tuesday morning.

Little Meadows - I. Chester McCormick and Iva B. Ford have applied for a marriage license.

Lawsville - Wallace Southworth, a well known farmer of Lawsville, residing near Tripp Lake, met with a shocking accident on Thursday of last week. Mr. Southworth was tightening a nut with a wrench, the nut being fitted on a bolt holding the rapidly revolving saw in position. The wrench slipped and his right arm came in contact with the sharp teeth of the saw, shearing through bone and muscle from just below the elbow to the hand. Drs. C. W. Caterson and J. G. Wilson were summoned and determined that the only thing possible was amputation.

Great Bend - James Straney, none of Great Bend’s oldest veterans, died at the home of Miss Mary Allen, in that township, March 3, 1912. He was one of the first to volunteer on the call of President Lincoln, and had a good war record. One daughter, Miss Mary Straney and one son, James Straney, survive.

Ainey - Willie Bailey, of Lindaville, played [the fiddle] for the dance last Thursday night at E. Suttons.

Hop Bottom - This has been a winter of accidents and sickness. There have been many deaths among aged people. March has come and the cold winds are calling for more coal.

Pleasant Valley - We are glad to note that Miss Ethel Green is again able to resume her teaching. Her sister, Mrs. Lola Hibbard, has been teaching for her the past two weeks.

Middletown - The Borden plant will cease manufacturing condensed milk on account of the large supply on hand for which there is little demand. The manufacture of candy will be taken up and the number of employees will be doubled. A small amount of candy has been manufactured there in the past. The plant has also been making a quantity of butter which was sold to the employees for 28 cents a pound but this practice was discontinued after vigorous protest of the merchants of that city.

Silver Lake - On Thursday last, a bee was held at Col. West’s. Twenty--three were present and fifty cords of wood were cut.

East Ararat - Leo Silver purchased a fine Edison phonograph recently.

Montrose - Miss Mary Meehan, the organist at St. Mary’s Catholic church, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Meehan, is the youngest church organist in Susquehanna county, if not in the Keystone State. Miss Meehan, who is only 12 years of age, plays very well, and devotes much spare time to the study of church music. ALSO Tonight at the Cnic Theatre—”Our U.S. Navy,” launching of the battleship Florida, battleship New Hampshire and her sailors. “A Summer Adventure,” a deep story costing a large sum of money to produce. Deer being chased by wolves, etc.

Forest City - Pipes have arrived to complete the sewering of the town. This work will be completed as soon as weather will permit. ALSO Sheriff Benj. Reynolds, of Montrose, was in town a few days ago, probably looking after prisoners to replenish the depleted stock.

Uniondale - We hear that Louis W. Norton and his wife offer their dairy farm of 98 acres, with all improvements, for sale, situated two miles west of Uniondale, ½ mile from the butter factory. They have a southern fever and if anyone wants a bargain they better look after it before the fever turns to homecoming.

Northeast Telephone Company - is planning many improvements as soon as the season opens up. They will take on additional men. Those who wish to learn the business will be given a good opportunity. They also have some good positions for operators. Only those who wish the position for permanent employment need apply. However, this company does not require bonds from its operators not to get married.

Interesting facts about Dundaff, as written by Jasper T. Jennings - Dundaff borough was incorporated in 1828 and in the most flourishing period of the old Milford and Owego turnpike it was one of the most thriving villages along the line. Benjamin Bucklin made the first clearing in 1799 and the first store was opened in Dundaff by Asa Dimock in 1818. Colonel Gould Phinny, from Wilkes--Barre, came here in 1824 with fourteen others to take an active part in turning the settlement into a busy village. Archippus Parrish became a hotel keeper, Ebenezer Brown, became a miller, Nathan H. Lyons became a distiller, John Wells became a clothier, C. B. Merrick, a physician, George W. Healey, a merchant, Benjamin Ayres, a stage proprietor and Jacob Bedford had a hat shop. In 1831 an extensive glass factory was started. About 100 hands were employed to make ordinary window glass. The sand for making the glass was obtained on the shores of Crystal Lake. An academy was established in 1833 and there were three churches established, Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal. In 1840 the population was 300.

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Compiled By: Betty Smith

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