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March 08 1918/2018

Silver Lake – Miss Jane Simpson, formerly of this place, died in Montrose on March 3.  She was born in Moffatt, Scotland and came to this country when just six weeks old. Her father, John Simpson, came to Silver Lake to take charge of a woolen mill, owned by the late Dr. Robert H. Rose, whose son, Edward W. Rose married a sister of Miss Simpson, the mother of Hon. Henry J. Rose, of Montrose. Miss Simpson was a woman of rare intelligence, an omnivorous reader and possessed a strong will. For many years she was a correspondent for the Independent Republican, writing an interesting weekly letter. ALSO Thomas Kanane was born at Silver Lake and has lived on the same farm for more than 75 years; all of his life, in fact, with the exception of a few months spent with the division of engineers of the Union army in the south. His father came to this country from County Clare, Ireland, and settled on the farm now occupied by the son. Mr. Kanane had a large sale about a year ago and has since taken life easier, but is still on the old farm.

Herrick Center – On account of the unusually thick ice, both branches of the Lackawanna creek have overflowed the banks and inundated the road and flats. This is the greatest flood in the history of the town and is causing no little annoyance and inconvenience to travelers, with little prospect of improvement until warmer weather removes some of the ice.

Montrose – The C-Nic theater is being renovated and improved and will be opened, it is expected, in a few days. Mr. Welliver, the new proprietor, is showing his enterprise by permitting his opening date to be taken as a benefit entertainment for a local organization in need of funds. Such an exhibition of philanthropy should stand him well in hand with the people of the town in future patronage.

Little Meadows – Miss Lydia Bergin has taken a position as stenographer in the D.L.&W. station at Binghamton.

Gibson – George Potter died at his home at the age of 78 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Universalist church. He had lived the most of his life in this vicinity and was a man of powerful endurance. Ernest Potter and family, of Binghamton, attended the funeral. [George is listed with Co. M, 4th Cavalry and Co. C. 203d Regiment, PA Volunteers.]

Hallstead – Last Saturday night burglars forced an entrance through the back door of the store of V.D. Hand, rifled the safe and cash register, securing a small amount of money and merchandise. They also took the telephone box, containing a small amount of coin. After robbing the Hand store they proceeded next door to loot Cox’s drug store, gaining entrance by carefully removing a large glass from the rear window and then forcing the iron bars apart. Here they secured about $10 and some candy.

Thompson – James Westbrook, although 80 years of age, has worked every day this winter and was able to stand the cold as well as the younger men. Mr. Westbrook was not born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. His mother died when he was two years of age. When 12 years of age his father was taken away and since that time he has had his own way to make. He has never shirked his duty and his bodily vigor and alert mind, at his advanced age, attest the influence of an active out-door life.

Laurel Lake – On February 19th occurred the death of Joseph Ward. He was in his 88th year having been born on the same farm where he died. He was the oldest man in the community and will be missed. He is survived by nine children and 36 grandchildren. Father Dunn, at St. Augustine’s church offered a requiem High Mass.  Interment in St. Augustine’s cemetery.

Glenwood – Lester Barnes underwent a successful operation for appendicitis at his home. Dr. Tompson, of Scranton, was the operating surgeon, assisted by Dr. Taylor, of Hop Bottom. ALSO Word has been received of the death of George Mapes, Sr., at his home in St. Paul, Minn. An old resident of Cameron Corners, he moved to his latter home 38 years ago. Another old soldier has answered to the final roll call at the ripe old age of 87 years and 4 months. [George belonged to Co. B, 177th Reg’t, Drafted Militia; was a charter member of Capt. Lyons Post #85 of Glenwood.]

Brooklyn – The Seniors of our High School very ably presented the drama, “Deacon Dobbs.” Everyone who was present felt well repaid for attending. The Montrose High School orchestra furnished the music, which added much to the evening’s entertainment.

Birchardville – The sale at Olin Devine’s was well attended. The Ladies’ Aid received $26.95 for the dinner. Goods all sold well, one cow and calf bringing $100. Hens sold for 97 cents apiece.

Susquehanna – The last, loving tribute of respect was paid to the late John Johnson, patriot, Susquehanna’s first soldier laid to rest. It was a universal feeling among the citizens of the three boroughs, Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro, which called together the throng of sad-faced men and women to view the long procession of organizations, fire companies, officials, Erie Shop men and band, high schools and dignitaries. The young soldier was about 22 years of age and one of the most popular boys in the town. His parents, having died some years ago, two brothers and a sister are left of the immediate family.

South Auburn – At a regular meeting of the Grange, it was resolved that we deplore the recent granting of liquor licenses to hotels already closed in this county and feel that the temperance people of Susquehanna county, in asking for bread, received a stone.

West Lenox – On account of the high water the bulk head in F. T. Whitney’s grist mill was destroyed, so he is unable to do any grinding or gumming of saws.

News Briefs: The musical drip of sap in shimmering pails is once again heard in the “sugar bush.” (If this mild weather continues most of us will be tempted to write a poem.) ALSO Robins and bluebirds made their appearance the first of the week in considerable numbers. The little “harbingers of spring” always find a hearty welcome awaiting them. ALSO “Please pass the grasshopper sandwiches.” Can you imagine yourself saying it” Yet it may come to pass that this phrase will be oft-repeated in this day of meat scarcity. One man reports eating them when nicely browned and placed between slices of Victory bread and says they have a fine nutty flavor. ALSO It is curious that Sec. McAdoo, Sec. Baker and Mr. Hoover, having all the sources of information that the government can command at hand, don’t know half as much about what ought to be done to win the war as nine-tenths of the individuals who sit around warm stoves and air opinions founded on air.

The Montrose Centinel, for this date, March 8, 1818, is unavailable.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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