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March 12 1909/2009

Forest City - A number of base ball enthusiasts met in the Family theatre to talk over the base ball prospects for this season. It was reported that the C.T.A.U. has organized a team to represent Forest City in the league of that name in the valley and as some of the young men in this club were relied on to play with the team being organized by S. L. Rothapfel, it was decided to ask the managers of the C.T.A.U. team to meet with the representatives of the Forest City club and talk matters over. It is desirable that the teams work in unity.

Dundaff - The inhabitants of the town were aroused last Wednesday at midnight by the ringing of the Methodist church bell. The two young men were very thoughtless in so doing as only in the case of fire and public meeting is the bell ever rung.

Friendsville - On the morning of March 14, Rev. Father Dunne, assisted by his choir, will celebrate a high mass in the old St. Patrick's church of Middletown. The service will be the last conducted in the building, as the old structure will be torn down shortly to give place to the fine new St. Patrick's [church] soon to be erected.

Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Maple syrup making is now in order. A good run of sap is reported. AND A blizzard struck this neck of timber March 4th, and the first snow drifts of the season are visible.

Hallstead - The ladies of the Methodist church are busily engaged in rehearsing and expect to produce an old-fashioned drama, entitled "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Bee," by home talent at the church on or about March 20, for the benefit of the church fund.

Montrose - Large crowds have attended the Nickelet which is being conducted in the Republican building by Jacob Steine. Last Saturday evening there were about 400 paid admissions and every evening during the week the attendance has been good and from the quality of the entertainment provided it is likely the interest will not abate. The illustrated songs prove an enjoyable feature with Russell Sprout, the well known tenor soloist, in the role of vocalist. The pictures, which were not entirely distinct the opening nights, have been improved to a considerable extent by increased knowledge of the handling of the machine and it is hoped to bring them near perfection by increasing the electric voltage. The program is changed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Oakland Valley - Last Monday afternoon a fatal accident occurred in a stone quarry near Oakland Valley that resulted in the death of Walter Crumm, an employee. Between 3 and 4 in the afternoon Crumm and a fellow workman prepared a blast and immediately after the fuse was ignited and before the men had time to get out of the way, the explosion occurred. Crumm was struck in the face and chest by the flying rock and debris, receiving serious wounds from which he died that night, after being removed to his home. The other man escaped injury. The deceased was 35 years of age and leaves a wife and five small children.

Lawsville - Last Saturday Fred L. Bailey, who owns a poultry farm and who drives to Binghamton nearly every week with the fruits thereof, hitched his team to his egg wagon and proceeded to make his customary trip to the Parlor City, while his friends and neighbors along the route laughed inwardly at the surprise they had in store for him and the partner of his joys and sorrows, the following Sunday being the 20th anniversary of their marriage. When nearly to Conklin he received a telephone message to return to his home. Sixty guests left some pleasant reminders of their visit in the shape of glass and china, a beautiful oil painting and a cash gift of $6.45. The day ended with vocal and instrumental music.

Shannon Hill, Auburn Twp. - Jared Hyde and family moved from this place to Meshoppen this week. They have always lived in Auburn and for the past 28 years in this neighborhood on the old homestead where Mrs. Hyde was born. They were kind, obliging neighbors and will be missed.

South New Milford - The Baptist Ladies' Aid Society went to Mrs. I. W. Chamberlain's at Harford, last week, to sew carpet rags. About 35 people attended and the proceeds were three dollars.

South Montrose - The old blacksmith shop on the Loren Allen property, at S. Montrose for half a century, has been torn down by the new owner of the place, John Struple.

Gelatt - The farmers kept a hustling Friday and Saturday hauling logs, lumber and feed while the sleighing lasted.

Herrick Center - The snow fall and drifts made great work last week, [wagon] teams out for the day had great times getting home. The school [wagon] teams were among the unfortunate, but by persistent effort they got home alright.

Great Bend - Mrs. Norman L. Roosa entertained the East Great Bend Thimble Club.

Susquehanna - Saturday the Bucknell University Five defeated the locals in a fast game of basket ball. The score, 23 to 25.

Lawton, Rush Twp. - Wm. Brotzman had a lively runaway Monday. He had his team of two mules and one horse at the planing mill at Rushville, loading on a load of lumber. He drove up as far as Terry & Shadduck's store. Leaving the team standing in the road he went in the store. The wind blowing a piece of paper in front of the team, away they went at a 2.10 gate. They ran as far as J. A. Haney's where they were stopped by parties holding a plank across the road. None the worse for the run. Moral--tie your team.

News Briefs - Many sugar bushes have been tapped and good runs of sap are reported. Warm days with north winds, following sharp, clear nights, are said by old sugar makers to be the best for sugar making, the sap running freest under these conditions. AND Today is the 21st anniversary of the great blizzard of March 12, 1888, which out blizzarded all the other blizzards in memory, when New York city was practically cut off from the rest of the country for three days. In Susquehanna County it tied up the railroads and other roads for about a week. And about 65 years ago there was four feet of snow in April.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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