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March 12 1920/2020

Bridgewater Twp. – To spend a night and the better part of a day in a stalled train, hemmed in by mountains of snow, and be obliged to stay there is an experience which not many people have passed through. Such was the adventure of some 30 persons, who got stalled in a deep cut on the Montrose branch of the Lackawanna, Friday night. They gained their freedom at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon when a rescuing party reached them and brought all to Montrose. Snowshoers kept them in food, but the supply of coal for the stoves in the car gave out about daylight Saturday, and the soft coal which suppled the engine proved poor fuel and the party were in danger of real suffering had they not been reached. The train got stuck in a cut near Vinel Welch’s farm, west of Tiffany station. Engineer McKeeby saw that it was impossible to back the train out of the snow and return to Alford. Flagman Leonard waded through the drifts to the Welch farmhouse and phoned to Scranton for assistance. Two engines were sent up and reached the stalled train and attempted to force it through the drifts but succeeded only in packing the snow under the rear of the train, lifting it from the rails. Seeing it was a hopeless task they started back, but also got stuck at Tiffany and could go no further. Three men on the Montrose train hiked to Montrose and arranged for Landlord Donovan to send food and coffee and F. T. Mack, David Stilson and Edward Harold snowshoed out to the train and cheered the luckless and hungry crowd. Some of the men went to the home of Hugh McCollum and Mrs. McCollum was kept busy over the range supplying the famished men with griddle cakes. Dr. L. M. Thompson learned of the plight of the stranded ones and with helpers started out with two teams and found the train almost buried in the cut. Soon the party was transferred to the sleighs, wrapped in warm garments and at 12:30 all were in town. On Monday a crew of shovellers and three engines came up and by “bucking” the train forced it through the cut.

Friendsville – The marriage of Miss Mabel Griffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Griffin, of this place, to Mr. Walter Shaugnessy, of Little Meadows, took place at St. Francis church here, at noon on Monday, Feb. 16, 1920. The young couple will reside at Little Meadows.

Forest City – The following is an account of an accident befalling a Forest City boy last week. Ludwig, the 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gasper Ravonikar, of Clinton Twp., Wayne Twp., attempted to board a northbound Erie train on Monday afternoon. He was coming from work at the Gray slope and jumped on the 25th car from the front end. He missed his hold and fell beneath the train. The trainmen stopped the train, cut off the caboose and brought the young man to the Erie Station. Dr. Knapp was called and ordered the injured man to Emergency hospital, Carbondale. He was taken to the Dundaff street crossing, Carbondale, by train, where an ambulance was waiting. The young man lost the right leg below the knee and received lacerations about the head and hands.

Great Bend – Wm. J. Day had an exciting experience last Friday, which he will not soon forget. In company with two hired men, George and Earl Hawk, he was on his way to the slaughter house. The blizzard was on and in the blinding snow he did not notice that Trowbridge creek had overflowed its banks earlier in the day. The snow was drifting badly and he drove into the water, which had undermined the huge banks of snow, and the horses were soon floundering in water up to their backs, while one went down. The men waded in the water up to their shoulders to rescue the animals, and finally succeeded, but were compelled to leave the sleigh in the highway until the next day. Although it was some time before the men could reach home and secure dry clothing, all came through the ordeal none the worse for the dunking they received.

Gibson – Practically no milk was brought to the creamery here Friday and Saturday, as the roads were impassable. Men had to shovel the entire length of Burgh Hill, Sunday, before the milk teams could get through from Union Hill. It is estimated that the drifts are 9 or 10 ft. deep under the track, near the top of Burgh Hill.

Montrose – Merchant D. L. Robinove has been much depressed the past few days over news reaching him from his home land, Poland. He was greatly shocked about a week ago to learn that a sister living in the battle-swept country of Europe had actually starved to death. Mr. Robinove knew of the distressing conditions among his people in Poland, and during the past two years had sent several remittances of money which should have been abundant to care for their actual needs, but none of the money reached his relatives. ALSO “Our Constitution, Its Ideals and Objects,” is the general topic for discussion at the March meetings of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Our local Union has requested Atty. Safford to address their meeting on said subject at the residence of Mrs. Fred Rosendale.

Forest Lake – M. J. McNerney was engaged in Montrose on Tuesday. He says that navigating the snow drifts is ticklish business—for when a horse steps off the hard, beaten track, there’s sure to be trouble.

Hop Bottom – Miss Marie West, of this place, and Mr. Stephens, of Nicholson, won the prize for best waltzing at the Purvis dance, at Loomis Hall, Wednesday evening.

Alford – William T. Spencer, whose death was reported last week, was 80 years of age and a veteran of the Civil War. His wife’s death occurred the following morning, March 2nd, having survived her husband only seventeen hours.

Harford – Wedding bells! Their sweet chimes tell us of the recent marriage of Miss Beva Pickering and Cecil Conrad, and we extend hearty congratulations. The bride and groom were both formerly of this vicinity and very popular here, but will reside in Johnson City, where they have purchased a home. Mr. Conrad holds a splendid position in the tanning factory.

News Briefs: A good many people are loud in their demand for their constitutional rights, who have never read the constitution. ALSO Women of 21 states, including Rhode Island, will enjoy presidential suffrage this year, regardless of whether the amendment becomes effective before the presidential primaries.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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