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March 13 1902/2002

Springville - Once again the quarrymen are getting ready for their summer labor. The Hawke quarry was expecting to get to work, but failed to do so. The others will be at work right along. There are a half dozen of them in all, and there will be a good lot of the product shipped.

Brooklyn - The sad news arrived here on Tuesday that Ralph Stephens, a young man about 18 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stephens of this place, was suddenly killed on the suspension bridge at Niagara, where he was working. Mr. Stephens, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Eldridge, left Tuesday afternoon for Buffalo, where they will claim the remains.

Forest Lake - Moses Mott is our new stage driver from Friendsville to Montrose.

Brandt - Wm. Blank, Lena Blank and Martha Peck attended the recital of Paderewski at Scranton, recently.

Herrick Centre - The students of the graded school will hold a "hard time social" at the school building, Friday evening, March 14.

Auburn Centre - Prof. Clapper closes his singing school this week with a two days' drill followed by a concert on Thursday night.

Montrose - W. H. Dennis & Son have this week placed a handsome new awning on the storefront of H. H. Fordham. (Fordham's Soda Fountain has opened for the season.) They have orders for awnings for several other business houses and more coming every day. This can be taken as a reliable sign that spring is here. AND H. P. Read is having the interior of his store renovated and repainted. Electric lights will also be added.

Silver Lake - The will of H. K. Sheldon, of Brooklyn, NY, who has had his summer home at Silver Lake for many years, among many other items, leaves to his daughter, Mrs. Russell, the Silver Lake summer home and $15,000 in trust for the Silver Lake Presbyterian church.

Uniondale - Westgate and Bronson have cut and shipped about 15,000 tons of ice this winter and [are] still working at it with a large force and Isaac Phillips as chief prodder. By the way, that Frank Westgate is a good all around man. He deals in all kinds of farm machinery, wagons, fertilizers and all of the very best at reasonable prices; a meat market which the people of Uniondale have long been in need of; also dealer in coal. This reminds us of a load of coal that Frank put in our coalhouse. We don't believe the devil himself could keep up a fire with that coal, or even try for fear his imps would go on a strike. But O, My! Wasn't Frank mad! It proved to be a car of this culm washed coal, contrary to Frank's orders. He traced it up and found out where it came from, an imposition by the coal operators on the near by people, to sell their poor trash and ship their good coal father away where they have competitive markets; but by request and Frank's own offer, took that out and replaced it with nice coal and now we are all happy.

Susquehanna - The late floods greatly damaged the baseball diamond on Beebe Flats, Oakland Side. AND The Clark-Scoville Repertoire Company appeared in Hogan Opera House on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to good business.

Ararat -Time honored, God blessed and dove like, we were quietly resting high and free from the torrent of our flood washed sister towns last week. We have our breezes, but don't have to roll up our pants if we want to cross the street. AND The saddest thing we have been called on to record is the death of Mr. and Mrs. O. J. [Ordie J. and Dela] Shaver, both dying of pneumonia within five days of each other. They leave a family of six children, the oldest about 17 years, the youngest two years old. They were life long residents of this town and highly respected. The youngest child is very ill with little hope of recovery.

Great Bend - The Great Bend Plaindealer reports a rather comical condition that presented itself on the occasion of the primary election in the township recently. The voting place was at the residence of J. F. Carl on the Keystone farm and owing to the high water it could only be reached from any direction by means of boats, being nearly a quarter of a mile from the main land at the nearest point. Then to add to the other trouble, the boys who controlled the water craft combined and put up the fare, and it cost a voter thirty cents for the round trip to the polls.

Flynn [Middletown Twp]- Rumor says we are to have several weddings after Easter. Good sleighing brought forth something this winter, even though the trips were long.

Dimock - F. P. Mills, of Gordon, Nebraska, is in town. He is a native of Dimock. He and his brother own two large stores in Nebraska, also a large ranch, where they have a thousand head of cattle and 250 horses. He brought a carload of horses with him, for sale, and they are at the Tarbell House barn. He struck very bad weather coming through-blizzards, snow banks, and other delays, and his horses showed effects of it, by the time they reached here, by the way of the Narrow Gauge. But they have been improving fast this week and next Tuesday he has an auction sale, at the Tarbell barn. Come and get your horse.

News Briefs - From the Wayne Independent: Christy Mathewson has signed a three years contract with the New York National League team at a salary of $5,000 per year. Pretty good for a Honesdale pitcher. [Christy Mathewson was born in Factoryville, PA]. AND A correction of an article from last week: On Sunday, March 2, Rev. J. W. Raynor, in going to officiate at a funeral on the Fordham farm, was favored with a ride from his home by Mr. A. Sturdevant, to the Mulford farm, and after walking onwards to Mr. Mark Williams' he was halted by Mr. Williams, who kindly volunteered to take the reverend brother the remaining two miles, and this was indeed a friendly favor deserving of thanks. So for fifty percent of the way the Lord provided a conveyance, and also gave the clergyman strength to walk the remainder. In last week's issue, it was stated that Mr. Raynor walked the entire distance, but that gentleman wished that statement corrected as above. We have not a doubt, however, but that Brother Raynor could have made the journey with the ease of a man of half his years.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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