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March 13 1903/2003

Harford - It is reported that Henry Jeffers has purchased the Soldiers' Orphans' School buildings and will have them removed. He has an offer of $500 for the boys' dormitory.

Forest Lake - The recluse of Forest Lake township, old Michael Sullivan, who for many years has lived in a hut on the hill above the St. Joseph Church, was buried on Wednesday. The last few days of his life he was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan-his nearest neighbor.

Lenox Twp. - The boiler in the Crawford saw mill, at the foot of Pine Hill, blew up Tuesday morning of last week, wrecking the mill and badly injuring and scalding Daniel Rought and his son Jule. The latter died from the effects of the explosion the following Thursday morning and grave doubts are entertained for the father's recovery. At the time of the catastrophe the younger man was filling the boiler with water and was thrown 150 feet, landing in a creek, while his father was buried under the debris. The boiler was an old one and it is thought the water got too low, so that when the cold water was turned into the highly heated boiler it was unable to withstand the suddenly increased pressure. Two other men, Messrs. Crawford and Barber, were in the mill at that time, but both escaped unharmed.

Glenwood - There will be busy times here this summer. The old hotel is being fixed up for a boarding house. The prospects of Glenwood look bright for the future. Anything that will give it life and prosperity will be welcomed. It will be like the young lady who went to the forest to pray for a man, when a owl sitting up in a tree sang out, "Who?" "Who?" "Who?" She hallooed, "good Lord, anybody." So anything that will give activity to this place will be welcomed.

Montrose - When Jacob Titman went to milk his cow last Wednesday morning, he found that during the night she had got cast, and so badly disabled that she died.  This is serious calamity to Mr. and Mrs. Titman, for this cow furnished the supply of milk for themselves and three neighboring families. They can ill afford such a loss and they have the sympathy of all who know them. [Jacob Titman was a Civil War veteran, serving with Co. K, 187th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was one of the guard of the martyred President Lincoln.]

New Milford - A drowning accident occurred at Moon's pond New Milford township, on Friday. A child of Mr. and Mrs. William Felton, aged 3 years, fell into the water and was drowned before it could be rescued. A second child of the same parents, aged 5, narrowly escaped a like fate.

Fairdale - P. L. Shelp was a pleasant caller at this office Wednesday. Mr. Shelp intends removing to Binghamton where he has secured a fine position with the Stickley & Brandt Furniture Company.

Ararat - Cecil Pocock of Bayonne, NJ, is spending a few weeks at Leonard Baldwin's in search of health.

Little Meadows - A grange was organized here on Saturday night by Hon. A. C. Barrett, with 28 members. Thus it seems that Hon. A. C. can find time to circulate among the farmers and boom up the grange, as well as attend to his legislative duties. It is said that the farmers are more enthusiastic in grange matters by reason of the insurance rates on farm property and they hope to be able to secure better rates through the instrumentality of the grange.

Lawsville - Otis Chaffee sold horse, buggy and harness one day last week. He is going to visit his son at Los Angeles, Cal. AND The road is nearly impassable from here to Conklin. In fact, roads are in terrible condition everywhere. We hope spring is here and that the mud will soon be dried up.

Brooklyn - C. A. Courson has begun sawing out the large stock of logs, which he bought of E. L. Weston. The sound of the whistle three or four times a day is a welcome sound in this quiet town. AND M. W. Palmer is putting in a bathroom and plumbing his house with all modern improvements. Will have hot and cold water all through his large and elegant house (the old Col. Frederick Bailey homestead, of whom his wife is a grand-daughter).

Hallstead - Work at the silk mill is now heavier than at any time since first the mill was built. The force of employees is larger and the amount of work turned out far exceeds that of the old plant. Last week a large consignment of materials and machinery was received. Among the new equipment received were four new looms.

South Auburn - The new Methodist church will be dedicated on Thursday, March 19.

Susquehanna - The subject of a borough building is again agitated. AND Charles Ball is still seriously ill with typhoid fever. AND The widow of the late Michael Hines of the Oakland side will receive $2,000 from the Modern Woodmen. Michael Hines sustained fatal injuries in the Erie shops, while at work with a hydraulic jack.

Rush - In 1865 there were 12 schools in Rush Township; in 1901 there are 44. The tax levy in 1865, 3 mills; in 1901, 3 mills-and one mill building tax. Average cost per month, per pupil in 1865, 65 cents and in 1901, $1.87.

News Brief - Anna, daughter of the late Joseph Drinker, died at Edgemont, Pa., Feb. 25, 1903, after living the life of a recluse for 13 years. Her age was 76 years. Her father was the owner of a great tract of land in Susquehanna county, known as the "Drinker Tract," and lived for a long time in a big house on South Main St., Montrose. Joseph Drinker, a brother of Anna, shot W. H. Cooper, the banker, several years ago at Montrose, after brooding over fancies as to the way he thought Cooper had handled Anna's estate. Drinker was tried for murder and the jury rendered a verdict of insanity. Drinker was sent to an asylum and died there about six years ago. Anna had the body taken to Rockdale, Pa., where her own body now rests. She was a gifted writer and many of her poems were published under nom de plume of "Edith May." The greater portion of her life, however, was spent in an asylum.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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