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March 15 1907/2007

Glenwood - This town has been kept in a whirl of excitement for the last month, sleigh ride parties, socials, dances, surprise parties, oyster suppers, card parties--in fact the whirl has been so great it makes the head dizzy. AND What might have been a serious accident occurred here Wednesday evening. A livery rig from Nicholson was driven up here and on starting back, the horse became frightened at some logs and shyed out of the road striking on other logs, throwing the young men out then hitting the curb stone of the sluices, tearing the cutter to pieces and leaving it scattered along the road. The horse never stopped until it reached home. We are told they could not get the horse out of the stable next morning.

Harford - Miss Gertrude Stearns, a graduate nurse from the Philadelphia hospital, with city experience, has returned to her home at Harford and will take up her profession in this county, for the summer at least. She makes this change in order to be at her home more of the time, feeling that her work would not be as confining here as in the city. The people of Harford and surrounding towns are fortunate in having Miss Stearns take up work here.

Silver Lake - Joseph Ward, of Laurel Lake, was here Tuesday. Mr. Ward has lived in Silver Lake township longer than any other citizen, except one, Alpheus Whipple, 77 years, and gets around as gracefully yet as the younger men. He is one of the men that years do not seem to make old.

Jackson - Jackson had a conflagration Monday morning resulting in the total destruction of the old Geary hotel, occupied as a hotel for over seventy years. The fire, discovered by Wm. Cole, had gained such headway that it was found impossible to save the hotel, and attention was given to E. W. Pickering's store near by. The hotel, vacant at the time of the conflagration, was last occupied by Freeman Howell, whose household goods were stored in the building and totally destroyed. The fire was thought to have been of incendiary origin. A light snow had fallen during the night and there were sleigh tracks leading to and under the meeting house sheds nearby and the track of a man from there to the rear of the hotel and back again. The hotel had recently been purchased by Joseph A. Perry and the court, upon remonstrance of the citizens of Jackson, refused a license.

Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - We are having a fine run of sleighing now, which makes it easy to get the summer wood hauled as well as a sleighride for pleasure now and then. AND In West Auburn, the house occupied by Will Swisher, known as the G. L. Swisher house, was destroyed by fire last Saturday evening. Mrs. S. was putting the children to bed when Harold, a small boy, upset a large lamp, which caught fire. Nothing was saved and there was no insurance.

Great Bend - Great preparations are being made for the 2nd annual ball under the auspices of the American Chair Co. employees association to be held in Clune's Opera House, April 12. Conner's orchestra; tickets 50 cents. AND Miss Lulu Brown is the assistant of Miss Genevieve Jackson, who has charge of the Central for the North-Eastern Telephone Co. Miss Jackson also has all the daily papers and magazines, novels and stationery.

Susquehanna - The bowling team is winning from all comers at present. Tuesday evening they defeated one of Binghamton's crack teams in three straight games.

South New Milford - G. Hayes went to Binghamton and had three teeth extracted and has been suffering with neuralgia in his face the past few days. The dentist said he never saw teeth pull so hard.

Montrose - Chief of Police W. E. Tingley has a couple of hens that should be arrested for disorderly conduct. They created a stir on the L & M yesterday when the morning train pulled in, which created considerable comment among the trainmen and spectators. The chief has a fine flock of chickens at his home near the tracks and yesterday being a fine day the chickens were allowed some exercise. When the train came in the startled chickens attempted to fly home, being across the tracks, but failed to calculate the speed of the approaching locomotive. Two of them truck the engine, one landing on the pilot, where it clung, the other flying into a drivewheel, where it "looped the loop" in one continuous performance until the station was reached, a couple of hundred yards below the starting point. They were unharmed, but "didn't know where to get off at," so Engineer Spence showed them, but they didn't want to leave even when persistently "shooed." Up until a late hour last night no news of the missing birds had been received.

Brooklyn - John H. Platt, of the Wheel and Wood Bending Co., of Bridgeport, Ct., is in town purchasing large quantities of white ash. He finds several lots of this kind of lumber in Brooklyn and vicinity.

Lathrop - Elmer, the youngest child of Mrs. Chas. Hunt, near Lathrop, was fatally injured last Friday afternoon. He was on his way to school with his two brothers. They were riding with Charles Rockwell, and when near the school house the boy fell off and the sled passed over him. He lingered till about midnight. The funeral was held on Monday from the home of Mrs. Peter Phillips, with interment in the Deckertown cemetery.

Forest City - While returning to their home in Clinton last week George, Robert and William Watts had an exciting time. In descending the mountain one of the holdbacks of the harness gave way and the horse became unmanageable. Oran Wagner, of this place, was driving a team in front and the Watt's horse landed in his sleigh. Robert was thrown into a snow bank and George and William were thrown with considerable force against the sleigh, but fortunately were not badly hurt.

News Briefs: A clerk in a Lestershire [Johnson City] store sleeps every night in a coffin, which he has rigged up as a bed in the basement of the store. It is not stated whether or not he is embalmed. AND Owners of sugar maples are already preparing for a heavy run of sap, the ground being frozen deep and well covered with snow, which is propitious for the sugar-making season. AND Monday was the anniversary of the violent blizzard of 1888. Railroad and street car traffic was almost entirely suspended in the east, and from the 11th to the 16th trains running from New York or Buffalo were unable to get through and there was practically no mail received for a number of days.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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