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March 21 1919/2019

Clifford Twp. – Now would be a good time for some of our State Highway officials to inspect the State road from Carbondale to this place. We are tired of the mud. ALSO L.E. Taylor has sold his undertaking business to C.C. Shifler of Carbondale. ALSO John Spedding has returned from a meeting of International Harvester Agents in Elmira, NY. John will hold down the job of agent for this place.

Forest City – John Skubic is anxious to learn whether his brother, Martin, is alive or not and has taken the matter up with the war department. No word has been received from him since his arrival overseas. Brothers, Charles and Lewis, have written several letters to Martin’s last known address but received no reply. ALSO G.H. Truesdall, of Susquehanna; J. Westcott, of Great Bend, and Joseph Clarey, of Forest City, have formed a company and purchased the Pitt and Fall Coal Mining company property at this place. The deal just closed embraces 129 acres of coal lands in the Forest city district. The purchasing company will mine and market the coal.

Thompson – The Masonic lodge, which has been at Jackson fifty years or more, has been transferred to Thompson, where the next meeting will be held in the Odd Fellows’ rooms in the Tallman block. ALSO Oscar Davis, of Columbus, Ohio, surprised his sister, Mrs. Gilbert Witter last week by calling upon her after an absence of more than 30 years. She recognized him after all those years.

Herrick Center – Uncle Dan Gettle is of the old school and as a blacksmith at the Corners many years ago drove a thriving business in shoeing oxen and was considered an expert. The pen in which the ox was held, while being shod, is still in the old shop. Years ago there were about as many oxen to be shod as there are horses now and Uncle Dan’s hammer was busy from early morn until late at night. He says things have changed since then, but those were happy days.

Uniondale – Mathew McPherson Post, G.A.R. intends to give the boys of the late war a grand reception when they come home. The veterans appreciate their efforts and know their feelings of modesty, but the boys of 1861 will make the reception a memorable one.

Hopbottom – Two friends, Mrs. Hollis Tiffany (nee Helen Jeffers) and Mrs. Roy Case [nee Lillian Rose] died the same day. Seldom if ever has the community suffered such a shock of grief, as in the sudden death of these two charming young women, whose lives had been so closely interwoven. Close friends from childhood, they had graduated in the same class in school, were born in the same year, each being nearly 26 years old; had married within the same year, and each contracted the dread disease of pneumonia, which resulted in their death.

Jackson – Mr. and Mrs. John Waters received official notice that the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, has directed the War Department to award the Distinguished Service Cross, posthumously, to their son, Floyd Waters, late Corporal, Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action in Europe.

Montrose – At a special meeting of the borough council, M.W. Lannon, night watchman, was also made chief of police. It was arranged that he be called during the day at the Catlin boarding house and at night he may be called at the Tarbell House, when not on duty patrolling, both phones being convenient. Burgess Preston spoke regarding the necessity of a fire alarm system. It will be discussed at the next meeting. ALSO Manley Fowler, who has been serving in the heavy artillery in France, has returned home. Mr. Fowler was in a number of big artillery engagements. ALSO Landlord D.J. Donovan has a force of men excavating a basement under the Tarbell House barn [now C&F Motors], where he will locate his stables when completed. The present stables will be converted into a garage.

Brooklyn – Stanley Crissell, a Brooklyn young man, who was reported killed in France and later found to be in a German prison camp, has reached home. He made his escape from the prison camp and after a hard time for a number of days reached the Allied lines. He has thrilling tales to tell of his capture and escape. Thursday evening of last week the young people of the town tendered him a reception. ALSO Walter C. Forse, a Binghamton young man, who passed through this county in April, 1917, walking to Washington, where he induced government officials to accept him in the marine service, although minus a finger, is now in charge of the Syracuse Marine Corps station. He served during the war as gunnery sergeant in the instruction school at Paris Island, S.C. He is a son of Allie Forse, formerly of Brooklyn and a nephew of Register & Recorder E.C. Rogers.

Hallstead – An auto repair parts manufacturing company is to occupy the building formerly used by Demer Bros. as a cut glass factory. The new manufactory will employ 20 men on the start and hope soon to increase this number.

Susquehanna – A new chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star has been organized at this place, which is known as Sunshine Chapter, No. 258. ALSO Engineer James Sheridan and a staff of assistants, under direction of the town council, are hard at work surveying for the new pavements to be laid on the streets. West Main Street, Willow avenue, Grand street, Broad avenue and Washington street are to be surveyed at once.

Great Bend – About twenty-five from East Great Bend attended the opening of the Happy Hour theatre Saturday evening.

Lackawanna Trail – The State engineers say that the use of the Factoryville tunnel on the line of the Lackawanna Trail is impracticable, as the clearance is not up to the standard required and also the tunnel would have to be artificially lighted night and day to prevent accidents. Hence the trail will be diverted from the old Lackawanna roadbed just before it reaches the tunnel, going around the hill instead of through it. Another difficulty is the fact that the railroad company has never abandoned the old road between Nicholson and Foster [Hopbottom], but uses it for local freight service, so that after leaving the line near the tunnel the trail will probably not get back to it until Foster is reached. This would suit Nicholson people, who are protesting against the abandonment of the old railroad tracks there and the transfer of the freight station to the new line, which would compel them to haul all freight for shipment up a very steep hill.

We regret that there is no news to report 200 years ago.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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