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March 21 1924/2024

Brooklyn – Earl Barnes, who resides in Brooklyn, employed by Francis R. Cope, of Dimock, will be careful hereafter in generously giving strangers “lifts” when out with his automobile, having an experience early Tuesday morning which will linger in his memory. As he was passing through Hop Bottom a young man of good appearance solicited a ride and the request was granted, but Barnes had not proceeded very far, however, before he suspicioned that he had befriended a “tough,” and he was thoroughly convinced of the character of his passenger, a little later, when money was demanded. Barnes insisted that he had no money, but this did not satisfy the young scoundrel, for when Banes left his car to make a chain repair, between Alford and New Milford, a vicious assault was made at an unexpected moment. Barnes was able to get the best of his assailant and a robbery was averted. The bandit made his escape. Barnes proceeded to New Milford and reported the attempted hold-up. It was later reported that the culprit was picked up by State Troopers, but could not be confirmed at this time.

Hallstead – Francis Phillips was severely bruised and shaken up when he fell from an automobile driven by Robert Bullard. Phillips was sitting in the rear seat and seeing a person passing by that he wanted to see on business, decided to drop off. He opened the car door and stepped down to reach a running board but there was no running board on the car and he went down to the pavement still clinging to the car, being thrown around until he released his hold on the car. No bones were broken.

Montrose – A blaze at the residence of Jack McKeage was extinguished before serious damage was done, owing to the presence of mind and effective work of Miss Nellie McCormick, employed in the McKeage home. The fire was discovered by Mr. McKeage’s little son, who rushed to the kitchen and exclaimed: “Miss Nellie, the mantle is all on fire, the flames are ‘most up to the clock.” The fire was soon under control. ALSO Miss Irene Pedrick, teacher in charge of the Commercial Course of the Montrose Schools, spent the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Pedrick, in Nicholson. [For all those who remember Miss Pedrick.]

Ararat – Last week Mrs. Walley Hackley was taken suddenly ill and her husband was out all night trying to get a doctor. He returned, however, at 5 A.M. Had he been able to use his telephone all this trouble would have been avoided. [Lines down from a previous snow storm.]

Thompson – Mrs. George Pickering, who has been ill since the first of December, and confined to her bed for the past month, was happily surprised, March 3rd, when Mr. Pickering entered her room and gave her a shower bath of post cards and letters. Lillian was delightfully entertained for several days, and days long to be remembered as she looked over the cards of friendly greetings and words of comfort and cheer from her special friends, to the number of 110. Also 18 birthday cards from Daytona Beach, Florida, found their way to her home. She extends many thanks to all who so kindly remembered her on her birthday and to her friends and neighbors who have been so kind during her illness.

New Milford – Hollis Tiffany will conduct a first-class meat market in the Inderlied building, opening this week.

Susquehanna – St. John’s new parochial school building is said to be the finest school building in the county. The cost exceeded $250,000, and was borne by the congregation of St. John’s Roman Catholic church of Susquehanna. ALSO Susquehanna has several cases of scarlet fever, six having recently developed in the West Hill District. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The West Hill school house has been fumigated.

Gelatt – After 47 years of continuous service as undertaker, A. H. Crosier, of the undertaking firm of Crosier & Gelatt, has sold his interest in the firm to E. E. Gelatt, who will conduct the business in the future. Mr. Gelatt has been connected with Mr. Crosier in the business for the past 25 years, during which time he has attended to the embalming. Mr. Gelatt will be assisted by his wife, who has been receiving special instructions in caring for the body.

Franklin Township – Oscar Mitchell, who resides in this place, near the Baker school house, gives notice of a public sale to be held March 28. Mr. Mitchell will work on the Snake Creek roads the coming summer, and thus finds it necessary to sell his personal property.

Uniondale – On Friday morning, March 14, occurred the death of Silas Churchill, an elderly and highly esteemed citizen of this town. He was born in Herrick township on July 5, 1844 and his death followed a long illness. The funeral was held from his late home and burial was made in the family plot [Sanders cemetery] on the farm where he resided before purchasing a home here. On March 10, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Carpenter, by whom he is survived. One daughter and four sons also survive.

Forest City – St. Agnes church is well known in the Scranton Diocese for its charitable work. It was “donation” day at the church and as a result St. Josephs Foundling Home, at Scranton, will be the recipient of useful gifts sent by St. Martha’s Society. The articles sent to the Home are: 200 packages cereals, 800 pounds of sugar, 367 cans of vegetables and fruits, 256 pairs of hose, 156 pairs of bloomers, 111 boys’ waists, 138 bath towels, 119 infants’ dresses, 100 sheets, 102 pillow cases, 21 pairs of shoes, 24 handkerchiefs, 13 wash cloths, 60 cans of Mennen’s powder, 109 pounds of flour, $40 in cash, bushel turnips, bushel potatoes and 50 miscellaneous articles.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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