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March 23 1917/2017

Fairdale – Friends of the militant pastor of the Fairdale Methodist church of a few years since, Rev. James Lawson, will note with pleasure his active work in Moosic. Rev. Lawson made complaint against “Kitty” Jones, of Moosic, for selling liquor without a license in her “speakeasy” and on Monday she was sentenced to pay a fine of $500 and spend three months in the Lackawanna Co. jail. Rev. Lawson has known for some time that certain unlawful and questionable amusement places were being run to the detriment of some of the boys and young men of his congregation and patience becoming exhausted at the neglect of the proper officials, he took the matter of prosecution in his own hands.

Hop Bottom – Hopbottom, which has been “dry” for a couple of years, is to have a temperance hotel. The people of that place, that is the temperance contingent, gathered in public meeting at the Valley View Hotel, and formed a stock association called the Valley View Inn association. There was little difficulty in getting buyers at $10 a share. The price paid for the property was $1,900. The people of Hopbottom have witnessed the good work of the proprietors of the Aqua Inn at Kingsley and believe that they can do the same for Hopbottom. [Hop Bottom/Hopbottom is spelled both ways—at least for this time period].

Tunkhannock – The hearts of two old people of Bradford county were made young again when Rev. L.E. Sanford joined in marriage Elizabeth L. Butts, aged 66, of South Montrose, daughter of the late Jonah Luce, a blacksmith, and Joseph Lee, a machinist, living in Wyalusing, aged 76, son of the late James Lee, a farmer of that section. They were both born in the same county in the early forties and on Monday the Wyoming county prothonotary passed over the license while the pastor of the M.E. church did the rest. The couple is now living in Wyalusing to finish their days. ALSO Ira Vangorden, of Meshoppen, was brought before Justice James L. Voss, charged with maintaining illegal devices in the form of a wheel of fortune and a punch board. The action was brought through the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which had long urged Mr. Vangorden to desist from keeping these things on his premises. After conviction the defendant was let off by paying the costs, which are said to have amounted to over $30, and promising to harbor the illegal machines on his premises no more.

Welsh Hill, Clifford Twp. – School re-opened here today, it having been closed for the past week on account of scarlet fever in the community.

Susquehanna – Mrs. Emily Phelps, of Washington street, celebrated her 90th birthday on March 8th.  Although in declining health, she is about the house, spending much time in reading. She has excellent eye-sight for her years. Among the pleasing features of the occasion was a birthday cake with 90 candles.

Montrose – William Henry Bacon, a boy in his 15th year, light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, wore black-top arctics, black stockings and grey suit of knee pants, brown mackinaw coat and cap, left home on the morning of March 7, 1917. He started for school and has not been heard from since. Anyone knowing of his whereabouts will please notify his father, W.H. Bacon, 6 Wilson Street, Montrose. [Apparently he came home.  Was on the 1920 census.]

Upsonville, Franklin Twp. – There was no school Friday as our teacher received a message to come home.

Dimock – Perry and Obie Mills tapped their large sugar bush Friday last, near the back road.

East Kingsley – Archie Brink is quite sick with an attack of appendicitis. He is attended by Dr. Taylor, of Hop Bottom, who is hoping that the ice treatment will save him from going to the hospital for an operation.

Lawton – S.P. Kahler & Son have sold their mercantile business to Mr. Coleman, of Middletown.  He will take possession April 1st.

Harford – Autos are seen on the Creek Road nearly every day.

South Gibson – The bean bake held by the Sons of Veterans was well attended and enjoyed by all present.

Silver Lake – James J. McCormick, one of the most prosperous farmers of this place, was the guest of his brothers T.P. and Joseph M. McCormick in Forest City. Speaking of the potato crop, Mr. McCormick said he raised last year 500 bushels of the finest tubers he ever raised from two acres.  His crop was not as large last year as in former years. He marketed potatoes in Binghamton, Tuesday, for which he received $2.50 per bushel.

Forest City – John Krontz, Matthew Pittench, John Kizee and Lukus Petrika were in Scranton where they made application for final citizenship papers, which will be issued June 20. Their witnesses were John Dutchman and John Marinih.

Uniondale – Miss Mary Bronson has written a play entitled the “Turncoat,” which is said to be a masterpiece. The play was recently read by Mrs. Clara Miller, county chairman of the Suffrage clubs, at a meeting of the Montrose club, and greatly enjoyed by the listeners. The club will take steps to stage the play in the near future. Miss Bronson’s friends are delighted at her success as a writer.

News Brief: The following speech was made by an Irish barrister in defense of his client, whose cow had been killed by a train: “If the train had been run as it should have been ran, or if the bell had been rung as it should have been rang, or if the whistle had been blown as it should have been blew, both of which they did neither, the cow would not have been injured when she was killed.” ALSO No form of government will ever be established that can provide prosperity to the man who sits on his door step waiting for it to come up the street.

200 Years Ago, from the Montrose Centinel, March 22, 1817.

  *All persons indebted to me for advertising in the year 1816, are requested to call and cancel the same immediately; likewise for job-printing. NECESSITY, absolute NECESSITY compels me to make this call, and I therefore expect all indebted will pay attention to it. Pay for papers is much desired.  Ed. Centinel.

   *10 DOLLARS REWARD! Escaped from the Goal of Susquehanna County on the night of the 21st inst. BRADLEY THOMAS, a debtor confined in said Goal. He is about 22 years of age, small stature, and at first sight appears like a smart active man. Whoever will apprehend said Thomas and return him to the Goal of said County shall receive Ten dollars reward and all reasonable charges. ELI GREGORY, Goaler. March 22, 1817.

  *NOTICE TO JURORS. PERSONS who have been summoned to serve as Jurors at the next May term are hereby notified that they need not attend, as no Jury is wanted. AUSTIN HOWELL, Sheriff Sheriff’s Office, Montrose, March 22, 1817.

   *WILLIAM ROCKWELL, POST-RIDER, Wishes to pay the Printer, therefore all persons indebted to him for papers, are requested to pay immediately.  Punctuality is the life of business. March 22, 1817.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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