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March 28 1913/2013

Elk Lake/Auburn - Elk Lake and Auburn people are interested in a telephone line to connect the two places. A meeting was held in Auburn Saturday evening for the purpose of having the line built.

New Milford - A portion of New Milford was flooded yesterday when the dam at Page’s Pond broke, owing to heavy rainfall, and water several feet deep surrounded some of the homes, filling the cellars. E. B. Norris’ ice house was carried away, a couple of bridges taken down the stream, and the east bound Lackawanna track washed out. Other than this, little serious damage was done.

Harford - Susquehanna county admirers of Hon. E. E. Jones, are glad that he has been appointed a member of the commission which is to investigate the white slave traffic. The Pennsylvania Legislature does not hold a cleaner, more honorable man than our representative, and his friends are well satisfied that as a member of the commission he will do all in his power to suppress this terrible traffic which is a blot upon the nation’s manhood. ALSO: At Richardson’s Mills, Miss Mallery is on the sick list and her father is teaching school for her this week.

Montrose - The Lackawanna railroad has lately installed an air motor on the turn--table in the local yards which does away with the old method of “turning” by hand. When the engine is run on the table the motor is connected with the air pump on the locomotive, this furnishing power to run the motor which in turn operates the table. The company should now improve the approach to the depot from the Mill street side as this point is much traveled and is often covered with ice or mud and detracts much from the property as well as being disagreeable to patrons of the road.

Hopbottom - When the Lackawanna railroad was built in 1851 the work was done with pick, shovel and wheelbarrow and Irish settlers came here in droves and did most of the work. After 62 years comes the cut-off and the dynamiting makes the ladies nervous. It makes the ground tremble and it is feared that the worst is yet to come this summer.

Honesdale - Elle Gilon, of Honesdale, died last week, aged 72. She gained considerable renown for candy, made from potatoes, carrots, roots and herbs. Her sweets from vegetables retailed readily for $1 a pound and made her a nice income. She had no relatives. If some firm of means could get her recipes, a fortune might be made out of her discovery by reason of its healthfulness over ordinary confectionery.

Brookdale - The funeral of Mrs. Harry Baxter was held at the M. E. church Tuesday at 1 o’clock, Rev. Browe, of Conklin, officiating. She is survived by her husband and infant daughter, Jennie, also by her mother, three brothers and five sisters. The neighborhood extends its sympathy to the sorrowing family. “ ‘Tis hard to break the tender cord, When love has bound the heart; ‘Tis hard, so hard to speak the words, We must forever part.”

Lenoxville - Miss Ruth Jeffers entertained six of her pupils of the Lenoxville school on Friday last by taking them to Scranton, where they dined at the Hotel Casey, and attended the afternoon performance at Poli’s theatre.

Great Bend - Prof. E. Jacobs is quite sick at his home in Lanesboro. No school in the high school department this week.

Uniondale - At noon today word was received from Uniondale that the dams at Lewis lake and Hathaway pond are in danger. The news had Uniondale on the phone at 1:30 and was informed that a force of men are at work reinforcing the dam at Lewis lake, and it is thought at present to be safe. It is feared, however, that continued rain, with the subsequent rising water, might cause the dam to go out. A large part of the village of Uniondale is below the dam. If the rain continues those residing on low land should keep in touch with the telephone operators until the danger is past. At noon the wind had begun to change and the rain fall is greatly diminished. Lewis Lake is a natural body of water and even though the dam should give way the larger volume of water in this natural basin would be held back.

Royal, Clifford Twp. - During the thunder storm last Friday lightning struck Lottie Wells’ clothes line, which was attached to three trees, a post and the basement of her kitchen. The lightning burned the line loose from two trees knocking the bark off the trees and badly splitting the post, leaving the wire in 5 pieces. About 10 feet of the line was burned up or carried away for it has not been found.

Starrucca - Wednesday of last week, Miss Candice Stoddard fell from the top of the stairs at Mrs. E. W. Downton’s cutting her head so badly that it was necessary to take eleven stitches. She also sustained injuries to her back. Miss Stoddard had a lighted lamp in her hand and a pair of sheers. Strange to say nothing was set on fire and the lamp was not broken.

Civil War Veterans - There but three surviving members of Co. C, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers, a company that was organized in this county October 20, 1862 by John W. Young, its captain. The survivors are W. H. Stark, Ben C. Vance and Stephen Smith.

Susquehanna - The Susquehanna High school rifle team will shoot for the Astor cup which was given by John J. Astor, who lost his life on the Titanic.

Burnwood - George Payne has a Bible in his possession that was printed nearly 400 years ago. It has been handed down as a heirloom for generations. At one time during the persecutions in Ireland it was buried in the sand and was thus saved to posterity. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, used it frequently. Mr. Payne values it beyond price.

Susquehanna County - The history of Susquehanna County dates back to 1754, because a large portion was included in the territory purchased during that year by the Susquehanna company from the Indians. In 1753 an association was formed in Connecticut, called the Susquehanna company, for the purpose of making a settlement in the fertile and beautiful valley of Wyoming. Their agents found the valley occupied by the Delaware Indians but claimed by the Six Nations. Soon after the agents invaded the valley, Indian scouts carried the news to the capital at Philadelphia, and informed officers of the Proprietary Government, which also claimed this much coveted tract. James Hamilton, Gov. of Pennsylvania, immediately attempted to defeat the company’s plans, and endeavored to purchase the land. He appointed John and Richard Penn, grandsons of William Penn, Isaac Norris and Benjamin Franklin as delegates to go to Albany in June, 1754, to meet the great council of the Six Nations, which had assembled there to meet the delegates representing the Susquehanna company. Despite much opposition by the Pennsylvania delegation the representatives of the Susquehanna company made their purchase on July 11, 1754. The tract extended about 70 miles south from the New York State line and from a parallel line about 10 miles east of the Susquehanna river and extending westward about 120 miles.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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